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A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

TUAW - 27 min 49 sec ago
Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old...

A roundup of last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW

TUAW - 3 hours 27 min ago
Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro...

A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

TUAW - 5 hours 27 min ago
Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

MacObserver - Sat, 2014-04-19 19:02

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

Apple, Inc. and the pursuit of affordable luxury electronics

AppleInsider - Sat, 2014-04-19 15:42
In an industry captivated by cheap commodity components, Apple's ability to command healthy profit margins for "magical," premium priced products designed to delight users--rather than just solve basic problems in a cost effective way--has confounded analysts and pundits for the better part of 40 years. It appears Apple will continue to introduce upscale new products in 2014, rather than following the industry into a race to the bottom in pricing.

How to port your Google Voice number to your iPhone

TUAW - Sat, 2014-04-19 12:00
Earlier this week, I saw this post from @GrowlVoice: As of today, Google has officially shut off GrowlVoice's access to Google Voice as part of their integration of Google Voice into Hangouts. Google has also shut off 3rd-party access to Google...

Spoiler Shield is the first line of defense against spoilers

TUAW - Sat, 2014-04-19 10:00
Chances are good that if you've followed a big hit show -- say Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Scandal -- at some point the internet has ruined a big plot twist. You've got the episode DVR'd at home, waiting for you while you live your life. Then,...

Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

MacObserver - Sat, 2014-04-19 08:30

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

Caturday: Gabby at work

TUAW - Sat, 2014-04-19 08:00
Maybe she's checking owner/photographer Jim Koepnick's bank account, retouching a photo of her beautiful self, or just wondering what this thing is that her human spends a lot of time staring at, but Gabby seems to be looking at something very...

Weed like to show you this spliffy 420 Audio High-Fi Bluetooth speaker

TUAW - Sat, 2014-04-19 06:00
What happens when cannabis meets high-tech? You get PR blasts for 4/20 with headlines like "420 Audio packs dank sound with new High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker." While we'd like to write this off as a hallucination from drinking some stale bong...


MacWorld - Sat, 2014-04-19 05:00

All of these things are not like the others. Not one of these things really does belong.

To kick things off this week, we’ll look at two comparisons that are lost in time! Then another pundit doesn’t compare things at all—she just takes Apple in isolation. It’s easier to throw a fit that way. Finally, comparing XP to an easy-to-use tablet operating system? For real?

Fails in comparison

Writing for GottaBeMobile, Adam Mills knows just what to compare the just-released Galaxy S5 to. The iPhone 5s? No, no, no. Don’t be silly. He’s going to compare it to 2012’s iPhone 5.

“Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5: What Buyers Need to Know” (tip o’ the antlers to Brad Skimore).

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The Week in iPad Cases: Big grip, small hands

MacWorld - Sat, 2014-04-19 05:00
Big grip, small hands

There’s a big case in this week’s roundup that’s designed specifically for small hands, while others bring together materials, from plastics to natural woods, to keep your tablet safe from everyday accidents big and small.


The Frame (all iPad models; $35) includes a case made from a soft, non-toxic rubber foam that keeps your tablet safe and makes it easy for the little ones to get ahold of it, as well as a compatible stand that safely holds up your iPad at multiple angles, in both landscape and portrait orientations.

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Samsung experts say Apple's patented features not valuable in trial

AppleInsider - Sat, 2014-04-19 00:33
During the Apple v. Samsung trial on Friday, Samsung continued its defense by calling on a number of expert witnesses who asserted Apple has grossly exaggerated the value assigned to each of its patents-in-suit.

Nike to reportedly exit wearables market, fires bulk of FuelBand team [u]

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-04-18 19:10
A rumor on Friday claims Nike is planning to shut down the division responsible for creating wearable fitness trackers, starting with the axing of as many as 55 people from the FuelBand team.

The Mac hole

TUAW - Fri, 2014-04-18 19:00
I've gotten upset with Safari in the past, but this might be taking things a bit too far. [Photo credit: Brian Porteous]...

Beats Music enables in-app subscriptions with latest update in bid for more users

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:35
Beats Music, the streaming radio arm of the Beats empire, updated its iPhone app on Friday with the notable addition of in-app subscriptions, meaning the company is now paying Apple's usual 30 percent commission on new sign-ups.

How to turn a dead iPod into an upgraded budget music player

TUAW - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:00
When a beloved piece of technology dies, it's often hard to let go. We've all seen basements and closets cluttered with the corpses of burned-out hardware that once served us well. Perhaps you've got a drawer somewhere with your dead USB sticks or an...

Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large Screens Will End

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:25

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

Was Steve Jobs a jerk? Hiring case questions his character

MacWorld - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:17

Tech workers suing over an alleged no-poaching agreement among Silicon Valley firms are fighting an attempt by defendants to ban evidence that might portray Steve Jobs as a bad guy.

The case centers on alleged secret agreements struck among companies including Apple, Google and Adobe that they would not try to hire each others’ workers. The tech workers say that drove down their wages and restricted their mobility.

In the pretrial period, plaintiffs referred to materials such as outside blog posts referencing Jobs and Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the former Apple chief. Isaacson’s biography reveals both a “good Steve” and a “bad Steve.” People, in Jobs’ eye, were either “enlightened” or “an asshole,” Isaacson writes in the book.

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Facebook updates Paper app with notifications, photo comments, 'new story' buttons, more

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:11
Facebook on Friday rolled out a an update to its newsreader-style alternative Paper, adding a number of new features that bring the app more in line with the company's flagship iOS title.

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