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Pinterest launches Guided Search to navigate you through its 30 billion pins

2 hours 19 min ago

Everyone’s favorite virtual pin-board wants to introduce you to more than just decorated mason jars, apartment envy, and wedding inspiration. Pinterest launched Guided Search on Thursday, a new mobile-first tool that taps into Pinterest’s massive user collection to bring the things you’re really looking for right to the forefront.

“Guided Search helps you find things when you didn’t know how to ask the question in the first place,” Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said during a launch event at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. And with more than 750 million boards containing more than 30 billion pins, we’re going to need all the help we can get to weed through the whimsical noise.

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Apple, Samsung bicker over jury verdict form

Thu, 2014-04-24 16:40

As the second jury trial between Apple and Samsung approaches its conclusion, the companies are sparring over the precise questions the jury will be asked to consider.

On Thursday morning, Judge Lucy Koh published a tentative verdict form with 15 questions, each broken into multiple parts. A count through the document reveals 245 decisions and calculations the jury will be asked to make.

For example, a question about whether Samsung infringed Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent must be considered for six accused phones and two accused companies—Samsung Electronics and Samsung Telecommunications America. That’s 12 separate decisions for the jury to make.

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Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel agree to settle Silicon Valley hiring case

Thu, 2014-04-24 14:25

The four remaining defendants in Silicon Valley’s closely watched employee hiring case—Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel—have agreed to a settlement, according to a new court filing.

The plaintiffs and the companies have reached an agreement to settle all individual and class claims alleged in the class-action suit, according to a letter sent Thursday to Judge Lucy Koh and signed by the attorneys for the plaintiffs and the defendants. The letter was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The amount of the settlement is confidential until it is filed with the court next month. The groups anticipate completing documentation of the proposed settlement and presenting it for the court’s consideration by May 27. The case had been scheduled to go to trial on that date.

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Apple users put at risk by 3-week delay between OS X and iOS patches, researchers say

Thu, 2014-04-24 13:55

Apple exposed iOS users to security threats by taking three weeks longer to patch the same vulnerabilities in the mobile OS that it previously fixed in Safari on OS X, a former Apple security engineer said.

Security researcher Kristin Paget, who left Apple at the end of January for a position at Tesla Motors, strongly criticized her former employer’s software patching practices in a blog post Wednesday.

The researcher pointed out that many of the vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 7.1.1, which was released by Apple Tuesday, were the same ones the company had patched in Safari 6.1.3 and 7.0.3 for OS X on April 1. Many of those vulnerabilities were located in WebKit, the Web rendering engine used by iOS, the Safari browser and other OS X applications, and most of them had been found by members of the Google Chrome security team.

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Hands on: Opera Coast iPhone browser offers a different way to view the Web

Thu, 2014-04-24 13:35

To delete sites from your home screen, tap on an icon and hold, then drag to the top.

Safari is the go-to browser for the vast majority of iPhone users—it’s the default, after all. But there are a few third-party browsers vying for your attention, and the latest is Opera Coast from the folks at Opera Software. Opera Coast is actually at version 3.0—the iPad version has been out since last fall.

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This Week in iOS Apps: Unlimited coffee!

Thu, 2014-04-24 10:00
Unlimited coffee!

This week’s roundup of apps includes ways to buy coffee, plant your garden, plan your tasks, and call a cab. Oh, and everybody’s favorite web-slinger makes an appearance, too.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This is one of those apps that kind of sells itself: The $5 Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iPhone and iPad features the latest adventures of everybody’s favorite web-slinger. The game, though, goes beyond the story of the new film and includes new characters like Black Cat and Screwball. (You’ll also take on six “legendary villains” from the Marvel universe.) Best of all? You can pretend to be Spider-Man without risking an actual broken limb.

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Hot Deals Thursday: Pick up a Toshiba Satellite for only $600, Windows 8 Pro Upgrade at 65% off, and more

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:59
Today's hot deals from LogicBuy include one-day savings on a Toshiba Satellite laptop, $550 off a Lenovo gaming laptop, huge discounts on an internal hard drive, Samsung HDTV, Keurig Rivo, Adobe software, and more!

Apple's Cook on new products: 'Take the time to get it right'

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:31
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is closer than it has ever been to releasing products in an entirely new category.(blogs.wsj.com)

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Stop freaking out: The iPad isn't dying

Thu, 2014-04-24 09:00

By any normal measure, it was a good quarter for Apple: Revenues and earnings beat analyst estimates handily, iPhone sales were robust, even the good old Mac eked out a nice little gain. But CEO Tim Cook still seemed to be on the defensive from the get-go, all because of the iPad.

Second-quarter sales of the tablet, Cook preemptively pointed out at the beginning of the earnings call, were at the high end of Apple’s forecast. So who cares, he seemed to be saying, if those sales were at the low end of analysts’ projections?

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Facebook, the fitness tracker: The social network buys Moves to see your activity

Thu, 2014-04-24 08:48

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook just bought a popular app. Continuing the spending spree that started with messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality headset makers Oculus VR, Facebook added Moves, a popular activity-tracking app for iOS and Android, to its portfolio.

Facebook didn’t say how much it paid for the app, but indicated it was far, far less than the $19 billion and $2 billion it paid for WhatsApp and Oculus, respectively. But what on Earth will Facebook do with a fitness app?

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Look at me!

Thu, 2014-04-24 08:30

The Macalope feels just terrible, you guys. Apparently, we haven’t been paying enough attention to The Street’s Rocco Pendola.

“A Horribly Embarrassing Image For Tim Cook and Apple” (tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody).

Yes, Rocco. We see you, honey. That’s very nice.

[never looks up from Danielle Steel novel]

So, what is the atrocity du jour that Pendola believes is so terribly embarrassing for Apple?

Well, first, are you sitting down? Because some atrocities are so atrocious that their sheer atrocitude could cause you to go weak in the knees and fall and hit your head on the …

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Wireless wonders

Thu, 2014-04-24 08:00
Wireless wonders

This week's round up of new accessories for your iPhone and iPad is flush with wireless functionality, including everything from speakers to alarms to utilizing Siri in a brand-new way.

Adesso

The $80 Campagno Air Blueooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard & Folio “includes a standard 64-key layout with iPad and Multimedia Hotkeys to easily access iPad shortcuts with one touch,” says the company. It weighs 1.3 pounds, and offers up to 100 hours of continuous use on a single charge of its battery.

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Debug 34: Sexism in technology

Thu, 2014-04-24 07:47
Over on Debug, Serenity Caldwell joins iMore editor Rene Ritchie, Aged & Distilled co-founder Guy English, Pacific Helm CEO Jessie Char, iMore senior editor Georgia Dow, and Giant Spacekat head of development Brianna Wu to chat about sexism in technology.(imore.com)

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Collective review: Attractive, lightweight clipboard utility gets the details right

Thu, 2014-04-24 07:00

The clipboard has been a staple of the Mac’s operating system since the earliest days. But in that time, it hasn’t changed much: It still holds only one item, for example, so you can’t see things that you previously copied or pasted. Because of this limitation, developers have offered scores of utilities for saving and accessing multiple clipboards. I’ve found myself enamored of a recent entry in the category, Generation Loss Interactive’s $2 Collective (Mac App Store link), thanks to its simple nature, robust feature set, and pleasing interface.

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Lab tested: The Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge

Thu, 2014-04-24 05:02

A Thunderbolt daisy chain can support six connected peripherals per port. And the Mac Pro has six Thundebolt ports, four more than any other Mac. The Mac Pro also has four USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, and two gigabit ethernet ports, so you can connect a lot of devices to one Mac Pro.

Macworld Lab came up with the Mac Pro Daisy Chain Challenge: How many devices can we round up, connect, and use on a single Mac Pro. (Click here to see a higher-resolution version of the above photo.)

Here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of the storage devices connected to one Mac Pro.

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4 Office for iPad alternatives

Thu, 2014-04-24 04:00

When Office for iPad arrived last month, it was a bittersweet moment. The elation over the promise of true tablet productivity muted by the realization that the apps were little more than document viewers without an Office 365 subscription.

The good news is that the lengthy wait for an official Office solution for the iPad gave rise to several capable all-in-one office apps that cost little to nothing, many of which are still available.

While no third-party suite can fully replicate the real deal, these four came closest. We tested them with an eye toward usability, cloud support, and faithfulness to Office file formats (the last of which disqualified Apple’s iWorks right out of the gate). Each has stronger points, such as a more elegant interface, or better file or cloud support, but any will get the job done admirably until you can get back to your desk.

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The best focused-writing apps for OS X

Thu, 2014-04-24 04:00

If you use a Mac, you work with text. Your documents may be short (tweets and iMessages) or long (reports, stories, or even novels), but you need an app to handle that text. Depending on the type of writing you do, you may want something as simple as a basic text editor or as complex as a full-featured word processor; if you write code, you want an editor designed for that type of content.

I tend to use what have come to be known as focused-writing apps. These apps, increasingly popular of late, allow you to write in a focused environment, export your writings to various formats, possibly apply basic styling, and let you print your work.

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This is Tim: Apple's CEO on the iPad, Apple TV, future products, and China

Wed, 2014-04-23 19:21

As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook was the focus of attention during the company's quarterly earnings call with analysts on Wednesday. And, as usual, we've got a transcript of his answers while on the call, beginning with edited highlights of his opening remarks.

The iPhone was key in driving our stronger-than-expected results. We sold almost 44 million iPhones, setting a new March-quarter record. These strong results were broad-based, both from a product point of view, with demand for each of our three iPhones stronger than its predecessor, and from a geographic standpoint. We gained smartphone share in many developed and emerging markets including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Vietnam, and greater China, just to mention a few.

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Apple to Microsoft: Better late than never for Office on iPad

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:45

Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks Microsoft could have benefitted from bringing the Office suite to iPads earlier, but it was better late than never.

Microsoft introduced the collection of Office apps for the iPad in late March, and within nine days, downloads of the productivity apps totaled 12 million.

“If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft,” Cook said during a second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday.

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iPhone up, iPad down as Apple reports strong second-quarter earnings

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:56

Even in a quarter that saw no product introductions, Apple boosted its sales and profits over the previous year. The company released its fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, reporting revenue of $45.6 billion and a net profit of $10.2 billion.

Overall revenues

Those numbers were up from the second quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied $43.6 billion in revenue and $9.5 billion in net profit.

For the 2014 second quarter, Apple earned $11.62 a share, a 15 percent jump from the $10.09 a share the company earned in the year-ago quarter.

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