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Thursday April 3

Flux: Design iOS transitions

This looks really cool. It even generates the files needed for Xcode on export—there’s a public beta available for download.
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Apple, others form patent lobbying group

Apple and a number of other large companies have created a new lobbying group dedicated to fighting proposed changes to the patent system, Reuters reports. The group — which also includes DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer — calls itself the Partnership for American Innovation. Pending legislation…

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Apple, Microsoft, IBM team to form pro-patent...

Apple, in conjunction with IBM, Microsoft, and others not in the technology industry have created The Partnership for American Innovation. The group's first goal is lobbying the US government to alter the trajectory of patent reform. Former US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos is a senior advisor to the group....  ...

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∞ Black Sabbath: Changes

One of my favorite songs.

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IFTTT app update brings support for push...

If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular web service that allows users to automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is today announcing an update to its iOS app that also introduces full support for iPad and new features for the iPhone version (via TNW).
The most notable new feature is push notification support, allowing any IFTTT “recipe” to result in a push notification to your iPhone or iPad. While you could already get push notifications to show up in a recipe from many apps that send out their own, this will...

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Monument Valley is proof that games can be art

If you have a dog in the never-ending "Are games art?" debate, you know that there are good arguments to be made on both sides. I firmly believe that games can be art, and to anyone who disagrees, I would eagerly point you in the direction of...

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Apple, Microsoft and others group to lobby against...

Apple is worried that new legislation will limit its ability to protect its own intellectual property.
Reuters is reporting that Apple, Microsoft, Ford, General Electric, IBM and other companies are forming a lobbyist group called the ‘Partnership for American Innovation’. The group is worried that upcoming legislation focused on patent trolls may adversely affect true ‘innovators’ as well.

The legislation is targeted at fighting patent assertion entities (PAEs), companies commonly referred to as patent trolls. These companies buy up patents but produce no actual products themselves, instead looking to exhort license fees and royalties...

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Apple's iPhone 5s remains best selling...

Consumers continued to choose Apple's flagship iPhone 5s more than any other smartphone in March thanks in part to strong brand loyalty, and one analyst believes that Apple's sales could increase even further as buyers begin to upgrade their handsets more frequently.  ...

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Doo moves beyond document syncing, releases Scanbot...

Earlier this year, the developers of the document-syncing application Doo announced that the company was shutting down its backend and removing its app from sale. The company wasn’t going anywhere, however, and had plans for a brand new product that would be revealed soon.
Today, the company has taken the wraps off of its newest app, Scanbot, which allows users to scan documents into their iPhone and store them as PDFs or JPGs on a variety of cloud services. We had a chance to talk to Frank Thelen, CEO of Doo, about why the original service was shuttered, how the company decided on a new direction, and and what...

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MacHeist launches Apple Design Award Bundle

MacHeist is offering a new software deal, the Apple Design Award Bundle. As the name implies it gathers together some past winners of the Apple Design Awards at a cheaper cost, specifically just $20. The titles in the bundle are normally worth $1,776 when bought separately....   ...

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How to watch Major League Baseball games on your...

The 2014 Major League Baseball season kicked off this week, which means it is time to outfit all your devices with the right tools to catch every morale-crushing strikeout or game-winning homerun. To get the most complete coverage, you'll want to...

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Reading List: Inactivation lock, iAds for the masses...

Sometimes smaller stories slip through the cracks; this Thursday, we’re here to catch them with a feature we call Reading List.iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone and bypass Activation Lock without a passwordThe Activation Lock feature introduced with iOS 7, which prevents an iOS device from being activated without the relevant iCloud login, can apparently be bypassed with a little fleet-fingered work. (This is reminiscent of some of the passcode lock bugs we saw with earlier versions of iOS 7.) However, having a passcode enabled will thwart most people trying this one, so it’s not yet time to panic in the streets....

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Reviews: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things ......   ...

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Review: Elmo BOXi T-200 mobile projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? Elmo thought so and released the BOXi T-200, which features a small footprint that is easily stowed in a laptop bag. Read our review to see how well the projector performed for us.... ...

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Analyst: Amazon’s Fire TV no Threat to Apple TV

Amazon unveiled its Fire TV set top streaming media box on Wednesday, and while it offers some features Apple TV doesn't, it isn't a big threat to Apple, according to Forrester analyst Jim Nail. Fire TV offers streaming video content from the usual sources, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, and it supports gaming, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's Fire TV does have some features that set it apart from Apple TV, but it doesn't sound like that's enough to wow analysts. Still, it would be great to see Apple beef up Apple TV's capabilities. Competition is good for consumers, after all.

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Expect faster MacBooks with longer battery-life...

Matt Margolis is predicting that Apple will be switching from DDR3 to DDR4 RAM for future MacBooks this year, suggesting faster performance and improved battery-life.
One of Apple’s RAM manufacturer. Micron, says that DDR3 bandwidth tops out at around 17GB/s, while DDR4 aims to double this by 2015:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, the industry has responded with an evolutionary transition from 2.6 GB/s LPDDR1, to 8.5 GB/s LPDDR2, to 17 GB/s LPDDR3, the technology currently is powering today’s high-end devices in volume production. DRAM bandwidth has roughly doubled with each generation to keep pace with demand.
The next generation of low-power DRAM (LPDRAM)—also known as LPDDR4—addresses these constraints by doubling the bandwidth of LPDDR3 while maintaining power neutrality. For example, LPDDR4 targets 34 GB/s of total...

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Lensbaby planning to bring its DSLR selective focus...

Lensbaby is planning to make an iPhone version of its popular selective focus lens range. The company’s existing lenses for DSLRs allow a small focal point to be positioned in a scene, creating some whacky burred effects in the rest of the image. I’ve used one on my DSLR, and it’s fun to play around with.
A magnetic attachment system means that you’ll be able to combine the Lensbaby with any existing magnetic iPhone lenses you already own.
It’s currently just a Kickstarter project, but with half of the modest $20,000 goal already reached just one day in, it seems pretty certain to make it into production. As of the time of writing, you can reserve one for $50, a $20 saving on the planned retail price.
Sample images below.


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WWDC 2014 to be held June 2nd, tickets go on sale...

Apple has officially announced that the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 2nd at Moscone West in San Francisco, and run through the 6th. Registrations are due to open up on Monday, April 7th, at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern). Entrants will be randomly selected, and notified if they got in by 5PM Pacific the same day. The company is also planning to offer 200 student scholarships granting people free tickets; the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its partners will help promote those scholarships to female developers.... ...

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A spoiled generation of tech observers yearn for...

It's a funny thing; the more technology advances, the more impatient people become in anticipation of even newer and greater innovations. The result is an abundance of analysts, bloggers, and pundits who may very well be the crappiest generation of...

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How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!

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How to Watch TV on Your Laptop

The big TV news this week is about hardware, with Amazon launching its Fire TV to rival Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. For a while, speculation was hot and heavy that Amazon would launch its own pay-TV service, but that hasn't happened... yet. That's what the real TV wars likely will be fought over, though -- how content reaches consumers. The Supreme Court later this month will hear arguments on both sides of cord-cutter startup Aereo's business plan. Aereo lets users stream or record live television programming.

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Investors increasingly banking on profitable new...

Though Apple had pledged to introduce new products "throughout 2014," it has yet to have a major launch this year. That's helped set the stage for expectations among bullish investors that the company is working on something big that could truly move the needle on Apple's stock price in the coming months.  ...

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Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks...

WWDC begins in just two short months.


Apple this morning announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. As usual, the show will take place in the Moscone West convention center, and it will run from June 2 to June 6.
The majority of the show is dedicated to technical sessions for OS X and iOS developers, but its day-one keynote has historically been used to unveil the next versions of those operating systems to the public. Apple has also been known to make smaller hardware announcements at the show—we probably won't see a new iPad, but a new MacBook Air or Mac Mini isn't out of the question.
In the past, Apple has sold WWDC tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in recent years this has become a mad scramble that leaves many developers out in...

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Daily App: Faster Than Light brings real-time, rogue...

Released in 2012 for the desktop, Faster Than Light from Subset games is considered to be one of the top indie real-time strategy games. In the game, you control a spaceship from Galactic Federation that contains critical information. You must escape...

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Apple opens WWDC ticket lottery, starting today

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on June 2nd, runs through June 6th, at its usual spot in Moscone West in San Francisco. Sign up. Hope to see you there!
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Apple's 2014 WWDC is June 2-6, tickets...

If you were holding your breath waiting for news of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, wait no longer: Apple announced on Thursday that the annual shindig will kick off on June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, running through June 6. As usual, it will feature technically-oriented sessions presented by Apple engineers.
The big news, however, is how Apple is handling tickets. Spots for last year’s conference sold out in just about three minutes, highlighting the accelerating demand; 2012’s tickets took about two hours to disappear, while 2011’s vanished in 12 hours. Many developers were shut out from the conference, while others experienced technical problems completing their purchases, leading to many cries for a new system....

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Reviews: BOXi T-200 travel projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? ......   ...

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How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing...
Apple announces WWDC for June 2-6

In a press release this morning, Apple announced the dates of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run June 2 through June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. This year, tickets will be available via a…

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Apple’s WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2nd for 5 days,...

Apple has announced that it’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will begin this year on 2nd June, running for five days.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac® customers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year …


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A new phase in scamming: using your online photos

A new breed of scammer now lifts your online photos to create a fake online identity, using your real name. There are a number of paths they take, but one in particular is to ensnare the unwary into a personal relationship that they can exploit. The scammers obviously know who you are, and block you from these accounts making it difficult for you to detect.

This is a fascinating read.
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WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6

Apple has announced that WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will become available on April 25 at 10 AM Pacific Time.

For the past few years, tickets have sold out quicker than you can blink your eyes. This...

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Apple’s Annual WWDC Set for June 2-6

Apple announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference dates will be June 2 through June 6, and the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together Mac and iOS developers with Apple's own engineers to learn about the company's roadmap and improve their own products.

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Comparing Amazon’s Fire TV with Apple TV, Google...

Good side-by-side comparisons in this LA Times piece. You might also want to take a look at this comparison from Forbes.
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Review roundup: Is Office for iPad worth ninety-nine...

The iPad edition of Microsoft Office has been a long-time coming. This was, it now seems clear, no accident: Microsoft wanted to attempt to boost sales of its ill-fated Surface tablet by pointing to the lack of Office software on the iPad.
Now that the company has accepted the inevitable, that most people would rather have Office on their iPad than buy a Surface, the question is: was it worth the wait … ? 
TechCrunch says that the apps are...

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Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.  ...

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Apple working on voice-recognizing headphones with...

Apple is looking to advance the design of its bundled iPhone EarPods by potentially implanting an accelerometer into the earbud portion that could recognize voice activity, which in turn would activate and tune beamforming microphone arrays.  ...

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WWDC 2014 Opens Ticket Lottery for June Conference

Mac and iOS developers can now register for the WWDC ticket lottery through 7 April 2014. If you’re among the 5,000 people randomly selected to attend, you’ll have until 14 April 2014 to purchase the $1,599 ticket. 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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Apple new touchscreen tech would use IR light to...

Using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, Apple's newly revealed touchscreen technology concept allows users to accurately convey force applied to a touch surface without bulky physical hardware, opening new dimensions in GUI navigation and interaction.  ...

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Wednesday April 2

iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone...

Starting with iOS 7, deleting an iCloud account or restoring a device requires Find My iPhone to be disabled. Find My iPhone, in turn, requires the user to enter the password for the Apple ID attached to the iCloud account. This system ensures that phone thieves can’t remove the account and avoid being tracked through the Find My iPhone website.
Unfortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to bypass this requirement, as demonstrated in the video above. To do so, you first need to tap both “delete account” and the switch to disable Find My iPhone at the same time in the iCloud settings panel. That’s actually the hardest part of the entire process. When prompted for a password, hold down the...

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Images: Apple takes wraps off stunning new Istanbul...

The cover has come off the new Istanbul Apple store in Turkey a few days ahead of its official opening on April 5, and revealed a stunning new above-ground glass opening that leads down to a full two-storey Apple Store. The cuboid canopy, which acts as a skylight for the store, uses exceptionally large glass panes surrounded by a shallow pond, and is bound to be as iconic a piece of retail architecture as the company's showcase stores in New York City and Shanghai....  ...

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Hands on: MacPaw Hider 2 file-encryption tool

While at the Macworld Expo last weekend in San Francisco, MacNN got a chance to talk with members of the MacPaw software team, best known for their duplicates finder Gemini II and their utility app Clean My Mac. The company released its latest upgrade, file-and-folder encryption tool Hider 2 (formerly MacHider), for OS X 10.8 and higher on Wednesday. The program is designed to allow users to hide, encrypt and password-protect sensitive files, whether they are confidential business documents or those pictures of an ex.... ...

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Briefly: Bolt portable USB wall charger, BBC iPlayer...

Reign23 has released its combination USB wall charger and rechargeable portable battery, Bolt. Its portable battery has a 3000mAh capacity, large enough for two full charges of an iPhone or other mobile device. Initially launched as a Kickstarter project in 2013, Bolt is small, at 2.75-inches by 1.33-inches by 1.10-inches. Its smart charge technology automatically bypasses the battery when fully charged, and is available in blue and black color options. Priced at $60, the Bolt USB Wall Charger and Battery can be purchased online.... ...

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Dealing with email

MG Siegler:

I’m going to try to only respond to email at a set time during each day. I’m going to put an hour (or perhaps two) in my calendar for this at the end of the day. And in that hour (or two), I’m not going to do anything besides email.

It’ll be interesting to see how this experiment goes.
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Apple Gets Green Thumbs Up From Greenpeace For...

Greenpeace has a number of nice things to say about Apple and Apple's commitment to renewable energy. Greenpeace released a report ranking cloud service providers and other internet services and their power usage, and for once thought Apple wasn't completely blowing it.The Mac Observer Spin: You were doing so well to start with, Greenpeace. Really.

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Briefly: NYTNow, Fantastical 2 for iPad now out

Two significant apps made their debut on Wednesday, with The New York Times releasing a new reading app, NYT Now (free), for its content, and Fantastical 2 hitting the iPad, the latter a thoughtful reimagining of a calendar front-end designed to make it easier to enter and edit calendar entries. As previously reported, the iPhone- and iPod touch-only app is meant to be a scaled-down version of the regular NYT app, the latter of which is available for iPad as well....  ...

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Pebble Smartwatch iOS app update brings new Pebble...

Two days after releasing a buggy update to its Pebble Smartwatch iOS app, Pebble on Wednesday pushed out a patched version of the title that offers users all-new apps and sharing capabilities.  ...

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Pebble updates its iOS app with new apps, sharing...

Pebble today rolled out an update that brings its iOS App to version 2.1.1. The most notable feature in the latest version is a bug fix for version 2.1, which was released earlier this week and included a critical flaw that prevented users from...

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ACM 248: Macworld/iWorld Roundup, Apple v. Samsung,...

Jeff and Bryan survived last week's Macworld/iWorld conference and are here to tell you about what they saw, the cool products they found, and all the great stuff you missed. They also take a look at the just started second patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, and offer up their take on Amazon's new Fire TV set top streaming content device.

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BlackBerry cuts ties with T-Mobile, signals new...

Beleaguered handset maker BlackBerry on Tuesday said it would be severing ties with U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile, suggesting the company is reducing reliance on carriers to sell product.  ...

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Darklings asks you to step out of the light

In Darklings, your adorable little character named Lum is on a quest to purge the world of darkness and restore the stars to the sky. You don't do this in the traditional "gamey" way -- by navigating worlds, hopping on enemy's heads, and destroying...

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Apple Reportedly in Talks To Purchase Renesas Mobile

Apple has opened discussions to purchase the majority of Renesas SP, a Japanese chip maker in dire financial straits. According to Reuters, Apple wants the 55 percent stake that Renesas SP owns in another company called Renesas SP Driver, the largest supplier of chips that control mobile screens to all three iPhone suppliers: Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Inc.

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Apple poaches Samsung employees (Humor)

Here's an amusing Joy of Tech comic published recently by Re/code. It is rather apropos given the current news cycle that includes the start of a second patent infringement trial between Samsung and Apple and renewed interest in the anti-poaching...

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Analyst: Expect 'modest' buyback, dividend...

Tech analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray has told investors in a new memo that he expects "moderate" increases in both Apple's share-buyback program and its dividend to shareholders, likely to be announced during the company's next earnings call, scheduled for April 23. This belief, he noted, is already "priced into" shares of AAPL and is unlikely to take price any higher in and of itself. The current quarterly dividend, raised last year, is $3.05 per common share.... ...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 2, 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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Briefly: Withings' Blood Pressure Monitor,...

Health technology produce, Withings, has announced the retail debut of its wireless blood pressure monitor, which has achieved FDA clearance. Additionally, Withings has joined the American Medical Group Association's Measure Up/Pressure Down hypertension campaign as a project sponsor. Users can take measurements with the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor by wrapping the cuff around one's arm, and turning on the device. Automatically, the device connects with a smartphone via Bluetooth and opens the Withings Health Mate application. By tapping the start button, the cuff inflates and commences tak... ...

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∞ Jake E. Lee talks “Bark at the Moon”

Jake is a great player.

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Website speed is important

Fascinating case studies from Amazon, Google, Bing, and others.
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Apple Leads Shift Toward Cleaner Internet

A Greenpeace study shows that Apple leads the way in making the Internet greener and more sustainable, according to The Telegraph. Greenpeace’s “Clicking Clean” report looked at 19 major tech companies and concluded that Apple — with all its data centers powered by energy from sustainable sources — is the most aggressive in reaching the goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Apple’s shift to clean energy “made it clear why it’s one of the world’s most innovative and popular companies,” said Gary Cook, senior IT analyst at Greenpeace.

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An iPhone cover that looks like an iPhone

Just in case you want everyone to know that beneath your smartphone sleeve is indeed an iPhone, you can just make it look like an iPhone. Mind = blown.

[Photo credit: Aaron Stroot]...

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NYT releases NYTNow subscription-based app,...

Two interesting new developments hit the App Store this week, as the New York Times officially released its iOS-first "NYTNow" subscription app and replacement calendar Fantastical 2 launched a new iPad version.  ...

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Amazon fireTV launch 'aggressively'...

Analyst Gene Munster, who has long held out hope for a more fully functional Apple TV and even a full television set from the company, believes that Wednesday's launch of the Amazon fireTV should serve as further motivation for Apple to make major moves in the television space.  ...

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Soundfreaq ships Sound Rise Bluetooth clock speaker

Soundfreaq has started shipping the Sound Rise, a new Bluetooth-based clock speaker. The device is relatively straightforward, for instance featuring built-in dual alarms, which can use separate weekday/weekend settings and a gradual volume increase, whether an alarm is toggled to FM radio, a connected device, or a chime. The speaker also includes a sleep timer which can be set in increments up to 120 minutes, and dimmable display brightness that can even be shut off completely....  ...

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Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Teacher's Assistant...

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Clickbait journalism

Mathew Ingram:

Lapham’s Quarterly came up with some relatively ancient examples in a recent post entitled “Going Viral in the 19th Century.” At that time, it was commonplace for newspapers and magazines to include silly or amusing anecdotes, trivia, jokes and bad poetry as a way of lightening up the news. Newspaper editor Frederick Hudson was apparently driven to despair by these light-hearted items, which ran under headings like “Witticisms” or “Oddities.”

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Amazon Sets TV on Fire

Amazon on Wednesday put paid to the buzz circulating around its plans for a set-top box, announcing Amazon Fire TV at a New York event. The size of a CD box and just over half an inch thick, Fire TV takes on set-top boxes, the iPod, Apple TV and game consoles. It plugs into users' HDTVs to provide instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and videos from Amazon, among other offerings. Users can play a variety of games, including Minecraft, The Walking Dead and Riptide GP2.

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Nest Smart Thermostat Warms Up to the UK

Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat are now available in the UK, making both available outside the US for the first time. Since there aren't a lot of thermostats in the UK, it's an interesting idea to start offering them.The Mac Observer Spin: Well, Google still hasn't killed That Cool Thing They Bought, and in fact, did the opposite by engineering a new version so they could offer it in another market. This is a confusing, but positive, move by Google.

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InPublishing’s review of The Loop Magazine

I thought this particular review was very interesting because it comes from a company that follows the publishing industry.
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LifeProof frē for iPad mini with Retina display:...

When picking out a case for your tablet, you typically have to choose between all-encompassing protection or ease of use, and these two groups rarely overlap. But sometimes they do, and in that thin sliver where form and function marry, there's the...

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Verizon cuts prices on select group of smartphone...

Verizon has discounted its smartphone plans for a select group of customers, reports say. For people on a plan with 10GB of data or more, and who are subscribed to the carrier's Edge upgrade scheme, the cost per smartphone has been reduced a further $5 to $15. Plans below the 8GB threshold are unchanged at $30 each; people with subsidized phones must still pay $40 per line....  ...

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TUAW TV Live: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

With apologies to David Bowie for mutilating his lyrics in a TUAW TV Live promo post headline.

Changes are afoot at TUAW TV Live. By next week, we expect to have the show broadcasting on YouTube Live and will then start adding some new features to...

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Daily Deals for April 2, 2014, Learn Tech With...

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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Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ Siri-clone shows the potential...

At its BUILD conference, Microsoft officially unveiled its personal assistant for Windows Phone named Cortana. The similarities to Siri are rather uncanny (and three years late) but in some areas, Siri could definitely learn from Cortana’s feature set.
Cortana certainly does a good job of cloning Siri’s appearance and functionality. However, it goes further by allowing third-party applications to do tasks and answer questions as well. For instance, you can ask Cortana to add a film to your Hulu watch list with natural language.

Rumors of a Siri SDK have floated around since Siri was first introduced alongside the iPhone 4S. Cortana finally demonstrates...

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The New York Times releases NYTNow, a curated news...

Today marks the launch of NYTNow, an app with Flipboard-like features aimed at a mobile audience. The app is free, but only only allows viewing of 10 stories a month. To get more, you need to add a US$8.00 a month subscription that is available as an...

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Amazon’s Fire TV Makes it Clear: It’s Time for a New...

All the details about Amazon's new Fire TV set top box are out, it looks like the company is packing a lot into its US$99 device. It ramps up the competition for Apple and Roku, and based on price, leaves Apple TV somewhat lacking.

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Amazon Fire TV Turns Up the Heat on Apple TV

Amazon has released its long-rumored challenger to the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy. Josh Centers, author of “Take Control of Apple TV” gives the rundown on how it stacks up. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Sprint sends invitations to April 29 event, hints at...

Sprint has sent out invitations to an event in New York, asking members of the press to "hear it for yourself." Though the invitation does not specifically mention what exactly will be demonstrated, the April 29th event is likely to be a formal unveiling of Sprint's delayed HD Voice service, and an announcement about the high-quality audio call's national launch....  ...

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Greenpeace ranks Apple as most environmentally...

In terms of datacenters, Apple has scored the top position on a new Greenpeace list of the most environmentally-friendly high-tech businesses. The company is the only one with a 100 percent figure on Greenpeace's "clean energy index," since its datacenters are completely free of any dependence on coal, nuclear power, or natural gas. It also has an "A" score under categories of Energy Transparency, Commitment & Siting Policy, and Deployment & Accuracy. It achieved a B in terms of Energy Efficiency & Mitigation.... ...

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Google+ Changes Rules of Engagement

Gauging your popularity on Google's social network, Google+, just got a little easier. The would-be Facebook competitor has added page view analytics. Now, when members view their profile page -- which metrics show isn't that often -- they'll see a number beneath their mug indicating the number of times their content -- profile page, posts and photos -- has been viewed by someone since Oct. 12, 2012. Someone doesn't have to click on your content to generate a page view, Google+ Chief Architect Yonatan Zunger explained.

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Apple scores 100% from Greenpeace

Wow, the rest of the companies are pretty pathetic. eBay (6%), Amazon (15%), Twitter (21%), Google (48%) and Facebook (49%).
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Crowdfunding roundup: All Kickstarter this week

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 with Siri-like...

Software behemoth Microsoft on Wednesday showed off the latest update to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, refining several areas and officially unveiling Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.  ...

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Presidential selfie was a Samsung promotional stunt

Because nobody in their right mind would use that piece of shit unless they were getting paid.
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World Autism Awareness Day

According to the CDC, one in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago. You can also check out the Autism specific apps for the iPhone and iPad.
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Guitar Center’s financial woes

Just incredible that they’re in this position.
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Apple/Samsung trial, day 1: Phil Schiller was...

Day 1 of Apple and Samsung's second California trial is now in the books. On Tuesday, both Apple and Samsung presented their opening arguments, with both sides naturally presenting vastly different takes on the smartphone revolution.

Apple of course...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Big and little sounds

Big and little soundsThis week's roundup of iOS accessories includes everything from tiny Bluetooth speakers to 1,000-Watt monsters. And, of course, batteries, chargers, and AirPlay streamers, oh my.ArcamThe AirDAC “allows you to network any audio system to an Apple Airplay-enabled music source,” says the company. The device lets you use AirPlay with any iOS device running iOS7 to send music to a stereo system, whatever audio that might be: the Music app, Internet radio, music streaming services such as Spotify, or general apps. You can get more information about purchasing directly from a dealer.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Fantastical 2 for iPad

All the beauty of Fantastical, but now for the iPad. I use it for the Mac and iOS—I beta tested the iPad version and love it.
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Amazon launches Fire TV media streamer, starts...

Amazon has launched its new streaming media player, the Fire TV, at its New York media event today. Part of the retailer's push into the streaming video marketplace and building upon the success of its Kindle tablets, the Amazon Fire TV is a small set-top box that allows users access to TV shows and movies watch video from Amazon's Instant Video, as well as other services....  ...

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9to5Toys Last Call: DODOcase 40% off, iPad mini 64GB...

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Popular pin-toppler game Polar Bowler lands on iOS

Polar Bowler first debuted as a Windows PC game ten years ago and became a long-standing hit for WIldTangent and its casual game network. After bringing the popular Polar Bear and his new sidekick J to iOS last year in the 1st Frame game, the company...

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Apples and Oranges: Amazon moves into the Apple TV...

Those of us who have been waiting for an Amazon Prime channel to finally show up on their Apple TV now have an explanation as to why it never arrived. Today Amazon introduced FireTV (US $99), an Amazon set-top box that seems perfectly situated to...

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USB 3.1 Type C connector detailed, supports up to...

The previously hinted-at USB Type-C connector has been detailed in a presentation at IDF conference in China. The new connector is smaller than existing USB connectors, supports more power, faster data transfers, and is symmetrical, similar to Apple's Lightning connector....   ...

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Amazon takes on Apple TV with new $99 fireTV...

Already a content creator and seller, Amazon will now enter the set-top box business with the new $99 fireTV, launching today with video streaming and gaming capabilities, taking on the likes of the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.  ...

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inMarket lets specific brands, not just retailers,...

inMarket, an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling out iBeacons to retailers, today announced an interesting new twist for the platform: the first consumer packaged goods brand to take advantage of iBeacons in a retail environment. That means that rather than the retailer controlling the entire iBeacon experience and the location-based notifications that get beamed to shoppers, inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) platform is giving that same opportunity to the individual brands on the store’s shelves. We’ve also learned it’s about to expand and continue its rollout of iBeacons in retail locations across New York, Boston, and Miami.  ...

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FireChat Messaging App: Look Ma, No Internet!

FireChat, an iPhone app designed for anonymous hyperlocal communication, could change the way we connect with one other: It does not require an Internet connection or even a cell signal to work. FireChat takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7. This feature allows developers to connect devices to each other using Bluetooth, WiFi, and peer-to-peer connections. Users must be within a maximum of 100 feet of another to use the Nearby feature.

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Spotify's facelift and more news for April 2,...

Spotify has updated its iOS app with some keen new features, including a reworked browse function and playlist features. It also sports a "darker theme," which I hoped would mean it's edgy and brooding but no ... they've just used dark...

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T-Mobile backtracks on employer discount program,...

Under heavy consumer complaint, wireless carrier T-Mobile will continue to extend corporate discounts to existing customers, but is still shuttering the program and not allowing new sign-ups. Late Tuesday night, T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert wrote that "tomorrow we will announce that current corp customer employees can keep their discounts. New plan will apply to new customers."...  ...

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Hider 2 Hits the Mac App Store

MacPaw showed off Hider 2 for the Mac at Macworld/iWorld 2014 last week, and impressed The Mac Observer enough to win an Editors' Choice Award. Now it's available for download at Apple's Mac App Store.

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