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Monday April 21

11:49
Apple Campus 2 planning video touted green efforts...

A video detailing Apple's new Campus 2 project, first shown at city planning commission meeting in October, has been published for everyone else to view in a higher quality version.

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11:31
Apple staffing up for 'very, very serious...

iPhone owners may soon be able to use their device to purchase goods and services at brick-and-mortar businesses as Apple has reportedly begun interviewing senior-level candidates to build an iTunes-backed mobile payments business.

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11:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Fluxx [iOS Universal;...

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11:24
Report: Apple vetting payment industry leaders for...

According to a new report, Apple has recently been interviewing candidates from the payment services arena to fill both head of product and head of business development roles. Re/code writes:

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process. The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file.


The Apple-backed mobile payment system has been the topic of much speculation in recent months. Apple CEO Tim Cook himself gave...

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11:20
Apple extends company trademark into 'jewelry,...

Apple is hoping to extend international trademarks on its name into Class 14, an area covering "jewelry, clocks and watches," reports say. In late December, the company is said to have applied for Class 14 protection in Ecuador, presumably as a shortcut to getting its priority recognized in more significant regions like the US and Europe. Similar filings were made in Mexico in early January, Norway in mid-February, and the UK in March. In the latter two countries, Apple applied for protections in a variety of other classes as well.......

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11:13
Hands On: Beamer 2.0 for OS X and Apple TV

Apple's "hobby" Apple TV may not have been the first to market, or the most flexible, but it was the cleanest interface and easiest to use of all the media streamers. Bound to the iTunes ecosystem, it allowed for simple connection and content navigation for all levels of experience. However, for the experienced user, the limit on codecs the device supports is a bit of a problem. A few solutions exist for wide codec playback, but one that promises simplicity is Beamer 2.0 by Tupil. The simple app purports to allow drag-and-drop playback of nearly any video file to an Apple TV, but how well does......

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11:06
Banking Trojan Enters Mobiles via Facebook


Purveyors of a notorious mobile banking Trojan have started targeting Facebook users to infect Android smartphones. The Net predators use a desktop Trojan to leverage a Facebook socializer to install banking malware on their phone, ESET malware researcher Jean-Ian Boutin discovered last week. The desktop bad app, Win32/Qadars, waits for an infected machine to open a Facebook page. When it does, it injects code into the page asking a user to participate in a new safety program that requires a mobile phone number.

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11:00
The 25 best Game Boy games to play on your iPhone

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today, making it legally old enough to start worrying about retirement. In honor of its epic achievement as a pioneer of mobile gaming, here are the 25 best Game Boy games that you can play on iOS. Don't have your phone...

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10:52
iPhone owners don’t trade-in for the Galaxy S5

Gazelle saw iPhone trade-in volumes drop 35% compared to where they were last year on the day the Galaxy S4 launched in the U.S. Interestingly, the Galaxy S4 didn’t even go on sale at all U.S. carriers on the same day last year, so the Galaxy S5 saw fewer trade-ins from a much larger group of potential customers.

So, current Samsung owners are trading up to the new phone, but they aren’t attracting iPhone customers to trade down.
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10:47
Choosing Web site colors

I really suck at choosing colors, but I know what I like when I see it—I also know what I don’t like. Designers that can pull this off are especially talented.
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10:30
Daily Deals for April 21, 2014, featuring the Air-Fi...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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10:20
Microsoft’s Azure Web Sites service

Justin Williams recently moved his Web site to Azure. Microsoft has been getting a lot of play recently with Azure hosting apps and Web sites.
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10:15
Unread RSS reader

This is such a great app.
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10:01
Apple, Google vie for game developers

Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores’ home pages and features lists

Considering the reports of how few people spend money on Android apps, I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t win this battle.
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10:00
Dear Aunt TUAW: Why don't my searches work in...

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Safari search is broken as anything. I use Safari, what, once a month, and it can't even work right? I have a page that has at least 20 times my search phrase. And it can't find it. I do CMD + F and then I type my term and then...

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10:00
Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.The Mac Observer Spin: Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.

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09:49
iPhone SMS notifications coming to Google Glass this...

An iMessage sent to Glass
Google announced today that it’s about to bring SMS for iPhone and a new Calendar Glassware to Google Glass users following an update to KitKat and the introduction of new features earlier this month. First up, iPhone users will now be able to receive text messages on Glass but, as Google points out, they “won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS.”

SMS for iPhone – iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get texts from your friends on Glass. Get started by going to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS. (Android fans,...

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09:49
Apple promotes 'green' efforts via...

Apple today embarked on a new campaign to advertise its environmental protection efforts. The company's CEO, Tim Cook, narrates a video simply titled "Better" (below), in which he talks about initiatives such as renewable energy for datacenters, and efforts to use recyclable materials in products and reduce the amount of packaging Apple products come in. The company's VP for environmental concerns, Lisa Jackson, has meanwhile given an interview to Wired on the topic....

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09:49
Apple Releases Earth Day Video Narrated By Tim Cook

Apple unveiled a new section of Apple.com on Monday about the environment just one day before Earth Day. On the front page of the new section is a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook about what Apple is doing to help make things better. In fact, "better" seems to be the theme of the video.

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09:46
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1

Maintenance update with important security fixes and other improvements. (Free update, 113 MB) 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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09:30
A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel added to...

The rollout of additional channels to Apple TV continues. Earlier today, A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel were all added to the Apple TV lineup, bringing a wide expanse of new viewing options to Apple TV users.

TV lovers will undoubtedly be...

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09:27
Apple launches environmental responsibility campaign

Apple has launched a new environmental responsibility campaign with a revamped environmental webpage on its site. The new site includes a short film, “Better,” narrated by CEO Tim Cook. “But now, more than ever, we will work to leave the world better than we found it,” Cook says. The…

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09:25
Apple TV now showing A&E, History channel,...

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the ol’ Apple TV, three new channels have made their debut on the company’s set-top box, bringing the total number of services to roughly six quadrillion. Give or take.
The newest additions, which began springing up on home screens on Monday, include A&E, the History channel, and Lifetime. So, regardless of whether you prefer duck hunters, World War II documentaries, or tearjerkers of the week, there’s a little bit of something for everybody. Unless, of course, you’re a fan of costumed, arrow-shooting superheroes, in which case you’re still waiting for the CW channel hinted at almost a year ago. (I assume the delay is just to spite me.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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09:10
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air:...

If you've ever looked into keyboards for the iPad, you may have come across Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and thought it looked like a great option. Its compact size and integration with the iPad as a cover that goes everywhere your iPad does is a great concept that doesn't disappoint. Of course as with all keyboards of a portable nature, there are trade-offs. However, the Ultrathin has some compelling features that may well make up for those trade-offs and then some.

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09:04
Apple trademark update suggests company may enter...

Apple has broadened its corporate trademark to cover "Class 14" items -- a distinction given to jewelry, clocks and watches, potentially signaling that the company is planning to enter the wearable device market.

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 28″ 4K monitor $600,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Updates:

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor...

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09:01
Apple TV gets A&E, History, Lifetime app channels

Via a silent update, Apple has added three channels from A&E Networks to the Apple TV. These include A&E itself, as well as History and Lifetime. In general the apps simply provide access to episodes from their respective TV shows, but Lifetime also includes its signature original movies....

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09:00
You can't play Goat Simulator on Mac (yet), but...

Goat Simulator is an amazing game. In Goat Simulator, you control a goat and destroy a small town by running into everything in sight. The game is indeed headed for OS X, but it's not there yet, which is a total bummer. However, a new iOS game has...

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08:35
Apple launches 'Better' environmental...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a campaign that more clearly outlines the impact of the company's environmental initiatives, backing it up with a revamped environmental responsibility website and an introductory video narrated by CEO Tim Cook.

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08:30
Apple and Google battle to secure exclusive gaming...

In the latest instance of the ongoing battle for platform supremacy between iOS and Android, the Wall Street Journal reports that both Apple and Google are attempting to strike deals with popular game developers for platform exclusivity.

The two...

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08:11
MGG 498: Encryption for Everyone, Choosing Wi-Fi...

John and Dave kick off the week with a Monday show (after kicking back all weekend) and start with what they do best: answering your questions and sharing your tips. Today they dig into which encryption makes sense for you, some tips on copying/pasting and learning about your Mac; wrangling Time Machine under control, and more. Download today and enjoy!

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08:01
Apple’s updated environmental report card by the...

Ahead of Earth Day celebrations planned for tomorrow, Apple today has completely revamped its environmental site with new stats alongside announcements for initiatives planned for the year to come. It also gave an interview with its new head of environmental issues Lisa Jackson. If you don’t want to dig through and read the multiple pages in Apple’s updated report, below we’ve put together a roundup of all the numbers and initiatives Apple announced today:
-2013 Carbon Footprint: 33,800,000 metric tons of green house gas emissions.
-9...

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08:00
Earnings preview: No news is good news?

Scientists might argue that the root cause of Earth’s rotation is angular momentum, but come on: We all know it’s money, plain and simple. We don’t sit down every three months to hear Apple talk about physics, after all.
On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take to the speakerphone to talk about the company’s most recent financial quarter, cleverly dubbed “the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.”
As always, Macworld will be on hand at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET with live coverage and analysis of the call. But if you just can’t wait, and you want to prep a little, here are a few of the hot topics we expect to get covered during Apple’s announcement and the ensuing melee of financial analyst questions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
Apple renewable energy use grows from 35 to 95...

As of today, Apple has been able to convert its corporate campuses and data centers to using 95 percent renewable energy sources for their power. According to this great article over at WIRED, in 2010 that number was at 35 percent.

Apple appointed...

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07:58
iPhone Apps: Totals, iBank for iPad, Unread
07:53
Apple, Google offering game developers incentives...

Apple and Google are each offering game developers special incentives to prefer their app store over their rival's, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. The prime example given is EA's Plants vs. Zombies 2, which Apple promised to advertise prominently at the App Store. In return, EA was expected to keep the game an iOS exclusive for two months, which pushed the Android release into October. Another developer, ZeptoLab, agreed to three-month App Store exclusivity for Cut the Rope 2 in order to get better advertising. Asphalt creator Gameloft says it was offered exclusivity, bu......

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07:50
Review: Cogito Pop smartwatch for iOS (video)


When you put the word “smart” in front of anything, most people tend to think that it’s going to be some kind of advanced product. Most smartwatches on the market have a display and offer a simplified (or detailed) look at information from your smartphone along with access to third-party apps and services.
CONNECTEDEVICE is the company that’s trying to put the “watch” back in smartwatch. What if your smartwatch was created with the primary purpose of showing the time? Well, that’s exactly what the Cogito Pop does. It offers style and functionality, but don’t expect anything fancy here. The Cogito Pop puts notifications on the back burner, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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07:45
Apple tries to clean up its carbon-spewing ways with...
07:42
1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution.The Mac Observer Spin: It seems likely that Apple has made some backend changes that leave first generation Apple TV owners in the dust. The company does, after all, leave products behind when it doesn't see any value in continued support.

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07:32
Apple expands renewable energy to retail stores, 120...

Nearly half of Apple's 254 retail stores in the U.S. -- including flagship locations in Palo Alto, Chicago, and New York -- are said to be powered entirely by energy from renewable sources, part of the company's plan to cast a wider net with its environmental initiatives.

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07:30
Ahead of earnings, analysts anticipate uptick in Mac...

Come Wednesday after the bell, all eyes will be on Apple's earnings report for the March quarter. While the key metric investors will be looking at the ever-critical iPhone sales numbers, it's just as important to keep close tabs on the health of the...

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07:26
Tim Cook discusses Apple’s environmental effort in...

 

As Apple continues to acknowledge Earth Day, it has released a new video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook himself entitled “Better” describing its environmental efforts as a company. An updated microsite profiling Apple’s environmental responsibilities is available as well. While the site focuses on renewable energy and Apple’s carbon footprint, it also features a video discussing Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 building. That particular video features Steve Jobs referencing Campus 2 as “the best office building in the world.” Designer Norman Foster and Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives, also speak in the video. View the video featuring Tim Cook below…
From Apple: “At...

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07:18
Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

An anonymous reader writes "Here's an interesting look at the battle for mobile video game money between Google and Apple. 'Last August, for the launch of "Plants Vs. Zombies 2," a highly anticipated sequel to a popular zombie-survival strategy game, publisher Electronic Arts Inc. struck a deal with Apple, which promoted the game prominently in its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. In exchange, one of these people said, EA agreed to give Apple about a two-month window of exclusivity for the title, which wasn't released on Google's Android software until October.'" ...

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07:17
Apple’s Lisa Jackson talks environmental initiatives...

Wired has an interesting profile today on Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency who joined Apple in June last year to oversee environmental issues. The publication joined Jackson as she traveled to Apple’s new data center outside of Reno, Nevada, and through the interview offers some interesting insight into what Jackson is trying to accomplish at Apple. The interview with Jackson is landing just as Apple is set to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow and make some new environmental related announcements:

The teams Jackson works with at Apple tackle product related issues such as the materials which make up Apple’s devices (they must require minimal energy to extract, be as recyclable as possible, and be free of conflict minerals); the packaging that strives for the X-ray thin-ness of an...

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07:00
Mac 101: A handy list of startup options for Macs...

Need to reboot you Mac to access a new startup disc or launch with safe mode enabled so you can troubleshoot problems with OS X? Then read on for this handy list of startup options for Mac OS X machines.

Manually restart: Hold down the power...

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06:49
Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.

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06:35
Apple TV adds A&E, History, Lifetime channels

Apple has added three new channels to Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. All three channels from A+E Networks require a cable subscription for full access — currently, only DirecTV, Cablevision Optimum and Verizon FiOS subscribers can gain access to all included content.

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06:33
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime to...

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon.

I always get excited about the new channels, until I see that you need a cable subscription.
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06:30
Bloomberg joins the linkbait game with bizarre Apple...

A recent Bloomberg story about Samsung "sticking it" to Apple shows that even reputable sites will sink to new lows in an effort to create a story out of nothing.

In the world of tech writing, and Apple in particular, there are no shortage of...

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06:29
History, A&E and Lifetime networks launch on...

A trio of new content options from A+E Networks debuted on the Apple TV on Monday, with viewers now capable of watching content from History, A&E and Lifetime through new dedicated channels.

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06:28
Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary

If it’s real, it’s the literary find of the century. New York antiquarian booksellers Daniel Wechsler and George Koppelman believe they have found William Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary.

An incredible find.
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06:26
Mini review: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

There are Mac accessories that are exciting or fun, and others that are boring but useful. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock most definitely falls into the latter category.
As regular readers will know, I’m of the view that wires are evil. Anything that can be wireless should be wireless, and any wires that are unavoidable should be hidden from sight. This is particularly easy if you have an Apple Thunderbolt Display, of course, since all you need in the way of wires from a MacBook is power and Thunderbolt: everything else can be plugged into the back of the monitor.
But if you share my aversion to visible wires and don’t have a Thunderbolt display, or you are frequently connecting and disconnecting your MacBook from a bunch of devices on your desk, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock may be the answer …

Overview
The...

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06:18
Apple to end support of AIM iChat logins for pre-...

As of June 30th, Apple will be discontinuing AIM iChat login support for users of OS X below v10.7.2, according to a new support document. The decision specifically affects people using a mac.com or me.com address as an AIM ID to sign into iChat. To get around the issue, people must either create a new AIM ID -- which will also require reentering contacts -- or upgrade to a later version of OS X....

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06:16
An inside look at Apple’s environmentally-friendly...

Steven Levy gets a rare inside look at Apple’s data center in Nevada.
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06:14
xsand[24]: mkdir File exists — what does this mean?

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: 10.910.8I'm seeing this message on a client's console log continously:
4/21/14 10:01:51.150 AM xsand[24]: mkdir '/Volumes/WALL_E': File exists

 
I'm not sure what this means. The volume is mounted and available. No duplicate volume name appears in /Volumes/. (I did a brief google search).  And this is only one of the two Xsan volumes we have. Anyone have any possible insight or ideas?
 
Servers are 10.9.2, but this client is 10.8.5. (Waiting on delivery of new Darth Vader Trash Cans to mvoe to 10.9)

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06:07
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime...

 

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content, but it appears the most recent episodes of shows are available without unlocking the channels. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon. While current cable provider support is limited, the A&E network did debut live TV streaming in its iPad apps just a week ago with support for a sweeping range of cable providers…
Specifically, those apps extend support to major providers not listed by the Apple TV channels...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Validity not confirmed

New report says iWatch will be significantly cheaper than expected (BGR)

BGR once again plays fast and loose with the definition of "report" by citing some analyst's evidence-free predictions of how much the nonexistent iWatch will cost.

The good...

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05:58
Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.The Mac Observer Spin: If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

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05:55
Nike stopping FuelBand production

Nike is stopping production of wearable hardware, including its FuelBand fitness tracker, CNET reports. Most of the team responsible for the development of FuelBand has reportedly been fired, as Nike is shifting its focus from hardware to fitness and athletic software. A new, slimmer version of the FuelBand was…

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05:55
Create Typographic Images with Typo-Painter – only $...

Typo-Painter for Adobe Photoshop will quickly become your absolute favorite plugin in your artistic toolbox! This plugin lets you create a typographic painting from any image, using any text you’d like! What’s more, it can also save your file as a vector EPS for easy editing and resizing! Now, read our lips… for a limited time only, thanks to this Mighty Deal, you can get this fantastic app for a mere $5!
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05:51
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9. 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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05:51
ExtraBITS for 21 April 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, Siri squared off against Google Now and Cortana, Managing Editor Josh Centers gave an Apple TV-oriented presentation to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us, Jeff Carlson provided iPad tips for photographers, hardware maker LaCie admitted to a major security breach, Bradley Chambers offered suggestions about how Apple could improve iOS for education, and Microsoft unveiled a less-expensive Office 365 subscription. 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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05:46
Nike axes the FuelBand and most of its development...

It looks like there will be one less company competing in the wearables market with the iWatch. According to CNET, Nike is closing down its wearable hardware development, which includes the FuelBand, in order to focus on its software efforts. As a result, the 70 employees on the FuelBand team are being let go, with a handful staying on until May.

The team members were split between Nike’s Hong Kong offices, with the remainder of the team at Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters. On the bright side, other departments within Nike will have an...

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05:09
Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata falls madly in love with the new Mac Pro, and gives serious consideration to buying an entry-level version of the professional desktop Mac. But is it really the Mac for him? He has to set emotion aside and ask hard questions. 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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05:05
Apple, Google seek exclusive game debuts

Both Apple and Google are approaching game developers to get top titles to debut first on their respective operating systems, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies are both offering premium placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity.  It’s reported that Apple doesn’t offer money for exclusive…

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05:01
Software Update Rundown for April 21st, 2014

We’ll be posting info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac or iThing, just in case you missed them. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers and my own software use, but mostly by MacUpdate, although not officially, because that is what I use to keep all my apps up to date. I also like to add some value by throwing in some extra notes from my experiences. So let’s get to it!
 
Mac
calibre 1.33.0
This app is great if you want to access PDF documents, ePub books, or other readable, in different...

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05:01
Transcendence and Analytics: What If the End of...


I saw the movie Transcendence last week, and it was an impressive telling of what might happen were we to achieve singularity. Given this is likely where AI research is taking us and that analytics is a major component to getting there, I not only recommend the movie as entertainment but also as a means to wrapping your head around what we must correct before we take that next big step. The problem resides in us. Much of the world operates on lies. Governments, religions, employers, coworkers and relatives all lie at times.

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05:00
Daily App: Union is a powerful image blending tool...

Union (U.S. $1.99) is a very well thought out tool that brings Photoshop-type power to your iPad or iPhone. It's the most impressive image blending app I've used, and it works wonders to help you create unique and compelling images.

When using the...

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04:57
Review: Penclic Bluetooth 'mouse'

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a pencil? Penclic released a mouse that combines the familiarity of holding a writing instrument with the maneuverability of a Bluetooth mouse in the Penclic Mouse B2. Check our review to see how we li......

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04:52
Samsung’s portrayal in the media

Yesterday, USA Today ran the linked article discussing Samsung slugging it out with Apple for customers. To me, it read almost like a love letter to Samsung, full of appreciation for a scrappy underdog. For example:

In this escalating slugfest, Samsung has become tech’s Joe Frazier to Apple’s Muhammad Ali, less flashy but tenacious in battering its opponent with a flurry of new products. Apple’s product arsenal remains select — by design.

I find this sort of assessment hard to digest. Did Samsung copy Apple’s design efforts? A federal jury certainly ruled that to be the case. And based on what I’ve read, this seems to be a fair finding.

So why the love for Samsung? Where’s the indignation? I just don’t get it. Samsung as Joe Frazier? Really? Yeesh.
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04:45
Earnings preview: Wall Street expects flat March...

With no major new products launched in the just-concluded March quarter, analysts on Wall Street don't expect big things from Apple when the company reports its earnings on Wednesday, generally projecting for revenue to be about flat with the same period from a year ago.

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04:45
Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.

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04:34
Are you tone deaf?

This test will tell you if you are tone deaf.
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04:07
Samsung acknowledges one Apple invention: there’s an...

Photo: The Verge
Samsung and Apple may spend rather a lot of time arguing about who invented what in patent trials, but Samsung does at least acknowledge one Apple invention. The Samsung Innovation Museum, opened to mark the 45th anniversary of Samsung Electronics, includes an Apple II, described as “the first home computer.”Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple Computer, Apple II, Apple Innovation, Apple v Samsung...

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03:43
Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to...

There is a lot to digest here. How Pandora works, what are the motivations of the various players, are songwriters being paid fairly?

A terrific read.
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03:09
Wall Street expecting AAPL earnings toward the high...

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With Apple due to report its quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Fortune has been doing its usual analyst temperature-taking. The 37 analysts who have responded so far expect an average of $43.5B, toward the high end of the $42-44B Apple told the market to expect.

So what are our analysts expecting this week? No surprises, that’s for sure. The average revenue estimate of the 37 analysts we’ve heard from so far — 14 amateurs and 23 pros — is 43.5 billion, just above the midpoint of Oppenheimer’s range.
The amateurs, as usual, are a bit more...

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03:00
Reviews: PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a ......

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00:23
Apple enticing games publishers with promotion deals...


The Wall Street Journal has published a report saying that both Apple and Google are actively pursuing exclusivity deals with game developers. Whispers of these type of arrangements surfaced last year, with reports highlighting a partnership between Apple and EA for Plants vs Zombies 2.
The Journal confirms that Apple’s exclusivity deals do not include monetary payments. In return, the companies offer “premium placement” (such as featured spots on the home page) for launching first on their platform.
In regard to the Plants vs Zombies’ deal, the report says EA gave Apple agreed about two months of exclusivity.
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00:12
Apple and Google bring fight for exclusive games to...

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Apple and Google are actively pursuing game developers with special incentives to make sure big name titles come to their respective platforms first.

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Sunday April 20

20:08
Briefly: Beats Music updates iOS app, Optimizely...

Beats Music's streaming service app for iOS has received an update. Users can now subscribe to the streaming service from within the app, meaning that once the trial period is over, the transition to paid service is that much easier. Also included is the ability to find Facebook friends who use Beats, improved social network linking and new tracks in the Sentence playlist generator. The Beat Music app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store....

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16:00
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10 pm ET: Easter Edition!

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

we have once again reached the end of a weekend, which can only mean one thing: another episode of the TUAW talkcast! This week we'll be chatting about the news...

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12:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old...

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09:25
Users finding first-generation Apple TVs unable to...


Some users of the first version of Apple’s set-top box are reporting that their devices are suddenly unable to connect to the iTunes Store, according to a 19-page discussion thread (via MacRumors) on Apple’s support website. A backend change is likely responsible for this problem, though Apple hasn’t yet clarified whether this is a permanent change or a temporary glitch.
The issue was first reported three days ago, with new reports coming in every day since. Thus far no one has been able to find a remedy. At least one user in the thread notes that his Apple TV is working fine while connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable, but it...

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09:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

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

Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro...

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07:21
British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube,...

I’m like a kid in a candy store here. Some fantastic vintage short subjects, including a boat load of old Beatles and Rolling Stones shorts. The films span the years from 1896 to 1976. Amazing.

Here’s a link to the Pathé YouTube channel. Happy browsing.
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07:08
NY Times compares Samsung S5 to iPhone 5s

While there are probably some people who go out to shop for the best Android phone, I suspect that most people want to know which phone is best of all, whatever operating system it runs. In other words, how does the Galaxy S5 compare to the iPhone 5S, Apple’s six-month-old flagship device and the champion to beat?

The answer: Not very well. I’ve been using the new Samsung for about three weeks, and while I do think it is the best Android phone you can buy, it sure isn’t the best phone on the market. By just about every major measure you’ll care about, from speed to design to ease of use to the quality of its apps, Samsung’s phone ranks behind the iPhone, sometimes far behind. If you’re looking for the best phone on the market right now, I’d recommend going with the iPhone 5S.

No surprise there.
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07:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

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

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03:20
Review: Satechi’s 4, 7, & 10 port USB hubs...

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of Satechi’s USB hubs in my effort to combat my growing need to wire in more stuff to my Mac’s 4 USB ports. While wireless is often more convenient and downright necessary on laptops to have a good experience, I still enjoy the speed and reliability of a wired connection on my desktop setup. To have a completely ergonomic experience and avoid plugging and unplugging things, a USB hub of some sort is definitely needed. The challenge to buying the right hub for your needs is deciphering how each hub differs; it’s not just limited to the number of ports available…

Like most people, I don’t keep anything wired in to my MacBook Air. Even my backups are wireless with Time Machine over WiFi. My desktop, however, is a Mac mini with an external display. Right off the bat, the...

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Saturday April 19

18:53
Apple adds rising star with background in FDA...


Apple has added Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical device community, to its in-house medical technology team, according to sources with knowledge of the hire. Nag made her entry into the medical technology world earlier this decade by co-founding Stem Cell Theranostics, a company that focuses on technologies for testing new medicines for the market and how the drugs will affect patients. Nag also founded the Stanford-based StartX, an “accelerator” for medical technology-focused startups. Nag was just recently recognized for her many accomplishments in the medical and science fields with the Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 award.
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18:45
Briefly: Facebook's Paper, Skitch for iOS...

Facebook's Paper for iOS app has received its first major update since its release, adding notifications for birthdays and events. Paper allows users to view their Facebook News Feed as well as other content in a simplistic layout format. Users can tap on the globe icon to check notifications that now include important dates. Photo comments are also now featured, meaning that images can be inserted as part of a comment thread, with or without text. Other features within v1.1.0 are new story buttons, more article covers, accessibility features, and group updates. Paper is free to download for......

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17:51
Backblaze: Backup your data online for $5 a month

Many thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Back up all your data with Backblaze online backup. It’s unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated, and unexpensive. At just $5/month for all your data it’s a no-brainer.

Don’t risk losing your music, photos, movies, code, docs and whatever else you’re working on or editing. Backblaze continuously and securely backs up all the data on your computer and external hard drives.

Accessing and restoring files is easy. Quickly download and share files with the iPhone app. Need more of your data back? Use any web browser to download it or have Backblaze FedEx you a flash key or USB hard drive. Whether it’s a broken hard drive, lost external, or a stolen computer, data loss happens all the time. For less than a...

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17:02
3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

Like making music? Vernon Seward points out 3 iOS app design to help you do just that in this week's Free on iTunes. Novations Launchkey, Gitar!, and Sing!

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13:42
Apple, Inc. and the pursuit of affordable luxury...

In an industry captivated by cheap commodity components, Apple's ability to command healthy profit margins for "magical," premium priced products designed to delight users--rather than just solve basic problems in a cost effective way--has confounded analysts and pundits for the better part of 40 years. It appears Apple will continue to introduce upscale new products in 2014, rather than following the industry into a race to the bottom in pricing.

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10:34
The design flaw that almost wiped out an NYC...

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Slate:

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45 degree-angled top.

But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts.

This thing does not look sturdy. But it has to be sturdy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built it this way.

Right?

I’ve been reading about this story for years and it’s a fascinating one of design, ethics and responsibility.
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10:00
How to port your Google Voice number to your iPhone

Earlier this week, I saw this post from @GrowlVoice:

As of today, Google has officially shut off GrowlVoice's access to Google Voice as part of their integration of Google Voice into Hangouts.

Google has also shut off 3rd-party access to Google...

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08:00
Spoiler Shield is the first line of defense against...

Chances are good that if you've followed a big hit show -- say Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Scandal -- at some point the internet has ruined a big plot twist. You've got the episode DVR'd at home, waiting for you while you live your life. Then,...

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06:30
Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sandro Cuccia continues his series on iPhone Photography mastery with yet another twenty-five awesome tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your own iPhone photography and go beyond simple silly selfies.

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06:00
Caturday: Gabby at work

Maybe she's checking owner/photographer Jim Koepnick's bank account, retouching a photo of her beautiful self, or just wondering what this thing is that her human spends a lot of time staring at, but Gabby seems to be looking at something very...

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05:59
Friction free parking

Über succeeded by reducing the friction from the process of getting a taxi. You pick up your phone, tap a few times, your car is on its way. If you like, you can text or call your driver directly and watch the driver’s progress on a map built into the Über app. When you are done, leave your wallet in your pocket. The billing is done automatically with an electronic receipt arriving in email to complete the process.

There have been a number of efforts at bringing that same friction reduction to the process of public parking. The linked article explores one system that shows how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go.
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05:40
∞ Space X rocket taking off and landing in same spot

[VIDEO] By far, the largest cost in a rocket launch is the cost of the rocket itself. By making the first stage of the rocket reusable, Space X can drop the price of a rocket launch from the traditional $100-$250 million all the way down to $55 million. That number will likely drop even further as reusability improves over time.

Ultimately, reusability will bring the cost low enough to make the Mars Colonial Transporter (another Space X project) a reality.

The video embedded in the main post was shot with a hexacopter. One of the keys to reusability is having the booster separation occur early enough in the launch so the rocket is still moving relatively slowly. Amazing to watch.

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