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Tuesday March 25

08:01
Audio tricks on the Mac
08:00
The Week in Mac Apps: A notebook in the cloud

A notebook in the cloudA certain tech giant's cloud note-taking software makes its appearance in this week’s Mac app roundup, which also brings you a bit of music, some weather news, and a way to finally wade through that massive collection of photos you’re keeping stashed in a virtual drawer.CV Maker 1.2Individual Software’s $20 CV Maker (Mac App Store Link) helps you build a killer résumé, complete with all the proper information you’ll need to land your next big job.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Apple offering refunds for unauthorized in-app...

Apple has sent an email to users who have made recent in-app purchases (IAPs) announcing they can receive a refund for any unauthorized IAPs "made by a minor." The refund initiative is part of a consent decree Apple struck with the U.S. Federal Trade...

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07:59
NY Times pulls iPad Air ad due to juxtaposition with...

Apple and the New York Times mutually agreed to pull an iPad Air ad from the Times' website yesterday after an unfortunate headline pairing, according to Advertising Age. The ad is another take on Apple's Your Verse campaign, and features a still of a scuba diver using an iPad, with the slogan "See the unique ways people are using iPad around the world." On Tuesday, though, that ad was paired alongside a headline reading "Malaysia Says Jet Went Down in Ocean."...  ...

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07:56
Twitterrific goes free with version 5.7, optional...


With the latest update, The Iconfactory has changed their business model for Twitterrific rather dramatically. Up to now, Twitterrific has been available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.
However, Twitterrific has now changed to a freemium business model. This means anyone can download the app for free as an ad-supported application. There is also a selection of unlockable features available as in-app purchases.

Features such as the today view, translation and removal of ads are now offered as paid upgrades. Most notably, enabling push notifications now requires a paid upgrade.
Existing owners of Twitterrific are unaffected by the change in business model. ...

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07:52
Bandwidth deal between Apple & Comcast would...

Though the U.S. government wouldn't need to approve a deal between Apple and Comcast for faster and more reliable streaming video, such an alignment would likely draw regulatory scrutiny, in particular with respect to its effects on net neutrality.  ...

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07:48
‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now available...

If you haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yet or just want to catch the film again, Netflix now features ’Jobs’, notes MacRumors, in its catalog of streaming movies and TV shows for subscribers. Netflix of course offers streaming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in addition to Apple and Mac users for $7.99 a month.
The biopic featuring Kutcher was released to mixed reviews, and our own Michael Steeber shared his thoughts on the film in 9to5Mac‘s review of Jobs.
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07:38
LG Sheds Light on Internet of Things


LG Electronics on Monday unveiled a light bulb designed to illuminate consumers lives in a more intelligent way. The Smart Lamp, which can be controlled by an iOS or Android device over Bluetooth or WiFi, debuted in LG's home market of South Korea.
The 10W LED bulb is 80 percent more energy-efficient than other incandescent bulbs, LG claimed, and will last for up to 10 years when used for around five hours per day. Users can alter the lighting in their homes according to a range of preferences.

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07:30
Reading List: This is NPR, iTunes refunds, App Store...

Some Apple news every day may not keep the doctor away, but it will at least provide some reading material. Here are the latest news stories making the rounds on Tuesday:
Starting Today, Find NPR Shows And Newscasts On iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio has added its first news station, National Public Radio. It’ll run 24 hours a day and broadcast shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the hourly newscasts. Streams for actual local stations are expected to arrive later this spring—no news on whether pledge drives will accompany them.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

Apple didn’t infringe on certain Samsung patents and won’t have to pay damages in a Japanese court ruling, Bloomberg reports. A Tokyo District Court ruled the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 don’t infringe on Samsung data communication patents. Samsung expressed their disappointment with the decision and noted that…

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07:25
Apple tests Related Search on App Store

The new related search suggestions mark one of Apple’s first attempts to augment App Store search results with visual semantics for apps. In testing the feature, I was able to get suggestions for specific sub-categories such as “business news” and “video game news”, “writing” and “story ideas”, or “healthy cooking” and “food recipes”; each set of related searches included new results that were more specific and relevant to the suggested search.

I like this. Anything Apple can do to show more relevant results will help them and the user.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:22
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like: built with easy-to-use,
integrated apps like shared calendars, Twitter-like microblogs, file
sharing, and more. Everything you need is built-in, and everything is
social. This means if you upload a file or write a corporate blog post,
your employees can share it, comment on it, rate it, like it, and even
manage versions.

The idea is to get your whole company communicating better.

If your company has a legacy intranet or a customer community built on
SharePoint, you should give Igloo a try. This report from
Igloo
outlines the five main areas SharePoint falls short and how Igloo does it better.

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07:22
Apple didn't infringe on Samsung patents, Tokyo...

Apple didn't infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won't have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. "We are disappointed by the court's decision," an emailed statement from Samsung reads. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."...  ...

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07:15
Amazon sending out credit to customers affected by...


Amazon has begun issuing credit to accounts that qualify for a refund as a result of the price fixing settlement reached between Amazon and publishers. Customers are eligible for refund credit on ‘qualifying’ Kindle book purchases between April 1st 2010 and May 21st, 2012.

How Amazon determines how much credit a person is eligible for has not been disclosed; assumedly it is some percentage of the price paid for the title.  Don’t expect a massive windfall: most people on Twitter are reporting refunds of just a few dollars each. Obviously, the refund will be roughly proportionate with how often you buy Kindle ebooks.
The credit is valid until the 31st March 2015, so eligible account holders have about a year to use...

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07:00
Mac 101: How to enable or disable automatic app...

Just like iOS, OS X now has an automatic update feature that allows you to install updates from the Mac App Store without lifting a finger to click. This feature was added in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and remains the latest version, OS X 10.9...

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06:32
Hannover Apple Store likely due in April; Edinburgh...

New photos may suggest that Apple's upcoming store in Hannover, Germany is almost finished. The outlet has been under development since April 2013, and construction facades are still in place on the inside of the building. An Apple logo is now on display outside the shop though, and is being lit up at night, although it's still covered. It's believed that the location could open as soon as next month....  ...

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06:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

Apple is apparently testing a new feature in the App Store that offers users related term suggestions when doing a search. A number of reports have noted the new feature, though it appears it was first spotted by developer Olga Osadcha. Osadcha found the feature while using iOS 7.1.…

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06:25
NYT pulls iPad Air underwater ad after '...

A digital version of Apple's 'Your Verse' ad for the iPad Air, which ends in an underwater scene, was removed from the New York Times's website Tuesday after the newspaper mistakenly allowed it to run alongside a story about the possible ocean crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.  ...

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06:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.

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06:00
Photo: Wall-mounted Apple keyboards

It's like a nerdy Bat Cave. Flickr user Peter Bocken shares this image of several Apple keyboards, carefully mounted on a wall. Can you name them all? We'd like to see a Bluetooth keyboard added to the display. You can see Bocken's mouse collection...

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05:50
Cut the Rope developer challenging King’s “Candy”...

ZeptoLabs, the maker of Cut the Rope, is challenging the trademark in EU court. Re/code speculates that this might be a publicity stunt.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:46
Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones,...

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.  ...

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05:32
Twitter Bags Encryption Program


While Twitter rose to notoriety by being the place where people spilled the minutiae of their lives, there are times when its users don't want everyone in the online world to see what they're thinking. For those occasions, there's direct messaging. When direct messages are sent by one tweeter to another, there's a certain expectation of privacy there -- even though little is done to protect those messages should they be snatched by a snoop. Twitter was planning to change that.

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05:27
Water buffalos escape from Samsung ad shoot

You can’t make this shit up.
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05:07
iPhone-connected ‘MicrobeScope’ lets you capture...

A new product called MicrobeScope raising funds on Kickstarter is an iPhone-connected, pocket-sized 800x microscope that allows users to record and share video of what they are viewing.

The specimen is placed directly on the inverted lens, and the internal AAA size battery powered light source provides the illumination. The 800x magnification achieved by this simple device is unmatched by other small scopes and the phone mount is a game changer because of the ability to share real time video.

The company, 4D Optical, has been developing similar products for around 10 years and explained that advancements in iPhone camera tech in recent years have made MicrobeScope possible:

Before cell phone cameras became as good as they are now we were using standard video cameras. While this scope version produced excellent optical quality, it was not as small or as durable as we...

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05:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Free to USB

Free to USBThis week's roundup of Mac accessories includes several devices that aim to take advantage of the power of USB 3.0, along with backpacks, sleeves, and other ways to protect your Apple computer.Edge MemoryThe DiskGo Sonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a handy bit of external storage that's available in 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB capacities—with a whopping 480 GB version coming soon. Thanks to USB 3.0 technology, it can achieve transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/s, but it’s small enough to be attached to your key chain.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Daily App: Snippit mixes music with photos in a very...

If you're the social type that loves mixing music with your photography, then you may want to take Snippit for a spin. The app allows you to take a photo, overlay 10 seconds of music and then share the result with the world.

Snippit is first and...

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05:00
Reviews: Avenger Elite Xbox 360 controller attachment

Online gameplay is becoming more and more competitive, to the point where there an assortment of leagues where "pro gamers" can be found earning a very good wage, if they perform well enough. In the past, some gamers have turned to "modded" controllers, meaning console controllers that have been artificially boosted in some way, but lately, nearly all of these have been banned from organized p ......  ...

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04:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.

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04:54
Google Glass joins forces with Luxottica Group,...

I think this is a logical move on Google’s part. Certainly this will improve the look of Google Glass, but there’s only so much you can do without reducing the footprint of the Glass module itself.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:54
Japanese court says Apple's iPhones, iPads don...

Apple has once again defeated rival Samsung in the courtroom, this time in Japan, where it was ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 do not infringe on data communication patents owned by the South Korean electronics giant.  ...

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04:30
Death knell is coming for Google Voice

After five years, it looks like Google Voice is going away…at least as an independent service and app. In 2007 Google acquired GrandCentral (started in 2005) and eventually rebranded it and launched it as Google Voice in 2009. Very little was done for the switchover, from a user standpoint, other than to incorporate the service into Google’s infrastructure. I had a GrandCentral account and it was nearly identical to how Google Voice works and looks today. According to 9to5Google, sometime in the coming months, Google plans to...

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04:23
∞ Construction of Apple’s new campus begins with...

[VIDEO] As always, I am really excited to watch this new campus take shape. Gotta take down the old HP buildings first.

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04:00
Use Your iPod touch or iPad as an iPhone

Tired of your expensive cellular bill? You can break free with an iPad or iPod touch and still make phone calls and send text messages, but there are a few catches. 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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03:44
Amazon sends out eBook settlement credits, auto adds...

Last December, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin settled their eBook price fixing suits. This morning, Amazon sent out their credit notifications. Here’s mine. Interesting that the credit is for “some” of my past Kindle book purchases. I’m assuming that’s because not all of my purchases were from the settling publishers.

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eBooks Antitrust Settlement Information

Dear Dave Mark,

Good news! You are entitled to a credit of $xx.xx for some of your past Kindle book purchases. The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks.

You don’t have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already...

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03:11
Hannover Apple Store nearing completion, opening...


New images from iFun.de reveal an Apple logo on the front of the building in Hannover, Germany suggesting Apple is nearing completion on the project. Development on the site started in April last year.
Although the building has been covered, iFun.de has managed to catch a photo of the Apple logo whilst it is lit up — the logo is visible because the light is bleeding through the cover. This sighting not only acts as confirmation that the site is indeed an Apple Store, it also suggests that the site is almost ready to open to the public.
iFun.de says that the store is likely to open sometime next month.
Thanks Christian!

In addition, an image sent in by a reader shows what is apparently construction beginning on the rumored Edinburgh, Scotland store:

Thanks Graham!Filed under:...

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02:00
External Link: Apple in Talks with Comcast for...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service. While it’s far from a done deal, Comcast would give Apple a sort of fast lane for content to prevent buffering and playback hiccups. Apple is also wanting control of customer information, a cut of Comcast’s monthly subscription fees, and Apple would have to acquire its own content deals. Comcast is reportedly interested in working with Apple to modernize its set-top boxes, due to fear from “cord cutters,” which is a move Josh Centers predicted in “The Future of Apple TV,” 21 February 2014. 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...

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Monday March 24

23:18
Briefly: App Store 'related' testing,...

On Monday, various users reported seeing a new feature during their visits to the iOS App Store -- a "related" keywords feature not previously present, seen when searching for apps. The test only appeared on devices running iOS 7, possibly limited to iOS 7.1 and OS X only, and quickly reverted to normal. The company already offers "related" suggestions, but only with a specific "app card," rather than while a search is still in progress. The feature is thought to be another example of Chomp integration, a company Apple bought in 2012.... ...

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22:15
"Your Verse" campaign tackles sports-...

Apple has updated its "Your Verse" campaign with a new segment dedicated to sports-related concussions. This is a subject that has garnered a lot of media attention in recent months, as NFL players await a proposed $765 million settlement. Apple...

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21:57
Apple: iOS 7 adoption now at 85 percent

As of March 23, Apple says 85 percent of active users of iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) are running some version of iOS 7. This follows figures that showed a majority of users -- 52 percent -- had adopted iOS 7 just a week after its release last September. By Christmas, it was on 78 percent of compatible devices. Some 12 percent of users are on iOS 6, with the remaining three percent running older devices limited to older releases. The rapid adoption rate of iOS releases continues to be a major security and developer advantage over Android....  ...

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21:23
Apple testing 'Related' App Store search...

According to reports late Monday, Apple may be planning on rolling out a new app discovery feature for the iOS App Store as users have spotted a new option that suggests terms related to a given search.  ...

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20:46
Apple experimenting with related terms in App Store...

Image via Olga Osadcha
Apple appears to be testing a new feature for the iOS version of the App Store that presents users with related search terms at the top of the search results page.
The feature isn’t available to everyone yet, but users on iOS 7.1 and 7.0.x are reporting spotting it. 9to5Mac‘s own Zac Hall only had access to the feature temporarily, though his search results have now returned to the previous design.
The feature was first pointed out by Olga Osadcha on Twitter:

Just noticed "Related" search suggestions in App Store. Has it always been there? (iPhone only) http://t.co/QDny04vNKs— Olga Osadcha (@oosadcha)...

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20:06
New video footage shows initial demolition at Apple...

High quality video footage of the demolition currently underway at Apple's Campus 2 build site in Cupertino, Calif., was posted to the Web on Monday, with the short clip showing what appears to be the complete teardown process of an entire building.  ...

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20:06
Apple hires new top DC lobbyist, also creates new...

A former Senate staffer will take on the role of Apple's new top US government lobbyist in Washington DC, while a certified privacy professional with a background in healthcare, national security and social network privacy issues has been named to a new "privacy counsel" position within the company. Amber Cottle served as a staff director for an influential congressional committee, while Sabrina Ross as already begun her job overseeing the protection of customer data.... ...

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18:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

Apple hires Sabrina Ross as "Privacy Counsel," according to AppleInsider, and her experience might give some insight into what Apple is spending time on these days.

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18:01
Apple sends out refund letters to iTunes customers...

As part of a settlement Apple agreed to with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over problems and excessive charges made by children through in-app purchases (IAPs), the company has sent out letters to some iTunes account holders, offering refunds "in certain cases" where a child has been able to make unauthorized IAPs without the parents' awareness. There have been numerous incidents made public of children who racked up extraordinary charges through IAPs....  ...

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17:47
Apple taps veteran Senate finance staffer as new top...

A report on Monday claims Apple has hired former Senate staffer Amber Cottle, who served as staff director on one of the most influential committees on Capitol Hill, to be its new lobbyist in Washington, D.C.   ...

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17:20
New video shows demolition of old HP buildings as...

A new video popped up on YouTube today showing what appears to be the demolition of the buildings that formerly occupied the space where Apple’s new headquarters will be located. We’re not sure who the source of the video is, but it is in fact legitimate footage that Apple circulated internally.

The actual demolition started last month, but was only completed recently. Construction of expected to begin soon on...

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17:09
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 continues to rise,...

In a change to Apple's developer website on Monday, the company announced adoption of iOS 7 is now at 85 percent while the share of devices running iOS 6 has fallen to 12 percent.   ...

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17:09
Apple finds new Washington, D.C. lobbyist in former...


Apple has hired Amber Cottle as its new chief lobbyist, reports Politico. Before joining the Cupertino company, Cottle spent time as the Democratic Staff Director on the Senate Finance Committee, giving her a unique perspective on how Washington politics affect companies like Apple. Prior to serving the Finance Committee, Cottle was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.
In the past, Apple has not always focused heavily on lobbying efforts in Washington, and though...

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17:00
iPad helps trainers monitor concussions

This is incredible. We often talk about how the possibilities of what we can do with an iPad seem endless, but this is a step above.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:31
Briefly: OS X Server updated again, Flyover gains...

Having released OS X Server for Mavericks nearly a week ago, Apple on Monday replaced the former 3.1 version available on the Mac App Store with a revised version, 3.1.1, which does not list any differences or bug fixes from the previous 3.1 release. The previous and current release both list a number of improvements, including new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Device Manager; new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings, and improved Activation Lock use for admins. The suite costs $20 for new users, but the updated version is free for existing 3.x users.... ...

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16:02
New 'Your Verse' story shows how iPad...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a new installment of its "Your Verse" iPad media campaign, this time highlighting the tablet's ability to help assess concussions, a previously difficult task that relied on subjective reporting methods.  ...

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16:00
The Collectables assaults iOS, mixes eye candy and...

I've been looking forward to The Collectables for a while now. When I got my first look at the game several months ago the gorgeous visuals grabbed my attention immediately, and being able to micromanage a team of military renegades seemed like a...

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15:31
Your words

Matt Gemmell has a really nice piece explaining why he doesn’t post on sites like Medium and instead writes for his own site.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:24
Apple takes concussions head-on with latest addition...


Apple has updated its ‘Your Verse’ campaign web page with new stories of athletic teams using the iPad to help detect concussions in players, potentially helping save lives. Because concussions can’t be detected by medical equipment, players who suffer head injuries need to take cognition tests that measure their pre- and post-injury abilities to determine whether they’ve suffered a concussion.
Using an iPad app created by C3 Logix, medical staff can quickly test players for symptoms in a variety of areas, such as visual acuity and balance, and determine the severity of the concussion. For example, doctors can use the iPad’s accelerometer and gyroscope to help test a player’s balance:...

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15:07
Apple's new privacy counsel hire hints at...

A new Apple hire discovered on Monday may offer insight into the company's rumored push into health monitoring, which could integrate data from the much-rumored "iWatch" with the company's iCloud service.  ...

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15:00
NPR comes to iTunes Radio

Today iTunes radio took an important step towards being able to replace terrestrial radio for many of its users with the addition of an NPR channel. The 24-hour channel will offer a free stream of NPR's award-winning content, including its live news...

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14:59
Mozilla names new CEO after year-long search

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has been named by the foundation's board of directors to be its new CEO. Eich, best known for his invention of JavaScript as a developer for Netscape in the mid-90s, has been with the company in the role of CTO for the past nine years. He replaces Gary Kovacs, who announced a year ago that he was stepping down from the post. Eich has said that further development of Firefox as a mobile OS is his top priority, particularly for smartphones....  ...

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14:50
How to Find Out ‘What’s on Apple TV’ in Your Browser

Every so often when you fire up the Apple TV, you'll see a new channel or two appear as if by magic. What do they show? Wonder no more, because it turns out Apple has a "What's on Apple TV," and Kelly Guimont will show you hot to use it.

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14:43
Giveaway: MacX

Until April 4, enter to win one of ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro from MacNN and until April 10, grab a copy of MacX Mobile Video Converter for FREE.    ...

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14:39
Apple reaches out to in-app purchase customers,...

Police officer Doug Crossan reported his son Cameron for fraud after Cameron spent £3,700 on the App Store
Apple has sent an email to customers who recently made in-app purchases on their iOS devices informing them that any purchases made by a minor were subject to a refund. This is the latest in a series of steps Apple has taken to ensure that children do not make unauthorized purchases on a parent’s device or iTunes account.
The email tells customers that if they suspect a purchase was made by a minor, they can request a refund by logging into their iTunes account and reporting a problem with the purchase:

Dear iTunes account owner,
...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 24, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:00
Snappgrip makes one-handed iPhone photography a snap

Taking iPhone photos or videos and trying to zoom, focus, and snap the shutter with just one hand has been pretty much impossible until now. A Kickstarter-backed project created the Snappgrip, now being sold through BiteMyApple.co. This little device...

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13:53
Nuzzel Aims to Calm the Chatter


Nuzzel, a service that helps users pick out the most popular items from their social media feeds, launched to the public last week. The aggregating network made its debut in 2012, but until last week, it required an invitation to join. Now anyone can use the service, which is spearheaded by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams. Nuzzel users have the option of signing in with their Twitter or Facebook user name and password. The service then analyzes the feeds from those social networks and lets users know what their friends are chattering about.

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13:33
Apple casts wide net to find iTunes users affected...

As part of a settlement regarding overly lax in-app purchase limitations, Apple on Monday sent out to iTunes account holders what appears to be a mass email, asking those who were charged for unauthorized purchases by minors to fill out a refund form.  ...

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13:30
Flicker Find: An artistic study in the evolution of...

Where some people would see a mouse problem, Flickr user petebocken saw an artistic solution. Take a walk down memory lane with this beautifully framed and photographed collection showcasing the evolution of the Mac mouse. It's come a long way since...

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13:14
Spotify stops accepting new apps for desktop client...

Spotify is no longer accepting new submissions of apps for its desktop player, the company has announced. While it will stop any new apps from being added to the client, the service will be continuing to offer access to its Web API and mobile APIs, in what could be considered a move towards a greater mobile focus for the music-streaming company....  ...

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13:11
NPR Shows And Newscasts Now Available On iTunes Radio

Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other shows are now available via a new 24-hour NPR streaming station on iTunes Radio. And later this spring, NPR is planning to expand the station to include streams of member stations in the U.S. “What you hear today is just the start of what’s to come,” said Zach Brand, NPR’s vice president of digital media.

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13:09
Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With...

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.The Mac Observer Spin: An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.

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13:08
PC and Mac versions of Office subject to RTF...

Microsoft has issued an advisory to users of its popular Microsoft Word application. Remote code execution is possible if users open a maliciously crafted rich-text format (RTF) file, or open the same file in Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. Outlook 2010 through 2013 default to using Microsoft Word as the email viewer, making users more vulnerable to attack....  ...

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13:00
ZapVM creates visual messages on your iOS device for...

ZapVM is a free app (with some desirable in-app purchases) that lets you create and share messages with sound, still photos, captions, stickers and freehand sketching tools.

I can see ZapVM being used by PowerPoint or Keynote fans, families sharing...

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12:55
Steve Jobs threatened 'war' as Google...

Google may have sparked the Silicon Valley anti-poaching scandal when the company infuriated Steve Jobs by attempting to lure members of Apple's Safari team to work on Google's then-nascent browser effort, according to internal emails revealed in new court filings.

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12:46
Briefly: Square adds Spanish to app, MLG for Xbox 360

Point-of-Sale card payment service, Square, has released its app Square Register in Spanish today. Square Register, available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, allows businesses to accept card payments in-store. The web-based dashboard as well as its online selling platform, Square Market, now also support Spanish. Square's services are currently available to business owners in US, Canada and Japan....  ...

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12:42
Apple Should Have Bought Time Warner When it Had the...

It's a challenge, from the outside, to figure out just what Apple wants. For example, just like the original iPhone deal with AT&T, Apple appears to want to leverage off the Comcast network and then create its own relationship with the customer. AT&T benefitted from that, but Comcast is not that desperate. That puts Apple back at square one.

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12:30
Apple, Comcast, and net neutrality

Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be courting Comcast for a streaming TV service that would deliver content from the cloud to an Apple set-top box. The report notes that Apple's (alleged) plan would be for its video content...

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12:23
Microsoft Does Some Scroogling to Catch a Thief


Microsoft, which has been mocking Google's searching of Gmail subscribers' emails with its "Scroogled" campaign, is fielding criticism for having itself searched the email of a Hotmail user. The search was conducted after Microsoft found that an employee, Alex Kibkalo, who worked for it in Lebanon, had stolen proprietary code and shared it with the Hotmail user, who is a blogger. Microsoft later turned over the information to the FBI, which reportedly has filed a complaint in a Washington court alleging Kibkalo stole trade secrets.

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12:16
One on one with a hacker – ShopTalk podcast host...

No embed code, so follow the headline link to listen. The hacker talks through the exact process he used to take over Chris Coyier’s web sites.

His fake name is “Earl Drudge”, an anagram of “Drug Dealer”. In early March 2014, he used some social engineering techniques and fake US federal documents to be granted full access to Chris’ servers. After missing the opportunity and a failed retaliation attempt, he posted sensitive personal information of Chris’ onto a site where not only can it never be removed, if it’s attempted to be removed becomes promoted.

Surreal.
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12:00
How The Simpsons came up with the "Mapple...

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11:52
Giveaway: win a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro

Even though it may not feel like it in all parts of the United States, spring is here, and to celebrate Digiarty is giving away 40,000 copies of MacX Mobile Video Converter software for free. In addition MacNN has teamed up with Digiarty to give away ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro, which carries a retail value of $59.95. Read on to learn more about this software and how to enter....  ...

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11:41
∞ A photo every day for 9 months combined with a...

[VIDEO] I’m a sucker for a well written song. Welcome to the world, Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher. Back to the post to watch the video.

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11:41
Apple-Comcast talks likely limited in scope, user...

While rumors of talks between Apple and cable provider Comcast generated buzz over the weekend, one Wall Street analyst doesn't expect the discussions to go much beyond the possibility of having a Comcast-branded application available for Apple TV.

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11:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)." ...

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11:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)." ...

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11:33
Roku iPhone app gets redesign w/ new search feature...




The companion iPhone app for Roku hardware was updated today with a complete visual overhaul that gives the app a brand new look on top of a few new features. In addition to the redesign pictured above, the updated Roku app will also now let you access Roku’s search feature to search for content across apps by movie, show, actor, or director right from an iPhone. 
Version 3.0 of the Roku app also includes a number of other fixes...

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11:30
It's staring at me, isn't it?

Nobody ever said the iPad mini wasn't scary.

[Photo credit: Mrkwanten]...

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11:25
Google Now makes official debut in stable versions...

Google Now notifications are beginning to roll out to users of the stable versions of Chrome, according to an official announcement. Until this week, Now was only available in Android, beta editions of Chrome, and the Google Search app for iOS. Only a small percentage of Chrome users will see notifications today; the full rollout is set to last several weeks....  ...

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11:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.

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11:14
Verizon allegedly forcing CA customers from copper...

California-based Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, alleging that Verizon is refusing to repair legacy copper-wire landline telephones. The public advocacy group says that Verizon is "neglecting the repair and maintenance of its copper network" and aims to forcibly migrate clients to IP-based services and fiber-optic connections....  ...

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11:06
Xsan Failback

Forums: TroubleshootingHi,
We have an Xsan 2.1 environment with 3 SANs, 3 MDCs and 11 clients. Occasionally we've had the odd failover occur over the years. We're currently in a state where the 3 MDCs and 2 of the clients are running Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. We're eventually aiming to move all cilents to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1 but in the mean time the older snow leopard machines are running Xsan 2.2.2 (build 148)
Every once in a while a SAN will failover to it's secondary metadata controller. However, recently we had our second SAN failover and then fail BACK to the original controller. I read in the physical copy of the Xsan 2 Administration guide (2009) I have that this is called failback and that a failback should never occur automatically: it must be manually instigated by person. However, we had a failback occur without a person insitigating it.
Has...

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11:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.

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10:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.

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10:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.

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10:30
Daily Deals for March 24, 2014

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Car Stereo FM Transmitter [On sale for $27.99,...

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10:13
iPhone Apps: Tweetbot, Boxer, Ultimate Guitar Tabs

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10:03
Google Now notifications now available in Chrome for...


After spending about a month and a half in the beta channel, Chrome is rolling out Google Now notifications to all users. To activate the feature, Google says to sign in with the same Google account used on iOS.

Users can find their cards through the Google Chrome Notifications window. This view is available by clicking the bell icon in the OS X menubar. Cards for events such as weather, sports, directions and reminders will appear just like Now works on mobile platforms.
Some cards that appear on iPhone and iPad...

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10:00
Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey...

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another.

The participants included Apple,...

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09:50
Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit....  ...

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09:30
13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0

OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS.

Codenamed Cheetah, the...

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09:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 65% off Samsung memory...

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