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Wednesday March 18

17:00
Daily Deals for March 18, 2015

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

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MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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16:55
Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's...

Earlier this week, Apple released fresh statistics regarding iOS 8 distribution, showing 77 percent of devices run the latest version of its most recent operating system.

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16:11
SoCal's first 'water coaster' is...

It's not just the Circle K, strange things are afoot throughout San Dimas, California -- like the wacky 1000-foot-long, magnetically driven "water coaster" recently installed at a local Raging Waters park in the midst of a debilitating statewide drou...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Modern Combat 5, Snapheal...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Modern Combat 5, the new Alpha Omega game, and an update to Snapheal from Macphun. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

ColorStrokes [Now free, down from $1.99] iPhone version of the most popular Color Splash app for Mac.

Pilot's Path [Now free, down from $3.99] Experience the thrill of adventure with Pilot’s Path – an old school top down view helicopter flying game, perfectly optimized for Retina Display.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout [Now free,...

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15:46
iRig 2 unveiled

Just like its predecessor, the new iRig 2 plugs directly into the mini jack input of a mobile device. It lets musicians send an instrument signal to apps, such as IK’s AmpliTube, while also providing on-board output for real-time monitoring.iRig 2 now comes with gain control, which lets users precisely adjust the input gain of their instrument to match their mobile device. This means that it can be customized to always provide the best sound, no matter what type of guitar, bass or line-level instrument or device is used.Its new 1/4″ amplifier output, in addition to its traditional 1/8″ headphone output, allows iRig 2 to be plugged directly into a guitar amplifier or powered speakers without an adaptor. This helps to keep all cable connections tidy and organized.A new FX/THRU switch allows iRig 2 to send either a wet or dry signal through the device. This means that guitarists can play live with an amplifier and use their mobile device with a tuner app, such as IK’s UltraTuner, or a...

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15:33
Samsung can put 128GB of storage in your low-cost...

Just because you're not splurging on a top-of-the-line smartphone doesn't mean that you have to settle for a tiny amount of storage. Samsung certainly thinks that way -- it just announced a 3-bits-per-cell flash memory chip that promises 128GB of sto...

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14:40
Apple releases Safari 7.1.5, and 6.2.5 betas to...

Apple on Wednesday seeded a round of Safari betas to developers for testing, following up on a version for OS X 10.10 Yosemite that contained references to the upcoming Photos app.

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14:10
Vine gains offline viewing mode, Camera+ gets widget...

Twitter's Vine app got an update on Wednesday that brings background video caching support for offline viewing, while popular photo app Camera+ now sports full iPhone 6 and 6 Plus optimization and a quick access Notification Center widget.

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14:01
Apple seeds Safari 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 betas to...


Apple today has released a pair of Safari betas for earlier version of OS X. Safari 7.1.5 beta for OS X Mavericks and version 6.2.5 beta for OS X Mountain Lion are both available on the Mac Developer Center for registered developers. Safari 8.0.5, which includes the same upgrades as the Mavericks and Mountain Lion versions, is not available as a separate download, but it comes as part of the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 developer and public betas. Here are the focus areas for these Safari betas:

  • General website compatibility
  • Extension compatibility
  • Debugging using Web Inspector
  • Typing in the Smart Search Field while using multiple displays
  • Viewing videos on sites such as Netflix and YouTube
  • Address and...
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14:00
13-inch Broadwell MacBook showdown: Should you go...


The 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air were once very different computers that served very different needs. One was bulkier but pretty fast and user-serviceable, while the other was thin-and-light to a fault, arriving with anemic low-power CPUs and GPUs, slow hard drives, and no easy means to upgrade.
In the last two-to-three years, that gap has narrowed substantially. The Air has become more powerful and less compromised, while the Pro has slimmed down and dumped features like user-replaceable RAM and its Ethernet jack. Both use Thunderbolt 2. Both use modern dual-core CPUs with some of Intel’s better integrated GPUs. They’re even priced in the same ballpark. What was once an easy recommendation has gotten more difficult.
Last year as part of our review process, we took a good long look at both laptops, picked...

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13:30
AWT News Update: March 18, 2015

Apple.com

Today on the AWT News Update:

  • Under the terms of an agreement Comcast made when it took over NBCUniversal in 2011, it might be forced to cut an agreement to offer NBCUniversal content on Apple's proposed streaming video subscription service.
  • Baird Equity Research believes that Apple could add another $30 billion in annual revenue to its bottom line by disrupting the cable industry with a streaming service.
  • Cult of Mac reports that website hijacking appears to be disrupting iOS 8 users, with JavaScript-based ads launching App Store pages without permission.
  • Find out how you'll be able to try out an Apple Watch at Apple Stores on April 10th.

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12:30
Pronto and Peel join forces to turn your iPhone into...

Pronto smart remote. Photo for apple world today by steve sande, ©2015, all rights reserved

Have you ever wanted to turn your iPhone into a universal remote for your audiovisual gear, in particular your TV? That’s the idea behind Pronto (US$59.99), a combination of a small Bluetooth device and an app that wants to replace all of your remote controls.

About four years ago several of us at The Unofficial Apple Weblog were given the opportunity to test a universal remote system that worked with the iPhone. Called The Peel, the device used a pear-shaped infrared blaster called The Fruit in concert with a cylindrical Wi-Fi device called The Wire and the Peel Remote app. Ultimately, I wasn’t too impressed with the device as it took up space, dropped connectivity with the iPhone, and the app didn’t have much going for it.

Fast forward to 2015, and another former universal remote wannabe — Pronto (by Philips) — and Peel have...

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12:17
Flexibits teases upcoming Fantastical 2 for Mac app

Flexibits just released the first teaser for the upcoming Fantastical 2 for Mac app. The teaser includes new iconography matching OS X Yosemite’s aesthetics similar to the iOS 7 and later versions of Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad. Fantastical 2 for Mac will obviously be the sequel to the popular language parsing calendar utility for Mac.
The new version of the smart calendar app is due out in one week on March 25th, the teaser reveals, and we’ll have a full, hands-on review at launch so stay tuned. Until then, check out the Fantastical 2 for Mac teaser here...

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11:58
BMW research head avoids Apple Car question, says...

BMW's research and development head said on Wednesday that there are obstacles to collaborating with Apple beyond integrating iPhone support into vehicles, but did not completely rule out the possibility of the two companies building a car together.

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11:40
Security firm finds small percentage of iOS apps...

Security company FireEye recently examined iOS and Android apps to determine whether they are vulnerable to the recently publicized FREAK attack. FREAK is a security flaw that allows a 2,048-bit SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Security Layer) encryption key to be downgraded to a weaker 512-bit key.

Via a man-in-the-middle attack, a hacker can use the FREAK expolit to intercept HTTPS connections and force the vulnerable clients to use the weakened form of encryption. Once compromised, the hacker potentially can access the sensitive data being transmitted via HTTPS.

Apple fixed the iOS FREAK vulnerability in iOS 8.2, but some apps remain vulnerable as they utilize their own OpenSSL libraries and connect to servers that remain unpatched. FireEye examined more than 14,000 popular iOS apps and found that 5.5% remain vulnerable to a FREAK attack.

On the iOS side, 771...

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11:25
How-To: Transfer, edit, and share DSLR or point-and-...


Apple’s iPhones became Flickr’s most popular camera phones in 2008 and most popular cameras overall soon thereafter, but even now, iPhones constitute only 9.6% of the photo-sharing site’s userbase. Despite the iPhone’s undeniable popularity, over 90% of photographers are using other cameras: Canon has a 13.4% share, Nikon 9.3%, Samsung 5.6%, and Sony 4.2%, with tons of other brands following close behind. While the cameras in phones continue to improve every year, they’re not the best tools for photography — they’re just the ones most people carry with them all the time.
If you shoot photos...

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11:25
B&H Photo's Manhattan superstore opens...

This week, B&H Photo Video's Midtown Manhattan superstore became the first of its kind to have an Apple-sanctioned store-within-a-store, showcasing the electronics maker's full lineup of Macs, iPads, Beats and accessories in Apple's familiar retail style.

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11:22
Unscrupulous website adverts again redirecting some...

Website advertisement companies have found a way to circumvent the protections introduced in iOS 8 to stop users from being kicked to the App Store because of certain cleverly-coded JavaScript advertisements.
I am now experiencing this myself, and it makes browsing on the iPhone unusable. Browsing to websites such as Reddit and Reuters and others now automatically open the App Store. In many cases, there is no way for me to read the actual content on the pages. You can see this happen in the video above.
This flared up as a serious issue last year, when users found they were being taken to random App Store pages without granting any kind of permission…
In iOS 8 beta 2, Apple supposedly had remedied the issue: “Safari now blocks ads from automatically redirecting to the App Store without user interaction.”. However, it seems that...

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11:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Protect, charge, and...

Protect, charge, and display your new Apple WatchThis week's roundup brings more new accessories for the Apple Watch. Will it be as lucrative for tinkerers and developers as its iOS predecessors? We're about to find out.ActionproofIf you're thinking about getting an Apple Watch, you’ve got to worry about breaking it. The $29 Bumper is (natch) a bumper to protect your precious new iOS device from scrapes, bumps, and bruises without sacrificing your access to or use of the screen. It’s an Indiegogo project, but seems well on its way toward raising the amount needed to go into production.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:46
T-Mobile promises rates won’t rise, now paying...


Today during its latest Un-carrier event, T-Mobile announced new initiatives including brand new plans and pricing for businesses and a promise to all of its customers that it won’t increase prices. It’s also paying off bills for those locked into leasing plans on other carriers if they switch to T-Mobile. 
That “Un-contract” guarantee that prices won’t increase goes for all of its Simple Choice plans (including Simple Choice promotional plans) as long as you remain a T-Mobile customer with a qualifying plan. However, the carrier will only offer the guarantee to those with unlimited 4G LTE data for two years. The guarantee will automatically start for all existing customers on March 22nd....

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10:26
Apple Pay Exposes Insecure Bank Policies

Apple Pay is being blamed for a rash of new credit card fraud cases. TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull argues that it’s merely exposing existing weaknesses in bank security. 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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10:22
Apple Store retail plan for Watch: 15 min....


Apple will introduce several major initiatives to ready its retail stores for the Apple Watch’s launch in April, according to sources briefed on the upcoming changes. Starting on April 10th, Apple will allocate 15 minutes per customer for in-store try-on appointments, using 10 or more try-on stations to manage what’s expected to be a steady flow of customers interested in having hands-on time with the Watch. While customers will not necessarily be required to have an appointment, they will be time-limited and guided during the hands-on experience. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to place a reservation at the time of try-on for a particular model, and make a follow-up...

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10:16
Apple's subscription TV service predicted to...

With Apple's anticipated subscription television service said to be targeting a price between $30 and $40 per month, one analyst has predicted that the company will come in on the low end of that range, or else risk pricing itself out of the market.

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09:53
China Unicom, China Telecom to start selling 4G...

China Unicom and China Telecom will begin selling 4G LTE-capable versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27, the two wireless carriers announced on Wednesday.

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09:51
Not a launch country, Switzerland Apple Store has...

(via 9to5Mac reader Felix)
Apple Watch signage in Apple Stores has been going up all around the world since last week, but the Basel Apple Store in Switzerland appears to be especially decked out with Apple Watch promotional material. Switzerland isn’t among the 9 countries where the Apple Watch will be made available on April 24th, but the Basel location is the center of attention for the watch industry this week with BaselWorld, a watch and jewelry trade show, kicking off tomorrow. 
We’ve already seen a few of the Apple Watch competitors from Swiss watchmakers launching luxury smartwatches including hardware from ...

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09:51
Windows Hello Waves Off Passwords


Microsoft on Tuesday announced Windows Hello, a feature that allows users to access computers and devices running Windows 10 via face recognition, iris identification or fingerprint matching. In addition, the company raised the curtain on Microsoft Passport, a programming system that IT managers, software developers and website authors can use for signing in to websites and applications. Passport uses Hello or a PIN to identify users, who then can access websites and apps deploying Passport without the need for a password.

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09:34
DOJ could force Comcast to offer NBCUniversal...

Despite reportedly refusing to engage in discussions to join Apple's rumored web television initiative, cable provider Comcast may have no choice but to eventually capitulate thanks to regulatory concessions the company agreed to in 2011 as part of its takeover of NBCUniversal.

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09:26
Tumult releases Hype 3 and Hype Professional with...


Tumult, developer of the user-friendly HTML5 web site and animation builder Hype, today announced two major updates to the powerful OS X application.
Hype 3 ($49.99) is a free upgrade for Hype 2 owners, refreshing the app with a new user interface — notably with a Yosemite-matching Light color theme — while making improvements to HTML accessibility, timing functions and timeline adjustments. Using Hype, even amateur designers can create interactive HTML5 web sites that work perfectly on desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone screens; no coding is required.

An improved engine for responsive layouts is one of...

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09:07
Happy Hour Podcast 006 | New Apple Watch details, a...


Welcome to Happy Hour 006. In this episode Zac, Seth, and Benjamin discuss new Apple Watch details and wrap up the need-to-know information, a new controversial Steve Jobs documentary, and the future of USB-C. How will it affect future iOS devices and Macs? The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

Click here to subscribe on iTunes or listen to the episode embedded above.

New episodes of Happy Hour will be available every Wednesday....

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09:00
YouTube find: A fond look at the original iPod

When we look at devices like the iPhone 6 at a mere 6.9mm thickness or the new MacBook weighing just 2 lbs and a scant 13.1mm thick, it's hard to remember what it was like when the first iPods came out. YouTube user Canoopsy made a video tribute to the second-generation iPod that shows just how far Apple and technology have come in 14 years. 

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08:43
The Whole Pantry vanishes from App Store, Apple...

Apple has removed an app called The Whole Pantry from the App Store and the Apple Watch app showcase, following recent controversy surrounding its backer, Australian healthy-living celebrity Belle Gibson.

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08:34
Rumor: Apple in talks with Discovery, Viacom for...



Apple is apparently hunting down content for its purported streaming television service.
The Wall Street Journal now claims Discovery and Viacom are also in talks with Apple to offer programming through the service. Yesterday, the publication cited sources as saying Apple is discussing options with Disney, CBS and 21st Century Fox.
Netting one or both broadcasters would be a major step for Apple, as Discovery owns the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, while Viacom controls MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Viacom was one of the providers rumored to be engaged in direct negotiations with Apple over a similar solution in 2013.

Apple has not...

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08:21
Life Clock projects uses Apple Watch to determine...



If an Apple Watch face that counts off the seconds until you die doesn’t motivate you, nothing will.
The Life Clock application for the Apple Watch, designed by digital design group Rehabstudio, estimates how much time you have left on this rock, adding minutes for healthful activity and subtracting them when you indulge in bad habits. As such, it extrapolates what your behavior means for your future.

Timekeeping is one of the tent pole features of the Apple Watch. Jony Ive has bragged about how deeply his team researched the history of horology while developing the device. Apple says there will be nine official faces available when the...

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08:17
Tim Cook on Steve Jobs and why Apple Watch will be...

It's too soon to tell if Apple Watch will be a smash hit, but CEO Tim Cook said in a new interview that the new device “will be the first modern smartwatch—the first one that matters.”
Cook told Fast Company that the company hasn’t put any sales expectations on the watch because the need for an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus to work “creates a ceiling.”
But the watch will be an important step forward for the industry, just as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad were, because it will create a new computing experience.
“The inputs that work for a phone, a tablet, or a Mac don’t work as well on a smaller screen,” Cook said. “Most of the companies who have done smartwatches haven’t thought that through, so they’re still using pinch-to-zoom and other gestures that we created for the iPhone.”...

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08:08
Podcast: Can Apple avoid Samsung's many...

Jon Phillips knows a thing or two about the current smartwatch market, having reviewed pretty much all the Android Wear watches and dozens of fitness bands over the past couple of years. He’s a watch guy. But when he shows up to work at Macworld HQ every day, the watch strapped to his wrist usually isn’t a smartwatch at all. And he’s a little concerned Apple is trying to do too much, adding in features that don’t really matter and on other watches, don’t even work that well. So he dropped by the podcast this week to share his thoughts with Glenn and Susie.
We also discuss the long-anticipated Apple TV streaming service, rumored to be launching this fall. Glenn and Susie are both cord-cutters, so we talk about how fragmented the viewing experience can be when you aren’t paying for a cable or satellite subscription, even though it has some advantages. And how will Apple be different than Sling TV or (RIP) Aereo?...

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08:04
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 40″ 4K UHDTV $499, iPad Air...

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08:02
Launcher returning to the App Store after...


Launcher is coming back to the App Store, after a fracas with Apple late last year over the rules regarding widgets in the Today view of Notification Center. According to the developer, Greg Gardner, Apple has changed its mind on how widgets in Notification can function—something we’ve seen before. Launcher will be back in the App Store tomorrow.
It’s worth noting that the app was originally pulled because Apple said apps were not allowed to have widgets that launched other applications. Apple has seemingly had a change of heart, because the application is returning with the exact same features as six months ago. Read on for the full rundown on what happened....

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08:00
Nomad taking pre-orders for Pod and Stand Apple...

Nomad Pod for Apple Watch

A relative handful of people have been able to wrap an Apple Watch around their wrists, but that’s not keeping accessory manufacturers from working on clever and useful gizmos to keep your Watch protected and charged. Nomad has announced two products for the Watch. First up is the US$59.99 Pod, which combines a niche for the Watch’s magnetic charging pad, a spool to wrap the cable around, and an 1,800 mAh battery pack into one sleek package. The company is also touting the $59.99 Stand for Apple Watch, a sleek aluminum stand for charging your smartwatch.

The Pod comes in three different finishes to accent your Watch — space grey, silver, or matte black. The hockey puck-shaped device has a dimple in the center into which the charging pad slips, surrounded by a spool to...

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07:52
Where’s my suitcase of frozen moose meat?

CBC:Liam English lost some moose meat, and quite a bit of it. English, who was home in St. John’s last week for a family funeral, decided to stock up on about 11 kilograms of moose meat to bring back to Ottawa. Before heading to the airport on Sunday, English put the meat in a hard shell suitcase, along with a brand-new suit and other personal belongings. However, when he arrived at the airport in Toronto, where he had a four-hour layover before a connecting flight to Ottawa, his luggage was nowhere to be seen. “I had four moose roasts, four moose steaks, three packs of ground moose and four packs of moose sausages,” he told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show on Wednesday.You’ve heard of “First World Problems”? This is definitely a Newfie Problem....

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07:33
China Unicom & China Telecom will sell iPad Air...

China Unicom and China Telecom announced today that they will start selling the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to customers starting March 27. This is the first time the carriers, two of the top three largest in the country, will offer customers in China the Wi-Fi + Cellular models of Apple’s latest generation tablets. 
Both China Unicom and China Telecom released press releases today to announce the news.
The iPads will include support for the necessary TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards to run on the Chinese carriers and also include support for other cellular standards, including DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, in the same model. Apple first started...

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07:09
PGA Tour & MasterCard expand Apple Pay use to...

The PGA Tour's support of Apple Pay will expand with the upcoming Arnold Palmer Invitational event, where fans will be able to purchase both merchandise and concessions with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

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07:00
Top-selling recipe app quietly removed from App...

Popular recipe app, The Whole Pantry, was quietly pulled from the Australian and US app stores amidst allegations of fraud by app creator Belle Gibson, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The 20-something entrepreneur rose to fame, even working closely with Apple on a Watch app, following her pronouncement that she healed herself from terminal brain cancer using a healthy lifestyle.

A recent investigation by Fairfax Media suggests Gibson failed to distribute fundraising money she collected for charity. As reported by Fairfax's The Age, Gibson publicly claimed to have collected up to $300,000 in...

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06:34
CEO Tim Cook talks Apple Watch, Apple corporate...

In an interview published Wednesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed a slew of topics ranging from Apple corporate culture, to the prospects for the Apple Watch, to whether the company's all-encompassing product ecosystem is still manageable.

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06:30
How to see an Apple Watch on April 10

On March 9, Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch will be available for pre-order on April 10, 2015. What's more, interested customers can visit an Apple Store to see the device in person, and even try one on. For many, getting hands-on time with the device will be as easy as strolling into the store on the 10th, as long as you don't mind waiting a bit (and you're in a country where the Watch is set to debut).

We've compiled the following information on how you can see an Apple Watch in person on April 10th. Ready your wrist! Here we go.

In an Apple Store

Where

As Cook said, you'll be able to see an Apple Watch at Apple retail stores in the following locations:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • The UK
  • The US

Cook made it sound like the Watch will be available in all retail...

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05:50
New 'IP Box' tool bypasses 10-try limit...

A relatively new $300 device could allow attackers to crack the PIN codes on out-of-date iPhones or iPads, taking advantage of a flaw in iOS versions older than 8.1.1 that allows unlimited attempts at PIN entry, even when users enable Apple's 10-try limit.

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04:58
Apple releases Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4 and Safari...

This release addresses WebKit stability and security.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:50
A pocket-sized battery that can charge your Apple...

The Nomad Pod is an 1800 mAh battery with an Apple Watch charging cable, plus Type A and Type C USB ports. Clever.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:36
Tim Cook on Steve Jobs, legacy, and Apple Watch

Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor of Fast Company and coauthor of Becoming Steve Jobs, had the chance to sit down with Tim Cook for a reasonably long Q&A. Presumably, this interview was done as background for the book.The whole thing is an excellent read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:15
Rand Paul sweet talks crowd at SXSW, tries to woo...

AUSTIN—You know we’ve reached peak South by Southwest when a Republican senator from Kentucky chooses that event as the launch pad for his personal brand. (Ok, maybe it is pretty fitting after all, seeing as it’s a giant launch pad for anything and everything you can think of.) Senator Rand Paul took the stage on Sunday to talk tech shop with moderator Evan Smith from the Texas Tribune.
He didn’t use the panel as an opportunity to announce a presidential campaign for 2016, but he kind of hinted that it would be coming around the corner. His actions scream of candidacy: He just opened an office in Texas, he’s experimenting with social media, and he’s making the press rounds. He certainly knew how to butter up the crowd in Austin. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:08
External Link: Tim Cook on Jobs’s Legacy and the...

In an interview with Fast Company, Apple CEO Tim Cook took questions about the legacy of Steve Jobs, the Apple Watch, and Apple’s future. Cook defended the Apple Watch by comparing it to the original iPod, whose critics questioned its purpose and price. As for current critics who say that Apple is changing, Cook points out that the company also changed under Jobs, who Cook described as “the best flipper in the world.” But he said that the one thing that will never change at Apple is its core values. 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-...

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04:08
External Link: Photoshop Experts Try Photoshop 1.0

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, CreativeLive asked eight Photoshop experts to each try to complete a project in Photoshop 1.0. The video is funny, and it shows how far photo editing (and computing) has evolved over the past quarter-century.  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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04:00
Talking Barbie Says Hello, Parents Say Goodbye


Barbie, who turns 56 this year, finally may get a voice of her own -- but opponents are working hard to keep the talking version of the iconic doll out of children's hands -- and homes. Mattel plans to bring out Hello Barbie in time for Christmas. However, child advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has organized an online petition calling on Mattel CEO Christopher Sinclair to stop production of the toy. It's not so much Hello Barbie's talking -- it's her listening that has parents up in arms.

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04:00
Q4OS Is a Bare-Bones Business Tool


Q4OS has the potential to become a new attention-getter among up and coming Linux distros. But this distro has a way to go before its development reaches full functionality. Right now it is working its way to a non-beta version 1.0 release. New beta versions are frequently released, often a few weeks to a month apart. The latest release was version 0.5.25 on February 4. This new distro is fast and runs extremely well on low-powered aging computers.

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02:38
Lyft takes over SXSW to prove it's nothing like...

AUSTIN—On-demand transit app Uber is ubiquitous, but it typically hogs the ride-sharing spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Lyft is perfectly content to let its rival soak up the negative attention, because despite the constant comparisons between the two apps, their approach to business nothing alike.
Lyft has a reputation for friendliness. While its cars are no longer decked out in fuzzy pink mustaches (which some of us actually liked), the dashboard glowstache replacement is a welcoming sign. Riders hop in the front seat and get to know their drivers, though the introductory fist bump is no longer mandatory. Lyft hasn’t jumped into international markets like Uber because it wants to establish ride-sharing as a de facto public transportation system in the States first....

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00:56
Piper Jaffray: Apple has augmented reality R&D...

Apple is supposedly making a long play for augmented reality systems that one analyst believes will potentially pivot on the company's current push into fashion, an initiative set to bear fruit with Apple Watch in April.

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Tuesday March 17

23:52
Chrome Canary now uses the web's speedier...

If you've been wondering about the fuss over the speedier HTTP/2 web standard, you now have an opportunity to check things out first-hand. Google has released the first version of its experimental Chrome Canary browser with support for the final draf...

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23:20
Xsan 4 & TimeMachine incremental backup problem

Forums: TroubleshootingHi All ,
I've been trying to backup a Xsan 4 Volume (10.10.2) on promise vtrak E610F with no luck .
once I've been trying host the Time Machine backup drive on OS X Server 10.0.2 and use it on one of the Xsans' clients .
every time the backup finishes , the client is trying to backup the all Xsan volume again and no incremental with an error message "Backup volume is out of space , find another place to backup to... "
alternatively , I've tried to connect the backup Volume and run the backup direct from there ,
but again it's not backup it incrementally , and running out of space after it's first backup .
am I missing something about xsan4 compatibility ?
Kind Regards ,
Pr0d

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Here's the first X-class solar flare of 2015, which erupted on March 11th. Here's the good part: it was so powerful it caused radio blackouts in many parts of the globe. According to NASA, it was an X2 flare: an explosion on the sun's surface that's ...

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22:53
backup

Forums: Replication, Backups, and Archivinghi all,
I have roughly 100TB on xsan, and would like to backup this data onto another san. I'm wondering if there are software out there that does good compression with video files. Allocating another 100TB would be so costly, son wondering how does every backup their data.
thank you

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Light therapy now treats even the deepest cancer

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Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G...

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Discovery and Viacom reportedly in talks to join...

Rumors surrounding Apple's purported subscription online television service are gathering steam, as a report on Tuesday claims Discovery and Viacom are in talks over partnership possibilities, joining other major content providers for what could be a disruptive product launch later this year.

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Windows 10 launches this summer in 190 countries

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Daily Roundup: Nintendo's next-gen console, an...

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Apple is reportedly willing to share viewing data to...

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Apple leases two large Cupertino office buildings...

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Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and...

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16:30
Daily Deals for March 17, 2015, featuring...

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

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Health insurance data breach exposes 11 million...

Unfortunately, the days of massive health care data breaches are far from over. Premera Blue Cross has revealed that hackers breached its insurance customer data starting in May 2014, potentially exposing both the financial and medical records of 11 ...

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Credit Unions again lead latest round of 39 Apple...

Apple Pay momentum continues to propel the nascent payments system forward, and Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 39 participating financial institutions, 27 of which are credit unions.

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15:23
Apple Reportedly Working On an Online TV Service

An anonymous reader writes: According to a Wall Street Journal report (paywalled) Apple is in negotiations with media companies to develop an online TV service. The service will include a bundle of roughly 25 channels, so less popular channels will have a very difficult time fighting for a spot. Most major networks should be present, although NBC's participation is dubious because of its ties to Comcast, which would be in direct competition with Apple's service. "If Apple can offer a comprehensive, albeit slimmed-down, bundle for $30 to $40 a month, that could force distributors to cut prices or eat into margins to retain subscribers. At Comcast, for example, average video revenue per user should be about $79.45 in 2015, according to UBS. Meanwhile, its programming costs per average subscriber should be about $39.60. Those costs may need to rise. That roughly 50% gross margin looks vulnerable."
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15:17
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1

Adds support for Mac OS X autosave and document versioning. ($79 new, free update, 188 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Today in the App Store -- ColorStrokes, VSCO Cam and...

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iOS Apps Now Free

ColorStrokes [Now free, down from $1.99] iPhone version of the most popular Color Splash app for Mac.

Boom Boat [Now free, down from $1.99] An unknown menace is lurking at the bottom of the sea.

Quotes Folder [Now free, down from $0.99] Collect and share the quotes and famous phrases you love. Includes quotes in 5...

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14:54
Apple Pay adds over 30 banks and credit unions,...

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America’s Christian Credit Union
America’s Credit Union
Arizona Federal Credit Union
BankPlus
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14:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Redesign your home with...

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14:41
Hundreds of iOS apps vulnerable to HTTPS-based FREAK...

A report on Tuesday points out that a recent SSL/TSL vulnerability dubbed "FREAK" is not restricted to Web browsers and can affect mobile apps, leaving hundreds of iOS apps open to potential man-in-the-middle attacks.

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14:38
Apple leases new ‘Main Street’ office space in...

Apple recently picked up approximately 260,000 square feet of office space not far from its new Campus 2 project in Cupertino, as noted in a lease discovered this week by Silicon Valley Business Journal.
The buildings are part of a new, downtown-style mixed-use center rapidly taking shape next to Vallco Shopping Mall… Apple Inc., brokers with real estate services firm DTZ and the property owner either declined to comment or didn’t respond to my requests, but the lease was disclosed in a document filed with the county on Monday.
While Apple is constructing its Apple Campus 2 site, the company has said previously that it...

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14:32
NBC's rumored Apple TV app may require a cable...

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is getting ready to launch an internet-based TV service this fall. Interestingly, though, one of the most prominent US television networks, NBC, reportedly won't be a part of the technology giant's upcoming...

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14:03
Microsoft still powers Ford's in-car tech...

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

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By faith and begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day, so grab a green beer and listen in on your friendly leprechaun Steve O'Sande who is bringing you the Apple news o' the day.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, it appears that Apple will finally offer a streaming TV service later this year, making it easier and more affordable for people to cut the cable subscriptions.
  • The Facebook Messenger app for iOS is rolling out a new feature that lets friends send money to each other. 
  • TidBITS reports that iCloud is having issues receiving messages from Gmail.
  • Apple wins a $100 million patent licensing lawsuit after losing a big one last month.

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13:58
Apple made new Apple Watch charging bracelets and...

Apple has its own magnetic charging bracelet for Apple Watch, but it will likely be limited to retail displays to keep devices on retail store floors charged for extended periods of time. In addition, the company has developed a special case capable of storing and charging 10 Apple Watches at once, allowing retail employees to help customers wanting to try the Apple Watch on in-store. 
An FCC application for the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Bracelet was recently published online detailing “a stainless steel magnetic charging bracelet which includes an inductive charging coil to charge the Apple Watch.” The bracelet is attached to a 1-meter cable, allowing all of the Watches under Apple’s glass-topped table to stealthily get juice....

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13:55
Facebook Messenger gains app-based person-to-person...

In "coming months," Facebook is rolling out person-to-person money transfers in its Messenger apps for iOS, Android, and the Web, the social network announced on Tuesday.

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13:50
Send money to friends in Facebook Messenger

It looks really easy and you can even use it on iOS with Touch ID.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:45
Meerkat aims to push out new features

As a response, Meerkat plans to introduce new tools for discovering people, Rubin said.Twitter “escalated our decision-making a little bit forward,” the CEO said. “We need to provide users a way to discover more people and search more people.”This is going to get really interesting. I’ve never seen so many people as excited about a new tech in such a short time as I’ve seen with Meerkat.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:40
HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of...


While almost all the attention paid to the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability has focused on browsers, consider this: thousands of Android and iOS apps, many with finance, shopping, and medical uses, are also vulnerable to the same exploit that decrypts passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive data sent between handsets and Internet servers.
Security researchers from FireEye recently examined the most popular apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store and found 1,999 titles that left users wide open to the encryption downgrade attack. Specifically, 1,228 Android apps with one million or more downloads were vulnerable, while 771 out of the top 14,079 iOS apps were susceptible. Vulnerable apps were those that used—or in the case of iOS, could use—an affected crypto library and connected to servers that offered weak,...

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13:36
The mistake with Google Glass

Google was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab said on Tuesday.Google made a lot of mistakes with Glass. However, don’t forget that Tony Fadell, the man who made the iPod and founded Nest after leaving Apple, is now in charge of Google Glass.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:32
Latest Safari update brings fixes for WebKit...

Apple on Tuesday issued new versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X with fixes for two WebKit vulnerabilities that could allow maliciously crafted code to run on a target Mac.

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13:30
Jury clears Apple in patent infringement case

The jury deliberated for about five hours before delivering its verdict on Monday night. The company, whose patents were originally held by Nokia Corp, was seeking $100 million in damages at trial. It said it was entitled to a portion of Apple’s device sales, and of similar, future devices. Apple pegged damages, if any, at less than $1 million.The jury also rejected Apple’s claim that Core Wireless breached its obligation to license its patents, which are considered essential in the industry, on fair and non-discriminatory terms.So what happens to these patents now? Apple basically said it would be happy paying under $1 million, but the jury said they had to pay nothing. Are the patents worthless? Oh the patent system is so confusing....

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13:29
eBay and Sotheby's high-end auctions will...

You wouldn't expect to be let in to a fine art auction wearing nothing but tighty whities, but starting April 1st, no one's going to be able to stop you. Sotheby's has teamed up with its digital counterpart, eBay, to launch its long-promised digital ...

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13:28
Apple releases Safari security updates for Yosemite...


Apple today released a trio of OS X security updates for the Safari web browser, labeled 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4 for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, respectively. The updates revolve around fixes for WebKit:
Impact:  Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an
unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description:  Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit.
These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
Impact:  Inconsistent user interface may prevent users from
discerning a phishing attack
Description:  A user interface inconsistency existed in Safari that
allowed an attacker to misrepresent the URL. This issue was addressed
through improved user interface consistency checks.
The updates are available from the Mac App Store’s Software Update tab. An update is not yet...

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13:20
Google Play adds app review process and ratings

I think it’s good that Google has an app review process—at least it can slow down the wild west of apps on its store. Ratings are always a plus too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:49
Apple receives final FCC approvals for Apple Watch...

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch next month, Apple has removed language from its website signaling it has received all necessary final approvals from the US Federal Communications Commission.
Up until today, Apple’s website included the following footnote noting that the device had not yet been authorized by the FCC for sale:
This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
While the language on Apple’s site only refers to the FCC, Apple is likely required to gain approvals from authorities in some of the other countries receiving the device next month. Apple will launch Apple Watch in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan...

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12:17
New movie set photos show Michael Fassbender as NeXT...

Production continues on Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, and newly leaked set photos reveal some of what director Danny Boyle is currently filming at the San Francisco Opera House.

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12:09
iCloud Not Receiving Mail Reliably from Gmail

iCloud users are reporting problems receiving email messages sent from Gmail. There doesn’t appear to be anything that can be done about it, other than pointing Gmail-based correspondents to an alternative email address. 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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11:51
Opinion: My cable subscription woes and the appeal...

My cable provider is pretty terrible. I don’t need to name any names because this likely applies to your cable provider as well. They are all horrible. I often experience drops on popular channels, get bonus filler channels that no one wants, and see indiscriminate additional subscription fees and charges without any real reason. This Onion article, though it is satire, doesn’t stray too far from the truth.
For a very casual TV watcher, it’s not a great experience – to put it mildly.
So the prospect of an Apple web TV service with a price tag of around $40, as the WSJ and others reported last night, is highly appealing to me if it means I can catch the few shows I watch now without the hassle of my cable...

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11:34
Facebook Messenger rolling out feature to let...

Facebook has today announced it is rolling out a new feature for users that will let friends send money to each other, through its Facebook Messenger app. Like similar services, a simple tap allows users to send a cash amount to their recipient in a single step.
Users must first associate a Visa or MasterCard debit card to their Facebook accounts. Then, a ‘$’ symbol appears in the Facebook Messenger user interface alongside the chatbox. Sharing credit card information with Facebook is a dangerous prospect for many people, although the company says it will not monetize the service ‘at this time’. For the time being, sending money has no charge per transaction above the cash...

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11:27
Big Robo-Bird Trains to Be Fastest on 2 Feet


Becoming the fastest of its kind is just a byproduct of the ATRIAS robot's primary objective. Oregon State University's biped is the focus of a loftier goal: to build an entire industry on its leg locomotion mechanics. ATRIAS -- for "Assume The Robot Is A Sphere" -- has its origins at OSU, but there are three prototypes of the bird-like bot. The other two are in labs at the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon, which collaborated with OSU on development of the robot's controls.

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