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Thursday March 5

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
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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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'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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08:55
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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08:30
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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08:20
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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08:12
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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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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07:50
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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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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07:02
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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06:16
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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06:01
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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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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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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05:23
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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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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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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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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04:45
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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04:17
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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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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03:00
Apple Watch: 3 big questions Apple still needs to...

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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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Wednesday March 4

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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22:04
Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc...

Apple has singled out Greater China--including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan--as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan.

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21:00
Sponsored: The Price of Solar Power

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush,...

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 Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

Phone Book Pro - Easy contact management [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99]This app will help bring order to...

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15:49
“HBO Now” coming this spring for $15 per month, with...


A source speaking to the International Business Times said that HBO will launch its standalone streaming service, called HBO Now, for $15 per month this spring with the premier of Game of Thrones. The company is also working with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for the service, the sources said.
HBO’s standalone streaming service has been greatly anticipated. For a monthly fee, viewers will be able to get HBO content without having to pay for an entire cable package. HBO’s long-standing relationship with pay-TV packages has prevented it from capturing key audiences, including younger people who may have never paid for TV service before and watch most of their...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Accessories: Better bags for your...

Better bags for your MacBookThis week's roundup features several different bags for toting your laptop around. Plus: A cool new standing desk, external storage solutions, and more.BrenthavienThe $40 Tred Sleeve Plus is “an ergonomic, protective sleeve” for your MacBook that offers “excellent drop protection” while featuring a “slim, contoured silhouette” and comes with an ID card window, optional arm strap, and a zippered front pocket for small accessories.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:45
Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm...

Apple's litigious crusade against Samsung trundled along in U.S. appellate court on Wednesday, but judges were skeptical of an argument claiming continued patent infringement by Samsung is causing Apple irreparable harm.

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15:35
Apple asks for injunction against Samsung

Samsung lawyer Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said the South Korean company had all but stopped using the patents, so no injunction was needed.Wait, I thought Samsung said it didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents. Now they’re saying they did infringe, but they sort of stopped. This company is crazypants crazy.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:23
Metallica to reissue early cassette on Record Store...

The seven-track demo (Metallica’s second overall) dropped during the summer of 1982, when the band members themselves (which then included Dave Mustaine on guitar in the pre-Kirk Hammett days) sent the copies out to friends and the underground metal cognoscenti.Yeah, I’ll be picking this one up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:21
Amplified: “I’m held together with cigarettes and...

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk about the Apple Watch, healthier lifestyles and guitar amp software!Sponsored by lynda.com. (Start learning something new in 2015 by visiting the link to get a 10-day free trial and access their 2400+ courses)∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:21
Nvidia's Shield Takes On Crysis With Confidence


Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled Shield, an Android TV console that in addition to playing content locally, can stream video games, movies, music, apps and more. Yes, it can play Crysis. That claim, a measure of a gaming PC's power a few years ago, is how Nvidia is marketing the Shield console. Nvidia's Shield Tablet led the way with its Tegra K1 processor and its ability to play Android ports of AAA games natively. The Shield console continues that progress by serving up some of some of the year's biggest games either locally or through Nvidia's cloud gaming service, Grid.

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15:07
Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack

Apple has promised to distribute a client-side patch for the issue on both iOS and OS X by next week, while the researchers who discovered the flaw — from INRIA, IMDEA, and Microsoft Research — have been working to notify hosts who still serve export ciphers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
Samsung CEO sums up Galaxy S6 philosophy in two words

“These products are the result of a simple philosophy,” Samsung CEO J.K. Shin said. “It comes to two words: Relentless innovation.”Here are two more accurate words: Copying Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:45
Bloomberg: Apple pushes back 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

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 yet again, a new Bloomberg report says. 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…
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14:45
AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

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On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday's Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren't able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

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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14:41
Led Zeppelin concert film coming to theaters

Here’s some news from the Zeppelin camp: A film offering a bevy of Led Zeppelin live footage is coming to a movie theater near you. The movie, appropriately called Led Zeppelin, will feature Zeppelin performing several concerts that happened throughout their career and play in more than 300 U.S. cinemas March 30.This is going to be a must-see film. I hope they make it available on iTunes because I’ll be buying it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:34
Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has pushed back plans to start mass production of a 12.9-inch iPad model due to poor display yields, and will move forward with a revised ramp up cycle set to start in September.

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13:40
Probable Broadwell MacBook Air shows up in...


Feng.com

This "MacBook Air 7,2" looks like a Broadwell refresh of the current model, not a new Retina version.

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We're drawing near to Apple's next product event, which means that leaks are starting to show up. Today, 9to5Mac posted screenshots from a Chinese forum that appear to confirm refreshed 2015 MacBook Airs....

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13:05
Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-...

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.
Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier settlement as inadequate.
Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. She cited evidence of a corporate conspiracy to make it difficult for tech workers to negotiate better jobs at rival companies… Koh said she was satisfied this week after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. She invited final comments on the deal before she grants final approval at a hearing on June 9.
If the settlement gets all final approvals, it will allow Apple, Google, Intel...

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13:00
Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-...

Apple is in negotiations to make the Apple TV a launch destination for HBO's standalone streaming service reportedly called "HBO Now," which could launch in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiering April 12, according to a new report.

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13:00
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker:...

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches (16.5 x 6 x 5 cm)
  • Weight: 13.75 ounces (390 grams)
  • Battery life (fully charged): 9 to 15 hours, 2100 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Includes: USB charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying bag

Design

The BTSP-10 Plus is definitely made for...

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12:40
Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach...

Apple, Google and other parties accused of being involved in an illegal "no-poach" employee policy may be on the verge of settling the class-action complaint, after the judge overseeing the lawsuit has given initial approval for their proposed $415 million settlement.

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12:28
Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward...

As is its wont, Apple will greet attendees at its first event of 2015 with a customized graphic wrapping around the Yerba Buena Center, a process which began in earnest on Wednesday.

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12:26
4 things iPhoto can do that Photos can't (yet)

While it’s true that Apple is phasing out iPhoto in favor of its new Photos app, iPhoto is still an incredibly powerful program and includes many features you likely know nothing about. If you don’t plan on moving to Yosemite 10.10.3, or if you elect to keep using iPhoto when you do—yep, it’ll still work!—here are four useful things that iPhoto can do that even the new Photos app currently cannot.Add captions to slideshows

If you don’t relish the idea of narrating your slideshows, try adding captions instead. Select a photo in an album, or in Photos or Events view, and then click the Info button in iPhoto’s toolbar. In the panel that appears, enter a title and/or a description for your photo (titles appear in a slightly larger point size than descriptions)....

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12:22
HBO reportedly in talks to debut $15/month...

HBO is reportedly negotiating with Apple to have the Apple TV included as a launch device when the network’s new standalone streaming service launches next month. International Business Times reports Apple has been “aggressive” in pushing to get access to the new service as HBO reportedly plans a launch by mid-April in time for the latest season of hit show Game of Thrones:
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...

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12:20
Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more...

Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.

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11:50
Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13...

Screenshots that surfaced Wednesday on a Chinese web forum purport to show details of a forthcoming MacBook Air refresh that would bring Intel's latest Broadwell chips to Apple's ultraportable, though there is some question as to the shots' validity.

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11:44
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its...


As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.
RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay $...

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11:20
Alleged specs of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air w/...

Specs of what appears to be an unannounced, refreshed MacBook Air have surfaced via screenshots posted to Chinese forums Feng.com.
The images show system specs for a 13-inch “MacBookAir7,2” with similar internals to the existing model but with a couple upgrades. A new Intel Broadwell Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 shown in the images would be an upgrade from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 shipping in the current 13-inch MacBook. Also present is in the specs is a slightly larger 7422mAh battery. 
Other specs in the screenshot include 4GB of RAM and a 1440×900 resolution display, both of which are the same as the current generation MacBook Air.


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10:56
‘Spring forward’ banners start going up at Yerba...


The banners for the Spring Forward Apple event have started going up at Yerba Buena, in preparation for March 9th. As is usual, the display mirrors the logo and patterns seen on the event invite sent last week. Apple has already been setting up an outdoor structure behind the venue, which will likely become the demo area for press when the event is over.
More pics below (we’ll update as the workers fill in the banner)  …
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10:39
Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box...

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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10:12
These interactive sites let you try out Apple Watch...

Two new interactive tools let you try out the Apple Watch before it hits Apple Store shelves next month: The first lets you try out various Apple Watch case colors and finishes with the different strap options available. The next lets you play with the Apple Watch apps that have already been announced.
MixYourWatch.com: We know Apple will have bands sold separately as accessories when Apple Watch launches, but we’ll have to see what style of bands it has for sale. In other words, the gold case with steel milanese loop combo pictured above might not be an option if the band isn’t available separately (not that you’d want that combo anyway). But you...

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10:09
Numerous will put number tracking on your wrist with...

The Apple Watch is expected to take stage on Monday ahead of its aniticipated debut next month, and with it will come a whole new class of apps based on the iPhone that present information on the wrist. Today we got the first look at what Numerous, my favorite number tracking app for iOS, has planned for the Apple Watch as soon as it starts shipping.
The shots of Numerous on the Apple Watch are real screenshots of what will be available, not theoretical mockups, and show just what...

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10:07
Next iPhone rumored to (unsurprisingly) feature 2 GB...


AppleInsider is reporting that it has received information about the next-generation iPhone hardware. It claims that the next iPhone, generally expected to be a ‘6s’ style device (meaning that it will feature internal changes but the external chassis will be the same as the 6), will feature 2 GB of RAM, just like the A8X in the iPad Air 2. It also says that Apple is considering inclusion of an Apple SIM as standard, just like the cellular iPads.
For some context, the iPhone first shipped with 1 GB of RAM in 2012 with the iPhone 5. This means a RAM jump is now about ‘due’, with many expecting an increase last year to help accommodate the increased asset size required by the Retina HD iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Although 9to5Mac cannot directly backup the claims,...

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10:01
Apple's new Maps patent guides your car around...

Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it just…can’t. It’s super annoying.
Driving around the entire San Francisco Bay is obviously not an option, but if Apple follows through on a patent it received Tuesday, someday your Apple in-dash navigation system could steer you in the direction of a strong wireless signal, so you never lose touch.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile...

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end. We're happy to announce that Monument Valley was awarded the "Grand Prix" prize for best Mobile Game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards held last night.

Monument Valley first appeared in the App Store on April 3, 2014 and was an immediate hit. On November 12, 2014, Forgotten Shores -- a $1.99 in-app purchase for an expansion pack to the game -- added eight more levels to the ten in the original game...

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09:12
'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM,...

Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

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09:07
Apple wins patent for Maps feature that could help...

Apple applies for and gets awarded patents for everything under the sun, and patents don’t always translate to shipped features. Disclaimer aside, the iPhone maker was recently awarded a patent for a potentially useful feature that could help you avoid areas with weak cellular coverage when planning your trip with navigation in Maps.
The USPTO awarded Apple with a patent (via Gigaom) to analyze routes between two locations and “employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes.”
In other words, because your iPhone can collect and measure cellular signal data and many...

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09:05
Gadget Ogling: A Lovely Sky Snapper, a Grotesque...


There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine.
The D810A has an infrared filter that might -- probably will -- result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. However, for nebulas in bloom, this camera apparently comes alive.

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09:03
Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

Show notes

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09:00
9to5toys Last Call: 5-port USB car charger $14,...

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09:00
App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new...

App Camp For Girls Portland, July 2014: Image courtesy of App Camp For Girls

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

The locations and dates are:

  • Vancouver, BC: July 6-10, 2015
  • Seattle, WA: July 13-17, 2015
  • Martinsville, NJ: July 20-24, 2015
  • Portland, OR (2 sessions): July 27-31 and August 17-21, 2015

Tuition for camp is US$375 for the US locations and CAD$375 for the Vancouver session. Space is limited and the...

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08:54
Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement...

Apple has once again, after a three-year gap, taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, highlighting the companies inserted most often into Hollywood movies.

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08:22
Rumor: Apple in settlement talks with A123 Systems...



When in doubt, compromise and settle.
Apple is apparently in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.
The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business.
On Tuesday, Apple filed a motion that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.”
A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts...

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08:12
Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air...



While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.
Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.
While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun mass...

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08:03
Review: Brydge keyboard for iPad Air/2 — can this...

One thing I love about 9to5Mac readers is how engaged they are in the comments. My review of the ClamCase Pro iPad keyboard case last month led to a lively discussion about the relative merits of that vs the Brydge keyboard, so I decided to give that a try for a retrospective shoot-out.
The Brydge Air is a slightly different beast to the ClamCase, being just a keyboard and not a full case. It still hinges shut in a laptop-like clamshell fashion, but there’s no rear protection on this one. That, as we’ll see, has both pros and cons … 
Looks & portability
Looks are, let’s be honest, important. You don’t spend this kind of money on an iPad keyboard just to get decent typing performance: there are plenty of cheaper options for that....

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08:00
Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City...

China's latest Apple Store, the Zhongjie Joy City store, opened recently in Shenyang, China. A video of the event showcases the large crowd waiting for the store's official debut and captures the excitement when the doors are opened for the first time. As pointed out by ifoapplestore, the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores "transcends cultures and international boundaries."

Our take on the news:
Apple manages to generate excitement for its retail efforts regardless of geographic location. Whether it is in China, Turkey, Brazil or the US, any Apple event attracts a throng of happy, smiling faces who enjoy the launch swag as much as browsing the store's shiny, new displays.

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07:33
Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm...

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

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07:07
RadPad now lets you easily split rent with roommates...

RadPad, an app we told you about back in November when it launched as one the first to let you pay rent using Apple Pay, now lets you easily split rent with roommates.
Pay with RadPad Roommates makes it really, really easy for renters who have roommates to pay their rent together, using their own credit, debit card or Apple Pay… A roommate signs up and invites their other roommates to pay rent together: RadPad sends invites to each roommate, via text and email. The roommate receives the invite, accepts it and then enters in their credit or debit card or elects to use Apple Pay. That’s it!
You’ll also be able to see when your roommates are slacking with status information on their half of the rent.  The app allows up to four roommates to split the rent and sends a check to the landlord on behalf of the tenants. You can even setup rent payments to your landlord through the app if they...

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07:00
Waze to bring location-specific AMBER alerts to your...

Crowdsourced navigation and traffic app Waze today announced the addition of AMBER alerts to its service. Alerts will be sent to Waze users in the vicinity of an alert and will appear when a user's car has been stationary for more than 10 seconds. Alerts can be dismissed by tapping on the alert map. They also disappear automatically when a vehicle again begins to move. To avoid notification overload, each alert will appear only once per week.

“Waze has always been about sharing information for the common good. In this spirit we hope the addition of AMBER alerts to Waze will make a significant contribution to safety and awareness for children and parents across communities everywhere.”

— Waze

The AMBER alert program is an urgent bulletin system designed to alert a community and get their assistance in locating missing and abducted...

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06:45
Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion...

The Apple Watch is continuing to make the rounds of fashion magazines, this time in the form of a Sport model on the April cover of China's YOHO, which bears the slogan "Being Young is an Attitude."

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05:59
Life after cancer: How the iPhone helped me achieve...

This piece by Federico Viticci is moving. It is equal parts a cancer survival story, full of harrowing detail and heroic triumphs, and detailed look at the HealthKit ecosystem. But the best part for me is the denouement, the upshot of his journey.This read is worth setting aside time for.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:48
Waze app to get AMBER alerts, help users look out...

Waze, the free crowdsourced navigation and traffic app, is to get AMBER alerts in the U.S., helping users look out for missing and abducted children. You’ll only see alerts for children in your local area, and for safety reasons details will only appear once your vehicle has been stationary for at least ten seconds.
AMBER alerts are created by law enforcement agencies to quickly alert members of the public to children who have been reported missing or are believed to have been abducted. Waze says the app will scan for new alerts every ten minutes, though once you’ve dismissed an alert it won’t be shown again for a further week.
Alerts will display all the information available, which will normally include a photo of the child, their name, age, description, where they were last seen, what clothing they were wearing and details of any vehicle...

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05:40
Apple Watch wins gold at renowned IF design awards

From the International Forum web site:Apple Watch features revolutionary new technologies, a pioneering interface, and a design that honors the rich tradition of watchmaking.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:35
The Impossibility domain name generator

Impossibility has you provide the core word you want in your new domain name, then give it a focus by specifying it as either an adjective, verb, noun, or wild card. It then spits out a series of available domains.Definitely worth a look.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Happy Hour Podcast 004 | Predictions and...


Episode 004 of Happy Hour is finally here and Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event is right around the corner. It’s safe to say, we’re all pretty excited. What can you expect to be announced on stage at the event? Well, today we’re discussing the entire thing and getting into all of the details along with our expectations and predictions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

Click here to subscribe on iTunes or listen to the episode embedded above.
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05:20
∞ Apple Watch and the power of focused design

If price was no object, if every single watch in both the Apple Watch and Android Wear collections cost exactly the same, and if both watch lines worked equally well with your personal choice of platform, which watch would you choose?

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05:00
Video of iOS 8 vs iOS 3 shows the longer animations...

A user experience expert has put together a video showing that the longer animations introduced in iOS 7 and continued in iOS 8 have a small usability cost: user input is ignored while the animation is running, making the user interface seem slower. The video compares it to iOS 3 running on the original iPhone.
While William Van Hecke believed that the issue was that animations used to be interruptible, this isn’t actually the case except for Springboard. In other cases, iOS has always ignored input until animations are complete, it’s just that they used to be shorter. If you’re fast with your fingers, there will now be times when you’re trying to do something while the animation is still doing its thing.
The new spring-based animations also make it less clear...

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