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Friday April 4

08:56
Apple’s (Product)RED Contributions Top $70M

Apple may not toot its own horn when it comes to charitable contributions, but that isn't stopping (Product)RED from announcing the iPhone and iPad maker has already given the organization over US$70 million to help fight AIDS worldwide. That money came via special (Product)RED versions of the iPod lineup.The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't just Apple that made $70 million in RED contributions possible. That money ultimately came from shoppers buying the RED versions of iPods, so go you for doing your part to help out.

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08:47
Apple’s contributions to fight AIDS through (PRODUCT...


Bono’s (Product)RED charity, which Apple contributes to by selling special red versions of iOS devices and accessories, today announced Apple’s contributions to the charity have reached $70 million. Back in September, the charity announced that Apple’s contributions had reached $65 million making it the largest contributor out of participating companies donating portions of profits from products sold under the (Product)Red branding. ...

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08:43
The Elder Scrolls Online ships in simultaneous PC/...

Bethesda and ZeniMax have launched simultaneous Mac, Windows, and console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, the former's first massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. The title is based on earlier single-player Elder Scrolls games like Skyrim, but with the addition of new character customization options and multiplayer-specific gameplay elements. These include things like alliances, guilds, and a player-versus-player battle system which can see hundreds of people fighting simultaneously....  ...

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08:35
Pixar president recalls a 'transformation...

While Steve Jobs is famous for helping to turn Pixar into a legendary award winning animation studio, the experience of running Pixar also helped to change Jobs himself for the better, the studio's president reveals in a new book excerpt.  ...

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08:30
This iPhone 6 rumor is a special kind of stupid

Apple rumors usually fall into one of three categories: Believable, unbelievable, and ridiculous. A recent claim from International Business Times is making a strong case for a fourth, even less plausible designation. According to the IBT, Apple's...

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08:19
Apps: GarageSale, Fantastical, Together

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08:15
Apple's acquisition of speech recognition...

Worried Siri didn’t get enough love in iOS 7? Apple’s not done with the intelligent assistant just yet, if one of its newer acquisitions is any indication. As first reported by TechCrunch, Cupertino last year picked up U.K.-based Novauris Technologies, a firm that specializes in speech recognition.
Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, though as usual it didn’t deign to give any further information about the deal. Novauris itself was essentially a rebuilt version of the research and development team at Dragon Systems U.K., the British subsidiary of Dragon Systems, which created voice recognition and dictation apps like Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate. Dragon itself is now owned by Nuance—which provides speech recognition for Siri....

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08:00
Judge denies Apple and other news for April 4, 2014

Happy Friday, folks. I've just emerged from my RSS reader with these nuggets to share with you.

Judge Lucy Koh denies Apple motion regarding Samsung's opening statements. Apple was not happy with opening statements made by Samsung counsel, which...

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07:58
Types of Servers

Forums: HardwareHello,
Im mapping out a Stornext setup within an environment and I need to consider users that will be connecting the volume via ethernet. The storage itself is Promise E & J Raids. 
Im looking for a fileserver that is extrmeely robust to handle a large amount of users (30-50) working on large files in the gigabytes (1-10Gbs)
Could anyone recommed a high-end server that could be used?
Thanks.
Gerard

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07:37
Chinese iPhone 5s demand disappointing, analyst says

Carriers and other vendors in China are seeing relatively weak demand for the iPhone 5s, suggests Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. White is currently touring the country and speaking with various parties. Instead demand is said to be rising for various local smartphone brands, like Xiaomi. Vendors are, however, said to be expressing "great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6."...  ...

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07:00
iPhone 101: How to easily dismiss banner...

Apple's notification system in iOS is wonderful for letting you know when you've received a new email or text message, but the banners can be annoying when they appear at the top of a screen and overlay buttons or other important content while you...

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07:00
Analyst: Apple’s Build Up All But Confirms Something...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that there will be big product launches in 2014, and that the company is entering into a new market. The financial investment firm Morgan Stanley thinks Apple has confirmed that's exactly what's about to happen thanks to a trail of breadcrumbs, and that new market targets our personal health.The Mac Observer Spin: With so many hires and acquisitions over the past couple years, it's hard to imagine Apple isn't working on a wearable health and fitness tracking device.

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06:35
Judge quashes Apple motion against Samsung opening...

Late on Thursday, District Court judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple motion regarding opening statements by Samsung in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial, reports say. A Samsung attorney was quoted as saying that "Apple admits that three of the five patent claims that it is suing on were not in that iPhone and have never been in any iPhone since. Apple doesn't consider it valuable enough to even use." In its motion, Apple insisted that it could show evidence it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents."... ...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Heart in hand

Heart in handHigh fashion, ruggedness, and practical protection all play parts in this week's roundup of new iPhone cases, with brings you hearts, carbon, and even a little happy meal.Drop ElectronicsThe Carbon (iPhone 5 and 5s; $68) is made from 1.5k carbon fiber for a unique combination of durable protection from bump and scratches and a soft-touch feel.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
Fujitsu shows ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner at...

Fujitsu has been manufacturing world-class scanners for business and personal use for about three decades, including the popular ScanSnap line of auto-feeding desktop scanners.

I had a chance to interview Fujitsu's Director of Product Marketing,...

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05:45
Spec Shootout: Fire TV vs Apple TV, Roku, and...

Amazon announced the Fire TV this week, and on paper itâs quite far ahead of itâs competitors. The online retailer posted a comparison chart for the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast, but it's a chart that has been spun, and heavily. We thought it would be more useful to people if we broke it down in ways that make sense.

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05:42
External Link: Dropbox Explains Policy on DMCA...

Many were outraged when Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of Dropbox denying his ability to share a folder, due to a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) takedown request. Whitelaw later admitted that he was indeed trying to share a copyrighted video with a public link. Dropbox has explained to Ars Technica that it does not scan private documents, nor did it remove the file from Whitelaw’s account, but that it does compare hashes of publicly shared files against the hashes of files that have already been served a notice. The DMCA requires companies like Dropbox to take measures to ensure that copyrighted material is not shared after a takedown notice has been issued. Whitlaw himself told Ars, “They’re just following the laws laid out for them. Was just surprised to see it.” 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...

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05:42
External Link: iOS 7.1 Vulnerability Lets Bad Guys...

Miguel Alvarado has found a glitch that lets users delete an iCloud account from an iOS 7.1 device without the Apple ID password. In this YouTube video, he demonstrates tapping the Delete Account button and the Find My iPhone switch simultaneously, then restarting the iPhone when the password prompt appears. When the iPhone boots back up, he was free to remove the iCloud account, which disables Find My iPhone. There’s some thought this may not affect all iPhone models; although we could replicate it on an iPhone 5s, we were unable to do so on an iPhone 5. Nonetheless, we hope Apple releases a fix soon, and in the meantime, make sure to use a passcode. 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...

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05:40
External Link: Uber Launches UberXotic

Sometimes the journey is the reward. Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, has announced a new option, UberXotic, that blurs the line between getting to your destination and arriving in style. Launched during Nashville Fashion Week (which goes through 5 April 2014) and in partnership with Music City Dream Cars, UberXotic gives customers the chance to ride in a Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, or Ferrari. Should you be in Nashville in time, you can even try UberXotic for free. The question is, will UberXotic become more widely available? 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...

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05:34
Not so great review of Amazon Fire TV

I didn’t ask for games. I didn’t ask for photos. I asked for a streaming media solution that could do things right: Something easy to pick up, simple to use, and something that actually made the experience of playing and navigating through multimedia, dare I say it, fun.

Amazon promised all of the above with Fire TV, which the company unveiled Wednesday at an event in New York City. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t live up to its own hype. Perhaps Amazon’s homegrown solution was a bit premature and its ambitions too lofty, because while Fire TV can do almost everything, little of it is done right.

Ouch.
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05:29
Chinese smartphone vendors disappointed by 5s but...

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, quoted in Business Insider, had both bad news and good for Apple in his talks with smartphone vendors during a tour of China and Taiwan, claiming disappointment with sales of the iPhone 5s but big hopes for the iPhone 6.

In the near term, we sensed disappointment around demand for the iPhone 5s.
That said, we heard great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6. In our view, the iPhone 6 with a larger screen (e.g., 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch) has the potential to meaningfully accelerate Apple’s growth trajectory in China during 2H:14. We have not heard this type of excitement in China around the iPhone in at least two years and thus we believe this could be a very special...

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05:10
Carriers suggest a big-screen 'iPhone 6'...

Chinese branded smartphones are performing well in their home country, affecting sales of worldwide leaders Apple and Samsung, but buzz is said to be growing in China among customers who are holding out hope for an iPhone with a larger display.  ...

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05:06
Nest Protect subject to safety issue, sales halted

Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell has issued a public letter informing customers that Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector’s (iLounge Rating: B-) alarm may be delayed in the case of a fire under the right circumstances. This issue is related to Nest Wave, a feature that allows…

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05:02
Get selected travel apps free via new Expedia app...

If you do a lot of travelling and like your travel apps, you can now get some paid iPhone apps free of charge through a new Media Lounge feature in the Expedia app.
To access the offers, you need to download the free Expedia Hotels & Flights app, complete your traveller profile and then hit Extras to see what’s on offer. The first offer is Over, an app that allows you to create customized artwork from your travel photos. Normally priced at $1.99, it’s free when you download it via the Expedia app … 
Expedia says the deals are time-limited, so...

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05:00
WWDC confirmed for June 2nd-6th


It was announced Thursday that Apple’s yearly developers’ conference will be held June 2nd through the 6th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. However, this year Apple has decided to “think different” (I had to) with its handling of ticket sales. According to Engadget, Apple has already opened ticket sales on its website, but will now select attendees randomly instead of a first-come-first-served basis. The WWDC web site states;
“The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC 2014 will be offered by random...

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05:00
Daily App: 2048 by ketchapp is a perfect port of the...

2048 took the web by storm when it debuted last month. Created by 19-year-old Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli, the sliding numbers game challenges you to combine tiles and build a tile with the number 2048 before you run out of moves. It...

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04:59
Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

Downloads for Microsoft's Office for iPad hit the 12 million mark in just one week, showing that despite the company's late entry into the mobile game, there's still plenty of consumer interest. The apps are free to download, but thanks to in-app purchases, they quickly hit the top grossing list, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft may have been late to the game, but it's clear there were plenty of iPad owners who wanted Office apps straight from the source instead of from third-party developers.

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04:57
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 2

Without further ado, here’s the concluding set of products we stumbled across at Macworld/iWorld that we just had to share with you. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:30
Ted Landau retires as expo speaker

In a session entitled “Confessions of an Apple Writer”, Ted Landau recounted his career writing about the Mac, which has existed practically as long as the Mac itself. He began the session by announcing that he was retiring as a Macworld/iWorld speaker and cutting back on his writing duties. As he reason, he offered, “Well, it’s just that time in my life.”. Currently a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine, he talked about his first “article” which was a submission to a Mac newsletter in which he described how to change the “Welcome to Macintosh” startup message using software called ResEdit.
 

Ted eventually moved onto his book writing career which started with a book that many of us “old-timers” are familiar with, “Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other...

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04:30
iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically...

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover how to stop iPhoto from opening every time you plug in your iOS device. Hey, sometimes you want to import images and sometimes you donât, but dagnabbit, you should be able to control what your applications do. We think so, anyway.

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04:27
Last year, 71 million people watched other people...

I remember the first time I saw the X Games on TV. Snowboarding? On TV? It just seemed odd. But now snowboarding has also become mainstream, a big draw in the Winter Olympics.

Turns out, this same thing is happening with video games. Though I shudder to think that video games will ever make its way into the Olympics, there is no doubt that watching other people play video games has gone mainstream.
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04:10
Exploring and erasing your Google search history

Molly Wood, of the New York Times, talking about your search history:

YOUR search history contains some of the most personal information you will ever reveal online: your health, mental state, interests, travel locations, fears and shopping habits.

And that is information most people would want to keep private. Unfortunately, your web searches are carefully tracked and saved in databases, where the information can be used for almost anything, including highly targeted advertising and price discrimination based on your data profile.

She suggests that you visit this page to visit your history and, if you choose, erase it.
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04:00
Jaunt Wants to Put You in the Movies


Though the current incarnation of virtual reality entertainment has its roots in gaming, potential applications for the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus extend far beyond video games. Jaunt is one company hoping to expand the possibilities of virtual reality through development of an end-to-end solution for creating cinema-quality VR experiences. Its system provides content creators with the hardware, software, tools and applications they might require to create such experiences.

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03:47
Newegg and friends crush a patent troll

Ah, another patent troll success story.
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03:33
Treasure trove of data on app and book sales from...

Follow the headline link for a wealth of data on app sales from the iOS and Mac App Stores, Google Play, Amazon, Windows Phone and PC. For eBooks, there are numbers for Apple iBooks and Kindle. This data has been available for years and is well known in the developer community, but not so well known in the general tech community.
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02:50
Expo Notes: What's new with 1Password

There are a handful of Mac (and iOS) apps that nearly everyone we know uses. 1Password is one of them. You really do need a password manager to stay safe out there, and 1Password is as close to a default choice as any other product.
Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014, iMore's Rene Ritchie had a chance to catch up with Dave Teare—co-founder of AgileBits, the vendor behind 1Password—and to hear about what's new with the app, including version 4.5 for iOS (redesigned for iOS 7) and the app's appearance on Android.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:20
Expo Notes: Why Audio Hijack Pro is the podcaster...

Audio Hijack Pro can be used to capture audio from almost any program. That makes it hugely popular with (among others) people who produce podcasts and need to record participants from Skype, Google Hangouts, and other communications apps.Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014, iMore's Rene Ritchie got to talk to Paul Kafasis from Rogue Amoeba about Audio Hijack Pro and why Apple hasn't opened up iOS to apps like it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:14
Judge shuts down Apple motion regarding Samsung...

Just hours after Apple filed a motion asking to show evidence of alleged misleading and false statements delivered by Samsung counsel in the companies' second California patent trial, a district court judge late Thursday largely denied the request in a way that could narrow Apple's case moving forward.  ...

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00:00
Apple updates Xerox printer drivers for 10.6 and up

Late on Thursday, Apple updated its drivers for Xerox printers, print servers and its WorkCentre line. The new version, 3.0.1, covers updated drivers for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). Release simultaneously but separately was version 2.3 for Snow Leopard (10.6) only. The drivers update support for existing models and add support for new Xerox products, and the two versions are identical in terms of what products they support....  ...

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Thursday April 3

22:50
12 million downloads for Office iPad apps and other...

Microsoft announced via Twitter that its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps for iPad have more than 12 million downloads collectively since their debut a week ago.

Other news from Thursday afternoon includes:

The iOS version of iPhoto got a...

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22:30
Analyst: iPhones still top dog among US carriers

The iPhone -- specifically, the iPhone 5s -- has been the top seller at all four major US carriers since its introduction, a trend that continued in March according to figures compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The year-old Samsung Galaxy S4 took second place among three of the four carriers, though it was knocked out of second at Verizon by the new HTC One M8. The S4 took third at Verizon, with the company's Note 3 phablet taking third at AT&T and Sprint, while the LG G2 took third at T-Mobile....  ...

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20:59
GameSpy closing down; hundreds of Windows, OS X, iOS...

The venerable GameSpy game hosting service will shut down after 17 years in operation. A brief posting by parent company Glu Mobile noted that "effective May 31, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all games still using GameSpy. Thanks for a great ride!" Hundreds of games on nearly every platform are affected by the closure, including popular titles on OS X, iOS, Android, Windows, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3....  ...

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20:40
YouTube offers 'showdown' between Touch ID...

A new video posted to YouTube offers a head-to-head demonstration of the iPhone 5s' "Touch ID" fingerprint-recognition technology and the "swipe-style" fingerprint reader found in Samsung's Galaxy S5, its just-released latest flagship smartphone. Over the course of five minutes, the poster of the video makes clear that Touch ID, first introduced late last year, continues to offer a better overall experience. The clip covers the technical aspects of both companies' approaches.... ...

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18:58
Briefly: Facebook Messenger calls, Microsoft Active...

Facebook has updated its Messenger app again, adding a free calling feature. Users can now call their Facebook friends over a WiFi connection for free, meaning that those who need to make international calls can do so easily. Available in both the iOS and Android versions of Facebook Messenger, the app is free to download on iTunes and Google Play....  ...

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18:55
Nest halts sales of Protect

After a nearly blemish-free record that culminated in a $3 billion acquisition by Google, Nest today issued a surprising halt to sales of Protect, its gesture-controlled smoke alarm. One of the device’s key features was that you could wave at it to turn it off. Turns out, sometimes people wave their arms around when there’s a fire in the house, too. Thus, as CEO Tony Fadell put it, “This could delay the alarm going off if there was a real fire.” Oops.

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18:45
Briefly: Fifth 10.9.3 beta, Office for iPad hits 12M...

On Thursday, Apple issued its fifth weekly beta of the forthcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. In addition to the usual areas of testing focus -- graphics, audio, Mail and Safari -- the company also requested testing on the ability in iTunes to sync Calendar and Contact entries locally over USB. In earlier versions of iTunes 11, syncing was exclusively handled by iCloud. The new build, 13D33, contains no new known issues....  ...

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17:00
Nest halts sales of smoke alarm to fine-tune...

Ahead of any reported problems among existing users, Nest is voluntarily halting sales of its Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm due to potential issues with one of the features. In addition, the company will be remotely disabling the Nest Wave feature in existing units, which allowed users to turn off alarms by simply waving their hands at the unit. Internal company testing had shown that the feature could in some circumstances disable the alarms unintentionally, which might delay an alarm in the event of a real fire.... ...

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17:00
The best apps for Christians, Jews, Muslims, and...

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it's easy for even the most devout of religious people to forget to find time to feed their spiritual side. Thankfully the shiny phone in your pocket or tablet resting in your bag can provide a wealth of...

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16:50
Video pits iPhone 5s Touch ID against Samsung's...

As Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 nears official release, videos and "first looks" are popping up across the Web, the latest of which pits the handset's swipe-style fingerprint reader against Apple's Touch ID.  ...

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16:33
Get Your Robot Nerd on with Pi-Bot on Kickstarter

TOO MANY AWESOME PROJECTS ON KICKSTARTER! First world problems, right? I found another awesome one today called Pi-Bot that will let you get your nerd totally on. This is a kit that lets you build a robot powered by a technology called Arduino (not related to the Raspberry Pi that is also popular with robotics). The robot is aimed at education, but, you know, it's a robot. The project is being resented by Melissa Jawaharlal, and she's already passed her goal of US$70,000 with six days to go. There are multiple funding options that include various kits, but the Pi-Bot itself is $75. That's a super cool price for a super cool kit to make a learning robot. A frakking robot! Check it out.

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16:09
Briefly: Apple updates iPhoto for iOS with print...

Apple on Thursday rolled out a minor update to its iPhoto app for iOS, building on an in-app print ordering capability by adding the option to include white borders around selected pictures.  ...

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16:04
New video compares Touch ID to the Galaxy S5′s...

Samsung hasn’t officially launched its next-gen smartphone, the Galaxy S5, just yet but the comparisons to Apple’s latest model are already starting. The S5 features a fingerprint-reader much like the iPhone’s, so YouTube user iCrackUriDevice put both phones head-to-head to determine which device sported the superior scanner.
Both devices have pros and cons. The iPhone 5s has the ability to scan your fingerprint from any angle, while the Galaxy can only detect a downward swipe across the scanner at a very specific angle. On the other hand, the Galaxy can use its fingerprint reader to authorize PayPal purchases, while the iPhone can only authenticate sales on Apple’s own iTunes store.
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16:00
Memory Diag monitors and cleans up your RAM usage on...

Memory Diag is a nice free utility app available on the Mac App Store. Like a lot of memory utilities (including the OS X Activity Monitor), it will analyze your RAM usage, tell you what applications are using the most resources, and offer to clean...

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16:00
Apple Buys UK Voice Recognition Company Novauris

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another corporate purchase, a UK voice recognition firm called Novauris. Apple confirmed it without specifying terms or the purpose to which it will put Novauris, but it's a fair bet that Siri is its name-o.The Mac Observer Spin: I've long seen Siri as Apple's slow motion leapfrog of existing computing paradigms, and I expect the service to grow and to morph into something that does far, far more than it does today. Acquisitions like this one will play a big role in helping Apple advance that agenda, and I expect to see more in the relatively near future.

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15:51
Calligra 2.8 Is Too Sweet for Words Alone


If you spend any amount of time creating documents, graphics or organizing data into reports or visual presentations, drop whatever collection of tools you use and put the Calligra Suite to the test. The Calligra Suite is a forked set of office tools for the KDE desktop that branched off the stalled KOffice suite. However, you do not have to run the KDE environment in your Linux distro to get this intriguing advanced office suite. It runs on any desktop flavor.

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15:30
Report: Apple to use Micron LPDDR4 DRAM in future...

Independent analyst Matt Margolis has reported on a mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron, which in turn last summer bought out another memory manufacturing firm, Elpida, for $2 billion. Among Elpida's many customers, one in particular has a habit of being both secretive and willing to pay large sums in advance to procure supply -- Apple. If the payment is from the iPhone maker, it may be trying to lock in supplies of Micron's new LPDDR4 DRAM....  ...

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15:12
Briefly: AmpliTube amplifier app, CryptoDefense...

Accessories and music-creation app developer, IK Multimedia, has announced a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app designed to work in conjunction with the Orange Amplifier. AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio, featuring digital models of five classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers, and one Orange bass amplifier. Its four vintage-styled, Orange-inspired effects include a Noise Filter for keeping the hiss down when the gain is elevated; the Highway Drive, for an overdrive pedal sounds with crunch, level and tone controls; the Echo Trip delay pedal, with... ...

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15:00
Why is there so much skin in this iOS fishing game?

The topic of sexism in games is one that has raged for years and will continue to do so long after Ace Fishing has faded from existence, but for the moment it is the only game in recent memory that forced me to stop playing it because I felt too...

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14:39
Apple files motion claiming Samsung deception in...

As a part of the ongoing second Apple v. Samsung trial, Apple has filed a motion asking to show evidence Samsung was deceptive in its opening statements. During those statements, lawyers repeated a view that Apple doesn't actually practice several of the asserted patents. Apple insists that it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents," and that it can show evidence that will "correct the false impressions created by Samsung's counsel."...  ...

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14:37
Apple issues fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to...

Apple on Thursday issued the fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers, asking testers to focus on graphics, audio, Safari and the recently restored iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.  ...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 3, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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14:20
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D33 to...

After seeding the fourth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta (build 13D28) to developers a week ago, Apple today pushed out another pre-release version of the update, Mavericks 10.9.3 (build 13D33). Like previous builds, Apple is once again asking developers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes.
The new beta release is available now through software update and Apple’s developer channels.
One feature users can expect when the update is released to the public is the enhanced support for 4K external monitors we discovered in the first beta. Apple recently started ...

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14:04
Nest suspends sales of Protect smoke & carbon...

Google-owned smart home firm Nest announced on Thursday that it has suspended sales of the Protect Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering one of the product's built-in convenience features poses a potential safety risk.  ...

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14:00
Speck DuraFolio iPad cases: Slim, tough and...

iPad folios and cases seem to always pick two of the three off of the feature menu of slim, tough, or adjustable. Case pioneer Speck is now shipping their new DuraFolio iPad cases for iPad Air and iPad mini (with or without Retina display), and it...

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13:59
iPhoto for iOS update adds white border printing...


Following a slew of updates to iWork, Apple has released a minor update to iPhoto for iOS, part of its iLife suite. The update adds a new border printing option. When ordering prints, you can now frame your photos with a white border. As usual, the update also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and “other improvements”.

What’s New in Version 2.0.1

• Add a white border to photos when ordering prints
• Includes bug fixes and other improvements

iPhoto costs $5 on the App Store, but new iOS device purchases automatically unlocks the app for the registered account for free.
Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple,...

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13:53
Samsung pisses off the White House

“Without getting into counsel’s discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case,” he said.

Fucking morons at Samsung.
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13:52
Apple Will Need to Up Its TV Game to Compete with...

Amazon announced the Fire TV on Wednesday, and once again Amazon has taken aim at Apple and come out swinging. Itâs another box to hook up to the telly, but this one offers a lot. Many consumers will find it compelling, and that means Apple should pay attention.

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13:35
Apple files motion protesting Samsung assertion that...

Apple and Samsung have only been at it for a day and already the two companies are squabbling. In a motion filed earlier this afternoon, Apple expressed displeasure with the fact that Samsung, during its opening argument, asserted that Apple doesn't...

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13:30
Flickr Find: Just horsing around with a MacBook Pro

See folks, you really can make an ass of yourself when you spend too much time on your MacBook Pro. Of course, we should probably ask reader Ken Fager if he was just horsing around on Halloween in this gem of a photo taken a few years ago....

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13:27
Vine iOS, Android apps get private messaging feature

Twitter-owned Vine has updated its iOS and Android apps with a new direct messaging feature. The option lets people send videos privately, regardless of whether the recipient is a Vine user. People who don't have a Vine account will instead get the videos via SMS or email....   ...

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13:26
The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle for $49

I have a deal on a bundle of training courses that will teach you how to make games for iOS (and Android, but it's mainly iOS), and it has proven to be very, very popular. It's called "The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle," and includes an introduction to the Unity3D engine, how to use Stency to create 2D games, an HTML 5 game development course for beginners, how to make clones of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush (I recommend those for instructional purposes only-be creative!), Creating iOS Games For Beginners, and Learn Android App Development From Scratch. That's a lot of courses, and they retail for $989. You ca get it for $49 through our deal, which expires in 12 days, so giddy up!

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13:14
Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one...

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.   ...

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13:05
Yahoo Issues Security Sitrep


Yahoo has announced a new effort to upgrade its security, in the wake of a torrent of breaches and hacker attacks over recent months. Yahoo's plans include encryption of data in motion, enabling HTTPS encryption, and implementing the latest in security best practices, said Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who took over the job in March. A series of attacks that began last October resulted in Yahoo's servers being taken offsite for several days in December, forcing CEO Marissa Mayer to make a public apology.

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13:04
Office for iPad: A Deep Look

Julio Ojeda-Zapata runs the just-released Office for iPad through its paces, providing a full review and challenging it with real-world Office documents that bring Apple’s iWork apps to their knees. Read on to find out how it fares. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:58
Apple agrees to out-of-court settlement in...

Apple has agreed to an out-of-court settlement for a lawsuit brought by Intertrust Technologies last year, court documents show. The two parties filed for a dismissal yesterday with District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. She has since agreed to the request, dismissing claims with prejudice, and ordering each side to pay its own legal fees. The terms of the settlement haven't been made public, however....  ...

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12:51
Brendan Eich steps down at Mozilla Foundation, no...

In the wake of a $1000 political contribution controversy, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has voluntarily stepped down. In a post noting the departure, Mozilla claims that "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better."...  ...

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12:48
Brendan Eich Steps Down as CEO of Mozilla Amidst...

Brendan Eich-tech wiz, programmer, creator of JavaScript, longtime member of the Mozilla community, and anti-gay marriage advocate. He built his reputation in technology to become CEO of Mozilla Corporation, but it was a US$1,000 donation in support of Prop 8 in California in 2008 led to his departure from that position on Thursday.

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12:39
IFTTT adds iOS push notification support, Faster...

Popular web-based automation and productivity service "If This, Then That" now allows users to add iOS push notifications into their recipes, while computer spaceflight simulator Faster Than Light has come to Apple's iPad.  ...

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12:37
Microsoft says Office iPad apps hit 12 million...

After announcing the release of the Office for iPad apps late last month, Microsoft announced today that the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have collectively reached 12 million downloads a week after release. The number also included downloads of the OneNote app for iPad, which has been available for a couple of years leading up to the release of the Office apps, but Microsoft didn’t provide a breakdown of sales by app.
It wasn’t long after release that Microsoft’s three new Office apps for iPad hit the top of the free App Store charts thanks to a ton of promotion from the announcement,...

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12:15
The woman behind Apple’s first icons

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Priceonomics:

Susan Kare “was the type of kid who always loved art.” As a child, she lost herself in drawings, paintings, and crafts; as a young woman, she dove into art history and had grandeur dreams of being a world-renowned fine artist.

But when a chance encounter in 1982 reconnected her with an old friend and Apple employee, Kare found herself working in a different medium, with a much smaller canvas — about 1,024 pixels. Equipped with few computer skills and lacking any prior experience with digital design, Kare proceeded to revolutionize pixel art.

Kare is a legend and I never tire of reading or hearing about her story.
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12:11
Greenpeace flies blimp over Silicon Valley to praise...

While Greenpeace and Apple have had their clashes in the past, the environmental advocacy group took to the skies to instead praise Apple this week, championing the iPhone maker, along with Facebook and Google, for "building a greener Internet."  ...

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12:02
AOC unveils 24-inch 1ms gaming-oriented pivot display

Display manufacturer AOC today announced the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor -- model number G2460PQU. Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms to offer users reduced input lag and more frames per second....   ...

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12:01
Apple acquired Novauris in 2013, moved workers onto...

Unnoticed, Apple bought speech recognition company Novauris last year, a report says. While Apple itself hasn't talked about the acquisition, a call to Novauris' UK offices is said to have got confirmation from an employee. People from the Novauris team are claimed to be working on Siri, Apple's voice command system....   ...

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11:36
Vine adds private video messaging, profile theming...

 

Vine has just released its ‘biggest update yet’ to the App Store, bringing one-on-one video messaging to the service for the first time. Analogous with Twitter DM’s, Vine’s VM’s work in the same way — hosting private conversations outside of the main stream. As you might expect, conversations can include short video clips as well as text messages.
You can start a conversation directly to a recipient, or bounce off a public Vine for inspiration. Just share the Vine to as many as friends as you want to start a message. It’s important to note you cannot have group conversations (yet). If you share a Vine to more than one person, a separate thread is created for each recipient.
Version 2 also adds some new customization options for your Vine profile. In Settings, you can theme your profile with a specific color which then...

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11:30
iWork: The changes in Apple's productivity suite

This week brought a big update to iWork, the iOS, OS X and iCloud productivity suite made up of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. You may have already grabbed the updates for iOS and OS X from the respective App Stores and not noticed too much of a visual...

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11:27
Cortana Reports for Windows Phone 8.1 Duty


Microsoft on Wednesday introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest refresh to its mobile operating system. The update includes a personal digital assistant named "Cortana," based on the popular AI character in the video game Halo. Cortana is the Windows Phone 8.1 counterpart to Apple's Siri or Google's much less personal Now. Users can access Cortana by voice or type, and she will respond in kind. Powered by Bing, Cortana is capable of learning users' habits and preferences, and can curate and communicate information.

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11:19
Type2Phone 2.4

Releases since our review of the Mac app that types on an iOS device add a variety of minor tweaks, bug fixes, and shortcuts, along with a Send Using Type2Phone service and a compose window. ($4.99 new, free update, 800K)  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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11:08
Safari updated to version 7.0.3

Earlier this week, Apple released an update to Safari bringing it up to version 7.0.3 for Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion users. The updates are available through the OS X App Store application. You will need to quit Safari, if it is open, in order to complete the update. The following is the list of changes in the update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card auto fill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security...
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11:07
Facebook Messenger for iPhone updated with free...

Just a week after Facebook added group management to its Messenger app, the social network is out with yet another update to the messaging service: free calls for everyone.
The feature allows you to call your Facebook friends who also have the app over WiFi for free (you can call over cellular as well, but this uses data, of course). Free calling is especially beneficial to users who communicate internationally as calling rates tend to get pricey in that area.
Messaging threads now include a phone icon for prompting calls from the app, and the actual phone user interface resembles the native iOS Phone UI prior to iOS 7.1 introducing a tweaked design to the Phone app.
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11:00
Fantastical shines on the iPad's display

Fantastical from Flexibits has been my go-to calendar on the Mac and iPhone for a long time now. This week the company released an iPad version (US$9.99) that takes advantage of the device's big display. The app isn't simply larger on the iPad. The...

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10:51
Pebble 2.1.1 update now in the App Store, appears to...

Sometime yesterday, Pebble’s updated iOS app to fix the problems introduced by the 2.1 update, appeared on the App Store. Version 2.1.1, in our experience, has resolved the problems, in particular the inability to launch the iOS app. I simply installed the new version over the old and everything started up fine. There was a method posted on some sites for removing 2.1 and reinstalling the old version, but I do not know the results of trying this. Pebble’s response was little more than a confirmation that the updated app had been submitted and then the fact that the 2.1.1 version was showing up in the App Store. The following in the list of...

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10:47
Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony,...

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.  ...

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10:45
Elgato debuts $230 Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks....   ...

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10:44
Apps: AmpliTube Orange, Fantastical 2, IFTTT 2.0 +...

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube Orange ($15) is a new version of the studio recording app, featuring the look and sound of the legendary Orange amplifiers. Like the standard AmpliTube app, AmpliTube Orange is a guitar/bass multi-FX processor and recording studio that connects a guitar to an iOS device using various…

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10:41
Review: Ooma Office VoIP telecommunications suite

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications for a lower monthly price than traditional telecommunications providers. Can it really do all it claims to? Read our review to find out....  ...

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10:33
Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3

Safari 7.0.3 adds improved credit card autofill and a preference to disable push notification prompts, along with important security fixes. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:30
Daily Deals for April 3, 2014, featuring 1stFlip...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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10:18
Apple acquired speech recognition company Novauris...

Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a company with a lot of talent in the automatic speech recognition field, according to a report from TechCrunch. The purchase of Novauris Technologies actually happened sometime last year, and the team is now at Apple working to improve speech recognition features of Siri. A quick look at CEO Yoon Kim’s LinkedIn page shows that the company likely joined Apple in September of last year.
The company is actually made up of former Dragon Systems R&D team members, a company with notable history in the voice dictation and speech recognition fields.
Apple quietly acquired an automatic speech...

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10:12
Apple acquires speech recognition company Novauris

Apple has acquired automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies, TechCrunch reports. The acquisition reportedly occurred in 2013, and the Novauris team was already working on Siri as of last fall. Last year, it was reported that a formerly unknown “small team of notable names in speech technology” was…

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10:00
WWDC for fun and tickles

It's that time of year again! This morning, when Apple announced its WWDC dates and opened its new lottery system, potential attendees started going crazy attempting to book flights and hotel rooms in the hope they'd get lucky. This morning thousands...

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