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Monday March 23

06:23
How my app ended up in an Apple ad, and what...

Tiny Hearts Studio founder Robleh Jama writes about his breathtaking experience aboard the Apple marketing roller coaster.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:21
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9:...

Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, iiCloud security merits its own chapter. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs — not just on your Mac — but the more you know about iCloud security, the better you’ll be able to protect your Mac and its data from unwanted access. 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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06:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level. 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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06:12
Pegtron Rides the iPhone Wave to Big Profits

Pegatron's annual net profit is up 53.4 percent year over year, and that's thanks to Apple's iPhone 6. The company builds iPhone for Apple, and that partnership has been paying off with profits hitting US$466.8 million.

The Mac Observer Spin: As long as iPhone sales stay strong, Pegatron is doing great. Considering revenue is down substantially for its other manufacturing categories, however, the company could find itself hurting if iPhone sales drop, or if Apple takes its assembly needs somewhere else.


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06:00
Nomad introduces Puck, Stand charging accessories...



This could come in handy.
Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density 1800mAh...

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05:39
Apple opens up for new Steve Jobs biography to shape...

Apple executives like CEO Tim Cook were willing to participate in interviews for the new biography Becoming Steve Jobs because of the main author's connections to Jobs, and because the company wants to influence its co-founder's public image, according to an official spokesman.

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05:30
12-inch MacBook logic board studied, proven smaller...



The 12-inch MacBook is being studied in depth.
And it is cool.
Perhaps one of the most striking features about the new machine is that the new logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi.
The cool cats at Digital Trends ran a comparison and noted that the logic board is 4.6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, rounding to the nearest tenth, and not counting a tiny sliver of circuit board that protrudes on one side.

Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi measures about 3.4 inches by 2.2 inches (rounding to the nearest tenth). That works out to 7.48 square inches, a full quarter of a square inch larger than the MacBook’s logic board. The Pi is...

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05:13
Seeing Android switchers fueling iPhone growth,...

After conducting a new survey showing that iPhone growth is being driven by new owners of the platform, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target for Apple on Monday to $135.

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05:12
A day in the life of an Apple Watch user

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, flexes his imagination, sharing his take on a day spent with an Apple Watch in hand. Great imagination, really makes the Apple Watch come to life.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:10
AT&T Uses Title II Regulation to Get Out of...

AT&T may have fought the FCC's decision to classify Internet service as a Title II common carrier service, but that isn't stopping the company from using that to its advantage. The cell service and broadband Internet provider argued last week that it fees Great Lakes Comnet and Westphalia Telephone Company of Michigan charged were against the law because of AT&T's common carrier status, and the FCC agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: AT&T may not like being classified as a common carrier for its Internet services, but that doesn't mean the company can't take advantage of the change. In fact, it would be bad business if it didn't.


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05:03
A lesson from Steve

Tony Fadell, speaking at a TED conference about what he learned from Steve Jobs. Good lesson.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on...



This qualifies as both useful and cool.
Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.
The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.
But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is...

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04:47
Apple’s mini-Rickroll

Remember Rickrolling? Take a look at Apple’s Control Center support page.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:32
Apple Watch stars in Elle Australia magazine's...

Apple's upcoming wearable made its Down Under debut this week in a spread for Elle Australia, with the magazine's senior fashion editor helping fashionistas with tips for styling the Apple Watch for the weekend, at work, or at an after-hours cocktail party.

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04:30
State Farm won’t cover Apple Watch



If you’re pondering an Apple Watch, you might not be able to insure it with State Farm.
According Rob Lee, who was following up on insurance coverage, an email inquiry as to whether State Farm would cover the forthcoming Apple Watch was met with the following reply:
From: Laura Keeler
Date: March 17, 2015 at 3:53:51 PM PDT
To: Rob Lee
Subject: RE: State Farm Claim Information
Hi Rob,
State Farm is not able to insure the Apple Watch as it is too high of a risk. You may want to see if Apple offers insurance for the watch. To cover jewelry/watches you may want to increase the endorsement for jewelry on your Renters policy.
Have a great day!
Laura

It’s...

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04:00
Freemium Field Test: The grinding SimCity BuildIt...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).This might not be the perfect time to spotlight SimCity BuildIt, which some fans of the long-running urban management series see as a bastardization of what made the classic entries so great. That's because earlier in March, publisher Electronic Arts announced that it had closed the core Maxis studio in Emeryville, California....

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04:00
The Big Implications of the Google, FTC Antitrust...


A 160-page report that was far more complete than the FTC no doubt wanted last week was leaked to the media, clearly showcasing that the FTC staff recommended action against Google for anticompetitive practices. The FTC commissioners then decided to let Google off the hook, apparently because it made some minor changes. Because the Obama administration and Google have been especially cozy, that move gave the impression that the FTC was effectively in Google's pocket.

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03:48
Apple says it participated in ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’...

In the first official statement about Apple’s decision to allow Tim Cook and other senior executives to be interviewed for Becoming Steve Jobs, company spokesman Steve Dowling said it was from a sense of responsibility to Steve’s memory.

After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew. We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.

Apple had initially refused interview requests by authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, the company taking 18 months to change its mind, reports the ...

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03:05
Elle magazine Australia offers fashion tips for...

Latest stop in the Apple Watch tour of the world’s fashion magazines is the Australian edition of Elle, where fashion editor Sara Smith models the watch and “shares her tips for making the watch work in your wardrobe.” The magazine’s editor in chief, Justine Cullen, also shares why she wants one … 
For the ‘Elle look’ shown above, says Smith, no other accessories are needed.

Team the Apple Watch with chic tailored separates and martial arts- inspired pieces. That’s how I styled it for ELLE this month – everything is belted to give it a karate-inspired edge. Add a pair of sports shoes, no need for jewellery or accessories because the watch is the hero.

The...

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Sunday March 22

23:00
Pixelmator: Full-featured image editing for Mac and...

This week, the Apple World Today team is excited to announce our latest sponsor: Pixelmator

If you're not familiar with Pixelmator for Mac (US$29.99), you should be! It's an incredibly powerful and full-featured multi-layer image editor. Don't just believe the AWT staff -- look at the reviews on the App Store, with over a 4-1/2 star rating with 3325 ratings over all versions. The latest version (3.3.1) provides:

  • Pixel-accurate selection tools that let you quickly and easily select any part of an image, edit and apply special effects to just a portion of your pictures, select and remove unwanted elements in photos, and cut out objects from one image to place in another.
  • Powerful painting tools that allow painting much as you would on canvas, with different brush shapes, sizes, hardness and blending modes, as...
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19:30
Google News buries news of Google's FTC...

After the embarrassing leak of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation that described how Google shifted around its search results to harm competition, Google News has shifted its search results to harm journalism, promoting instead a fluff piece glorifying Google, written by Daniel Lyons.

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16:23
Apple opens up to praise new book on Steve Jobs, and...

New York Times:Steve Jobs prized secrecy from his executives and employees during his tenure at Apple. Now his top lieutenants are speaking out — to help shape the legacy of Steve Jobs. Through interviews and tweets, Apple brass, including the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind a new unauthorized biography of the Apple co-founder, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” which goes on sale on Tuesday. In the book, executives take aim at another title, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, an authorized biography published shortly after Mr. Jobs’s death in 2011.Not unexpected but interesting to think there might be a concerted, organized PR campaign, not just from the book’s publisher, which is to be expected, but also from Apple....

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16:00
Backerjack Podcast Episode 11: Neptune's suite...

NEPTUNE SUITE: IMAGE BY NEPTUNE INC.

In Episode 11 of The Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out three of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • Neptune Suite, a family of computing products that rely on having all the computing intellgence in the smartwatch. It's the most audacious mobile tech product mashup since the Dragonfly Futurefon.
  • LyfeLens, a connected dash cam that monitors your car even when it's parked and serves as a mobile hotspot
  • ...
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13:54
Nomad introduces Stand, Pod charging accessories for...



This could come in handy.
Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density 1800mAh...

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12:09
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's ambitious TV...

Last week began with AppleInsider taking a fresh aerial tour of Apple's Campus 2, and later saw important news emerging on the company's TV plans, including harbingers of a streaming service and a redesigned Apple TV set-top. We also renewed the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, and took a look at the cars owned by Apple's executives.

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11:00
Review: The 2015 MacBook Air’s once-trailblazing...


ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);The current design of the MacBook Air was a big deal when it was unveiled back in 2010. Its construction and design were a major improvement over previous Airs, it was Apple's first Mac to go with solid-state storage across the lineup, and it came with a price drop that made them palatable to people who otherwise would have just bought a vanilla MacBook. The MacBook Pro soon imitated the Air by getting thinner, moving to standard SSDs, and dumping stuff like FireWire and the optical drive. And the new MacBook takes the qualities of the Air—thin, light, minimalist—to their logical extremes.
Unfortunately, as the rest of the MacBook lineup and the wider PC industry has shifted around it, the Air's design has stood still. Visually, there is absolutely nothing to distinguish the 2015 MacBook Air from...

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08:12
MGG 545: Ghosts In The Mac

Has your Mac ever suddenly developed a problem that you're swear you didn't create? Maybe it has a ghost. Or is it time for Dave's "Gremlin Story" from his consulting days? Download today to find out! In addition, your geeks also chat through using an SD Card for ongoing data storage, sharing your iCloud Photo Library, how DiskWarrior can save the day, and battery advice from KISS!


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07:52
Magic Leap

Magic Leap is an augmented reality company, developing technology that blends computer generated imagery with reality. Take a look at the video to get a sense of what they have in mind. Cool stuff.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:44
Read an exclusive free sample of Becoming Steve Jobs...


Becoming Steve Jobs, a new book by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli about Jobs’ life, comes out on March 24th and is available to download both in digital and print. As part of a strong marketing push by Apple in the run up to the book’s release, iBooks is offering an exclusive free sample of the prologue and first chapter that you can download right now. The sample is available in at least the US and the UK, but may not be available in other regions.
Apple has been heavily promoting the book in the last few days, on its iBooks Twitter account as well as through iTunes marketing emails. iBooks describes it as the ‘only book about Steve recommended by the people who knew him best’. For comparison, in ...

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: self-driving cars,...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

It was a big week for Tesla. CEO Elon Musk just announced the end of electric vehicle range anxiety thank...

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05:25
iOS 8.3 includes settings to download free apps and...


A reader has spotted that iOS 8.3 includes some new configuration options for password entry in the iTunes and App Store. Labelled as ‘Password Settings’, the new view allows users to configure how frequently Apple should ask for the user’s iTunes Store password for purchases. This includes allowing users to choose to allow free apps to be downloaded, no password necessary.
The first option allows users to require passwords immediately or expire after fifteen minutes. This option has existed in previous versions of iOS, under the Restrictions settings. However, the toggle below — ‘Require Password’ for free downloads is an altogether new option. It allows users...

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04:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- Osmos, PDF Expert 5...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new Enlight photo editor, and a feature-filled update to Hype 3. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Plump [Now free, down from $0.99] Plump is a tiny and fat creature who loves chocolate! Help Plump eat chocolates in a wonderful land full of adventures!

my monster voice [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wanted to sound like a monster? 'my monster voice' changes your voice into creepy or funny monster sounds.

Touch™ [Now free, down...

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03:53
Which Apple Watch band should you get?

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, take a variety of passes through the Apple Watch band collection, looking at things like size, weight, and closure.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:04
Mercedes will have 10 new plug-in hybrid cars by 2017

After dipping its toes into the plug-in hybrid waters, Mercedes-Benz is ready to jump in with both feet. The automaker is planning to launch 10 new plug-in hybrid models between now and 2017 -- on average, that's a new green machine every four months...

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Saturday March 21

23:53
Switching to electric cars would help cool down...

Electric cars can do more for the environment than cut back on air pollution and fossil fuel use -- they can make sweltering summers more bearable, too. Researchers have determined that EVs create a cooling effect in urban areas, since they aren't pr...

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22:40
Intel Core M lets new MacBook go light and fanless,...

At the heart of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook is the Intel Core M, a processor series launched late last year and meant to power extremely light notebooks and tablets. But the new chips come with their own set of benefits and sacrifices, particularly for people considering other MacBook models.

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20:34
TuneIn brings internet radio to your Android Auto-...

If you're part of the fortunate group that can use Android Auto now that it's up and running on Pioneer head units, you may be looking for fresh internet audio sources to keep you entertained during your commute. Well, TuneIn is happy to oblige -- th...

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19:00
Disney CEO kept Steve Jobs’ cancer a secret for...

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger knew early on that Steve Jobs’s cancer had returned and kept it a secret for three years before it became public knowledge, a new biography of Apple Inc.’s late CEO reveals.Iger learned about the illness less than an hour before Disney announced its 2006 agreement to buy Pixar, the computer-animation studio run by JobsThis is going to be a very interesting book.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:55
iBooks is offering an exclusive sneak peek from “...

iBooks:There have been many books—on a large and small scale—about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.It’s interesting to see the extensive marketing campaign behind this book.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:02
DC airport tries using face recognition to catch...

If you come to the US through Washington DC's Dulles airport in the near future, don't be surprised if Customs and Border Protection takes your snapshot before letting you through. The agency has confirmed to Motherboard that it will be testing a fac...

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17:19
For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or...

For anyone using Windows 7 by way of Apple's Boot Camp utility, beware: support for Windows via Boot Camp remains, but for the newest Apple laptops, it's only for Windows 8 for now. From Slashgear:

This applies to the 2015 MacBook Air, and the 13-inch model of the 2015 MacBook Pro. Windows 8 will remain compatible, as will the forthcoming Windows 10. The 2013 Mac Pro also dropped Boot Camp support for Windows 7, while 2014 iMacs are still compatible, along with 2014 MacBook Airs and 2014 MacBook Pros.

For those who still prefer to run Windows 7 on their Macs, there are other options. This change to Boot Camp will not affect using the Microsoft operating system through virtualization software, such as Parallels and VMware Fusion. Also at PC Mag.

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17:04
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

My thanks to Iconic for sponsoring The Loop this week. Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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15:45
Bjork at MoMA, fight for the open internet and other...

The weekend has arrived and you can catch up on all the stories you might have missed right here. Read about Bjork's new project at the NYC MoMA, how the fight for the open internet isn't over and the history behind Nintendo's mobile gaming ambitions...

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13:31
Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV...

For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV c...

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11:42
‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic...


Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if a user asked Siri to make a phone call via the “Hey Siri” hands-free command, the call would strangely not automatically transfer to speakerphone. Based on our tests, this will change in iOS 8.3. As can be seen in the screenshots above, if a user asks Siri to make a phone call through speakerphone, the call will...

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11:26
BBM Protected users can chat securely with pals on...

While BBM Protected has been keeping enterprise users' chats secure since last year, it only used to work if it's installed on both parties' phones. Now, though, the feature can keep convos secure even if only one of the chatters has it. In fact, the...

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10:48
OS X Users: 13 Characters of Assyrian Can Crash Your...

abhishekmdb writes No browsers are safe, as proved yesterday at Pwn2Own, but crashing one of them with just one line of special code is slightly different. A developer has discovered a hack in Google Chrome which can crash the Chrome tab on a Mac PC. The code is a 13-character special string which appears to be written in Assyrian script. Matt C has reported the bug to Google, who have marked the report as duplicate. This means that Google are aware of the problem and are reportedly working on it.

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09:51
A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

theodp writes Now that we have hard data on everything, observes the NY Times' Virginia Heffernan in A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles. "The gut is dead," writes Heffernan. "Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we 'optimize' it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it." To win Presidential elections. To turn web pages into Googlebait. To sucker people into registering for websites. Of the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, Heffernan notes: "After time keeping, the watch's chief feature is 'fitness tracking': It clocks and stores physiological data with the aim of getting you to observe and change your habits of sloth and gluttony. Evidently I wasn't the only one whose thoughts turned to 20th-century despotism: The entrepreneur Anil Dash quipped on Twitter, albeit stretching the truth, 'Not since I.B.M. sold...

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09:22
Your Android phone will soon stay unlocked while you...

If you're frustrated that your smartphone locks while it's still in your hands, Google may soon come to your rescue. A handful of Android Police readers report that their Lollipop-equipped phones' Smart Lock security now includes "on-body detection,"...

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09:00
Caturday: Bindi and her iPad

Bindi - Photo by Lan Wang

There are a growing number of cats around the world who are lucky enough to have their own iPads. One of them is Bindi, and her human Lan Wang explains just what she's up to in this picture of this beauty:

“My cat Bindi just loves her iPad. That’s right, we are now putting the iPad 1 to good use. She plays with the bird in the Cat Toy HD app, and when she has exhausted herself, she lies purring and drooling on the iPad, with one eye on the bird! She regularly demands that we pull out the iPad when she’s bored, and we’re happy to oblige!”

Our stock of good Apple-cat photos is drying up! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message...

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08:44
Review: Elgato’s Game Capture HD60 livestreams your...


Over the past decade, video gaming became social, as voice chat, multi-player matchmaking, and live game streaming enabled gamers to share their experiences with friends and strangers online. Streaming game video was the hardest, requiring so much horsepower that consoles needed computer assistance. Elgato entered the market in 2012 with Game Capture HD, which was designed to record directly from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now there’s a more powerful version called Game Capture HD60...

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08:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-To: Record video from your...


Have you ever wanted to create an iOS gaming video or a tutorial of how to use your iOS device? Now, with Yosemite and iOS 8 you can record and make a video of what you are doing on your iOS device using your Mac. Here’s how:

In order for this to work, you need to have a newer iOS device with the Lightning connector and the Lightning cable. This includes the iPhone 5 or newer, iPad 3 or newer, iPad mini or newer, and iPod touch (5th gen).
To get started open up the QuickTime app included with your Mac....

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07:24
Holy sh*t snacks! Redditors find massive '...

I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal...

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06:52
∞ In appreciation of the MagSafe power adapter

Appreciate for the MagSafe adapter that has saved my bacon many, many times, and now appears on the way out.

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06:30
How to Take Great Landscape Photos with Your iPhone

Shoot great landscapes with tips from Vern Seward in this week's iPhoneography 101.


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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous bags, elegant...

Gorgeous bags, elegant keyboards, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes fashionable-forward looks from Mulberry, Aspinal of London, and Case Logic, keyboard cases from Sena and Ionic, and everyday protection from Ballistic and Cygnett.Aspinal of LondonThe Small Mount Street Tech (all iPad models; $925) is a carry-all bag, designed to fit all of your electronics in style.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:30
Recommended Reading: Marvel's 'Agents of S...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I....

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04:00
Gadget Ogling: Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a...


PLEN2 is simply adorable. A robot to seemingly fix all the world's problems, if its Kickstarter project is anything to believe, PLEN2 is possibly the most joyous humanoid machine I've seen in years. Maybe I'm swayed a little by the infectious theme song in the pitch video. The idea is to sell the basic robot and let customers get creative using open source tools and 3D-printed parts to customize PLEN2 any way they like. What's most compelling, beyond the innate charm of the thing, is the multitude of control options the owners promise.

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01:17
Reuters: FAA to ease approval process for commercial...

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to make it easier to operate commercial drones, it'd seem. The idea is to make it so companies that are already are exempt from the drone ban don't have to get a new certificate of authority for additional us...

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01:11
Apple Inc Campus 2 Spaceship Ring tops out fifth...

The grand, expansive entry of the center "Spaceship" Ring in Apple's Campus 2 mega-project has reached its ceiling, with a steel structure now only barely visible over the construction barrier from the street, but clearly discernible from the air.

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Friday March 20

21:49
'Halo 5: Guardians' hype train starts with...

Halo fans aren't strangers to alternate reality games, and it looks like Halo 5: Guardians could get something similar to Halo 2's I Love Bees treatment. The just released teaser trailer (embedded below) doesn't give much by way of clues, but ends wi...

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20:08
Review: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro...

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it --?unless you need maximum power or extreme portability.

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19:33
Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two differ...

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18:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc (Apple KB)

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/TS2000

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18:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup (Apple...

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204325

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18:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac (Apple KB)

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204093<

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18:48
Get help using iCloud storage (Apple KB)

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203527

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18:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders (Apple KB)

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202723<

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18:43
If your iPhone, iPad, user iPod touch is lost or...

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201472

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18:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201952

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18:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201294

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18:36
Search with Spotlight (Apple KB)

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201285

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18:29
Daily Roundup: Google manipulated search results,...

Happy Friday, readers! In today's edition of the Daily Roundup, you can read about an FTC report that revealed how Google manipulated its search results, Microsoft clarified its Windows 10 upgrade policy for pirated copies and what Popcorn Time is do...

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18:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) (...

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201164

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17:46
Video Shows How Apple Watch Companion App Rearranges...

Hamza Sood posted a great video to Twitter (via 9to5Mac) showing how rearranging the apps on the Apple Watch Companion App works on the iPhone. While shot on the iPhone companion app, the process will work in a similar way on the Apple Watch itself. The Apple Watch will be available for preorder on April 10th and it ships on April 24th.

The Apple Watch companion app will also be used to manage how apps are positioned on the watch home screen pic.twitter.com/cy89HKUNld
- Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) March 18, 2015


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17:36
FTC Report Details How Google Manipulated Results to...

A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.


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17:12
Collaborate on Event Photos with PartySnapper - Fun...

Boinx Software has released their crowdfunded app PartySnapper. Kelly spent some time with it and has the scoop on this new way to share and stream photos.


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17:06
Amazon wants to give paid apps away for free

Downloads from Amazon's Appstore almost assuredly aren't the raging success that the company's ventures like Prime are, but the retail juggernaut isn't giving up on it yet. In fact, the former looks like it's getting an injection of the latter's DNA ...

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16:17
Steve Jobs told Disney's Bob Iger about cancer...

An upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs informed Disney boss Bob Iger in 2006 that his cancer had returned, a secret Iger kept for three years until the information went public.

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16:14
UN Women pulls out of Uber's million-woman...

The hits just keep coming for Uber this week, unfortunately they're mostly in the form of gut punches. First, police forces in both South Korea and France raided Uber offices in their respective countries. Then, later that same day, a Frankfurt court...

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15:54
80% Off MacDojo ‘Yosemite OS X Productivity’ Course...

We have a deal today on the MacDojo 'Yosemite OS X Productivity' Course. It gives you access to more than 50 HD-quality video lessons, and they're designed to teach you how to be productive with OS X Yosemite. How to utilize multiple desktops, hidden settings, Mission Control, Notification Center, Hot Corners...if you want to learn more about these things, this course is for you. Through our deal it's just $19, 80 percent off retail. Check it out!


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15:17
Here are the most beautiful medical images you'...

This isn't some long lost Jackson Pollock, it's what's going on inside the mind of a fruitfly. Life really does imitate art, as this incredible collection of medical images from Wellcome Images illustrates. These spectacular shots leverage modern med...

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14:45
Second Apple Watch diary entry from model Christy...

Apple posted and update on model Christy Turlington Burns as she uses Apple Watch to train for the London Marathon, this time throwing a spotlight on the device's prowess as a daily planner and run timer.

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- PDF Expert 5, TouchTone...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new TouchTone, and a long-awaited update to Launcher. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dark Echo [Now free, down from $1.99] Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. Apple's App of the week.

C.H.A.O.S Combat Copters HD - №1 Multiplayer Helicopter Simulator [Now free, down from $2.99] CHAOS - is a unique opportunity to act online as a pilot of a military helicopter.

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14:30
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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14:12
Suicide hoax lands Facebook user in psychiatric...

A user from California recently put Facebook's suicide prevention feature to test. According to a report, Shane Tusch shared his frustrations about his bank on the social network and posted a fake-threat to hang himself from the Golden Gate Bridge. A...

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14:08
Jony Ive feared Jobs would fire him on returning to...

In a book excerpt published on Friday, lead Apple designer Jony Ive says he was worried he would be fired when Steve Jobs returned to serve as the company's CEO in 1997.

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14:01
48 Hours Only: Get the lowest prices anywhere on all...

From now until Sunday at 11:59pm PT only: AppleInsider has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on every possible configuration of Apple's early 2015 MacBook Airs and 13" MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads with exclusive coupon / promo code APPLEINSIDER01. Current 15-inch MacBook Pros also qualify for the offer.

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13:30
AWT News Update: March 20, 2015

"Apple A8 system-on-a-chip" by Henriok - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Happy first day of spring! Some of our Apple news stories for today:

  • Apple may announce a new version of Apple TV this June, featuring Siri voice control, the ability to be used as a home automation hub, more storage and a more powerful A8 system on a chip (image at right). 
  • Apple Stores are considering a way to let customers try out in-ear headphones without fear of sanitation issues.
  • Those newly upgraded MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will no longer run Windows 7 under Boot Camp.
  • Apple shares close down 1.25% after an initial morning rise on positive Apple TV news from Morgan Stanley.

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13:14
New Apple TV reportedly debuting at WWDC, with App...

The second the $69 price drop was announced, the first thought I had was, new Apple TV in the pipeline, price dropped to clear out inventory.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:13
Google created an 'Ebola-proof' tablet to...

Up until now, doctors fighting highly contagious diseases like Ebola have had to forgo their gadgets for pen and paper. But Google, at the request of the French organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), has developed an alterna...

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12:59
Apple's Boot Camp drops support for Windows 7...

Apple has dropped Boot Camp support for installations of Windows 7 on the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, meaning users will have to switch to third-party virtualization software, upgrade to Windows 8 or wait for Microsoft to release Windows 10.

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12:35
How Apple Neglects Us. Let’s Count the Ways

Apple has provided us with lots of new products and services.
We're excited about the Apple Watch and the new MacBook. But what about the many things that have dropped through the cracks? The list is growing and becoming alarming. What can be done?


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12:35
How Apple Neglects Us. Let’s Count the Ways

Apple has provided us with lots of new products and services.
We're excited about the Apple Watch and the new MacBook. But what about the many things that have dropped through the cracks? The list is growing and becoming alarming. What can be done?


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12:30
Daily Deals for March 20, 2015, featuring 50% off...

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

Readdle PDF Expert 5 [One sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo...

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12:25
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:12
Apple discontinues Boot Camp support for Windows 7...

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro and the upcoming MacBook will not support running Windows 7 through Boot Camp according to a support document for the software. Starting on the newest machines, users will need to upgrade to Windows 8 or later in order to take advantage of the Mac’s dual-boot capabilities.
Of course, for users who still rely on Windows 7, there are solutions that allow you to run the operating system on your Mac. Both Parallels Desktop 10 and...

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12:00
Review: TaoTronics’ Bluetooth 4 Car Kit for iPhone...

Up until recently, no one complained about the way iPhones sounded through my cars’ Bluetooth speakerphones, but after switching to an iPhone 6 Plus and a Toyota Prius, friends and family told me that ambient noise has been increasing to distracting levels during our phone calls. If it wasn’t for those complaints, I would never have thought to test an alternative such as TaoTronics’ TT-BR03 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit ($30, currently $25 on Amazon). Most cars these days include Bluetooth speakerphone and music streaming support, but this inexpensive accessory is here for cars that don’t — and for cars exhibiting weird audio-related bugs with iPhones. Judging from its...

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11:36
The best iPhone/iPad USB flash drives with Lightning...

There are now several companies selling USB thumb drives for iPhone and iPad since the first ones with built-in Lightning connectors debuted late last year. By connecting a small and lightweight thumb drive directly to your iOS device, you can avoid limitations of onboard storage and cloud services and instead store and stream media like music, video, and photos using the drive’s additional storage.
A few things to consider when searching for the right Lightning drive: some have a battery that requires charging, companion apps for managing and streaming content from an iOS device vary in quality, and I found some have designs that make using the drives and your iOS device at the same...

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11:30
Review: iWalk Extreme Spartan

iWalk's Extreme Spartan ($100) is a bulky 13000 mAh standalone battery that's IP66 certified, meaning it's dustproof and waterproof, though not submersible. Spartan includes two output ports — 2.4A and 1A, respectively. It also has passthrough charging which can charge both the battery and two devices simultaneously. The battery also includes a flashlight and small loop to accommodate an included carabiner hook with compass. A micro-USB cable and Lightning cable also come with Extreme Spartan, as well.{/exp:char_limit}

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MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for... | Read more »
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