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Monday April 14

20:01
Fincher passes on Steve Jobs film and other news...

Famed director David Fincher has passed on the chance to direct the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Issacson's book. Fincher had wanted $10 million upfront, and Sony balked, saying the fee was "ridiculous." Who should replace Fincher? Check out...

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19:50
Bromwich says 'new relationship' with...

Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed monitor for Apple's anti-trust compliance policies, demonstrated a marked change in attitude towards the company in his latest report, the first since a Court of Appeals and the DOJ significantly scaled back his powers of investigation and range of allowable duties following Apple complaints in February. A change of "point of contact" with the company has resulted in Apple being "more cooperative" than previously, Bromwich said....

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19:25
Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador,...

Apple may be testing a rollout of iTunes Radio services in Latin America as reports on Monday note the feature is up and running in at least one country in the region.

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19:11
Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows,...

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]

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17:26
FREE MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Each day until April 25 Digiarty is giving away 500 copies of MacX DVD Ripper Pro in their Easter Treat giveaway. Simply download the zip file, install the software, open the text file containing the registration number and enter it in. This title has a retail value of $59.95.

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17:19
Samsung designer denies Apple was an influence

Did Samsung steal its slide-to-unlock feature from Apple’s smartphone software?

“Absolutely not,” said Samsung senior UI designer Youngmi Kim, who has worked on user experience strategy on the Samsung design team since 2004.

Bullshit.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:06
Hands On: Sim City 4 re-release for OS X 10.8.5

Sim City 4's original release on OS X had a bum rap, mostly as a virtue of timing. The first release in 2003 was aimed at the PowerPC architecture, and games often got short shrift when Apple migrated to Intel. The title worked on Rosetta, but not well. In 2007, Aspyr released an Intel patch for the game, but it ran poorly, and crashed often. Surprisingly, last week, Aspyr re-released the title with more burly hardware requirements, but this time, Intel-optimized....

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17:00
The best Nintendo DS emulator on iOS doesn't...

Apple has a pretty strict stance on emulators in regards to the App Store, so unless you're willing to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, the options for retro gaming are usually pretty slim. That is, unless the developers of said apps decide to ignore...

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16:45
Apple now cooperating says external compliance...

Apple's court-appointed external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich on Monday issued his first report to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, noting a marked improvement in relations between himself and the Cupertino, Calif. company.

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16:30
'Social Network' director out as helmer...

Those hoping for a reunion of the team that made The Social Network into a critical and commercial success will be disappointed to learn that -- at least for now -- that film's director, David Fincher, is off the Sony Pictures "Steve Jobs" project, according to industry trade reports. Fincher, along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, was set to tackle Sony's big-budget interpretation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, but has pulled out over the issue of fees and marketing control, sources claim....

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16:29
The Lexus Design Award

The Lexus Design Award provides an opportunity for young innovators to showcase their works while receiving feedback from world renowned professionals in the area of design. Through this initiative, Lexus hopes to nurture and support world-enriching creators. 1,157 submissions were received during the application period from August 1 to October 15, 2013. After careful consideration by six judges, 12 winners have been selected. Read on for more information on the designers and their winning entries. The designers of two winning entries will create prototypes of their designs in close collaboration with mentors Arthur Huang or Robin Hunicke.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
IntroMate creates pro quality video intros on iPad...

When you're shooting and editing video on the run with your iPad, wouldn't it be nice to add a professional-looking introduction to your work in just a few minutes? That's the idea behind IntroMate, a US$2.99 app that should be on the iPad of anyone...

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15:30
Linux and the Post-XP Cry for Help


Well the Linux landscape shifted dramatically last week, and not just because of the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. No indeed, there's another key reason this little planet of ours isn't the same as it was a week ago, and that's none other than Windows XP's long-anticipated end of life. "As of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available," wrote Microsoft. The news was hardly any surprise, of course -- but neither was the cry for help that rang out soon thereafter in the Linux blogosphere.

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15:15
Sony updates QX10/QX100 wireless camera lens with...

Sony on Monday pushed out a firmware update for its iOS-compatible DSC-QX10/QX100 "lens-style" cameras, adding a half-press to focus function to the device's on-board shutter release, higher resolution MP4 video recording and other minor enhancements.

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15:12
World War I photos overlaid on modern day Europe

It’s hard to believe that these buildings and streets are still around.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:03
Chris Beard appointed as interim Mozilla CEO,...

The Mozilla foundation has selected a new interim CEO and appointee to the Mozilla corporation Board of Directors. Long-time Mozilla employee Chris Beard has been chosen for the position while a search for a permanent appointee is undertaken. Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker says Beard has a "vision and sense of Mozilla equal to anyone's."...

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15:00
Mac Desks serves up design lust for Apple fans

We love Macs because they're great computers that, as the famous catch phrase goes, "just work." That doesn't mean a big part of Apple fandom doesn't have to do with the company's slick design practices. While the Apple I might have been a...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 14, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:24
David Fincher Out of ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Due to ‘...

Famed director David Fincher is out of contention for Sony's Steve Jobs movie due to what the studio called his "ridiculous" demand for US$10 million up front. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony was tense about the fee and his demand of total control over marketing the movie.

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14:15
Screens VNC client for Mac updated to version 3.0,...


Screens, the popular and powerful VNC client for OS X (with an iOS counterpart), has been updated to version 3.0, introducing a host of new features. But the update is more than just a few new features crammed into old software. The entire app has been completely rewritten with an all-new interface, big speed enhancements, and other optimizations for OS X Mavericks.
For the full details on what’s new, keep reading:
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14:07
Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.The Mac Observer Spin: Driving up the iPhone's price by $100 doesn't sound like a smart idea in a market where Apple wants to draw in more smartphone customers instead of driving them to cheaper Android-based products. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek thinks that's what Apple has in store, however, and that it won't have a negative impact on sales. Color us skeptical.

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14:02
Internet Leeches Drawn to Heartbleed


It's been more than a week since news of the Heartbleed flaw launched a frantic scramble on the Web, but security professionals' palpitations haven't subsided.
The OpenSSL Software Foundation has issued a fix, and Google, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Akamai and hordes of other companies have begun patching their products. The open source community "reacted very quickly to the vulnerability, which is good," said Diego Sor, head of security consulting services at Core Security. Predictably, scammers and spammers have climbed onto the Heartbleed solution bandwagon.

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14:00
CAZLET: A different take on the iPhone wallet case

Over the past year we've seen quite a few wallet cases for the iPhone. Some of them tried to stow an iPhone inside of a wallet, which made it difficult to use unless you pulled the iPhone out of its protective shelter. Others used the idea of...

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13:51
David Fincher (and perhaps Christian Bale with him)...


David Fincher might be out for director of Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic as a report from The Hollywood Reporter claims sources close to the project say Sony is currently shopping for a replacement. The report claims Fincher is asking for “aggressive demands for compensation and control,” some of which include $10 million in upfront fees and control over marketing materials.

Fincher is said to be seeking a hefty $10 million up front in fees, as well as control over marketing, in negotiations with the studio. Sony allowed him considerable input into the...

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13:47
David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Steve...

According to a report on Monday, director David Fincher will not reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for Sony's upcoming big-budget Steve Jobs biopic. The duo, along with producer Scott Rudin, worked together on the Academy Award winning film "The Social Network," which focused on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

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12:39
Windows Phone 8.1 supports Passbook passes

According to a post on WPCentral.com, Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 software allows Apple Passbook passes to be used natively. When a user chooses to download a Passbook pass, it will be downloaded to the Microsoft Wallet application, and can be used as if it were on an iPhone…

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12:37
Apple's CarPlay reportedly coming to...

Consumers looking for a way to take advantage of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without buying a new vehicle may soon be able to do so, as aftermarket manufacturer Alpine is said to preparing a CarPlay-compatible receiver for release later this year.

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12:34
Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners

Some great winners this year.
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12:31
GoPro circa 1960s
12:30
A Mac graveyard

I'm not sure of the back story on this somewhat creepy collection of defunct computer hardware, which includes quite a few elderly Macs including a Power Mac G4 Cube and a gaggle of iMacs. The photo description says simple "In an old Mac shop," which...

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12:23
Amazon Cloud Drive Photos 3.0 adds iOS 7-friendly...


Amazon updated its Cloud Drive Photos app today to version 3.0 bringing an iOS 7-friendly and a number of features and improvements. With the redesign comes a new navigation view that now contains toggles between photos, videos, and both. This view also includes a progress bar while uploading photos; previous versions of the app only said that photos were being uploaded, not how many or how long it would take. The progress bar feature works with both automatic and manual photo and video uploads....

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12:22
Forbes Analyst Makes Realistic Apple Earnings...

Forbes contributor Chuck Jones spelled out his predictions about Appleâs March quarter in a reasonable sounding piece based on Apple's own guidance and reality. Kelly is very confused about how this got posted.

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12:20
Backblaze: Backup your data online for $5 a month [...

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.

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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 cup of coffee, just $5/month, Backblaze can back up all the data on your...

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12:07
Windows Phone 8.1 supports iOS Passbook files

The Windows Phone 8.1 preview version of Microsoft Wallet actually supports Passbook files from iOS, reports say. iMore notes that Microsoft has developed a method of extracting information from a Passbook file. The individual passes are said to be composed of generic data, and simply rendered by the container app, much like a browser renders a webpage....

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12:04
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12:01
No One Said Following Is Easy

Ina Fried, reporting for Recode on the ongoing Apple-Samsung court case, “Top Android Executive Says Google Didn’t Copy Apple’s iPhone”:

Lockheimer testified that Android, too, was the product of long
hours and hard work.

“The hours were pretty grueling,” Lockheimer said, speaking of the
early days of Android as the operating system was being developed
in 2006 and 2007. “They continue to be grueling, by the way. … We
work really hard.”

Later in the article:

One thing that was not initially contemplated for the first
Android device — at least initially — was any sort of touchscreen.

Weird use of initially in that sentence. As shown below, touchscreens probably were “contemplated” for the first Android devices (they expressly mentioned the potential to support them eventually) but they were explicitly...

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12:01
3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff out of the hands of the bad guys.

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12:00
BlackBerry seeks to halt sales of Typo keyboards

BlackBerry said in a filing last Friday that the injunction is needed now. “Typo has contradicted its prior sworn statements and has significantly changed the way it does business in an attempt to flood the market with infringing keyboards before entry of the injunction,” BlackBerry said in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

They should be banned from selling the keyboards. BlackBerry is right on this one.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:58
Heartbleed facilitates identity theft from Canada...

Canada's tax administration has reported that around 900 people have had personal data stolen, with the miscreants making off with the data using the Heartbleed bug. Taken by the hackers are social insurance numbers (similar to social security numbers in the US), and potentially other data. The breach is the first directly pointing at the Heartbleed bug as the main vector of attack....

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11:35
Facebook reportedly plans money transfer, storage...

Facebook is working to provide financial services, such as allowing users to send money to each other, according to a report. The social network is said to be applying to regulators in Ireland to begin offering money storage and transmissions, something which could receive approval within weeks, and would directly place Facebook in competition with PayPal, Google Wallet, and other similar services....

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11:33
Microsoft reverse engineers Apple's Passbook,...

With Apple's Passbook quickly becoming the de facto way for developers to create digital tickets, store cards and passes, Microsoft has found a way to strip the data from .pkpass files and recompile them on handsets running Windows Phone 8.1.

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11:04
Get One Year of Parallels Access for $14.99

Normally $50, our friends at Stack Social and Parallels have worked with us to get the price down to just $15. Fifty and fifteen may share a lot of sounds a letters, but one of them leaves an extra thirty-five bucks in your pocket, and that's the deal we have running for the rest of the day today. Parallels Access is, hands-down, the best way we've found to access your Mac remotely (or locally) from your iPad. It's almost like magic the way it makes apps on your Mac feel like they were written for iPad. The normal price of $50 for one year is worth it, and at $15 it's a no-brainer. Buy. Now. Before it ends!

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11:00
The HTC One M8 is an Android phone made for iPhone...

Last week, I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the new HTC One (M8), and I can confidently say that if Apple's iPhone was somehow wiped from the face of the earth tomorrow, the new HTC One would be the next best thing. It is, in short, what I imagine...

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10:42
Windows Phone 8.1 update lets users add Passbook...

WPcentral notes that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces support for Apple’s Passbook iOS app, allowing users to load coupons, tickets, boarding passes, etc, designed for Passbook into the Microsoft Wallet app.
While the Microsoft Wallet app will be able to load the various coupons and loyalty cards usually reserved for Passbook, it’s still a little unclear exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Microsoft appears to be allowing users to download the Passbook files and rendering its own card for Microsoft Wallet, but the report speculates Windows Phone won’t be able to tap into the push notifications Apple’s uses to update cards like on iOS.
There seems to be some confusion over whether or not Mircosoft is officially supporting Passbook in one way or another, but with a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 rolling out today, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this...

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10:40
Facebook said to be readying electronic payment...

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly nearing a deal with Irish authorities that would allow the company to offer its European users electronic payment and remittance services ahead of Apple's hotly-anticipated entry into the market.

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10:32
Daily Deals for April 14, 2014, featuring Leawo Blu-...

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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10:22
Custom iPhone baseband chips seen as too '...

With recent rumors and hires suggesting Apple may be planning to build its own custom baseband chips for future iPhones, moving away from off-the-shelf silicon from companies like Qualcomm, one analyst thinks it's a highly unlikely route for Apple to take given the time it would have to invest.

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10:11
Hands On: Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac router

The proliferation of 802.11ac routers has begun in earnest. After an initial deployment by Apple, the second wave of refined devices has begun to hit the market. Linksys' new high-end home and small business Wi-Fi router, the WRT1900AC, has arrived. Where does it sit in the range of available devices?...

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10:00
Why 9:41 AM is the always the time displayed on...

If you've ever paid close attention to Apple's advertising materials, you may or may not have noticed that the time depicted on Apple's products is always 9:41 AM.

Apple's affinity for 9:41 AM is evident across much of the company's product line....

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09:44
Juiceboxx on Kickstarter Keeps MacBook Chargers from...

I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your laptop. As shown in the image and the video, Juiceboxx forms a tunnel that supports the cable and keeps it from fraying. If you've ever had to replace a charger because it frayed or broke, you'll probably appreciate this idea as much as me. The founders of the company entered and won the Ohio State Business Builders Club with this idea, and they used the prize money to develop the prototypes shown. They'll use Kickstarter funding to put it into production. They're half way to their goal of $25,000, and funding options that get you a Juiceboxx start at $20.

...

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09:30
Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case: Premium Leather, Excellent...

In October 2013 Blacksmith-Labs out of Canada introduced their first iPhone holsters made from premium quality leather and metal alloy belt clips. The design concept is modern minimalist and it is different from any other case design this reviewer has seen.

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09:30
Billboard claims iTunes Radio isn't the hit...

The debut of iTunes Radio last summer signaled a fundamental shift in Apple's music strategy. First and foremost, iTunes Radio was Apple's not-so-subtle acknowledgment that the musical landscape that framed Steve Jobs' oft-repeated line about...

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09:25
Don’t miss the Lunar Eclipse on April 14–15!

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Slate:

Do you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia? Then you get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14–15! And while North America is the best place to watch—we’ll get to see the whole event—the real action doesn’t begin until 05:58 UTC on the April 15, which is just before 02:00 EDT, so it’s a bit late. You might just want to stay up for it, though.

I’ll be having a nap later this afternoon so I can get up and take photos of the eclipse. In related news, apparently I’m so old now I need a nap in order to be up at midnight.
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09:24
T-Mobile abolishes excess usage fees from all plans...

T-Mobile will be eliminating overage fees on all of its consumer plans, the carrier has revealed in its third day of Un-carrier announcements. Following the launch of the Simple Starter plan and the Tablet Freedom introduction on Wednesday and Thursday last week, the new announcement is accompanied by a call by president and CEO John Legere for other carriers to remove excess charges from their plans....

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09:22
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk wireless iOS flash...

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This weekend’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:

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09:11
Apple considering hiking price of iPhone 6 by $100,...

Apple has been asking carriers for approval to raise the base subsidized price of the iPhone 6 from $199 to $299, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. The carriers have allegedly balked at the idea so far. Apple could potentially justify the increase due to the phone's bigger size; it's unclear in fact if the hike would apply to the 4.7-inch model or the 5.5-inch one, since Misek refers to just one iPhone 6. Many shoppers would likely assume a 5.5-inch phone would be more expensive....

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09:00
PhotoFlip! annotates iPhone photos but needs work

PhotoFlip! (free) is a really clever idea that lets you add notes to any photo. By just creating a shell around your existing photos with metadata, it doesn't re-copy the photos wasting space on your iOS device. Notes can be at the top or bottom of...

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08:56
Steve Jobs quotes

There are definitely some great ones here.
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08:55
Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data...

Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to generate up to 3.5 megawatts for the facility.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple's potential plans to expand its Prineville center again, any extra power it can generate will be a welcome find. Apple made a commitment to use renewable energy sources when it can, so it's great to see the company following through.

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08:38
Pandora adds alarm clock feature for iPad, new app...


After introducing a new alarm clock feature for iPhone users back in December, streaming music service Pandora today updated its iPad app with the same functionality. The app already let users fall asleep to music using a Sleep Timer feature, and with today’s update to version 5.3 iPad users will now be able to set song or artist stations as alarm clocks.
The alarm clock feature also packs in the usual snooze feature and can be configured from Settings inside the...

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08:38
Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This...

Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.The Mac Observer Spin: This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.

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08:32
White Hats Use Heartbleed to Steal Keys


The tech industry reeled last week when security researchers discovered a flaw in a key security technology in the Internet's infrastructure. The bug, ghoulishly named "Heartbleed," was found in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the protocol, SSL, used to encrypt data in transit on the Net. By exploiting the flaw with a specially crafted packet, hackers can extract data from a server's memory in 64K chunks. "This is indeed one of the worst vulnerabilities in the history of the Web," said Amit Sethi, a technical manager at Cigital.

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08:30
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth coming...

Sid Meier's Civilization series has sold millions of copies and inspired countless sleepless nights from addicted players. Over the course of five titles the series has allowed players to experience building the greatest empires in the history of the...

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08:15
Free 1Password tutorial video and more news for...

Another Monday is upon us. But don't despair, it brought enough Apple news to share with the entire class. Let's get started.

In light of the Heartbleed threat, ScreenCastsOnline has made a tutorial video featuring 1Password available for free....

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07:57
LightSaber Sunglasses From Thinkgeek

Initially I was all set to tell you about the Han in Carbonite Rug, because that is an awesome thing and it warms my heart to live in a world where it exists. But when I went to the What's New page over at ThinkGeek, I was distracted by something even better. What, you ask, could possibly be better than a Carbonite Han Solo Rug? And I answer: Lightsaber sunglasses. Did I mention they light up? Oh yes. Available in green, blue, and red, they're Wayfarer-styled shades that light up (with replaceable button cell batteries). For US$20 (plus shipping), they are no more expensive than most sunglasses I purchase because if I'm going to (inevitably) lose them anyway I'd rather be out $20 instead of $100 or more. Did I mention they light up?

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07:42
∞ Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1950s Relic...

Fender Custom Shop master builder Todd Krause introduces you to his personalized creation, the Master Design 1950s Relic Stratocaster.

Holy shit, that’s beautiful.

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07:38
Aftermarket CarPlay console coming this fall, costs...

Soon, you'll be able to use Apple's CarPlay without buying a whole new car.

Apple

So far, consoles compatible with Apple's CarPlay feature have only been integrated into a handful of high-end cars. If you want to use the feature without buying an entirely new vehicle, Alpine Electronics will soon be able to hook you up—Nikkei reports that the company will begin selling a standalone CarPlay console in the US and Europe this fall. The console is "likely" to have a 7-inch display and will reportedly cost between $500 and $700.
Alpine already sells a lineup of entertainment and navigation systems, and it's possible that this new CarPlay-...

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07:38
Photos show alleged schematics, molds for iPhone 6 [...

(Updated with Nowhereelse mold photo) Photos posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo show what appear to be schematics and case molds for a next-generation iPhone. The schematics indicate a design roughly consistent with current iPhones, including touches like chamfered edges and thin bezels. It's difficult to determine size, but one obvious difference is the phone's depth, which is even thinner than the iPhone 5s....

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07:36
Apps: Dropshare, Arq, Data Recovery
07:30
NuForce NE-600X earbuds improve the sound of your...

With iPhones being used more frequently than iPods for listening to music, people have begun to look at ways to improve on the EarPods included in every iPhone box.

NuForce is a small California company that has a rather complete line of audio...

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07:24
Apple earns more than HP, Google, Intel and Cisco...
07:17
Readdle’s Calendar apps get new iPad UI, custom...

Readdle, the developer behind popular Calendar apps for iPhone and iPad, today updated both its free Calendars by Readdle and the $2.99 Calendars 5 with a number of notable new features.
First up, both apps get an updated iPad UI that includes a number of tweaks for improved navigation and layout. For iPhone users, version 5.4 of the apps brings the ability to create custom reminders, while both iPhone and iPad users gain Smart Input support in new languages including Italian, French, and Spanish. Those new features are in addition to a handful of other improvements and fixes that you’ll notice throughout both apps.
Calendars by Readdle is...

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07:14
Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates,...

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android....

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07:03
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8. 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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07:02
ExtraBITS for 14 April 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we have a profile of legendary Macintosh icon artist Susan Kare and recollections of Steve Jobs from Don Melton, the creator of Safari. Microsoft poked a bit of fun at itself with an Escape from XP game, NPR has arrived on iTunes Radio, and a former Apple Genius tells you how to maximize your iPhone’s battery life without turning off every feature. Finally, Managing Editor Josh Centers was interviewed on the Ask TUAW Live and The Tech Night Owl podcasts. 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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07:00
iPhone 101: What model of iPhone do I have?

When you purchase a new iPhone, it's pretty easy to know exactly what you bought. But what about the situation where someone gives you an iPhone and they're not really sure what it is? Apple doesn't help out, as they don't label the phones with...

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06:53
New photograph of purported 'iPhone 6'...

Just days after pictures surfaced of what were said to be molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new photograph has emerged that gives a clearer indication of the parts' scale and sheds light on the possible physical dimensions of the new handset.

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06:31
∞ Cat Stevens: Father and Son

One of the greatest songs ever written.

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06:25
Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed....

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06:23
New picture of supposed iPhone molds further...

 

Pictures of supposed iPhone 6 production tooling leaked out yesterday. However, the initial images of the molds were blurry and lacked context. A new picture from Nowhereelse.fr compare the molds directly to an iPhone 4s.
The new device is substantially larger than the 4s. Nowhereelse did some Photoshopping and overlaid an iPhone 5s onto the image proportionally to gauge how big the impression actually is. Using this method, the site guesses a screen size of approximately 4.7 inches — as has been rumored by many sources in the past
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06:08
T-Mobile says it will end domestic overages in May,...

Following a number of new initiatives launched last week including its new Simple Starter plan and new perks for tablet users, T-Mobile issued a press release today calling for an end to overages and urging consumers to sign a petition for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to do the same.

Traditional wireless plans start with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data.  Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with dramatically higher rates and extreme penalties.  These plans seem purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges.

In the press...

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06:01
Lying Google bastards

Remember last week when Android engineering VP, Hiroshi Lockheimer, testified in the Apple vs. Samsung trial and lied his ass off saying, “Google did not look to copy the iPhone when it designed Android.” Lies.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Fourth-power stupid

iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests (9to5 Mac)

According to some analyst:

"We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the...

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05:58
Unlikely scenario: Analyst Peter Misek says Apple...


Analyst Peter Misek, via StreetInsider, is saying that Apple is looking to raise iPhone 6 prices by as much as $100. Misek claims that Apple has been actively negotiating the increase with carrier partners.

Misek says that Apple can leverage the iPhone 6′s market power to force carrier’s hands. He says that carriers believe the iPhone 6 will be the only headline-worthy phone this year and that carriers need the iPhone to retain subscribers.
But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will...

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05:40
Digital design app Sketch 3 released for Mac

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This will be good news for a lot of graphic designers on the Mac. Bohemian Coding today released version 3.0 of its digital design app Sketch bringing new features and improvements. Here’s the list of features from Sketch 3:
NEW IN VERSION 3:- Symbols, for reusing elements in your design- Text Styles and Layer Styles, redesigned and...

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05:37
Apple reportedly probing carriers about potential $...

Apple has apparently shown interest in raising the price of its next generation of iPhone models by $100, and has sought approval from carriers to do so, according to one Wall Street analyst.

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05:27
Play Nintendo DS games on non-jailbroken devices...


nds4ios has released a special version of the app that runs on non-jailbroken devices using a sneaky workaround. As the app is not available in the App Store, previously the app could only be installed on jailbroken devices, such as through the Cydia jailbreak app store. The app gets around Apple’s restrictions by using an enterprise provisioning profile reports TourchArcade. This is normally meant for businesses to distribute apps to company employees, but nds4ios is exploiting it as a way to enable widespread app distribution. Find install instructions after the break.

Apple has already...

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05:24
Assaulted for wearing Google Glass, but not for...

Kyle Russell writes for Business Insider. He was wrapping up an assignment, covering a protest of a Google lawyer turned part-time landlord, when someone ran up to him and grabbed his Google Glass from his face.

The story is less about this assault and more about the impact well heeled startups are having on the local communities. As the money floods in, housing prices rise, taxes increase, and local residents are prices out of their homes. Anger and resentment brews. Can this be fixed? A thoughtful read.
∞ Read this on The Loop...

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05:00
Daily App: Trials Frontier comes to iOS with solid...

Ubisoft acquired game development company RedLynx in 2011 and promised to bring the company's popular Trials series of video games to the iOS platform. Platform racing video game Trials debuted in 2000 on the desktop and made a name for itself on...

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04:49
ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial...

With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the passwords for all of your logins, and stores other bits of sensitive information for you, too. ScreenCastsOnline produces great tutorial videos on a wide range of tech topics, and is an awesome resource for learning all about the apps you use on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

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04:46
∞ Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

[VIDEO] The wah-wah guitar pedal emerged in the 60s as a huge influence in the guitar universe. I still have mine. A fantastic invention.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Video embedded in the original post.

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04:34
Alpine to release aftermarket CarPlay system

Alpine Electronics will sell a standalone console featuring Apple’s CarPlay system this fall, Nikkei Asian Review reports. It will be the first aftermarket CarPlay product. The system will be available first in the U.S. and Europe and will “likely cost around $500 to $700.” It’s noted that the screen…

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04:31
Hands on: Sony Portable Headphone Amplifier (PHA-2)

Just as Apple seems to have switched its attention away from standalone music players in favor of its iPhone and iPad businesses, Sony has made a play for the burgeoning high-resolution audio market. One of its latest high-resolution audio devices is the PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier that has been designed to work particularly well with Macs and Apple's iPhone and iPads. Not only does the device sport an in-built battery for use on the go, it also includes a high-quality DAC that supports 24-bit/192kHz audio files that includes a digital input for iPhones and iPads. Helping improve sound......

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04:28
Alpine to sell stand-alone CarPlay consoles

Nikkei.com:

While a slew of carmakers will soon start offering vehicles that come standard with a CarPlay interface built in, the Japanese company’s device is to be the first aftermarket product compatible with the system. It will first be available in the U.S. and Europe and likely cost around $500 to $700.

The device will connect to an iPhone 5 or later by wire. Drivers will be able to view maps on its screen, likely 7 inches, and use voice commands to access messages, make calls and play music. The system will be able to read messages and directions aloud.

This looks pretty cool. A real boost for CarPlay.
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04:00
Why Is It So Hard to Think Different?


I've been having an interesting week -- first, with AMD, which has returned to profitability and stopped chasing Intel's butt to do some rather interesting different things, like merging x86 and ARM technologies. Then, with IBM, which also realized that chasing Intel wasn't doing it any good. It chose an even more unusual path, making its processors "open." Looking back at Apple's incredible success in mobile, it stepped out for the iPod, creating a very different offering, and then took a cookie cutter to the smartphone and tablet market.

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02:17
Car electronics manufacturer Alpine to sell...

Alpine devices already integrate with the Siri Eyes Free feature of iOS devices.
In March, Mercedes-Benz said that it had plans to offer aftermarket CarPlay units by the end of 2014. As noticed by MacRumors, a Nikkei report from Saturday reveals that car electronics manufacturer Alpine has similar plans.
Alpine will begin selling a standalone car console that integrates CarPlay in the fall. Although many car manufacturers are going to offer CarPlay-equipped cars in their new ranges very soon, Alpine will be the first company to sell an independent CarPlay unit,...

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Sunday April 13

23:46
Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google's...

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.

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20:36
Briefly: PrinterPro adds more languages, Deckset...

Wireless printing app for iPhone PrinterPro has announced that it has been localized into nine languages. Now the app is available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese as well as English. The software allows users to print attachments, documents and web pages from their iPhone on any Wi-Fi or USB-connected printer. Currently free for the remainder of its 24-hour promotion, Printer Pro can be downloaded through iTunes, and is normally priced at $5....

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19:16
Auki may be the best quick reply tweak for iOS 7 (...


Auki is a new jailbreak tweak from Surenix and Benno available for iOS 7. This tweak brings a native style quick reply feature to the Messages app. Along with that, Auki provides several other features including a “Silent Mode” that can be applied to individual contacts, similar to Tweetbot’s mute feature.

When you receive a message, you’ll have the ability to tap on the “reply” button found on the notification banner to pull up Auki and begin composing your response. In addition to its quick reply functionality, Auki’s new message popup can also be activated within the Notification Center by swiping down...

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17:02
Florian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of...

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.

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