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Tuesday April 7

05:18
Tim Cook: Apple employees get 50% discount on Apple...

In a memo to employees, Tim Cook lays out the benefit. Not just the US. In every country they sell Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Angela Ahrendts to change Apple product launches

"The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers."

Those are the words of Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts. In an internal memo acquired by Business Insider, Ahrendts asks retail employees to steer customers away from brick-and-motar stores for the Watch launch by encouraging them to order online:

"The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives.

This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You'll make their day."

Our take on the news:

For years, Apple has enjoyed a boost in visibility as customers...

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04:55
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday

The entire collection is available for preorder now. Choose carefully, Padawan.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
Parsix 7 Morphs GNOME Into a Better Desktop


Linux GNOME desktop distros are a dime a dozen. What makes Parsix a shinier dime than many of the others is how the tweaking of the GNOME desktop makes this distro such a pleasure to use. Dubbed Nestor, Parsix 7 is wrapped around Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0. The project's goal is to provide a ready-to-use and easy-to-install operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of the GNOME desktop environment. The Parsix distro meets that goal -- and goes even beyond.

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Monday April 6

23:59
LG may have just outed an 8K iMac

Apple's suppliers take a $50 million blood oath on new model secrecy, but it looks like someone from LG didn't get that memo. In a press release explaining why 4K is now passé (really?), the company's display division inadvertently leaked an iMac wit...

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23:02
Twitter now quotes tweets without wasting text

If you've previously tried to quote tweets in the official Twitter app, you know how painful it was -- all it did was throw quotation marks around the post, giving you little space to add your own color commentary. At last, though, it's working the w...

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22:16
Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

An anonymous reader writes: To demonstrate how powerful modern computers are compared to their forebears, engineer Damian Peckett decided to approximate an Apple ][ with an Arduino Uno. In this post, he explains how he did it, from emulating the 6502 processor to reinventing how characters were displayed on the screen. "The Apple II used a novel approach for video generation, at the time most microcomputers used an interlaced frame buffer where adjacent rows were not stored sequentially in memory. This made it easier to generate interlaced video. The Apple II took this approach one step further, using an 8:1 interlacing scheme. This had the first line followed by the ninth line. This approach allowed Steve Wozniak to avoid read/write collisions with the video memory without additional circuitry. A very smart hack!" Peckett includes code implementations and circuit diagrams.
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21:30
Futuristic 'SuperTruck' doubles the MPG of...

The EPA estimates that motor vehicles contribute about half of America's smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide emissions every year. And given that the average fuel efficiency of your average 18-wheeler only hits about 6 miles pe...

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19:44
Daily Roundup: Hacking in television, PlayStation...

Catch up on all of today's top stories in the Daily Roundup. Find out if the hacking portrayed in prime-time television is realistic, read about PlayStation Home shutting down and get the details on Intel's PC on a stick. Head past the break to read ...

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19:05
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday...

Disney announced today that the entire Star Wars saga will finally be available for digital HD download later this week, marking the first time ever that the films have been offered in this format.
As confirmed in the TV spot above and the iTunes tweet below, the entire collection will be available to purchase from the iTunes Store this Friday. Pre-orders are already up and running, with each movie coming in at $19.99 for both SD and HD versions.

It’s on!
All the @starwars movies in one place.
#StarWarsOniTunes
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18:56
Apple Watch pops up on wrist of Pharrell Williams...

As Apple Watch edges closer to release, it appears Apple is releasing sample units to high profile personalities, with Pharrell Williams being among the first.

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18:37
You can (legally) download the 'Star Wars...

While the world waits for the next entries in the Star Wars saga (Episode VII on December 18th, followed by the Rogue One spinoff next year and Episode VIII in 2017), Disney, Fox and Lucasfilm have finally worked it out so you can buy the movies as d...

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17:33
Pharrell shows off Apple Watch on The Voice as Tim...


Last week we noticed that Apple had started seeding Apple Watch review units to the media, and this evening the device is getting more promotion. On popular TV show “The Voice,” coach Pharrell Williams can clearly be seen wearing the Apple Watch. Likewise, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the NCCA national championship game with the Apple Watch clearly strapped on his wrist.

Tim Cook appears to be wearing the stainless steel Apple Watch with a white sport band, while Pharrell appears to have on...

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17:26
Judge says you can serve divorce papers through...

How do you end a marriage to someone who's purposefully avoiding your divorce papers? Try Facebook. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a New York woman can serve her divorce summons by messaging her soon to be ex-husband on Facebook. He'l...

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16:14
Twitter unveils revamped ‘quote tweet’ functionality...


Twitter this evening has announced a change to the “quote tweet” functionality of its service. With an update that’s rolling out to iPhone and web users today, using the quote tweet feature will now embed the actual tweet instead of simply quoting it as text.

This new quote functionality allows users to add 116 characters worth of a comment to any tweet, no matter how many characters the original tweet contained. One of the biggest complaints about the previous way quote retweets were handled was that users barely had any characters left to add a comment, which defeated the...

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16:06
What's on your HDTV: 'Game of Thrones...

March is over, and in a few hours March Madness will be too. As the NCAA Men's basketball tournament wraps up -- as well as the first season Better Call Saul -- we're eyeing another championship series with intrigue and plenty at stake: HBO's Game of...

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15:20
Bill Gates’ letter to employees on Microsoft’s 40th...

Good letter. Much better than the drivel Ballmer wrote.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:16
Apple reportedly acquired search startup Ottocat in...



Apple often acquires small startup companies very quietly and without any formal announcement to bolster its own services, and a new report from TechCrunch claims that the company acquired Ottocat in late-2013. Ottocat was a startup that focused on developing a system to organize and discover apps based on increasingly specific subcategories. Apple currently uses this technology to power the “Explore” tab in the App Store, as seen above.
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15:01
EE to launch its seamless WiFi calling feature on...

EE's been talking about adding WiFi calling to its list of customer conveniences since last summer, and though slightly delayed, the feature is now ready for prime time. Well, almost, as WiFi calling will officially launch on April 10th, coinciding w...

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14:41
Microsoft Could Throw Windows Wide Open


Open sourcing the code for Microsoft Windows is "definitely possible," Microsoft engineer Mark Russinovich reportedly said last week during a panel discussion at ChefConf. The company isn't acknowledging any movement in that direction as yet, but Russinovich's remarks are a strong indication that the Microsoft of today isn't the trenchant foe of the paradigm it was in the past. Open source code has become a part of business life, and Microsoft has accommodated that reality, he acknowledged during the ChefConf session.

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14:23
Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user...



This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.
As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.
A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM...

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14:01
Automated test-taking monitor records your every move

Taking a college course online usually means you're attending class in your underwear while eating a third bowl of cereal. But some Rutgers students were surprised to find out they'd have to put on some pants to take their midterms, since their every...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 6, 2015

Aerial photograph of Apple campus two construction by michael light for the california sunday magazine

It's Apple Watch Launch Week, but we decided to start the week with a completely Watch-Free News Update. Here's what's up today:

  • Apple doesn't want felons building its new headquarters in Cupertino (seen in the image above)
  • Foxconn gives Re/Code a tour of the living quarters for those employees who build all of your favorite Apple products
  • Samsung paid 500 people in China to act as "fans" at a press event for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 
  • LG says Apple will release an 8K iMac this year, which of course Apple hasn't announced

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13:34
Yamaha AG Series Mixers: Perfect for podcasting,...

Perfect for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production, the AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles/USB interfaces have unique features that make your computer-based audio tasks easier and better. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.   The intuitive “TO PC” switch allows users to route selected inputs back to a desktop or iOS device. The “Dry CH 1-2” allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the “INPUT MIX” switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for music production applications. The “LOOPBACK” switch routes all inputs to the stereo USB output along with the USB input from the computer — perfect for podcasters   Gamers will appreciate the headset/mic interface and direct hardware control of game and voice level, perfect for adding professional audio to videos...

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13:24
Apple ID FAQ

This could be a handy document to bookmark.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Stanford's aluminum battery fully charges in...

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world -- they've replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ev...

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13:04
Samsung responds to bendgate
12:47
BlackBerry Messenger helps uncover a Brazilian...

Some less-than-ethical businesspeople are learning the hard way that even secure messaging systems aren't all that private. Brazilian authorities have used BlackBerry Messenger records (obtained through warrants and BlackBerry's help) to level corrup...

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12:37
Tim Cook: Apple employees will get 50% off Apple...


Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a memo to all employees ahead of the Apple Watch’s retail try-on kickoff this Friday. Cook thanks employees who have worked on the Apple Watch by saying, “congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers.” Cook also prepares the company’s retail division by noting that try-ons will begin in over 400 Apple Stores on Friday ahead of the official Friday, April 24th launch

Likely to the delight of Apple employees, Cook also announced major Apple Watch...

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12:30
AWT Health Club: Chocolate Easter Bunnies and WebMD

Lindt Chocolate Bunny, Image via Candyblog.net

Another week, another chance to get healthier… or did you bite the ears off of too many chocolate bunnies? My personal goals were once again thwarted; my heel’s feeling better, but I’ve had a very painful toothache for the last week that has not yet been fixed and the combination of pain and fatigue has kept me sidelined. However, as you’ll see on my personal stats, I still managed to increase my daily average steps.

This week’s app: WebMD

Sometimes you just don’t feel good. Perhaps you have pain that’s recurring and interfering with your workouts, maybe it’s a spot on your arm that suddenly appeared. Whatever the situation, WebMD’s apps for iPhone and iPad are both valuable companions.

While the layout of both apps varies...

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12:19
John Oliver Tackles Surveillance in Surprise Snowden...


Comedian John Oliver boldly went where few journalists from the mainstream media have dared to tread, grilling whistle-blower Edward Snowden about his leaking of thousands of NSA documents to the press. He raked Snowden over the coals for not having read every one of the documents, insisting there's a difference between understanding what's in documents and reading them. The documents were "passed to the journalists," Snowden responded, "and they're using extraordinary security measures to make sure this is reported in the most secure way."

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11:36
Video: 15 minutes of the new 12-inch MacBook being...

Ahead of its April 10th launch, the new 12-inch MacBook is continuing its world early hands-on tour. The computer already surfaced with detailed unboxing footage and hands-on photos in Vietnam, and now a Ukraine-based YouTube channel has posted a 15 minute long video of the new MacBook being handled.The video shows off the new design, Force Touch Trackpad, and throws in some comparisons with the MacBook Air. Unfortunately, the MacBook does not actually boot OS X, so the video producer’s decided to tape a printed out version of the Yosemite interface over the laptop’s screen.
Watchers may also enjoy the stunts related to walking over the new, non-MagSafe USB Type-C charger that comes with the new MacBook. The new MacBook goes on sale on Friday, April 10th...

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11:36
LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later...

An anonymous reader writes LG accidentally revealed in blog post that Apple is planning to release a 8K iMac later this year. This news comes as a surprise as the leak came from a different company rather than Apple. LG is one of Apple's biggest display partners and has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas. They note that the panel boasts 16 times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD screen.

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10:04
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.8, iFlicks 2.2, Fantastical 2.0.2, TweetDeck 3.9.482, LaunchBar 6.2, and ChronoSync 4.6 and ChronoAgent 1.5.1. 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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10:04
ExtraBITS for 6 April 2015

In this week’s collection of external links, Adam Engst sits in on MacBreak Weekly, Comcast Internet speeds are about to see a big boost, Apple’s Lisa Jackson discusses the company’s environmental efforts, we find out how a stolen iPhone changed a man’s life for the better, and we get a look at the making of the Apple Watch. 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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10:00
How people reacted to the iPhone in 2007

This is pretty damn funny.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
How-To: Choose the best stand or desktop mount for...

Apple currently sells more “laptop” than “desktop” Macs, but in reality, most Macs will be used substantially on flat surfaces — desks, tables, and sometimes nightstands. iPads are more lap-friendly, but also tend to get used upright, particularly for watching videos and access in the kitchen. Since I’ve spent a lot of time testing Apple device stands and mounts, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you, so you can choose the solution that best suits your Mac, iPad, or both at the same time.
Below, I’ve hand-picked options for different types of users, starting with passive MacBook stands such as Twelve South’s BookArc for MacBook Pro ($50). Made from Mac-matching aluminum with gray rubber inserts, BookArc is designed to safely hold a MacBook Pro...

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09:30
Hands-on with the LaCie Rugged RAID: Thunderbolt...

LaCIe Rugged RAID

LaCie is a brand that’s probably quite familiar to Apple World Today readers, producing stylish storage products for Mac for years. Today I’m looking at the new LaCie Rugged RAID (US$419.99, available today), featuring up to 4 TB RAID 0 or 2 TB RAID 1 (mirrored) storage in an portable bus-powered enclosure designed to put up with shock, dust and even being splashed with water.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 3.6 x 5.8 inches (34 x 91 x 148 mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs. (0.56 kg)
  • Internal Storage: 2 x 2 TB HD
  • Interfaces: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
  • RAID Modes: Preconfigured RAID 0, Hardware RAID 0/1
  • Rugged Design: IP 54 rated, 1.5 meter (5 ft) drops, can withstand being run over by a 2205 lb/1000 kg car

Design

LaCie’s Rugged line of drives features a design by Neil Poulton that is almost...

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09:28
Opinion: Could the 1080p Apple TV 4 hint at a 4K...

The Apple TV set-top box hardware is expected to be updated this summer after 3 years since the last real refresh and a recent price drop from $99 to $69. While the last Apple TV upgrade boosted video output from 720p to 1080p, the rumored Apple TV 4 is not believed to support ultra high definition 4K video output featured on newer TV sets. Here’s why that’s no surprise and what I think it could mean for an actual Apple TV set:

Apple doesn’t do specs for the sake of specs. The iPhone has maintained an 8MP camera between several generations. The 8MP iSight camera...

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09:12
[Sponsor] PencilCase by Robots and Pencils

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  • Animate anything using the physics tool or timeline.
  • Create complex behaviors using the intuitive Whens & Thens system.
  • Incorporate 3D models as easily as adding an image.

With one-tap publishing, your app can be instantly distributed to PencilCase: Player or exported as an Xcode project and submitted directly to the App Store.

PencilCase is free to try. Start making today.

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09:11
Fiorina's and Clinton's Presidential Runs...


There will be a lot of irony in the U.S. presidential primaries and general election as campaigns ramp up later this year. Last time, with Mitt Romney, we saw a business multimillionaire and ex-governor get schooled in how to use analytics by a guy who wasn't even that experienced in politics. Well, there are two women running for president this time -- Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton -- and it's likely that analytics, which comes from the male-dominated technology industry, once again will deeply influence the outcome.

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08:14
TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple...



Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.
Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.
It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.

Apple has yet to officially acknowledge that it is sourcing Tripadvisor and Booking.com and has...

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08:13
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cell 128GB $...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Space Gray for $370 shipped (Orig. $829)

Amazon Gold Box –...

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08:01
Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV won’t support 4K video...



If you’re hankering for 4K support on your next Apple TV device, you might have to wait a bit.
Sources close to the story stated that the fourth-generation Apple TV will not support 4K content streaming at launch.
“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said an unnamed source.
In November, a report claimed Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was capable of outputting 4K video. If Apple sticks with convention the chip will likely power a next-generation Apple TV, leading some to believe the set-top box would also offer 4K support.

Given that 4K video is still very much a niche product, however, Apple’s supposed...

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08:00
Apple Maps adds Trip Advisor, Booking.com reviews

In the past, Apple Maps has provided reviews of points of interest from Yelp. While that's useful, Yelp reviews often don't provide the depth that is found in reviews from other sources. The Maps app has added reviews from two of those other sources -- Trip Advisor and Booking.com -- to a number of locations.

The Maps source attribution page still only shows Yelp as the source for local reviews, perhaps waiting for a wider availability of Booking.com and Trip Advisor reviews. For example, at this time my local reviews are all still Yelp-only. 

The new sources aren't the only improvements Apple has made to its in-house mapping service. The company has added new locations to the 3D Flyover capability, and is adding data partners like Gas Buddy and Great Schools as well. The presence of Apple-marked vans on the streets of some major cities has raised suspicion that the company may also add a Google Street View-like feature to Apple Maps in the future.

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07:19
No 4K streaming support for new Apple TV, report says

Apple is reportedly staying out of the 4K video chicken-and-egg problem with the next Apple TV set-top box.
Citing unnamed sources “in a position to know,” BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski reports that the next Apple TV won’t support 4K video streaming. Apple is rumored to launch its new set-top this summer, with a faster processor, more storage, and an overhauled version of iOS that allows for Siri voice commands and HomeKit controls. A long-awaited TV version of the App Store may also be part of Apple’s plans.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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07:00
Report: New Apple TV box won’t support 4K

Rumor has it that we'll get a long-overdue hardware refresh for the Apple TV set-top box at WWDC this year, along with an SDK that will let developers make applications for the platform without Apple's direct involvement. One feature it apparently won't include, however, is higher-resolution video support: BuzzFeed reports that the box won't support 4K output.
This is primarily because 4K is far from a mainstream feature—it still doesn't have wide support from the studios that produce content, the cable and streaming providers that serve that content, and the consumers who view that content. The report suggests that the storage and bandwidth costs associated with 4K video are high enough that it won't become a mainstream...

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06:50
Preparing for Apple Watch: Guided Tours

While you’re waiting for 12:01 AM PT on Friday, April 10 to roll around so that you can try to pre-order an Apple Watch online, why not spend a little time learning how to navigate around some of the features of the “most personal computer yet”? Apple has published the first three of ten initial Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to get buyers pointed in the right direction.

These first Guided Tours outline the use of the Digital Crown, Force Touch, and other interface elements for three built-in apps: Messages, Faces (customizing watch faces), and Digital Touch. They’re short, demonstrate the clever ways in which Apple has made it possible to perform complex functions with a minimal display and interface, and definitely serve the function of ramping up excitement about the Watch as well.

Coming soon in the series are Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout. ...

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06:00
Review: Adonit’s Jot Script 2 adds iPad Air 2...

Up until last year, digital styluses — ones with electronic parts inside — worked pretty well across multiple iPad models. Developers including Adonit took over two years to develop electronic iPad writing tools that were thinner-tipped than fingers and rubber-domed styluses, but they succeeded, enabling iPads to serve as notepads and sophisticated canvases for artwork. Then the iPad Air 2 came out, subtly changing the touch-sensing technology that digital styluses relied upon, breaking some and reducing the accuracy of others. Stylus developers quietly acknowledged that new hardware would be needed.
Adonit’s new Jot Script 2 ($75, aka Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition) is the first digital stylus I’ve tested with full iPad Air 2 compatibility. As the sequel to Adonit’s 2013-vintage ...

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05:38
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 11:...

As we’ve seen, security and privacy have a complex relationship, but improving your Mac’s security can often increase your privacy—and in fact, keeping your data private is one of the most important reasons to take security measures. Some of the steps that lead to greater privacy don’t involve security in the strictest sense, but they’re no less important just because they fall on one side of that conceptual line. This chapter explores several of those borderline topics. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:37
Chapter 11 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

Security and privacy are inextricably linked, so in this week’s chapticle, Joe Kissell looks at the implications of sharing a Mac with other people, the privacy risks you face when using the Internet, and how you can keep your communications private, plus he provides an overview of OS X’s main privacy-related settings. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:29
Running to the press

What’s the best way for an indie developer to affect change? A thoughtful post from indie developer Allen Pike.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Samsung fighting off its own 'bendgate'...

After Samsung poked fun at Apple's iPhone 6 for the so-called "bendgate" controversy, the South Korean electronics maker is now in the midst of its own public relations crisis, and has been forced to respond to a video showing its new Galaxy S6 Edge bending and breaking.

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05:12
Steve Jobs, at age 22, explaining computers and...

Follow the link, read the text (it’s a quote from Becoming Steve Jobs), then think about the moxy it took for a 22 year old to stand in front of the world of grownups and tell them about the future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:40
Apple Watch guided tours available, pre-orders start...

Apple posts new videos showing the ins and outs of the Apple Watch, which goes on sale via pre-order late this Thursday night.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:14
Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a '...

HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. "When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he's in, including China and Saudi Arabia," Fiorina said. "But I don't hear him being upset about that."

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels...

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04:11
Apple can’t release Apple Watch in Switzerland until...

Patent issue. Interesting that they can’t use the image of an apple, can’t use the word Apple. Trademarks can be odd ducks sometime.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:07
Apple to release super-high resolution 'iMac 8K...

In a rather unusual reveal, a supposed "iMac 8K" has been outed in a press release that was published by Apple display supplier LG, suggesting the all-in-one desktop will get an even higher resolution screen this year.

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04:02
LG publicly claims Apple will release ‘iMac 8K’ with...


Last week, Apple’s biggest display partner LG Display published an explainer on 8K (7,680 by 4,320 resolution) screens, claiming that the specification is the future of display technology. LG has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas, and notes that the panel boasts 16 times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD screen. Strangely, however, LG’s document explicitly says that Apple is working on an 8K version of the iMac (emphasis ours):
It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG...

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04:00
Freemium Field Test: Fast & Furious: Legacy...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
If you’re one of the millions of people that flocked to see Furious 7 this weekend, you might be eager to relive some of the big-screen thrills on your iPhone or iPad—and Fast & Furious: Legacy is ready and waiting for you. Here’s the bad news: It’s a free-to-play game that features multiple currency systems, timers that force you to wait for arbitrary reasons, and fair bit of grinding needed to unlock faster cars and later content....

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02:30
The best cross-platform writing apps for Mac and iOS

iOS devices have completely changed the way we write. Not only has iOS given us the flexibility to quickly jot down our thoughts wherever and whenever they strike, it's fundamentally flipped our expectations of the humble text editor. In an effort to maximize every pixel of screen real estate, developers rethought what was necessary for productivity and efficiency on our mobile devices, from the size of the canvas to the way we interact with buttons, bars and ribbons. The result left us with minimal, distraction-free environments where the only things that matter are our words. And as formatting bars and font menus became obsolete on our iPhones and iPads, a funny thing happened: They became less important on our Macs, too. From iAWriter to Pages and even Microsoft Word, the streamlining of the word processor has created a world of smart, lightweight interfaces built to adapt to whatever device we happen to be using. ...

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Sunday April 5

22:00
This week's sponsor: Macphun Software's...

Our sponsor this week is Macphun, and we’re thrilled to be a launch partner for a powerful new Mac app to bring noise-free clarity to your photos — Noiseless.

Noiseless uses advanced imaging technology to eliminate the pixelation and graininess that’s common to digital images shot in situations with poor lighting. Noise occurs when digital cameras automatically increase their ISO sensitivity to correct for low-light conditions, adding grain and speckles to the images. Noiseless automatically compensates for those conditions, and advanced users can make adjustments to preserve details of images or selectively reduce noise.

Does it work? Absolutely! I have been using Noiseless over the past week, and it’s incredibly easy to use. In most situations, all you need to do is drag and drop an image onto Noiseless. After a...

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21:30
Reach for the Sky, Pando

Mark Ames took the aforelinked SF Chronicle report on Apple’s policy of not hiring convicted felons (or those facing pending felony charges) to work on the construction of its new campus and Pando’d the hell out of it, starting with the headline: “As Tim Cook Criticizes Indiana, Apple Imposes Labor Discrimination in Its Own Backyard”. I’m not saying Apple’s no-felons policy is sound — I don’t know — but I feel safe saying that not hiring felons for construction jobs is not even in the same ballpark as a statewide law allowing for discrimination against people based on their sexuality.

Ames:

Roughly 30 percent of Americans have a criminal record —...

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19:24
Apple Maps showing TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews...

In what appears to be a recent update to Apple's in-house mapping service, hotel reviews pulled from TripAdvisor and Booking.com are showing up in local search results alongside data sourced from Yelp.

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19:20
Apple Maps adds hotel reviews & images from...

Over the past few days, it appears that Apple Maps has gained support for in-app reviews and images from two new sources. Since its launch, Apple Maps has only supported reviews of businesses from Yelp, but now it appears that the app is integrating user content from TripAdvisor and Booking.com for hotels, as seen below.

At this point there does not seem to be any criteria for when you will see content from Yelp, Booking.com, or TripAdvisor. Although, Booking.com seems to be far more prevalent internationally than the other two sources. No matter which of the three sources appears, however, you’ll see both images and reviews from only one source, with no option to view data from the other two within the app.
As of this post, Apple has not acknowledged the addition of Booking.com and TripAdvisor data to its Maps...

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16:33
Next-gen Apple TV will not initially support 4K...

Industry watchers expect Apple to release a next-generation Apple TV set-top streamer later this year with a slew of upgrades, but the device might not support 4K high-definition content as some anticipated, according to a report published on Sunday.

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12:29
“Watch Messi”

This is a lovely bit of analysis on Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney and their respective approaches to soccer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
Upcoming refreshed Apple TV reportedly will not...

BuzzFeed reports today that Apple’s next-generation Apple TV will not support 4K video streaming. Citing “sources in position to know,” the report claims that due to the lack of TVs that support the latest video standard, as well as the lack of streaming 4K content, Apple has no plans to implement it into its upcoming refreshed set-top box.

“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” a source reportedly stated. While 4K...

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11:28
Evernote 6.0.8

Incorporates several fixes identified by users in Evernote’s forums. (Free, 64.6 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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10:14
Apple Campus 2 4K Drone flyover video, Easter 2015...

See all of our coverage hereFiled under: AAPL Company Visit 9to5Mac to find more special coverage of...

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09:58
Google wants no-cost international roaming for its...

Google may not have grand ambitions for its upcoming cellular network, but the company could still have a few clever tricks up its sleeve. The Telegraph claims that Google is talking to wireless giant Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three (and soon O...

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09:30
Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue

wabrandsma points out this Reuters story, according to which: Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word 'apple' to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985, RTS reported, citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

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08:02
Sharp said to be spinning off its smartphone LCD...

Sharp is still in financial trouble despite shifting more of its attention to mobile displays, and it appears ready to take some drastic action to keep itself afloat. Nikkei, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal all claim that the Japanese firm is pla...

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07:00
How-To: Upload your photos into iCloud Photo Library...


Apple announced Photos last year during the WWDC. The Photos app along with iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all of your photos in the cloud with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, provided you upgrade your iCloud storage space to accommodate your iCloud Photo Library. Photos will end up replacing Aperture and iPhoto. You can upload your pictures to iCloud Photo Library via iCloud.com. Currently this feature is in a public beta and this how-to article will discuss how to...

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06:30
The Large Hadron Collider is back and stronger than...

Yes, it's back -- after a two-year upgrade program, CERN's Large Hadron Collider is once again operational. Scientists are only firing collision-free proton beams right now to test the new system, but they'll ramp up over the next few months to the p...

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06:28
iFlicks 2.2

Improves the user interface and adds a Watch Folder agent. ($18.99 new, free update, 17.0 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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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: oil rig oasis, bio-...

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

Tesla, the Silicon Valley-based electric carmaker, is unrivaled when it comes to automotive innovation, a...

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03:31
Apple Watch's first-weekend sales will be...

With less than two weeks left on the calendar before Apple opens preorders for its hotly-anticipated Watch, industry analysts have begun to weigh in with their predictions for opening weekend sales figures. While these numbers are sure to be interesting -- just as they are for the iPhone -- they likely won't mean much for the Watch's future.

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03:05
Despite its looks, this 3D printed violin (probably...

It might not be a Stradivarius, but the violin you see above is pretty impressive on its own merits. For starters, it's 3D printed and only has two strings. And that's to say nothing of its appearance; this thing looks like it'd be right at home on T...

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01:28
Fantastical 2.0.2

Maintenance release for recently updated and expanded calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.1 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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00:01
Optical nanotech sensor can sniff out bad food and...

The days of having to rely on pricey lab sensors (or carefully trained canines) to detect bad food and bombs may soon come to an end. Oregon State University researchers have developed a hybrid optical and nanotechnology sensor that's at once super-s...

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Saturday April 4

18:27
TweetDeck 3.9.482

Adds a number of features that had been recently rolled out to the browser-based Tweetdeck. (Free, 3.8 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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17:00
Accessible Apple: Building a Wheelchair/Bed-Mounted...

Introduction

Last week, I published part 1 of this series, where I talked about choosing the right device, listed some of the advantages of enabling "Hey Siri", and suggested a battery pack for extended battery life and/or use with "Hey Siri" itself. This week, I'll look at some mounts and cases that we'll use to secure your iDevice in an optimal position for use from a wheelchair or bed.

The Joy Factory MNU107 Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Mount

Mounts:

One of the mount series that I saw recommended time and time again when I worked in Apple resale came from The Joy Factory. The Joy Factory is known for making a wide variety of cases and mounts.

The C-clamp design of The Joy Factory's wheelchair line of mounts makes for easy mounting to wheelchairs, bed...

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15:27
LaunchBar 6.2

Adds capability to stage multiple items and drag them to other applications. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 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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15:26
New Apple Store front display for Apple Watch, new...


Apple will begin dressing up the front of its stores with a new Apple Watch-themed promotion on April 10th to coincide with the beginning of in-store Apple Watch try-on appointments. The new, unique display will be shown at all Apple Stores with glass front windows and it is themed akin to the application icon arrays on the Apple Watch’s Home screen. According to the source who provided the above rendering, each circle is packed with Mac mini-powered LED lights that will show off different colors, patterns, and effects throughout the day. The new front of store visuals will continue to stay live after the Apple Watch launches on April 24th as Apple can simply remove the “Coming Soon” label shown on the above render…

We have also...

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12:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Notebook-case hybrids from...

Notebook-case hybrids from Moleskine and DodocaseThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases also features backpacks from Belkin and Crosskase, and a slim keyboard from Logitech.AnkerThe Zolo Tough (iPad mini 2 and 3; $20) sports a slim and sleek profile, with a front cover that is compatible with the iPad’s magnetic sleep/wake feature.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Patent could delay Apple Watch debut in Switzerland...

The Apple Watch may not be able to launch in Switzerland until at least December of this year because of a patent dating back to 1985, a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property suggests.

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10:45
Caturday: Tiny's iPad

Photo by Patti Dahl

The entire Apple World Today staff is made up of animal lovers, and there's nothing we like to hear more than someone adopting strays. Reader Patti Dahl sent us this photo of Tiny and the accompanying story:

“ Hi, This is Tiny. Tiny was one of 5 kittens born to a bedraggled stray mom at our house last summer. Both Tiny and her mom are both a permanent part of our household now. Tiny’s siblings have gone on to their own forever homes.

Tiny loves to watch the fish swim and splash on the Cat Fishing app on her iPad. She also loves to stand between me and the screen of my desktop mac for tickles and scratches. ”

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

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09:00
The most beautiful cars at the New York Auto Show

There are a lot of vehicles at the New York International Auto Show, naturally. This year, though, the prominent theme for carmakers, both from the US and abroad, seemed to be bright colors and concept projects. And that is, after all, what auto show...

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07:35
Apple Posts Guided Tours of the Features and...

MojoKid writes Wondering if Apple Watch is going to be worth the money? Well, that depends on several factors, including price, features, and how eager you are to jump into the smartwatch category at this point. To help tackle the latter two, Apple has posted a handful of videos that demonstrate what an Apple Watch can do. They play out like tutorial videos and are labeled "Guided Tour," followed by what specifically the video is showcasing. Currently, there are four Guided Tour videos available, one of which is a general introduction to Apple Watch labeled "Guided Tour: Welcome." It's the longest video of the bunch at 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

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07:29
OnePlus releases OxygenOS, its custom take on Android

After a pretty sizable delay, OnePlus has at last released OxygenOS, its in-house version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. As promised back near the start of the year, this Cyanogen replacement is all about a "back to basics" approach that keeps things stock...

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07:00
Review: Inateck’s felt sleeve for the iPad mini


iPad mini sleeves and bags are nearly a commodity today, with a huge selection of styles and options available for purchase online and offline. Even though the iPad mini is light weight and durable, a carrying case is still essential for any kind of travel for many people. I’ve been using Inateck’s felt sleeve for the iPad mini for the past few weeks and it is a functional light way to protect the 7.9-inch iPad.

The model I’ve been testing,...

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06:00
There's no longer a place like PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home, Sony's answer to the Second Life question no one asked, was never where the company's heart lived. Maybe its greasy, suppurating id lived in those gleaming neon halls, somewhere between the bowling alley full of dead-eyed polygon pe...

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05:30
Recording the screen of your iOS 8 device

Aaron Douglas takes you through the steps of using QuickTime Player on Yosemite to record any connected iOS 8 device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Recommended Reading: The record-breaking all-...

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

Dark Horse
by Michael Zel...

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05:18
He is just so focused on his phone…

This is a pretty amazing image. No spoilers, just follow the link and see what you might miss if you are too immersed in Trivia Crack.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
Climbing Mount Everest

This multimedia piece from the Washington Post takes you on an immersive journey from sea level to summit of Chomolungma, known to westerners as Mount Everest.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:24
How to enable SMS text messaging through Continuity...

Apple first introduced iMessage to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 5, and now with iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite, SMS messages from any phone can be managed across all your connected devices.

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Friday April 3

23:12
Arduino-powered turntable plays the phases of the...

This device created by student designers Yingjie Bei and Yifan Hu only looks like an artsy turntable, but it can't play your vinyl collection. Here's what it can do, though: show you the right moon phase for any particular day. When you input the dat...

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21:20
Apple to offer in-store launch day pickup option for...

After announcing online Apple Watch preorders would commence on April 10, Apple on Friday said it will allow buyers to pick up their reserved device at brick-and-mortar locations on April 24, launch day.

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