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Feb

Some Early Mac Pro Orders Won’t See Promised February Delivery


Just hours after Apple began taking orders for the new Mac Pro back in December, shipping estimates slipped to “February”. However, Apple will not meet that deadline for a number of customers.

One customer told MacRumors that an Apple representative told him earlier today that his 6-core unit, originally ordered on January 7, “will not ship in February as originally stated” and instead “will be shipping in 5-7 business days and will be reflected in the on-line shipping status early next week.” Some Mac Pro buyers on the MacRumors forums have been notified of similar delays. The delay puts deliveries in the first or second week of March.

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The reader told us that he received two emails at the beginning and middle of the month promising delivery by the end of February, however, both those emails turned out to be incorrect. Here’s the text of one from February 17:

We’d like to give you another update on the status of your Mac Pro order.

Your Mac Pro is still scheduled to ship in February. We’ll send you an email notification with the delivery date and tracking information once its on its way.

For the most up-to-date delivery information, visit Order Status on the Apple Online store. If you have an iOS device, you can check your order status using the Apple Store app for iPad or iPhone.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to getting the new Mac Pro to you as soon as possible.

Current U.S. Apple Online Store orders for the Mac Pro have an expected ship date of April.

    



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27
Feb

What to expect from the first generation of Ubuntu smartphones (hands-on)


The Ubuntu Touch smartphone OS has come a long way, but it still has further to plod before it’s ready for market – all Canonical will tell us that it hopes to see an Ubuntu phone before the end of this year. Nevertheless, now that some phone manufacturers are on board with the project, we’ve been able to play with a couple of prototypes: One was just a non-functioning handset from a Spanish company called BQ, showing off plain but solid build quality reflective of a mid-tier device. The other was more interesting – a re-purposed Android handset from a second Ubuntu partner, Meizu, which makes light work of the operating system and interface. The UI itself hasn’t changed a great deal since we last tried it, and neither has the underlying mission, which is to create an OS that extends seamlessly across phones, tablets and PCs, with virtually the same apps running on each type of screen. Check out the hands-on video below to get a better of what Canonical is aiming at, or — if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty — try the new dual-boot developer preview for yourself on an Android handset.

Matt Brian contributed to this report.

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27
Feb

Rent a New York City apartment by the hour for… well, it’s up to you


Sometimes, New York City can be unbearable. Sometimes, you just need a break. Breather wants to offer you that break, in a variety of “beautiful, practical spaces” that are available by the hour. Think of it like a rentable, temporary office. Sound good? Head right here to check it out!

Okay, are those folks gone? Now let’s get down to what this is really about: rentable sex spaces. That’s what we’re talking about here, right? Gothamist arrived at the same conclusion as us, and asked Breather’s City Manager Packy McCormick what gives. He claimed that, during a months-long beta period, there were no signs indicating Breather being used as such. “It just doesn’t happen,” he said. In fairness, the spaces aren’t exactly strewn with mood lighting and waterbeds; they have standard office fare (WiFi, desks, power outlets — unsexy stuff) and get cleaned after each use by Breather staff.

We got on the phone with CEO Julien Smith for more; he spoke with us from his mobile phone in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood — no coincidence, as that’s where Breather is headed in the “next couple of months.” NYC service will also expand out from Manhattan into the outer boroughs in the same time frame, with plans for Boston and other major cities in the future.

Smith also offered details on how this potentially risky proposition works, and…it sounds surprisingly slick. Breather doesn’t own all the apartments it rents, but through “all kinds of different options” (revenue sharing, for instance, or renting) it’s cultivating a portfolio. Don’t think of it like AirBnB by the hour, as the service intends to be something very different. Smith contextualized it in light of Starbucks, which offers a meeting space/office for the price of a coffee:

“Some places are worth spending time in more than others, especially for the price. Starbucks is always the lowest option. We have to offer a higher value than that.”

At $25/hour and a free first hour, it does sound like a convenient option for, uh, whatever it is you’re doing in there. But it’s probably sex, right? Come on.

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Source: Gothamist

27
Feb

AllCast gets new look, support for Muzei Live Wallpaper


A new update hitting AllCast today sees the integration of one our of favorite Live Wallpapers for Android. Yes sir, this Chromecast app now ties into to Muzei, a gorgeous, if not flexible, wallpaper. The 1.0.6 release also gets a “major UI redesign” which looks much more in line with Google’s aesthetics. The change log itself is quite long; fixes, patches, and other tweaks for the most part.

  • Major UI redesign
  • Muzei support
  • Chromecast fixes
  • Playlist fixes
  • Possibly fixed video thumbnail crash fix on Samsung
  • Chromecast icon update
  • Set app to free while bugs are fixed
  • More Crash fixes
  • MKV fixes
  • Long click audio to add to playlist
  • Crash fixes
  • Fix Chromecast seek
  • Chromecast support is now available and in beta! (Requires new Google Play Services 4.2.34)
  • Better song info when playing music on DLNA or Roku
  • Power/wake leak fixes
  • Better photo support for DLNA

We’re really loving the direction of AllCast and think it’s fast becoming the preferred client for casting your local media files.

via ChromeWatching

The post AllCast gets new look, support for Muzei Live Wallpaper appeared first on AndroidGuys.

27
Feb

Apple Adds Kendrick Lamar, Supporting Acts to iTunes Festival SXSW Lineup [Mac Blog]


Following yesterday’s addition of Soundgarden to its SXSW concert lineup, Apple has now announced that Kendrick Lamar will also perform during the iTunes Festival [iTunes Store Link], headlining on March 12. Joining Kendrick Lamar will be ScHoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad.

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With the addition of Soundgarden and Kendrick Lamar, Apple’s SXSW iTunes Festival lineup is complete with the following acts scheduled (times listed in CST):

March 11
10:00 p.m. – Coldplay
8:30 p.m. – Imagine Dragons
7:30 p.m. – London Grammar

March 12
10:00 p.m. – Kendrick Lamar
8:45 p.m. – ScHoolboy Q
8:00 p.m. – Isaiah Rashad

March 13
10:00 p.m. – Soundgarden
8:45 p.m. – Band of Skulls
8:00 p.m. – Capital Cities

March 14
10:00 p.m. – Pitbull
8:45 p.m. – ZEDD
8:00 p.m. – G.R.L

March 15
10:00 p.m. – Keith Urban
8:45 p.m. – Willie Nelson
8:00 p.m. – Mickey Guyton

Apple first announced the SXSW concert series last week, as an expansion of its long-running iTunes Festival in the UK. The festival will offer five nights of music, beginning on March 11 at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

While the SXSW concerts are presented for free, tickets are given to attendees on a lottery basis. Live and on-demand streams of the shows will be available through the iTunes Store on iOS devices and computers, the iTunes Festival app on iOS devices, and Apple TV.

    



27
Feb

Moov’s fitness tracker works as a personal trainer to improve your workouts


There are quite a few fitness trackers out there now that all do exactly the same thing: monitor how much you move. While there are tons that can tell you you’re not moving around enough, there isn’t really anything out there that focuses on the quality of your movement over the quantity of it. That’s where the makers of Moov are hoping to fit in to the fitness space; their $59 device aims to work as a personal trainer of sorts, helping your improve you workouts

The easiest way to describe Moov is as a wearable Leap Motion. The waterproof disc can be worn on your wrist like a watch or strapped around your ankle or arm, and can capture movement. While you’re working out, it pays attention to how you’re moving, and offers real-time suggestions on how to improve. For instance, when you’re running, the app might suggest you shorten your stride or tell you that your landing is too hard — something that could ultimately cause an injury. Moov also notices things like your shoulders not being directly over your hands when you’re doing pushups, or even that your not kicking fast enough when you’re swimming laps.

When the device ships this summer it will support five different workouts: running, weight training, cardio boxing, swimming, and biking. We had the opportunity to see the running and cardio boxing workouts in action, and walked away fairly impressed. With just the small sensor on a wristband, Moov was capable of letting us know our running form could use some work, and gave us tips on how to throw the perfect jab. The cardio boxing demo in particular felt a lot like other fitness games we’ve seen like Let’s Dance, in that it suggested movements and then awarded points based on how well we were able to perform them. The difference of course, is Moov is handling all that with a watch and an iPad.

At launch, Moov will be iOS only, but an Android version is expected to follow three months later. The plan is to add support for more workouts over time, and then sell each new workout as an additional purchase, similar to how you might buy a new title for your PlayStation. Other titles in the works include yoga and martial arts. Ultimately Moov will retail for $120. In order start production, the company is crowdfunding its initial run of devices, and offering a discount for early adopters — $59 for one device, and $99 for two. Those who get their workout buddies to buy one as well can score $5 off the purchase price for each referral.

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27
Feb

Facebook discontinuing its Messenger for Windows app on March 3rd


It looks like Facebook is getting a jump on spring cleaning. Three days after shuttering its @facebook.com email service, the company said it’s killing off Messenger for Windows. Though the Windows desktop app won’t be discontinued until March 3rd, Facebook has already removed it from the downloads page. Meanwhile, current users have been receiving notifications letting them know the app won’t be supported after Monday. Incidentally, the move comes days after Facebook confirmed that Messenger is about to arrive on Windows Phone. We guess Zuckerberg & co. can only handle so many Windows-branded apps at a time?

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Via: SlashGear

Source: The Next Web, Facebook

27
Feb

ABC to stream the Oscars for the first time, but only for select viewers


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ABC will be streaming its live coverage of the Oscars this weekend for the first time ever, but there are some important caveats. First, the awards show will only be viewable through Watch ABC on the web or through ABC’s iOS and Android apps, both of which require a cable subscription for access. What’s more, you’ll need to live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham or Fresno in order to stream the event, since Watch ABC isn’t available nationwide. Even then, you’ll need a Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber or AT&T U-Verse subscription if you wanna see whether Her takes home best picture.

If you don’t meet the above criteria for streaming, “The Oscars Backstage” second screen experience will be available to all viewers regardless of their location or service provider. This will pull footage from multiple cameras positioned on the red carpet and in the backstage area. As you might expect, folks with full access can toggle back and forth between the extra content and the live show. Last but not least, Variety reports that highlight clips will be posted to Oscars.com five to 10 minutes after they air. The 86th Annual Academy Awards happens this Sunday, March 2nd at 8:30PM ET/5:30PM PT.

[Image credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images]

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Via: The Verge

Source: USA Today

27
Feb

Dish Explorer for iPad can now recommend shows and turn on your TV


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If you own one of Dish’s Hopper DVRs and have ever been stumped as to what to watch next, you’ll want to grab the latest version of Dish Explorer for the iPad. The new app now recommends shows based on your viewing habits; watch a lot of crime dramas and Dish may suggest the others you’ve missed. The update also introduces direct control over the TV’s power and volume, so you won’t have to go hunting for that lost remote. Head to the App Store for an upgrade if either new Explorer feature sounds appealing.

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Via: Dish

Source: App Store

27
Feb

Catch Pokémon on Netflix starting March 1st


Look, we get it. You’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Pokémon. We’ve all heard it before. Thankfully, this time there’s a solution: a heap of Pokémon content is coming to all Netflix territories on March 1st. That’s, “the classic first season of the television series, Pokémon: Indigo League, the fan-favorite Pokémon: Black & White season, and two feature length Pokémon movies [Pokémon the Movie: Black-Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom].” It’s unclear if and when more titles from the world of pocket monsters will hit Netflix — a Netflix rep tells us there aren’t currently plans to add more — but one thing’s for sure: real fans will want to catch them all.

Nope, we couldn’t help that. Sorry.

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