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Victor Agreda Jr

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Victor's introduction to technology was the Apple ][ his dad bought in late 1978. Since then he's used Amiga's, Commodore's, Tandy's, even a PC and a Mac or two. Victor's background includes 3d animation and filmmaking, a bit of web development and programming. He taught multimedia and game design for 5 years at a technical college. His favorite artifact: a cassette tape with Applesoft BASIC on it, copyright 1979, by Microsoft.

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Aces Conference coming next year

Former TUAW contributor Justin Esgar is launching Aces Conference in New Orleans next year, and it's designed to help you build your consulting business. Justin is an ace when it comes to building businesses, particularly consulting, and has been a Mac IT guy for many years. He branched out with...

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Apple changes App Store "Free" button to say "Get"

Back in the day (as in yesterday) you could go to the App Store and tap a button that said FREE to download a free app. Today, you'll be tapping a button that says GET. Why? Speculation is that issues regarding in-app purchases and litigation overseas may be to blame. I guess it makes sense,...

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Slices of Apple episode 11: Making it great

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Matt Drance, a developer who...

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The iWatch mockups from yesteryear

Old smartwatches don't die, they just need new batteries. I was going through some old bookmarks last night and I ran across a site called Wrist Dreams, which had a sad but funny list of smartwatches from 7 or more years ago. Listed among the fish finder watch and "thinking" watches, there's a link...

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.NET Server Core to go open source, will run on Macs

There's no question .NET is a popular option for developers, but if you wanted to run .NET applications your server had to run Windows. Microsoft is in the process of making its tools even more accessible, and open-sourcing the .NET server stack is one way the company is hoping to win over more...

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Sunrise calendar, Things productivity apps updated

Sunrise calendar has always been a 3rd choice for me, behind Apple's and Readdle's excellent Calendars 5 (I use Fantastical + BusyCal on my Mac). But after hearing a lot of smart people rave about Sunrise, I've decided to give it a try. Lucky for me, a new update adds some great features and a...

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Is your iDevice screen unusually dim after installing iOS 8.1?

Over the weekend my son came to me with a curious issue. After updating his 5th generation iPod touch to iOS 8.1, the screen was suddenly much dimmer than usual, and no amount of resetting, re-installing or futzing with settings seemed to fix it. That's because 8.1 seems to introduce something...

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Apple Watch release date gets ever so slightly more accurate

In an internal company address that 9to5Mac got a hold of, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts noted that while everyone has been working really hard, there are several busy seasons coming up, including the holiday shopping season, Chinese New Year and "a new...

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Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple we talk to Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon PR,...

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Backtrace, the geekiest album you'll hear, hits Billboard comedy charts

I saw James Dempsey speak at AltConf this past June (AltConf runs during WWDC for those who want something a little different). James goes way back in Apple lore to the NeXT days, and for his talk he pulled some code to show how Swift didn't just materialize from thin air, it has its origins in...

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