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12:51
iPhone 6 metal mockups spotted at electronics show

A few metal mockups of the alleged iPhone 6 — said to be used to make cases for the upcoming device — were spotted at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, Macotakara reports. The pictured mockups do seem to somewhat resemble what’s been indicated for the expected upcoming 4.7” iPhone…

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12:50
Fun and Angst With Google Glass


Google Glass, which has been the focus of considerable controversy, went on sale Tuesday -- for one day only -- at $1,500, with Android KitKat and new features that include improved battery life, photo bundles, photo replies and voice command sorting.
However, one feature -- video calling -- has been eliminated because fewer than 10 percent of Explorer beta users employed it. "Today we hope to bring even more Explorers into the program to reflect an even more diverse group of people," said Google spokesperson Chris Dale.

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12:49
∞ Siri celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Ask Siri:

  • “Show me [INSERT TEAM NAME]” and Siri will pull up the appropriate roster, displaying all players as number 42.
  • “What is Jackie Robinson day?” and Siri will share the history of the day via Wikipedia.
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12:37
Problem with the latest version of Flash? Read this

Overthought.org:

This morning, Adobe kindly alerted me of an update available for Flash to take it to version 13.0.0.182.

The update breaks Flash.

DO NOT run this update, at least until Adobe solves whatever is causing the plugin to fail.

Several readers of Overthought.org have reported that this update completely breaks Flash for Safari on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. I have also personally experienced this issue.

If you run into a problem with your newly updated Flash install, read the rest of the post. Hopefully, it will help. [Via @stumark and @jordanmerrick]
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12:34
Briefly: Deus Ex Director's Cut, Grovemade...

Feral Interactive has announced today that Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut has been released for OS X, available exclusively through Steam. Deus Ex: Human Revolution players perform as an ex-SWAT specialist who has been hired to oversee the security of an experimental biotechnology firm. Adam Jensen discovers there is more to the company than previously thought when a black ops team breaks in and kills scientists....

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12:31
Physical iPhone 6 mockups & upcoming accessories...


Following a number of leaks claiming to show prototypes, cases, and manufacturing tools for the next-generation iPhone, today yet another leak of a physical iPhone 6 mockup has popped up via Japanese blog Macotakara.jp. The site posted images from the...

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12:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and...

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12:25
Alpine confirms Apple CarPlay head units coming in...

Japanese aftermarket manufacturer Alpine confirmed on Tuesday that it will be the second car audio maker to bring Apple's CarPlay to aftermarket receivers with products set to launch in the U.S. and Europe later this year.

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12:11
Alpine Electronics announces aftermarket CarPlay...

Alpine Electronics officially announced today it will offer aftermarket products compatible with Apple CarPlay. A Monday report noted Alpine would sell such a system, and today Alpine confirmed the existence of upcoming products. The Alpine system will be an in-dash touch screen that incorporates CarPlay using a Lightning…

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12:00
On the road with the Divoom Voombox Travel Bluetooth...

Looking for an inexpensive, but sturdy Bluetooth speaker for outside use? The DIvoom Voombox Travel (US$49.95) is going to fit the bill, being both built like a tank and available for less than fifty bucks. Read on for the review, and then enter for...

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11:44
Google releases Helpouts for iOS, A&E brings...

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store Tuesday as Google brought its Helpouts live video tutorial service to iOS and A&E Networks launched live streaming of its A&E and History channels to the iPad.

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11:20
Rapoo E2700 Keyboard Includes Touchpad

Rapooâs E2700 Keyboard for computers contains a built-in touch pad on the right side. It's not quite a full-size keyboard being only 10-inches wide, including the touchpad. With it, right-handed users can sit back and relax while they compute, never having to take their hands off the wireless keyboard.

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11:14
The Loop Sponsorships available May and June

We have some sponsorship weeks available coming up in May and June. If you want to get your product or service in front of the fine readers of The Loop with an exclusive sponsorship, let me know.
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11:06
The Nocera Chronicles

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera (of “and I think you’re a slime bucket” Steve Jobs phone call fame) devoted his weekend column to Apple. He describes a company already in decline, several times citing Yukari Iwatani Kane’s widely-panned Haunted Empire:

The only real way to stave off further decline is to come out with
a product that establishes a whole new category — the way the
iPad did in 2010. But that seems unlikely. “Outside the echo
chamber of Apple’s headquarters, the notion of the company’s
exceptionalism has been shattered,” Kane writes.

That’s the extent of...

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11:00
How to turn your iPhone or iPad into a retro game...

The iPhone and iPad are already super-capable gaming devices, with thousands of quality titles spanning all genres and tastes, but sometimes it's nice to take a trip back to yesteryear... and sometimes you want to see those games on the big,...

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10:51
Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning...


Google has added yet another app to its collection of iPhone apps today. This time it’s Google Helpouts, which connects users over its Hangouts service to experts knowledgeable in a specific subject for tutoring. Google’s Helpouts service first launched last fall.
Google on what Hangouts has to offer:
What you can do on the iOS app
Find and...

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10:50
Universal Audio releases the Chandler Limited GAV19T...

Available exclusively for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations, the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier Plug-In is an exacting emulation of the dual EL84-powered boutique guitar amp. Inspired by British classics such as Vox and Marshall — and lesser-known gems from Watkins and Selmer — the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier plug-in offers features not found on the original hardware, such as an FX Rack with an onboard noise gate, host-syncable lo-fi delay, Power Soak, and pre/post switchable EQ filter controls.

Can’t wait to try this out.
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10:43
Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR...

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4MP CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities....

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10:39
Apps: A&E/History 2.0, Ally 3.0, Amazon Cloud...

A&E Television Networks Mobile has updated two of its free apps — A&E and History — to version 2.0, bringing live streaming TV to both apps. Of course, as you may have suspected, both apps require signing in with a TV provider. A quick glance at the list…

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10:30
Daily Deals for April 15, 2014

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

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10:30
Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (...

Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad. John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.

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10:23
New Office 365 Personal plan targets individual iPad...

If you were looking to try out Office for iPad, but didn’t precisely feel like shelling out the full $10-per-month or $100-per-year for an Office 365 Home plan, then may Microsoft interest you in a slight discount? The company this week launched a new Office 365 Personal Plan at a lower price point.Not that much lower, though: The Personal plan runs $7 per month, or $70 for a year-long subscription. And that lower price comes with more restrictions: Unlike the Home plan, which allows you to run Office 365 on 5 PCs or Macs and 5 Windows tablets or iPads, the Personal plan—as the name suggests—works only on a single PC or Mac in addition to one tablet. If you’re a student, you also have access to a four-year Office 365 University subscription for $80, which offers most of the same benefits.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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10:20
Amazon Smartphone Rumors Now Include Photos

Last week we had reports of Amazon building a smartphone, this week we have more details and pictures, including notable features such as a 4.7â screen, 720p resolution, and six cameras. Yes, six.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's smartphone sounds more legit all the time, but it's noteworthy feature of 3-D opens up a lot of questions.

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10:07
Heineken asks 40 legendary individuals to craft...

heineken has teamed up with over 40 legendary individuals from the worlds of sport, entertainment and art to create a series of bespoke posters in support of reporters without borders, a global non-profit which which protects journalists and ensures freedom of information.

I need a drink.
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10:07
A&E, History iOS apps update with live TV support

A&E has updated two of its iOS apps -- History, and the network's namesake -- with support for watching live TV. Previously users were able to watch clips and full episodes, but only after the fact. Like some other TV apps, gaining access to the live streams requires a cable subscription....

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10:06
Fast cvfsck question

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: cvfsckWe have three SANs that have started failing over very frequently after we updated to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. After trying a great many things, I'm concerned that the SAN definitions might corrupted.
I've just learned about the cvfsck command in Xsan, and the steps to check if a volume has problems. I just have one question:
1) How long does this process take? The first two SANs are the ones we're concerned about. SAN1 is 42 TB and SAN2 is 36 TB. We're in the middle of Baseball Season and we're ingesting a lot of video of the Seattle Mariners every day. We need to find a time to run this test but I'm not sure how long it could take. Any approximate guesses?

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09:58
CocoaConf Fall dates announced

To help meet the growing demand, we are adding two new cities. This fall, we will be returning to Columbus, Boston, and Atlanta, and making our first stops in Seattle and Las Vegas! It is going to be one exciting fall conference season!

I’ve always heard great things about CocoaConf.
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09:39
Twitter Tries to Defuse Turkey Controversy


Twitter has agreed to close some accounts in Turkey, but the two sides are still at loggerheads over allegations of tax evasion and whether or not Twitter must maintain a physical presence in the country. Twitter VP of Global Public Policy Colin Crowell led a delegation of sorts to address the country's multifaceted grievances with the social media site. Twitter was banned in Turkey in March. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's administration followed that up with claims that the company was evading taxes and refusing to heed to Turkish law.

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09:17
9to5Toys Last Call: SquareTrade protection plans 40...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.
This weekend’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:

  • Save 40% on SquareTrade protection plans for smartphones, tablets, and more

FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker $35 shipped (Reg. $60) wp.me/...

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09:02
Microsoft launches $70/year Office 365 Personal for...

Pricing on Microsoft's Office 365 service became a little more affordable for individual users on Tuesday, as the company launched a new "Personal" subscription plan priced at $69.99 per year.

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08:57
Apple meeting with UK ad agencies in preparation for...


Apple appears to be readying for an UK iTunes Radio launch in the near future. As indicated by this tweet, Apple’s director of iAd Paul Wright has recently been visiting media marketing agencies to discuss iAd in relation to iTunes Radio.
Bloomberg said that Apple was planning to launch in the UK in ‘early 2014′ last October, but so far this has not happened several months into 2014. Although many people have seen iTunes Radio sporadically appear on their devices in recent months, it is has only officially expanded to Australia beyond the US launch alongside iOS 7.
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08:50
iPad-friendly Office 365 subscription now available...

The newest addition to Microsoft's range of Office 365 subscriptions is now available. For $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year, Office 365 Personal lets you use Office on one PC or Mac and one Windows tablet or iPad.
The Personal plan slots in below the Home plan (formerly known as Home Premium), which costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year, which supports five PCs or Macs and five tablets in the same house.
Both subscriptions also include 20GB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of global Skype calls per month. Both are also licensed only for "home" use, with "business" use requiring different subscriptions; the Small Business Premium subscription, for $12.50 a month or $150 a year, appears to be the closest equivalent.
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08:37
Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription...

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subscription plan....

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08:34
A&E and History Channel add live TV stream in...


A&E Networks has just updated iOS apps for two of its most popular TV channels, A&E and History, with the ability to watch live TV on both iPhone and iPad. The apps, which previously provided full episodes and clips on-demand to users in the US, will now provide a live stream of what’s playing on the TV channels. The live TV feature, however, will require a cable subscription. 
The new feature will require users to sign into their cable account through one of the supported TV providers. Currently the live TV feature only supports Comcast...

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08:23
Amazon's iPhone competitor purportedly revealed...

A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.

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08:12
Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade...

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features....

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08:11
Apple confirms after-market CarPlay and other news...

A new subscription plan from Microsoft, after-market CarPlay and more gorgeous hardware from Twelve South. Here's this morning's news.

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that after-marked CarPlay solutions will be made available. The company did not...

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08:10
Microsoft’s new cheaper 365 subscription gets you...

Microsoft is launching a cheaper ‘Personal’ Office 365 subscription today that will give you access to the cloud services and mobile apps for $69/year or $6.99/month opposed to the $99/year Home subscription. The new Personal subscription only provides access for one Mac (or PC) and iPad (or tablet) instead of the 5 PC or Macs and 5 tablets you get with a Home subscription.
You might want to hold off on the new subscription, however, as Amazon is currently selling the full Home subscription for just $63 (37% off). That’s cheaper than the new...

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07:54
Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.

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07:32
Forums: audio problems, Logic X questions and more

This week in the MacNN forums, members help other long time users and Fresh-Faced Recruits resolve problems. Forum members try to assist one Fresh-Faced Recruit with an iMac that is unable to recognize audio inputs or outputs after a power failure, but so far have been unsuccessful in their attempts. Yesterday Junior Member "phkc070408" was trying to determine if there was a way to assign a specific key or series of keys to type a pre-programmed set of text....

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07:32
Closer look at alleged 'iPhone 6' front...

Whether it's legitimate or not, a newly revealed front panel claimed to be for Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to show a part for a 5.1-inch display with a screen ratio of 16 to 9.

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07:30
Who else could direct the Jobs movie and what would...

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Sony balked at director David Fincher's request to have $10 million upfront to helm the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Issacson's book. Fincher is best known for directing "The Social Network," "The Girl with...

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07:29
Apple deals: iPads and iPods

This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation iPad 2 down to $279....

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07:25
DealNN: $400 off 27-inch iMac

MacMall.com has dropped the price on the 27-inch iMac from $1,800 down to $1,400. Until 4/30/14, a $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price even further to $1,300. That is about $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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07:22
iPhone Apps: Calendars 5, Morning, SlingPlayer for...
07:15
Samsung Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner already...

The news:

When it comes to Samsung’s fingerprint scanner technology embedded in the home button on the new Galaxy S5, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found that it works very well. The bad news, however, is that it has apparently already been hacked, leaving Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk.

My reaction:

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07:10
The Week in Mac Apps: Light bulb

Light bulbFrom organizing ideas to creating beautiful photos, this week’s app round has a little for everyone.CloudClip Manager 1.2Thinkbitz’s CloudClip Manager (Mac App Store Link) is designed to keep track of all your copy-and-paste operations across multiple computers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:03
How audio compression works

Great article by Kirk McElhearn.
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07:00
iPhone 101: Improve the App Store search experience...

Searching through apps in the App Store on your iPhone can be a rabbit hole -- you search for a term and then scroll endlessly through the results to find just the right app that you need. When you want to return to the beginning of your search...

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06:48
Office 365 Personal allows iPad editing

Today we’re announcing that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP)1–online at Office365.com, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners.

An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365.

Microsoft is trying, I’ll give them that. It’s a good move on their part.
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06:48
Photos show supposed front panel, batteries for...

New photos may have revealed more components for the next-generation iPhone, usually nicknamed the iPhone 6. An image from Chinese site Sina Weibo shows what's claimed to be a front panel for the device. Next to it for comparison is an iPhone 5s; while the panel has similar cutouts, it's also considerably larger, and sports thinner side bezels. This is consistent with most reports about the new iPhone. Apple is also believed to be working a on 5.5-inch model, though, whereas the panel seems closer to the anticipated 4.7-inch size.......

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06:43
Pioneer owners can upgrade to Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Corporation today announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

CarPlay is gaining momentum.
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06:30
The Week in Mac Accessories: Thunderstorm

ThunderstormThis week's roundup of new Mac accessories features several new Thunderbolt storage solutions, as well as new sleeves, cases, and more.FeenixThis company has introduced two new products for high-end Mac gamers. The $97 Nascita gaming mouse (pictured) offers an “8200 dpi laser engine with perfect accuracy, tracking, and pickups,” while the $36 Dimora gaming mousepad's “micro textured surface makes it feel as if mice are hovering on air.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:19
Pioneer officially announces aftermarket CarPlay...

Pioneer officially announced today it will be releasing an aftermarket system for Apple CarPlay, as was previously reported. The company will make CarPlay accessible through a firmware update to its existing NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, which range in price from $700 to $1,400.

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06:13
Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

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06:07
Printing From the Palm of Your Hand


While the tech world has gone mobile, there's one key tool that hasn't changed in years: the printer. Most printers are still big, bulky and boring. They do a job, and they stay put. Right where you left them -- at home or in the office. If a new crowdsourced Kickstarter project gets the funding it needs, mobile workers will be able to print most anywhere -- even coffee shops. The tool? A robot printer. ZUta Labs has reimagined the printer into an apple-sized device that can drive over a sheet of paper and print along the way.

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06:00
Think Different. Or Not.

Though this image is more satirical then complimentary, you gotta love those glowing Apple logos on the back of every Mac. I have to admit, though, that I would love to see a similar photo taken in the dark....

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05:59
Opinion: Should Apple settle its Android disputes...

With Apple in the midst of its second major court battle with Samsung over alleged patent violations, and all but one of the five claims relating to Android rather than to anything Samsung-specific, it’s gotten me wondering whether further cases of this kind are truly beneficial to Apple.
I understand it emotionally, of course. It’s galling to work hard on a hugely popular hardware design or user-interface only to see someone else copy parts of it, and the desire to hit back at that is a natural one. But I’m not sure that it makes too much sense rationally … 
For me, there are three reasons for wondering whether Apple would be better off reaching a modest settlement than to battle these disputes out in...

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05:46
Pioneer announces first aftermarket Apple CarPlay...

Apple's forthcoming CarPlay standard for in-vehicle dashboards won't be limited to new cars, as Pioneer announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing five aftermarket options for customers to install in their existing vehicles this summer.

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05:44
iWatch: LG to supply flexible displays, September...

LG Display will be the sole supplier of flexible displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch, according to South Korea’s Digital Times. It’s reported that Apple plans on bringing the device to the market in September. As previously reported, the Digital Times article claims Apple will release the iWatch in two…

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05:42
Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing...

Following reports yesterday that car electronics manufacturer Alpine was planning to launch aftermarket CarPlay units in the fall, Pioneer issued a press release today confirming a firmware update for existing in-dash systems. Pioneer will be bringing Apple’s new CarPlay system to existing vehicles using the company’s five 2014 NEX...

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05:33
Revenue from mobile device displays to surpass...

Display manufacturers will make more money in 2014 from the screens found in mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers than those in television sets for the first time as consumers increasingly demand higher-quality displays in mobile devices, according to new data.

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05:16
Alleged iPhone 6 front panel, batteries leaked

A picture of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo. The alleged white front panel is shown next to an iPhone 5s. Indeed, it looks like a larger iPhone screen, and would belong to the rumored 4.7” model iPhone. …

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05:07
Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.

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05:02
Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up with inMarket for...


Today, Condé Nast’s Epicurious becomes the latest to take advantage of iBeacons in-store by teaming up with inMarket to beam location-based notifications and offers to shoppers in retail environments. I previously wrote about inMarket,  an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling out iBeacons to retailers (mostly grocery stores), when it...

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05:00
Apple’s data centers to be powered by water?

I don’t think Greenpeace can say that Apple isn’t trying. Apple’s huge data center in North Carolina, which powers iCloud, uses huge amounts of power, and until recently has been utilizing available sources of energy which are primarily coal-burning sources such as those supplied by companies such as North Carolina’s Duke Energy. This is something about which Apple has been catching flak from environmentalists, but late last year, Apple took control of a project built by Earth By Design (EBD), a Oregon-based developer of green energy, that uses small ...

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05:00
Daily App: Cinefy brings Hollywood-style FX to your...

Cinefy - Special FX Studio promises to deliver over 100 Hollywood caliber special effects and animations to your iPhone. The app is easy to use, but it is crippled by in-app purchases that take the fun out of movie-making.

Cinefy is very easy use,...

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04:30
Update Rundown for April 14th, 2014

Every so often we like to post info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers, 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!
TaskTime4 5.1.5
This app for tracking your time and printing invoices has been my goto for my freelance work for years. It’s inexpensive ($20) and the developer...

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03:33
Samsung wanted Google to do its dirty work in...

Image: amongtech.com
Another interesting revelation from the ongoing Apple vs Samsung patent trial: concerned about launching attack ads on a company that was a customer as well as a competitor, Samsung sought to persuade Google to “launch a campaign against Apple.”
The then CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America, Dale Sohn, emailed his chief marketing officer to ask:

As you have shared previously, we are unable to battle [Apple] directly in our marketing. If it continues to be Samsung’s position to avoid attacking Apple given its status as as a large customer, can we go to Google to ask them to launch a campaign against Apple based on the many better Android products available in the market for Q4?

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01:44
Apple tech uses Wi-Fi access points for indoor...

While most mobile devices rely on GPS for mapping and navigation, the system only works outdoors and in range of satellite timing signals. However, new technology from Apple could extend accurate positioning indoors without need for additional hardware aside from existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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01:20
Apple vs. Samsung, Day 6: It's not copying, it...

Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker put on a stunning seven witnesses -- most of them from the search and advertising giant.......

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01:17
Sketchy photo of an iPhone 6 front panel appears on...


A picture claiming to be of an “iPhone 6″ front panel has surfaced on a Chinese forum after being posted without context on Weibo. Details surrounding the image are not clear, but the forum poster claims that it originates from within an iPhone ‘factory’. The image was first found by iphon.fr.
Compared to the iPhone 5s, as shown above, the screen size is noticeably larger. It appears to feature a screen approximately 4.7 inches diagonally, as previously rumored.

Yesterday,...

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00:49
Rumor: First photo of supposed 'iPhone 6'...

A single photo of what appears to be a larger than normal iPhone front panel assembly showed up on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Tuesday, offering what could be the first look at Apple's next-generation handset.

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Monday April 14

23:57
New report corroborates rumors of LG iWatch display...


According to a recent report from Korean publication Naver, LG is once again rumored to be the sole supplier of flexible displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch. First discovered by GforGames, the report seems to back up a rumor from January suggesting that LG would be supplying a 1.52-inch plastic OLED display for Apple.
Naver also indicates that Apple will launch its iWatch in both 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch sizes, which ...

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21:50
Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador,...

Users in Ecuador have provided evidence that iTunes Radio is now sporadically available in the South American country, suggesting that Apple is testing the service in preparation for international rollouts there and elsewhere. The news comes on the heels of previous reports in both the UK and Canada that saw testing of the service in those place, which may hint that Apple plans to announce a big expansion of the service in the near future. Officially, it is only available in the US and Australia currently....

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20:23
Samsung execs deny copying Apple design, attribute...

Continuing to grind through its long list of expert witnesses on Monday, Samsung brought up two company executives, as well as three Google engineers, to further its case of non-infringement of five Apple patents.

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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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