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Friday March 6

13:24
UBS predicts Apple will sell massive 58M iPhones in...

Demand for the iPhone 6 continues to outstrip Apple's ability to keep up with supply, as a new survey from UBS has led the investment firm to increase its projected sales for the March quarter to a whopping 58 million units.

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12:59
Apple's 'iPad in Education' program...

Apple is working on "significant" evolutions to the iPad in Education program that should solve some of the barriers schools encounter when trying to deploy iPads in the classroom, according to a new report.

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12:42
Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers...

Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge. The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop delivering notifications when the battery reaches 10% or lower in an effort to conserve the remaining power."Here’s a tidbit you might not know — in order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on your...

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12:33
Apple Watch pricing, availability, surprises &...

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is scheduled for Monday, March 9th and we’re already getting prepared to bring you live coverage and last minute leaks leading up to the event. What can you expect at the event? Below we’ve put together our list of likely announcements including some unannounced Apple Watch features and possible surprises…

Watch Pricing & Availability |
Get your credit cards ready, Apple will likely give us more on pricing and availability for the Apple Watch and could even give details on preorders.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind: How much will the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition cost? We know the Apple Watch lineup will start at $349, and most expect that represents pricing for the Sport model, but otherwise we’ve yet to get anything official on pricing beyond that....

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12:18
Precision Laser Weapon Scorches Mile-Away Truck...


Lockheed Martin this week conducted a test of its ATHENA laser system. The successful demonstration attests to just how far directed energy weapons technology has come. Boring clean through the engine of a truck mounted on a platform more than a mile away, ATHENA decommissioned the running vehicle in a matter of seconds. The technology is now ready for wider adoption, according to Lockheed Martin. The test moved ATHENA a step closer to implementation in the weapons arrays of attack helicopters, jets, ships and trucks.

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12:09
A Major Apple Pay Patent Surfaces in Europe that...

On Thursday March 6, 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Reveals One of the Systems behind Passbook and Apple Pay." It was an extremely light patent compared to the one that we discovered at the European Patent Office this past week. Apple's European patent filing had some real teeth to it. In fact it steeped in details that ...

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12:06
Apple planning iPad in education improvements,...

Update: Here’s the full letter, which we received following the original report and confirmed is legit. It appears to be an email sent out to Apple’s education partners:
In iPad one-to-one environments, schools are seeing more engaged students, better attendance, and higher test results. You can see this happening in districts and schools like Prince George’s County, and Essa Academy.
We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators.  We are already at work on significant changes to App distribution, Apple ID, and Apple Deployment Programs that we are planning to deliver next year to make using iPad in the classroom even better.
To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier...

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06:23
Google overhauls Gmail app with key iOS 8 features

Google recently flipped over the counter on Gmail’s iOS app to version 4.0, an update that includes a number of helpful new features designed to take advantage of iOS 8.
The biggest productivity booster is the addition of quick actions on notifications. Now, when you get a new message, you can choose to reply to it or archive it directly from your device’s notifications at the top of the screen or from the lock screen.
Gmail is also joining the iOS 8 share sheet, allowing you to quickly add documents and images from other apps to a Gmail message. Finally, Google added a new “attachment viewer” that lets you open file attachments in Gmail and then send them to any other app on your device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:58
Installing Java on a Mac? Beware the now-bundled Ask...

Java’s shady bundled adware is no longer a Windows exclusive, as Oracle has started sneaking the Ask.com toolbar into the Mac version.
Similar to the Windows version, Java for OS X now attempts to install the Ask toolbar during the setup process, and also tries to set Ask.com as the default browser homepage. ZDNet’s Ed Bott first reported on the adware, noting that Oracle added it to Mac installations sometime over the last month.
To avoid the adware entirely, users must hit “Cancel” when the “Install the Search App by Ask” prompt appears. This is counter-intuitive, because all other steps of the setup process require users to click “Next” to advance. In this case, clicking “Next” installs the toolbar, even when the “Set Ask.com as my browser homepage” box is unchecked....

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09:30
You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your...

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.Robin Hood was all about robbing the rich to give to the poor—a noble cause, obviously. But in King of Thieves, your goal is much more barbarous: Rob from your friends to give to yourself. King of Thieves is all about rising to the very top, which makes Robin Hood look like some middling prince (with apologies to Robin Hood, of course).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Fraud comes to headlines about Apple Pay

I am a cynical, grizzled veteran of the technology wars. I implemented my first payment system in 1995, and just a few weeks ago was programming in PHP to handle refunds through the online payment processor Stripe’s excellent interface.But when I saw the variants on the headline, “Fraud Comes to Apple Pay,” I figured what was stated wasn’t true. Apple retains so very little information about credit cards registered to a phone, and tucks it away so securely, that this scenario seemed exceedingly unlikely.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: MLB and PGA update apps for...

MLB and PGA update apps for sports loversThis week’s roundup features updated apps from MLB and the PGA—but we also have offerings for productivity, video-making, and weather forecasting.CalPalVersion 3.0 of CalPal, the free “smart scheduler” for iPhone, introduces a total redesign of its user interface, including the addition of a new “block-based” calendar view to its original list view—and, developers promise, a seamless transition between the two. The chat feature (which lets you converse with collaborators inside a calendar item) has also been overhauled. The app synchronizes with other calendar programs that are compatible with your iPhone, including Google, Exchange, iCloud, and Facebook Events.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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11:57
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena...

Serena, a Susanne Bier movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now available for rent on the iTunes Store and Google Play -- three weeks before the film is due to arrive in US theaters.

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11:30
Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to...

Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one. Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad. Schools will no longer be required to create generic Apple IDs solely to load content on the tablet, and teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making personal purchases without approval."To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even...

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11:21
Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy...

With just over two days to go until Apple's big March 9 "Spring Forward" event that's said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple's been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to last between charges. According to the site's sources, final software tweaks and optimizations to the device have led to a battery life of approximately five hours of heavy application usage. The device reportedly will not run out of battery life "during a typical day of mixed and passive use," but it will need to be charged on a nightly basis as Apple has previously said. There's also been little said about how the Apple Watch will affect the battery...

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11:19
External Link: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow...

After 18 March 2015, Apple will officially replace AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. While it’s a prestigious position for Apple, the Dow, which indexes only 30 companies, is an inferior stock index compared to the S&P 500, which indexes 500, or the Russell 3000, which indexes 3,000. 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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11:16
Make Site-Specific Browsers with Google Chrome

Want to open your favorite Web apps faster? Adam Engst shares the best way to turn a Web app into a native Mac app via a hidden feature in Google Chrome. 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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11:16
External Link: Another Reason to Not Install Java

Installing Java on your Mac is ill-advised, since it can lead to many security headaches. But now Oracle has made Java an even worse proposition by bundling the Ask Search Extension with the Java installer. The Ask extension, long bundled in the Java installer for Windows, is considered adware and should be avoided. 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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11:00
Reader poll: What do you think the Apple Watch...

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I love the guys over at The Loop, and Dave Mark has set up a bet with longtime writer/blogger Kirk McElhearn concerning the pricing of the Apple Watch Edition. That's the version of the Watch that has a gold case. At this point, Kirk's guess is that since "this is not a luxury watch; this is a smartwatch with a gold case" the price for the base model Apple Watch Edition will be $1,999. Dave Mark, on the other hand, uses the price/cost ratio of the iPhone 6 (the ratio of the price of the device to how much it costs to manufacture)...

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10:40
Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery...


Just ahead of the finalized Apple Watch’s presentation at Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event, sources with hands-on Apple Watch experience have revealed a collection of new details about the device’s features to 9to5Mac. Our sources have offered new information on the Watch’s real-world battery life, health and fitness features, apps, and experiences using Apple’s next-generation touchscreen hardware…

Power Reserve Mode and Battery Life
The Apple Watch’s battery life has concerned many prospective customers, as Apple said only that the Watch will need to be charged nightly. Earlier this year, we...

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10:33
Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four...

Amazon Game Studios has revealed plans to publish four more games for iOS, including two new titles -- Lost Within and Til Morning's Light -- along with two older ones, To-Fu Fury and Tales From Deep Space.

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10:16
Apple reportedly invests in new $1.4 billion Japan...

Reuters reports that Japan Display Inc, an Apple parts supplier, just announced plans to build a new $1.4 billion LCD plant that will reportedly help it become a primary supplier of smartphone displays to Apple.
The report also claims that Apple has invested in the plant, but didn’t disclose any financial details related to the investment:
The company did not name Apple, in line with its policy of not identifying clients. A person familiar with the matter said Apple would also invest an unspecified amount in the plant, which would further the Japanese screen maker’s aim of becoming the primary supplier of high-tech screens for iPhones.
The news follows reports last month that Apple was considering such an investment in the new factory somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.7 billion.
The new...

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10:16
Apple asks some Apple Watch developers to hold...


Apple has asked developers who attended secretive Apple Watch app development workshops in Cupertino across January and February to hold off on announcing their applications, according to multiple high-profile developers. These people say that Apple has asked developers to not provide in-depth details, revealing screenshots and videos, or launch information about their applications until after the event at the very least. In some cases, Apple has even asked developers to wait until late March or early April to announce their applications…

Apple asking developers to hold off on their announcements...

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10:02
Windows Caught in Path of FREAK Security Storm


Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory acknowledging a vulnerability in all versions of Windows that could allow FREAK exploits. Windows systems previously were thought to be immune to FREAK attacks. "The vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system," the advisory reads. Apparently at the root of the problem are flaws the United States National Security Agency browbeat cryptographers into introducing in security algorithms.

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10:00
Reserve Strap: The $250 battery strap for your $350...

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told Apple Store employees in Berlin that his Apple Watch could make it through a day with a charge, the developers of Reserve Strap aren't taking any chances. They think that the battery life of the first-generation Apple Watch will be unacceptable to most buyers, so they're now taking pre-orders for their $250 product -- an external battery pack in a wristwatch band.

As you see in the video above, the idea is actually quite smart -- it takes the inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch charger and builds it into a strap along with a battery pack that will allegedly give the Watch an extra day or so of power.

The project isn't being Kickstarted; rather, the Reserve Strap team is hoping that enough people will pony up $250 in pre-orders to fund development. They provide a nice caveat on the pre-order...

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09:47
What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward...

Apple's executive team is set to take the stage next week for the first time this year, with the spotlight shining squarely on the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch. AppleInsider takes a look at what we're likely to hear from Tim Cook & Co. on Monday.

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09:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Sky Gamblers for iOS free,...

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

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09:00
Increasing opportunities for JavaScript developers...

Today’s post was written by Jeremy Thake, product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.
Today, we launched new capabilities to allow JavaScript developers to interact with the Office 365 APIs. The OneDrive for Business and Sites APIs now have cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) support and Mail/Calendar/Contacts are coming soon. As more Office 365 API endpoints come online for services they will also support this including Office Graph, Yammer, Video Portal, Skype and content services.
Developers now have the choice to call the Office 365 APIs from the server-side or client-side. This means developers can write single page applications, which have a better user experience and better performance, because they don’t have to proxy all their calls through a server-side façade service.
As we have said in the past, we are listening on all the channels we encourage you to participate on (UserVoice,...

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09:00
Jennifer Lawrence’s film ‘Serena’ hits iTunes 3...

Apple today has listed Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film ‘Serena’ on the iTunes Store. The film is not slated to hit theaters in the United States until March 27th, but eager Lawrence fans can rent it on iTunes now for $9.99 in HD. The film also went up on Google Play this morning.

‘Serena’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the lead couple. The film is set in North Carolina during the Great Depression and focuses on making it through the time period while fighting “blackmail, jealousy, and murder.”
$9.99 is certainly steep for a digital movie rental, but keep in...

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08:50
Apple Store Listing MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter...

Apple has quietly listed the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter as discontinued on the Apple Online Store in the United States and Canada this week. The converter is required to charge a MagSafe 2-equipped MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when the notebook is connected to a Thunderbolt Display or Cinema Display. The converter still appears to have in-store availability, although for how long remains unknown. Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the Thunderbolt Display, but not being able to purchase a replacement if you misplace one would be an issue. Given that, it is possible that Apple could have larger plans in store. It could be theorized that Apple may be planning a Thunderbolt Display refresh with MagSafe 2, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2, although that...

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08:46
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.03 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see this page.Version 6.03:

  • This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
    • Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
    • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
    • Leica X (Typ 113)
    • Leica X Vario (Typ 107)
    • Nikon D5500
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 / DMC-FZ72
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 / DMC-TZ60 / DMC-TZ61
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50 / DMC-TZ70 / DMC-TZ71
    • Pentax 645Z
    • Pentax K-S1
    • Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2
  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6

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08:44
Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java...

ZDNet:For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques.More sleazy business practices for you and yours to be made aware of. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the heads up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:36
Media Explorer for iMessage Released for OS X

LostVertex has released Media Explorer for iMessage, an iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X.
The utility finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.
Media Explorer for iMessage requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$3.99 exclusively through the LostVertex store (http://lostvertex.co.uk/).

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08:33
∞ The Apple Watch bet

The terms of the bet? Kirk wins if the price of the highest end Apple Watch Edition is US$2500 or less. One penny more than that and I win.

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08:30
Apple joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average on...

CNBC is reporting that Apple will become part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning at the opening of trading on March 19, 2015. The company will be replacing AT&T in the group of companies that make up the DJIA.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the bellwether of how the American economy is doing, at least in terms of corporate share value. The index is determined by looking at how the share price of 30 companies -- referred to as the "Dow 30" -- did during a particular trading session.

While Apple, which is the most valuable public traded company in the world, seems like it would have been a natural to join this group, it wasn't until the company split its stock 7-to-1 last year that it was first considered. The company would have had way too much weigh in the average, with even slight price swings producing a correspondingly large jump in the Dow. Because of the stock split and an...

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08:28
Is Apple’s real watch innovation a gold case that’s...


There’s a long piece over at the Financial Times today about Jony Ive and Apple’s watch plans. The author, Nick Foulkes, is obviously not a techie, but he does know a thing or two about watches, and the article is worth a read if you have a horological bent.
The article does contain some interesting tech tidbits, too. For example, Foulkes tells us that “Ive explains how the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold.” This claim was greeted in the office by more than a little bemusement. Gold is a metal! Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?
Perhaps the company is not entirely crazy, though. In June 2014, Apple ...

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08:23
Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU,...

With last year's iPad mini 3 upgrade largely viewed as a disappointment, sporting the same processor and form factor as its predecessor, a new report says Apple may be looking to soon rectify that with a fourth-generation model featuring upgraded internal specifications.

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08:15
Apple’s Gatekeeper leaves hole open for malware and...

The Mac Observer:For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.The key words are, “it’s up to you” to not let your guard down and to always be aware of what you are downloading and installing. Apple is doing their part and it’s up to the user to do theirs.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:10
Apple to join Dow Jones Industrial Average

CNN:Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow — an exclusive club of 30 stocks that also includes tech giants Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco as well as brand-name consumer firms Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Disney. “As the largest corporation in the world and a leader in technology. Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a statement. Apple will enter the Dow at the close of trading on March 18.As tha article says, this is mostly symbolic but, for a company on the edge of bankruptcy less than 20 years ago, it’s a remarkable journey.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:05
Rumor: AppleCare now offering support for Beats...



As of Thursday, AppleCare has begun providing support for Beats Music customers as well as accepting Apple Pay for payment. Prior to this, support for Beats’ customers went through an alternate service. According to sources, AppleCare staff are now taking Apple Pay as a form of compensation.
Support for the Beats music products has been slowly integrated into Apple’s system since the company’s purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for US$3 billion in 2014.

As for Apple Pay, the change is part of a new initiative to encourage businesses to accept Apple Pay and expand the locations where the iPhone and Apple Watch owners...

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07:49
This $249 battery strap will charge Apple Watch...

The possibility of third-party accessories for Apple Watch is still something Apple hasn’t made official, but that isn’t stopping a slew of companies from announcing products before the Apple Watch ships next month. The latest is a band accessory called Reserve Strap that aims to combat any battery life issues with a strap that includes embedded batteries to charge the device while you wear it.

The possibility of such an accessory has been a source of conversation, especially after the recently introduced...

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07:49
Apple's rebranded Beats Music service won'...

When Apple launches a rebranded Beats Music later this year, the streaming service may not have an ad-supported free tier, according to a new report, citing sources who allegedly spoke with Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

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07:48
Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement...



If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.
Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.
While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

Prior to the change, iPhone 5 owners could swap out faulty batteries for “two years after the first retail sale or...

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07:47
MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro Shipping Times...

MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have slipped on the Apple Online Store from "in stock" to "1 business day" ahead of Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on Monday. Earlier this week, we reported that a MacBook Air refresh with the latest Intel Broadwell processors and Intel HD 6000 graphics appears imminent, and it is plausible that Apple also updates the MacBook Pro with similar hardware. The shipping dates have slipped across North America, with the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada and Mexico showing the longer "1 business day" estimate. A spot check of the United Kingdom and Australia online storefronts still shows regular shipping times. In-store availability of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in the...

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07:43
Apple Watch Edition won’t be the most expensive...

With informed speculation suggesting that the price of the Apple Watch Edition will be somewhere in the $6-10,000 range, you might think that would easily make it the most expensive smartwatch on the market. But no: luxury watchmaker Hoptroff makes a mechanical gold smartwatch for £14,400 ($21,700)–and the platinum model works out to a cool $54,000.
Functionality may be limited, but it’s genius design. It syncs with your iPhone to access your calendar data, then one dial points to the time of your next appointment while another points to the first letter of the appointment title–for example, the name of the person you’re meeting. Delightfully clever, if perhaps questionable in usability.
Of course, for $54k you don’...

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07:30
Apple hosting private Watch workshops for high-...

Bloomberg today provided details on a secret Watch app development lab that allows select developers pre-launch access to the wearable device. According to people familiar with the process, companies such as Facebook, BMW and United have been sending developers to Cupertino's headquarters to work hands-on with Apple's smartwatch. Internet access is blocked in the conference rooms and developers invited to the labs are not allowed to bring in any outside materials. Even app source code must remain at Apple headquarters until the Watch is closer to launch.

“There’s a lot of confidentiality,” said Stephen Gates, a vice president and creative director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., which is building a watch application to unlock hotel-room doors. Apple featured Starwood’s application in September, when it first announced...

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07:28
New $1.4B Japan Display plant slated to open in 2016...

Component manufacturer Japan Display on Friday officially unveiled plans for a new $1.4 billion display plant in central Japan, with Apple reportedly investing in the facility to secure supplies of advanced LCD panels for its products.

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07:26
Amazon Game Studios announces four games coming soon...




Amazon Game Studios announced today that it’s bringing four games to iOS devices starting with two previously released only on Android and two new titles coming soon.
The two older titles arriving on iOS include Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, while the new games include survival horror Lost Within and action-adventure game Til Morning’s Light....

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07:19
Paragon Boot Camp Backup gets you back-up Windows...

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Boot Camp Backup (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/bootcamp-backup/), a free Mac OS X-based backup solution for Windows partitions on Macs.
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07:11
∞ Mary Poppins death metal

With apologies to Jim. Can not stop watching this.

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07:08
My ’70s TV

This may just ruin your weekend.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:06
Apple, Google, hundreds of other US companies file...

A mass of 379 companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court expressing their support for same-sex marriage, in advance of a landmark April hearing on the issue.

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06:54
Free HTML5, CSS site templates

I think these are pretty nice looking, elegant without complexity. Try them out, view the page source. Good stuff.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:45
Austin Mann video shows hanging of Apple World...

Jump to the page and watch the video. You’ll watch the process of taking down an existing ad, see a time lapse of the new piece being hung, and get a really nice tip on shooting a panorama. All of this was done using an iPhone 6 (of course!)∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
Apple to Replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial...

Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to S&P Dow Jones (via The Wall Street Journal). Apple will be added to the Dow Jones at the close of trading on March 18, replacing AT&T as one of 30 members on the major price-weighted index. Apple is listed on Nasdaq with a pre-market share price hovering around the $128 mark as of writing.“Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” says David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.The addition of Apple on the Dow Jones Industrial Average will occur just weeks after the iPhone maker recorded the most profitable quarter of any company ever, posting record-breaking quarterly revenue of...

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06:24
Jony Ive's publicity tour continues as he...

Continuing his evolution from behind-the-scenes design czar to company-fronting rock star, Apple's Jony Ive granted an interview to one of his hometown newspapers this week and revealed his reasons for joining Apple, touched on his friendship with Steve Jobs, and discussed the design of the Apple Watch.

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06:23
Hot News: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones...

Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

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06:21
Financial Times interviews Jony Ive, offers more...

Terrific long form piece on Jony Ive by Nick Foulkes of the Financial Times. Well worth the read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
Apple stock to replace AT&T in Dow Jones...

Apple will be added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average later this month, a new major distinction on Wall Street for the world's most valuable company.

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06:05
AAPL joining famed Dow Jones Industrial Average,...

Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking wireless carrier AT&T’s spot on the famed stock market index, CNBC reports. The change will take place in just under two weeks at the end of trading on March 18th. The Dow is heavily viewed as being indicative of the overall stock market performance in the United States, and Apple’s rising stock price will soon be a significant factor to that number.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently made up of 30 major companies based in the United States including ExxonMobil, Microsoft, IBM, and Walt Disney.
Apple’s eligibility for joining the Dow was...

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06:00
OmniGraffle iOS update brings diagramming tool to...

The Omni Group this week released an update to its popular diagramming tool, OmniGraffle for the iPad, which brings a highly-requested feature -- support for the iPhone. OmniGraffle was originally released as a charting, wireframing and diagramming tool for the Mac and then made its way to the iPad. The latest 2.1 version is a universal app compatible with both the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With this release, The Omni Group has redesigned the iOS app, sizing the elements and moving them around so users can conveniently access the tools on the iPhone's smaller screen. The user interface was created to be dynamic, with the layout changing based on the screen size of the iPhone model and its orientation.

Besides a handful of smaller improvements and bug fixes, the company also added editing points to...

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05:45
BMO forecasts 19M Apple Watch sales in 2015, with...

Momentum for the Apple Watch will likely take a short time to build driven mostly by apps, one analyst believes, with sales quickly escalating to 10 million units in the holiday 2015 shopping season.

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05:38
Bank's Weak Apple Pay Back-End Security Systems...

Apple aimed to solve the issue of stolen credit cards by working with the card networks to mask the user’s information by issuing a one-time code for each purchase. However, this doesn’t prevent thieves from loading already stolen cards into the service.

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05:06
FT interviews Jony Ive ahead of Apple Watch, details...

London’s Financial Times today carries a profile of Jony Ive in which he discusses how the Mac changed his dislike of computers, why he is consumed by design and disinterested in sales, the difference between designing a phone (and its slim battery)  and designing a smartwatch–and why Apple decided to take a low-key approach on even the top-end Edition watch.
The piece also contained an interesting (if possibly mistaken) estimate on Apple Watch pricing (update: Apple PR has now confirmed to us that the FT is indeed mistaken) … 
Ive told the FT‘s Nick Foulkes that the original Macintosh changed his view of computers, and set the tone for his design philosophy It is a...

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05:05
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's presence...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Editor Daniel Dilger's experience in Taiwan, we dissect the Samsung Galaxy S6 reveal, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile payment news, plus final predictions for Apple's 'Spring Forward' event.

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03:03
How developers are making apps for an Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch is designed to make you healthier and help you communicate more easily, but those lofty goals can’t be attained without apps to back them up. Apple has its own apps in the works, like Workout and Activity for fitness-tracking, but the company needs popular iOS app developers to extend their services to Apple Watch. The company rolled out the WatchKit SDK in November to guide programmers and designers through the process, but I was curious: How do you make an elegant app without ever having seen the watch in person?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Building AWT: Lessons learned so far

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost four weeks into the life of Apple World Today. In that short period of time we’ve written a lot of posts, made a few mistakes, and have started settling into a routine. I thought it might be fun to let you all in on how things are going.

It helps a lot to get “Fireballed”

Our first few days of traffic were beyond our wildest dreams, thanks to a nice little two-line shout-out from John Gruber. You won’t believe how that helped out. Thanks, John! Um, could you mention us again? Other sites brought us traffic those first critical days, but nothing like what we saw coming from DF.

Traffic isn't where we'd like it to be

I had hoped that Apple World Today would be able to capture about 20% of the traffic that we were getting at TUAW, and those early readership numbers...

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05:00
Bracing for the Cyberthreat Deluge


Almost 17,000 malware alerts surface every week, the Ponemon Institute recently found. Only 4 percent of alerts were investigated, and traditional antivirus products missed nearly 70 percent of malware in the first hour, researchers discovered in a recent Damballa study.
Rescanning led to identification of 66 percent of the malware in 24 hours and 72 percent after seven days. It took AV products more than six months to create signatures for 100 percent of the malware.

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04:59
Jony Ive Discusses Design of Apple Watch in Latest...

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive recently discussed the design process behind creating the Apple Watch in a new profile with Financial Times. Ive describes the Apple Watch as "the most personal product" that Apple has ever made, with "thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing" invested into the device. “Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly mature and has gone through thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing, we’re still working and improving. You are trying to keep everything fluid for as long as possible because everything is so interconnected. The best products are those where you have optimized each attribute while being very conscious of other parts of the product’s performance.”The iconic designer adds that he appreciates the convenience afforded by the Apple Watch, describing the wrist as the perfect place for this...

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04:56
Nektony introduces Duplicates Finder 2.0 for Mac OS X

Nektony (http://nektony.com/) has introduced Duplicate Expert 2.0, an update of the cleanup utility for Mac OS X.
Duplicates Expert was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete all duplicate content, including hidden files as well as inspect duplicate files and folder - even similar folders. It can scan at a time as many folders and drive as you selected.
Duplicates Expert requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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04:55
Augmented, VR devices to explode to 55 million units...

The augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are seeing much action, from new devices and new content, to existing content adapting to make use of the new medium, according to ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com). Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) will be the prevailing form-factor for both AR and VR devices, but AR will see varied form-factors as the technology progresses into more applications, notes the research group.
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04:39
Kool Tools: DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion...

VisionTek's (http://www.visiontek.com) is compatible with the latest Mac Pro. Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, it enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop.
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04:01
Apple, Google, Microsoft & others urge Supreme...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have joined with 370 other companies to urge the US Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.
The companies have filed what’s known as an amicus brief, a way for parties not directly involved in a case to make an argument for or against a particular decision by the court. The brief argues that there is a sound business case for consistency across the country, explained counsel Susan Baker.

The competition for top talent crosses state and even national borders. State laws that prohibit same-sex marriage make it harder for businesses to recruit and retain talented employees. The patchwork of inconsistent state marriage laws makes it challenging and more costly for employers to administer benefits systems when some employees are unable to marry, and other employees’ marriages are not recognized by...

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03:29
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1.4 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool. OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.Version 6.1.4: Export

  • Fixed a bug that could lead to incorrect folder locations when exporting.

Sidebar

  • Fixed a bug where newly-created canvases would not...

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03:27
OmniGraffle 6.1.4 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.Version 6.1.4: Export

  • Fixed a bug that could lead to incorrect folder locations when exporting.

Sidebar

  • Fixed a bug where newly-created canvases would not prompt editing of their names.

Performance

  • Fixed a performance issue related to Shared Layers and text tags that could resize.

Visio

  • Fixed an array bound error when opening certain Visio files.

Stability

  • ...

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03:19
MegaSeg 5.9.5 - Professional MP3 DJ application. (...

MegaSeg is a complete solution for pro audio/video DJ mixing, radio automation, and music scheduling with rock-solid performance and an easy-to-use design. Mix with visual waveforms and Magic Trackpad cue and sync. Preview tracks with optional audio outputs and MIDI control. Enjoy fast access and elegant management of your iTunes library, including iTunes Match. Segue or beat-mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue and preview tracks via multiple sound outputs, create dynamic scheduled playlists, program automatic playlist events, and more...

  • Full iTunes library and playlist integration, including iTunes Match.
  • Visually sync beats in real-time with the waveform viewer.
  • Use Multi-touch trackpad controls for cue-scrub, pitch shift, and click-drag sync.
  • Kick back on autopilot with automatic segues.
  • Change the font face, color, and size.
  • ...

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03:07
Top Apple Watch Developers are Working at a Secret...

Prior to Monday's Apple event that is likely about the Apple Watch, there are certain companies working at a secret lab within Apple's headquarters to fine tune their Apple Watch apps that will launch on the watch and/or be demonstrated during Monday's keynote.

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01:00
Office 365 News Round-Up

Microsoft Office was initially conceived as a productivity tool for business—the name says it all—and many people had their first experience with Office applications either at work or at school. Office is still essential for many businesses, of course, and companies of all sizes are realizing even more benefits by adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud. Today, Office 365 is also an important tool for education and government, helping schools, universities and government agencies reduce costs, enhance collaboration and increase productivity.
During the past two weeks, we made it easier than ever for students worldwide to get free access to Office 365, which will help them develop the skills they’ll need to succeed when they enter the...

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00:22
Apple extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

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Wednesday March 4

21:00
Sponsored: The Price of Solar Power

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23:24
Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to...

While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.

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23:06
Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB...

Following reports that claimed Apple was forced to push back its production timeline for a larger 12.9-inch iPad, new rumors suggest the company is looking to incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity and possibly ports for keyboards and a mouse.

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23:04
WSJ: Apple considering adding USB 3.0 ports &...

Following up on today’s report that the 12.9-inch iPad has been pushed back to September, the Wall Street Journal claims tonight that the hardware features for the device are still in flux. According to this latest rumor, Apple is considering adding USB 3.0 ports to the tablet to allow users to connect external devices.
We’ve already heard that the company may be planning to build its first external input device for the “iPad Pro,” but this is the first time we’ve heard that there may be plans in the works to support the connection of additional peripherals.
As unbelievable as it seems, the report even suggests that Apple will allow the connection of mice and keyboards.

To quote...

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22:54
June WWDC Launch Looking More Likely for 12-Inch...

Despite rumors earlier this week suggesting the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air could see a launch during Apple's upcoming March 9 media event, The Wall Street Journal tonight released a report indicating the notebook won't be shipping until Q2 2015. The site shared the tidbit in a detailed report on upcoming features that might be added to the larger-screened 12.9-inch "iPad Pro."While suppliers are gearing up to ship the new 12-inch MacBook Air in large quantities in the second quarter, Apple's launch schedule remains unclear, the people said.A Q2 2015 shipment date for the 12-inch MacBook Air suggests Apple could be planning to launch the notebook around June, possibly at its Worldwide Developers Conference....

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22:45
Apple May Include USB 3.0 Ports on Upcoming 12.9-...

Following up on a report from earlier today claiming Apple has pushed back its plans for the so-called "iPad Pro", asking suppliers to begin production in September rather than this quarter, The Wall Street Journal weighs in with its own claim that Apple is indeed now targeting the second half of this year for the mass production of the device. Mockup of iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini Beyond timing, the report also claims Apple is still tweaking plans for the iPad Pro's design and feature set, with the company considering including USB 3.0 ports to accommodate data transfer and peripherals connectivity.“Apple has continued to rework some of the...

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Thursday March 5

06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection from...

Pick your case!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has a bit of everything: Cases with radiation shields for extra safety, a mirror-sticking solution for the adventurous type, multi-purpose pouches, and hardcore protective shells.AnvilThe Heritage (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $50 to $55) sports a rock and roll theme, inspired by the famous black touring trunks used to store instruments while bands are on the road.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:01
Haiku Deck’s Zuru is smart enough to build your...

It’s time to officially ditch PowerPoint as your go-to tool for building slideshow presentations. Slideshow-building app Haiku Deck’s latest feature, Haiku Deck Zuru, practically builds a slideshow for you, extracting the must-know information from your notes and putting it together in a gorgeously themed presentation. The Haiku Deck team calls Zuru, which was announced on Thursday, artificial intelligence, as it looks for keywords to pick out slide topics and relevant images pulled from its image database, which is entirely safe for public use. 
Haiku Deck got a couple of additional new features on Thursday as well. You’ll find a new presentation gallery with customizable templates for a wide range of events, additional slide templates, and a new color-matching tool that lets you use precise color schemes (perhaps pulled straight from your brand’s logo). You’ll also be able to “remix” existing decks created and shared by other users....

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14:40
Live blog: Apple's March 9 special event

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20:59
MarsEdit 3.6.8 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.Version 3.6.8:

  • Address issues with images being uploaded for display on Retina screens:
    • Images are now uploaded at 2x specified dimensions when Retina checkbox selected
    • Width and height fields now show size as "points" instead of "pixels"
    • Width and height fields now limited based on size of image and Retina setting
  • Rich and HTML Editor bug fixes
    • Fix a bug where pressing return in a blockquote could cause a new blockquote to be created
    • Fix a bug where smart quotes, etc. were erroneously allowed in plain HTML
    • Fix a bug that prevented images from being pasted into post editor content
  • Other...

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19:52
Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for...

It appears Oracle is bringing its adware wiles to OS X with the latest version of Java for Mac, as the installer comes bundled with the Ask.com toolbar, which is deceptively set to install itself by default.

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19:33
Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac...

Image via ZDNet
Windows users are likely already familiar with the adware that’s usually bundled with Oracle’s Java software, but for Mac users that annoyance has been mostly avoided. Unfortunately, ZDNet reports that today Oracle has updated its Java installer to include the Ask toolbar on OS X.
The installation process automatically changes users’ browser homepage to the nearly useless Ask.com, which is populated by ads and mostly irrelevant results. The software also installs an Ask browser toolbar. Since these changes are made by default during Java installation, those who don’t want these “useful” changes made to their computers will need to manually deselect the option during Java installation.
The changes seem to affect both Safari and Google’s Chrome browser. It may also impact some other third-party browsers. Even if you do install the...

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18:58
New Report Provides Look into Apple's Secret...

Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company's Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple's strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project. Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality. Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme measures to keep the work secret. Internet access is blocked inside the rooms, and no outside materials can be brought in to the labs with the test watches, a person...

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18:18
Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to...

Apple reportedly granted developers from big-name companies monitored access to Apple Watch at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in hopes of building out a solid initial app offering when the device launches in April.

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18:04
Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware with Java for Mac

For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet. Image via ZDNetThe unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking...

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17:54
Bloomberg provides new details on secretive Apple...


Last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple had invited high-profile developers to its Cupertino campus to participate in a workshop focused on finishing Apple Watch apps in time for the device’s debut in April. Today Bloomberg has published a report corroborating that claim.
Bloomberg has also provided some additional details about how the program works. Developers from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and more have been given a...

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17:42
Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches,...

According to a report on Thursday, fraudsters are using credit card information gleaned from recent high-profile retail chain data to create Apple Pay accounts, while Apple Stores themselves account for 80 percent of unauthorized transactions.

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17:37
Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In...

jfruh writes One of the knocks against Silicon Valley giants as "job creators" is that the companies themselves often only hire high-end employees; support staff like security guards and janitors are contracted out to staffing agencies and receive lower pay and fewer benefits, even if they work on-site full time. That now seems to be changing, with Apple and Google putting security gaurds on their own payroll.

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17:27
∞ Apple puts up banners at Yerba Buena for March 9...

I was by Yerba Buena today and Apple was putting up the banners in preparation for Monday’s event, so I thought I’d share.

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17:19
Formatting Screenplays with Fountain

Aspiring screenwriters have enough on their plates without having to figure out how to make their word processors handle screenplay format, but with Fountain markup they don’t have to. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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17:01
iPhone 5 battery replacement program extended into...

When Apple launched its iPhone 5 battery replacement program last year, the company said that it would accept devices for replacement up to two years after purchase. Because the devices with the faulty batteries were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, two years from that date range would have given buyers until January 2015 (or March 1st, 2015, according to the page) to get their devices swapped.
However, as spotted by iPhone in Canada, Apple today updated the copy on the page to state that replacements would be accepted for an additional year. The page now says that users may return their defective units until three years after the...

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16:49
Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now



Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?
If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is widely...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Lastronaut, Signal Private...

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 the now free Temple Run:Oz, a big update for Omnigraffle and the new "pixel-packed, adrenaline-fueled" game Lastronaut. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Temple Run: Oz [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] The most thrilling running experience now comes to the yellow brick road!

Toca Train [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] All aboard? Time to get on Toca Train! Your kids are the train driver in this fun and friendly train simulator.

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15:47
Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced...

A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing.

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15:29
CNN app gets a Notification Center widget, sports...


CNN today pushed out an update to its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application with a pair of features that some users will find significant: a Today widget for iOS 8’s Notification Center and a sports section. The widget is populated with the latest top stories from CNN, while the sports section sources its content from Bleacher Report, which has a dedicated App Store app (iPhone, iPad). CNN also says this version includes various bug fixes, like every app update that has come before it.
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15:20
Disney’s latest app transforms you into your...

Today Disney Parks released a free iOS app called Show Your Disney Side, which transforms you into a 3D moving Disney character. Your Disney Side is the part of you that laughs a little bit louder, believes in magic, and never backs down from a pirate fight (even against Captain Hook!). This app was created to help you channel your inner Disney Side even when you’re nowhere near a Disney Park.


Turn yourself into a princess from Frozen, a X-Wing Pilot from Star Wars, Jafar from Aladdin, and several other Disney characters. You can even unlock new Haunted Mansion characters by visiting a Disney Park or sharing your Disney Side pics on social media.
The idea is pretty...

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15:18
24 Hour Project street photography

A street photography project to document world’s humanity in one single day. World wide participants will share their city stories through one photo per hour during 24 hours.Sounds great.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 5, 2015

Today on the AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Strategy Analytics believes Apple will sell 15.4 million Watches in 2015, grabbing 54.8% of the market
  • Want to see what the different Watch and band combinations look like? Head over to mixyourwatch.com and have some fun
  • Apple's Beats-based streaming music service may not be unveiled until WWDC in June
  • Google updates the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps for iPhone and iPad
  • Imgur drops a new iOS app in the App Store, just for finding viral images on your iPhone

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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14:52
Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate...

A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry.

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14:36
Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's iAd division is looking to reinvigorate sales, and will soon allow third-party agencies to provide demographic targeting information to advertisers, including matching of phone numbers, emails and other data.

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14:16
Rock Band 4 Rises From the Ashes


Harmonix on Thursday revealed that the fourth installment of Rock Band will launch this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The news comes about five years after the last title in the franchise made its debut. Harmonix is celebrating the series' return by gifting fans Frank Turner's I Still Believe. It's an appropriate track for a series that has taken some time off, with its iconic lyric, Now who'd have thought that after all, something as simple as rock 'n' roll would save us all?

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14:15
The weak link in Apple Pay’s strong chain is bank...


Earlier this week, a February blog post by mobile payments consultant Cherian Abraham captured the attention of the media and set off a flurry of articles about rampant fraud on Apple Pay. But despite headlines declaring that Apple Pay sees 60 times more fraud than magnetic stripe credit cards, the details are a bit more nuanced. It turns out that Apple Pay as a platform appears quite secure—it hasn’t yet seen any man-in-the-middle or other hacking attacks (that we know of) that could result in the loss of thousands of credit card numbers,...

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14:12
Apple Watch has a Lightning port for development,...

A new report from TechCrunch notes that the upcoming Apple Watch has a port that Apple has yet to show off hidden in one of the two slots where the Watch’s straps connect to its case. The report brings up the possibility of using it to facilitate “smart straps” and other Apple Watch accessories, but 9to5Mac has learned from sources that the port, which is actually a Lightning port being used for testing, will not be included on the product shipping to customers.
The port is currently being used to connect to the Watch for development purposes, but TechCrunch speculated it could be used to bring “smart straps” to the device in the future:
The reason I ask is that the Apple Watch has a port that the company has yet to show off....

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14:03
AppleCare now supporting Beats Music service, Apple...

Starting today, AppleCare will begin providing support service for Beats Music customers as well as businesses interested in accepting Apple Pay, according to sources. Support for the streaming music service previously went through a separate system from Apple’s other products and services. AppleCare staff has also been advised on helping businesses with accepting Apple Pay as the company pushes its new mobile payment service.Support for Beats products has slowly been integrated with Apple’s customer support channel for its products and services since Apple bought Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion last year. Most recently we reported that Apple would begin offering online chat support for Beats hardware. Apple...

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14:01
Chasing the Aurora

In February 2015, I traveled far north to Norway to hunt down and photograph the Northern Lights, one of the most mesmerizing natural phenomena of this planet.The Northern Lights are amazing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:57
Hidden Diagnostic Port on Apple Watch Could Allow...

Ahead of Monday's media event where Apple is expected to provide final details on the Apple Watch, a new report from TechCrunch details a hidden "diagnostic port" inside one of the channels on the Apple Watch where watch bands slip into place. While the port is currently used only for diagnostic purposes, the report argues it could be used in the future to interface with "smart band" accessories bringing additional functionality to the watch.The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the ‘bottom’ strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and placement to me. It is very similar to the connector for the Lightning connector in iPhones, as that connector currently only uses 6 of its 8 available pins. Apple recently began opening up the Lightning port for use by third parties. A source says that this port is currently for diagnostic purposes only —...

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13:53
Why China loves Apple best

Apple received the highest score for loyalty of any brand cited across all categories. What explains Apple’s unrivaled loyalty in China? Yes, the products are attractive. Yes, the price point is high enough that the iPhone is a status symbol that is more accessible than a diamond-studded watch or flashy sports car.Very interesting article.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:49
AltConf call for speakers

AltConf is a free, community-driven and supported event, held in downtown San Francisco alongside Apple’s WWDC. We’re currently planning the 2015 conference, and we’ve got some very exciting plans in the works that we’re hoping that we can announce very soon.Mike and Judy do a tremendous job with AltConf. If you’re interested in speaking or wish to support the conference, be sure to get in touch with them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:50
Imgur returns to iPhone with a slick new app

Imgur, every Redditor’s favorite viral image site, recently released its second attempt at an iOS app after producing—and then pulling—its first shot at iOS several years ago. The new app is currently an iPhone-only affair that focuses on browsing the site’s image collection.
Noticeably absent are any tools to upload images to the site, at least for now.

Imgur for iPhone.

The new app doesn’t look anything like the original, which attempted to mimic the grid format of Imgur’s PC site—a format the Android app still holds to. Instead of a grid, you'll see a single image and swipe from right to left to view more. To read the comments you have to scroll down underneath the picture.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
FireChat's hashtags help festival-goers find...

Off-the-grid messaging app FireChat is designed for chatting in congested spaces, like political protests in Hong Kong or music festivals in India. As the city of Austin gears up to host the music, film, and tech festival South by Southwest, FireChat is getting ready to introduce a new way to join a conversation with so-called “chat-tags.” FireChat
Find out where to go and what to do with FireChat's new hashtagged rooms, launched just in time for South by Southwest.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac doesn...

You may not have noticed, but of late there’s been a mind shift at Microsoft. First with the introduction of Office for iPad in 2014, then the addition of OneNote for Mac and iOS and an updated and useful version of Office for iPhone. Then, just a few weeks ago, Outlook for iOS, which may just be the best email app you’ll find for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Today? The preview release of Office 2016....

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12:49
Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at...

Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to launch the new music service as part of an iOS 8.4 upgrade for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch following WWDC, but a final decision has not yet been made. It’s possible that the service will be bundled into iOS 9...

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12:39
iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M...

Sources in Apple's supply chain are particularly bullish about iPhone sales to start 2015, leading investment firm Barclays Capital to say that its forecast of 54 million units for the current quarter is a "conservative" estimate.

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12:39
Microsoft Releases a Free Preview of Office for Mac...

Last week we posted a report titled "Students around the Globe that use Macs and iDevices May be Eligible to Receive Free Microsoft Office 365." Today, Microsoft is announcing that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available, for the rest of us...

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12:00
Math Shake is an effective math app for young...

Years before I became your friendly neighborhood tech blogger, I was a teacher. In 2015, my wife celebrated* her 20th year as a teacher. All this to say we know our pedagogy, which makes it difficult for us to find education apps that we're satisfied with. While Math Shake for iPad (free with in-app purchases) isn't long on looks, it's got it where it counts. Specifically, it presents word problems along with tools and strategies that help students discover the solution. It's quite well done.

Math Shake divides problems into six ability levels, from Beginner (6- to 7-year-olds) up to Genius (11- to 13-year olds). Beginner is available for free, while the other levels are available via in-app purchase at $1.99 each (or you can grab the lot for $2.99). Once you've chosen the appropriate level, decide if you're going to work on addition...

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11:53
PipelineFX’s Qube! releases Autodesk VRED Job Type

To satisfy growing demand in the automotive and design markets, PipelineFX (https://pipelinefx.com), which specializes in render farm management solutions, is releasing Autodesk VRED (www.autodesk.com) batch render support for Qube!, the scalable render management solution.
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11:48
Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves...

Several important updates have been released at the iOS App Store, bringing share sheet functions to Gmail, a Saved Places tab to Foursquare, and a complete redesign of Imgur's official iPhone app.

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11:46
KeynotePro announces MagnetBoard NXT Themes for...

KeynotePro has introduced MagnetBoard NXT (http://tinyurl.com/lz9a4pv) for Keynote 6. It's a set of three themes featuring a trio of textured bases: smooth, galvanized steel and distressed, oxidized and perforated metals: show-boxing crisp paper and thumb-worn magnets.   
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11:37
Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8.2 early next week,...



iOS 8.2 could come out as early as next Monday alongside Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event, which is slated to take place on March 9th at the Yerba Buena in downtown San Francisco.
The update reportedly brings a number of improvements to the iPhone’s health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.
The GM released internally this week is said to be identified as build 12D508. The accompanying release notes mention the following improvements to the iOS 8 Health application:

- Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose.
- Improves stability...

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11:32
Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides iOS apps now let...

Google is rolling out updates to its Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for the iPhone and iPad today bringing the ability to make a copy of a document and more.
In addition to the new “Make a copy” function for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations across all three apps, you’ll also now be able to copy links to your device’s clipboard. Sheets and Slides also receive a new “accessibility settings menu when VoiceOver is enabled.”
The updated apps also arrive with bug fixes and a few other minor enhancements.
The latest version of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will be hitting the App Store today.
What’s New in Version 1.2.6936
* Make a copy...

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11:31
Microsoft announces Office 2016 Mac Preview (updated)

Microsoft has announced the Office 2016 Mac Preview (http://tinyurl.com/jw59utq). Naturally, it includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.
Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud, so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device. Microsoft wants you to give the apps a try and provide feedback.
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11:30
RIP Aperture: Apple sends out email to owners of the...

We knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but for owners of Apple's Aperture app for Mac, that day was today. Apple sent out an email to owners of Aperture informing them of the impending demise of the app, along with instructions on how to get on the public beta of OS X 10.10.3 if Aperture fans want to take the new Photos app for a spin (screenshot below):

Those links go to Apple's preview of Photos for OS X and the signup page for the OS X Beta Program. Apple World Today is working on a full review of Photos for OS X with more details on both features and concerns about the new app. 

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11:13
The education of Alex Rodriguez

People hate him. Boy, wow, do they hate him. At first they loved him, and then they were confused by him, and then they were irritated by him, and now they straight-up loathe.I’m definitely in the “loathe” camp. I’ve loathed him since way back in his days in Seattle. But it’s still an interesting, well written (and well presented on the web site) article. And, after reading it, I still loathe him.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:12
Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users,...

Apple on Thursday notified customers who have previously purchased its Aperture photography software that the application will soon be removed from the Mac App Store, and invited those users to try the new Photos app as part of the OS X 10.10.3 public beta.

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11:04
BBEdit 11.0.3 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance. An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.Version 11.0.3: Additions

  • This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.

Fixes

  • Made a change to the internal "Replace All" mechanics to improve performance by a factor of two (results may vary).
  • Any unprintable...

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11:01
China's Cybersecurity Plans Draw US Fire


China should change its tune on new rules for purchases from American high-tech companies if it wants to do business with the U.S., President Obama has warned. China reportedly is planning to ask U.S. high-tech firms to hand over their encryption keys and install security backdoors to allow surveillance as a counterterrorism measure. It also will require high-tech companies to keep servers and user data within China's borders, supply law enforcement authorities with communications records, and censor terrorism-related Internet content.

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11:00
Gmail 4.0 for iOS is out, adds actionable...

Google just published a new update to Gmail for iOS. Gmail 4.0 has arrived in your App Store updates, bringing with it several new features designed to make life easier for those who use the app to handle multiple Gmail accounts... or even just a single Gmail account.

First, you'll find that notifications from Gmail let you either reply or archive a message with a single tap. That's a wonderful way to delete unimportant messages without even having to open the Gmail app. 

Next, Google has added a share extension that allows Gmail users to send attachments from any app that supports the iOS 8 share sheet. You'll need to activate the extension by tapping "More" on the list of app icons that appears on the share sheet, then sliding the switch next to Gmail to the on position. 

Finally, there's also a new attachment viewer for Gmail 4.0 that allows users to open...

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10:57
Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app...

Disney's new theme park-connected "Show Your Disney Side" app for iPhone lets users shoot a selfie and merge it with a famous character from one of the company's movies or attractions, such as Frozen, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Haunted Mansion.

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10:54
Strategy Analytics Bangs the Apple Watch Drum and...

In February we posted a report titled "J.P. Morgan Forecasts 26 Million Units of Apple Watch will be sold in 2015 vs. 720,000 Android Units Sold in 2014." That was certainly a bold prediction and over the next few months there will be many different forecasts surfacing, especially after the Apple Watch is out for a full 30 days. Until such time, Strategy Analytics is the latest to jump on the Apple Watch train with a very enthusiastic prediction of their own.

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10:46
Microsoft Office Preview 15.8 - Popular productivity...

Welcome to the new and modern Microsoft Office for Mac. You will receive regular updates automatically until the official release in the second half of 2015. With the redesigned Ribbon and your favorite cross-platform features and keyboard shortcuts, you’ll be up and running with the new Office for Mac in no time! The new Office for Mac user interface is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Mac features, including retina display and full-screen view support. Sign into the new Office for Mac and easily access your recently used documents on any device with seamless integration with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint. Contains:

  • Word Create, polish, and share beautiful and professional documents.
  • Excel Analyze and visualize your data in new and intuitive ways.
  • PowerPoint Create, collaborate, and effectively present your ideas.
  • OneNote...

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10:45
Xsan: Compatibility of SAN clients with Xsan and...

Learn which versions of StorNext can be used in the same SAN with Xsan controllers, and which versions of Xsan can be used in the same SAN with StorNext controllers.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201256

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10:26
Apple Notifying Aperture Users of Impending Removal...

Apple has sent an email to Aperture customers this afternoon as a reminder about the impending removal of the professional photo editing software from the Mac App Store. The email confirms that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store upon the release of Photos for OS X as we initially reported last month."When Photos for OS X launches this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store. You can continue to use Aperture on OS X Yosemite, but you will not be able to buy additional copies of the app.  You can migrate your Aperture library to Photos for OS X, including your photos, adjustments, albums, and keywords. After migrating, your Aperture library remains intact. However, Aperture and Photos do not share a unified library, so...

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10:26
Apple plans relaunched Beats streaming music service...


Apple won’t take the wraps off of its upcoming Beats-based music streaming service at its March 9 “Spring Forward” event, according to music industry sources briefed on the launch timeline. Instead, Apple currently plans to introduce the service, at least in beta form, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June. The WWDC keynote likely takes place on Monday, June 8th, and that’s the event where the debut will occur. The new iTunes music streaming service is based on technology acquired from Beats Music, including curated playlists, cloud-based libraries, and offerings customized to the musical tastes of individual users. The service will be priced as high as $7.99 per month, which is less expensive than current $9.99 pricing for Beats...

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10:13
Apple promoting new Photos app to Aperture customers...

Apple has began promoting the new Photos app to Aperture users in an email blast to past customers. Photos replaces iPhoto with new iCloud features built in, but the app does not carry over the same advanced editing features as Aperture.
Photos was first announced at WWDC last June with a release date targeted for sometime this year. The developer betas of OS X 10.10.3 included the new app for testers, and earlier this week the first public beta for non-developers was released.
Aperture, which is still being sold for $79.99, is no longer being updated and will be removed from the Mac App Store when the new Photos app is released with OS...

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10:11
It’s about time: Microsoft releases free Office for...

For the last 12 months, Microsoft has focused on getting its flagship Office suite on screens where it's never been before—iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets. The Office for OS X apps were left behind, though. Microsoft released a new version of Outlook and an official OneNote client, but the core Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps were stuck back in 2010.
...

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10:07
Winning photo from Yukon hair freezing contest goes...

CBC:The contest is held in association with the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival, but Takhini Hot Pools owner Andrew Umbrich says he runs the contest the entire month of February to account for unpredictable temperatures. He says -20C works for hair sculpting, but -30C is ideal. “It just takes 10 minutes to a half hour to make a pretty incredible picture,” he says.Goofy Canadians.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:06
Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of...

People wanting to buy an Apple Watch may be able to ask for a custom engraving, much as the company has allowed with products like the iPad and iPod before it, although the option may not be available in time for the product's launch.

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09:56
Apple Watch predicted to take 55% of the 2015 global...

Research firm Strategy Analytics released its latest report today forecasting global Apple Watch sales and smartwatch marketshare for 2015. The firm’s predictions put Apple’s anticipated global smartwatch marketshare at more than half with 54.8% reached in 2015. Notably, that forecasted percentage is versus all other smartwatches combined competing with the Apple Watch.
While the report predicts that Apple will take the overwhelming majority of smartwatch sales this year, it predicts a relatively conservative number of units shipped globally in 2015 at 15.4 million. That forecast still beats the collective “other” group with a 12.7 million units shipped globally predicted.
To be clear, the firm is predicting that the as-of-yet unreleased Apple Watch will outsell the existing smartwatch market in 2015…

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09:56
Mix your Apple Watch

This is a cleverly designed site that allows you to mix and match various Apple Watch bodies with different straps. Fun few minutes diversion. What’s your favourite look?∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has released a preview of Office 2016 for Mac that includes several firsts for the platform, including a revamped ribbon and tighter consistency across platforms. The release will let users get their hands on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note before the final release comes out in the second half of 2015.

This preview demonstrates that Office 2016 for Mac is designed for the platform. It's Retina-ready, more secure than ever and features new levels of consistency. For example, you can opt to have keyboard shortcuts remain consistent with the Mac or Windows versions. That way commands can be consistent across all end points.

Word features new threaded comments and a new Styles Pane, which is a first for Office for the Mac. The ribbon has been redesigned as well for improved appearance and performance. Excel users can also expect consistency of shortcut keystrokes across the Mac and...

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09:16
Gmail for iOS updated w/ share sheet support,...



Google this morning has released a major update for Gmail on iOS. The update bumps the app to version 4.0 and packs a handful of new features. First off, Gmail on iOS now supports the ability to archive and reply to messages directly from a notification, a feature many have been requesting since iOS 8 launched.

The update also adds the ability to attach documents from third-party apps via the share sheet directly to an email to make it easier to move files on the go. That feature works the opposite way too, meaning that you can open...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Solo2 headphones $150,...

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

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 wired and wireless on-ear headphones $50 off,...

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09:00
Microsoft Launches Office 2016 for Mac Preview,...

Microsoft is today introducing a preview of the next iteration of its office software designed for Mac users, Office 2016. Office 2016 for Mac is the company's first major Mac release since Office 2011, and it brings new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with redesigned Retina-optimized interfaces, new features, and a heavy focus on collaboration and cloud integration. Office 2016 for Mac, which is free to all Mac users running OS X Yosemite during the preview period, is the next step in Microsoft's plan to make its Office products available anywhere, anytime, on any device, and as such, it's been designed to work with Office 365 and OneDrive. Users will get the best experience when signed into Office 365 because that allows them to access all of their documents on all of their devices, but an Office 365 account is not required to use the software. Office 2016 for Mac has adopted...

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09:00
The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 Client Apps and Services team.
Today is a big day for the Mac community–we’re excited to announce that a preview of the new Office 2016 for Mac is now officially available! Click here to give it a try and please send us your feedback.
Office 2016 for Mac is powered by the cloud so you can access your documents on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint at anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Cloud connected with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.
Similar to our recent announcements of universal Office apps for Windows 10 and...

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09:00
3 updates to Excel Power Query

A new update for Excel Power Query is now available to you! This update includes tremendous Performance improvements, a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector and a couple of new transformations supported in the UX.
Please take a look at the details below and download this update from the Official Power Query download page.
What’s new in this update?
The following features have been added or improved in this update:

  • Performance improvements
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online connector
  • New transformations

Watch the following video and then continue reading below for more details.

Performance improvements
We’ve made significant Performance improvements to Power Query in a couple of areas:

  • Query load—Performance of loading queries has improved by about 2x-3x in this...
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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 036 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks with Matthias Leibmann about the new app-only scenarios with the Exchange Online Office 365 APIs.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP36.mp3
Download the podcast.
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09:00
First look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for...

Half a decade after Microsoft's last major update to Office for Mac, the venerable productivity suite returns anew with a Retina redesign, a modern codebase, and a host of new features -- and it's available today as a public preview. AppleInsider was given early access to the new apps and brings you a close-up view of Redmond's latest.

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08:59
Apple Intensifies their Work on Force Touch Sensors...

Apple has been working on force sensors for touch displays, a future version of the Magic Mouse right through to the Apple Watch for some time now. Since this feature will debut with Apple Watch in April, force sensors could be on track to move to other devices over time including the Magic Mouse, the iPad and iPhone. In fact a rumor recently surfaced about this feature being aimed for next-gen iPhones. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple which actually combines more than 24 patents ...

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08:55
Back to the Mac: Microsoft releases redesigned...

Before today, the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for OS X came with Office for Mac 2011, a suite of productivity apps which you can tell from the name included dated software without many modern features Mac users expect. Office for Mac 2011 was actually first released in October 2010. A lot has changed since then.
Microsoft moved Office from a paid upgrade approach to a cloud subscription model, saw its CEO Steve Ballmer retire and buy a basketball team, appointed Satya Nadella as head of the company, and even released...

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08:38
Thunderstrike Need-To-Know

When we heard about the ‘bootkit’ exploit branded Thunderstrike having the potential to remove all of your security controls it was pretty disturbing. Luckily Apple controls a relatively small number of models, and released a patch for several affected CPU versions, bundling it with 10.10.2 so as to lessen the number of reboots required. Unfortunately Apple doesn’t seem to have updated this page of boot ROM versions accurately. (You can query the current boot ROM value of your fleet with this munki conditional by Graham Gilbert.)
Still, in the description about what the security content of the patch (as separately provided to 10.8 and 10.9 as security update 2015-001) contains, they get...

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08:30
Join AWT on Monday, March 9, for our Apple event...

Back at that old website, we used to love Apple events because we always had the opportunity to do a liveblog. On Monday, March 9 starting at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, you'll be able to join the AWT gang and everybody's favorite liveblogger -- Erica Sadun -- for the Spring Forward event.

We'll be trying out a new liveblogging service so bear with us if there are any hiccups along the way, but our early tests show that the liveblog should be similar to what you used to experience over at "that other place."

You can bookmark the liveblog page now, although there's no content yet, of course. We want to thank our friends at Securifi, makers of the Almond+ Router and home automation hub, for sponsoring the liveblog. Be sure to pick up an...

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08:26
Sperensis Applications releases Minion for Mac OS X

Sperensis Applications has released Minion for Mac OS X. It allows you to monitor long running tasks such as movie renders, file downloads, and file transfers.
Minion can also notify you when an application quits or becomes active, the CPU level changes, when a file appears or a pixel changes on the screen. Once a task is complete, the utility will notify you via SMS, email or on your Mac and iOS device.
All this allows for progress bars to be monitored in software and on websites. With a free companion app for iOS, users can view the history of completed tasks.
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08:20
Daily Deals for March 5, 2015, featuring GravityView...

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

AWT's Daily Deals

WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $39.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on your iOS device without having to convert the files before hand.

WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo...

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08:13
Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf Out comes to...

Firefly Studios has released a new expansion pack for Stronghold Kingdoms (www.strongholdkingdoms.com) — Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf, available now for free on Mac and Windows systems.
Rise of The Wolf recreates the savage world of the original Stronghold in an MMO environment, featuring new PvE gameplay in a world under siege from series antagonist The Wolf.
 
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08:12
Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will...

The release of iOS 8.2 remains imminent, and could debut as soon as Apple's "Spring Forward" event next Monday, bringing a number of improvements to the iPhone's health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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08:08
Retale to launch app for Apple Watch

Retale (www.retale.com), a location-based mobile platform connecting more than three million shoppers with their favorite local retailers, has announced the imminent launch of the Retale Apple Watch app. Apple's smartwatch will go on sale in April.
 
Retale says its Apple Watch app will build upon the location-based features users have become accustomed to in using Retale on iOS. The Retale Apple Watch platform takes advantage of Retale’s drive-to-store emphasis by making its “Store Finder” a key component.
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07:55
Rumor: 12.9" iPad is latest Apple device...

Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad -- commonly referred to as the "iPad Pro" -- will make use of an oxide LCD, most popularly known as Sharp's IGZO display technology, a new report from the company's supply chain claims.

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07:49
Rumor: Apple to delay production of larger, 12.9-...



The larger, “pro” iPad could be pushed back yet again.
The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed according to a Bloomberg report. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.
This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems.
The larger tablet is expected to include an A8X processor built by Apple and is far enough along in the development process that leaked images and specs have filtered out to the media.

The delay makes sense after a fashion, especially given the new...

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07:48
FunBITS: SNL for iPhone Brings 40 Years of Laughs

The free SNL app brings thousands of sketches from Saturday Night Live’s 40-year history to your iPhone or iPad. 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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07:46
Release notes from an internal iOS 8.2 build show...


After several weeks of testing, Apple is expected to release iOS 8.2 next week as it puts the Apple Watch on stage one more time. We reported before the event date was announced that Apple has been targeting the second week in March for iOS 8.2 release and passed over BGR’s report that the update would be available as soon as this week (which didn’t pan out). Ahead of the update’...

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07:40
What to expect when we “spring forward” with Apple...


There's an Apple event on Monday, so it's time to run down our list of rumors and hunches so you know what to expect from the company.
Apple's tagline for the event is "spring forward," a less-than-subtle reference to the Apple Watch and a reminder that holding a product event the day after Daylight Saving Time begins is cruel. Since this event is likely to be the springboard for an all-new product line, it's probably going to crowd out most other announcements, which makes this list shorter than it normally is. That said, the timing is right for a handful of other announcements—here's what we think will share the stage on Monday.
Apple Watch


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07:39
Apple, HBO in talks to bring HBO Now service to...



HBO could enter the partnership it wants with Apple.
HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans.
When it launches, consumers will be able to subscribe to HBO Now directly from HBO for the first time, rather than through a cable, satellite or telco TV distributor such as Comcast or Verizon. The retail price is...

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07:09
iOS 8.2 to Launch Next Week as Final Beta Seeded to...

After initially reporting that iOS 8.2 would be released to the public this week, BGR now claims that the upcoming software update will arrive next week as Apple decided to seed one last beta to employees and carrier partners for testing. The final GM carries a build number of 12D508 and includes Health app improvements, stability enhancements and bug fixes. While the initial report was incorrect, this new timeframe appears more plausible given Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event for the Apple Watch on March 9. Apple also promised that a fix would be prepared by next week for...

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07:02
Auto tech maker Continental wants to partner on...

If Apple is in fact building an electric vehicle, German automotive company Continental hopes it will have a chance to partner on the final product, the company's CEO publicly said.

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06:53
New Apple Pay FAQ details fraud, fees & merchant...

Ahead of likely Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements on Monday during Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event, Apple has spruced up the main Apple Pay site to further highlight the Watch’s compatibility with Apple Pay and clarify frequently asked questions about the service for merchants. Changes to the site include a dedicated page for finding out where to use Apple Pay, and a new FAQ support document to help merchants learn about Apple Pay and start accepting the mobile payment service.
When the Apple Watch hits the market in April, a lot more people will be suddenly able to use Apple Pay in stores than ever...

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06:35
HBO Now needs to be rock solid

HBO is taking on a new responsibility with HBO Now, that of a service provider.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:28
EU court says ebooks aren’t books, must be subject...

Europe’s top court has declared that ebooks are ‘services’ rather than books, and that European countries are not allowed to give them the same favorable tax treatment as paper books. The reasoning, such as it is, is that ebooks cannot be used without a physical device, and ebooks are a service provided to those devices.
Both France and Luxembourg have applied to ebooks the same reduced rate of VAT (sales tax) enjoyed by books made from crushed trees. The WSJ reports that the EU has ruled that this is illegal.

Since 2012, France has applied a 5.5% VAT rate and Luxembourg a 3% VAT rate on e-books, the same rate as for paper books. The European Court of Justice said both countries must apply their normal VAT rate, which for France is 20% and for Luxembourg is 17%.

Europe already closed one ebook-related tax...

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06:23
Apple updates their Patent Regarding an iPad Smart...

In yesterday's report titled "Apple Strategically Delays the iPad Pro until the Fall," we pointed out that Apple could possibly introduce a new protective cover for their new iPad entry and one of the options could be a cover with built-in inductive charging. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's ongoing work ...

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06:16
BMW says talks with Apple are not connected to...

Recent negotiations between Apple and BMW weren't connected to developing a car, a BMW spokesman has said, citing discussions between the two parties as part of "regular talks."

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06:05
12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Again Rumored to Have...

Apple's much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could have Oxide LCD display technology and will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2015, according to DigiTimes. The report, citing sources within the supply chain, claims that Apple has elected to use oxide panels for the tablet after weighing the cost versus performance of display technologies a-Si, TFT LCD and Oxide LCD."Market rumors over the last six months have stated that Apple would aim to release the device in the first half of the year, with mass production occurring in the first quarter. The company, however, has been assessing different panel technologies ranging from a-Si, TFT LCD and Oxide LCD in terms of cost versus performance, and has only recently decided to move forward with Oxide technology."The report adds that Sharp, LG Display and Samsung Display have been sending Apple display samples as they compete to secure component orders for...

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05:57
BMW denies Apple Car collaboration, but report hints...

BMW has denied a report in the German car magazine that it is developing or building a car for Apple, but not responded to a claim suggesting that Apple may be developing an ‘operating system’ for its i3 electric car.
Auto Motor Sport claimed that Apple was in discussion with BMW about the possibility of developing an electric car based on the BMW i3, following numerous reports that the Cupertino company plans to develop an Apple Car. However, Reuters reported shortly afterwards that BMW had denied this.

German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not involve developing or building a car, denying a German magazine report.

BMW did confirm that it was...

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05:56
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.5 - 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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05:29
Apple Reveals One of the Systems behind Passbook and...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the management of movement states of an electronic device and, more particularly, to the management of movement states of an electronic device using data from a pass application, such as Apple Pay within Apple's Passbook.

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05:23
iOS 8 adoption up to 75%

The latest pie chart shows iOS 8 adoption at 75%, with iOS 7 at 22%.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
Instant logo design

Withoomph takes a business name and a set of keywords and gens up a set of logos for your consideration.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:00
Apple Watch: 3 big questions Apple still needs to...

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03:35
Watch this space: Apple is about to fill all the...

Only a few more days until Tim Cook will stride onto the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and show off his Apple Watch. You know, again. We got the broad strokes in September, but the watches shown to the press weren’t running final software, so Apple still has more painting to do to give us the whole picture.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
ChaletOS Is a Design Tweak in the Linux House


ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing simplicity and impressive speed. Much of that performance credit goes to the use of the Xfce desktop. Its system controls are tweaked to bring unique style-changing capabilities to a classic Linux desktop environment.

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05:00
The Great War's Untapped Video Game...


Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Known as "The Great War," it claimed the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and about seven million civilians, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. With these numbers in mind, it's understandable that WWI might be a taboo subject for entertainment purposes. Yet, it is fair to say that game developers have missed an opportunity with World War I.

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04:59
Kool Tools: Pomodoro Time for OS X

XwaveSoft's (http://xwavesoft.com) Pomodoro Time 1.0 for Mac OS X provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis.
You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also sports tools such as alarm notifications, customized break options, and an overview of exercises per week. The goal is to help users stay focused, while enhancing productivity.
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04:53
Some incredibly useful option-key Mac tips

A nice little treasure trove of Mac tips, all of them making use of the option key. As always, you may know most of these, but take a look, there might be a gem in here that’s new to you.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:52
BMW Denies Report of Electric Car Discussions With...

German carmaker BMW on Thursday denied that its discussions with Apple involved developing an electric car, according to Reuters. German automotive magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported hours earlier that Apple and BMW were in close negotiations about developing the automaker's all-electric i3 vehicle into a so-called "Apple Car." "The BMW spokesman said: 'We are in regular talks with companies from the IT and telecommunications sector, including Apple, concerning topics like connected vehicles. Developing or building a car is not a topic of these discussions.'" The original report claimed that the electric car could be manufactured by BMW and sold at Apple Stores, with Apple developing a full-fledged operating system for the vehicle that...

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04:45
Patent filing shows Apple is working on making a...

Apple has applied for a patent for a method of waterproofing the internal components of ‘computing devices.’ The application, filed last year but only published today (via AppleInsider), does not name any specific devices, but the iPhone would be the most logical candidate … 
We’re sure you know our patent disclaimer by heart by now: Apple files patent applications more often than you or I eat breakfast, and only a...

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04:31
HBO in talks with Apple to roll HBO Now out on Apple...

HBO wants Apple as a launch partner.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:31
ArtHandler for Mac OS X adds new fields

Martin Walk has releasedArtHandler 1.3 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the application for Mac OS X.
The app is designed to help you keep track of artworks and metadata. ArtHandler is built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them easily accessible for future use. Version 1.3 adds fields for price, sale status and location of an artwork
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04:17
WSJ footnote suggests 12-inch MacBook Air could be...

Render: Martin Hajek (based on our reporting)
Tucked away at the bottom of the WSJ’s report on the often-postponed iPad Pro was a single sentence that, if correct, suggests that Apple could announce the 12-inch MacBook Air as early as Monday.

While suppliers are gearing up to ship the new 12-inch MacBook Air in large quantities in the second quarter, Apple’s launch schedule remains unclear, the people said.

WWDC traditionally has been the end of Q2, so unless Apple plans another event specifically for the new model (not impossible but I’d think not), the most likely time to announce it would be during Monday’s...

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04:08
10% of U.S. broadband households have smart device...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals that approximately 10% of U.S. broadband households have a smart device with energy-related functions-including 8% with a smart thermostat and 6% with smart lighting. A smart energy device includes a programmable thermostat, light bulb, power strip, outlet, or plug adapter capable of connecting to the Internet.
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03:52
Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future...

We first learned that Apple was researching ways to successfully waterproof future iDevices back in March 2012 where a silicon rubber seal was explored. Then in 2013 Apple revealed another invention relating to waterproofing using nano coatings. In 2014 ...

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03:14
ExpanDrive 4.3.2 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC

Version 4.3.2: Changed

  • Improved support for editing MS Office documents on Swift and S3

Fixed

  • OS X 10.6 now no longer prompts for installation completion
  • OneDrive authentication flow now correctly handles users with no account name set
  • SFTP issue fixed when certain writes are denied by a server
  • Can now more easily authenticate multiple dropbox accounts.
  • OneDrive image upload...

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02:06
Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor...

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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01:55
Apple's iPad Pro will Reportedly use an Oxide...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple Strategically Delays the iPad Pro until the Fall," and today a supply chain rumor supports a fall debut as well. According to a new supply chain report ...

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