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Monday March 31

14:12
Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings call scheduled for...

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal quarterly earnings results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 on Apr. 23, with the usual question and answer session to follow directly thereafter.   ...

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14:10
Is this the iPhone 6′s rear bezel?

While this one lands squarely in the rumor department, someone posted what might be the first photos of a bona fide iPhone 6 to microblogging service Weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr and BGR)
It might only be the rear casing, but these photos look like they could be the real deal.
What’s your take? Any Chinese readers care to translate the on-screen text to the left of the first image? Any pixel pushers care to grok the EXIF data? Start sleuthing and post your discoveries in the comments.
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14:00
Square Jellyfish Tablet Tripod Mount and Jelly Long...

Last week at Macworld/iWorld 2014 I had the opportunity to be a speaker, doing a presentation on Friday afternoon about Siri and The Internet of Things. One of the benefits of being a speaker at this conference is a "swag bag" full of goodies from...

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13:56
Apple to hold second quarter earnings call on April...


 
Apple has just announced that it will hold its quarterly investor conference call on April 23rd at 5 PM. As usual, Apple executives will go over all of the sales and earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The company will also likely continue teasing “new product categories” to be announced later this year.
The first half of FY2014 hasn’t been especially full of new Apple products. Instead, the company has focused on revising its existing lineup. It launched an 8 GB iPhone 5c in five markets to...

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13:41
∞ Bennie and the Jets

One of Elton’s best songs.

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13:37
Google Seeks Pokémon Master for Google Maps Team

OK, PokÃmon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a PokÃmon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced PokÃmon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the PokÃmon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 PokÃmon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.

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13:30
Want to own the computer that inspired the Apple II...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it's also an important part of innovation. In keeping with that idea we'd like to draw your attention to this wonderful rare eBay listing. A seller in Louisiana is offering up a working SOL-20...

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13:22
Several potential jurors dismissed from Apple v...

As the latest patent dispute between Apple and Samsung kicked off in court today, the search for unbiased jury members to serve with Judge Koh began today resulting in a standing room-only environment in the court room with over 100 potential jurors summoned.
While the process begins with a number of prospective jurors, the first day is meant to dismiss those with a preconceived bias against either party involved for any reason.
If today’s reporting from several different case watchers is any indication, finding an unbiased jury without any connection to Apple, Samsung, or Google in California is easier said than done.
The first few potential jurors to be dismissed expressed that they had...

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13:21
T-Mobile shutters employee discount Advantage Program

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced in a blog post that it is no longer offering its Advantage Program to new customers, and will discontinue the program to existing users. The employer rate plan discount program used "employees as bargaining chips" to close contracts, and the CEO believes that the excision of the program helps with the company in "simplifying wireless for everyone."...  ...

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12:33
Groupon and Amazon Offer 64GB iPad mini WiFi +...

Groupon and Amazon are both offering 64GB iPad minis (with WiFi + Cellular) at a pretty significant discount. Groupon has one bundled with a JBO speaker dock for $479.99, while Amazon has a few in stock for $469. Bryan Chaffin has the details.

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12:30
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Hider 2 from MacPaw...

The best way to make sure that nobody steals or reads documents on your Mac that you don't want to share is to make them invisible. That's what Hider 2 from MacPaw Software accomplishes quickly and easily! The app isn't live in the Mac App Store...

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12:17
FCC opens up 100MHz of Wi-Fi bandwidth for public use

In a unanimous vote, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is opening up 100MHz in the lower part of the 5GHz spectrum for new-build Wi-Fi devices. The bandwidth opening is intended to increase traffic and capacity in public venues like parks and libraries....  ...

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12:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Creaceed Emulsio in...

So you've just finished shooting a bunch of video with your iPhone, iPad, or maybe even a GoPro camera. That video is sitting on your iPad, and there's only one problem with it -- it's shaking all over the place. Shaky video isn't a problem anymore...

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11:42
Apple hikes App Store prices in Australia, India,...

Apple is raising iOS and Mac App Store prices in several countries, according to an email memo sent to developers. The hikes will impact Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa. Apple blames the change on fluctuations in exchange rates, which the company adjusts for on a regular basis....   ...

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11:36
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4, Skype 6.15, Fluid 1.8.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4, Retrospect 11.0.1, Downcast 1.0.11, and PopChar X 6.5. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:35
Briefly: PluralEyes 3.5, Shade 3D 14.1.1

Red Giant announced today the release of its updated audio/video sync tool for Shooter Suite, PluralEyes 3.5. Able to analyze the audio from all devices and automatically sync it to video, the editing industry tool aims to save hours and days of work in the audio/video syncing. The latest version of PluralEyes offers improved and expanded support for more media types, and support for AVCHD camera that include support for spanned clips. PluralEyes 3.5 integrates with BulletProof Red Giant's footage backup and preparation tool. BulletProof sends imported footage to PluralEyes when one is ready t... ...

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11:30
Judge Cote grants class action status to consumers...

Reuters is reporting that a federal judge has given consumers the go-ahead to proceed with a class action lawsuit against Apple for colluding with a number of publishing houses to raise the price of e-books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the...

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11:07
Truck advertising with optical illusions

This is so incredibly cool.
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11:05
Not satisfied with providing recipes, Appetites...

When I’m not tapping out articles in front of a computer, I’m usually in a kitchen, whipping up something to eat. Usually that means old reliables, but I like to mix it up now and then by trying a new recipe. But usually there’s something standing between me and expanding my culinary horizons: the ingredient list. More recipes than I care to name have what I’ve grown to call “The Deal Killer”—a single, necessary ingredient that I don’t have and can’t procure without undertaking a Joseph Campbell-style hero’s journey.
The makers of Appetites, an iOS app offering step-by-step cooking instructions, must run into that problem a lot. Because the next update to Appetites will introduce a feature that should appeal to home cooks who always wanted to try that marinated seared tuna but don't happen to have the sambal olek the recipe requires: ingredient delivery....

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11:01
The IN1 iPhone Case Holds 9 Tools

Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below. It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.

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11:00
Newsbeat creates a custom newscast for your commute

I've looked at a few news apps over the years that are designed to read the news to you while you commute or travel. Most fall pretty short of ideal, failing in voice quality or news selection.

Newsbeat from Tribune Digital Ventures comes the...

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10:56
Accessibility as innovation

Steven Aquino:

So often, the tech commentariat — and a few of my Android-loving friends — disparage Apple for a perceived “lack” of innovation, arguing that Cupertino has failed to deliver to market anything truly innovative and revolutionary since introducing the original iPad in 2010.

The problem with exclusively tying innovation to hardware is that it misses, obviously, the innovation that can be made in terms of software. More specifically, I contend that an underrated aspect of Apple’s ability to innovate is the strides made by Apple’s Accessibility efforts, particularly on iOS.

What a great article.
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10:44
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 1

One of the best parts of walking the show floor at Macworld/iWorld every year in San Francisco is stumbling across the products that raise the pulse of the cynical tech writer. “Oh, that’s cool,” we think, “People will really like that!” Read on for the first installment of our roundup of the products that caught our attention. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:11
United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield...

We’ve been seeing more and more interesting implementations of iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard that opens up a ton of opportunities for location-based experiences as iOS devices communicate with the beacons around them. This, however, might be the most unique use of iBeacons we’ve seen yet:  For the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action taking place on April 4, New Museum in New York City will host an exhibit that uses iBeacons to simulate a virtual minefield and let anyone experience the danger of land mines.
Visitors will download an app called Sweeper for iOS or Android that will allow them to experience the fear of land mines as they walk through the space. Here’s how it works:...

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10:09
US Supreme Court hearing arguments about software...

For the first time in over three decades, the US Supreme Court is hearing significant arguments on whether "computer-implemented inventions," otherwise known as software, can be patented. The debate will center around what qualifies for a patent, centering on a debate about a computer system used to handle financial transactions, evaluating risks of default. Despite the suit itself being relatively small, the ruling will set precent for patent law for decades to come....  ...

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10:08
PDFPen and PDFPen Pro for 50% Off - Ends Monday

We have a doozy of a deal for you today, a 50 percent discount on some of our favorite software: PDFPen (US$29.98) and PDFPen Pro ($49.98). Both apps are amazing, and they're made by Smile Software, a great company that has long supported many publications and podcasts, including The Mac Observer, Mac Geek Gab, and Apple Context Machine. So, it's a great deal for great software from a great company. If you need to edit or create PDFs, get 'em while you can, because the deal ends today (Monday).

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10:04
Apple adjusting App Store prices for several...

As it has previously done from time to time, Apple has announced to developers in an email (seen above) that it will be adjusting App Store prices in a number of countries to address changes in foreign exchange rates.
Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa that use the currencies listed above will automatically see an increase on the App Store over the following 24 hour period, Apple says.
Apple has also announced prices listed with the Israeli New Shekels and some listings using the New Zealand Dollar will actually see App Store prices decrease per recent changes in the foreign exchange rate.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, app store prices, Apple, Australian dollar,...

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10:00
iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens: Apple is doing all it can to...

Like clockwork, anytime Apple releases new hardware, the good folks from iFixit are first in line to pick one up, take it home, and skillfully pry it wide open for the world to see. Over the past few years, Apple has taken ever greater steps (such as...

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09:56
Microsoft's Merry-Making MS-DOS Code Caper


It's the end of another March here in the Linux blogosphere, and that can mean only one thing: the arrival of another April Fools' Day. As if on cue, Microsoft recently made an eminently Fools' Day-worthy move. "On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows," wrote Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director for Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, in a blog post last week. "With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time."

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09:49
That Time Steve Wozniak Delivered an iMac and Blew a...

Check out this video of Steve Wozniak once again demonstrating how cool he is. Mr. Wozniak is hand-delivering an iMac that Peter Fraser bought for his daughter Emma, only Emma didn't know it was happening. And despite being a teenager, she thought Woz was the bee's knees, which is cool in and of itself. In any event, according to Gizmodo, Woz and Mr. Fraser only knew each other through email, but Woz thought it would be a great prank. And we all know how Woz loves his pranks. According to Mr. Fraser, "It was like Thomas Edison delivering your light bulbs."

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09:45
Photos show alleged test unit for next-gen iPhone

New photos posted on Chinese site Weibo may show a test unit for the iPhone 6. The images are said to have been leaked from Apple's primary manufacturer, Foxconn, but no other details are available. They are however consistent with recent rumors calling for a thin, iPad mini-like chassis paired with a much larger display. A lens ring appears to protrude from the test unit's camera, much like the Nexus 5 and other phones that have advanced optics such as image stabilization....  ...

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09:37
The simplicity of Apple’s advertising: 1977-1997

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VintageZen:

I’ve collected print ads from Apple, from their earliest days in the late 1970s to the present, which illuminate their continued focus on simplicity in design. In the first part of this two part series, I’ll look at Apple’s first twenty years of advertising.

We often think about Apple’s TV commercials when we talk about their advertising but for many years, it was all about print ads. How many of these do you remember?
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09:30
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

Brave Guardians TD [iOS...

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09:05
Rdio, Crackle, & Vudu updated with Chromecast...

Adding to the catalog of Chromecast-supported content, Rdio and Crackle are both adding the ability to play more content from your smartphone, tablet, or browser to your TV today.
Crackle has refreshed its Android and iOS apps with support for Chromecast streaming. The Sony-backed content provider serves up a number of movies and TV shows for free including comedian Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” original.
Video streaming service Vudu has also added Chromecast support in the latest versions of its...

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09:02
MLB At Bat app updated for 2014 season w/ new...

This season will be the first that Major League Baseball uses a new expanded instant replay system that it first announced back in January. Now, the MLB At Bat app for iOS devices has been updated with support for the 2014 season and the new replay system. That means that users of the app will be able to view “every decisive instant replay video clip and review explanation,” the same footage the umpires review, through the app’s Gameday feature. 
A little more on the new replay system from the MLB’s announcement:

MLB’s new system of instant replay dictates which plays are subject to review, how instant replay...

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09:00
Facebook Internet Project: The Skies Have It


Facebook last week announced more detailed plans to bring affordable Internet access to every person on the planet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed some fresh details about the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is carrying out to build drones, satellites and lasers geared to providing connectivity for everyone as part of the Internet.org initiative. The lab has made strong progress, noted Zuckerberg, with projects in the Philippines and Paraguay doubling the number of people who use mobile data connections through Facebook's telecom partners.

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09:00
Hands on with the new Sonos iOS app

I've spent a few weeks using a beta of the new Sonos app which is to be released this spring. Sonos was one of the first companies to embrace the Mac when the company launched its whole-house wireless music solution back in 2002. When Apple allowed...

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08:59
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Case-Mate iPad cases $10,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.
Today’s can’t miss deals:


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08:45
Satya Nadella sends out company wide email, names...

Satya Nadella formally names Scott Guthrie as EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, Phil Spencer boss of all things Xbox, and Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, as EVP Microsoft Devices Group.
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08:36
Questionable 'iPhone 6' prototype shows...

New snapshots that purport to show a prototype of Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" have emerged from China, though the device pictured bears some bizarre inconsistencies that call its authenticity into question.  ...

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08:34
Macworld/iWorld 2014: Wish You’d Been There

Adam Engst reflects on what it was like to attend Macworld/iWorld 2014, and wishes that everyone in the Apple community could experience what makes Macworld special. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:30
Primer on Apple vs. Samsung Part II

Apple and Samsung's second major patent trial gets underway in California today. While the parties involved remain the same, the products and patents at issue are substantially different. Undoubtedly, in the coming weeks we'll be inundated with...

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08:23
How Dropbox knows when you’re sharing copyrighted...

TechCrunch:

Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user’s account.

What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users’ folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files?

Nope. The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It’s been in place for years.

You may have seen the original tweet fly around on the weekend. As is often the case, if you wait – rather than Chicken Little panic – someone comes up with a good explanation for the “offence”.
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08:20
Connected Data Opens Up Transporter to App Developers

Transporter "private cloud" storage has announced a developer program to allow integration with apps that wish to sync files via less public methods.

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08:02
Alleged iPhone 6 leaked pics show protruding camera

Alleged photos of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Weibo. The pictures show a large phone that appears to have a metal frame in the middle, capped off on each end by D-shaped pieces with rounded edges. A protruding rear camera with a smaller, circular flash than the iPhone 5s…

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08:01
FunBITS: Macworld/iWorld 2014 Roundup

There wasn’t much gaming to be found on the Macworld/iWorld show floor, but Josh Centers found a number of fun products that might even tip over into the useful category. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:00
No BlackBerry keyboard for you, and other news for...

Sorry folks, it looks like those of you who dreamed of having a BlackBerry-type keyboard for your iPhone will have to just keep on dreaming. The company has won a court order against Ryan Seascrest's Typo iPhone keyboard. The Typo had been expected...

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07:40
Purported iPhone 6 pictures show protruding camera,...


Images posted on Weibo claim to show an iPhone 6 under testing at Foxconn, via GforGames. The validity of these images cannot be confirmed, but the shots do line up with previous rumours. The iPhone 6 depicted here has a protruding camera (similar to the current design of the iPod touch), rounded edges and a considerably thinner profile than the current iPhone 5s.



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07:35
EverWeb, the Easiest Way to Create Websites on Your...

EverWeb is the all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X that combines the ease of use of Apple’s discontinued iWeb with the power features Mac users need to create professional websites. EverWeb requires no coding or technical skills and can create beautiful websites that work on desktop and mobile devices.

EverWeb supports e-commerce websites and one-click publishing to get your website online instantly.

Try a free demo copy of EverWeb and start building your website today!
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07:33
Apps: NeoFinder, HoudahSpot, Porthole

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07:30
World Backup Day: Let's be careful out there

On the old 1980s cop drama "Hill Street Blues", Sergeant Phil Esterhaus started off each episode with a briefing ending with the line "Let's be careful out there." While he was showing concern for his team of police officers, the same line is very...

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07:24
Aggregation is plagiarism

This argument has been going on for a long time and I always find it interesting.
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07:08
Analysis affirms Apple's A7 processor closer to...

An independent analysis of the microarchitecture behind Apple's latest A7 processor has shown that the company was not overstating when it called the design "desktop class," with the new silicon matching up well against Intel's recent desktop components.  ...

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07:00
Mac 101: Use Quick Look to create an instant...

Did you know that OS X has a handy feature for easily previewing a bunch photos in a slideshow format? It's a basic slideshow with no option to add music, but it is perfect if you want to quickly show a handful of your photos to your friends or...

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06:49
Google's Andy Rubin may testify during second...

Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the second Apple v. Samsung patent trial beginning today, says the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It notes that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.... ...

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06:43
Latest Round Of Apple Vs. Samsung Begins

In Apple vs Samsung news, the latest round of battles has begun in US District Court. This latest suit is over patents; Apple says five of theirs are violated by Samsung, while Samsung says Apple violated two of theirs.

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06:15
Feature: What about Macworld?

The Macworld Expo (now called Macworld/iWorld) certainly isn't the show it was five years ago, the last year Apple attended. Its a much smaller show -- maybe 25,000 attendees at best -- but with a more sustainable focus: a showcase for computer and mobile peripherals, accessories and gadgets, as well as a gathering of app developers. Because Apple doesn't make big announcements timed to the conference anymore -- and the one company that did, Microsoft, chose not to have its Office for iPad event there -- the Macworld/iWorld show doesn't make the news as often as it used to.... ...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Bigger isn't necessarily better

There's not much happening with Apple rumors at the moment; only two worth mentioning came out in the past few days.

iPhone 6 Reportedly Launching 'As Early As September' in 4.7- and 5.5-Inch Sizes (MacRumors)

Writers for Japanese business...

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05:50
Explicit content slipping through Apple's...

While Apple's iTunes Radio is set by default to block songs with explicit language from streaming, the current filters are far from perfect, with profane content slipping through the cracks to the surprise of some listeners.  ...

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05:37
Blackberry wins injunction banning Typo Keyboard Case

Blackberry won a preliminary injunction against Typo Products last Friday, banning the Typo Keyboard Case from being sold in the United States. Judge William Orrick said Blackberry established a “likelihood” of patent infringement, according to Reuters. Blackberry, which first filed suit against Typo in January, said the ruling…

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05:37
Latest iPhone 6 concept based on Japanese sketches...

Martin Hajek has been busy this week: after iPhoneclub commissioned him to create concept images of an iPod Nano-inspired design of the iPhone 6, French site Nowhereelse asked him to use the Japanese sketches mentioned in that piece to create something far closer to the existing iPhone 5s design.
With many of our commentators criticizing the square corners of the previous concept, this latest one returns us to the rounded corners we know and love. More controversially, perhaps, we also see a return to the glass back. More images below the fold …

The design also returns us to the...

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05:29
Google’s Android key to latest Apple-Samsung trial

The latest Apple-Samsung trial is scheduled to start today, and both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that Google’s Android operating system will be in the crosshairs. While Samsung is claiming Apple violated two of its patents, Apple is seeking about $2 billion in damages…

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05:09
Nvidia's ECS: Some Amazing Little Companies to...


ECS -- Nvidia's Emerging Companies Summit -- is a place to check out some of the firms that could become the next breakout company. It didn't disappoint this year. Among the highlights: A firm that could redefine advertising connected to Web pictures and videos; a company that could put your entire desktop and gaming experience in the cloud; one that could help you actually hear that TV you see at a restaurant or bar (one of my favorites); and one that equips a little box to do a workload that typically would require a server farm.

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05:00
Facebook’s very public dispute with Eat24

Eat24 is a food delivery service, with a pretty sizable following on Facebook. All that is about to change.

From the Eat24 blog:

Dear Facebook,

Hey. It’s Eat24. Look, we need to talk. This isn’t easy to say since we’ve been together so long, but we need to break up. We’d love to say “It’s not you, it’s us” but it’s totally you. Not to be rude, but you aren’t the smart, funny social network we fell in love with several years back. You’ve changed. A lot.

Eat24 spent years accumulating fans and likes on Facebook and is so upset with changes Facebook is making, they are deleting their entire Facebook presence.
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05:00
Daily App: PicFlow allows you to quickly combines...

Took a bunch of photos and want to make them into a slideshow instead of a static collage? Then you should check out PicFlow from Red Cactus. The slideshow maker is easy to use and doesn't require you to sign up for a service just to add some flair...

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04:41
Want to upgrade your iPhone 5s camera to 2k video?...

If you like to use your iPhone to shoot video and Apple offered to upgrade your iPhone 5s from 1080p HD to 2k video for just $7, the decision wouldn’t require much thought. That’s exactly the trick Ultrakam has pulled off with its new iPhone app.
If you’re wondering how a mere app can convert your camera to a higher resolution, it doesn’t: it simply allows the software to use more of the hardware capabilities of your camera. Apple may say that your iPhone 5s has a 1080p HD videocamera, but that’s not quite true: the camera hardware itself is capable of anything up to 3264×2448, it’s just that the software can’t process that many pixels at a sensible frame-rate … 
With the built-in camera app able to capture HD video...

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04:27
Olympus reveals Stylus SH-1, Tough TG-3 cameras with...

Olympus has unveiled a pair of compact digital cameras. The Stylus SH-1 point-and-shoot camera uses a similar five-axis image stabilization system to the one employed by the E-M1 and others, while the Stylus Tough TG-3 is a ruggedized shooter that is able to alter the photographs it takes thanks to the use of screw-on lens attachments....  ...

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04:24
Apple’s war on Samsung has Google in crossfire

New York Times:

Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating system worldwide, running on more than a billion devices made by many manufacturers. That means that if Apple wins, Google could have to make changes to critical Android features, and Samsung and other Android phone makers might have to modify the software on their phones.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:02
∞ Video of Woz surprising a young girl by hand-...

[VIDEO] Steve Wozniak is such an incredibly nice, down-to-Earth person. This happened a few years ago, but the video was just put up on Saturday.

A few years ago, Steve and Janet Wozniak came to town to help us have a little fun with our kid Emma. Emma’s dad met them around the back of the block to give them Emma’s new iMac, and then they drove back around and rang the doorbell to deliver it…and shocked the heck out of Emma and her sister (who as Apple fankids immediately knew who he was) and friends (who only knew of him from “Dancing With The Stars”). Little sister Elizabeth got the iPod Touch as a “one more thing,” and Janet shot the video.

Steve’s known to be quite the practical joker, and it was very kind of him and Janet to spend the time to do this…and make a great memory for all of us.

He gave permission to put this up. We all hope you enjoy it.

Her reaction starts at about 2:30 in. Just a nice thing to do. You rock, Woz!

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04:00
Expo Notes: iPhone cases go beyond protection with...

The iPhone case market is flooded with options. That’s a great thing for consumers, but something of a challenge if you’re trying to eke out a living making cases. How on earth can designers make a case that stands out from the ever-growing crowd?
Every trade show tends to reveal a trend in the case market, where manufacturers are trying to anticipate what customers are looking for. Last year at Macworld/iWorld, we saw a lot of ultra-rugged protective cases that practically doubled the size of the svelte iPhone—ideal for deep-sea divers and extreme outdoors fanatics, but an approach that severely compromises the iPhone's style.
It seemed like there were fewer cases at Macworld/iWorld this year compared to the 2013 edition, perhaps because last year’s show followed the debut of the iPhone 5, which was a new body style. The next version of the iPhone is expected to arrive later this year, so it’s possible that case makers are holding off on showing anything new. From what...

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03:42
Why Google is splitting their stock

On Thursday, April 3rd, Google will split their stock, creating two stocks, each of which will start at approximately half the current share value. I thought the logic behind the split was interesting.
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03:30
Skiva OctoFire Turbocharges up to 8 USB devices ‘...

Skiva's upcoming OctoFire Turbo USB charger promises to deliver an "optimal, intelligent" charge to up to eight USB devices at once. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous got a first look at the stylish charger that could put an end to the fight over whose iPhone gets the electic outlet first.

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03:21
Is Android the real target of latest Apple vs...

Photo: Reuters
Pieces in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal suggest that the real target of Apple’s second courtroom patent battle with Samsung may be Android.

Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating system worldwide, running on more than a billion devices made by many manufacturers. That means that if Apple wins, Google could have to make changes to critical Android features, and Samsung and other Android phone makers might have to modify the software on their phones …

Jury...

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Sunday March 30

22:48
Samsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now...

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.  ...

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20:08
Briefly: Shazam updates for iOS, new Handy Photo Free

Shazam, a music and TV identifying app, has been updated for iOS devices. Offering a revised user interface, Shazam features a new track page design, and new appearance for video, album and track reviews, artist biographies and more. The Auto Shazam feature is more efficient on battery life, and connectivity to Rdio and Facebook has been added. Lastly Shazam's news feed notifications can be controlled more easily. Available for free, Shazam require iOS 6.0 or later....  ...

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19:32
Follow-up: Judge overrules Samsung on patent video

Ahead of the second patent trial between Apple and Samsung, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has overruled objections filed by Samsung over an instructional video on the US patent process that will be shown to jurors. Samsung's attorneys had complained that the video depicts a number of Apple products, in most cases used innocuously, and would be "highly prejudicial" to the jury....  ...

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17:00
TUAW Talkcast at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET tonight: Macworld/...

All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

Macworld/iWorld 2014 is now a thing of the past, which means two things: first, a lot...

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16:26
Dropbox receives criticism for DMCA warnings in...

Dropbox is preventing some users from sharing specific files over DMCA complaints, according to reports. A screenshot showing a folder on the cloud-based storage service with the DMCA warning has appeared on Twitter, which at the time of writing has been retweeted close to 3,000 times, with the user seemingly unable to share a file thanks to Dropbox's automated copyright-infringement prevention systems....  ...

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16:17
The misinterpretation of Virginia Woolf’s suicide...

She left behind a remarkable body of work — from her poignant diaries to her magnificent essays to her little-known children’s books to “the longest and most charming love letter in literature” — and a cohort of heartbroken friends, but the most stirring thing she left behind was her suicide letter to her husband Leonard.

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16:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: EverWeb gets new...

A few years ago at Macworld/iWorld, we had a chance to see the first version of EasyWeb, an OS X app designed to serve as a replacement for Apple's abandoned iWeb. While the app was remarkably complete and easy to use back in those days, it's even...

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15:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Apple's failed attempts at taking...

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14:55
Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

time_lords_almanac (3527081) writes "BlackBerry is trying to put the kibosh on the Typo, a physical keyboard attachment for iPhone. And they've won the first round, in the form of a sales ban on the attachment. From the article: '"BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology," a spokeswoman for BlackBerry told the news agency in an email.'" ...

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14:50
The Strat at 60

Great timeline on the Strat. I would love to have one of the 60th anniversary models.
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14:16
Judge Koh overrules Samsung objection to patent...

U.S. Judge Lucy H. Koh has overruled objections raised by Samsung regarding an instructional video providing jurors an introduction to the patent system.  ...

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14:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

In the last few weeks, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Thermodo's miniscule thermometer dongle is...

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13:15
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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12:45
What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Many believe Apple's iWatch will marry the looks of a luxury wristwatch with the powerful sensors found in today's fitness wristbands, and, of course, familiar elements from the iPhone and iPad shrunken down and reconfigured to work from your wrist. Apple is undoubtedly full of its own ideas. But it would also benefit from looking at the progenitor of the modern smartwatch—or rather, its steely successor—both as inspiration and as a model to surpass." ...

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11:05
Access any Tesla S with only a 6 character password...

I don’t find this worrisome, since if someone wants access to a Tesla S, they’d find a way to break in. But I do find it interesting.

Tesla Motors Inc’s electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.

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10:03
Your salary vs. a major league baseball player’s...

Online Sports Marketing Guy:

Have you ever wondered how much money you make compared to a Major League Baseball player? The interactive visualization can be used to compare your salary and the average US worker’s salary to any MLB player across several different statistics from the 2013 season.

Take my advise – do not do this. It’s way too depressing.
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09:00
African mobile company creates new emoticons in the...

Oju Africa / Wired UK

Oju Africa—a division of African mobile manufacturer Mi-Fone—has launched a set of "afro" emoticons following the recent debate over a lack of diversity of emojis.
It started with an article by MTV journalist Joey Parker, who flagged the fact that there are no (or barely any) non-white emojis in the basic range within most text-message apps used by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Parker contacted Apple's CEO Tim Cook about the issue and, remarkably, received a reply. It wasn't from Cook himself but from Katie Cotton, VP of worldwide corporate communications for Apple.
She told Parker: "Tim forwarded your e-mail to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working...

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06:18
∞ Walt Disney’s nine old men

[VIDEO] Disney is selling a boxed set of beautifully hardbound flip books, each showcasing one of its pioneering animators. The video in the post is a bit soft on focus but does a good job of giving you a sense of what’s inside. Really lovely.

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06:11
Wikipedia about to undergo a massive font retooling

From FastCoDesign:

Next Thursday, Wikipedia will launch a redesign that’s almost impossibly large in scope, scaling across 32,533,899 pages in 287 languages. But admittedly, it’ll take a sharp eye to notice that font size is larger, or that the section headers will render in authoritative, old media serif (think Georgia) while body copy will render in streamlined sans-serif (think Helvetica).

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05:49
Google’s 100 year study of employee happiness

Interesting. There’s potential to help fine-tune work environments to make employees happier and, presumably, more productive. There’s a big brother aspect to this. Hopefully, the “Don’t be evil” motto is still in effect at Google.
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05:23
Review: IK Multimedia's iLoud portable speaker...

Being a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, an amp, and a guitar effects modeling system, the iLoud and its dedicated iOS apps cram a lot of potential into a small package.  ...

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05:08
The invention of Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! will turn 50 this year and the version hosted by Alex Trebek will turn 30. Ken Jennings, one of the all time biggest winners on any game show ever, won more than $3 million on the show. In the linked post, Jennings interview the mother and creator of Jeopardy, Julann Griffin. Julan was married to Merv Griffin, who created Wheel of Fortune. Just saying.
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05:01
Slideshow: Macworld/iWorld 2014 in pictures

Welcome to the showWhether you come for the sessions and keynotes or to see the products on the show floor, there's something for everyone at Macworld/iWorld 2014.Before the gates openTaken one hour before the show floor opened to the general public. As the minutes tick away, hundreds of people gather at the entrance.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Saturday March 29

22:58
Feature: High-resolution audio

If you think that high-resolution audio includes music ripped from typical CDs in lossless formats including FLAC and ALAC, you'd be wrong. The term refers to music that has a higher sampling frequency and bit depth than standard CD recordings, which are mastered at a bit depth of 16-bits and with a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz. FLAC and ALAC, however, do support music recorded at resolutions equivalent to those used in studio recordings, which is better than CD-quality. In recent times, a growing number of sites have started offering music in studio quality giving listeners the opportunity t... ...

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20:17
Briefly: Updated Square card reader, Pyle Audio...

Square, a mobile payment service, has begun to notify its existing customers that they can receive the latest Square reader for free. The redesigned Square card reader is 45 percent thinner than the original, and will be replacing the previous model as the standard device, with the former to no longer be supported. Users can receive their new Square reader for free by signing into their web dashboard....  ...

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18:58
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac

Many thanks to Voila for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart...

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18:15
Remembering Leo Fender

Leo Fender enabled us to make beautiful music.
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