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Tuesday March 17

09:00
Inateck 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet...

Traveling light doesn’t mean that you don’t have a need to connect to peripherals and high-speed Ethernet, so lightweight USB hubs and Ethernet adapters are worth their weight in gold when you’re a road warrior. Today we’re looking at Inateck’s 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (HBU3VL3-4) (US$39.99 MSRP, $22.99 on Amazon), a top-rated hub on Amazon and a handy piece of equipment to have in your laptop bag.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.33 x 1.26 x 0.79 inches (110 x 32 x 20mm)
  • Weight: 2.09 oz (59 grams)
  • Cable Length: 11.81 inches (300mm)
  • Interface: USB 3.0 (three) and RJ45 (one, Gigabit Ethernet)

Design

Since Apple’s new USB-C MacBook won’t be out for another three weeks, that means that most of us have two methods of connecting peripherals to our MacBooks — USB and Thunderbolt. The Inateck 3 Port Hub...

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08:47
Amid rumors of Apple subscription TV service, Sling...

The Sling TV subscription service is now available on Xbox One, and will add A&E, History, and Lifetime later this month, expanding its offerings as new rumors suggest Apple plans to compete with its own subscription service starting this fall.

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08:42
Apple May be Investigating a Satellite Service from...

We just posted a report titled "Rumor Hints that this could be the Year of Apple TV," and one of the points made was that some of Apple's new TV channels have been rather local. For instance, Apple TV consumers in the U.S. will get HBO Now next month – but Canada and likely most of the world, won't. So how could Apple take Apple TV to the next level? Offer the new Apple TV bundles on a new satellite service ...

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08:38
News: NBC plans Apple TV app release in second half...

Despite being cut out of negotiations to be included in Apple’s stripped-down TV subscription service, NBC is still aiming at having an app on Apple TV by the second half of 2015, 9to5Mac reports. The NBC app would function like content apps for TV channels currently available on Apple TV, requiring a verifiable cable subscription to function. The other major networks — ABC, CBS and Fox — will reportedly be included in Apple’s own…

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08:36
Upcoming Steve Jobs biography exposes Apple co-...

A new excerpt from the upcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs illustrates some of the lesser-known aspects of the Apple co-founder's life, including succession plans, his decline, and his involvement with Campus 2, the new Apple headquarters under construction in Cupertino.

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08:34
Michael Fassbender Depicted as Steve Jobs in New...

Filming has progressed on the upcoming Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender, and a few weeks ago, film crews were spotted at the San Francisco Opera House. As of yesterday, hundreds of extras were hired to take part in a scene and a few photos leaked, giving us details on what's being filmed at the location. The scene being filmed in the Opera House appears to be the 1988 unveiling of the NeXT Computer, the first computer developed by Steve Jobs after he left Apple. A movie prop poster hung on one of the walls in the Opera House depicts Michael Fassbender as Jobs, posing with the NeXT Computer, which was often referred to as "The Cube" due to its shape. Image via Instagram user seannung Back in 1988, the...

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08:24
Geekbench 3.3.2 - Measure processor and memory...

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.Version 3.3.2:

  • Reduced AES multi-core score variability on systems with two or more NUMA nodes.
  • Fixed crashes that occurred in low memory situations on Android.
  • Fixed a bug that caused benchmark results to print incorrectly on OS X.
  • Fixed sharing benchmark results using "Share via Gmail" on Android Lollipop.
  • Fixed bugs that prevented the battery test from starting automatically on certain Android devices.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Geekbench from reporting the battery level on Android.
  • Fixed bugs that could cause the battery test to crash on iOS.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when viewing battery test results on...

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08:16
Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your...

With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV, or stream music to your AirPort Express or AirPlay-enabled speakers. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

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08:13
Facebook Talks Tough About Online Harassment


Facebook on Monday issued a new set of community standards, including provisions designed to clamp down on revenge porn, bullying, threats and other forms of online harassment. "We have zero tolerance for any behavior that puts people in danger, whether someone is organizing or advocating real-world violence or bullying other people," wrote Monika Bickert, head of global product policy, and Justin Osofsky, vice president of global operations, in a letter posted online.

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06:02
Apple streaming TV service rumors are back, and more...

Apple's long-rumored subscription TV service is reportedly back on track and will launch this fall.The Apple streaming service will launch with roughly 25 channels, including broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, according to the Wall Street Journal's sources. Some media executives think Apple will charge between $30 and $40 per month.It's unclear what other channels will be part of the bundle. Apple is negotiating with several media companies including Disney (which owns CBS ABC and ESPN) and Fox (which owns FX).NBCUniversal is reportedly not on board due to a feud between Apple and NBC parent company Comcast. The two companies were reportedly working together on a streaming video service last year, but Apple eventually felt that was being strung along by Comcast as the cable giant worked on its own TV overhaul, called...

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08:01
New video shows Android Wear accepting incoming...

Last month developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh managed to get an Android Wear-based smartwatch to display notifications from an iPhone, even though Google’s wearable OS doesn’t support Apple’s mobile devices (at least, not yet).
A new video posted by the software dev today shows an Android Wear watch working with the iPhone’s calling function. In the video, an incoming call on the iPhone is answered using the Android watch. Abu-Garbeyyeh says he simulated the gesture to answer to phone call on the watch in software to avoid filling the video frame with his hand, but the functionality works perfectly just as it would with an Android device.
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08:00
Laundry innovator wrings insights and productivity...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by John Buccola, chief information officer at WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems.
I had been on the job barely a week when WASH made its biggest acquisition ever: Coinamatic, Canada’s largest multifamily laundry service. Overnight, our company grew by a third, and I had to do my part to get email and other services to our 300 new team members as quickly as possible—connecting them to the culture and the business.
It hasn’t slowed down since.
WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems installs washers and dryers in apartment complexes, military bases, college dorms and other multifamily settings. We’ve grown like crazy since the company was founded in 1947, doubling in the past five years. Today we have more than half a million installed machines in 75,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Five million people do their...

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 4TB External HDD $100, iOttie...

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:

Samsung D3 Station 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

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08:00
White House 2016 budget in 3D using Power Map for...


Today’s post was written by Igor Peev, senior program manager on the Power Map for Excel team.
On February 19th, I received an email from Vice President Joe Biden. I have never had the pleasure to meet our Vice President and I was a little surprised. The email looked legit and not like a phishing scam. The subject of the email was “Good Job.” I figured the email was sent to millions of people and I was one of them, but because I like compliments, I opened it.
The first sentence in the email read, “This time of year, I like to break out a little saying: Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” I searched the web for “White House budget dataset,” and found just the thing I was looking for. The dataset containing the information about the White House 2016 budget announcement was posted as a...

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08:00
Universitas Gadjah Mada—enhancing learning and...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Widyawan, Ph.D. and director of the Directorate of Systems and Information Resources at the Universitas Gadjah Mada.
Our educational philosophy at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is deeply rooted in the culture of our country: the university was founded shortly after we declared independence in 1945. We are committed to preparing our students for a modern, global workplace. So while our students fulfill their mandatory, two-month rural community service, you’ll likely find them using mobile devices to access their latest class assignments. It’s scenarios like this that reflect the high priority we place on using technology to improve the quality of our academic services. As the director of the Directorate of Systems and Information Resources, I am responsible for integrating technology and educational resources to transform...

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08:00
Pivots is a fast, fun math game for iPhone

Pivots for iPhone (free with in-app purchase) is a clever little game that makes me question my addition skills. The premise is simple: arrange a row of numbers so that they add up to 15. Succeed and gain points. Fail, and lose time from the ticking clock. Here's our look at Pivots.

First off, Pivots is a nice-looking game. The four toolbar icons -- help, leaders, restore and share -- are minimal and convey their function clearly. The logo is cute, too, with a "heavy Sharpie marker" feel, and the friendly "Play!" button belies the tricky task at hand.

The game presents a 5x5 grid of single-digit numbers, all color-coded on a field of black (all 5's are yellow, 4's are purple and so on). As the game begins, you have 45 seconds to arrange rows so that they add up to 15. To arrange a row you may "pivot" an L-shaped, three-number section of blocks. Do so correctly and the new alignment will create at...

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07:58
VirtualBox 4.3.26 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD. VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria. Version 4.3.26:

  • GUI: in the...

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07:56
Opinion: Don’t hold your breath for real Nintendo...


My feelings for Nintendo are complicated. I’ve loved its games ever since the original Donkey Kong, owned every Nintendo console (including the Virtual Boy), and recommended the Wii U as the best game console for families and kids. But if I was mildly displeased with Nintendo as a company during its haughtiest years — the time when most of its key third-party developers walked away — I’m downright angry with it today. At a press conference in Japan this morning, Nintendo announced its second collaboration with a mobile game publisher in two months, the headline from which was what millions of people have been waiting years to read:
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07:55
NBC plans cable-dependent Apple TV app for second...


Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple’s upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC’s digital roadmap. A recent presentation slide provided by the source shows that NBC wants to launch Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox apps during the second half of this year, following its existing apps for iOS and Android devices. NBC also would like to add new affiliate stations, Nielsen Rating integration, and support for...

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07:49
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 - Multilingual word processor...

Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images. Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries. We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also span across pages.Version 2.1: Note: Now requires OS X 10.7.5 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor. Major Changes

  • Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly.
  • Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where a user can browse and revert to older versions...

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07:49
Rumor: Apple to begin offering rewards for non-...



There’s now a reward system in place for turning non-iPhone smartphones in to Apple.
Sources have stated that Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.
Apple is apparently preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS handsets, including hardware running iOS nemesis Android.
Under Apple’s current program, first launched in 2011, iPhone users can nab an Apple Store gift card worth up to US$175 for a fully functional 64GB iPhone 5s. The company will reportedly offer similar deals for...

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07:29
Rumor: Apple talking with content partners, looking...



Apple appears to be building its own television service.
The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to sources. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.
For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.

Apple and...

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07:22
Rumor Hints that this could be the Year of Apple TV

Apple is in talks with several broadcasters to offer an online TV service this fall. WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran explains what could be in the works in this new video report.

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07:14
BusyContacts Turbo Charges Mac Contact Management

Need to go beyond Apple’s Contacts app? BusyContacts — by the same folks who brought you BusyCal — is for those who need to manage relationships with contacts or are just plain dissatisfied with Apple’s bare-bones offering.  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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07:06
News: Apple cleared in wireless patent infringement...

A federal jury has found that Apple did not infringe on five wireless technology patents, Reuters reports. The patents are owned by Canadian company Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., which bought Core Wireless Licensing Sarl and its 2,000 Nokia patents and patent applications in 2011, including the communications protocols for the 2G, 3G and 4G standards on which most mobile communication is based. Core Wireless sued Apple in 2012,…

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07:02
Google follows Apple's lead, introduces human...

After years of depending solely on automated processes to weed out malicious or otherwise undesirable apps from Google Play, the search giant announced on Tuesday that it has added human reviewers to the mix in a move that more closely aligns its practices with Apple's.

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07:01
“Your naivety over Nintendo is astounding.”

Some Claim Chowder™ directed at and detected by M.G.Siegler.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Bring the Apple Store experience home with this...

If you are looking for a unique apartment, you should check out this living space located inside an Apple Store building. As noted by ifoapplestore, this two-bedroom, two-bath luxury apartment in Brisbane, Australia costs US$495,000 and includes amenities such as an in-building fitness center, access to an underground car park and a swimming pool. The building is a historic site, serving as General Douglas MacArthur’s Pacific headquarters during World War II.

The MacArthur’s Chambers building isn't the first location to combine living space with an Apple Store. Lodging also is available in five other Apple Store locations including the Pudong China, Opéra (Paris) and Princes Street (Edinburgh) stores.

Our take on the news:
Living near an Apple Store may be a memorable experience, but you better make sure you...

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06:48
Opinion: Do we need to use the Apple Watch to know...

I’m a self-confessed smartwatch skeptic. Early attempts like the original Pebble just seemed to me an extremely ugly solution in search of a problem. Some of the later models, like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R (as well as the rather familiar-looking latest Pebble), overcame the ‘ugly’ part, but I still couldn’t see a reason to want one. I haven’t worn a watch for more than a decade, and smartwatches weren’t showing me any reason to change that.
Then along came the...

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06:38
WSJ: Apple plans 25-ish channel TV service with...

Rumors of an Apple-created television service have been around for almost as long as the rumors about an Apple-created television set, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests we may know more soon. The WSJ claims that Apple will be launching a 25-or-so channel TV service for $30 or $40 a month that would include ABC, CBS, Fox, and various subsidiary channels like ESPN and FX.
NBC is not part of the current talks, apparently because of conflicts with parent company Comcast. Apple's plans had previously been expected to include some kind of partnership with cable companies, combining their infrastructure and content with Apple's hardware and software. The Journal says those plans have been nixed, again because of...

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06:10
Nintendo partnering with Japanese mobile game...

Nintendo today announced that it is partnering with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA to  produce smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. 

Nintendo and DeNA intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices. Consequently, Nintendo expects to benefit from new business opportunities as more consumers encounter Nintendo IP, and DeNA expects to strengthen its core business of mobile gaming internationally through the use of Nintendo IP.

The games will be original titles, optimized for the smartphones and not ports of existing games on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.  

Our take on the news:

It's about time Nintendo embraced iOS and other smartphone gaming platforms. 

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06:07
Ex-NSA Researcher Claims That DLL-Style Attacks Work...

An anonymous reader writes Ex-NSA and NASA researcher Patrick Wardle claims to have developed a reliable technique of Shared Library replacement which renders Apple's OSX operating system just as vulnerable to exploitation as Windows has been (via its 'DLL' shared libraries) for years. Speaking at CanSecWest, Wardle explained that Apple's refusal to encrypt software downloads via its App Store allows an attacker on the same network to inject a malicious 'dylib' (shared library) without altering the hash of the legitimate-but-vulnerable software, thereby leaving the Developer ID signature intact. Wardle ran a crafted Python script on a typical Mac and discovered 150 dylib-dependent applications, including Apple's own Xcode developer environment — revealed last week by Edward Snowden to be a priority target for the NSA due to its ability to propagate compromised software.
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06:06
Apple's secretive industrial design lab shown...

Jony Ive's design team has begun to emerge from the shadows, with some of Apple's elite cadre of designers featured on the company's revamped jobs microsite -- in a photo apparently taken within its top-secret industrial design lab.

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06:02
News: Nintendo to develop games for smartphones

Nintendo will finally develop games for smartphones, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company that for years refused to cater to the smartphone market has partnered with Japanese game provider DeNA Co. to set up a new mobile game platform, which should debut this fall. Analysts say Nintendo’s reluctance to license its characters has come at a heavy cost as the gaming industry shifted to smartphones. Nintendo posted three straight years of…

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05:45
Apple Granted 42 Patents Today Covering the Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 42 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's design patent win for the basics of the Apple Watch Band, hover sensors and ...

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05:38
∞ On the core of Apple Pay fraud

A poorly written article yields two key points: poor motivation and badly planned process.

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05:29
Apple Watch faces yield issues as Apple taps Foxconn...

As production of the Apple Watch ramps up ahead of its April 24 launch, Apple is apparently still facing yield issues, and continues to tweak its suppliers as it works to bring the wearable device to market.

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05:23
Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

PvtVoid writes with this report from the New York Times, excerpting: An industry consultant, Cherian Abraham, put the fraud rate [for Apple Pay] at 6 percent, compared with a traditional credit card fraud rate that is relatively minuscule, 10 cents for every $100 spent. [i.e. one tenth of one percent]. The vulnerability in Apple Pay is in the way that it — and card issuers — "onboard" new credit cards into the system. Because Apple wanted its system to have the simplicity for which it has become famous and wanted to make the sign-up process "frictionless," the company required little beyond basic credit card information about a user. Nor did it provide much information to the banks, like full phone numbers and addresses, that might help them detect fraud early. The banks, desperate to become their customers' default card on Apple Pay — most add only one to their iPhones — did little to build their own defenses or to push Apple to provide more detailed information about its...

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05:17
'Becoming Steve Jobs' Excerpts: Friendship...

The upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs, written by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, executive editor at Fast Company, is set to be released on March 24. Ahead of time, the authors have shared a number of excerpts from the book that provide untold details about his life. Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that Walter Isaacson's autobiography of Steve Jobs "did him a tremendous disservice," depicting the late Apple co-founder as "a greedy, selfish egomaniac." Cook added that Jobs certainly "wasn't a saint," but that "it's emphatically untrue that he wasn't a great human being." He believes that Jobs truly cared about things, but his passion was sometimes mistaken for arrogance."Steve cared," Cook...

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05:00
Announcing Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team.
We’re pleased to announce that starting later this year, Office 365 customers will be able to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365. This is something our customers have been asking for since ExpressRoute launched last year. Currently, ExpressRoute provides customers with dedicated network connectivity through a private connection from their network to Microsoft Azure, and we’re excited to extend the same option for connectivity to Office 365.

With network performance as predictable as your own on-premises environments, you might think of ExpressRoute for Office 365 like having the full Office 365 productivity solution in your own datacenter. ExpressRoute will offer Office 365 customers more predictable network performance, the...

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04:48
Kool Tools: Media Explorer for iMessage

If you use iMessage on your Mac a lot, you'll find LostVertex's Media Explorer for iMessage a useful tool.
The iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.
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04:44
Apple said to start trade-in program for Android,...

If true, Apple will take Android and BlackBerry devices as trade-ins. Smart move?∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:33
Nintendo buys into game developer, to bring their...

Zelda? On my iPhone? That does sound promising.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:33
New Microsoft Accreditation program for Apple techs

MacTech, which publishes MacTech Magazine as well as produces live events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference, has announced that Microsoft's "Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional" accreditation program has been updated for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.
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04:23
App users regularly use 7-8 apps on mobile devices

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that smartphone and tablet app users regularly use nearly eight apps on their smartphone and nearly seven apps on their tablet.
The average user spends 3.3 hours per week using social networking apps on a smartphone, while gaming and music apps score 2.7 and 2.6 hours per week, respectively. Fourteen percent of smartphone users and 26% of tablet users do not regularly use an app.
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04:18
The Steve Jobs you didn’t know: kind, patient, and...

Excerpts from the upcoming Steve Jobs biography. I think this is going to be a hell of a read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:07
MacID Touch ID login for Mac free for limited time,...

The Touch ID-based cross-platform Mac unlocking tool MacID has been updated to version 1.1, temporarily going free for a limited window, while Airbnb has added new conditional rules to its iPhone app, and Target has updated its iPhone shopping with new Store Search and customization options.

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04:00
Mac Admin Meets Jägermeister

Charles corrupts all the admins (click for the animation – it’s beautiful).

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04:00
The Micro Bit's Mega Promise


The BBC last week announced that it would give programming PCs to 1 million students through its Make It Digital initiative, an effort to spark greater interest in technology. The 11- and 12-year-old UK school children will receive Micro Bit, a stripped-down computer that can be worn on a lanyard. Similar to the Raspberry Pi, the Micro Bit is a programming computer designed to serve as an entry point for individuals interested in coding. The BBC has partnered with more than 25 technology companies to propel the Make It Digital initiative.

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03:59
Nintendo Bringing Mario and Other Games to...

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for $182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Nintendo consistently refused to license its intellectual property to other platforms, fearing that doing so may threaten its traditional, console-based business model. Nevertheless, as the mobile gaming industry has grown into an estimated $25 billion market, and competitors such as Sony begin making more games available on other consoles, it appears that Nintendo has caved into the pressure.“The company seems to have totally changed its mind-set, after...

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03:39
Nintendo to bring games and IP to smartphones with...

Video game giant Nintendo on Tuesday announced its classic characters, as well as some new faces, will make their way to "smart devices" through a partnership with mobile app developer DeNA.

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03:30
China’s gold consumption suggests Apple Watch...

China’s voracious appetite for gold suggests that this might be the key market for the solid gold Apple Watch Edition, suggests former GigaOM founder Om Malik.

There is a love affair between the Chinese and gold jewelry. The gold consumption in that country is going through the roof. (In 2014, the worldwide consumption of gold fell and yet, China demand still stayed strong.) […]
Some believe that the Apple Watch Edition (the expensive kind) will find more takers in China than anywhere else in the world.

It has previously been suggested that it was Asia, and China in particular, which drove the successful...

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03:29
Apple Granted Their First Fuel Cell Patent

In Apple's search for ways to extend mobile device battery life, Apple was granted a patent today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding fuel cell technology.

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03:05
Apple cleared of infringing former Nokia patents, $...

Apple has been cleared of infringing five wireless patents originally held by Nokia in its iPhones and iPads. The patents were later acquired by a subsidiary of Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc, which sued Apple for $100M by calculating a per-device license fee. Apple argued that even if it had infringed the patents, which it denied, a fair license fee would be less than $1M.
Reuters reports that a federal jury in Texas took five hours to deliberate yesterday before finding in favor of Apple.
Had Conversant won, it’s possible that the majority of the revenue would have been paid to Microsoft and Nokia. In a complicated chain, Conversant obtained the patents when it acquired a company called Core Wireless, which had in turn bought them from Nokia–which had licensed them to Microsoft.

In...

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02:36
The new MacBook is cool, but the PowerBook Duo was...

With all the excitement last week over the new MacBook, it seems only right and proper that today Think Retro turns its attention to Apple’s original superlight laptop, the PowerBook Duo.
The Duo is easily in my top five favorite Apple computers of all time because the whole concept is just so intensely pleasing. Let me explain.
PowerBook Duos were small, light, capable laptop computers. Actually, I need to caveat all of that! It was still nearly an inch and a half thick, and at 4.2 pounds, it nevertheless weighed more than two of the new MacBooks. And even though the last model got one of the spangly new PowerPC processors, they were definitely both slow even by the standards of the day and they didn’t even have a floppy drive far less a CD-ROM or Ethernet. But the real joy and genius of the PowerBook Duo is that you could either attach one...

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02:55
Four takeaways from 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the...

AUSTIN—By this point, there isn’t much we don’t know about Steve Jobs and his story, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Alex Gibney from tackling Jobs as the subject of his latest documentary. And, spoiler alert, it shows off the ugly side of Jobs, painting an unflattering picture of tech’s most famous visionary.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered during South by Southwest on Saturday, telling the story of Jobs through archival footage and new interviews with former friends and colleagues. This isn’t a strict cradle-to-grave documentary about Jobs’ entire life story: It’s more of an analytical look at Jobs and his troubled relationships and values, both in his work with Apple and in his personal life (and in the overlaps too). ...

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02:55
From ‘Becoming Steve Jobs': Cook says Isaacson...


Fast Company has today published a sizeable excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, the upcoming book about Jobs’ life and his mannerisms. Unlike previous efforts, Apple is openly promoting this book and many executives, Tim Cook included, have participated in interviews. This has yielded some very interesting stories.
Following the story of Cook offering to give Jobs his liver, Cook is quoted as saying the Isaacson book did the late CEO a ‘disservice’. In very similar words to how Cue described the (unrelated) film about Jobs at SXSW, Cook says ‘The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time’.
“The Steve that I met in early ’98 was brash and confident and...

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02:50
Apple Watch band with modern buckle detailed in...

With final Apple Watch details fleshed out earlier in March, patents for the device have started to show up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including a design published on Tuesday for what Apple calls the modern buckle band.

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02:15
Apple Found not guilty of Infringing Core Wireless (...

In September 2014 Patently Apple originally reported on a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Core Wireless who was using former Nokia patents to win their case. The company boasts about their Nokia patents ...

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02:09
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple’s...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Victor Johnson on the Subjective podcast to discuss his TidBITS origins, HBO Now, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and his frustrations with the Mac lineup. 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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01:55
Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including...

The jailbreak community has worked to get Mario onto the iPhone for years.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has finally decided that it is time to start making mobile games for platforms like the iPhone. The company has confirmed it will begin developing titles for smartphones and other mobile devices (presumably, ‘tablets’) featuring famous franchises like Mario.
Until now, Nintendo has been resistant to share its first-party intellectual property  (‘IP’) outside of its own consoles. Clearly, it was worried that bringing characters like Mario to the iPhone would cannabilize sales of its own hardware like the Nintendo DS.  However, as part of a new partnership with a mobile gaming company, there has clearly been a change of heart by Nintendo executives.
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01:37
Apple Granted a Second Major Patent for a Reversible...

Talk about timing. There's a report out today trying to downplay Apple's contribution to the USB Type-C connector standard. The news site downplayed Apple's first reversible USB patent as being of any value, but today Apple was granted a second major patent ...

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00:47
Report Denies that Apple Played a Major Role in USB-...

A BetaNews report published late yesterday disputes John Gruber's position that the new USB Type-C was invented by Apple. The article reviews what Gruber has stated in a recent podcast and vehemently disagrees with

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Monday March 16

21:28
Adobe reveals Document Cloud, Acrobat DC with e-...

Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Document Cloud, an all-encompassing digital document management solution that includes a new touch-enabled version of Acrobat and two iOS-specific apps.

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12:10
Switch to iPhone, get money: Apple may offer gift...

Apple already gives some assistance to new customers switching over from Android, helping them move their photos, contacts, email accounts, music, and so on from their Android phone to a new iPhone. Soon, according to a report on 9to5Mac, that assistance could include cold, hard cash—well, cold hard gift cards, anyway.
Citing unnamed sources, 9to5Mac claims Apple will launch a trade-in program, wherein you turn in your smartphone—even an Android smartphone—and receive a gift card. This program is still unconfirmed (I’ve reached out to Apple PR for comment), so we don’t have details on when it’ll start or how much Android switchers can expect to get.To...

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13:20
Location is the new hashtag: Yik Yak aims to be the...

AUSTIN—Don’t think of Yik Yak as a run-of-the-mill anonymous app. The social network has already conquered college campuses, and its founders are setting their sights higher: becoming the next Twitter.
Yik Yak founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington aren’t your typical social network CEOs. They live in Atlanta, generally avoid the press, and are focused more on getting the app into more college-aged hands than designing something pretty. Yik Yak was raked over the coals in its early days for being kind of hideous, but incredibly effective. That outsider perspective could be why Droll and Buffington don’t think twice about taking on Twitter.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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20:00
Adobe unveils Document Cloud w/ Acrobat Mobile and...

Adobe is taking its document strategy to the cloud with its latest service. Taking the same approach as its Creative Cloud Suite of apps for creators, Adobe is revealing its new Document Cloud service alongside two new apps for iOS: Acrobat Mobile and Fill & Sign. The new service aims to make handling PDFs and other documents much more flexible, and the new iOS apps can bring paper documents into the Adobe Document Cloud for work on the go…
Adobe says Acrobat DC, which will offer free digital e-signing of PDFs, is the key to its Document Cloud service. The iPad version of Adobe DC can be seen above. The mobile app features an intuitive interface for selecting actions for...

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19:11
Apple dodges $100M lawsuit over alleged infringement...

A U.S. federal court jury on Monday found Apple not to have infringed on wireless technology patents asserted by Canadian licensing firm Conversant Technologies, which sought damages totaling $100 million for the alleged misuse.

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18:34
Apple plans 25 channels for streaming TV service

Wall St Journal:Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said. For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.Take this news with a lot of salt. The only details come from the always suspicious “people familiar with the matter” and one of the story’s writers is Daisuke Wakabayashi – not exactly an unimpeachable source of accurate Apple news....

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18:19
Apple to launch online TV service with support from...

Apple is reportedly in talks with major television content providers and broadcasters to launch a subscription online TV service that will be piped to Apple TV and supported iOS devices.

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17:52
Apple Planning to Launch Streaming TV Service...

Apple is in talks with programmers to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service anchored by networks ABC, CBS and Fox, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that the service would have about 25 channels and be available on Apple TV, iPad and iPhone.BREAKING: Apple in talks to launch online TV service in the fall with about 25 channels, featuring ABC, CBS and FOX networks - WSJ— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 17, 2015 Apple's web-based TV service will reportedly be a lightweight package consisting of popular channels such as ABC, CBS, ESPN and FX, but not smaller stations typically included in a standard cable TV package. The service is rumored to cost between $30 to $40 per month and debut at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June...

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17:45
WSJ: Apple announcing $30-40/month Web TV service in...


According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch an online TV service this fall with support for “about” 25 channels. According to the report, the service will debut on all of Apple’s iOS devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the iPhone and iPad, and will be announced in June (which is also when the Beats overhaul will debut) and fully released in September of this year. Industry executives said that the service will be priced between $30 and $40 when it launches. Of the 25 channels, the service will be headlined by ABC, CBS and Fox.
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17:33
Reuters: Apple could be considering purchase of...

Apple may be considering a deal to purchase a communications satellite built by Boeing, a report from Reuters says.
The deal is apparently still in the earliest stages, and Reuters lists Google, Facebook, and other tech companies as potential interested parties, though Boeing hasn’t confirmed any companies currently involved in the talks.
Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.
“The real key to being able to do these type of things is ultra high-throughput capabilities, where we’re looking at providing gigabytes, terrabytes, pedabytes of capability,” Simpson told Reuters after a panel at the Satellite 2015 conference.
There aren’t many details on what might be...

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17:05
Apple among big tech companies reportedly in talks...

Boeing is marketing advanced high-throughput communications satellites to large technology firms, such as Apple and Google, and could reach a deal to build a unit for a major industry player this year.

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15:55
Apple is all about China

As I sat and watched through the keynote video, one thing which became pretty obvious — Apple’s number one focus going forward is China.China is a huge market for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:40
Apple Global Volunteer Program

Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.It’s nice to see Apple giving back, and helping its employees give back to their communities.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:22
Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software &...

It was reported earlier today that "Apple’s head of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has hit out publicly against the new book ...

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15:01
BlackBerry’s new tablet

The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany< Crickets >∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
MacTech Pro Event - San Francisco: Register today...

Anyone who is a professional tech or consultant who supports Apple technologies knows about MacTech, the preeminent journal of Apple technology. This year, MacTech is holding a series of MacTech Pro Events in cities around the United States to get you up to speed on the latest technologies you need to know. 

The first event in Seattle has already passed, but the next event in San Francisco is coming up next Wednesday, March 25. Early-bird pricing is in effect for the event now, meaning that you can save $200 off the normal $499 tuition if you register soon.

That's not all -- you're also invited to attend a new Microsoft Office Accreditation event from 2 PM to 6 PM the day...

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14:19
Lost city discovered in the Honduran rain forest

I find this stuff fascinating.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:12
Survey: Surveillance Is Fine as Long as It's...


Growing concern over surveillance in cyberspace has people changing their online behavior. Nearly 90 percent of 475 adults recently surveyed said they were aware of government surveillance programs targeting Internet users, the Pew Research Center found. Eighty-two percent supported spying on suspected terrorists, 60 percent supported snooping on foreign leaders, 54 percent were OK with monitoring foreign citizens, and 60 percent even gave a thumbs-up to surveillance of American leaders. However, 57 percent opposed monitoring of U.S. citizens.

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14:09
Apple to accept non-iPhone trade-ins with expanded...

Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 16, 2015

Steve Jobs photo by Ben Stanfield, Flickr CC

Hope you had a pleasant Monday! Today we have a few Apple news items that hit our radar:

  • Watchaware compares polling for the iPad in 2010 to the Apple Watch in 2015, and finds that in both cases, 40 to 50% of those polled said they would not buy the item. The iPad has sold 200 million units so far...
  • A new documentary about Steve Jobs that debuted at SXSW over the weekend is receiving the praise of newspapers and the scorn of Apple employees who actually knew the man.
  • Limefuel announces a 24,000 mAh USB-C external battery pack for the new MacBook that should give it full-day battery life.
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13:50
Apple Watch’s hardware or straps packaging...

Apple appears to have just provided a first glimpse at the retail packaging for Apple Watch or the device’s straps via the photo above posted to a newly updated jobs page on its website. The white box lines up with the little information Apple has provided about the packaging for the entry-level Sport Edition and the stainless steel Watch Edition models.

We know Apple is planning a more traditional watch box that doubles as a place to store and charge the device, but that will only come with the more expensive 18k gold models. In a recent interview, Apple exec Jony Ive said “the box of the top-of-the‑range watch is aniline-dyed leather on the outside and a “...

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13:35
Alibaba's Jack Ma Introduces Facial Recognition...

The annual IT & Digital Business expo CeBIT 2015 that takes place from March 16-20 in Hannover Messe. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, opened CeBIT 2015 on Sunday, March 15.

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13:30
Apple Launches 'Global Volunteer Program'...

Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities. Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for. Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer Program. The...

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13:23
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13:00
Pebble Time is not a serious Apple Watch competitor

I'm getting a little irritated with the glowing success stories about the Pebble Time smartwatch. I have to admit that I was caught up in the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign; the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel have now captured (as of publication time) over $18.7 million dollars in pledges and over 73,000 backers. But is the Pebble Time even in the same ballpark as the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch? Hell, no.

As of December 31, 2014, Pebble reported that it had sold one million smartwatches between the original Pebble and Pebble Steel. Sure, that sounds great, but let's look at what some Wall Street analysts are forecasting for Apple's Watch:

  • UBS -- Steve Milunovich: Expects...
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12:32
ACEs conference to offer community pricing

The ACEs conference in New Orleans, Louisiana is on its inaugural year, and will feature a talk by MacObserver's own (and friend of AWT), Jeff Gamet. His talk on the state of Apple should be a good one to attend.

ACEs is offering community discount pricing, meaning the more people who sign up, the lower the ticket prices go. As we said, ACEs is in its inaugural year, but it could be a good show to attend. 

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12:30
Apple refreshes its job site to highlight diversity...

Apple has quietly given the front end of its jobs site a facelift adding new employee testimonials and updated product shots. The refreshed layout matches the style of other new pages throughout Apple’s site with the landing page carrying this message: “Do your life’s best work here. With the whole world watching.” Notably, the updated jobs site now includes product shots of the upcoming Apple Watch, specifically an aluminum sport model with a green band and the sensors showing, as well as student in class wearing now Apple-owned Beats by Dr Dre headphones…
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12:26
News: Report: Apple expanding iPhone trade-in...

Apple plans to expand its iPhone trade-in program to include Android devices and other non-Apple smartphones, 9to5Mac reports. Much like the iPhone Reuse + Recycle Program introduced about a year and a half ago, customers will receive gift cards that can be used toward the purchase of new iPhones in exchange for their older smartphones, with the value of the trade-in assessed by Apple Store employees based on the cosmetic and functional condition…

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12:11
Apple Watch a game changer for traditional watch...

Tim Bajarin:When Apple introduced the Apple Watch last fall, I talked to people in the high-end watch market to get a sense of whether they viewed it as a threat in any way. What I heard was a bit surprising. They said Apple has created a completely new paradigm in watches, which will define what a “watch” will be and can do in the future. Most importantly, these sources told me that even the ultra high-end watchmakers are taking note. But they are struggling with how to respond given that the Apple Watch is not as much a watch as it is a wrist computer that could shift the role a timepiece plays in people’s lives.Even though the watch may not sell as well as the iPhone, Apple did the same thing in that industry—it made the incumbents nervous because they were offering something completely new and different....

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11:51
Apple launching volunteer program for employees to...


Apple has informed employees today that is launching a new volunteer program today that will push employees to assist their local communities. The program is called the “Apple Global Volunteer Program,” and it is soon launching in the United States, Sydney, Australia, and Cork, Ireland before a larger rollout across the world. The program is said to be available for both retail and corporate employees.
Here’s Apple’s memo to employees:

Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about...

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11:39
Microsoft OneNote 15.8 - Free digital notebook from...

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

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

Version 15.8:

  • Sharing Enhancements - It's now easier than ever to invite your...

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11:25
Report: Apple will offer iPhone gift cards to...


If you're buying a new phone and your old phone still works fine, a good way to defray the cost is to sell the old phone to any one of the many secondhand phone retailers. If you're trading in an old iPhone for a new one, for example, Apple will offer you some credit for the old phone directly. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the company will soon begin offering money for Android phones as well, incentivizing some of the platform switchers that Apple talks about during its product events and earnings calls.
The report doesn't have much other information about the extension of Apple's trade-in program, noting only that retail store employees are currently being trained...

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10:52
News: Daily Deal: ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard &...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard & Screen Protector for the iPhone 6 for only $44.99, or pick up the iPhone 6 Plus version for the same price. The slim case provides a high-end design with premium protection, having passed a 12-foot drop test while remaining thin enough to still fit into your pocket. The case is constructed with a matte texture for easy grip, is compatible with most third-party…

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10:37
Hedge fund managers want to buy more Apple stock but...

The heads of major hedge funds are so bullish on shares of Apple that they wish they could buy more, but doing so would put them at too great a risk with less diversification.

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10:28
T-Mobile brings Data Stash rollovers to Simple...

T-Mobile USA has announced plans to bring Data Stash -- a policy rolling over unused 4G data from each month -- to new and existing Simple Choice prepaid subscribers, having previously limited the perk to postpaid customers.

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10:18
iExplorer 3.6.7.0 - View and transfer all the files...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable. Features:

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod

Version 3.6.7.0:

  • Improvements to Photo and...

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10:12
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite), DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4, iMovie 10.0.7, Evernote 6.0.7, GraphicConverter 9.6, and Mailplane 3.4.1. 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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10:12
ExtraBITS for 16 March 2015

In this week’s collection of links, Adam Engst discussed Apple’s latest announcements on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Google revealed a new Chromebook Pixel, we found out if Apple’s switch from MagSafe to USB-C will endanger the 12-inch MacBook, product designer Greg Koenig examined the Apple Watch’s manufacturing process, the Wall Street Journal explained how Apple is taking over your local mall, and Josh Centers spoke about the CIA hacking Apple on The Dan Benjamin Hour. 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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10:07
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app

TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
 
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10:05
Opinion: Understanding the extended period between...

Apple has shown off the Apple Watch at a special event now on two occasions: first after the iPhone 6 last September, then after the new 12-inch MacBook last week. We know how the Apple Watch will look, how much it will cost, when we can buy it and for how much. Many developers are ready to ship apps for the Apple Watch, and we’re already seeing an accessory market for Apple’s wearable.
Since last week’s event, I’ve been thinking about why Apple might have chosen to have its second Apple Watch unveiling more than a month before people can actually buy the device. My conclusion? It’s...

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10:00
Iconic: The must-have Apple photo book [Sponsor]

Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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09:59
Review: Coogobox Symphony dock for iPhone 6 and...

Coogobox's Symphony ($70) is a new dock for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The aluminum dock is compatible with either device, and it comes with a built-in Lightning cable for charging. Symphony also works as an amplifier, as a small hole in the dock directs the iPhone's sound out through the front of the accessory. Coogobox also claims the Symphony's cable can be adjusted to allow for case compatibility. This is an important feature for a dock, but we had troubles in testing — read on for more details. Symphony comes in black or silver.{/exp:char_limit}

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09:54
Apple to Lure Android Users to iPhone With New Trade...

Apple plans to lure Android switchers to the iPhone by offering them Apple gift cards in exchange for their Android devices, reports 9to5Mac. The gift cards will be available under a new recycling and trade-in program that will provide in-store credit for users who trade in old smartphones, including those that come from rival smartphone manufacturers. The new program will work similarly to Apple's existing trade-in program, which provides users with gift cards for older Apple devices that can be used towards a new purchase. Value of the gift cards provided to Android switchers will vary based on the individual device, its age, and its condition. Apple has been making efforts in recent months to attract users...

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09:50
PDFKey Pro 4.1.4 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included). Features:

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German and French
  • Free support

Version 4.1.4:

  • Add Dutch localization
  • Update bundled JRE
  • ...

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09:38
Marvell ships first SDK support for Apple's iOS...

Marvell announced that it is the first silicon vendor to release a complete software development kit (SDK) for Apple's HomeKit, which it has paired with its controller and wireless components, noting that several manufacturers are already using its products to develop new HomeKit accessories.

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09:32
'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' Film...

Following the premiere of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine this weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas, reviews of the film have begun circulating in the media. The Guardian notes that the documentary portrays Jobs as "a man with dazzling talent and monomaniacal focus, but utterly lacking in empathy," with director Alex Gibney showing several examples of the late Apple co-founder's less-desirable behaviour that are typically overshadowed by his successes. "Yet this man, whose belief in his own righteousness was unshakeable, also terminated Apple’s philanthropic programmes, presided over huge corporate tax evasion, paid Chinese workers making iPhones a pittance, and only stumped up maintenance for his first daughter after dragging his ex-girlfriend through the courts,...

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09:25
Apple will offer Android switchers gift cards to...


Apple is preparing to launch another program to boost iPhone sales in its stores, a stated goal of CEO Tim Cook.
According to sources, Apple will soon introduce a new recycling and trade-in program that will accept non-Apple smartphones, notably including Android and BlackBerry devices, in exchange for gift cards to be used toward the purchase of new iPhones. In continuing to court Android switchers, Apple will use a similar system to the one it uses to repurchase iPhones, whereby Apple Retail Store employees determine trade-in values for devices by considering their cosmetic and functional condition.
The new...

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09:09
Apple issues new OS X 10.10.3 beta, fixing bug that...

Only a few days after the previous build was issued to developers, Apple has provided a new beta of OS X 10.10.3, addressing a crashing bug that affected the newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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09:01
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and just days after releasing the third beta to developers. Today's beta appears to be nearly identical to the third 10.10.3 beta released last week, but it appears to solve a problem that prevented beta 3 from working with the new 2015 Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The new beta, build 14D105g, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library, Photos for OS X is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture and is on...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

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08:59
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 build 14D105 to developers...


Less than a week following the previous seed, Apple has released build 14D105 of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both developers and users of the Public Beta. Apple has not yet said when 10.10.3 will be released to all OS X Yosemite users, but the increase in seeds in recent weeks likely indicates that a wider launch is fast approaching. As we’ve previously detailed, 10.10.3 will include the all new iCloud-based Photos app for the Mac, developer APIs for the new Force Touch Trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and a new Emoji picker...

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08:59
Users come forward, complain of anti-reflective...



You paid an arm, a leg and a spare kidney for your Retina display MacBook Pro.
Now it appears that the anti-reflective coating on it is susceptible to stains or wearing off entirely.
According to a growing number of complaints on the Apple Support Communities board, the anti-reflective coating seems to be staining or wearing off on a number of MacBook Pro notebooks and under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display when closed, and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small areas...

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08:30
Eddy Cue blasts Alex Gibney's 'mean-...

A fresh cinematic look at the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, has been met with scorn from Apple employees following its debut at the annual South by Southwest film festival.

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08:11
Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on...



The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.
That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

Apple has apparently added new ways to interact with OS X based on a super-hard press. The Taptic Engine gives you an extra click to let you know you’ve successfully pressed hard enough, and then the OS does extra, neat little things like popping up definitions, web page...

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08:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 128GB LTE $530,...

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:

Daily Deals: iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE $530, Logitech iPad Air Bluetooth keyboard...

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08:00
Today in the App Store -- MathStudio, OmniPlan and...

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 MathStudio, the new HERE navigation app, and an update to OmniPlan that brings the title to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as a unviersal app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Workout Plan - Fitness Schedule & Journal [Now free, down from $1.99] Workout Plan has been ranked a #1 downloaded Health & Fitness app in over 25 countries, and is used by thousands of individuals across the world to plan and log their workouts.

Etchings [Now free, down from $1.99] Instantly create beautiful etched illustrations from any photo!...

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07:58
X World: See You At The Sydney Mac Conference

I’ll be doing a couple of presentations in Sydney on July 9th and 10th at X World. Judging from the sessions in past years, it looks to be a great time that’s sure to make you smarter!

If you’re able, check it out at http://auc.edu.au/xworld/about/.

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07:55
Gibney’s Steve Jobs documentary coming to theaters...


Little-known until its debut at SXSW this weekend, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a North American theatrical release, and CNN Films for television broadcasts, Deadline Hollywood reports today. An earlier story from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that several Apple employees in attendance walked out early, and Apple’s Eddy Cue has used Twitter to denounce the film, calling it “inaccurate and mean-spirited.”
Very disappointed in SJ:Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It's...

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07:50
Intel Core M processor reviewed, results look...



If you’re curious as to the specs and benchmarks of Intel’s new Core M processor, which will be finding its way into the new 12-inch MacBook, the cool cats at AnandTech have gone bananas with a series of tests.
The Core M processor, which runs on 4.5 watts of power, features two cores and hyperthreading. The full test suite covers applications like Cinebench R15, X264 HD encoding and Mozilla Kraken testing. In the end, the Core M processor edged out its competition, defying the stereotype that “Core M equates slow” and that 4.5 watts of power limited the performance you’d get from the CPU.

Still, for short burst loads, the processor apparently runs great and adds credence...

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07:43
Inside the mad, mad world of TripAdvisor

Outside:No matter your destination, you will, at some point in your research, visit TripAdvisor. The company, with the humble mantra “real hotel reviews you can trust,” has become—on a rising tide of 200 million user reviews and counting—a travel-industry Goliath, able to turn obscure hotels into sold-out hot spots, carry new flocks of visitors on digital word of mouth to quiet destinations, even rewrite the hospitality standards of entire nations. For travelers the impact has been equally profound. For all the power of the service, it raises deep questions about travel itself, including, most pressingly, who do we want—who do we trust—to tell us where to go?I travel a lot less than I used to (hope to do more soon!) but wherever I go, I check TripAdvisor first....

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07:32
News: Report: Appointments not necessary to try...

Users looking to try on the Apple Watch in stores won’t absolutely need to make an appointment to do so, 9to5Mac reports. Apple’s latest memo preps employees to accommodate walk-in customers looking to try on an Apple Watch in its retail stores, calling appointments “recommended, but not necessary.” Whether you make an appointment or walk in and wait, the Apple Watch will be available for in-store previews starting April 10.…

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07:00
Accessible Apple: A Do it Yourself Guide to...

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When I saw the recent announcement that Apple would open its iOS beta program to the general public, I felt that the time had come to recap the various ways Apple accepts feedback on matters of accessibility. The Accessibility Department at Apple has a long track record of using customer feedback to drive improvement. While they don't always respond to comments or bug reports directly, evidence of their attention to feedback is clear in product updates that bring new features and stability. There are three primary ways to get in touch with the Apple engineers responsible for product development. They include: directly contacting the Accessibility Department, the Bug Reporter and Apple's catch-all feedback page.

The most effective way to contact Apple's Accessibility Department is to send an E-mail to <...

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06:52
Apple drops need for Watch app submissions to have...

Apple has tweaked the requirements for Apple Watch app submissions, eliminating a problematic phrase which asked for a screenshot taken with a real Watch, not iOS Simulator, prior to the device's release.

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06:50
News: Apple Watch shop pops up in Tokyo department...

An Apple Watch shop is popping up in a Tokyo Isetan department store as Apple positions to sell its watch beside some of world’s most respected — and expensive — watch makers. Photos of an enclosed construction space and additions to the mall’s maps show a permanent Apple Watch store going in right next to luxury jeweler Cartier, Macotakara reports. Although Apple has set up a process for handling watch sales out of existing Apple…

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06:46
Retina MacBook Pro Users Complain of Anti-Reflective...

A growing number of users have turned to the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors discussion forums and Facebook in recent weeks to voice their complaints about the anti-reflective coating on Retina MacBook Pros becoming stained or wearing off. The long-standing display issue appears to affect several MacBook Pros, including mid-2012 to mid-2014 models sold between June 2012 and present. The anti-reflective coating appears to be wearing off under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small areas of the screen, some users have shared pictures showing the anti-reflective coating...

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06:36
BlackBerry staggers back into the tablet market with...

Downtrodden Canadian device maker BlackBerry has revealed its latest effort to maintain some semblance of grip on the enterprise with the SecuTablet, a modified Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with security software provided by IBM and encryption hardware from Secusmart, a German firm acquired by BlackBerry in December.

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06:30
Tado smart thermostat gets IFTTT channel and API,...

Tado, the smart thermostat system I reviewed back in 2013, now has an IFTTT channel and an API, allowing it to control other home automation devices.

Tado° users will soon be able to connect their tado° Smart Thermostat to other appliances via IFTTT. This will enable the use of the tado° geolocation feature for purposes other than smart heating or cooling. In the very near future, when a tado° user leaves the house, not only will the heating automatically go to savings mode, but simultaneously the lights switch off, the alarm system activates, the garage door locks and landline calls reroute to their mobile.

The company...

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06:27
MacID unlocks your Mac with your Touch ID: Free for...

iMore:Want to be able to unlock your Mac using Touch ID? Now you can. What’s more, it’s free for the next two days. Beginning March 16th, the MacID iOS app is free, but only for 48 hours. It’s normally $4. It’s an app for your Touch ID-based iOS device, and it works in conjunction with a second app that you install on your Mac. MacID lets you lock your Mac with a swipe of the finger on your Touch ID-equipped iPhone or iPad.Doesn’t work with my 2011 Macbook Pro but should work on Macs that are capable of using Bluetooth LE.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
You WON’T need an appointment to try on Apple Watch...

How will Apple Watch be displayed in retail stores next month? Apple’s own “try on by appointment” language led many people to believe appointments would be required to actually go hands-on with Watches before making a purchase. 9to5Mac has confirmed, however, that try on appointments won’t be necessary and that retail staff plan to accommodate walk-in customers wishing to try on an Apple Watch.
Apple’s latest memo to retail employees, obtained by 9to5Mac, asks staff to prepare for several upcoming Apple Watch dates. Required final meetings and training will take place at the end of March, followed by online preorders on April 10, when the device will also arrive for “preview” in retail stores. In the memo, Apple confirms that appointments won’t be necessary to try on the device in stores, but they are recommended:
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06:10
T-Mobile extends 10GB free LTE data to prepaid...

T-Mobile announced Data Stash back in December, giving postpaid customers 10GB of LTE data free of charge and the ability to roll over their unused data month-to-month for up to a year. As of Sunday March 22nd, prepaid customers will now get to enjoy the same deal.

This month, we’re taking Data Stash even further.  I’m happy to announce that, starting Sunday March 22nd, Data Stash will start rolling out to Simple Choice prepaid customers. Every single one of our prepaid voice customers with a qualifying Simple Choice plan will start out with a Starter Stash with up to 10 GB of 4G LTE data. And when that’s all used up, they’ll start rolling forward their unused data for use up to a full year.  Automatically… and at no extra charge.

T-Mobile says that the...

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05:51
A detailed look at taking screenshots on your Mac

If you ever have the need to take a screenshot on your Mac, bookmark this guide.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Pepijn Bruienne Reverse-Interview by Charles Edge,...

Once again donning the yellow jersey, Charles Edge returns to reverse-interview Pepijn Bruienne, recorded back at the turn of the year. We’re so happy to have Charles back with his new role at Bushel, mostly because we can finally drag out the ‘scrum masters’ tag again. Lovingly polished by the awesome Aaron Lippincott, we’re splitting this one in two to get it out sooner rather than later.

About Allister BanksAllister has had the honor of writing a book with Charles Edge (http://url.aru-b.com/packtbook), an article or two for MacTech Magazine, and speaking at conferences like MacAdmins Conference at Penn State. He lives in NYC, contributes to various open source projects, and speaks enough Japanese to order food....

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05:36
AAPL’s performance & prospects make it a...

You might not think a stock outperforming the market and considered to have good future prospects would pose a problem for investors, but Reuters reports that it can prove challenging for fund managers.
The issue is that most diversified funds have rules or guidelines that state they shouldn’t hold more than 5-10% of their funds in any one stock. This, fund managers say, can pose three problems. First, there’s the obvious one: they may want to buy more of it than their own rules allow … 
John Burnham, manager of the $136 million Burnham Fund, says that he has already stretched a point in allowing AAPL to make up more than 15% of the fund, but would ideally like to buy more.
“I...

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05:32
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8:...

The Web is perhaps your Mac’s most obvious gateway to the outside world, and as a result, it’s one of the best places to find people and software that present threats to your security. Even though you’ve secured your Wi-Fi connection, selected good security settings, and chosen strong passwords, a brief visit to a malicious Web site can cause all sorts of harm to your Mac. In this chapter, I review several keys to safer Web browsing, including using SSL when possible, making sure your browser uses appropriate settings, and using a combination of common sense and technology to avoid phishing attempts and Web-borne malware.  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...

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05:32
Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

The place where your Mac most intersects with the outside world is via your Web browser, so Joe Kissell devotes an entire chapter of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” to explaining how you can surf the Web safely. 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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05:16
Designing for the Apple Watch, and some pro tips

Tech design agency Mutual Mobile put together a solid infographic laying out the process of designing for the Apple Watch as well as an interesting set of pro tips.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
External Link: Adam Springs Forward on The Tech...

On the latest episode of The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk about the many announcements at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, including the Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook (with a focus on USB-C and the new keyboard), and the Apple TV’s price drop. 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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05:12
Creature is a new 2D animation tool for the Mac

Kestrel Moon Studios has introduced Creature (http://creature.kestrelmoon.com), a 2D animation software for Mac OS X. It's designed with game developers, digital artists and web designers in mind.
Creature allows you to add animation to your digital content. With it you can automatically generate complex motion like Walk Cycles, Hair + Cloth Dynamics and other forms of secondary motion using the software's built in Physics and Procedural Animation Engine.
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05:11
The Race is on to double the iPhone's Battery...

The topic of batteries has been in the news a lot lately. In February we learned that Apple had been sued by an advanced battery company called A123 Systems for "employee raiding" or poaching. The technology could be for a car battery but also for advanced smart-device batteries. Last week Apple ...

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05:04
Limefuel announces USB-C portable battery charger

Limefuel (www.limefuel.com) has announced a charger specifically designed around the USB-C technology in Apple's new MacBook. The 24,000mAh device is designed to keep the laptop going all day long.
The Limefuel charger will feature two Type C ports and four USB ports for charging other mobile devices. Limefuel's new Macbook charger also features pass-through technology allowing multiple devices to charge at the same time.  The charger will be available in the second quarter of 2015 through Kickstarter at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.

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05:00
Yahoo rolling out on-damand passwords, texted to...

This is Yahoo’s latest twist on two factor authentication. You log in to your Yahoo account and enable on-demand passwords. You get a verification code via text, enter it, and you are signed up – On-demand passwords are enabled and your device is verified.Now, the next time you login, you’ll have the option of having a temporary password texted to your verified device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Daily Deals for March 16, 2015

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

AWT's Daily Deals

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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04:56
Kool Tools: Qube! render farm management solution

To satisfy growing demand in the automotive and design markets, PipelineFX (https://pipelinefx.com), which specializes in render farm management solutions, is releasing Autodesk VRED (www.autodesk.com) batch render support for Qube!, the scalable render management solution.
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04:30
Get ready for Skype for Business

Today’s post was written by Giovanni Mezgec, general manager for the Skype for Business team.
Today at Convergence, our CEO Satya Nadella encouraged companies to embrace the open exchange of information using intelligent, collaborative tools that enable people and organizations to achieve more. Delivering technology that helps people connect—to discuss, share and collaborate—is central to Microsoft’s mission to reinvent productivity.
We announced last November that the next version of Microsoft Lync would become Skype for Business. I am thrilled to announce that the technical preview of the Skype for Business client starts today, and that the new client, server and online service will become generally available starting in April! The tech preview gives...

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04:30
Office Delve—discover exactly what you need, when...

Today’s post about Delve was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team.
In his keynote today at the Convergence conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed Office Delve as a prime example of how Microsoft is reimagining productivity to help people work in new and more connected ways. Delve is an experience within Office 365 that surfaces relevant content and insights tailored to each person. It is powered by the Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions that occur across Office 365.
Today, we are excited to announce the rollout of Delve to all eligible Office 365 business customers worldwide. We’re also pleased to announce that Delve now surfaces content from email and social feeds within Office 365.
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04:30
Announcing the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team.
I’m pleased to announce the IT Pro and Developer Preview of Office 2016 for the Windows desktop. We’ve been in private preview with Office 2016 for several months. Now we’re ready to expand the program to our commercial Office 365 customers, an important milestone that gives IT pros and developers an opportunity to start testing the upcoming release. To be clear, this early build doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product. However, through the course of the preview, customers should expect to see new features delivered through monthly updates.
We’ll share more on the end-user enhancements planned for this release at a later date, but here’s a brief summary of some of the valuable updates for IT pros and developers.
Data Loss Protection (DLP)—Over the last few years we’ve added DLP...

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04:29
Brace yourself – Core M benchmarks illustrate likely...

Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop–which uses the same Broadwell Core M processor as Apple’s new ultraportable MacBook–has provided the first look at its likely performance. AnandTech‘s numbers show that in overall performance terms, the Yoga 3 Pro was delivering a little over 90% of the performance of the early 2014 MacBook Air which has far fewer pixels than the Retina MacBook…

There are a large number of variables beyond the CPU itself that can impact on benchmark...

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04:20
Production printer shipments see double digit growth

The worldwide production print market enjoyed double-digit year-over-year shipment growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). Unit shipments grew 17.1% to approximately 11,650 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 4.5% to nearly $1.4 billion in the same time period, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.
With exception of Japan, all of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year shipment growth in the production print space. Among the regions, North America grew 19.4% year over year, EMEA grew 23.2%, and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) was up 14.7%.
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02:28
St. Bernards and free French fries prove that...

What do Ronald McDonald, Jon Snow, and Windex have in common?AUSTIN—McDonald's, Windex, and Dove have nothing to do with tech startups, but that didn't stop them from showing up at South by Southwest Interactive this year in hopes that the tech festival's patina of cool would rub off on them.It's the same story every year: Brands descend on Austin, take over downtown bars and restaurants, and stage stunts designed to go viral on Twitter. Last year, it felt forced. But this year, companies tried a little harder to make sure their efforts at least had a tech tie-in.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
Apple Drifts Away From Jobs


Steve Jobs' Apple displayed a rather fascinating balance between design and utility. Granted, it often shifted more toward the design side, which resulted in problems like Antennagate, but that tended to happen when Jobs wasn't around. He made sure the products worked well and looked good -- he understood the need to do both. After Jobs left Apple in the 1980s, there were clearly changes to Apple's products. However, it wasn't until Windows 95 launched that folks actually seemed to look at Apple very differently, and not particularly favorably.

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04:00
Pad & Quill: Our sponsor, our friends, our...

We are honored to introduce the Apple World Today readership to this week's sponsor, Pad & Quill. 

Readers who followed us over from TUAW remember the array of handcrafted products that Pad & Quill has created over the years to protect our iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. Now the Minneapolis-based design firm is unveiling two new products designed for the youngest member of the Apple family: the Apple Watch.

It's fitting that Pad & Quill focuses on the family of Apple products, as proprietors Brian and Kari Holmes (that cute couple in the photo above) often use family as an inspiration for the products the company creates. In the case of the US$69.99 Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch (below), it was...

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03:35
Apple's Strong Calendar Q1 2015 Sales...

A report from Korea today notes that UBS is expecting that iPhone sales will reach 58 million this quarter while Barclays ...

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03:06
Neat Safari add-on lets you listen to Beats Music on...

If you enjoy listening to Beats Music on your MacBook, but hate having Flash on your machine (or just want better battery-life while listening to it), there’s now a Safari extension for that. BeatsMe allows you use the web player using HTML5 instead of Flash.
Developer Chris Aljoudi said he created the extension after being disappointed at finding the web player used Flash.

It’s completely free and very minimal. Install BeatsMe, and listen.beatsmusic.com just works using native HTML5 audio playback. No Flash required.
You even get better battery life in comparison as a free bonus!

Apple is slowly progressing its plans to relaunch the streaming music service as an Apple-branded product, the company folding Beats Music support...

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Sunday March 15

23:48
Exclusive March aerial tour of Apple Inc's...

Apple's Campus 2 mega-project continues to progress on its "Spaceship" Ring, where concrete panels are filling out a floor. Tunnels that will connect to parking garages are emerging, the first parking structure is getting its finishing steps before the installation of solar panels.

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20:27
Upcoming Apple Watch shop at Tokyo's Isetan...

Apple is constructing a dedicated Apple Watch shop at the trendy Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, a display that could become a permanent fixture when the device launches in April.

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19:12
Why I’m optimistic about gender equality in tech

iMore:I’m grateful to have witnessed changes like Title IX in my lifetime, but it’s not over yet. Today, we have many programs that support girls and women in technology fields, including my own project, App Camp For Girls. People recognize that discrimination in tech exists, and they’re taking action to level the playing field. As with Title IX, they offer support and encouragement specifically to girls and women so they can participate in this field to their fullest potential. Discrimination still exists in this field and likely will exist for some time. But I don’t get discouraged by the terrible stories circulating in the news on harassment and workplace discrimination. I don’t get frustrated with well-meaning but clueless commenters who think the status quo reflects innate gender differences. Instead, I’m spurred on to redouble my own efforts to make the future better.A good article by Jean MacDonald, formerly of the Mac developer Smile Software and the founder of App Camp for...

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14:45
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

Thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate...

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13:13
Who's afraid of the Apple Watch? $AAPL

Apple Watch has incited more mocking disbelief, concerned handwringing and passionate prognostications of doom--for Apple, for its buyers, for society in general--than any product since iPhone, with the potential exception of iPad. Maybe Apple is onto something here.

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12:03
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone on Jelly’s spectacular...

AUSTIN—When Twitter cofounder Biz Stone first came up with the idea for Jelly, an app that lets users ask questions for other users to answer, everyone he pitched it to loved the idea. But instead of feeling reassured, Stone felt unsettled. It was as if they idea was accepted too easily. (After all, most investors didn’t think Twitter would catch fire.) 
Jelly was easily funded, especially because Stone was behind it. Even so, Stone wasn’t exactly surprised when Jelly quickly fizzled out after an explosive number of downloads at launch. And from there, he decided to pivot.
Switching gears and not being afraid to fail were the reoccurring themes of Biz Stone’s session at South by Southwest on Saturday, “Biz Stone on Creativity and Redefining Success.” On stage, he openly discussed the story of Jelly, admitting defeat without any shame—because it was that failure that lead to the birth of his new app,...

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12:37
Pebble CEO welcomes Apple to the smartwatch party

Austin—South by Southwest Interactive is nothing if not a hub for the entire tech community to party, so smartwatch maker Pebble fittingly chose the conference to
release its SDK—Signature Drink Kit—to longtime backers.
Silly? Yes. But the company is getting ready to release Pebble Time, the next generation of its popular smartwatch, and already it’s a smash
success. More than 72,000 people have backed the Pebble Time Kickstarter to the tune of $18.5
million, shattering the crowdfunding site’s previous record. So Pebble’s small crew descended on Austin to celebrate, and invited its evangelists to join
them at the Pebbjama Jam. While Pebble supporters donned free pajamas emblazoned with Pebble logos and guzzled...

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11:24
Apple drops requirement for Watch app submissions to...


Apple had been confusing many Apple Watch app developers due to some confusing wording in the developer documentation for iTunes Connect, pictured above. The wording indicated that app submissions, including a Watch app, would require at least one screenshot of their app taken on an Apple Watch itself.
However, this was confusing as it was therefore impossible for developers to submit Watch extensions without owning an Apple Watch themselves. This caused some concern that there would be very few third-party apps on day one of the Watch launch (April 24th) as most developers would not get access to hardware aside from the select partners Apple worked with in Cupertino.
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11:00
Explaining the “USB 3.1 Gen 1” port in the Retina...

The announcement of the new Retina MacBook has prompted a flurry of attention to the USB Type C spec, a story we’ve been following since the port was just a gleam in the USB-IF’s eye. It’s not the first device to use Type C, but it’s certainly the most noteworthy, and it’s the first laptop that insists on using Type C for everything from power to data to display output.
Apple’s spec page for the new MacBook says that this port supports “USB 3.1 gen 1,” which there hasn’t been much discussion about. We know that the USB Implementers Forum...

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09:05
Review: Anker’s 60W 6-Port USB Charger is ready for...


USB chargers aren’t sexy, but they’re critically important to iOS users — so vital that every iPhone and iPad arrives with a basic one-port charger in the box. Without USB recharging assistance, these devices would literally be dead after one day of active use. And the more Apple devices you (or your family) use every day, the more valuable a multi-device charging hub becomes. When I travel with my wife and kids, I can’t leave the house without a charging solution for everyone’s iPads and iPhones.
Up until two or three years ago, few families had five or six Apple devices. Moreover, early multi-device chargers were expensive: Griffin charged $100 for an early five-port charging...

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07:38
IBM Works with BlackBerry and Samsung on New "...

In November we posted a report titled "BlackBerry and Samsung Form Alliance to Challenge Apple-IBM." It marked the very first time that the two companies had teamed up for a major product. The new partnership was designed to compete head-on with the new Apple-IBM alliance. Last night it was reported that the two companies are working ...

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06:42
Apple Granted Three Design Patents in China for...

It was discovered today in Hong Kong China's Patent Office database that Apple had received three design patents for their iOS feature known as "Tab View," late last month. An example of Apple's Tab view feature is presented in a screenshot below. This creative iOS feature was first introduced with iOS 7 for the iPhone and was then later added...

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05:52
An Apple Watch use case

Rob Richman, writing for Opinion8td, on his long hospital stay and the value of having a smart watch on his wrist.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Apple Watch Shop signage goes up at Isetan...

At the Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Apple is building a store specifically for the Apple Watch on the ground floor. Macotakara thinks it might be a permanent fixture because it is listed in the mall directory below.
Japan is one of the 9 countries where the Apple Watch will launch on April 24th. Earlier this week we saw the size of the Apple Watch Store at Galleries Lafayette in Paris and at London Selfridges. Apple also began advertising for its Apple Watch in its traditional stores this week....

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05:12
Fifteen Apple TV remote button combos you should know

Rene Ritchie, Editor-in-Chief of iMore, takes a walk through the Apple TV remote’s interface, lays out all the button combos that are, if not secret, certainly non-obvious.∞ Read this on The Loop

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01:05
Intel Will Reportedly Land Apple As a Modem Chip...

itwbennett writes After so many years of spinning its wheels, Intel is reportedly about to make a big step into mobile by providing Apple with LTE modem chips for its hot-selling iPhone. The news comes courtesy of VentureBeat, which cites two separate sources of the plans. The story says Apple will begin using Intel's new 7360 LTE modem processor in place of a Qualcomm chip, which has been there for a few generations.

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Thursday March 12

20:00
Sponsored: Electric Cars Get Energy From Unexpected...

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Friday March 13

04:00
Reality check: Apple Watch vs. Pebble Time (vs. no...

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08:09
The latest Apple car 'evidence': Building...

A new report is adding fuel to the rumors of an Apple car with evidence of a mysterious off-site research facility.
Citing unnamed sources, AppleInsider claims that the “Apple Car” is not just a concept, but a full-blown project that Apple is developing in secret away from its main campus. Most intriguingly, AppleInsider says it may have discovered the Sunnyvale, Calif., site where this research is reportedly taking place.
Here’s AppleInsider’s case in a nutshell:

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10:55
Al Gore challenges SXSW to focus online activism on...

AUSTIN—Days after he watched approvingly as Apple CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off a new MacBook and gave more details on Apple Watch, former Vice President Al Gore kicked off South by Southwest Interactive with a somber talk on climate change. How are the two related? Technology, of course.Years from now, if the world hasn’t been ravaged by fires, floods, and famines, Gore said the next generation will look back at us and ask: “How did you change?”“Part of the answer may well be that a group of people came to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2015 and helped to make a revolution,” Gore said.The audience of tech-minded folks who have descended on Austin for the music, film, and interactive festival was into what Gore had to say.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:55
Recap: All our Apple Watch and MacBook stories in...

This was a big week in the Mac world—Apple finally revealed its full launch plans for the Apple Watch, plus announced a new MacBook, refreshed the MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. ResearchKit is already helping medical researchers recruit new patients into their studies. And HBO Now is about to launch, bringing a standalone streaming service of HBO’s entire catalog to Apple devices like the cheaper-than-ever Apple TV.Whew. Kind of a lot.Tim Cook does a little recap at the end of every Apple special event, so we’re going to borrow a page from his playbook here. This list contains every story we wrote about this week’s news—perfect for catching up on anything you may have missed. (Have a great weekend!)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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17:52
Apple puts up in-store graphics for Apple Watch, new...

Apple Stores around the world installed new backlit displays Thursday night, showing off the company's latest and greatest products, including the Apple Watch and an all new ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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17:15
Fucking Google

Google leaked the complete hidden whois data attached to more than 282,000 domains registered through the company’s Google Apps for Work service, a breach that could bite good and bad guys alike.Nobody should have as much information about us as Google. Who knows what’s next.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:15
John Gruber: Apple Invented USB Type C

During its Spring Forward Apple media event, Apple announced that the new 12-inch MacBook would adopt the new USB standard USB Type C, which is a multifaceted port that can do multiple things like video and charging. In the newest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, John Gruber mentioned that Apple may have invented the new standard. I have heard, can't say who, but let's call them "informed little birdies", that USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standard bodies. And that the politics of such is that they can't really say that. They're not going to come out in public and say it, but they did. It is an Apple invention and they do want it to become a standard....

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Saturday March 14

16:11
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4

Introduces simpler scheme for dragging files and folders from the Finder. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new) 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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16:10
iMovie 10.0.7

Adds support for browsing and adding content from the beta version of the Photos for OS X app. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.0) 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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16:10
Evernote 6.0.7

Addresses some of the high CPU usage and note editing sluggishness experienced by previous versions. (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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16:10
GraphicConverter 9.6

Adds a variety of features and improvements to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 234 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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16:10
Mailplane 3.4.1

Fixes a crash associated with the Streak plug-in. ($24.95 new, free update, 20.8 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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13:20
‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ documentary...

Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s documentary about Steve Jobs. The film debuts at SXSW this month.
Sometimes I lose count of the movies about Steve Jobs but I’m pretty sure this one wasn’t on my radar until recently. Premiering at SXSW today is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”, a documentary funded by CNN and directed by Alex Gibney, who is just off releasing a controversial Scientology exposé “Going Clear”.
Alex Gibney is one of America’s pre-eminent filmmakers. He won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side and was nominated for Enron:The Smartest Guys in the Room. Most recently Mea Maxima Culpa:Silence in the House of God won three Emmys and a Peabody. This spring Going Clear:Scientology and the Prison of Belief and a Sinatra doc miniseries airs on HBO.
Reading the Q&As at...

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10:51
The New MacBook makes you Dream of What Could Be

Our only coverage of the Spring Forward Special Event this week centered on the new MacBook. When Apple's CEO Tim Cooked was cuing up the introduction of the MacBook he stated that "We challenged ourselves to take everything that we had learned designing iPhone and iPad and do something incredibly ambitious and bold. We challenged ourselves to reinvent the notebook ...

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10:42
teleport 1.2 - Use one mouse/keyboard to control...

teleport is a simple prefpane utility to let you use one single mouse and keyboard to control several of your Macs. Simply reach the edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your other Mac! The pasteboard can even be synchronized between the computers. It uses Bonjour to find available hosts. For controlling them, it catches the events of the master computer, sends me on the network using TCP, and uses some native CoreGraphics calls on the slave computer.Version 1.2:

  • teleport is now an app.
  • Released as open source on github.com/abyssoft/teleport.
  • Minor improvements.
  • Fix compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • May work with OS X 10.6

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09:18
The art of deception: How Apple attempts to keep its...

With connections drawn between a rumored Apple car project and a research company named SixtyEight, AppleInsider takes a look at some other ways Apple has attempted to keep its top-secret projects out of the public eye.

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09:13
Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV

jfruh writes Steve Jobs was a well-known audiophile and music lover, which helps explain why Apple transformed the music industry in the '00s with the iPod and iTunes. But according to a new biography soon to be released, Apple may have failed to do the same for TV because of Steve Jobs's disdain for the medium. One of his first acts upon returning to the company was to kill the flashy, expensive 20th Anniversary Macintosh, in part because it had a built-in TV tuner. "Apple will never make a TV again," Jobs declared.

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09:04
Gazelle wants to buy your old MacBooks and is...

Gazelle this week is looking to help readers make the jump to one of Apple's newly announced MacBooks by offering to pay hundreds of dollars -- and in some cases over $1000 -- for the previous generation MacBooks, with an added $20 bonus and extended 45 day price lock.

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08:22
Daiwa Securities: TSMC has Won Most of Apple's...

Today we posted a report titled "Samsung Wins SSD Contract with Apple for new MacBook." The news from Korea also noted that Samsung had won 80% of Apple's next generation A9 processor business ...

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07:53
Did Apple invent USB Type-C? Maybe a little bit

Lightning and USB Type-C Connectors
Yesterday on his Talk Show podcast, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber suggested that his Apple sources told him that Apple invented USB Type-C. Known for often insightful but always ‘not negative‘ Apple commentary, Gruber sometimes peppers his stories with info he’s gained from inside Apple which he calls “little birdies” (that haven’t been 100% recently, ...

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06:32
OsiriX 6.5 - 3D medical image processing software...

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

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06:14
∞ The rarest Pi Day of them all

Happy Pi Day. Huzzah! Please do commence with the celebrating and the carousing.So why is this Pi Day special? Read on.

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06:00
Caturday: Pebbles and the classic MacBook

Pebbles knows a MacBook when he sees one, and they are made of black or white polycarbonate and have LOTS of ports. None of this gold or space gray metal stuff, and one little USB-C port that even a mouse couldn't fit into! 

His human Glenn Wilhm sent us this photo back in the TUAW days, and we apologize to both Pebbles and Glenn for not getting the photo published earlier. As Glenn notes, "Pebbles is enjoying the warmth of my MacBook while checking out webcam images from around the world using PhotoStickies.  He doesn't understand why PhotoStickies is not more well-known and popular.  And he doesn't understand why he hasn't been featured on Caturday yet.  He thinks he's more handsome than most!"

Well, both Glenn and Pebbles are correct, and he's now been featured on Caturday! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story...

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05:00
9to5Mac’s newsletter brings every day’s Apple...

Redesigned for easier reading and a smaller download size, 9to5Mac’s Daily Newsletter is a great way to get a roundup of all of our reporting in your inbox!
There are so many Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch stories every day that it’s hard to keep up with everything. Our newsletter arrives every day at around 6PM Eastern Time, and wraps up all of the day’s news in a single convenient place. It’s a perfect way to quickly see what’s going on in the Apple world, even if you’re reading offline.
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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Falling Apples and Magical Pancakes


Apple dropped a few new facts about its Watch at this week's presentation. The hardware is interesting in that Apple is limiting what people can do with their 8 GB of storage. No more than a quarter of that can be filed with music, and photos can take up just 75 MB, which seems somewhat rudimentary. I'm glad to see the battery apparently lasts enough to see out a full day. Still, it's what you actually can do with the smartwatch that matters. The app ecosystem is all-important.

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03:46
Samsung Wins SSD Contract with Apple for new MacBook

Now that Samsung has reportedly sown up 80% of Apple's A9 processor business for the next generation iPhones, news out of Korea late yesterday claims that Samsung Electronics has struck another major chip deal with Apple with an estimated monetary value ...

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