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Tuesday April 14

19:59
OmniPlan 2.4 - Robust project management software. (...

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless. How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.Version 2.4: Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later.

  • Microsoft Project 2013 support -- Added support for importing and exporting Microsoft Project 2013 files. Please let us know if you experience any issues!
  • MPP Import Experience -- Reworked the user experience when importing a...

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19:59
Remotix 3.1 - Access all your computers from...

Remotix is a fast and powerful application to easily access multiple Macs (and PCs) from your own Mac. Features

  • Complete Apple Screen Sharing support - including Mac OS X login, clipboard synchronization, Apple adaptive codec and multiple display configurations
  • Automatic Bonjour server discovery as well as network scanners to find Macs and PCs to connect to
  • Complete SSH tunneling support with public-key and password authentication
  • Quick-access icon in Mac OS X menu for instant access to stored servers
  • Clean user interface

Version 3.1:

  • Modifier key mapping
  • Hide local cursor option
  • Vino server secure authentication support (Ubuntu Remote Desktop)
  • RDP login is not uppercased by default anymore
  • RDP empty password login
  • Registration through proxy
  • Saving last category or scanner selection
  • Black or gray background
  • Improved...

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19:06
12-inch MacBook teardown provides closer look at its...


We saw teardowns of the 2015 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro last month, but now a Feng.com user has provided us with the first teardown of the all-new 12-inch MacBook. Apple heavily touted the internal design of the laptop during its...

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06:10
Apple announces WWDC 2015 dates: Mark your calendars...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 8, and it’s gonna be a big one. Apple

We expect Apple to emphasize Watch apps at this year's WWDC.

WWDC will take over San Francisco’s Moscone West June 8–12. Developers making the trek to the Bay Area to “learn about the future of iOS and OS X” can register for for the opportunity to buy tickets by random selection starting now. Make sure to sign up by 10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, April 17 for a chance to be selected. Apple will let developers know by 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 20 whether they have been picked to attend. WWDC tickets cost $1,599....

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07:53
iOS 8.4 beta brings a Music app overhaul

Apple’s Music app is getting a major facelift in iOS 8.4, with the goal of making it easier to use.
The new app is available now for developers through theiOS beta program. 9to5Mac has postedseveral screenshots, and there’s also a video walkthrough on YouTube.
Apple has significantly reworked the Music app’s layout in iOS 8.4, starting with the buttons on the bottom of the screen. The old Radio and Playlists buttons are still there, but Apple has consolidated the Artists, Songs, and More buttons into a single My Music section. This new section shows Recently Added music on top, followed by an alphabetical list that users can sort by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, and more....

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08:00
What to expect from your Apple Watch try-on...

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10:56
Get ready for an explosion of ResearchKit apps...

One of the most promising announcements at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event last month was the introduction of ResearchKit, an open-source framework that lets medical researchers tap into our iPhone addictions with apps that collect and study our health data. On Tuesday, Apple officially made ResearchKit available to all researchers and developers.
ResearchKit rolled out last month with institutions like Mount Sinai, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Stanford Medicine already on board. Those early ResearchKit partners developed apps for patients to track symptoms of diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and breast cancer treatment aftereffects....

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15:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Core Animator, Graph Builder,...

Core Animator, Graph Builder, Ninox, and more apps for work and studyIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find animation tools for programmers, software for serious coin collectors, and a little help for kids who are having trouble with fractions.Core Animator 1.0.5If you program for a living, you know that coding complex animations by hand is about as fun as riding a bicycle underwater without any air supply. Luckily, Polished Play’s $100 Core Animator comes to the rescue with an animation system designed specifically for developers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:36
Xsan: compatibiliteit van SAN-clients met Xsan en...

Lees hier welke versies van StorNext in hetzelfde SAN met Xsan-controllers kunnen worden gebruikt en welke versies van Xsan in hetzelfde SAN met StorNext-controllers kunnen worden gebruikt.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201256

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17:15
Digital Music Finally edged out CD's for the...

In a new report published today, we're learning that revenue from digital-music downloads and subscriptions edged out those from CDs for the first time in 2014, holding overall sales steady at about $15 billion globally. Our report presents you with statistics and various key elements that were found in a major report from the music industry

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16:22
Move your content to your new MacBook

Learn how you can migrate your content from another Mac to your new MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015).

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16:14
Move your content to a new Mac

Migration Assistant transfers your accounts, documents, and settings from another computer to your Mac.

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15:27
Apple Acquires a Key 3D Camera Company out of Israel

Yesterday we posted a report on Intel's Developer Conference that was held in Shenzhen China last week. One of the key announcements involved bringing their 3D RealSense camera to notebooks this fall as noted above in our cover graphic. Days earlier we posted a report titled "Intel's RealSense 3D Camera Headed for Smartphones in Q4." Adding a 3D camera to...

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15:00
Today in the App Store -- Fleksy Keyboard, Workflow...

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 Fleksy Keyboard, the new Leawo Blu-ray Player and a major update to Workflow. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

iDarkroom - Manual Camera, Photo Editor, Best Toon & Hand Drawn Filters [Now free, down from $0.99] iDarkroom is a REAL-TIME, INTUITIVE, POWERFUL photo editor.

Fleksy Keyboard - Fast, Custom Typing [Now free, down from $0.99] Fleksy is the most fun, customizable way to type, and officially the fastest keyboard in the world.

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14:59
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

I’ll be honest, I like my iPad better, but a lot of people really like the Kindle. They dropped the price, so if you were waiting for that, here’s your chance.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:43
Mac computers that can use an Apple USB SuperDrive...

With an Apple USB SuperDrive or MacBook Air SuperDrive, you can play or burn both CDs and DVDs. Use the table below to determine if your computer can support the Apple USB SuperDrive or MacBook Air SuperDrive.

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14:31
If a watermark doesn't appear in a transcoded...

In some situations, a source file might not transcode correctly in Compressor 4.2. Learn why this might happen and how to fix the issue.

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14:25
Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery


Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies. Attendees will get access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of the OSes, as well as best practices for enhancing an app's functionality, performance, quality and design. As in the past, Apple will issue the $1,600 tickets to the event through random selection.

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14:03
Teen Interest in Apple Watch Drops Ahead of Launch,...

Apple Watch demand among U.S. teens remains relatively low even as the device's launch approaches, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's latest semiannual teen survey, which asked approximately 6,200 teens in the United States about their device usage habits and future buying plans. Only 11 percent of teenagers surveyed plan on purchasing an Apple Watch, down from 16 percent in the fall survey. Of those 11 percent, the top reason teens cited for wanting an Apple Watch was style, followed by design. Only five percent of teens currently own a smart watch. We believe the lower purchase intent reflects a wait and see approach to the Watch as it seems unclear what will be the "killer app" for the Watch. We expect teens to be a good market for the Apple Watch given the popularity of the iPhone, but believe it will take time for influencers (celebrities) to make the watch popular among...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 14, 2015

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There's news for everybody on the AWT News Update today:

  • Digital camera buffs will soon be able to control their Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad with a new Manfrotto accessory
  • Apple Pay hasn't launched yet in China, with banks and credit/debit card system operator UnionPay balking at the fee Apple wants
  • Foxconn is buying 50,000 - 60,000 used iPhones every day to resell in China
  • Not buying an Apple Watch? You can get a heck of a deal on a Motorola Moto 360 thanks to sales from Google, Best Buy and Amazon

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13:40
Did Apple and its ad designers steal from Brazilian...


A famous Brazilian artist has sued Apple and two artists, alleging that his work has been copied in a number of company advertisements.
The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in federal court in Miami, claims that the two artists that Apple paid for its “Start Something New” campaign, Craig & Karl, stole from Romero Britto’s “pop art” style.
Britto moved from Brazil to Florida when he was 24 years old. A few years later, in 1993, Britto opened a large gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami—and Apple followed suit with its own store on the same street 15 years after that. As the Brazilian artist’s fame grew, he was able to license his images onto various commercial products.
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13:13
∞ “Smells Like Teen Spirit” played on floppy drives

Not using floppy disks, but the drives themselves.

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13:10
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off...

Apple today announced it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed live to developers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. “The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.”

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13:07
The WWDC logo animated in CSS

This is just full of awesome. More great work from Donovan at CSS Animation.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:07
A Look at LinX Camera Technology That Could Appear...

Apple's recent acquisition of LinX Imaging is one of the company's more exciting acquisitions in the last several months, as the technology being developed by LinX could lead to some significant improvements in camera quality in future iOS devices. Given the significance of the purchase, we wanted to take a deeper look at LinX's technology and what it could do for future iPhone photography. No More Protruding Camera LinX specializes in multi-aperture cameras for mobile devices, which offer several benefits over single aperture cameras, including the ability to pack impressive image quality in a smaller size. With a multi-aperture camera, LinX is able to take advantage of several smaller sensors rather than one large sensor, preventing the camera from needing a longer lens. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were equipped with protruding lenses so Apple didn't have to sacrifice image quality for...

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13:05
AltConf dates and more speakers

The dates are now confirmed. I’ll be attending AltConf too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:04
Apple Announces ResearchKit Available to Medical...

Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.”

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13:00
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved masking for color grading and effects, native support for more camera formats, and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 extends the power of 3D titles with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. “From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first-time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

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13:00
ResearchKit now available to medical researchers

Apple announced today that ResearchKit is now available to researchers and developers. As you may recall, ResearchKit is a software framework that's designed to help doctors, scientists, and other researchers gather data with more frequency and accuracy by using the sensors built into iPhone.

ResearchKit, which is open source, allows any medical researcher to take advantage of specific modules to speed the development of research study apps and to also build new modules for submission to be adopted as part of ResearchKit. The initial modules address:

  • Participant consent: customizable template that can be customized to explain the study and obtain participant signatures. The module can even add video segments explaining the study and an...
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12:25
Apple Watch will be showcased at Salone del Mobile...

The Apple Watch may not be available in Italy at launch, but Apple will be showcasing its new device at the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan on Friday. According to the design-centric magazine Wallpaper (via Tim Bradshaw), Apple is planning a one-day only preview and try-on event at the design exhibition on April 17th. The Apple Watch’s presence will mark Apple’s first time attending the design fair.
While Apple was noticeably absent from last month’s Baselworld luxury watch trade show, Apple’s Design VP Jony Ive expressed his excitement over the Apple Watch being featured during the upcoming design exhibition....

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11:30
How Apple Pay assists you even when you encounter...

Apple last year unveiled Apple Pay during in its September Special event. While most people are aware of how Apple Pay works on the surface, there are many details that you don’t discover until you start using the service. One such scenario involves the extremely helpful way Apple handles a credit card that’s been canceled due to fraud.

One of the most inconvenient parts of dealing with fraudulent credit card purchases is the inevitable closing your card and the issuing of a new one. I had this happen to me recently, and it was quite inconvenient to not have access to my card when I had plans to use it. Equally frustrating was the fact that I could see the new number in my online account, but could not access it until my card arrived. Because my fraud happened on a Friday night, I was without my credit card until the following Tuesday.

If I had used Apple Pay with this card, my...

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11:29
Mac Basics: Preview app views and edits images and...

Preview makes it easy to view and edit Portable Document Files (PDFs) and popular image files including JPEG, TIFF, and PNG.

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11:07
1Password 5.4 for iOS includes Apple Watch support,...



This could come in handy.
A recent update shows that the mighty 1Password application now includes support for the Apple Watch. Version 5.4 of the app will let you access important information like credit card numbers and one-time passwords directly from your wrist.
While the Apple Watch presently lacks a true keyboard or Touch ID scanner, it’s thought that the app will rely on the iPhone it’s paired with to work with the new version of 1Password to communicate with the Apple Watch.

The new version of 1Password includes a bevy of new fixes, features and enhancements and is available in the App Store.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback...

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11:01
Ground Control + Bushel = A Comprehensive iOS...

Bushel is a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. We can manage all kinds of cool things, but there are a few things we can’t do. These include:

  • Controlling where app badges are on screens
  • Enrolling without first entering a wi-fi password
  • Supervising devices that aren’t managed using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP)
  • Updating iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches) to the latest operating system

Apple Configurator can do many of these tasks, but has limitations. There’s a tool out there called GroundControl. GroundControl is super-simple to use, like Bushel. GroundControl can deploy a backup to a device, which is how it controls where badges are on screens. GroundControl can also provide the wi-fi credentials to get on a network, places devices into supervision (so Bushel can easily manage Activation Lock Bypass on non-DEP enabled devices),...

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10:59
Apple Acquires Israeli Camera Tech Company LinX...

Apple has purchased Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging for approximately $20 million, reports The Wall Street Journal. LinX specializes in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices and it's possible that Apple will use the company's technology in upcoming iOS devices. Last year, LinX announced the launch of miniature multi-aperture cameras half the height of standard mobile cameras with the ability to create "stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps" for SLR image quality without the bulk of an SLR camera. The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end. Device makers are striving to differentiate using imaging capabilities but the pixel size...

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10:44
HoudahGeo adds support for the new Mac OS X Photos...

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 4.1, an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).
The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. The app can load images from iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom libraries. HoudahGeo 4.1 can now also use photos from the new Apple Photos media library.
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10:42
Apple releases open source ResearchKit framework to...

One of the non-Apple-Watch things that Apple talked about onstage at its product event last month was ResearchKit, a new framework that (with explicit permission from the user) could turn your phone into an always-on, always-with-you tool for collecting health data. As promised, Apple has now released the framework, which is available not just to iOS developers but also as an open source project on GitHub.
The framework includes three basic building blocks for developers to use: the first, called Participant Consent, allows you to explain the parameters of your study, what data you're collecting, and what you'll be doing with that data....

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10:07
OWC Envoy Pro mini is now available

OWC World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the Envoy Pro mini, an aluminum, pocket-sized thumb drive with the capability of a full-sized desktop-class SSD.
It's available now in 120GB and 240GB capacities for US$119 and $199, respectively. A 480GB is in the works and will cost $599.
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10:05
Using 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with your Mac

Learn which Mac computers can use 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs. Also learn what the requirements are and how to set up and adjust the display or TV.

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10:00
'Workflow' for Apple Watch Brings...

Popular iOS app Workflow was today updated with support for the upcoming Apple Watch, bringing its highly useful task automation capabilities to the wrist-worn device. For those of you unfamiliar with Workflow, it's a powerful automation app that was first launched on iOS last December. Workflow lets users create actions and connect apps to automatically perform a huge range of tasks on the iPad or the iPhone. Workflows can be built from a series of actions to perform tasks like making GIFs from a series of photos, creating PDFs from websites, appending content or recordings to Evernote, seeing older versions of websites, getting images from websites, and translating text on the clipboard. There are hundreds of actions that can be combined for an endless number of different workflows. On the Apple Watch, Workflow...

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10:00
60-Second Tip: Assigning photos to contacts

When I receive a phone call from a friend or relative, I like to be able to see at a glance who it is who's calling. To make the process of identification incredibly easy, it's nice to have that contact's face show up on my screen. In today's 60-Second Tip, I'll show you how to assign photos to your contacts. 

This feature is very useful in iOS 8, since your "recents" and "favorites" are identified by either a photo or a circular button containing the contact's initials. With your "circle of friends" on the Apple Watch, being able to identify someone from their photo will be extra-helpful.


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09:45
Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During...

SternisheFan sends this quote from the Washington Post:
Gaioz Nigalidze's rise through the ranks of professional chess began in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. In hindsight, the timing might not be coincidental. On Saturday, Nigalidze, the 25-year-old reigning Georgian champion, was competing in the 17th annual Dubai Open Chess Tournament when his opponent spotted something strange. "Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet," Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said. "I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren't occupied." Petrosian complained to the officials. After Nigalidze left the bathroom once more, officials inspected the interior and say they found an iPhone wrapped in toilet paper and hidden behind the toilet. "When confronted, Nigalidze denied he owned the device," according to the tournament's Web site. "But officials opened the smart...

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09:16
Would Steve Jobs have liked the new biography? I don...

Andy Hertzfeld:I suspect that Steve Jobs would not be thrilled with Becoming Steve Jobs, a new business biography by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. While it’s a worthwhile book filled with previously unheard stories and insightful industry analysis, Steve would have disliked it because of the persistent negative spin it applies to the first half of his career. That’s why it’s puzzling to see Apple throw their considerable weight behind it.Interesting comments from Hertzfeld, a guy who was there in the beginning. While he acknowledges his own biases, he does bring up some interesting questions about the descriptions of the early part of the book, the lack of interviews of the people involved in those early days and why Apple threw considerable weight behind this book. He does say the book is interesting and still worth a read. Like most biographies, it takes several versions and editions to get a complete picture of the subject and even then, you are looking through a foggy...

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09:15
Apple's ResearchKit is now available to medical...

Apple says its ResearchKit is now available to medical researchers. It's a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices, is now available to researchers and developers.
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09:12
The Defiant Tour Documentary: An indie band’s...

The Defiant Tour Documentary is a never before examination of the finances of a touring band and what it takes to go on the road.We’ve all seen big bands show up to gigs in their limos, but what does it take for an indie band to tour the U.S.? Lonero wants to show you with this new documentary. I’m supporting this one.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:50
SteerMouse 4.2.3 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well. SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more. SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.Version 4.2.3:

  • Now supports the side wheel.
  • Problem solved where the double click would not work on OS X 10.10.3.
  • Problem solved where the Dock would not respond to the mouse cursor on certain mice.
  • OS X 10.4 or later

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08:42
Protecting the Apple Watch from scratches - what...

Apple is officially launching the Apple Watch on April 24th with pre-ordering available now online. Customers who sucessfully pre-ordered are waiting for their Watch and thinking about what accessories they will need to complement the device. One major area of concern is whether they will need something to protect the device from scratches and broken screens. In this post, we will examine how fragile the Apple Watch may be and offer ways that you can protect your investment.

Will scratching be a problem?

Apple confirmed that it would be offering the Watch with two different display materials — Ion-X glass in the Watch Sport and sapphire in the Watch and Watch Edition. The Ion-X glass was included in the Sport model because it is lightweight yet strong, matching the design aesthetics of the deivce. Ion-X also is cost efficient to produce as it uses a...

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08:23
New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier


A new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for $999. The computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control, according to 3DR. Built on 1-GHz Cortex A9 ARM chips running Linux, the computers allow operators to preprogram the drone's flight path so they can concentrate on shooting video or stills from the unmanned aircraft system and not be distracted by piloting tasks.

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08:21
Send iTunes Gifts

Learn how to send iTunes Gifts in the iTunes Store, iBooks Store1, and App Store. In the iTunes Store, you can gift a dollar amount or books, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, or apps from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, or PC. Use these steps to send a gift from the iTunes Store.

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08:00
New Office Delve People Experiences in Office 365

Today’s post on Delve was written by Mark Kashman a senior product manager on the Office 365 team.
Through others we become ourselves.”
—Lev S. Vygotsky
A company’s most important assets are its people—YOU. The knowledge and experience of you and your colleagues collectively brings great value to your company. And as you communicate and work out loud together within Office 365, the value of your work can be surfaced and discovered by others in Delve.
Today, we are announcing enhancements to Office 365 that leverage Delve for easier people-based discovery and greater self-expression:

  • People-based search and discovery—Enhancing the user profile experience
  • A new way to express yourself in Office 365—Introducing the new Office 365 page authoring canvas
  • Office Delve goes mobile—unlocking better discovery through people—New mobile apps for Android...
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08:00
6 updates for Power Query for Excel

Today’s post was written by Miguel Llopis, program manager on the Power Query team.
A Power Query for Excel update is now available for you and is packed with lots of new features including:

  • New Navigator dialog
  • Ability to create new queries from the Query Editor
  • New Launch Editor button on Power Query ribbon tab
  • Additional operators for date filtering in Query Editor
  • Database connections—added support for Port number
  • Additional Performance improvements


 
You can continue reading below for more details about each feature.
New Navigator dialog
The new Navigator dialog replaces the Navigator task pane, giving you search capabilities, an enhanced preview experience and optimized layout.

  • Ability to search items in the tree...
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06:29
First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks...



This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.
On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.
At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been...

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06:13
Apple’s WWDC kicks off June 8 at San Francisco’s...

Apple will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed to developers.
WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year.
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06:09
Apple announces WWDC 2015 details

It's that time of year, Apple developers. The company has announced that WWDC 2015 will take place from June 8-12 in San Francisco. Apple notes that the event will feature over 100 sessions, and scholarships will be available to students and members of participating STEM programs. 

Developers who want tickets may send two tributes from their districts to compete in an outdoor arena. Once a tribute has been announced, another eligible person of the same gender may volunteer in their stead, though this is very unusual. 

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06:03
Apple Announces WWDC Dates While Hinting that...

Apple officially announced that their World Wide Developer Conference will take place between the dates of June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco's Moscone West. Apple's Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, hinted ...

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05:47
iOS 8.4 moves audiobooks to iBooks, adds separate...

Apple's newly released iOS 8.4 beta relocates audiobooks out of the Music app into iBooks, and it adds a separate launcher for them in CarPlay, AppleInsider has discovered.

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05:29
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference runs from...


Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us again: this year's dates run from June 8 to 12, and as usual the conference takes place in San Francisco at Moscone West.
WWDC is, first and foremost, a gathering place for developers, who need to sign up for the chance to buy tickets via a random selection process. You'll need to sign up by 10am Pacific this Friday, April 17. This process is bound to disappoint many of those who sign up, though it is in some ways preferable to the first-come-first-serve stampede of years past. Tickets for WWDC 2013 sold out in under two minutes. Developers who can't show up in person (and anyone else, really) will be able to livestream some of the developer sessions using...

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05:06
What's bugging you?

Hello readers. Today I've come to you with a question. 

We all love Apple, its products and its services. But using our iPhones, our iPads, Macs, iCloud and soon Watch isn't always as smooth as we'd like. So, we want to know:

What aspect of your digital life is giving you the most trouble right now? 

iCloud? Apps? Quirky Mac stuff? Ongoing frustrations? Leave your answer in the comments. We're eager to hear. Thanks! 

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05:05
WWDC 2015 Ticket Lottery Opens for June Event

Apple has opened the lottery for WWDC 2015 tickets, so if you want the opportunity to pay $1,599 to attend, head over to Apple’s site and sign up. 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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05:00
Skype for Business is here!

A few weeks ago, we announced the technical preview of the Skype for Business client, and today, we’re thrilled to announce that the new Skype for Business client is now rolling out as part of the April monthly update for Office 2013! In addition, Skype for Business Online is now rolling out to Office 365 customers worldwide, and we expect the roll out to be complete by the end of May.
If you currently use Lync Online in Office 365, the new Skype for Business user experience will appear for you in the coming weeks. For customers that need a little more time to prepare for Skype for Business, we have provided the ability for administrators to switch between Skype for Business and the traditional Lync user interface.  You can learn more...

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04:54
Apple to show 'the future of iOS and OS X...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it historically has unveiled the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X, will kick off on June 8 this year, the company announced on Monday.

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04:30
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

WWDC 2015 will take place in San Francisco, June 8–12. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Learn more about WWDC.

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04:30
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

WWDC 2015 will take place in San Francisco, June 8–12. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Learn more about WWDC.

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03:55
Recommended Reading: 'The Leica M Photographer...

Few things are more respected than the legacy of the beloved Leica camera. Those who shoot with the prestigious Leica models understand what it feels like to work with the best camera ever made, and even those who do not shoot with it appreciate the talent required to operate such a device.
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03:26
External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Robot Spiders on...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined Gene Steinberg, The Tech Night Owl, to discuss his Apple Watch pre-order plans, the new MacBook, rumors of a new Apple TV, and Intel’s demonstration of wristband-controlled robotic spiders. Is Tom Selleck the only hope for the human race? Find out in Josh’s most interesting Tech Night Owl appearance yet. 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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03:20
Smart bulbs marching into the smart home

Philips kicked off the smart bulb market nearly three years ago with its pricey Hue bulb, but at this year’s CES a horde of new entrants emerged.  The transition from incandescent to more energy efficient bulbs is an opening through which smart bulbs – LED bulbs with wireless radios built in, which can be controlled remotely – are gaining a foothold according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).
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01:35
Foxconn Subsidiary Now Sells Second-Hand iPhones...

According to new Tencent (Chinese-language news site) report, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been engaged in selling second-hand iPhones

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01:05
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPad...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the iPad Smart Cover magnetic assembly and three design patents.

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00:41
$150 laser pointer can stay steady even if your...

Is there a market for a $150 laser pointer when you can get one anywhere for a few bucks? Maybe, in special cases or, as the creators of SteadyLaser believe, if the user shakes like a leaf when he has to speak in public. SteadyLaser promises to cance...

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00:33
Future iPhones might automatically broadcast IM-...

iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users.

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00:00
Deliver compelling presentations using Office Mix...

We’re always looking for ways to improve how you can use Office Mix to deliver a compelling presentation and better engage your audience. We’ve done just that with two vital additions to Office Mix, Slide Notes and Closed Captioning.
Be prepared with Slide Notes
One of the most important aspects of delivering an effective presentation is being adequately prepared and knowledgeable enough to adapt on-the-fly. You may remember a presentation technique taught to us in grade school, which is to rely on notecards to ensure you hit your most salient points.

With Slide Notes, the concept and experience are much the same. When you click the MIX tab in the PowerPoint ribbon, and then click the Record button, the recording view will...

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11:01
MacTech Benchmarks: Outlook, Email Account Types,...

Last month Microsoft announced the Office 2016 Mac Preview. Naturally, it includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook 2016.
The new Outlook sports a complete overhaul of the innards of the free email service built to keep you connected across your devices with organizational tools and a suite of Microsoft apps and services. So how much faster is Outlook 2016 when compared to Outlook 2011?”
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Monday April 13

21:10
Build an Xsan with Thunderbolt Shared Storage

Tags: thunderboltI saw something wonderful and new at NAB today. The Accuses ExaSAN Thunderbolt shared storage shouldn't exist but there it is. With 16 x 4TB drives and 4 Thunderbolt ports out the back to connect 4 clients (one of which could be a Mac mini acting as a Xsan 4 controller). That leaves 3 spots for Mac clients for a small editing SAN or post-production workflow. Prices to be revealed soon, I hope. Very interesting for small setups.
Blog post with pictures.

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07:33
Report: Apple sold more than a million Apple Watches...

All models of Apple Watch quickly sold out when preorders began overnight last Friday, but now we have a better idea of which Watches were most popular. Apple

This was the bestselling Apple Watch on Frday, Slice Intelligence said.

According to e-retail research firm Slice Intelligence, 957,000 people in the U.S. bought an Apple Watch on Friday—and many of those people bought two. The space gray Apple Watch Sport with a black Sport band was the bestselling Watch, which reflects anecdotal data we’ve heard from readers and colleagues.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:57
Apple Watch battery pack guaranteed to kill the...

One of the nice things about the Apple Watch is that we can finally appreciate the design of the thing, unadorned by the ugly cases that have tarnished the iPhone landscape.
Or so we thought. While the Apple Watch isn’t launching until later this month, a bulky battery case called Wipowerband is already promising to turn Jony Ive’s design masterstroke into an eyesore. The Wipowerband snaps underneath the watch body to connect with Apple’s magnetic charging contact, and stuffs a 250mAh battery into a wraparound wristband.
The result is a more of a smart cuff than a smartwatch, one that’s guaranteed to obscure the look and detract from the comfort of whatever high-priced Watch band you’ve selected—and probably block...

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12:00
Apple introduces 3D titles in Final Cut Pro 10.2,...

Final Cut Pro is the go-to Mac app for serious Hollywood filmmakers, but the powerful video-editing software is getting easier to use for amateurs, too. Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.2 and updates to companion aps Motion and Compressor on Monday with easy-to-use tools for 3D effects in title creation, faster video editing, and packing movies for sale in the iTunes Store.
The updates are available today in the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users, or $300 for Final Cut Pro 10.2, and $50 each for Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2.
The major Final Cut Pro upgrade includes 3D titles, better masking tools for effects and color grading, GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing (even dual GPU support for Mac Pros), and adds support for video formats like Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. You can now optimize RED RAW files 2.5 times faster than in the previous version of Final Cut Pro,...

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12:30
You Should Play: Four Letters gives you seconds to...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 
You’ve got four letters on the bottom—tap them in the correct order to make a word appear on the top. Repeat until time runs out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:15
The Week in iPad Cases: WaterField's new...

...plus, a stylish cross-body purse from Knomo and one-of-a-kind sleeves from PortenzoThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases is heavy on the carry-all: You’ll see WaterField’s awesome new bike bag, a stylish purse from Knomo that has a dedicated spot for your iPad, a create-your-own folio from This is Ground, and much more. Read on to see the latest iPad case models.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20:03
Pandora Radio adds Apple Watch app for remote music...


Apple revealed the first look at its all-new Music app for iPhone and iPad with the first beta release of iOS 8.4 today, which brings a new look to iTunes Radio among other major changes. Pandora Radio, the similarly-modeled music streaming service that’s arguably superior to iTunes Radio in music variety and selection, released a timely update this evening adding Apple Watch...

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19:59
Apple Safari 8.0.5 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by opening App Store.app and clicking on the Updates tab. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience. Note: Safari 7.1.4 (for OS X 10.9) and 6.2.4 (for OS X 10.8) are also available, but only through Software Update in App Store.app.Version 8.0.5: Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this...

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19:59
Apple Motion 5.2 - Create and customize Final Cut...

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

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

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

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

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19:59
OS X Server 4.1 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (...

Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more. OS X Server is an application you can add to OS X Yosemite right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running OS X Yosemite into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.Version 4.1:

  • Updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
  • Profile Manager support for new features, Mobile Device Management commands, and payloads introduced in iOS 8.3.
  • Caching Server configuration option to output DNS TXT records in Windows format.
  • Messages service improvements for group access.
  • Enhancements for Profile Manager device searching. xcUser and Group accounts can now be exported to a file.
  • Improved...

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19:59
AirPort Utility 6.3.5 - Set up and manage your Wi-Fi...

Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update. Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more.Version 6.3.5: Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • AirPort Express
  • AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule

Download Now...

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19:59
Apple Compressor 4.2 - Adds power and flexibility to...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features. Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro

  • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
  • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
  • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
  • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.

Time-Saving Encoding Workflow

  • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
  • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
  • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
  • Build batch...

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19:59
Skim 1.4.11 - PDF Reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.Version 1.4.11: New Features

  • Add notes for selected search results through contextual menu.
  • Placeholder for output file in PDF-TeX sync command.
  • Toolbar button images on Yosemite consistent with new style.

Bugs Fixed

  • Reopen last open documents also when restoring Skim at login.
  • Correct notes ordering, notes creation and reading bar on PDFs with rotated pages.
  • Improve determination of mouse cursor.
  • Resolution independent drawing of artwork for retina displays.
  • Don't use source list style tables on OS X 10.10 Yosemite for inconsistencies with new style.
  • Improve performance for documents with a lot of notes.
  • Fix presentation page transitions....

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19:59
Chameleon SSD Optimizer 0.9.9 - Solid State Drive (...

Chameleon SSD Optimizer is an optimization tool for Solid State Drives. It can enable TRIM on non Apple-branded disk, increase durability reducing I|O writing cycles, set hibernate mode and save space disabling sleep image. Chameleon is able to read SATA system profiler info and you can easily check trim status, disk speed or properties. We added the reading of S.M.A.R.T. data how OS X does, so you can control the temperature, the firmware version and more. Now you can disable the local Time Machine, the Sudden Motion Sensor or noatime set for the system or control your SSD over-provisioning space.Version 0.9.9 (0.9.9g): Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 0.9.9, the developer states that this is version 0.9.9g.

  • disable KEXT sign control and reboot before patching
  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • An SSD

Download Now

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19:09
Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails...

Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.

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18:22
Ant-Man

So looking forward to Paul Rudd as an Avenger…

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16:59
Use Airplane Mode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Airplane mode turns off the wireless features of your iOS device to comply with airline regulations.

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15:30
Today in the App Store -- 2Do, Topo Maps+ and more

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 2Do for Mac and iOS, the new Foldify Dinosaurs app and a major update to Topo Maps+ for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Gramory [Now free, down from $2.99] Announcing Gramory 2, the highly anticipated Sophomore release of this great Instagram client. It’s Instagram the way you’ve always wanted.

Everyday Mathematics® Monster Squeeze™ [Now free, down from $1.99] McGraw-Hill’s Monster Squeeze game reinforces number recognition and offers a quick and easy way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons.

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15:22
IBM to Put Health Data from Apple Watches into the...

According to a new report this afternoon, IBM has struck partnerships with Apple and the world’s biggest makers of medical devices, to put health data from Apple Watches into the hands of doctors and insurers, and to create personalised treatments for hip replacement patients and diabetics.

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15:01
[Sponsor] Rock On: A SongPop Adventure

Join the band — it’s time to ROCK ON! Quiz yourself on the best of rock in this new music trivia game.

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure takes the proven formula of hit SongPop in a bold new direction. Listen to clips and guess the band in more than 80 levels spread across many rock genres. Powered by Apple’s Swift language, journey on a beautifully illustrated map featuring concerts, desert highways, and rock stardom. Don’t jam alone, track your friends’ progress and high scores. Let’s rock!

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure is available exclusively on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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14:30
Daily Deals for April 13, 2015

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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14:26
Intel's IDF Event in Shenzhen China was packed...

Intel's Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Intel Corporation, presented a keynote on day two of Intel's IDF event in Shenzhen last week that centered on Intel's new processors including the new Atom x3, x5 and x7 along with Skylake.

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14:13
How Photos handles content and metadata from iPhoto...

Learn how Photos handles your content and metadata when you migrate from iPhoto or Aperture.

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14:03
IBM, Apple expand partnership to help transform...

IBM says its Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing capabilities will support health data entered by customers in iOS apps using Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit frameworks. The move, which complements IBM’s new Watson Health business unit, will arm medical researchers with a secure, open data storage solution, as well as access to IBM’s most sophisticated data analytics capabilities.
 
Mobile devices capture vast amounts of valuable health data from today’s consumers. HealthKit and ResearchKit harness that data so it can be used to improve health and accelerate medical research.
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14:00
Apple previews revamped Music app with iOS 8.4 beta...



Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple’s upcoming revamped Music app. The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.
As we reported earlier this year, iOS 8.4 includes an all new Music application. The new software design is present in this beta, while Apple is expected to announce the streaming service component in June at WWDC....

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14:00
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.4 Beta to Developers With...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, just five days after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta is available for download from the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.3 introduced several new features like diversified emoji, an updated emoji picker, new Siri abilities, and Wireless CarPlay support. It is not clear yet what updates iOS 8.4 will bring, but it has been rumored to be the update that will include Apple's new music service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOSList of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 13, 2015

A lot of Apple news today, all in about four and a half minutes:

  • Research firm determines that about 957,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were made on Friday, April 10 from the US alone
  • CalDigit announces a rugged USB-C portable drive
  • There are some unheralded features in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and unannounced feature removals from iOS 8.3
  • At a conference in Chicago this week, a number of healthcare-related Apple Watch apps are being announced and demonstrated

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13:21
Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch



Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.
A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.
WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification...

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13:00
Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

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13:00
Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

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13:00
iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

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13:00
iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

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12:40
Using the Retina MacBook as a Windows PC


Most people who buy Macs are doing it to run OS X, but you’d be surprised by the number of comments and e-mails we get in response to Mac reviews asking about how Windows runs on the hardware. Since Apple made the Intel switch and introduced its Boot Camp software in 2006, there’s been a small but significant group of people who have chosen to use Apple’s hardware to run Microsoft’s software, either as a secondary or primary operating system.
Because the new MacBook is an entirely new product rather than a straightforward refresh, we spent some time installing Windows and taking it for a spin. If you’ve used Boot Camp before, there aren’t many surprises. But there are still things you need to know if you intend to buy a MacBook to run Windows.
Installation and display...

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12:27
OWC Viper Pro Thunderbolt External SSD premieres 

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the arrival of the Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD. It features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and delivers sustained speeds up to 1350MB/second. 
The Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD will be available in two capacity options, 4TB and 8TB at prices of US$2.999 and $4,799, respectively. Both offer daisy-chain support for additional Thunderbolt devices, an aluminum design with a variable speed fan for quiet cooling, and a three-year limited warranty.

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12:21
If photos or video files are missing or checkered in...

Learn what to do if a media file that you imported into a Motion project from iPhoto or Aperture is offline. 

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11:58
Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold


Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Reviewers praised the device's light weight, its sharp screen, the full-sized keypad, the new Force Touch feature and even the solitary USB-C port, although it is not backward-compatible.

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11:49
If you need help restoring from an iCloud backup

If you need help restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iCloud backup, this article can help.

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11:47
About backups in iCloud and iTunes

You can copy and save the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by backing up your device in iCloud or iTunes. If you replace your device, you can use that backup to transfer data like your contacts and photos to your new device.

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11:36
TA15-103A: DNS Zone Transfer AXFR Requests May Leak...

Original release date: April 13, 2015
Systems Affected
Misconfigured Domain Name System (DNS) servers that respond to global Asynchronous Transfer Full Range (AXFR) requests.
Overview
A remote unauthenticated user may request a DNS zone transfer from a public-facing DNS server. If improperly configured, the DNS server may respond with information about the requested zone, revealing internal network structure and potentially sensitive information.
Description
AXFR is a protocol for “zone transfers” for replication of DNS data across multiple DNS servers. Unlike normal DNS queries that require the user to know some DNS information ahead of time, AXFR queries reveal subdomain names [1]. Because a zone transfer is a single query, it could be used by an adversary to efficiently obtain DNS data.  A well-known problem with DNS is that zone transfer requests can disclose domain information...

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11:00
AWT Health Club: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

This week for the AWT Health Club column we'll take a look at a vital piece of the overall cardiovascular health picture -- blood pressure. Since June of 2011 I have used a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor (US$129.95, affiliate link) to keep tabs on my blood pressure. My family has a history of high blood pressure, so the Blood Pressure Monitor and the companion Withings Health Mate app (free) have been a great way for me to capture my BP readings on a regular basis for almost four years now.

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

When I got my Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, it was a wired unit that had a 30-pin connector on the end of a cable coming out from the bottom of the blood pressure cuff. It's now wireless, using Bluetooth to send your readings to the app on your...

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10:55
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2 - Professional video...

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

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

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import a broad range of formats...

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10:09
WiPowerBand designed to extend the Apple Watch'...

WiPowerBand.com has introduced a wearable battery extender for the Apple Watch. A compact battery and wireless power transmitter is embedded in a sleek molded unit that fits under the Apple smartwatch, providing extended battery life and protection, says Dr. Thomas Fiannulli, inventor of the device.
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10:03
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't...

Your device might have a frozen screen that doesn’t respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your device begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. These steps can help.

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10:00
CalDigit releases Tuff, T4 nano

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) has revealed two new storage solutions. The first is the Tuff portable storage solution (pictured) for the new 12-inch MacBook.
This external drive features the brand new USB Type-C connector that features the USB Type-C interface. The Tuff portable storage solution features USB 3.1, with up to 10Gb/s bandwidth and support fort SSDs, as well as standard 2.5-inch spinning disks.
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09:47
Artlantis Studio 6.0.2.1 - 3D rendering of interior...

Artlantis Studio is a unique and ideal tool for performing very high-resolution rendering easily and in real time. The new FastRadiosity engine now lets you compute images in radiosity-even in preview. Another innovative feature of Artlantis is that 3D objects and vegetation can be used directly in the preview window by simply dragging and dropping them. This enables users to work on different scenarios quickly and to simulate true virtual scenes in a real environment.Version 6.0.2.1: Note: Version 6 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. You can upgrade from version 4 or 5 for €300 (~$318), or from versions 1-3 for €500 (~$530).

  • Physical engine - To create stunning images, Artlantis 6 now includes its own built-in physical engine, emphasizing physical rendering quality, precision, material accuracy, and energy consumption. Real-time preview -- Artlantis's founding concept -- gives users continuous control of each...

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09:30
A few things and an apology

OK, a few things.

Since our birth on February 9, 2015, our site has caused trouble for those visiting with an iPhone 6. Specifically, mobile Safari on those devices goes into an infinite reload loop, causing frustration for readers and us.

We've been working with Squarespace on the issue for weeks. For now, I'm sorry to say, we still don't have a solution. We've made several changes to no avail. Right now, our best guess is that the issue is unique to mobile Safari on the iPhone 6, as no other iOS devices are affected. It's an ongoing frustration, and we apologize.

Speaking of frustration, it got the better of us this afternoon and we published a regrettable call for a pro-bono app that would allow iPhone 6 owners to view the site without Safari. That was a mistake, and we apologize.

As tech writers, gadget junkies and iOS fans, we have the utmost admiration and respect for the talented men and women who make the apps we love. We also understand that...

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09:26
iExplorer 3.7.1.0 - 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 3.7.1.0:

  • Fixes an issue that prevented...

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09:15
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1, FileMaker Pro 13.0.9, iTunes 12.1.2, GraphicConverter 9.6.1, 1Password 5.3, Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks), and Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5. 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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09:15
ExtraBITS for 13 April 2015

In our latest list of ExtraBITS links, Smile promises a fix for a problem with lost snippets in TextExpander touch, we find out how accessible the Apple Watch is, an Apple Watch developer asks for patience, we learn how to make an Apple II watch, and Apple explains how to clean your devices and accessories. 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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08:49
MacGameStore’s Pay What You Want software bundle

I don’t see how you can go wrong here.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:42
Apple's Storm Clouds


An Apple shop recently dumped Apple for Dell following a surprising revelation. Over most of the last two decades, the only time I've seen a move like this was when some change in IT forced it, and a lot of staffers subsequently would quit. This move was largely user-driven. Then, last week, one of Apple's biggest fans actually panned an Apple product, effectively calling it pretty but stupid. Finally, the reviews on the new Apple Watch were decidedly mixed, even though the product was wrapped with one of the better marketing campaigns I've seen of late.

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08:33
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor

Apple has issued updates for its Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor apps.
Final Cut Pro X is Apple's US$2.99 high-end video editing app. Version 10.2 adds support for 3D titles, improved color grading and effects tools, support for additional camera formats, and GPU-accelerated processing of RAW footage from RED cameras.
Motion is Apple's $49.99 tool for customizing Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects, and creating your own animations. With version 5.2 users can users can create custom materials and environments, and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X.
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08:20
If you can't burn a Blu-ray disc in Final Cut...

Learn what to do if you see an alert and your hard disk has sufficient space.

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08:00
Office 365—allowing us to focus on what matters most...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Timothy Harris, vice president of global IT shared services at Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company.
In information technology, it’s tempting to be wowed by a new product or swayed by a charismatic salesperson. But if I’m doing my job well, I actually look beyond the technology itself. I stay focused on solving my company’s business problems. For example, Mylan has been growing so quickly that we’ve found it difficult to establish a cohesive technology suite for our geographically distributed workforce.
In the past several years, we’ve acquired new business units that expanded our capacity to produce life-saving pharmaceuticals, but they also created an IT environment with lots of overlapping products that confused users and made it challenging to work together, especially across...

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07:45
Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update



It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.
Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.
The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI...

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07:44
Alfred 2.7 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (Free)

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips. Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself. Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 25 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 30 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Version 2.7: Alfred Remote Improvements

  • Add key combo dispatching to Remote (no longer need to use AppleScript)
  • Added OS X Preference Panels to the Remote Items...

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07:36
How Power Nap works on your Mac

Power Nap allows your Mac to do things while it's asleep.

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07:34
If clients can't connect using LDAP after...

Following a specific upgrade path might cause the Open Directory service on OS X Server to be set to none.

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07:30
Initial Apple Watch preorder data arrives, hints at...



The Apple Watch sold a few units on preorder around the 10th.
Almost one million units is the current guess.
The initial Apple Watch preorder numbers have been flowing in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.
Compiling data from a panel of two million online shoppers, Slice Intelligence said 957,000 U.S. customers preordered Apple Watch on its first day of availability. As expected, Apple’s cheaper Apple Watch Sport model was most popular and garnered an estimated 62 percent of orders.

Upon...

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07:30
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 12:...

If you’ve lost data, or you’ve discovered malware on your Mac, or someone has stolen your personal information and applied for credit in your name, you need to take action to fix the problem as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of disaster, your first step is not to panic. Then you can methodically undo or repair the damage. Although the exact procedure will depend on your situation, this chapter contains some suggested general steps to get you started. 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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07:29
Chapter 12 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

So far, “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” has focused on increasing your security level, but what should you do if something bad does happen (or has perhaps already happened)? Perhaps you’ve lost data, suffered from malware or a network intrusion, or fallen prey to a phishing attack or identity theft — regardless, Joe Kissell has advice on how to recover in this final chapter of the book. 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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07:28
If a droplet doesn't open in Compressor 4.2

If you see a “Droplet Launch Error” message, it means you need to update your droplets. After updating, droplets created in earlier versions of Compressor open as expected in Compressor 4.2.

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07:20
Final Cut Pro X support resources

Use the resources below to help get support and find answers to your Final Cut Pro X questions.

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06:56
InstaMed brings first application of Apple Pay to...

A payment service provider, InstaMed, on Monday announced it is integrating Apple Pay support, marking the first application of Apple's mobile payment platform in the healthcare industry.

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06:21
Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow...

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple's closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company's slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

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06:12
The Success of the Apple Watch over the Weekend will...

It's being reported today that the success of the Apple Watch preview that started on Friday, it's highly likely that Apple will quickly ramp production ...

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06:04
Sydney Mac Admins April Meetup

If you manage or administer devices with an Apple logo and are in Sydney on the 16th, you should come along to meet your peers. Take part in an informal chat and share what has and hasn’t been working for you and others. Find out what is new, what works and what is broken.
This month we are meeting at Crunch IT’s office in Surry Hills, where we will have an hour of short presentations, before moving on to a nearby pub for food and drinks.
You can RSVP and register to be notified of further details and future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/
I hope to see you there,
Marcus

About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell....

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06:00
Tick talk: Developers chat about creating and...

When the Apple Watch arrives on the wrists of a few users on April 24, there will be a lot of apps available. Apple CEO Tim Cook already noted in an email to employees that “over a thousand” apps have been submitted, and Apple World Today has heard from a number of developers who are working on Watch apps. Molehill created one such app for its flagship Tick time tracking service, and I had a chance to ask the product team a few questions.

Answering those questions were Alban Brooke (Director of Marketing for Molehill), Kevin Finn (co-founder of Molehill and a designer), and John Pollard (Molehill app developer). Finn and Pollard recently traveled to an Apple facility in Sunnyvale, CA to test their Tick app on actual Watch hardware. Note that some responses were tempered by the fact that the team is under a non...

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05:50
Nearly all Apple Watch retail try-ons are resulting...

Customers who schedule an appointment to try on the Apple Watch are extremely likely to walk away with a preorder for the device, according to a new informal poll of retail employees conducted by an analyst.

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05:42
Foxconn May be Working on iPhone Assembly Plants in...

The Taiwan press is reporting today that late on Saturday news broke that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple.

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05:02
Return of the Intermittent Bricking

So it used to be we’d wait for machines that were bound to Active Directory running 10.10.0-10.10.2 to freeze during startup and we’d either

  1. perform CPR or
  2. apply rc.server script fixes.

‘Things can only get better,’ we said. ‘Just trust them,’ we said. ‘They’ll get it all fixed if we just wait a bit longer’, we said.
Wrong.
This issue with createmobileaccount lengthens user migrations and disrupts the QA’d process we’ve been using in our organizations for years. Now we’re supposed to say ‘jolly good, carry on, we can just wait until 10.10.4 for that?’ Oh, pardon, that’s not a big enough deal?
But wait,...

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05:01
How to set up and use Force Click

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, takes you on a tour through the Force Click preferences.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
How to mirror your iPad or iPhone to an Amazon Fire...

I've long since abandoned the Apple TV for a Roku 3 and, more recently, the Amazon Fire TV. Though I am happy overall  with the switch, one feature I miss from the Apple TV is AirPlay, which allows you to stream content as well as mirror an iOS device or a Mac to an HDTV. Though Roku does not support iOS mirroring, there is a solution for the Fire TV thanks to the folks at Squirrels, who created a version of Reflector exclusively for Amazon's media player. 

To stream or mirror your iOS device, you first need to install Reflector on the Fire TV. The app is available on the Amazon Appstore for Android and costs $6.99. You can install it by purchasing it on the Appstore using...

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04:54
Slice Intelligence estimates Apple Watch sales for...

Slice Intelligence (http://intelligence.slice.com) estimates that 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on Friday, the first day the watch was available for sale.
According to e-receipt data from a panel of two million online shoppers, each Apple Watch buyer ordered an average of 1.3 watches, spending US$503.83 per watch, according to the research group. Those ordering an Apple Watch Sport spent $382.83 per watch and those ordering the Apple Watch spent $707.04.
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04:48
Thoughts on the Force Touch trackpad

Thoughts on the Force Click trackpad∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:47
Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On...

An anonymous reader writes The launch of the Apple Watch has got off to a good start, with an estimated 1 million pre-orders in the U.S. on Friday. "According to Slice's Sunday report, which is based on e-receipt data obtained directly from consumers, 957,000 people preordered the Watch on Friday, with 62% purchasing the cheapest variant, the Apple Watch Sport. On average, each buyer ordered 1.3 watches and spent $503.83 per watch."

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04:37
Irony award: Apple clone-maker Xiaomi complains...

Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has made a career out of following Apple’s every move, is complaining that other companies are cloning its own products, reports Business Insider.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun lamented the proliferation of counterfeit manufacturers capitalising on the company’s wild popularity. “What is the biggest problem? There are so many fakes. If there were no counterfeits, our sales would be double or triple.”

This from the company which launched the Mi Phone, whose Mi Pad replicates the iPad mini in both appearance and spec and which created an Android overlay that...

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04:05
Sprint begins roll-out of home/office iPhone setup...

If you want to upgrade your iPhone without the hassle of going to a store, Sprint will soon bring the phone to you and set up the phone there. The company’s free Direct 2 You service has launched in Sprint’s hometown of Kansas, comes to Miami and Chicago next week and will be rolling out to other cities later, with a total of 5,000 cars expected to be in service by the end of the year.

When our customers are ready for a new phone, we’ll come to them. Virtually, wherever they want. At their home, at their office, in a coffee shop or even a park. And this is about much more than delivering a phone. We are sending a Sprint expert who will make the entire experience convenient and easy.

Sprint says that qualified customers will be offered the service via text or email when they are due an upgrade, and will then be able to call the number given to...

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04:05
The New iPhone Plant and Supply Chain in Brazil is...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple's iPhone 6." The iPhone accounts for one in four smartphones in China and according to Tim Cook, iPhone unit sales in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were up 97%. Apple had wanted to duplicate the success that they're enjoying in China with Foxconn in Brazil. According ...

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03:52
Kool Tools: ChronoSync 4.6 for Mac OS X

Econ Technologies' (www.econtechnologies.com) ChronoSync 4.6 is a substantial update of the Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app.
It works with any device you can connect to a Mac such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. ChronoSync 4.6 adds SmartScan, an advanced algorithm for analyzing a volume for changes. File system analysis can often be the most time consuming part of a synchronization or backup.
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03:16
4SeTV brings 4-in-1 viewing experience to tablets,...

4SeTV (http://tinyurl.com/pa299ov), a device that lets users select and watch four TV channels on the same screen, has been released. It splits a big screen TV into four sections and streams different content to each section. 
What's more, four people in the same house, dorm or location can watch four different live TV shows at once on their tablet, smartphone or TV. Built on patent pending technology, 4SeTV uses over-the-air broadcasting and streams the HD content you want to see to your connected devices in your home network.
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03:13
Gartner: mobile apps adoption is maturing as usage...

The mobile apps marketplace is maturing as users declare themselves satisfied with current engagement rates, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). As users integrate apps more deeply into their lives, app providers will need to stay one step ahead and focus their development, marketing and branding more intensely toward retention strategies, according to the research group.
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03:05
Polling data suggests the Sport made up 55-60% of...

With estimated Apple Watch preorders getting close to a million, a number of polls suggest that the Sport made up between 55% and 60% of these. Our own poll, by far the largest of those featured in a Fortune roundup, put Sport sales at just under 56% based on 11,865 responses at the time.
A second poll of just over 5,000 responses showed a slightly higher number of 59%, while a pre-sale poll of purchase intentions put the number at 60%. Only one poll differed markedly from this range, but that was based on a much smaller number of respondents so is likely to be less reliable … ...

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02:50
OsiriX 6.5.1 - 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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01:59
Report estimates almost 1 million Apple Watch...


A study by Slice Intelligence estimates that Apple recorded 957,000 Apple Watch preorders on Friday, the first day the device was available to order. On average, customers bought 1.3 watches which means that many customers ordered two or more units.
The most popular model purchased was the Space Grey Sport, followed by the normal stainless steel Apple Watch, then the Silver Sport. The Space Black Apple Watch model captured just 3% of orders although it was in limited supply (4 – 6 weeks) from the beginning of preorders and is also the most expensive model of Apple Watch. The report ignores sales data for the Apple Watch Edition in its calculations.
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Sunday April 12

20:42
Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US...

Initial Apple Watch numbers are trickling in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

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19:38
An Apple Watch meta-review reimagined

Monday Note:As the first wave of Apple Watch reviews shows, waiting for impressions to settle down isn’t part of the Product Review genre. The psychoactive toxicity of Apple product launches that I made fun of two weeks ago is in full display as reviewers climb to the rooftops in a race for income-producing pageviews.There’s no doubt that “page view journalism” has taken its toll on, at the very least, reviews of Apple’s products.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:54
OS X 10.10.3 brings enhanced 4K support (including...


Apple has expanded support for 4K displays in its recent OS X 10.10.3 release and officially confirmed specifics for using 4K displays with its new 12-inch MacBook.
While previously Apple only officially supported certain Multi-Stream Transport (MST) displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, it now says that “most single-stream 4K (3840×2160) displays” are officially supported at 60Hz as well following the recent OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 update. That should mean support for a lot more inexpensive 4K displays that don’t include DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream Transport feature.
A full list of Macs...

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17:39
Apple Watch Received Estimated 1 Million Pre-Orders...

Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). The digital commerce tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport model, with the 42mm space gray case the most popular version sold on the first day. Slice Intelligence's sales projection is based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. The report finds that 71% of Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 were for the larger 42mm case, with 32% of aluminimum Sport customers purchasing the smaller 38mm version compared to 24% of stainless steel Apple Watch...

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09:29
Forget the Apple Watch—here's the Apple II Watch

The Apple Watch looks to be an impressive piece of gear—it’s sleek and attractive, and offers plenty of interesting and useful features. But if you’re looking for something a little more old-school, might we suggest the Apple II Watch?
The DIY Apple II Watch comes from the mind of Instructables user Aleator777, and it takes design cues from the classic Apple II computer. A bulky, beige, 3D-printed plastic shell replaces the modern metal-and-glass enclosure of Apple’s real-life offering, and a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller acts as the Apple II Watch’s brains....

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10:33
The PC market is shrinking again as companies stop...

It's not a good time to be a PC maker... especially if you cater to the corporate crowd. Both Gartner and IDC estimate that the computer market shrank between 5.2 to 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, in part because many companies stopped upg...

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09:56
Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple...

News out of Taipei late yesterday noted that the world's biggest electronics manufacturer for hire, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., posted higher sales ...

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08:12
IBM's Watson supercomputer has whipped up a...

IBM's Watson learning supercomputer isn't just content with making the occasional meal -- it has a whole slew of recipes lined up. The tech company is launching Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, a cookbook based on Watson's knack for combining food...

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: floating cities,...

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

The Volkswagen Camper van is one of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century, but VW hasn't put out...

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05:30
DirecTV told to stop airing Rob Lowe ads after...

I love the Rob Lowe ads. I think they are satirical, funny without being truly mean. They capture the spirit of the Mac vs PC ads of a generation ago. Question is, are they deceptive.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:17
That headphone tangle in your pocket

Cordskinz. This is how I keep my headphones tangle-free.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:39
Four 'Game of Thrones' episodes leak, good...

Just a day before season five premiered on HBO, copies of the next four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto the internet. According to TorrentFreak, the leaks are in standard definition and may originate from a review screener given to the press....

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03:02
'No Pineapple Left Behind' skewers the...

As Rockstar Games' Bully proved, grade school makes for a pretty interesting (if painfully underused) setting for video games, which is why I'm intrigued by No PIneapple Left Behind. In it, you're a principal lording over pineapples, making sure they...

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Friday April 10

02:30
16 awesome accessories for your new Apple Watch

Here comes the Apple Watch accessory paradeSo, you just preordered your first Apple Watch. Now what? You’ll need some accessories for it, of course! The Apple Watch won’t even ship until April 24, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from designing accessories and add-ons for Apple’s latest must-have. From charging stands and display pads to additional straps and Watch bumpers, you have no shortage of extras to choose from. Read on to check out the first batch of third-party accessories for the Apple Watch. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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23:26
BitTorrent's secure web browser one step closer...

Last we heard of BitTorrent's Project Malestrom it was going into alpha. Well, the peer-to-peer outfit's browser has made its way to the next logical step: beta. New additions include stability improvements, support for auto-updates and, for the firs...

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22:16
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1

Adds plug-ins for searching Stack Overflow and GitHub to all three editions, plus a recipe scanner to the Express and Pro edition. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates) 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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22:02
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.6 - Clear caches, access...

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

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20:35
FileMaker Pro 13.0.9

Important update that fixes a vulnerability with FileMaker’s root SSL certificates. ($299/$549 new, free update, 620 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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Saturday April 11

22:35
Lasers quickly load thousands of cells with nano-...

Doctors dream of injecting cells with large nanoscopic cargo to treat or study illnesses. The existing approach to this is extremely slow, however. At one cell per minute, it would take ages to get a meaningful payload. That won't be a problem if UCL...

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19:44
Amazon's web services are smart enough to make...

You no longer have to run a tech giant (or work in a lab) to take advantage of learning computers. Amazon has launched a machine learning feature for Web Services that lets any developer use this computer intelligence to make predictions. Instead of ...

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17:30
Bing's mobile homepage for iOS and Android gets...

So, you like Bing but don't like it enough to download its app on your phone. Expect to see a new interface when you load the website on an Android or iOS browser, then, along with a number of new options when you swipe up the translucent card at the...

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15:45
Apple enables NVM Express protocol for faster SSD...

Looking to take full advantage of PCI Express solid state drives found in the latest Mac models, including the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple built support for the NVM Express SSD Interface into its most recent OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update.

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15:27
LG inadvertently reveals its leather-clad G4 phone a...

Oops. LG is supposed to be unveiling its range-topping G4 smartphone on April 28th, but well-known leaker Evan Blass has discovered an unannounced product site that reveals a ton about the new Android flagship a couple of weeks in advance. A lot of t...

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15:00
The history of computing, cars from the New York...

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13:54
LG Joins Apple and Samsung with a Patent for a...

Samsung has been working on several flexible display devices for some time now. They have several very futuristic patents on record like this one that covers a wide curved display for a future smartwatch. Samsung's newest Galaxy S6 "Edge" smartphones offer double sided curved edged displays which is just the tip of the iceberg as to where they want to go with this technology. This week ...

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13:08
Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic...

The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world. One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions. The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the port in any...

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12:59
NSA thinks it can keep spying without compromising...

American police and spies love the idea of back door access to encrypted data that lets them snoop on suspicious types, but many will tell you that they're wildly optimistic. Even if you don't mind the implication that the government has a right to s...

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12:00
Faster 'NVM Express' SSD Interface Arrives...

Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th. System Report on new Retina MacBook The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance over the old protocol. Anandtech offers a good overview between the technologies:AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn't rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result...

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12:00
60-Second Tips: Applying a filter to an image in the...

Earlier this week, Apple released the new Photos app for OS X along with OS X 10.10.3. Announced last year, Photos is replacing Aperture and iPhoto in Apple’s desktop software lineup. The app combines some of the organization abilities of Aperture with the basic image editing tools borrowed from iOS. In today’s 60-second tip, we will show you how to edit an image and apply a filter in Apple’s new Photos app.

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11:57
Nonend Inventions Who First Sued Spotify is now...

Nonend Inventions, a Dutch company that claims to have over 40 patents on record sued Spotify back in 2012 regarding streaming music. They're now gunning for Apple with four counts of patent infringement.

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11:55
Why Popcorn Time’s ‘jailbreak-free’ iOS hack is a...

Macworld:Popcorn Time for iOS tries to offer a version of sideloading, but there are far too many pieces of its process to worry about. Further, it’s not likely to be reliably available. It’s unimaginable that Apple would ever allow something like Popcorn Time in the App Store. It’s also inadvisable by any standard to install software like it through the method the developers provide.Leaving aside the legality of this app, the process you have to go through in order to install it makes it a non-starter for me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:47
Snapseed hits version 2.0 with new tools, filters...

iMore:Photo editing app Snapseed gets its first major update since 2013 with version 2.0, adding a number of new editing tools to help you get the most out of your photos.Snapseed is my favourite iOS editing app and it’s free. The interface has changed significantly but it’s not awful. If you’ve used previous versions, you’ll get the hang of this new UI fairly quickly. If you’ve never used it, you really should. It’s easy to figure out. Every photo I take on my iPhone gets passed through Snapseed.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:57
DirecTV's app is ready to stream 90 channels...

We haven't seen many updates for DirecTV's streaming services in a while, but this week it added a slew of new channels for customers to watch live even when they're away from home. The 22 additions include MTV, TNT, Nickelodeon, BET, Cartoon Network...

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10:55
If your computer unexpectedly restarts and then...

Some third-party software might cause your computer to restart repeatedly and then shut down after updating to OS X Yosemite v10.10.3.

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09:15
Caturday: Molly's Heated Pillow

Molly - photo courtest of harald tammen

Cats are attracted to the warmth of power supplies, computers, external hard drives, even the cat-popular AirPort Extreme (before Apple redesigned it with the help of dogs...). Molly and her sister Emma live with their owner and AWT reader Harald Tammen, who sent this relaxing picture of Molly deep in dreams about getting a little Apple Watch for her paw. According to Harald:

“Molly, a 6 month old cat, enjoying the warmth of an MacBookPro power brick. She and her sister Emma were born at an animal shelter and are now living in our house. They like to play in the garden but detest rain or strong wind (which, of course, is our fault in their minds). ”

ll cats should be concerned about the smaller power supply that is coming with the new MacBook, since it's not going to be as big or quite as comfortable.

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an...

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09:01
Podcasts are safer after the EFF helps gut a patent...

Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while -- the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has insisted that some bigger productions (such as Adam Carolla's) either cough up licensing money o...

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08:56
Review: Mophie’s Juice Packs for iPhone 6 + 6 Plus...

Unless you pick the matte black versions, which look like most of the other iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery cases I’ve tested, you’ll quickly be wowed by how premium Mophie’s newest Juice Packs feel in your hand. Glossy white plastic Apple accessories may have become passe years ago, but Mophie somehow got the look and feel just right — better, even, than the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c.
The reason for that luxe feel? Mophie needs it, as the new Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6 ($120) and Juice Pack for iPhone 6 Plus ($100) are currently the most expensive battery cases...

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07:29
Apple Configurator 1.7.2 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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07:29
WSJ: Google's X lab is working on batteries...

Google's X lab is developing better batteries that last longer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company hasn't confirmed anything yet, but seeing as most of its products require batteries to work (phones, wearables, self-driving cars, etc),...

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06:54
Apple Granted Three iOS Related Design Patents

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's newly granted design patents related to iOS user interfaces for Mail and Messages.

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05:30
Recommended Reading: The internet can't handle...

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

The Internet's Clearly No...

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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Capacious Cases, Dumb Domestic Drones...


When it comes to adding extending your smartphone or tablet battery life during the day, Mophie's been trying to make life easier a little longer than most, with time to iterate on its battery pack cases. The company's going a little further now, as it expands its Space line of cases that house not only batteries, but external storage for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini. There's a bit of a catch as you can't access files stored in the case from any app other than Mophie's own Space app.

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03:01
The In-Store Apple Watch Experience is Perfectly...

Prior to yesterday's debut of the Apple Watch at Apple Stores, I had read a number of confusing reports about how simply seeing an Apple Watch in an Apple Store was going to be an arduous affair starting with having to first sign up online for a reservation just to see the new watch. It sounded like complete overkill.

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