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Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models no longer support running Windows 7 with Boot Camp, according to Apple's Boot Camp support document. Boot Camp on the new notebooks only works with Windows 8 or later, so it is impossible to use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on the machines. For those unfamiliar with Boot Camp, it is Apple's software designed to allow Mac users to install Microsoft Windows on their machines. Apple also dropped Windows 7 Boot Camp support in the 2013 Mac Pro, suggesting the software would cease to be supported by future Macs, but Macs released in 2014 continued to offer Windows 7 installations. The 2014 MacBook Air and the 2014 MacBook Pro will be the last Apple notebooks that support Windows 7. It is not surprising that Apple has opted to phase out support for Windows 7, given its advanced age. Windows 7 first became available to the public in 2009 and was followed by Windows 8 in 2012. Despite being six years old, Windows 7 continues to be the most heavily used Windows-based operating system. Mac users were not happy with Apple's decision to cease Windows 7 support in the Mac Pro, and it's likely the dropped support in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will also be met with resistance. Windows users have not yet embraced Windows 8 due to both its cost and its interface, which deviated significantly from the design of Windows 7. Windows 10, coming later this year, may encourage stalwart Windows 7 users to upgrade, as it melds Windows 7 design elements with Windows 8 design elements for a happy medium that might satisfy a wide range of tastes. Windows 10 pricing has not been unveiled, but it will be a free upgrade for Windows 8.1 users. (Thanks, Daniel!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 'Automatic Link' Connected Car Adapter • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple Accessories and More • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion

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Apple plans to announce its next-generation Apple TV set-top box at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to BuzzFeed News. The report, citing sources familiar with the plans, claims that the new Apple TV will be a "significant overhaul" of the streaming TV box, featuring both Siri and an App Store with an SDK available for developers to create apps. The new Apple TV will feature Apple's latest A8 system-on-a-chip and a "dramatic increase" in internal storage, well beyond the 8GB included in the current third-generation set-top box. The addition of Siri will enable Apple TV owners to control a wide selection of HomeKit-enabled home automation devices through the set-top box, according to the report. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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ABC News this morning revealed an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Apple's testing facility for the upcoming Apple Watch, showing off dozens of Apple employees covered in various sensor-tracking technology used to gather data for the health and fitness areas of the wearable device. Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik accompanied ABC on a tour of the facility. Employees of the company, from engineers to managers and developers, have volunteered to participate in the tests for nearly two years, not knowing of the reason behind the facility until recently. Wearing masks that measure changes in breathing and other various statistics, the volunteers were put through various workout regimens including rowing, yoga, and running, in order to collect data for the Watch. “[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.” The lab even included "climate chambers", which allowed Apple to simulate varying environments, from hot to cold, without having to physically leave Apple headquarters for testing. The company did so anyway, visiting drastically different locations around the globe to put the Watch through the most strenuous environment testing they could. “We have traveled to Alaska and gone to Dubai to really test Apple Watch in all those environments, but we also wanted to be able to have a controlled environment here where we could see those extremes,” said Jay Blahnik, Director of Fitness and Health technologies at Apple. “I think we've amassed already what may be one of the world's largest pieces of data on fitness,” he said. “Our view is, we're just beginning. We think there's a lot to this fitness thing...the impact on health could be profound.” Dr. Michael McConnell, a professor in cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medicine, told ABC News the Apple Watch has great potential to drastically change the cardiovascular technology field. He points to the ease-of-use in Apple's product to take measurements and surveys, thanks to the help of Apple's new medical-focused ResearchKit as well as HealthKit, which would offer them "a new way to do medical research." The pre-launch buzz surrounding the Apple Watch only continues to grow as the April 10 pre-order date, and official launch on April 24, draw closer. Most recently the wearable has been spotted in numerous fitness and fashion magazines, with third-party manufacturers announcing everything from charging stands to carrying cases to secondary battery options for the wrist-worn device. The segment, which premiered earlier this morning on Good Morning America, is a small preview for a larger piece airing tonight on Nightline at 12:35 AM ET. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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ResearchKit, Apple's new open-source medical framework, was one of the unexpected announcements during the company's Spring Forward media event. Dr. Stephen Friend, one of the key members of the ResearchKit team, talked about the potential genesis of the project in a new interview with Fusion (via iMore). In September 2013, nearly one and a half years before ResearchKit was unveiled, Friend was at Stanford's MedX conference giving a talk about the future of medical research. He explained how he envisioned an open source system where users could upload their medical data to the cloud for researchers to use in trials. Sitting in the audience that day was Michael O'Reilly, M.D., the former Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo Corporation, a pulse oximetry company. O'Reilly had just left Masimo to join Apple, and wanted to build something that could "implement Friend's vision of a patient-centered, medical research utopia and radically change the way clinical studies are done." After Friend’s talk, O’Reilly approached the doctor, and, in typical tight-lipped Apple fashion, said: “I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” Friend recalls. Friend was intrigued, and agreed to meet for coffee.Shortly after his meeting with O'Reilly, Friend started making frequent trips to Apple's HQ in Cupertino, meeting with scientists and engineers. He also organized a DARPA-funded workshop exploring how biosensors could potentially help doctors and scientists understand Parkinson's Disease. Euan Ashley, a Stanford University investigator behind the myHeart app, told Fusion that Apple largely acted as a "facilitator", building the ResearchKit framework in the background as the researchers designed and built the first ResearchKit apps by themselves. However, Apple did go meet with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration three months before the Spring Forward event to talk about medical research and smooth over any potential regulatory concerns. Friend noted that even though his open-source ideals didn't totally mesh with Apple's view on open source at the time, he wanted to work with them rather than competitors like Google and Microsoft because Apple is a hardware company that doesn't need to sell data, and that he believed Apple when the company said it wouldn't look at the data being used in ResearchKit. However, both Apple and Friend decided not to make the true origin of ResearchKit clear to Fusion. It's unknown whether the idea was Friend's or if Apple was developing it before Friend joined the team. Thus far, ResearchKit has been a success for Apple, receiving thousands of sign-ups less than 24 hours after it was unveiled. In that time frame, 11,000 people signed up for one of the ResearchKit apps, myHeart Counts. The rest of the interview also provides a good look at ResearchKit and can be read at Fusion's website. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New iMovie for Mac Update Provides Look at Potential of Force Touch Trackpad • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Apple appears to be cracking down on "anti-virus" apps in the iOS App Store, in an effort to prevent customers from believing iOS devices are capable of contracting viruses and malware. Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app pulled from the App Store. VirusBarrier was an app designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails, to detect viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices. Intego CEO Jeff Erwin announced the removal of the app from the iOS App Store yesterday, and pointed towards a larger culling of all anti-virus apps available on Apple's platform. MacRumors spoke to Erwin this afternoon to shed some light on why Apple opted to remove VirusBarrier after four and a half years in the App Store. According to Erwin, when Apple notified Intego of VirusBarrier's removal from the App Store, the company told him the app's App Store description was "misleading" and could potentially cause customers to believe that there are viruses on iOS. Intego filed an appeal and rewrote the App Store description with "obnoxiously" clear wording, and that's when the company learned about a wider crackdown on anti-virus apps. "We were as clear as we could be that this wasn't a scanner, that it was scanning email attachments and cloud files," said Erwin. The company "went up to the executive level" at Apple and described exactly what VirusBarrier does, but Apple was firm on the app not returning to the App Store. Apple, Erwin says, does not want people to be misled into believing that there are viruses on iOS, a position that he understands. Even with an App Store description that stated VirusBarrier scanned email attachments and cloud files, Intego would still receive negative comments from people who didn't read the description and didn't understand the app's purpose.I sort of get Apple's point. Even as clear as we were about what our product did, there were still customers who were confused as to why the app was scanning their iPad or iPhone. There are a lot of people who don't have a tech background and don't understand.Erwin does not believe that Apple was singling VirusBarrier out, as several other anti-virus apps have also been eliminated from the App Store. Instead, he sees it as a wider removal of the category and he doesn't fault Apple for the decision. "It's unfortunate, but I understand Apple's position," he said. Erwin says that Intego's iOS app was not a big source of revenue for the company, and the loss won't hurt financially, but it was a way to get the Intego name out in the world and connect with customers. People who have previously downloaded the VirusBarrier app will continue to get virus updates, but won't be able to download new versions of the iOS app. It is not clear when Apple began removing anti-virus apps or how many have been pulled from the App Store, but a search for "anti-virus" today primarily brings up games, privacy apps, and apps for finding lost phones. There are still a couple of apps that advertise virus-detecting capabilities like VirusDetector, but those few remaining apps may be removed from the App Store in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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The Apple Watch has already been spotted within the pages of several fitness and fashion-oriented magazines during the month of March as Apple makes an advertising push ahead of the device's launch, and as of this week, it's also scored a spot on the cover of Fitness Magazine. On the cover, model Kate Bock wears an Apple Watch sport with an aluminum band. The Apple Watch feature focuses heavily on images and doesn't offer much in the way of details compared to other Apple Watch magazine spots, but Fitness shared some information about the shoot with MacRumors, giving us an interesting inside look at Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts. Apple first reached out to the magazine about HealthKit following the launch of the iPhone 6, which developed into a relationship that allowed Fitness to be the first women's magazine to photograph the Apple Watch back in early December. The prototype Apple Watch that was provided to Fitness and photographed on the wrist of Kate Bock was accompanied by an Apple security detail to prevent it from disappearing. Apple representatives were also on hand to approve the photos that were taken. Ahead of the shoot, Apple asked Fitness to share details on the concept of the cover, who would wear the watch, and what the model would be wearing. After the photo shoot, Apple's own creative team was involved in editing the photos to make sure the Apple Watch looked good. Fitness Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong described the process to MacRumors, and shared her plans for future Apple Watch features in the magazine.Apple was pretty engaged from the beginning and wanted to know details like who would be model be who would be wearing it, what sort of attire would she be wearing and what the concept of the cover would be. They liked FITNESS for our tech-savvy, goal-oriented female audience, and thought we'd be great partners in helping showcase the Apple Watch. Apple reps were on-set at our cover shoot for the whole day to make sure the watch was photographed well. Then once we made our selects, their creative team helped with the retouching to make sure the face of the watch was lit up and live. I hope to be able to get my hands on an Apple Watch Sport sample in the coming month and really put it to a sweat test for Fitnessmagazine.com to see how useful it is in helping our readers stay motivated to exercise, keep track of their physical activity, or connect with people and their to-do lists while out for a run.With the Apple Watch positioned as Apple's first wearable accessory, it's no surprise to learn the company has been carefully curating its image and exercising control over the way it's portrayed in magazines. Apple wants people to see the Apple Watch as fashionable, sporty, and genuinely useful to the average person rather than as something geeky and technical that doesn't belong in the fashion world. Thus far, Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts have been split between posing the Apple Watch as a fashion statement and as a fitness accessory. On the fitness side, the Apple Watch has been featured in this month's issue of Fitness and it was on the cover of the March issue of Self magazine, on the wrist of Candice Swanepoel. Self did a full feature on the Apple Watch, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and more. Model Christy Turlington has also been promoting the fitness-oriented features of the Apple Watch, both on stage at Apple's March 9 event and on a personal blog on Apple.com. Turlington is using the Apple Watch as she prepares for the London Marathon in April. On the fashion side, the Apple Watch has been featured in Vogue, Style, East Touch, and YOHO. Late last year, it was on the cover of Vogue China and it was shown off at an exclusive event at Parisian fashion boutique Colette. It will also be featured in a number of high-end exclusive popup shops around the world after it's released. As the launch of the Apple Watch creeps closer, it's likely the device will continue to appear within an increasing number of magazines and newspapers as Apple attempts to market the device to a wide range of potential customers. The Apple Watch will be available beginning on April 24, but it will be available for pre-order and in-store try ons starting on April 10. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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At its Apple Watch event on March 9, Apple highlighted several apps that will be available on the Apple Watch, including an app from American Airlines, which will let users receive flight information, check in for their flights, and more. Since then, several other airlines have also announced upcoming apps for the Apple Watch, giving us a hint at some of the ways the Apple Watch will be used to make our lives easier. British Airways, for example, has just announced a British Airways app for the Apple Watch, which will be available beginning on April 24. Through a glance option, which is accessed by swiping right on the watch face, the British Airways app will display a summary of a customer's next flight, offering details like flight number, flight status, a countdown to departure time, and the weather at the destination. All of that information will be available at a single glance, preventing users from needing to rifle through emails and open up apps to access flight details. The app will also support on-wrist check-ins for flights, and it will deliver notifications to direct users to their appropriate gates. At certain airport terminals, such as Heathrow's Terminal 5, users will receive welcome messages powered by iBeacon. British Airways' Apple Watch app Earlier this week, VentureBeat asked several airlines about their plans for Apple Watch apps, which yielded information about two upcoming apps from Delta and United. The Delta app that's in development will deliver notifications about flights to users ahead of their flights, and it will give them access to the boarding pass stored on their iPhones. Like the apps from other airlines, it will offer flight numbers, gate numbers, flight times, and other info. If a flight gets changed, for example, users will get a notification on their Apple Watch. There will also be a notification when a flight is approaching a destination city, with information about luggage pickup. Delta Apple Watch app, image courtesy of VentureBeat United Airlines wasn't prepared to share app screenshots of its upcoming Apple Watch app, but it did divulge some details about it. The app will offer at-a-glance information on upcoming flights, including gate numbers and status, plus it lets users view their flight reservations within the United Airlines Apple Watch app. It will also pull a traveler's boarding pass from the Passbook app, and it's able to alert users if flight times or gate numbers change. Southwest and Virgin America told VentureBeat they were not working on Apple Watch apps at the present time, but the two airlines, along with other airlines, will likely create apps as they see their competition developing apps for the device. The Apple Watch will become available on April 24, with pre-orders beginning on April 10. Developers have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on apps ahead of the launch, with many even flying out to Cupertino for guidance from Apple, so there should be a wealth of third-party apps available to consumers right on launch day. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases New Security Update for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Users • Apple Updates iPhoto for Mac to Prepare for Upcoming Transition to New Photos App • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

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The Apple Watch is still several weeks away from making its official debut, but that hasn't stopped dozens of inventors from coming up with accessories for the device, and many of those ideas are showing up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Along with charging stands, band adapters are a popular category for crowdfunding campaigns, and several different projects have been started with the hope of creating solutions that will allow the Apple Watch to be used with third-party watch bands. Earlier this month, we covered the Click Apple Watch band adapter, showing off a 3D printed prototype, and now that project has been further developed and launched on Kickstarter. Click is a band adapter aiming to make most 22mm watch bands compatible with the Apple Watch. Rendering of the Click adapter design Click is a simple adapter that slides into the grooves of the Apple Watch, much like one of Apple's own watch bands. It supports several different pin styles, including spring bars, T-bars, and quick release bars, promising to give Apple Watch users more band options at an affordable price. It will come in two sizes and four finishes, to match all of the Apple Watch casings. Click adapter prototype in 3D printed Apple WatchUntil now, there has been no affordable way to customize the bands on your Apple Watch. The current selection is small and very expensive. We want you to be able to express yourself in every situation, because you shouldn't have to change for your watch; your watch should complement you. With Click, you can truly personalize your Apple Watch without breaking the bank.Another Apple Watch band adapter also promises to let users wear their Apple Watches with existing watch bands. The Adappt is very similar to the Click, but Adappt is pairing its adapter with watch bands in addition to selling it separately. Like the Click, it slides into the Apple Watch band groove on one side and the second side features a standard pin that's used by most watch bands. Rendering of Adappt Apple Watch adapter Adappt will be available in plastic, anodized aluminum, stainless and gold plated steel, in colors to match each Apple Watch, and it will be available in two sizes. Rendering of Adappt Apple Watch adapter color optionsThanks to high quality materials, Adappt will match perfectly your Apple Watch. Our aluminum is anodized through an electro-chemical process that creates a porous surface, then coated with a dye, to look and feel exactly like the Sport edition versions, Silver and Space Grey Aluminum.Adappt's bands will come in rubber, leather, metal, and are priced very reasonably at $9 to $18, adapter included. The Adappt band was actually launched previously on Kickstarter as the Standap and later removed, leading many to believe that its disappearance was at the behest of Apple, but it appears that Apple has not yet taken a stance on these types of adapters that will allow the Apple Watch to work with any band. In the weeks leading up to the Apple Watch launch, we'll undoubtedly see additional band adapters and other accessories designed for the device. The Apple Watch will become available on April 24, but it will be available for pre-order and in-store try on beginning April 10. The Click Apple Watch band adapter is priced at $10 for early backers, with delivery set for May 2015. Later backers will need to pay up to $30 for a June 2015 delivery. The Adappt Apple Watch band adapter starts at $7 for a plastic version, and goes up to $250 for a gold plated version. Adapters and bands from Adappt will ship in June of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature

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Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Thursday at the Baselworld watch convention in Switzerland announced that it is partnering with Google and Intel to create a connected smartwatch. TAG Heuer will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the watch, which will have an Intel microprocessor and use Google's Android Wear platform. The smartwatch will be released later this year, at which point specific pricing and features will be revealed. TAG Heuer's Carrera contemporary luxury sport watch TAG Heuer has high expectations for its upcoming smartwatch, with CEO Jean-Claude Biver calling it his "biggest announcement ever" in 40 years of working in the industry. The executive also predicted that the product will be the "greatest connected watch" available, just weeks before the Apple Watch is released. "The difference between the TAG Heuer watch and the Apple Watch is very important," Biver said. "That one is called Apple and this one is called TAG Heuer." TAG Heuer joins Swatch, Breitling, Montblanc and Frederique Constant as one of several Swiss watch makers bringing electronic features to the wrist to compete with the Apple Watch and other connected smartwatches. TAG is the first traditional watchmaker to partner with Google, however, opening the doors for more Swiss luxury watch makers under parent company LVMH, including Hublot and Zenith, to collaborate with Silicon Valley on the next generation of wrist-worn devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Angry Birds Developer Rovio Reports First Major Profit Decline in 2014 • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch

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Back when iOS 8 first launched, Launcher was one of the first apps to take advantage of the new widgets allowed in the Notification Center, and it introduced shortcut functionality that let users launch an app or complete a task like calling a specific person with a single tap. Apple approved the app and allowed it to exist in the App Store for over a week, but then the company made the decision to remove Launcher from the App Store, calling it a "misuse" of widgets. Since then, Apple has gone on to make a series of questionable decisions about widgets, banning apps for similar widget offenses and then later changing its mind. Up until now, Apple has not reversed course on Launcher, but that didn't stop Launcher developer Greg Gardner from continually resubmitting different variations of the app in the hopes of creating something Apple would find acceptable. Earlier this month, a limited version of Launcher gained App Store approval (a version with only calling, emailing, messaging, and FaceTime access), and when Gardner asked for clarification on why that was acceptable when his original app was not, Apple reviewers opted to revisit the first Launcher app and stated that its functionality was now acceptable. According to Gardner, he did not have to remove any of the original Launcher features to get it re-approved in the App Store. Apple reportedly told him that when a new feature first launches, they are conservative about what they allow, but restrictions sometimes relax over time. "That is what appears to have happened in this case," Gardner told MacRumors. Due to Apple's decision reversal, Launcher will be available for download again beginning today. It's already propagating in some countries, and will be in the U.S. App Store tonight. Launcher has retained all of its original functionality, which means users can download the app and use it to set up shortcuts that will appear in the Today view of the Notification Center. Available shortcuts are organized into four sections: Contact Launcher, Web Launcher, App Launcher, and Custom Launcher. With the Contact Launcher, it's possible to create shortcuts to call someone, email someone, FaceTime someone, get directions to a specific place, Message someone, and more. The Web Launcher sets up shortcuts that will automatically launch a specified URL, and the App Launcher lets users open a specified app and works with both Apple apps and third-party apps. The Custom feature lets users create buttons for any installed apps and any other URL schemes. Launcher also offers a few new features, including a much-requested option to make the icons smaller and hide labels for a more compact look within the Notification Center. Launcher can be downloaded from the App Store for free, and the pro version is available as a $3.99 in-app purchase. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Seeds New 7.1.5 and 6.2.5 Safari Betas to Developers for Mavericks, Mountain Lion • Flexibits Teases 'Fantastical 2 for Mac,' App Coming on March 25 • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps

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As we approach the launch of the Apple Watch, retail employees who will be demoing the devices have been sharing information with various rumor sites, including MacRumors and 9to5Mac, detailing what they're learning about the Apple Watch and how the upcoming try-on process will work. Apple Watch employees have already been receiving training on the Apple Watch, but special meetings will take place at retail stores starting next week to give all retail employees a chance to go hands-on with the watch. Many employees will see the watch in person for the first time at this point, and Apple will use the meetings to give them further training on the device. In its training materials, Apple has told employees they will "be the first to see Apple Watch, the first to try it on and the first to share it with the world." Some of the training materials employees are receiving After that training period, the Apple Store will be transformed overnight on April 9, ahead of the company's try-on and pre-order period, which begins on April 10. The store will be equipped with new Apple Watch tables, which feature the device displayed under glass. Tables will include areas where customers can try on the devices, and Apple employees will schedule 15 minute appointment times for each customer who wants to see the Apple Watch in person. There will be employees on hand to show customers all versions of the Apple Watch, including the high-end Edition models at select retail stores. After trying on a watch, a customer will be able to place a reservation for the device, and it will become available for pickup on April 24, the official Apple Watch launch date. In addition to scheduling appointments to try the watch on in store and make a reservation, customers will also be able to pre-order the device online beginning on April 10. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More

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At an event in New York City this morning, T-Mobile unveiled its ninth Un-carrier initiative, which is aimed at business owners. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took the stage to unveil a simple new plan for businesses small and large, which is priced up to 40 percent lower than similar business plans from AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile's new business plan is priced at $16 per line for businesses that use under 20 lines, and at over 20 lines, the price drops to $15 per line. 10 lines, for example, costs $160, while 100 lines costs $1,500. At 1000 lines, the price drops even further, to $10 per line. Each line comes with 1GB of data, and T-Mobile is giving businesses multiple options for purchasing additional data. Data can be purchased per line or pooled and distributed between many employees. Pooled data costs $4.75 per GB at a 100GB minimum and drops to $4.25GB at 1TB. T-Mobile is also partnering with GoDaddy to give business customers a free domain and a free mobile site. This deal is available for any business customer with at least one line. Through a second partnership with Microsoft, T-Mobile is offering customers a free custom email. Customers who have a T-Mobile business line through work will be able to get discounted service for their families as well, using T-Mobile's new Business Family Discounts plan. With a standard cell phone family plan, the first line is the most expensive and the second line is less expensive. At T-Mobile, this works out to $50 for the first line and $30 for the second line. With Business Family Discounts, the person's work line counts as the first line, dropping the price of the first family line. According to John Legere, this can save families of two up to $439 per year, and it's available to all T-Mobile customers beginning today. On the consumer end, T-Mobile's announced "Carrier Freedom," which is an expansion of the company's pledge to pay early termination fees. T-Mobile's early termination payments now cover device payments and leases, letting customers on plans like AT&T Next switch to T-Mobile. The company will pay up to $650 per phone to customers who switch carriers. T-Mobile's final "One More Thing" announcement was the "Un-Contract," which ensures that customer's rates may go down, but they won't go up. All of the company's promotional plans are now permanent, and no unlimited data plan will change for two years. Over the course of the last two years, T-Mobile has aimed to disrupt traditional mobile service with its "Un-carrier" initiatives. The company began with uncoupling device costs from service costs in 2013, and then went on to offer several additional incentives to encourage customers to switch to the carrier, including paying early termination fees, offering a JUMP! upgrade plan, unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries, free streaming music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio, and Pandora, one week free trials to test the T-Mobile service, Wi-Fi calling, and data rollovers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster claims in a note to investors that Apple has a small team working in and exploring the augmented reality field. Munster believes that while augmented reality is still a decade away from broader consumer adoption, Apple is preparing for the next evolution in computing and will be able to offer fashionable wearables that people will actually want to wear."While it is limited, we believe Apple has a small team of engineers exploring augmented reality applications. We believe that at the core, the group is likely trying to understand a wearable interface that design would ultimately make fashionable/socially acceptable. At this point, we believe it is difficult to determine if or when these experiments might yield a product."Google Glass is perhaps the most notable example of a wearable that, while revolutionary in many aspects, created some uncomfortable situations for those wearing the device in public. Glass Explorer Edition was quick to be banned from several public establishments, including movie theaters, casinos, restaurants, hospitals, sports venues, schools, banks and more due to its ability to discreetly take photos and record videos. Munster remains skeptical about whether Apple's focus on augmented reality will result in a future product, as it is common for the company to research and develop new products and technologies that are never released to the public. Munster also has a less than impressive track record at divulging Apple's upcoming plans, so his predictions should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Apple began allowing developers to release augmented reality apps on the App Store nearly six years ago, such as Google's mystery game Ingress. Apple also began exploring augmented reality for Maps in 2011, corroborated by a March 2014 report claiming that the iPhone maker still plans to add augmented reality features to Maps. Based on Munster's comments, Apple appears to remain interested in the field. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iRig 2 Guitar Interface Now Available for iPhone, iPad and Mac • Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More

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In an exclusive interview with Fast Company, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses a wide range of topics with interviewer Rick Tetzeli, from Steve Jobs' ongoing legacy within the company to the mixed reception of the Apple Watch over the last few weeks. Cook notes the different angles Apple took in developing ways to interact with the Apple Watch, thinking of it as its own piece of technology and not just another smartphone or tablet. He continues that most of the companies that have made smartwatches in recent years "haven't thought that through", resulting in lesser and more cumbersome products. We weren’t first on the MP3 player; we weren’t first on the tablet; we weren’t first on the smartphone. But we were arguably the first modern smartphone, and we will be the first modern smartwatch—the first one that matters. People didn’t realize they had to have an iPod, and they really didn’t realize they had to have the iPhone. And the iPad was totally panned. Critics asked, "Why do you need this?" Honestly, I don’t think anything revolutionary that we have done was predicted to be a hit when released. It was only in retrospect that people could see its value. Maybe this will be received the same way. Cook goes on to state that Jobs' greatest contribution to Apple was the culture he created during his years there, calling the late Apple CEO, "The best teacher I ever had by far." Out of that culture came a sense of community and collaboration amongst the company's various departments, a critical element of Apple's continued success, and one that keeps them a step above the competition, according to Cook. We’ve turned up the volume on collaboration because it’s so clear that in order for us to be incredibly successful we have to be the best collaborators in the world. The magic of Apple, from a product point of view, happens at this intersection of hardware, software, and services. It’s that intersection. Without collaboration, you get a Windows product. There’s a company that pumps out an operating system, another that does some hardware, and yet another that does something else. That’s what’s now happening in Android land. Put it all together and it doesn’t score high on the user experience. When asked about the possibility of "cracks" appearing in Apple's ever-expanding ecosystem of devices and operating systems, Cook remains adamant that the company will always strive for success and satisfaction in what it does. "It’s not that it’s not doable, it’s that we’re human sometimes, and we make an error," Cook said. "I don’t have a goal of becoming inhuman, but I do have a goal of not having any errors." Part of this strive for near-perfection brought about the company's boldness in making sometimes harsh, but necessary decisions, which companies like Microsoft were afraid to make, according to Cook. Part of the reason Microsoft ran into an issue was that they didn’t want to walk away from legacy stuff. Apple has always had the discipline to make the bold decision to walk away. We walked away from the floppy disk when that was popular with many users. Instead of doing things in the more traditional way of diversifying and minimizing risk, we took out the optical drive, which some people loved. We changed our connector, even though many people loved the 30-pin connector. Some of these things were not popular for quite a while. But you have to be willing to lose sight of the shore and go. We still do that. The full interview is well worth a read, as Cook discusses topics like his excitement for the under-construction Apple Campus 2 and daily usage of his own personal Apple Watch. He even comments on the still-untouched office of the "irreplaceable" Steve Jobs, noting hesitancy to visit the room soon after Steve's passing, but a growing appreciation of the space as time has passed. When asked whether he would ever do anything with the office, like take it for himself, Cook remained steadfast in leaving it the way it was when Jobs passed. "His name should still be on the door," Cook remarked. "That’s just the way it should be. That’s what felt right to me." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More

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Apple has removed the award-winning healthy eating app The Whole Pantry from the App Store and its featured Apple Watch apps page amid allegations that its creator Belle Gibson committed fraud, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The report states that Gibson is accused of making false claims about her cancer diagnosis and failing to donate thousands of dollars collected during fundraisers to charities. Apple has removed The Whole Pantry from its Apple Watch featured apps page Apple had been promoting The Whole Pantry as a featured Apple Watch app on its website over the past week, although it has updated the page today to remove the listing. The app also appears to have been pulled from the App Store worldwide, based on spot checks of the United States, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom storefronts. The company has yet to comment on the matter. The Whole Pantry was featured on the Apple Watch apps page earlier this week Gibson is a 26-year-old from Melbourne that rose to fame for healing herself from terminal brain cancer without conventional treatment, although the report claims that she later admitted to possibly being misdiagnosed. She has since been the subject of intense scrutiny from her supporters and those that donated to her cause, and has since disabled the Facebook page for The Whole Pantry and her personal Instagram account. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More

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Discovery and Viacom are in discussions with Apple to be included in its rumored streaming TV service, reports The Wall Street Journal. The partnerships could see mid-tier channels such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available through the subscription-based service on devices including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to launch a streaming TV service anchored by American networks ABC, CBS and Fox. The rumored service would offer a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 to $40 per month. Apple is expected to announce the service at WWDC in June ahead of a September launch, according to the report. Rumors of Apple working on a streaming TV service have circulated since at least 2009, when it was reported that CBS and Walt Disney were considering participating in the web-based service. Later reports indicated that Apple had ambitious plans to launch the service in the second half of 2012, but those plans have yet to materialize nearly three years later, likely due to roadblocks with content providers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases Safari 8.0.4 With Stability and Security Improvements • Facebook Messenger App for iOS Gains Money Transfer Feature • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More

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Apple is having more luck getting content partners to participate in its upcoming streaming service by promising to share data with them, reports the New York Post. News of Apple's most recent streaming television plans surfaced yesterday, after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was in talks with programmers like CBS, Disney, and Fox for a service that may launch in June. Apple has struggled to create a streaming service for several years, but has continually run into problems negotiating deals with cable companies and content providers who are reluctant to disrupt existing streams of revenue. According to the New York Post, Apple is planning to share details on who viewers are, what is watched, and when it is watched in order to tempt content providers to participate in the streaming service. Apple is also said to be allowing content providers to have a significant amount of control over the service, letting, for example, providers decide when to air ads. By dangling the "data carrot," Apple is offering something that traditional cable companies, Amazon and Netflix have refused to hand over to programmers. The tech giant is playing unusually nice in an attempt to catch up to rivals such as Sony and Dish's SlingTV, which are fast building similar slimmed-down channel packages without a cable TV subscription.Apple once had very ambitious plans for a streaming television service, which it envisioned would offer channels a la carte, but ongoing problems reaching deals with providers have caused it to scale back on its ambitions. When establishing iTunes Radio, Apple made concessions on pricing in order to get deals signed, and it's likely the company is willing to make some sacrifices to get its television service off the ground. Today's report should be read with caution, as handing over user data to third-party programmers is something of an unusual move for Apple. The company has gone to great lengths to assure customers that it collects limited data whenever possible. Tim Cook has, on multiple occasions, stated "You are not our product" when speaking on user privacy.We believe customers have a right to privacy, and the vast majority of customers don't want people knowing everything about them. When you make a purchase, we make a little bit of money. It's very simple, very straightforward. You are not our product, that's our product.Apple is said to be planning to unveil the streaming television service at WWDC, with a launch coming in the fall. Pricing has not yet been finalized, but the service, which will include approximately 25 channels, could cost between $30 and $40. Deals are still in the works and have not been agreed upon, so launch timing of the service could shift in the future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App

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Google on Tuesday announced two changes to the Play Store that it hopes will result in an improved experience for both developers and users. The first is a new review process where apps submitted for approval are manually reviewed by a team of employees at Google before the software is published on the Play Store. Google claims it began manually reviewing apps several months ago, with no noticeable change in approval times during the rollout. The move to human reviewers marks a significant change for the Play Store, as the ability for developers to have apps go through a quick and automatic review process was a major differentiating factor over Apple's tedious review process for the App Store on iPhone and iPad. Nevertheless, Google says it will continue to help developers get their apps published on the Play Store within hours of submission, rather than days or weeks. Apple has been rather controlling and inconsistent at times in regards to enforcing its App Store review guidelines over the years. Last month, for example, the iPhone maker began rejecting apps with violent screenshots for infringing upon a long-standing review guideline. Developers also face long waits with Apple, as the average approval times for apps are roughly six days for the App Store and seven days for the Mac App Store. The second improvement is the introduction of an age-based rating system for apps and games on the Play Store, based on official rating authorities such as the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in the United States, Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) in Europe and Classification Board in Australia. Territories with no specific rating authority will display age-based, generic ratings for apps."Today we’re introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games on Google Play. We know that people in different countries have different ideas about what content is appropriate for kids, teens and adults, so today’s announcement will help developers better label their apps for the right audience. Consistent with industry best practices, this change will give developers an easy way to communicate familiar and locally relevant content ratings to their users and help improve app discovery and engagement by letting people choose content that is right for them."Google encourages developers to visit the Developer Console and fill out a content rating questionnaire to ensure that their apps remain available on the Play Store. Apps without a completed questionnaire will be listed as unrated and, starting in May, all apps and updates submitted to the Play Store will require a completed questionnaire before being published on the Play Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App

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Filming has progressed on the upcoming Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender, and a few weeks ago, film crews were spotted at the San Francisco Opera House. As of yesterday, hundreds of extras were hired to take part in a scene and a few photos leaked, giving us details on what's being filmed at the location. The scene being filmed in the Opera House appears to be the 1988 unveiling of the NeXT Computer, the first computer developed by Steve Jobs after he left Apple. A movie prop poster hung on one of the walls in the Opera House depicts Michael Fassbender as Jobs, posing with the NeXT Computer, which was often referred to as "The Cube" due to its shape. Image via Instagram user seannung Back in 1988, the unveiling of the NeXT Computer took place at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, which is located across the street from the Opera House. It is not clear why filming is taking place at the Opera Hall, but scenes will also be filmed at the Symphony Hall, according to reports. Filming in the area will continue until April. Steve Jobs' NeXT event was a huge gala and it marked the first time Jobs had appeared in public in many years. Descriptions of the event called it a showy affair with "all the subtlety of a Hollywood premiere." Jobs himself was described as working the crowd "like an entertainer." In addition to being spotted in a promotional poster, Fassbender also had his photo snapped outside the Opera Hall by a fan, still dressed in his Steve Jobs garb. At that time, Jobs favored a simple white button down shirt and dress pants, which is what Fassbender wears in the image. Image via Instagram user raqu31 The Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Wozniak was penned by Aaron Sorkin and is being directed by Danny Boyle. Jeff Daniels, Kate Winslet, and Katherine Waterston all have roles in the film. The movie is set to be released in theaters on Friday, October 9, 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Nomad's 'Pod' Battery Provides Four Full Charges for Apple Watch • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App

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The upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs, written by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, executive editor at Fast Company, is set to be released on March 24. Ahead of time, the authors have shared a number of excerpts from the book that provide untold details about his life. Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that Walter Isaacson's autobiography of Steve Jobs "did him a tremendous disservice," depicting the late Apple co-founder as "a greedy, selfish egomaniac." Cook added that Jobs certainly "wasn't a saint," but that "it's emphatically untrue that he wasn't a great human being." He believes that Jobs truly cared about things, but his passion was sometimes mistaken for arrogance."Steve cared," Cook continues. "He cared deeply about things. Yes, he was very passionate about things, and he wanted things to be perfect. And that was what was great about him. A lot of people mistook that passion for arrogance. He wasn’t a saint. I’m not saying that. None of us are. But it’s emphatically untrue that he wasn’t a great human being, and that is totally not understood."Even as his sickness progressed, Jobs continued working at Apple until his final days, and wanted others to treat him as if he were not sick. Cook claims that Jobs began thinking about a succession plan and life after Apple in 2004, and spent time working with Joel Podolny, a professor he hired from the Yale School of Management, on Apple University to pass on his methodologies to Apple’s next generation of leaders."But as the days went on he would spend more time with me and with other people explaining why he thought or did something, or why he looked at something in a certain way. This was why he came up with Apple U., so we could train and educate the next generation of leaders by teaching them all we had been through, and how we had made the terrible decisions we made and also how we made the really good ones."The book also details that Jobs worked closely with Norman Foster Architects on the design of Apple's Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, a spaceship-like headquarters under construction on the grounds of Hewlett-Packard's old campus. Jobs approached the design of the headquarters with the same principles he applied to the iPhone, iPad and everything else. "Steve wanted people to love Apple," says Cook, "not just work for Apple, but really love Apple, and really understand at a very deep level what Apple was about, about the values of the company. He didn’t write them on the walls and make posters out of them anymore, but he wanted people to understand them. He wanted people to work for a greater cause."Cook reflected on August 11, 2011, the day that Jobs called him to his house and decided that he should be the next CEO at Apple. Cook, who had previously served at the helm of Apple during Steve's medical leaves in 2004 and 2009, was hesitant about taking the position at first, but believed that the best candidate had to come from within Apple to truly understand the culture of the company."If you believe that it’s important to understand Apple’s culture deeply, you wind up clicking to an internal candidate," explains Cook. "If I were leaving this afternoon I’d recommend an inside candidate, because I don’t think there’s any way somebody could come in and understand the complexity of what we do and really get the culture in that deep way. And I think Steve knew that it also needed to be somebody that believed in the Beatles concept. [Jobs believed that the Fab Four brought out the best in one another—and moderated any individual’s excesses.] Apple would not be served well to have a CEO who wanted to or felt like they needed to replace him precisely. I don’t think there is such a person, but you could envision people trying. He knew that I would never be so dumb as to do that, or even feel that I needed to do that."Jobs passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. The excerpts above were adapted from Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Revolutionary Leader, which will be available in hardcover on Amazon for $18 on March 24. Apple executive Eddy Cue described the book as "well done" and the "first to get it right" earlier this week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store

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Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for ¥22 billion ($182 million) as part of a cross-shareholding deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. Nintendo consistently refused to license its intellectual property to other platforms, fearing that doing so may threaten its traditional, console-based business model. Nevertheless, as the mobile gaming industry has grown into an estimated $25 billion market, and competitors such as Sony begin making more games available on other consoles, it appears that Nintendo has caved into the pressure.“The company seems to have totally changed its mind-set, after having resisted against mobile game development, publicly complained about the low quality of content in mobile and played down its role in the game world overall,” said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based game consultant. “This is about the most drastic, bold shift in strategy Nintendo could have undertaken.”Nintendo and DeNA will team up to develop a “multi-device membership service for the global market," available next fall for PCs, smartphones, tablets and also Nintendo gaming consoles, according to the report. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said at a news conference on Tuesday that he hopes the service will allow the company to reach hundreds of millions of new users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store

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Apple is in talks with programmers to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service anchored by networks ABC, CBS and Fox, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that the service would have about 25 channels and be available on Apple TV, iPad and iPhone.BREAKING: Apple in talks to launch online TV service in the fall with about 25 channels, featuring ABC, CBS and FOX networks - WSJ— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 17, 2015 Apple's web-based TV service will reportedly be a lightweight package consisting of popular channels such as ABC, CBS, ESPN and FX, but not smaller stations typically included in a standard cable TV package. The service is rumored to cost between $30 to $40 per month and debut at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June ahead of a September launch in the United States. The report adds that NBCUniversal content will be notably absent due to a falling-out between Apple and NBC parent company Comcast. The two sides were allegedly in negotiations as recently as last year, although Apple believed that Comcast was too focused on its own X1 set-top box for web-based streaming. The breakdown in discussions may have prevented Apple from launching its online TV service sooner. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store

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Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities. Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for. Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer Program. The program empowers employees to become Volunteer Champions and receive training and tools to help organize and publicize volunteer events in their communities. It also makes it easy for employees to find activities where they can volunteer their time and quality for Matching Gifts. Right now we're piloting the program in the US, Sydney, and Cork with the goal of expanding it worldwide in the future.The launch of the Apple Global Volunteer Program comes just months after Apple made efforts to expand employee benefit packages under the direction Denise Young Smith, who took over as head of human resources at Apple early last year. Improved benefits included more maternity/paternity leave for parents, educational reimbursements, and an expansion of Apple's long-running donation matching program. Apple's Matching Gifts Program [PDF] has existed since 2011, seeing the company match the money its employees contribute to charities (up to $10,000 per employee per year), but with the expansion, Apple also began matching time volunteered. As of October 2014, Apple donates $25 per hour to any non-profit where an employee volunteers. As stated in the memo sent to employees, Apple's charitable efforts have thus far raised a combined total of $78 million for charities and non-profit organizations around the world. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Pair Your Apple Watch With Your iPhone and Install Apps • Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store

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Apple plans to lure Android switchers to the iPhone by offering them Apple gift cards in exchange for their Android devices, reports 9to5Mac. The gift cards will be available under a new recycling and trade-in program that will provide in-store credit for users who trade in old smartphones, including those that come from rival smartphone manufacturers. The new program will work similarly to Apple's existing trade-in program, which provides users with gift cards for older Apple devices that can be used towards a new purchase. Value of the gift cards provided to Android switchers will vary based on the individual device, its age, and its condition. Apple has been making efforts in recent months to attract users switching from Android devices. In addition to this new trade-in program, the company has also created a detailed guide that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone. Following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the devices had brought the highest Android switcher rate Apple had seen in three years. At the time, Cook also said he expects to see more customers switching over to iPhone. Apple retail employees will begin receiving training on the new trade-in program this week and it will launch in the near future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store • Casetify Debuts Design-Your-Own Apple Watch Bands • 'Sid Meier's Starships' Launches Today on iPad and Steam

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Following the premiere of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine this weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas, reviews of the film have begun circulating in the media. The Guardian notes that the documentary portrays Jobs as "a man with dazzling talent and monomaniacal focus, but utterly lacking in empathy," with director Alex Gibney showing several examples of the late Apple co-founder's less-desirable behaviour that are typically overshadowed by his successes. "Yet this man, whose belief in his own righteousness was unshakeable, also terminated Apple’s philanthropic programmes, presided over huge corporate tax evasion, paid Chinese workers making iPhones a pittance, and only stumped up maintenance for his first daughter after dragging his ex-girlfriend through the courts, claiming that she was promiscuous and he was infertile, until a DNA test proved otherwise. Finally, he agreed to pay $500 a month – he was worth $200m at the time."Apple senior executive Eddy Cue was quick to express his disappointment in the documentary, describing the film on Twitter as "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue added that the best portrayal of Jobs is in the upcoming book "Becoming Steve Jobs," which he describes as "well done and first to get it right."Very disappointed in SJ:Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It's not a reflection of the Steve I knew.— Eddy Cue (@cue) March 16, 2015 The Hollywood Reporter has a nearly equal assessment of The Man in the Machine, describing the film as a "two hour-plus corrective to uncritical idolatry of [Jobs], a film that roots around in his misdeeds and mean traits, not in search of a complete portrait, but in the spirit of a Judgment Day prosecutor who knows damn well the defendant was not a holy man." Other publications that reviewed the documentary include Variety, TechnologyTell and Indiewire. The film is expected to debut in theaters later this year. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Feld & Volk Expanding Luxury iPhone 6 Lineup With Carbon, Titanium, Sapphire, and More • 'Pebble Time' Kickstarter Gained Momentum Following Apple Watch Event • Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Air 2, 2014 MacBook Air, Apple Accessories and More • Apple Fixes Keyboard in iOS 8.3 Beta So Searches.Don't.Look.Like.This • Amazon Hints at Upcoming Apple Watch App • 'Command & Conquer: Generals Deluxe Edition' Now Available in the Mac App Store • Casetify Debuts Design-Your-Own Apple Watch Bands • 'Sid Meier's Starships' Launches Today on iPad and Steam

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