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Friday March 21

11:59
DealNN: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB for $420 and more

At Rakuten.com, save 23 percent on the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB internal solid state drive which has been cut from $599.99 down to $459.99 with free budget shipping. Use coupon code '4D5198F' at checkout to drop the price down to $419.99. That's $96 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This weekend only save even more with coupon code 'SUPERWKND' which gives you 10 percent back in Rakuten credits. This SSD features 1TB of storage with read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s. It is backed by a three year warranty on parts and labor from Samsung.... ...

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11:52
Briefly: Civilization V updated for Mac Pro,...

Aspyr has released a new update for Civilization V, aimed at improving its performance on the newest Mac Pro. Allowing for 4K resolutions on supporting monitors while running into fewer crashes, Mac games that use the Mac Pro will be able to take advantage of the machine's second video card. The updated Civilization V will automatically download and install for Steam users, and Mac App users can grab the update from the App Store. Civilization V and all of its DLC and expansions are currently 50 percent off, until March 27, 2014.... ...

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11:00
Here's the iPhone's handy "Undo...

The iPhone is a wonderful tool, but sometimes its simple design ends up inadvertently hiding a useful feature. Today we've got a handy video that will teach you how to utilize your iOS device's "Undo Typing" feature, allowing you to reclaim text you...

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10:57
Apple Death Knell #64: Apple Must Deliver iWatch in...

Mark your calendars. If Apple doesn't release the iWatch by April 19th, the company will "disappear" and become an "irrelevant zombie." Those are bold words from an analyst who is never right, and Bryan Chaffin is adding it to the Apple Death Knell Counter as entry #64.

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10:52
Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in...

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

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10:30
Daily Deals for March 21, 2014, featuring the Car...

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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10:00
This screenshot perfectly sums up FireChat right now

FireChat, the new "off the grid" chat client for iPhone, kind of exploded in popularity yesterday thanks to a number of piece around the web announcing its existence. The app features two modes: A hyperlocal "Nearby" chat mode that connects directly...

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09:59
NBA team uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades

The Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to deploy Apple's iBeacon technology at their stadium, the Oracle Arena, according to Bloomberg. At a recent game, some people who bought cheaper tickets received notifications on their phones, asking them if they wanted to pay extra to upgrade. Several dozen iBeacons have been installed by a company called Sonic Notify....  ...

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09:59
Leaked NSA documents shed light on large sysadmin...

More Snowden document leaks have shed light on the US National Security Agency's initiative to compromise system administrators in its quest to gather intelligence on foes. The documents lay out the NSA's plan to build a network of system administrators, personnel associated with access to networks that the agency wants to implant spyware and other malware....  ...

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09:32
Chinese State Media Prompts Amazon to Close Store


China's state media seems to have the ear of U.S. tech companies. Amazon's China unit closed down a third-party store after state media criticized Amazon for selling fake cosmetics. Amazon's China unit took the accusations seriously, it said, promising to "strengthen the process of scrutiny." The fake-product accusations were floated on China Central Television, which is the same outlet that railed against Apple a year ago. Within a few weeks, Apple had issued an apology to all Chinese consumers.

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09:29
Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with...

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

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09:00
iPhone 101: Use Safari AutoFill to enter information...

Typing on a mobile keyboard can be a pain, especially when you are entering information into a long web form. To make it easier, you can enable the useful AutoFill feature in Safari, which will automatically enter contact and credit card information...

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08:57
9to5Toys Last Call: 2 Nest Protect alarms $200 ($60...

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:
Last Call updates:

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08:47
iPads may have Mac-like replacement cycle, study...

Shoppers are likely to hold onto an iPad for the same time someone might keep a Mac, a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners study suggests. The firm recently polled 2,000 Americans who bought an iPhone, iPad, or Mac in 2013. While iPhone owners tend to replace their devices every two years or so when it's time to renew a contract, iPad owners are believed to be holding on for a period closer to two to four years, at least. The first-generation iPad only launched in 2010....  ...

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08:12
Google begins damage control for Google Glass

The Google Glass team posted “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths” trying to stem the tide of bad press. They didn’t mention how creepy the company is—perhaps that’s for another “Top 10″ list.
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08:06
MGG 494: Webcam Tweaks, iTunes Clean-up, Using Mics...

John and Dave come to you on Friday this week, just to get ahead of their Macworld/iWorld travels for next week. This show sees your favorite geeks answering questions about optimizing your webcam, fixing iTunes messes, plugging a mic into an iPad, and more! Download today (it's free!) and enjoy.

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08:00
Apple features new "Indie Game Showcase",...

Apple has rolled out a new section on the App Store called "Indie Game Showcase." It's dedicated to spotlighting stunning games by independent iOS developers. As Apple describes the new section:

Often made up of just a few dedicated members,...

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07:40
Hacker demos untethered iOS 7.1 jailbreak for iPhone...

A hacker going by the alias "winocm" has demonstrated what appears to be the first untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1. The hack currently works only with the iPhone 4 however, since it's the only iOS 7-capable device with an A4 processor. winocm and well-known jailbreaker iH8sn0w are said to be working on a jailbreak for A5-based devices, like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini. That could mean it will be some time before modern A7-based devices are cracked....  ...

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07:38
Golden State first NBA team to use iBeacons

The Golden State Warriors are the first NBA team to roll out iBeacons in their home arena, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. Oracle Arena in Oakland uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades, as fans with the team’s smartphone app — and cheaper seats — are prompted to upgrade when in the…

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07:30
President Obama to hold second meeting with Internet...

President Obama is slated to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and undisclosed tech company executives later today, according to the White House schedule. On the agenda are further discussions with the executives about recent NSA revelations, and a continuation of the president's "dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence."...  ...

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07:06
∞ Apple adds Indie Game Showcase to iTunes

To get to the page, launch iTunes, click the App Store link at the top of the page to get to the App Store, then click the Indie Games Showcase banner at the top of the page (you might need to wait for it to rotate into view).

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07:03
SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent...

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.The Mac Observer Spin: Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.

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06:48
Opinion: Why the upgrade cycle means the ‘Apple tax...

Photo: mashable.com
I’m sure most of us have at some point had Windows- and Android-using friends ask us why we pay the ‘Apple tax’ – the price difference between an Apple product and what they perceive to be an equivalent competitor product.
A large part of the answer, of course, is that the competitor product isn’t equivalent at all. You can’t compare a MacBook with its premium materials, build-quality, high-spec components, screen quality and aesthetics with a low-end Windows laptop with plastic casing, low-spec innards and cheap and cheerful display. No more than you can compare an iPhone with a budget ‘droid. When you do genuine like-for-like comparisons with truly equivalent products, the Apple premium shrinks considerably.
But to get an accurate idea of the effective purchase cost, you also need to take into account both the replacement cycle and resale value … ...

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06:45
How to create nested folders in iOS 7.1

I reported last week that nested folders, as we knew them, were dead thanks to iOS 7.1, but today it seems a workaround actually does exist. The new method allows you to once again place a folder within a folder, thereby creating an convenient filing...

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06:41
Apple launches Indie Game Showcase section on App...

Apple has launched a new section at the App Store, the Indie Game Showcase. As the name implies, the section concentrates on a specific title -- currently Simogo's Device 6, which was a runner-up for Apple's 2013 Game of the Year award. It also highlights other games by the same developer though, and titles that the development team enjoys....  ...

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06:35
Warriors become first NBA team to rollout iBeacons,...


MLB is already using them with plans to roll out at all stadiums, and now Bloomberg reports that the Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to take advantage of Apple’s iBeacon bluetooth technology. Just as the MLB, retailers, and other events have used the beacons to send context sensitive notifications and offers to customers and fans in proximity, the Warriors will do the same and in the process offer...

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06:27
Virgin slashes contract-free iPhones, iPhone 5s...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Virgin Mobile, a Sprint subsidiary, is offering the iPhone 5s contract free for some pretty unheard of prices right now.  The 16GB iPhone 5s is going for $385 without a contract in Gold (best), Space Gray and White.  A 32GB iPhone 5s will run you $455 while a 64GB iPhone 5s will run you $525.

Virgin is also slashing the prices on the iPhone 5c with the 16GB model in all colors is $315 while the 32GB model is $385. Those are easily the lowest prices we’ve seen for the current generation iPhones.
What...

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06:08
iPhone tips: Fight off the battery blues, Part 2

Welcome to the second part of my iPhone battery conservation tips. Check out yesterday’s post for Part 1. With the recent iOS 7.1 update came many complaints that battery life had gotten worse instead of better. Some of the following tips are useful on their own, but may be of particular interest to anyone experiencing faster power loss since the 7.1 update. Shall we begin…

 
Managing the Background App Refresh settings
With the introduction of iOS 7 came a new feature called Background App Refresh. This allows apps to continue performing tasks in the background such as downloading content or refreshing information so it is immediately available when you switch back to the app. According to Apple’s...

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06:02
New York Times review of Haunted Empire summed up in...

After the book’s release earlier this week, Mr. Cook said in a statement that it was “nonsense.”

He’s right.

That about says it all.
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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bass line

Bass lineWe've got some serious beats in this week's iPhone-case roundup, with an accessory that will make you the…light of every party. And if you're not the clubbing type, we've still got plenty of choices, from the finest of leathers to the sturdiest of modern plastics.CalypsoCrystalThe Book (iPhone 5 and 5s; €139) features an aluminium body finished with hand-stitched leather that covers and protects your handset from all sides.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
Flickr Find: So shiny, you can see your reflection

Ah, lovely iPhone 4. How we remember, thee --- with your boxy design and shiny glass back so full of luster that we could use you as a mirror. As you walk down memory lane and contemplate your own iPhone 4, don't forget to thank SDruet Photographies...

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05:56
Apple's iBeacon used to push seat upgrades in...

Some U.S. sports arenas have begun pushing ticket upgrades to fans in the cheap seats through Apple's iBeacon technology for iPhone, offering users the ability to upgrade their seats quickly and easily.

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05:51
The Definitive Chronological Order for Viewing Star...

There isn't anything wrong with watching the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in the order the episodes were released, but it turns out that isn't exactly chronological order. Now that the series is available on Netflix Streaming, StarWars.com had released a list showing exactly which order to watch the episodes to show how they really fit in the overall Star Wars timeline. You won't miss out on anything by watching in order of release, but for die-hard fans it's nice to see just how each story fits into the Star Wars universe.

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05:47
∞ Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel take an iPad app for...

Last night’s Tonight Show was one for the ages. Jimmy Fallon introduced Billy Joel to a beatboxing iPad app called Loopy HD.

Watch the video. Magic.

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05:37
Briefly: PayPal expands payment options, Pebble...

Paypal is expanding the range of food-related payment options available in its apps in the United Kingdom and Australia. Already available in the United States, the Pay At Table and Order Ahead options in its iOS and Android apps are being enabled in the two countries, which allow users to pay for food at the table via the app itself, or to place orders for food for later pick-up from the location. Head of retail services for PayPal UK Rob Harper advised to TechCrunch the new features will be spreading to other European countries in the near future.... ...

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05:26
∞ Discover someone’s very first tweet. Twitter makes...

To give it a try, go to your browser and type:

https://discover.twitter.com/first-tweet?username=xxxxx

Replace xxxxx with a Twitter name.

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05:18
Study examines replacement and upgrade cycles of...


A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, via Fortune, sheds some light on customer behaviour of how quickly people get their iPad, iPhone or Macs upgraded or replaced. For instance, iPhones have approximate lifespans of two years, tied closely to when people’s contracts end. If the phone is in good condition, rather unsurprisingly, most people replace their phones alongside their new contract. Macs stay around for up to four years before being swapped out for newer equipment. The report argues that iPad life cycles more closely resemble Macs than iPhones.
However, in the case of loss or damage, people are much more compelled to replace their iPhones than Macs or iPads. Eighty percent of people replace iPhones within just two...

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05:15
∞ Team makes incredible fake Tesla ad, Elon Musk...

[VIDEO] Now that’s one way to get someone’s attention! Everdream, a startup ad agency in LA, put together their vision of what a Tesla commercial could be.

Watch the embedded video. I think it perfectly captures the spirit of both Tesla and its founder. Bravo.

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05:11
Apple Will Light the Wearable Tech Fire


I'm usually not a prediction sort of guy because it's cosmically silly -- we're tiny little humans on a tiny little rock spinning in a very large universe. Yet here I am, looking at 2014 and the latest batch of smartwatch efforts from Samsung, Google, Motorola and LG. Here's what I see: All of these manufacturers and creators are charging forward into the smartwatch arena with some interesting and incremental improvements to the watch. However, none has created anything that will resurrect the watch for whole generations of people.

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05:06
Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel create doo-wop magic...

Jimmy Fallon’s MacBook may have mysteriously lost its illuminated Apple logo but it seems his love for Apple products hasn’t wavered.
Last night he teamed up with one of America’s biggest rock legends, Billy Joel, to create a doo-wop song using an iPad Air connected to two Bluetooth microphones. The duo utilized the iOS app, Loopy, to create a continuous background loop of their singing as a foundation for the song.Filed under: Apps Tagged: Jimmy Fallon, pop culture, The Tonight Show...

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05:04
Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm,...

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.

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05:00
Daily App: Word Forward mixes Scrabble-like gameplay...

Word Forward is a clever word puzzle game developed by Shane McCafferty and published by AppyNation. The app has a hint of Scrabble, but adds new twist to the word spelling game.

Word Forward challenges you to clear a 5 x 5 board of letter tiles by...

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04:59
iBeacons used to nudge people in the nosebleed seats...

Some fans who bought nosebleed-seat tickets to see the Golden State Warriors received a friendly suggestion from their phones when they stepped off the escalators at Oracle Arena: Wouldn’t they like to spend a few extra bucks for a seat where they could actually distinguish Stephen Curry from Andrew Bogut?

See any downside to this? All good?
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04:59
‘Placed’ app brings context-aware app launching via...

If you’ve been reading up on some of the organizations and companies working on iBeacon technology, most have used Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard to beam notifications and context-aware data to users that come in contact with iBeacon hardware in retail and event environments. They are already rolling out at retailers and being used in event spaces, but now a new app called “Placed” aims to bring iBeacons into the home (via TechCrunch)....

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04:40
Netflix CEO slams fading net neutrality,...

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has penned a harshly-worded post on the official Netflix blog, and has blasted the state of US net neutrality, and in part, peering deals that the video streamer has struck with large ISPs. Hastings says that deals are in place, with more coming, but the toll to ISPs is being paid "reluctantly" and only to "ensure a high quality member experience."...  ...

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04:40
Recent Phishing Attempts: Avoid Being a Victim

Phishing emails are becoming harder to spot-and thus, it's getting more difficult to protect your data from malicious people. In this article, Melissa Holt is going to show you an example of a recent phishing attempt she received and give you some suggestions on how you can avoid falling prey to scammers' tricks.

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04:32
Twitter, Turkey, and the Streisand effect

The Streisand effect occurs when an attempt to suppress something has the opposite unintended consequence. Which is the definition of irony, I might add.

So what does this have to do with Twitter and Turkey? Read on…
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04:00
FunBITS: Luftrausers Offers High-Flying Arcade Fun...

From the creators of the hit iOS game Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers brings a unique sense of style to a fast-paced aerial dogfighting game. 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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Thursday March 20

22:48
Mt. Gox claims it has 'found' 200,000...

The recently-shuttered and allegedly bankrupted Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange has now said it has "found" nearly a quarter of the total "stolen" Bitcoins stored in a "wallet" -- the term for a digital file used to store the virtual currency -- that the company was no longer using. The 200,000 coins found represent some $115 million of the $470 million (in current trade value) lost by customers when the exchange closed down....  ...

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21:30
Briefly: Pure adds SiriusXM to radios, Pikock...

Pure has announced the availability of its new Internet and FM radio, the Evoke F4, including its access to SiriusXM Internet Radio for subscribers.The Evoke F4 is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, and can be used both on its own or grouped together with other speakers for delivery a multi-room audio system. Central features of the radio include recording live Internet streams to USB memory sticks through instant and timed recordings, touch-sensitive controls, a large clear graphical display, input for MP3 player and headphones, 12 hours of portable listening per charge, and more.... ...

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21:14
Report: White House testing alternatives to...

Adding insult to injury over BlackBerry's ongoing slide into oblivion, a US Department of Defense spokesperson has confirmed that "the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices" as a possible replacement for BlackBerry devices. Initial reports suggest Android devices are currently being tested, but not iPhones at this time....  ...

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21:12
Apple highlights indie games with new iOS App Store...

In a change to the iOS App Store late Thursday, Apple debuted the new "Indie Game Showcase," a special section that will regularly highlight one independent developer and their favorite titles.

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20:20
Time is ticking for Apple to announce an iWatch, say...

CNBC:

Apple needs an iWatch sooner rather than later, or the company will risk losing its innovative edge to rivals, analysts say.

“They only have 60 days left to either come up with something or they will disappear,” said Trip Chowdhry, managing director at Global Equities Research.

The single stupidest thing ever written about Apple. When you’ve been doing this as long as I have, you’ll know that’s saying something.
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19:17
Briefly: Digital Camera Raw update, iPhone-...

On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW plug-in for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 that adds compatibility with supported and new RAW camera output formats. The latest version, 5.04, adds six new cameras to its support list for users running OS X 10.8.5 or later and recent versions of Aperture (3.4.5 or higher) and iPhoto (v9.4.3 or higher). The update adds support for the Fujifilm X-E2 and X-T1, the Nikon D3300 and Nikon 1 AW1, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and the Pentax K-3. The update is now available through the Mac App Store's Software Update.... ...

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18:23
Tweetbot for Mac updated with larger in-line image...


Tweetbot for Mac, the desktop counter to the incredibly popular iOS Twitter client, was updated to version 1.5 today. The new update brings a few bug fixes and a big visual change that was first introduced in the most recent update to the iPhone version. This change brings large image previews to the feed, much like those found in the official Twitter for iPhone app.
For those who don’t like the new look, there’s a setting in the app’s preferences to get the smaller previews back or disable image previews completely. The smaller previews have also been...

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18:22
Update: Apple pulls malware-ridden fake 'Tor...

Thanks to media attention, Apple has now pulled an adware- and malware-laced fake "Tor browser" app from the App Store, months after it was first reported to be a fraud. The Tor project team has repeatedly complained about the fake app since December, as it was neither submitted by the team nor in any way official, but only when iOS news sites like this one picked up on the story did Apple take action....  ...

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17:58
Medium launches on iOS as read-only app focused on...

Blogging platform Medium on Thursday launched its first iOS app, a read-only content aggregator that allows users of the online service to quickly browse followed collections, view recommendations and find new stories of interest.

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17:29
Latest iTunes, Mavericks betas now available to...

Following the release of internal betas distributed to Apple and AppleCare employees on Tuesday, the company has now made its latest betas for OS X Mavericks and iTunes available to developers. As noted previously, the update to iTunes restores local management of Contacts and Calendar data for users who prefer not to use iCloud syncing. The latest Mavericks beta features improved support for 4K high-definition displays....  ...

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16:22
Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook one of ‘World’s 50...

Fortune magazine released a list of the people it thinks are the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and showing up as #33 in the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook. The magazine cited Mr. Cook's "parade of winning new products" and his decision to hire Angela Ahrendt of Burberry to run Apple retail among the reasons he made the list.The Mac Observer Spin: Not mentioned by Fortune is the herculean task of managing a company like Apple in the wake of its iconic founder's death and working in that founder's shadow. Few people could have done that job, which is likely one of the many reasons Steve Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook to be his successor.

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16:04
Blogging service Medium launches its iPhone app,...


Medium, the blogging service designed for (you guessed it) medium-length entries, has released its first iPhone app. Unlike most blogging apps, however, the Medium app does not have any writing tools. Instead, the app’s sole purpose is to provide a platform for reading the writings of other users. The app also allows you to bookmark and share your favorite posts and get personalized recommendations based on your Twitter account. You can grab the Medium app for free on the App Store.Filed under: Apps Tagged...

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16:03
'Now-fixed' iTunes Connect downtime fouled...

Apple developers are still fuming over a prolonged outage of the company's iTunes Connect service, which started yesterday afternoon (5PM PT) and continued on until 10AM PT on Thursday. While not all developers were affected, a cascade of Twitter messages from frustrated app creators indicated that Apple's description of "some users" being affected was a not-insignificant percentage, and for some is still an ongoing problem....  ...

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15:49
Review: ProWidgets is the ultimate widget platform...


ProWidgets is a brand new tweak for jailbroken iPhones and iPads that builds on the foundation of a previous tweak called Tap to Widgets (both by developer Alan Yip) to provide the most solid and complete widget platform on iOS. With nine built-in, fully-featured widgets and an architecture that allows third-party developers to add their own, ProWidgets is one of the best tweaks you can get right now.
Keep reading for a full breakdown of everything this tweak can do for you.

How widgets work
Because the individual widgets...

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15:31
Apple Pulls Fake Tor Browser After Media and...

Apple pulled a fake Tor browser called "Tor Browser" from the App Store on Thursday, a move that took almost three months of notifications from the Tor project, plus a little more than a day of media and security attention. The app written and submitted by someone not affiliated with the Tor project at all, and was reported to the Tor Project itself to be laden with adware/spyware.The Mac Observer Spin: Seriously? This made it through the review process and after being reported to Apple, only got yanked after it was reported by the tech press?

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14:53
Briefly: Starbucks iOS app adds tipping, more...

Starbucks' iPhone application has received an update, released today. Redesigned with an improved interface and a personalized dashboard experience, the app now features digital tipping for US company-operated stores. Users will receive a push notification after each eligible transaction, and can tip their barista up to two hours after their purchase. Starbucks v3.0.0 also includes a "Shake-to-Pay" function, allowing a shaking gesture to display the paying barcode at the register. Additionally added is the ability to share rewards milestones on Facebook and Twitter, and one's entire account hi... ...

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14:49
Apple restores iTunes contacts & calendars...

Apple on Thursday seeded the latest betas of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.1.6 to developers for testing, with the new software marking a return of contacts and calendar data syncing in iTunes.

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14:35
Apple seeds new betas of iTunes 11.1.6 and Mavericks...


Following this week’s release of iTunes 11.1.6 and OS X 10.9.3 betas to AppleCare employees, Apple has pushed the updates live to developers as well. The iTunes update restores the ability to sync contacts and calendars to an iOS device, which had been removed in favor of iCloud in previous versions of iTunes.
The OS X update (with the build number 13D21) includes the ability to output at 4k resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate on the latest MacBook Pro models. The build number on this update is two...

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14:33
Android-x86 Just Might Make a Good Linux Desktop...


Working with the Android OS on a desktop computer environment takes personal computing in a new direction. How many will follow it remains to be seen. The release of Android-x86 version 4.4-RC1 (KitKat-x86) by the Android-x86 Project brings the viability of an Android distro as an alternative desktop several steps closer, but it is still a work in progress. This software release lets you run a live session of Android from CD or USB drive -- or you can install Android KitKat for the PC on a laptop or desktop's hard drive.

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14:30
Microsoft peeks into bloggers Hotmail account

Microsoft went through a blogger’s private Hotmail account in order to trace the identity of a source who allegedly leaked trade secrets.

A March 17 court filing by federal prosecutors reveals that Microsoft’s Office of Legal Compliance approved the decision after confirming that the leaked data in question included proprietary Microsoft code.

Wow.
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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 20, 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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14:21
Micro Phone Lens 150x on Kickstarter Turns Your...

Check out this Kickstarter project called Micro Phone Lens 150x, a tiny lens and light combo that turns your iPhone, iPad, or other smartphone and tablet into a 150x microscope. it works a little differently than other lenses-you place the Micro Phone Lens on your device's camera, shine a special light at it, and then place what you want to examine in a slide on top of the lens. Talk about bringing science to your desktop! Thomas Larson is looking to raise US$50,000 to bring the product to market, and he's alrady raised $39,772 with 28 days to go. Funding options that get just the lens start at $29, while the lens and light combo starts at $39.

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14:00
Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-Slim Keyboard: Big keys,...

After seeing a few accessories from Rapoo recently, I'm beginning to take more notice of the company. A few weeks ago we looked at the company's colorful T120P Wireless Touch Mouse, and this week we have a really nice-looking wireless keyboard from...

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13:47
Starbucks updates app with iOS 7 theme, virtual tip...

Starbucks, one of the first companies to include support for rechargeable payment cards in Passbook, updated its app on Thursday, adding a new "flat" iOS 7 aesthetic, "shake-to-pay" and digital tipping.

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13:24
David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale to...

David Fincher wants to direct a movie about Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, but only if Batman star Christian Bale plays the lead. The movie has long been in the works, and is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs.The Mac Observer Spin: Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's killer biography? Sign me up. That's a recipe for awesome.

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13:00
Flappy Bird May Soar Again


The mobile game Flappy Bird seemed dead and buried, but a tweet from its creator suggests it may yet rise from the ashes -- perhaps not quite like the phoenix. In response to a Twitter user asking whether the game would return to the App Store, Dong Nguyen responded, "Yes. But not soon." Indie developer Nguyen released the game last May, having created it in just a few evenings. It suddenly surged in popularity at the beginning of this year, with many gamers becoming fans of its quirky graphics and simple yet difficult-to-master game play.

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12:08
Apple Adds MP3 Export (Back) to GarageBand 10

Apple has once again given GarageBand users the ability to export songs as MP3s in an update to the consumer music recording solution. GarageBand 10.0.2 also adds three new drummers for those who bought the in-app purchase, as well as other improvements.

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12:00
Your iPhone is About to Have a Lot More Ads

It goes without saying that there has been a massive move to mobile, smart digital devices ever since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 with adequate Internet access. Accordingly, advertising goes where the eyeballs are and is about to follow.

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10:41
Apps: Cosmos, NCAA March Madness Live, NFB StopMo...

FOX Broadcasting Company’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (free) is a companion app to the new 13-part FOX series, Cosmos. The app offers a full view of an interactive cosmic calendar which visualizes the history of the universe throughout the year. Episode sneak peeks and synopses are included along with…

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09:09
Fitbit Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Force Band...

Fitbit recalled its Fitbit Force wristband fitness tracker after some users complained of skin rashes. That wasn't enough for Jim Spivey because a class action lawsuit was filed on his behalf against the company claiming they didn't do enough to warn users of the possibility of skin irritation.The Mac Observer Spin: It's one thing to file a class action lawsuit against Fitbit when you personally suffered from the Force rash. The main plaintiff in this case, however, didn't. Maybe there was a better way for him to handle his disappointment with the company.

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07:07
Sponsor: Get MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Free This Week

I'd like to thank Digiarty for again sponsoring TMO this week. They're always good for a very useful freebee, and this time is no different. In fact, this time is even better than last! From now until the 24th, they're giving away MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free just for you.

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05:56
First Apple Retailer, FirstTech, to Shut Down

FirstTech may not be a familiar name, but it holds a special place in the history of technology because it was the very first store to sell Apple's personal computers. Time marches on, and now the Minneapolis-based retailer is closing its doors after more than 35 years in business, and will be taking a little bit of the glory days of the personal computing frontier days with it.The Mac Observer Spin: Smaller companies can't compete with retail and service providers working on the national level, so they're slowly dropping off the map. It's sad to see independent retailers close shop, and it's sad to see the very first Apple II retailer go out of business.

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05:22
China Mobile added 1M new iPhone users in February

China Mobile sold about one million new iPhones in February according to Chief Executive Li Yue. “We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is…

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05:05
EA Patches Flaw, Blocks Apple ID Phishing Scam

The gaming company EA has fixed a security flaw that let hackers use one of its servers to stage a phishing scam to trick victims into revealing their Apple IDs. Hackers used known issues in a years-old version of a Web calendar module as their hook into EA's servers.The Mac Observer Spin: It's great that EA acted so quickly to shut down the phishing scam. It isn't so great that they still had a version of WebCalendar from 2008 with known security vulnerabilities sitting there ready and waiting for hackers.

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Wednesday March 19

17:47
ACM 247: New iPhones, Old iPads, and Sorting Out...

Apple added an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, but not in many markets. The company also replaced the iPad 2 with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad, Microsoft is finally bringing its Office suite to the iPad, and it turns out DigiTimes reports aren't always wrong. All that, and Jeff and Bryan fill you in on their upcoming Macworld/iWorld appearances.

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17:15
Bryan, Jeff, and John Interviewed Hither and Yon

The staff at The Mac Observer has been busy all over the Interwebs, including video podcasts and radio interviews you can stream. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro appeared on the Tech Night Owl radio show, and Jeff Gamet was interviewed on video as part of Chuck Joiner's Road to Macworld series.

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14:35
Resize Image Lets You Scale Images Quickly on iPhone

Resize Image is a handy little free app for your iPhone. It's exactly what it says on the tin, you can scale images down from their current size, either by file size or by pixel measurement. Bonus: You get to determine what those pre-set sizes are, so if you need something particular just adjust the preferences. As noted in an iTunes review, this is great because you don't have to send full size iPhone photos over iMessage/MMS. Second, this is fab for those working with a blog platform or other web service where you want to send a smaller version of your picture from your phone instead of having to email it to yourself for further jiggery-pokery on your computer. It's ad-supported, but the US$1.99 IAP removes them if you prefer. [Via TUAW]

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11:20
Apple TV Critics Are Not Looking at the Big Picture

The frenzy of HDMI dongles on the market or just announced reveals that Apple's competitors are taking the easy road and don't understand what customers really want in the world of TV.

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10:50
Jesse Jackson Targets Apple, Other Tech Companies...

Jesse Jackson is set to visit HP's Annual Shareholder Meeting Wednesday as part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative, drawing attention to the lack of diversity in leadership positions throughout Silicon Valley.The Mac Observer Spin: Jesse Jackson is not wrong, and the numbers that back him up are pretty bleak.

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10:15
EA Games Site Hacked to Steal Apple IDs

EA Games has a headache on its hands thanks to hackers that compromised one of their servers to use as a phishing scheme to steal Apple IDs. The hackers crafted a login page that asks for users Apple ID information, along with their credit card number, birthday, and other bits of information that would be handy for anyone wanting to steal your identity.The Mac Observer Spin: Phishing scams are a real pain because once you've been tricked into giving up your personal information, your bank accounts, online logins and identity are in someone else's hands. This hack probably could've been avoided if EA had updated some of the web modules they're using on their servers.

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09:26
Hacked EA game site phishing for Apple IDs

An EA Games server is hosting a phishing site that’s asking for Apple IDs, passwords, and credit card information, according to anti-fraud Internet services company Netcraft. Two websites in the ea.com domain use the compromised server, which redirects users to the actual Apple ID website after entering their confidential…

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07:35
Analyst: Q2 iPhone Sales to Hit 42M, Blow by Wall...

Apple's second quarter iPhone sales will hit the 42 million mark, coming in above the market consensus of 38 million. That high number comes from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who said everyone has been reading the supply chain information wrong.The Mac Observer Spin: 42 million iPhones versus 38 million? That's some serious money for Apple's bottom line. If she's right, it'll be interesting to see how Wall Street responds: happiness for beating their estimates, or disappointment for not beating then enough.

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06:21
iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.

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05:28
Checkmark 2 for the iPhone Takes Your Task Lists to...

Snowman's just released Checkmark 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a cool task list manager for keeping track of pretty much anything at your desk or on the go. The new version includes iCloud Sync support, date-specific reminders based on locations, easy to set recurring reminders for daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly tasks, one-tap rescheduling, and more. You'll need iOS 7 to run Checkmark, and it's currently available through the App Store for half price at US$2.99.

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04:33
iPhoto: Search Your Photos by Date

Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if youâve got a ton of images, and itâs easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.

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Tuesday March 18

14:12
Disney CEO Says ‘The Incredibles’ Sequel from PIXAR...

Good news, fans of Pixar's The Incredibles: a sequel is, at long last, in the works. Disney CEO Bog Iger told analysts and investors that Brad Bird, the writer and director of the first movie, is working on a script for a sequel.

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13:47
Apple CEO Cook slams new ‘Haunted Empire’ book

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a strongly-worded statement slamming “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” a new book by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. Cook said in a statement to CNBC, “This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple.…

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13:44
Google Announces Android Wearables Developer Preview...

Google has announced Tuesday Android Wear, which is primarily a way to carry Android through to wearable technology (namely, watches). There's a Developer Preview available now for those (with Android Developer accounts) curious about what wearing Android devices will entail.The Mac Observer Spin: Now that a lot of Android's rough edges are much smoother, this might be an interesting idea if the fragmentation issue can be overcome and device compatibility hurdles are much lower. There's a lot of possibility here, especially for whoever can strike a balance between readable display and comfortable-to-wear accessory.

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13:10
How to Assign an App to a Specific Mavericks Desktop

If you have multiple displays, there are two operating modes in Mavericks. You can have one big - or two independent desktops. Here's how to assign an application to a specific desktop.

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12:35
Automatic Link Talks to Your Car’s Computer, Reports...

Have you seen Automatic Link? If you haven't, check it out. It's a device that connects directly to your car's onboard computer and relays the data to your iPhone or Android device. The app can then give you feedback about your driving-if you then act on that feedback, your mileage could improve. You also get detailed diagnostic information, the kind of information normally available only to your mechanic, including decoding your Check Engine light. Cool, right? The device is available now for US$99.95 (no subscription required), it works only in the U.S., and it works with, "just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996."

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11:03
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.6 beta to employees

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.6 beta to its employees, 9to5Mac reports. The beta restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from a Mac running OS X 10.9.3, which is also in beta. Apple had previously removed the ability to sync…

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10:39
Apple Launches ‘Films Funded on Kickstarter’ Page on...

Apple has launched a page on iTunes dedicated to films that were funded through Kickstarter campaigns. A subsection of the "Independent" category, "Films Funded on Kickstarter" debuted featuring Veronica Mars.

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