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Jan 31 2015 12:17AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's news, Apple might be preparing for another big media event showcasing the Apple Watch, judging by a request it recently sent a major developer. Elsewhere, Apple's stock hit yet another all-time high today, and on a more tragic note, long-running Apple blog TUAW will close as a result of recent cuts at AOL.

Apple Asks Some Devs to Have Apple Watch Apps Ready By Next Month

The Apple Watch won't show up on store shelves until April, according to CEO Tim Cook, but as MacRumors reports, the Cupertino company is asking at least one big (unidentified) app developer to have its Apple Watch apps ready to launch on the App Store by February 12.

Photo: MacRumors

It's currently not clear why Apple wants such an early launch date for this particular developer (and it's possible it contacted others), but there's little chance it means we'll see the long-awaited piece of wearable tech around Valentine's Day. More likely, it means that Apple either wants to have a few key apps ready for a big media event in February or March, or that it wants to check the battery life with third-party apps before it releases the unit into the wild.

In related news (also via MacRumors), "thousands" of Apple employees have reportedly been seen wearing Apple Watches in and around the San Francisco Bay area, indicating that Apple's all but ready for the device's launch.

Apple Stock Reaches $120, a New All-Time High

By now the news is probably a little old hat, but there's a new little tidbit regarding the impact of Apple's spectacular quarterly report for Q1 2015. As AppleInsider notes, the news caused AAPL stock to shoot up to $120, representing a new record for the company and another boost to its seemingly inevitable market valuation of $700 billion.

Apple's stock last record-breaking high was in November of 2014, when it reached $119 per share. Since then, it's danced around $110. Most investors, especially Carl Icahn, seem convinced that Apple stock could go up further still, and indeed, it'll be interesting to see what happens if the Apple Watch is as popular as Tim Cook and friends hope it is.

AOL Said to Shutter TUAW

As a part of a larger "restructuring" push that's also behind the tragic shuttering of well-known gaming site Joystiq, AOL will reportedly be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW (via The Verge). The site is expected to close for good on Monday, February 2.

TUAW is one of the old hands in the Apple news and reviews business, having been around since December of 2004. Its closure marks yet another step in a sad trend we've seen elsewhere. Earlier this month, the U.K.'s MacUser magazine closed its doors, and last September Macworld magazine ceased the publication of its print edition in order to focus on online content. In addition, Macworld canceled its long-running Macworld/iWorld Expo indefinitely.

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Jan 31 2015 12:09AM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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Jan 30 2015 9:57PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Accidentally enabled the Hotspot or Invert Colors feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop? You may have noticed two new icons in the Quick Settings menu. Here's how to get rid of them.






Jan 30 2015 9:43PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Accidentally enabled the Hotspot or Invert Colors feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop? You may have noticed two new icons in the Quick Settings menu. Here's how to get rid of them.






Jan 30 2015 8:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms.

Jan 30 2015 7:41PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 7:22PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy.

Jan 30 2015 6:57PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time in Ask, we offer solutions on how to fix blurry text when you're using an external monitor on your Mac. 

Question

I’ve just switched from an iMac to a Mac mini, but on the cheaper monitor I'm using — a 27-inch Samsung LCD — the text is blurry and no changes in System Preferences seem to help. I have tried the monitor on a PC and it looks fine. What can I do?

Answer

There are lots of reasons why you might get a blurry image. The two most common are that the monitor is over- or under-scanning (there’ll be an option for this in the monitor’s own menu) and font smoothing (try typing defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2 in Terminal, then log out and back in; click here for more details).


If your display is blurry, try smoothing fonts or run a script to convince OS X the monitor only supports RGB.

There’s another possibility. Apple’s DisplayPort uses the YCbCr color-encoding scheme by default, and this can look weird on some monitors. You can fix it by running a script to convince OS X the monitor only supports RGB. Right-click and download the script at embdev.net/attachment/168316/patch-edid.rb and then type ruby patch-edid.rb in Terminal. This creates a folder in your home folder. Move the patch-edid.rb into /System/Library/Displays/Overrides and restart your Mac.

Got an Apple tech question? Email ask@maclife.com.

Jan 30 2015 6:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 6:28PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 5:56PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

We've got a couple of dueling top-shelf calendar apps on sale this week, so pick your team and run with it if you want something that puts Apple's stock calendar app to shame. But wait, there's more! We've also got dueling price chops on to-do apps, note taking apps that let you write on the screen, and even competing maps of the constellations. It's an ultimate app price drop showdown this week, so to arms, to arms! And to the App Store!

Jan 30 2015 5:39PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
The mobile phone maker lays out the challenges involved in pushing out the latest version of Android to all Motorola smartphone owners.






Jan 30 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jan 30 2015 4:57PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 4:26PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride service Uber, which is trying to enhance its image after several controversies, on Friday released the findings of a report on its handling of passenger data and said it would act on all the report's recommendations for improvements.

Jan 30 2015 4:15PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Verizon Communications Inc and bidding partners of Dish Network Corp also spending heavily, results showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 2:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Verizon Communications Inc and bidding partners of Dish Network Corp also spending heavily, results showed on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 1:41PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications Inc and bidding partners of Dish Network Corp spent the most on the record-setting U.S. sale of wireless airwaves for mobile data, known as AWS-3, according to auction results released on Friday.

Jan 30 2015 1:15PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms.

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