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Sunday February 1

08:55
Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional...

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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08:54
Comarco Wireless Technologies Sues Apple over Power...

Late on Friday, Comarco Wireless Technologies filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's distribution and sale of their Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter.

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06:00
Dead Tech Books

As an author of technical books, I’ve been very interested in the comings and goings of technical books for a long time. This new Instagram feed is an expedition into what once was and how quickly the times change. Feed is embedded into a page on krypted to make it easier to see. Curious how many of my books are now “Dead Tech Books”…

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03:10
Odd Bot Out (Games)

Odd Bot Out 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Pocket Gamer - I already fell in love with OddIndie Game Magazine - Really, really cuteGamezebo - Lovingly crafted and consideredOdd is not like the other robots. After failing a standardized test Odd ends up in the recycling bin. Help Odd escape the robot factory using building blocks, electricity, and physics!GAMEPLAYEach level in this contraption puzzle game presents a new challenge. Build a bridge across a (small) abyss. Design and drive an unsafe car. And ride a robotic centipede, like you always wanted to.FEATURES- 100 unique and puzzling levels- Wheels, motors, circuits, and other building blocks- Stress free, creative, non-violent game playFIND OUT MOREoddbotout.comfacebook.com/oddbotout
Odd Bot Out

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Saturday January 31

19:00
TUAW ceasing publication on February 3, 2015

We're probably the last tech site to report on our own demise, but we ask your forgiveness -- it's been a rough couple of days.

Yes, TUAW will be ceasing publication this week. Expect to see our last posts sometime on Tuesday, February 3. You'll pro...

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18:00
BitTorrent Sync gives you the flexibility to sync...

Several months ago I started replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync ("BTS" for short) for my file-syncing needs, and I couldn't be happier with the results. One study showed BTS was up to 16 times faster than syncing to the cloud.

Let me walk you th...

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16:00
Hocus Focus hides inactive apps automatically

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like a nice, clean virtual workspace, and John Siracusa. If you're closer to the former than the latter, check out Hocus Focus - a Mac menu bar app which automatically hides inactive apps.

At fi...

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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Axe in Face [iPhone; No...

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14:13
Higher Res Video of China Apple Store Artists with...

Apple has posted a higher resolution version of a behind-the-scenes video on the artists who created a wonderful mural for its Jiefangbei Apple Store in Chongqing, China. Apple originally posted the video on its Chinese website, but the new version posted to YouTube features English subtitles for Chinese artist Yangyang Pan, in addition to being higher resolution. The mural adorns the cylindrical entrance to the store, and it's frankly gorgeous. Also, get a load of the smog shown in the video. No wonder Apple builds underground so often in that country.


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13:23
Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 - Remotely control Macs;...

Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks - all without leaving your desk. Featuring Automator actions, Remote Spotlight search, and a new Dashboard widget, Apple Remote Desktop 3 makes your job easier than ever.Version 3.8:

  • Addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility
  • Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, including updated interface
  • Enhancements for sending files using Copy Items
  • Fixes for remotely viewing clients in full screen mode
  • Multi-observe improvements for viewing large number of clients
  • OS X 10.9 or later

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13:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Apple R&D spending ...

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12:51
This week Samsung Won a Design Patent for a New...

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed a new design patent from Samsung that stood out the pack with a unique top-side pop-up...

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11:42
Apple Stores to be outfitted with safes to house...


Like a traditional jewelry store, Apple will outfit its official retail stores with safes to house the more expensive, gold “Edition” variants of the upcoming Apple Watch, according to sources. The safes will likely be used to carry both to-be-sold inventory as well as to store demo units from the show floor overnight. The custom-designed safes will be outfitted with Apple Watch MagSafe chargers in order to keep the demo units charged up and ready to go for the next day of business. Apple has already begun installing the safes in some stores ahead of the Apple Watch’s expected release April…

Earlier this week, ...

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11:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an iPhone 6...

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10:28
Modern Mac Synchronization with ChronoSync

ChronoSync is one of those tools that’s been in the Mac community for a long time (rightfully so). It’s been a little while since I got the chance to really tinker around with ChronoSync so I thought I’d do a little article on what I got to find during my tinkerations. To get started with ChronoSync, go to their website at http://www.econtechnologies.com/chronosync/overview.html. Next, we’re going to walk through the most basic of setups (and you can get all kinds of complicated from there if you’d like!).
Once you’ve downloaded, ChronoSync, run the installer from the disk image that was downloaded.

Then walk through the installer, basically following the defaults (unless you’d like to install to a volume other than your boot volume).
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09:42
NeoOffice 2014.7 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes. NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support
  • Native...

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09:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Backpacks from Spigen and...

Backpacks, screen protectors, and sleevesThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases is chock full of options, from carry-all backpacks to simple yet effective sleeves.IncaseThe Icon Sleeve (iPad Air; $60) offers lightweight, durable protection in a slim package that won't weigh your iPad down.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
And a final bonus Caturday: Graham's MacBook Air

Every once in a while there is a Caturday submission that has such a cute cat and great back story that it just calls out for more than one photo. This kitten is Graham, and owner Rob Waag tells the story:

Graham is a seven month old kitten that wa...

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07:32
Qualcomm Officially exposes their loss of a Major...

Earlier in the month we reported that it was rumored that Samsung was going to sideline Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor for their Next-Gen Galaxy S6. The rumor claimed that Samsung would use both their own processor and the Snapdragon 810 to a lessor extend until Qualcomm dealt with their overheating issue. Then ...

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: 2 iPhone Remotes You Gotta Have

Vern Seward has identified two iPhone add-ons every iPhoneographer should have. They'll help you take better photographs with your iPhone in a variety of situations.


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07:03
DesktopLyrics 2.6.6 - Displays current iTunes song...

DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing to fetch them if they aren't available in iTunes. If you don't want to type-in all your lyrics manually you can use an application like "Harmonic", "GimmieSomeTune", or "Get Lyrical". Note: As of version 2.0.0, DesktopLyrics is no longer free and costs $3.99. A 'Lite', unsupported version of the app is available here.Version 2.6.5 (2.6.6): Note: The demo version is currently at 2.6.6. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 2.6.5.

  • Added support for 'Dark Mode' in OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"
  • Improved performance and memory usage
  • Added possibility to close the "set lyrics" window
  • Fixed rare problem where DesktopLyrics...

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07:00
Caturday: Jake's keeping your backups safe and...

Want to keep your backups safe, secure and warm? Then hire Jake, this beautiful black cat belonging to TUAW reader Mike Hoffman, to sit atop your Time Capsule.

We're sure that he's probably not even sure of his guardian role; Jake probably just like...

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05:23
How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

HughPickens.com writes James B. Stewart writes in the NYT that in 1998 Bill Gates said in an interview that he "couldn't imagine a situation in which Apple would ever be bigger and more profitable than Microsoft" but less than two decades later, Apple, with a market capitalization more than double Microsoft's, has won. The most successful companies need a vision, and both Apple and Microsoft have one. But according to Stewart, Apple's vision was more radical and, as it turns out, more farsighted. Where Microsoft foresaw a computer on every person's desk, Apple went a big step further: Its vision was a computer in every pocket. "Apple has been very visionary in creating and expanding significant new consumer electronics categories," says Toni Sacconaghi. "Unique, disruptive innovation is really hard to do. Doing it multiple times, as Apple has, is extremely difficult." According to Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson, Microsoft seemed to have the better business for a long time. "But...

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05:00
Improve your game of Go (or just keep playing) with...

I’ve been playing Go, a grid-based strategy game that dates back thousands of years, for more than three decades, and it’s a game I enjoy a great deal. Unlike chess, which is often an all-or-nothing game of attack and defense, Go is about slowly-evolving strategies to surround the largest territory on the board. Each player, black and white, alternates placing stones on a board with a 19-by-19 grid. Building up territory, where the opposing player cannot get a foothold, each player attempts to enlarge his or her territory, and thwart advances and invasions by the opponent.It’s easy to learn the rules of Go; it’s hard to become really good at the game. This is a game that computers can’t yet defeat: the best programs can only defeat professional players with a handicap (Go has a handicap system where the weaker player gets to place from two to nine stones on the board at the start of the game)....

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: A Touchless Thermometer, Flashing...


JoyWing's Wishbone is a fancier thermometer than what you or I will have seen on any trip to the doctor. It's a smartphone attachment that gives temperature readouts within a couple of seconds without even having to touch the person or material it's examining, thanks to an infrared sensor. It's inexpensive, at $26-35 for those pledging to the crowdfunding drive, and I like the capacity to track the temperature changes of an object over a period of time. That feature could come in especially handy for fussy new parents.

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04:49
When musicians unintentionally steal

Pacific Standard:Imagine your favorite musician, actor, filmmaker, or painter. Undoubtedly, each one grew up idolizing—emulating, even—their artistic heroes. As such, if you pay close enough attention, it’s not hard to see those influences permeating the artist’s work. But at what point does paying homage to source material become a swindle?Be sure to watch the Sam Smith/Tom Petty side-by-side video.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
iPhone on the sidelines? In NFL, that’s not allowed

NBCNews:The NFL experience is getting pretty high-tech — for everyone, that is, except players on the sidelines.Russell Wilson might pick up a tablet on the sidelines in Super Bowl XLIX, but he won’t be able to use it to check his email, play “Angry Birds” or take a selfie. It’s a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 handicapped to perform one function and one function only: display photographs.∞ Read this on The Loop

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01:50
Magazine Mogul (Games)

Magazine Mogul 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:
Take charge of your own magazine! It's up to you to turn heads and help your community grow through the power of the press!It all starts with compelling coverage. Brainstorm story ideas and angles with your editorial team, then deploy staff to put those ideas into print. Hit the streets for info and you just might snag the hottest scoop of the year!Wider circulation means better publicity and tourism for your town, so win new readers over with fresh and interesting features! Keep it up and the mayor may headhunt you to assist with urban planning, relying on you for advice on public projects, events, and even what businesses to invite into town.A small local magazine can make a big difference! Do you have what it takes to become a magazine mogul?--Try searching for "...

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00:41
Kam Chancellor nursing bone spurs in his ankle AP

Forums: Promise TechnologySeattle Seahawks security Kam Chancellor surely didnt search all that constrained against the Denver Broncos on Sunday http://www.ssfanstore.com/Michael_Bennett_Jersey.
Nonetheless, it seems that the ankle concern that forced him to miss practice final Wednesday and land on the damage report was a lot more troublesome than it appeared.
In accordance to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Chancellor is dealing with bone spurs in his ankle that had the crew thinking about surgical treatment with the staff set for their bye this week. If they had elected for surgical procedure, Chancellor would have likely missed 6-8 weeks. Simply because the crew currently employed their one particular reserve/injured-designation to return card on cornerback Jeremy Lane, they would have had to carry...

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Friday January 30

21:28
First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-...

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

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18:53
Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities...

Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by Eleks Labs offers insight into both the opportunities and limitations that developers face with the first-generation Apple Watch. According to Eleks Lab mobility business developer Markiyan Matsekh, the technical capabilities of WatchKit do not match the expectations set during the Apple Watch keynote. In developing a prototype Tesla app that allows users to control a...

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16:00
Here's how to stream the Super Bowl on your...

This Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX featuring the Seahawks, the Patriots, and, hopefully, properly inflated balls. You can watch the big game on your TV if you can pick up a signal, but what about if you've cut the cord to cable or don't have a solid digi...

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15:50
Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for...

Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now --?the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant -- allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now.

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15:00
Vine has released a special version of the app...

Vine is a wonderful world of content -- adorable pets, occasionally brilliant sketch comedy, the odd heartfelt message of hope -- but it isn't one you'd want your children using unsupervised. Vine apparently agreed, and today launched Vine for Kids, ...

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14:40
The Unofficial Apple Weblog Will Shut Down February...

As part of AOL's reorganization, a few of the sites it runs are being closed. Joystiq and AOL Autos are ending, as is The Unofficial Apple Weblog. TUAW recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and former TUAW writer Kelly Guimont looks back at her time there.


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14:18
Peri Duo Case for iPhone Marries Speaker, Battery,...

Bryan Chaffin met with the folks at Peri this week to check out their Duo Case. This device is an iPhone case with a built-in 2,500mAh battery for charging your iPhone. It also has two speakers built into the back of the case, making it the most portable of speakers. But what really got him excited is its support for Wi-Fi Audio, which sets this product apart.


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14:00
Folderol: An amazingly useful OS X utility by one of...

While we're busy closing down shop here at TUAW, I thought that I'd write one final app review. It's fitting that it's an app by Aunt TUAW herself, Erica Sadun. Folderol (US$2.99) is a surprisingly useful and fun utility that does one thing very well...

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13:50
Repatriation Tax Bill Holds Promise, but Faces...

A bipartisan bill is on its way to the U.S. Senate that hopes to coax large corporations like Apple to bring money they're holding off shore into the country. The bill will give companies a substantial tax break-6.5 percent instead of 35 percent-for repatriating their money, although there are some strings attached which may make it a hard sell to law makers and corporations alike.


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13:38
Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos...

Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue.

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13:35
Apple Asking Some Developers to Have Apple Watch...

Apple appears to be asking some high profile app developers and partners to have their Apple Watch-compatible iPhone apps prepared and ready to launch in the App Store in mid-February. According to a source that spoke to MacRumors, Apple has asked its one of its biggest Apple Pay partners to prepare an iOS application with WatchKit support that's ready to launch in the App Store by February 12. It is unclear if Apple asking the same of other developers, but it is possible the company is hoping to test some third-party Apple Watch apps with employees ahead of the device's launch to get a better feel for battery life when using non-Apple apps. As we detailed earlier today, thousands of Apple employees in the Cupertino area are wearing and testing the device on a daily basis to work out final kinks ahead of an April launch. It's also possible that Apple could use this high-profile partner's app...

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13:32
Microsoft Brings Outlook to iPhone and iPad

Microsoft made another venture into Apple's ecosystem this week by releasing Microsoft Outlook for iPhone and iPad. And Android devices, if that's your thing. The app supports Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, meaning you can make it your main Mail app on your iOS devices for every major mail service. It handles attachments through Microsoft's own OneDrive, as well as Dropbox. It also supports calendars from within the app, and has a number of interface elements designed to make handling your email easier. And it's free.


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13:30
Pressur is a simple barometer app

The iPhone 6, 6 plus and the iPad Air 2 added a barometer sensor. Obstensibly it is supposed to help the device better track your steps for the health app by knowing when you've gone up and down stairs. But there is no reason it can't also be used fo...

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13:00
Gamergate Bleeds Into Wikipedia


The Gamergate controversy, which centers on sexism and sexual violence in the video game industry, has made things hot for Wikipedia, whose arbitration committee has taken punitive action against some of the people involved in the debate. The committee decided to impose a complete site-wide ban on one male editor, with the handle "Ryulong," said Wikimedia Foundation spokesperson Juliet Barbara. It also endorsed nearly 150 warnings, sanctions or topic bans affecting other editors on both sides of the issue.

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12:53
News: iLounge Weekly comes out Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:30
Apple releases iTunes 12.1

Apple has released the iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, which introduces a new iTunes control widget for Notification Center. Using the widget, users can see which song is currently playing and pause, skip, or favorite a track. If you regularly use the...

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12:20
Review: RooCase ORB Tablet System

RooCase's ORB Tablet System is a series of cases and mounts built around a shell case. All cases within the system include the shell case, which has an opening on the back to fit the ORB Button — a mechanism which allows users to snap the shell case into other parts of the system. Pinching the spring-loaded release inside the button easily releases the shell from whatever case or mount it's in. The ORB system is similar to Otterbox's Agility System in concept, but not necessarily in functionality. Although you really only need to buy one of the ORB cases, there are many different possible pieces to purchase separately — we'll be reviewing the entire system as a whole, while providing our thoughts on the individual pieces. We received shells for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini, and we'll be concentrating on the latter two for purposes of this review.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:13
Now you can watch the 2015 Super Bowl commercials...

Vox:Super Bowl commercials are a big deal. At a cost of about $4.5 million for a 30 second spot that’s often filled with celebrities, pop music, and special effects, advertisers are clearly willing to pay a premium to be a part of the big game. Here are the 2015 Super Bowl commercials, listed alphabetically by advertiser. We will update this post throughout the weekend, as new ads are posted online.I love the game and will watch it (GO HAWKS!) but also admit to enjoying the commercials, too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Next on Modern Workplace—The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is changing how people and technology interact. With 1.9 billion devices connected today and an estimated 50 billion projected by 2020, the opportunity to gain efficiencies, enable innovation and increase agility through connected devices is massive.
Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on February 3rd and hear directly from two Internet of Things experts on how connecting your devices and your people can provide insights to predict and respond ahead of the competition. Plus, find out how Office 365 tools allow organizations to analyze operational data to improve business decision-making and customer satisfaction.

 Internet of Things
February 3rd | 8:00 a.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. GMT
 Special guests:

  • Kevin Ashton—...
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11:52
The best ways to watch the Super Bowl on your Mac/...


If you’re looking for ways to watch the Super Bowl come Sunday, Apple’s got you covered.
Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, in 2015 NBC will make the game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, we’ve got other ways to catch it on the device you want to view it on.
On your Mac:
This one’s easy: Just head to the NBC Sports Live Extra Website to watch the game for free. There’s no need to sign in or jump through any other hoops, and you can tune in as early as noon on February 1 to get your fill of pre-game coverage before the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. The live stream even includes the halftime show, which wasn’t the case the last time NBC streamed the Super Bowl in 2012.

On your iPhone or iPad:
...

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11:51
Enter to Win a Pair of Wireless Beats Studio...

Love 'em or hate 'em, Beats by Dre are the most successful headphones of all time, and now Apple owns them. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can win a pair of your own. All you have to do is register to receive our deal emails-which you should do anyway-and a winner will be chosen on February 25th. Check out the giveaway page for more information.


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11:44
Apple Watch Sightings Picking Up Ahead of Official...

With just three months to go until the Apple Watch's April release, Apple is hard at work field testing the device, and hundreds of Apple engineers, employees, and testers are wearing the Apple Watch on a regular basis to help Apple iron out last minute bugs and issues. Due to the large number of employees testing the device, Apple Watch sightings in the wild have become more common over the course of the last few weeks. On the MacRumors forums, readers are aggregating photos and stories of device sightings, giving us an in-use look at the device that will be attached to many of our wrists in just a few short months. One of the first major Apple Watch sightings occurred several weeks ago, when Vogue Editor Suzy Menkes snapped a photo of someone wearing...

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11:27
NFL forbids use of iPhones, other gadgets on the...


If you’re going to be on the Super Bowl sidelines, LEAVE YOUR IPHONE AT HOME!!!
Of course, that’s if you’re going to be on the sidelines. Otherwise, bring your iPhone along.
NFL players and coaches are allowed no other tablets or smartphones on the sidelines. (Recently, the Cleveland Browns were accused of breaking that rule with texts from the press box to the field). In the coaches’ booth, no computers are allowed. Aside from the Microsoft tablets, Vince Lombardi could time-travel to coach the Patriots or Seahawks on Sunday and not find himself at a terrible technological disadvantage.

Before and after the whistle, the NFL is as technologically advanced as ever. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers have HD camera-equipped helmets that helps them analyze practices. NFL players obsessively watch game film on their iPads (well, the younger ones do). This season, more than 14...

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09:34
iTunes 12.1 adds widget, changes Info window

Apple has released iTunes 12.1, an update that adds an optional Notification widget, improves syncing with iOS devices, and tweaks the look of the app’s Info windows.
The iTunes Notification widget.
To add the Notification widget in OS X, open Notification Center, scroll to the bottom, and click the Edit button. To the right you’ll see an iTunes entry. Click the Plus (+) button next to it to add the widget.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:28
Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place...

Foursquare transformed itself last year into a hyper-local concierge always running in the background of your phone—and your life. Now Facebook is taking a cue from the recommendation app with a new location-based place tips feature for iOS.
Facebook will soon start showing you tips about places at the top of your News Feed. Unlike Foursquare, Facebook won’t show you tips about places in the neighborhood, just the spot you’re at. The new feature won’t clog up your feed—the option to view tips appears in an unintrusive bar at the top, and you have to tap through to see more information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax...

Be more productive!This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.Adobe PaintCanThe folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little more colorful. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:53
Italy's Antitrust Authority Announced that...

A new report today from Milan Italy claims that Apple, Google and Amazon have reached an accord that allows the U.S. companies to avoid fines ...

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10:53
Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

itwbennett writes: Although Apple has never officially acknowledged issues surrounding Yosemite and Wi-Fi connectivity, the company is clearly aware of the problem: Leading off the improvements offered in the update 10.10.2 update released Tuesday was 'resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,' according to the release notes. Despite this, Apple's support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users. And Mac owners aren't the only Apple users experiencing wireless connection failures after updating their OS. Wi-Fi connectivity issues have also dogged iOS 8 since Apple released the mobile OS on Sept. 17. ...

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10:26
Ask iLounge: How do I turn off Reachability on the...

Q: My boyfriend gave me a new iPhone 6 Plus for Christmas, and having the bigger screen is really super. But there’s this one thing annoying me that I can’t figure out how to fix. Sometimes — I think when I touch the home button a certain way — the screen sort of slides halfway down. One of my boyfriend’s friends told me that it’s supposed to do that to help you reach the top of the screen or something, but I’m actually…

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10:09
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-30: Samsung’s...

Apple and Samsung shipped the same number of smartphones last quarter, and that doesn't bode well for Samsung. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Samsung's smartphone numbers mean for the market and Apple, plus they take a look at a new bill that hopes to convince big corporations to bring offshore money into the United States.


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10:05
News: Verizon to allow users to opt out of web...

Verizon has apparently decided to implement an option in its mobile ad-targeting program that will provide Verizon customers with the ability to opt out of targeted ad tracking, according to a New York Times report. It came to light last fall that both Verizon and AT&T had implemented unique identifier headers (UIDH) on their respective mobile networks to allow for the tracking of web activity from mobile devices. “Users who do not want…

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

App for Instagram - Ins...

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09:58
Apple News Site TUAW is being rolled into Engadget

AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW.

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09:37
External Link: AOL Gives Up on TUAW

More bad news for the Apple press: AOL is closing the door on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). TUAW was founded in 2004 by Weblogs, Inc., which was purchased by AOL the following year. AOL is also pulling the plug on its gaming site, Joystiq. We wish the staff of both publications the best. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:36
External Link: Wired on the iPad’s Slump

The iPad’s sales continue to decline, leaving many analysts to theorize why it’s happening. Wired’s Kyle Vanhemert probably has the best explanation so far. The iPhone is getting larger, making the iPad less necessary for content. At the same time, the battery life of the MacBook Pro is growing ever longer, making the iPad’s long battery life less appealing. As the iPad is squeezed from both ends of Apple’s product line, it’s becoming an increasingly niche device. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:32
AppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with...

AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news.

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09:09
AOL Reportedly Shutting Down TUAW Next Week in...

AOL will soon be shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, a long-running Apple blog better known as TUAW, according to The Verge. TUAW will reportedly close next Monday, February 2, just a few months after celebrating its tenth anniversary. The website currently has 11 staff on its editorial team. TUAW has been providing Apple news, reviews, how-tos and other content about the Cupertino-based company since December 2004. AOL gained ownership of the website through its acquisition of Weblogs Inc. in 2005. The company has three other flagship media properties in The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget. The expected closure is part of larger restructuring plans at AOL that will also see long-running gaming website Joystiq shut down. TechCrunch...

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:

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09:00
How data encryption works in OneDrive for Business...

Have you ever wanted to know how your data in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online is stored and protected with the latest encryption technology?
When you store your data in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, it’s safeguarded with the strongest encryption and detection technologies available.

For example, when your data is in transit, it is encrypted as data moves between you and the datacenter and between the server and the datacenter, which uses 2048 bit keys. However, the encryption technology applies not only when the data is moving between servers or datacenters, but also when the data is at rest. When data is at rest there are two types of encryption that are used: Disk encryption and File encryption.
At the disk encryption level, BitLocker is used to secure data and at the file encryption level, every file is secured with its own key that uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 256-bit keys and is Federal Information Processing Standard...

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09:00
AAPL reaches an all-time high share price

Not all the news is gloomy today; shares in Apple reached an all-time new high today on analysts at Argus raised their price target to $135 per share with a "buy" rating. The share price peaked at 120.00 at one point this morning, and is currently wa...

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08:44
Starwood announces near-term plans for keyless check...


This might qualify as “nifty” depending on your travel needs.
Starwood has reached out and stated that the hotel chain will begin supporting the following in 2015 and 2016:
- Mobile, Keyless Check-In: Starwood finally unlocked the nirvana of keyless check-in at hotels by bringing SPG Keyless to market, available in hotels around the world; Marriott, Hilton, and others announced plans to follow in 2015 & 2016 meanwhile by the end of the year keyless access will be available in 30,000 doors across Starwood properties.

- Apple Watch: Developing on emerging, wearable technology including Apple Watch — which we all know is coming right around the corner — and Google Glass to understand how the next-generation traveler is using technology.
- ROBOTS: Testing the future of robots in hospitality with Botlr at Aloft hotels
It’s unspecified as to what the robots will do...

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08:36
Photos of Apple's New Store in China near...

It has certainly been a busy month for Apple's Retail Team led by Angela Ahrendts who are on a roll and on target to open four new Apple Stores in China before the Chinese New Year.

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08:28
Review: Cellulon’s PicoPro is an iPhone 6 Plus-sized...


I grew up with a front-projector TV the size of a coffee table, later owned a rear-projection TV that was somewhat larger than an adult bicycle, and have since tested projectors shaped like DVD players, Mac minis, and iPhone cases. Pico projectors — generally small enough to fit in pockets — typically struggle the most to prove their practicality. Projectors generally need big, powerful lightbulbs to be seen in anything but the dimmest of rooms, and the smaller they are, the worse they tend to be, particularly as they move further from the surfaces they’re protecting on.
Korean developer Celluon — the company behind breakthrough laser keyboards that can create typing surfaces anywhere — is now trying its hand at pico projectors, and I have to admit that I’m far more impressed than I thought I’d be. PicoPro ($349-$399)...

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08:22
Some users experiencing Wi-Fi-related issues after...


If you’re slamming your head against a nearby object about your Wi-Fi performance after the OS X 10.10.2 and/or iOS 8.1.3 updates, you’re not alone.
Per Macworld, a second OS X 10.10 update, labeled 10.10.2, was publicly released Tuesday. Leading off the improvements offered in the update was “resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,” according to the release notes.
Despite this claim, Apple’s support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users who upgraded to 10.10.2 and still had weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi connections and trouble using Wi-Fi with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

“I don’t know what has been fixed with 10.10.2 but I see absolutely...

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08:18
Jeff Williams, Apple’s secret ops superstar

Great piece from Above Avalon on Jeff Williams’ role in keeping the Apple machine running smoothly, and a great piece from John Gruber on CEO succession.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:11
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 update


It’s not the biggest change in the world, but it’s still worth snagging.
On Thursday, Apple released version 12.1 of its iTunes media software. The new version, a 216.6 megabyte download, which can be directly download or installed via the Software Update feature in OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:
- This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio — right from Notification Center.

- This update also improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iTunes 12.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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08:09
The developer iTunes connect snafu

Dave Verwer, writing for iOS Dev Weekly:From what I can determine from the tweets, there was about a 30-45 minute period when people logging in to iTunes Connect were seeing other random accounts instead of their own.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:09
FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus for iPad goes Gold

FiftyThree, the company behind the popular Paper drawing app for the iPad and the Pencil pressure sensitive stylus, is adding gold to its lineup. The Pencil is already available with a walnut finish (my favorite) or graphite, and come February 3 it'll be available in gold, too. The color matches Apple's gold iPad Air 3, and it offers the same pressure sensitivity and blending features as the other models. The gold version is priced the same as the walnut model at US$59.95, and you can pre-order yours now. The Pencil is one of my favorite styluses, and it's pretty cool to see it now in gold.


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08:00
Yahoo updates its news and lifestyle app with more...

Yahoo has a bunch of apps for iOS, including Yahoo Mail, Weather, Finance and others. The primary Yahoo app (free) is what has just received an update. This app features a blend of news with Yahoo's interactive lifestyle magazines.

The Yahoo app has...

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07:53
Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian...

Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications.

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07:46
Apple Applies for "Works with Apple CarPlay...

In December we reported that Apple had applied for the "Works with Apple CarPlay" figurative trademark in Europe. Today the U.S. Patent Office reveals that Apple has now filed for the same trademark in the United States. Apple's CEO Tim ...

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07:36
Ember 1.8.3 - Versatile digital scrapbook. (...

Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant collections, annotate the images you need to give feedback on, and share your images to your favorite web services.

  • Organise your ideas and design inspiration. Drag in images from your Mac and around the web, and organise them into Collections. Apply tags to images, and build Smart Collections based on the tags and other metadata in your library.
  • Subscribe to your favourite websites. Subscriptions allow you to visually browse the web. Images can be saved to your Ember library, and shared with friends and co-workers.
  • Build a scrapbook of designs you love. Save websites to your Ember library from Safari and Chrome with the powerful browser extensions. Ember doesn't need to be running, and you can...

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07:30
Daily Deals for January 30, 2015, The Beats by Dre...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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07:12
Shares of Apple reach new all-time high of $120...

Apple's best-ever quarter has turned into serious gains for the company's stock price, which reached new all-time highs during intraday trading on Friday, briefly reaching the $120 threshold.

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07:10
AAPL shares reach new record high of $120 following...

Apple’s stock soared the day after the company reported its record breaking quarter with over $74 billion in revenue and more than 74 million iPhones sold, and now Apple’s stock has reached a new all-time high during trading. The company briefly touched on $120/share during trading this morning and is on track to break its previous record closing high soon.AAPL set its previous record high of $119.75 in late November after the announcements of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September alongside the reveal of the Apple Watch; the company also released new iPads in October....

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07:00
Flickr Find: It's Apple Time!

What better way to use an old G5 tower than to grab a panel from the old machine and toss it into a homemade clock? This unique wall piece was created by Flickr user Chris Sasse, who uses the clock to tick off the hours in his office....

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06:55
News: Apple releases iTunes 12.1 update, adds...

Apple has released iTunes 12.1, a relatively minor update that adds a new widget for the OS X Yosemite Notification Center and improves iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch syncing performance. The new widget allows users to control iTunes from the Notification Center, providing a “What’s Playing” view with controls to skip to the next track or even purchase songs while listening to iTunes Radio. iTunes 12.1 is available through the standard…

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06:48
How to Enable the iTunes Notification Center Widget...

You updated to iTunes 12.1 on your Mac to use the fancy new Notification Center widget in OS X Yosemite, but it's not there. Not to worry, because you just need to enable it, which is pretty easy to do. Read on to learn how.


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06:30
∞ The thing Apple and Microsoft do not get about...

Every time I hear about a new email client that will support multiple services, I get excited. Is this finally the one that will free me from gmail’s native iOS app? And time after time, I am disappointed, all because of one missing feature.

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06:30
News: Daily Deal: Save 25% on the NFC compatible...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the great little IconQ Boundless S3 speaker for only $59 – 25% off the regular price. Made from sleek and stylish aluminium, the Boundless S3 provides great sound in an elegantly designed package, and incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC capabilities along with a built-in mic for speakerphone support. The built-in NFC chip allows you to quickly pair the speaker from an NFC-compatible device with a single tap.…

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06:28
Report: AOL’s TUAW closing Feb. 2

The long-rumored news comes from The Verge: TUAW.com is closing as of Feb 2. I didn’t like all of what they did there, but there was a solid group of writers and people that I will miss reading.
AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site Joystiq — is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming.TUAW’s run comes to an end on February 2nd.
TechCrunch, which originally reported the news of AOL’s restructuring, noted that tech and lifestyle sites would most likely be affected by the changes. AOL decided against selling TUAW, leaving open the possibility it could...

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06:22
WidgeTunes 1.0 released for OS X

Georgios Trigonakis has introduced WidgeTunes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/pznjnax), a new Notification Center widget for Mac OS X.
WidgeTunes lets you view all your iTunes playlists, create a list with your favorite playlists and choose a playlist to play. With control buttons directly on the widget itself, users can navigate through songs of the current playlist. The widget can also work as a menu bar popup app; just press the WidgeTunes icon on OS X's menu bar to view WidgeTunes in a popup window.
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06:07
Exploding Kittens is the most backed Kickstarter ever

If you are into board/card games, this looks like a lot of fun, and the drawings are all done by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman. Great idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to...

The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major acquisition target for mobile companies vying for users' wallets.

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06:05
iTunes gets OS X Yosemite Notification Widget

Apple rolled out iTunes 12.1 on Thursday with a new feature just for OS X Yosemite users: a Notification Center widget. The widget lets iTunes users play and pause songs from their personal music library or from iTunes Radio, skip ahead, and purchase streaming songs from the iTunes Store.


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05:00
You Should Play: Twist objects into shadow puppets...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.It’s always awesome to see a breathtaking, unique, and thoroughly innovative puzzle game pop up on the App Store, and this week we’re particularly impressed with Triada Studio Games’ light-and-shadow-play perspective game, Shadowmatic. For a mere $3, Shadowmatic takes you through a non-linear progression of increasingly difficult perspective puzzles—think shadow puppets meets Monument Valley.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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06:00
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite

Apple has released iTunes 12.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite. It introduces a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center that lets you see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite.
Also, when listening to iTunes Radio, you can purchase the song that's being played within the widget. Additionally, iTunes 12.1 promises performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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05:56
AOL shutting down TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

I get that it’s all about business performance, but still, this is sad.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
Chongqing Apple Store unveiled as mural removed...

We recently saw the mural Apple commissioned for one of its five new Apple Stores in China, and today the mural is down revealing the glass cylinder entrance of its Chongqing store, an apparent clone of its Shanghai store design. The store opens at 10am tomorrow.
The photos were posted on Taisy and appear to have originated from MacX. The interior of the store is very reminiscent of the spiral staircase in the iconic glass cube store on Fifth Avenue in New York (photo below) …

We can also see the continuation of Apple’s...

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05:36
Bill Gates does his third Reddit AMA

One response that stood out for me – On regret for something not done in his life.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Learn the mental part of defense with Baseball...

Growing up I learned to play baseball the same way millions of youngsters have learned and continue to learn, by playing the game. The most difficult part of learning the game was the mental part. Hitting, catching, and throwing the ball are physical...

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05:00
Google Gives WebView the Cold Shoulder


Google has decided not to fix vulnerabilities in WebView for Android 4.3 and older, sparking heated discussions among developers. Those versions of WebView run on the WebKit browser. Fixing them "required changes to significant portions of the code and was no longer practical to do so safely," explained Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security. Ludwig recommended steps users and developers can take to mitigate the potential exploitation of WebView vulnerabilities without updating to Lollipop, or Android 5.0.

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04:59
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech driven by...

While early implementations of V2V-equipped vehicles will start appearing in the next years—partially driven by Europe’s C2C-CC consortium—wide-scale deployments should not be expected before 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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04:59
Vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech driven by...

While early implementations of V2V-equipped vehicles will start appearing in the next years—partially driven by Europe’s C2C-CC consortium—wide-scale deployments should not be expected before 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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04:44
Kool Tools: The Grange for the Kontakt Player...

Spitfire Audio's The Grange is a sample-based virtual instrument for Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player platform, that captures three legendary drummers: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith; Queen’s Roger Taylor; and session stalwart Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack and many more).
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04:35
Senate proposal could allow Apple to repatriate $...

If you were confused by Apple having to repeatedly borrow money to fund stock buybacks while sitting on huge cash reserves ($178B as of last quarter), the reason is that the bulk of that cash is held overseas. Apple can’t bring it back into the USA without paying 35% tax on it, so it’s far cheaper to borrow.
Bloomberg reports that Senators Paul Rand (R) and Barbara...

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04:33
Audio Hijack 3.0.1

Maintenance release with a few critical fixes for the recently updated audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:32
Easy Markdown for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Easy Markdown 1.5, an update of the Mac OS X tool that lets you create web pages by writing plain text. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
Version 1.5 let you copy HTML in a click of the body, full page or full page with CSS embedded. It also has improved internal functionalities and various bug fixes.
Easy Markdown costs US$4.99. It's available at the MacApp Store only.

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04:28
All editions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote for Mac OS X...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence. Free and recommended for all users, version 2.8.3 now allows users to select and copy text from Quick-Look-based views, and brings even better artificial intelligence accuracy as well as further improvements and bug fixes.
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04:24
InfoLogic releases MathMagic Lite 9.0 for the Mac

 InfoLogic has announces MathMagic Lite 9.0, an update to their free equation editor for Mac OS X.
MathMagic Lite was developed specifically to help both mobile, and desktop users write and share mathematical expressions and technical information more easily and quickly. Version 9.0 supports user configurable Vertical Fences, Horizontal Fences, Over and Under Bars, more Frame types, adjustable fence height and width, and more.
MathMagic Lite 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. It's available for download from the MathMagic website (www.mathmagic.com).

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04:15
Audio Hijack 3 Bumps Up the Volume

The latest revision of an audio-workflow tool for Mac OS X dramatically overhauls audio capture. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:07
FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X kicked up to...

Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more.
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03:09
How to watch the 2015 Super Bowl on your iPhone,...

If you're looking to watch Super Bowl XLIX online this Sunday, NBC has you covered.
Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, in 2015 NBC will make the game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, getting it onto the device of your choosing could be tricky, so read on for the best ways to watch the Super Bowl without a cable subscription.On your Mac

This one’s easy: Just head to the NBC Sports Live Extra Website to watch the game for free. There's no need to sign in or jump through any other hoops, and you can tune in as early as noon on February 1 to get your fill of pre-game coverage before the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. The live stream even includes the halftime show, which wasn't the case the last time NBC streamed the Super Bowl in 2012....

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03:45
Facebook and Twitter battle to be your Super Bowl...

When you kick back on your couch this Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks duke it out in the Super Bowl, you’ll be prepared with the must-haves: Wings, beer, and your phone or tablet. Even if you’re surrounded by friends, the game commentary on social media is often more entertaining than their chatter—or the game itself.
Many of us use both Twitter and Facebook during major events, but the networks would prefer you pick a side, because your attention translates into ad dollars for both networks. So Twitter and Facebook are putting on their game faces: Whose team are you on?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:33
Apple iTunes 12.1 - Manage your music, media, iOS...

Apple iTunes lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.Version 12.1:

  • This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio -- right from Notification Center.
  • This update also improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • iTunes Extras requires OS X 10.9.3 or later

Download Now

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03:00
FiftyThree announces gold version of its popular ‘...

Earlier this month FiftyThree’s popular Pencil stylus for iPad joined the accessory lineup in Apple’s retail stores, and today FiftyThree is unveiling a new gold brushed and anodized finish variant of its Bluetooth stylus. FiftyThree’s Pencil Gold color matches that latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 which are both available in gold versions, while the new Pencil holds the same $59.95 price tag at the existing Walnut option.

FiftyThree first unveiled the Pencil stylus just over a year ago bringing a carpenter pencil’s design to the stylus market. The Pencil stylus pairs over Bluetooth with the iPad enabling smart...

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Thursday January 29

20:43
iTunes 12.1

Adds Notification Center playback widget. (Free, 207 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:14
LibreOffice 4.4.3 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork. Many different language versions are available here.Version 4.4.3:

  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now

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18:09
As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once...

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

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15:51
It's no Twitter, but Plague is an infectious...

We’re used to social networks where we follow people and view what they post: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others depend on each user connecting with others in order for content to be shared. Plague doesn’t work like that at all, but it can be addictive despite its limitations.
Plague is a new paradigm for sharing information. Through its free iOS and Android apps, users post cards, containing text (140 characters), photos, and/or videos, and “infect” other users who are nearby. These users, in turn, decide whether they want to spread the cards to other users near them: swiping up shares a card, and swiping down ignores it. Each user has an “infection index,” which increases as they participate, and which determines how many people their shares will infect....

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18:00
SOUND Canvas for iOS (Music)

SOUND Canvas for iOS 1.0.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Music
Price: $14.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
* * * Launch celebration sale! - Limited-time special price on SOUND Canvas for iOS. ( until Feb 10, 2015 ) * * *The good old sound module "SOUND Canvas" has come back for iPhone and iPad!SOUND Canvas for iOS is the software synthesizer built-in SMF *1 player. It is based on Roland GS standard that has been de fact standard sound source, "SOUND Canvas" of Roland Desk Top Music (DTM).It is compatible with the sound for "GS","GM2", and "GM".It includes Reverb, Chorus, Delay, and 2 Band EQ, plus 64 types of insertion effects *2. In addition, it plays SMF for "SC-88Pro" and "SC-8820". *3You can enjoy the old data created by SOUND Canvas series and a variety of GS data on the market from Roland with high quality sound.*1: SMF:Standard MIDI File with extension ".mid...

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Zero Age [iOS Universal...

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17:40
Hydra - Amazing Photography (Photography)

Hydra - Amazing Photography 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Photography
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Introductory pricing: 40% off for a limited time!Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies of iOS 8.Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes. • Hydra's High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode...

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17:14
On Jeff Williams and Apple’s Executive Team

Neil Cybart, writing at Above Avalon:

One thing became abundantly clear after analyzing Apple’s recent
earnings report
: Jeff Williams is doing a phenomenal job. As
senior vice president of Operations, Williams is tasked with
making sure the Apple machine is well-oiled and in tip-top shape,
not only capable of producing more than 100 million iOS devices in
a quarter, but building flexibility into the system to handle
annual hardware updates that would make most hardware companies
quiver with fear. I considered Jeff Williams as Tim Cook’s
successor before Cook finished his first day as CEO
, and I
feel even more confident about that today....

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17:09
Roadie robotic guitar tuner

This looks really cool, I may buy one of these. It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and then you hold the hardware on the tuning peg of your guitar.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:00
Indigo Prophecy is coming to deliver nightmares to...

When Indigo Prophecy -- also known as Fahrenheit outside of North America -- was released in 2005, it slowly started to build a rabid cult following with its cinematic brand of horror adventure gaming. Wedged uncomfortably somewhere between the X-Fil...

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16:41
Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung...

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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16:35
Apple adds Notification Center widget, enhances...

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.1, an update to its venerable media organization and synchronization app that brings a new OS X Notification Center control widget and fixes performance issues during syncing.

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16:30
Daily Deals for January 29, 2015, Set the mood from...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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16:15
Apple released a new Software Update
16:08
Apple Releases iTunes 12.1 With New Yosemite...

Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it's possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and purchase music while listening to iTunes Radio. The update also includes performance improvements when syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store. iTunes 12.1 is the first major update to iTunes 12, which was introduced alongside OS X Yosemite. iTunes 12 brought a new design with Yosemite-style translucency elements to improve depth, a streamlined toolbar, and the melding of the iTunes Store and the personal Library to make it easier to navigate between owned content and what's available in the store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple Notebook to Choose •...

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16:03
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 with OS X Notification...

Apple has released a new update for iTunes on OS X that introduces support for a Notification Center widget. The widget will allow users to control their music and buy songs from iTunes Radio directly from the system-wide panel.
iTunes 12.1 also includes a “quick tour” feature that runs on the app’s second launch. It’s the same quick tour that has been available on Apple’s website since last year, but it is now included natively in the app to help users get acclimated to the new design.




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16:00
Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect (Games)

Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
**PLEASE NOTE: This game is compatible only with iPad 4th generation, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, iPad Mini Retina and iPad Mini Retina 2 and iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6+. IT WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER DEVICES, including: iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone 4S, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation and iPod Touch 3rd generation***It’s your time to ride! Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect is the official 10 episode gaming experience based on the adrenalized drama, Sons of Anarchy, created by Kurt Sutter.You play the role of Clint Lancet, a young man trying to avoid the outlaw lifestyle in Lincoln, Oregon, home to a Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club (SAMLIN). There’s nothing “Charming” about Lincoln, a decaying town on the precipice of economic collapse. Clint’s future...

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16:00
Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) (Games)

Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Yet It Moves is an award-winning puzzle platformer now available on iPhone and iPad for the first time!Tilting the world turns walls into floors, slides into platforms, and stacks of rocks into dangerous hazards.Navigate through a colorful paper collage world and unlock new levels by solving puzzles.* NO In-App Purchases, you pay a low price upfront for the ability to play through all the levels!Features:- RUN, JUMP, AND SPIN THE WORLD! – Solve every puzzle by running, jumping, and tilting the world around using intuitive touch control.- 2D PLATFORMER TURNED UPSIDE DOWN! – You’ve never seen a platformer like this before! Rotate the world to avoid obstacles and squeeze through tight spaces but don’t fall too far!- EXPLORE COLORFUL WORLDS...

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16:00
Ted the Jumper (Games)

Ted the Jumper 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:
LAUNCH PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME!! 50% OFF!!JUMP!!Help Ted to collect all wooden blocks on the field by jumping on them in a colorful puzzle game. Ted can jump forward, left or right, but cannot jump back.Be careful not to get stuck with no ability to jump while some blocks are still on the field!Avoid obstacles and use special block types to complete levels!Travel through four beautiful worlds and experience the relaxing ambiance of cool water ripple effects, peaceful sounds and music.The puzzles look simple, but can be very challenging and addictive! You can easily spent 2-5 minutes to solve one.There are four modes of the game:“Story” – go through four chapters with increasing difficulty. Each chapter brings a new special block type and a new world.“Training” – warn-up...

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16:00
Mean Girls: The Game (Games)

Mean Girls: The Game 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
“A Mean Girls tower defense game makes way more sense than you’d think… It’s like every day is October 3rd.” – 148Apps.comGet in loser, we’re going shopping! Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the classic movie Mean Girls, Mean Girls the official game delivers an easy-to-play tiara defense game for the ages. Addictive and easy-to-play, Means Girls gives you the chance to select your favorite Mean Girls characters -- Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, or Kevin G. – and fight off the new clique from piecing together the Spring Fling Tiara and taking over North Shore High School. Filled with humor, sass, and deliciously charming characters from the classic movie, Mean Girls is an instantly rewarding game steeped in Mean Girls lore. • Style and...

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16:00
Active Soccer 2 (Games)

Active Soccer 2 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
The most awaited football game sequel is now available!!!Active Soccer 2 is an innovative top-view arcade football game providing a fast paced arcade experience implementing an amazing playability and easy to learn - hard to master responsive controls. With Active Soccer 2 you have a full control on the game, no scripted goals, no CPU driven decisions!Active Soccer 2 provides a complete career mode, implementing the major part of the existing international leagues, cups and championships. Imagine to be a manager of a 5th English division team, you have a budget and your goal is to be promoted to higher divisions, purchasing players, drawing tactics, managing team and play real matches! - Career mode, supporting 800 teams (club and national) from all over the world and...

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16:00
Playworld Superheroes (Games)

Playworld Superheroes 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Unleash the power within with Playworld® Superheroes, a game that challenges every player to create and then become their own superhero! Enter a land in which craft and imagination unlock a new world of possibilities, and the limits of what’s possible are exploded by your unique creations!Super-powered playtime begins in the treehouse, a crafting hub in which players let their creativity run wild! Paint, cut, build, and modify your ultimate superhero suit and logo, then jump from the calm tranquility of the treehouse to the action-packed spectacle of Playworld - the land of your imagination! Under attack by the mischievous Golumites, Playworld needs a hero to save the land from certain destruction, could it be you?Defeat playful enemies on the ground in intense...

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16:00
BlitzKeep (Games)

BlitzKeep 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
BlitzKeep, where pinball meets an RPG! Or maybe where pachinko meets an RPG? Something like that!Point your hero where you want him to attack, and he won't stop moving until he's reached a safe zone or has died! The latter happens far too often... Pick up gear to increase your power, and kill weak enemies first so that you can level up enough to kill the stronger ones. Eventually, you may even become strong enough to kill a massive boss! Don't be disheartened by frequent deaths - it takes only moments to try again!------------------------------------The Story------------------------------------You play as an intrepid hero who is descended from a long line of heroes, and has the blood of the heroes, and is very heroic. Your homeland was taken from you and your kin by the evil Blitz Mage...

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16:00
Facebook's Paper app updated with improved...

We're fans of Facebook's Paper here at TUAW. It's a handy alternative to Facebook's main iPhone app, which lets you bypass downloading the Messenger app. Paper has just received a new update which makes finding and sharing your favorite photos easier...

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15:59
Apple Tied Samsung for Global Smartphone Units in Q4

Apple is running neck and neck with Samsung in global smartphone sales. Though Samsung was once the king of smartphone numbers-though never the king of smartphone profits-Apple closed the gap in the December quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.


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15:53
∞ A band inside a guitar pedal

This is truly amazing. You can find out more from the DigiTech Trio Web page.

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15:34
Zakk Wylde unveils his own line of audio gear

Zak’s own line of guitars, amps, and anything else audio. Count me in!∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:14
Wall Street Continues Apple Love Fest as $AAPL...

Shares of Apple Inc. ended Thursday at US$118.90 per share, just shy of its all-time closing high of $119.75 set on November 25th, 2014. Investors continued to pile on the love for the company two after its December quarter earnings report, giving the company a market capitalization of $692.6 billion.


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15:00
PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an...

Several times in the past, TUAW has done reviews of pico projectors - projectors that are so small that they can be slipped into a pocket on a backpack or in a briefcase. Designed to make presentations on the road less burdensome, pico projectors hav...

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14:37
Apple tops Louis Vuitton, Gucci as the gift of...

Many wealthy Chinese consumers chose to forego designer handbags or expensive liquor when choosing gifts in 2014, a new report indicates, instead opting for Apple's iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.

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14:34
ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Portable Charger: $49...

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice-it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. That's totally cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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14:02
SpaceX Video Stirs Excitement for Falcon Heavy


SpaceX on Thursday released a computer-generated animation demonstrating how the three Falcon 9 cores of its Falcon Heavy rocket, scheduled for launch later this year, would return to Earth. The boosters would land vertically at a selected site. The Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world, being able to lift more than 53 metric tons, or 117,000 pounds, into low earth orbit. That's equivalent to a Boeing 737 fully loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel, and it is more than twice the payload of the next closest operational space vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy.

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14:00
Hydra: A powerful and innovative iOS app for High...

I've seen so many High Dynamic Range (HDR) apps, some of which have been good, some not so good. Hydra (US$2.99 on sale) from Creaceed is a well thought out and terrific performing photo app with solid features that will improve your images in challe...

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13:21
FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 - Synchronize or backup...

FoldersSynchronizer is a popular and useful utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders, disks and boot disks. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include locked files, and more. Note: 64-bit download (default) runs on OS X 10.9 or higher; see 'Related Links' below for other versions for other OS.Version 4.2.1:

  • On the Exclude panel you can now click on a row of the list and choose an hidden file or an hidden folder. This will let you exclude folders as e.g. /Home/Trash.
  • OS X 10.9 or later

Download Now

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13:18
Apple discounts nineteen of the most popular...

From 9to5Toys.com:

As usual, we’ve been tracking the best iOS price drops and freebies all week. About 48 hours ago we began to notice an influx of price drops for big name productivity apps. And now we know why. Apple has just unveiled its Get Productive App Store sale which features 19 insanely popular iOS productivity apps.
It’s rare to see so many all-time low prices from such a variety of top-tier developers. Get ‘em while you can! Here’s our top picks:

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13:17
Simon 4.0.2 - Monitor changes and crashes with Web...

Simon monitors websites and alerts you of crashes and changes. Select pages to monitor, choose your alert options, and customize your settings. Simon does the rest. Keep a watchful eye on your favorite sites

  • Monitor any site. Want to receive an alert when a favorite blog has been updated? Or monitor activity on your personal page? If it's on the Web, Simon can watch it for you.
  • Enjoy flexible alert options. Find out about page changes via alarms, emails, or speech. Whether you're at work or at home, Simon has an alert option to match your level of urgency.
  • Get support for multiple services. DNS, FTP, IMAP, MySQL, Twitter, SMTP. Simon has built-in support for almost any service you can imagine.

Version 4.0.2:

  • Simon now uses the popular Sparkle framework for app updates, so it can finally download and install updates itself....

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13:06
Possible Third-Party 'iPad Pro' Case Shown...

Ahead of any major product release, we often see part leaks and case molds, which give us hints on the sizing, features, and design of the forthcoming product, and the "iPad Pro" is no exception. We've previously seen what's said to be an iPad Pro dummy model for Apple's upcoming large-screened tablet, and today, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has shared an image of a case that may be designed for the device. According to the site, the image of the case originated from a reliable source that the site has been in contact with "for many years." Though the case in the photo is not depicted next to an object to provide a size reference, it is clearly quite large and could fit a tablet in the range of 12.2 to 12.9 inches. The case appears...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Ballistic's Hard Core...

Ballistic's Hard Core rugged case, the latest Juice Pack from Mophie, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you the latest picks in extreme protection, battery options for additional talk and surf time, and trendy alternatives if you want your case to stand out from the crowd.BallisticDeveloped through a partnership with Tacprogear, the Hard Core Tactical (iPhone 6; price unavailable) is designed to shield your iPhone against the harshest conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:09
1Password's update highlights the difference...

An update to 1Password brings time-based one-time passwords (TOTP for short) to its iOS app. A one-time password is typically used as a second element in two-factor authentication (2FA), a subject I’ve written about many times in this column. But, as noted in a sensible and honest post by AgileBits, 1Password’s developer, a second factor isn’t always a second factor.
A TOTP requires a seed code that, when transformed through an algorithm that includes the precise current time, produces a number that’s converted into a short code, typically six digits long. In order to use a TOTP at a site that offers it, you walk through its enrollment process, which involves scanning a two-dimensional QR Code and generating one-time backup or recovery keys. The QR Code graphically represents the...

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13:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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13:00
SoundCloud's iPad gets an extreme makeover,...

If you're a SoundCloud fan who previously found the iPad experience to be a bit lacking in the features department you'll be happy to see today's update brings virtually every feature of the desktop version to your tablet. Unfortunately, it also kill...

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12:40
Steve Jobs biopic filming at Flint Center for key...

Filming for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin has been spotted at the Flint Center at De Anza college, the venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac in 1984.
A reader sent in the images above showing the outside of the Flint Center being decorated by the film crew with retro Apple signage for the Macintosh unveiling scene expected to be a key focus of the film.
Reports this week noted that principal filming had started for the Universal Pictures film (after Sony dropped out) being directed by Danny Boyle. The film will reportedly focus on three Apple keynotes with one of those events being the original Macintosh unveiling that took...

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12:40
Review: Harman Kardon Soho Wireless Headphones

Harman Kardon's Soho Wireless ($250) is a new Bluetooth on-ear headphone set — a newer version of the company's prior Soho Slim wired headphones. Soho Wireless has a similar look with a leather finish, but it has a different feel when wearing. In addition to Bluetooth, the headphones add NFC and a rechargeable battery. Hidden touch-sensitive controls on the outside of the right earcup control volume and playback, while the Bluetooth button, 3.5mm audio input, micro-USB port, and microphone can be found on the bottom of the same earcup. Harman Kardon includes an audio cable and a micro-USB cable for charging, along with a soft carrying case. The headphones come in black, brown, or white.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:30
Puppet Punch brings arcade action to center stage,...

Puppet Punch is a new game for iPhone and iPad. Originally only in the Canada, Brazil and Austria App Stores, the title is now available in the United States. The game has a clear bias against puppets. Gameplay is similar to a whack-a-mole concept, j...

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11:52
FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband."

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11:35
1Password 5.1

Improves methods of viewing and managing primary and secondary vaults. ($49.99 new, free update, 33.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:13
China Demands Back Door into Computers, Software

Tech companies hoping to sell computers, smartphones, tablets, and software in China are facing some serious hurdles now that the country is demanding they build back doors into their products, comply with invasive audits, and hand over proprietary and secret source code. The Chinese government is justifying the move by saying it's necessary to ensure western countries aren't spying through technology, but it may also be a ploy to push those companies out in favor of in-country tech makers.

The Mac Observer Spin: China wants hardware and software back doors to access our private and encrypted data, as does the United States and United Kingdom. This is bad for consumers, and won't likely end well.


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11:10
Tip of the Day: Monitoring Battery Usage in iOS 8

We all strive to get as much battery life as we can out of our mobile devices, and while many users have mixed experiences with the iPhone’s battery life, there’s little doubt that it can sometimes be confusing trying to figure out exactly why some days are better than others. While this has been shrouded in mystery for years in the world of iOS devices, the good news is that iOS 8 can finally give you some insight in this area. While…

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11:02
Uber is giving away Mophie Power Reserve battery...

Uber, the app-based transportation service which lets you request a ride from your iPhone, is running a pretty interesting promotion in Phoenix, Arizona starting today through Saturday for Super Bowl XLIX . Between 10 am and 6 pm each day, Uber will offer to deliver a free Mophie Power Reserve ($49.95 1350mAh battery charger) to its users through the app. The free Mophie option is listed alongside car types in the Uber app.
Since requesting Uber to deliver a mobile charger to you then having them wait for you to charge your phone would take potentially hours, Uber and Mophie are giving the...

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11:00
iTunes Connect bug logs developers in to other...

This morning, a number of developers signed in to Apple's iTunes Connect service only to be greeted by a list of apps that didn't belong to them. TechCrunch has a good roundup of tweets from affected developers—it seems that whenever developers signed in with their credentials, they were being granted access to other developers' accounts at random.
As of about noon Eastern today, Apple took the service down to resolve the problem. It also looks like developers won't be able to submit new apps or invite new testers to TestFlight while iTunes Connect is down. Affected developers can check Apple's System Status page for developers for updates while they wait for the problems to be resolved (no other developer services appear to be affected by the outage).
We don't yet know whether...

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11:00
Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac

There just aren't too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look at Wrise (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app stor...

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10:37
The great old ones: in celebration of our tree elders

Atlas Obscura:Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman. Some of these beautiful ancients may not look like much — some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods.Trees have always fascinated me. As a kid, I would climb the oaks in our neighbourhood and sit up there for hours. I still love walking among them and feeling their presence.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:28
The monster iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay

Om Malik wrote a great piece on the iPhone 6 Plus and also reflected on the upcoming Apple Watch and thoughts on Apple Pay:It looks like Apple is going to ride the iPhone wave for a while, perhaps right through the launch of the Apple Watch, which I suspect is going to provide the big lift.Agreed.That said, I am not bullish on the watch, mostly because when I saw it, the software looked incomplete by a mile. It lacked that usual Apple software pop!There is no doubt that when Apple introduced the watch, the software wasn’t ready. It’s ready now.I wish Apple had spent more time making Apple Pay realize its true potential, because it could change how we purchase and thus define a new era for the company.I believe they are, in the background. Typically, Apple will release something slowly and then it takes off. This is exactly the strategy I see Apple taking with Apple Pay—under promise, over deliver....

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10:27
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1.2 (Yosemite...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1.2 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Yosemite Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version contains major improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure, fixes compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager and adds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite compatibility.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
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10:25
Yahoo app for iPhone gets a new look with focus on...


The Yahoo app for iPhone is getting a new look today that the company says puts a bigger focus on magazine content with “beautiful images and engaging features that make content from our ten digital magazines even more fun.”
New features included in the redesigned app to make the magazine experience more interactive include the ability to vote on Yahoo Style, swipe to see Yahoo Movies info including reviews and analysis, and content from Yahoo Food.
You’ll notice the new features mentioned above in all the magazine categories in the app and Yahoo also notes that it now has “Yahoo Weather and Yahoo News Digest content above the stream for your two favorite categories, All...

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-29: FCC’s Personal...

The FCC went to bat for consumers and said hotels can't block personal WiFi hotspots. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the FCC's warning to businesses, and they also take a look at China's new regulations requiring back doors into computers and software.


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10:23
Graphic Inspector 2 for Mac OS X gets a revamped...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Graphic Inspector 2, an upgrade to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Graphic Inspector checks multiple files for potential problems according to user's workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals of any trade with the compete info on images and vector graphics, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. Version 2 introduces revamped user interface, improved previews, faster processing and more.
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10:17
Gruber is on a roll

If you haven’t read the first 10 stories or so on Daring Fireball, you have to do it now. It’s some of the greatest “claim chowder” ever.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:14
Using Guitar Rig 5 to make a synth patch

When I first read this, I thought they were crazy, but this is pretty cool.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:14
Opinion: Apple’s pricing and sales experience will...


It has a date — sort of. And it has a price — mostly. But less than three months before its release, the Apple Watch is still enigmatic in ways that the similarly pre-announced iPhone and iPad were not. Apple still hasn’t said more than one thing (“starting at $349″) about how the 34 different Watch models will be priced, and despite hiring a new team of sales executives from the fashion and watch worlds, no major changes are obvious at the Apple Stores where the watches will be sold.
What’s going to happen between now and April? 9to5Mac’s editorial team has been actively discussing the possibilities, and we’re ready to share our thinking with you today. Read on…
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10:11
Apple takes top spot in luxury gifting in China

Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermes International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker’s recent hot streak in the country.Apple’s strategy for China is on fire.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Swift development courses available on iTunes U

iTunes U is a great Apple resource. This particular one is Stanford University’s iOS programming course.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Apple R&D spending reached record levels last...

To say that Apple had a stellar holiday quarter would be an understatement. For the quarter gone by, Apple recorded just over $18 billion in profits, enough to make it the most profitable quarter in corporate history.

But lest anyone think Apple is ...

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09:49
Samsung’s mobile profits plunge 64.2 percent

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)—a 36 percent year-over-year drop—but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.Clearly there’s nothing wrong with the market since Apple just sold 74.5 million iPhones, so maybe people are finally seeing through Samsung’s shit.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
Interview with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices re: Bushel

My third podcast in the last couple of months, this time with Chuck Joiner again, of MacVoices. And we talked a pretty good bit about Bushel and Mobile Device Management. Thanks to Chuck formatting this whole thing pretty awesome and helping bring my explanations to a point where they actually make sense!

http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-15055-charles-edge-jamf-software-discusses-mobile-device-management-bushel/

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09:24
Jobs biopic cast list finalized, published


The cast list has been finalized and the Hollywood machine is in motion on the Steve Jobs biopic.
Per AppleInsider the movie, which was penned by Aaron Sorkin, is set to take place backstage at three product launches, ending with the iMac’s debut in 1998. The screenplay was adapted for the screen from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography.

As previously reported, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) will play the title role, while Seth Rogen (The Interview, Pineapple Express) is to take on company cofounder Steve Wozniak. Other notables include Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, HBO’s The Newsroom) as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Reader) as former Mac marketing lead...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 031 on...

In episode 31, Jeremy Thake speaks to Vesa Juvonen about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Office 365 Development. Vesa shares what they have been doing with the Office 365 Patterns & Practices initiative with regard to ALM as well as what his core customers that he works with are doing. He also talks about different options for dev/test/prod environments for Office 365 too.

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09:00
iTunes Connect bug logs developers into random Apple...

Many developers logging into Apple's iTunes Connect portal on Thursday found themselves presented with a a peculiar and potentially crucial error: The site is displaying the username, company, and apps of someone who is not them.

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09:00
iTunes Connect issues creating havoc for developers

Twitter is all abuzz this morning with developers who were logging into iTunes Connect - the gateway used to make apps available for sale - and seeing someone else's login information.

For example, here's a tweet from Alexander Kuhn, who saw account...

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08:53
Apple has filed their First Apple Watch Related...

During Apple's Financial Conference Call on Tuesday Apple's CEO Tim Cook let it be known that Apple Watch would be shipping in April. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filings for icons related to Apple Watch ...

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08:41
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.5

Maintenance update for the popular backup utility with several Yosemite-specific fixes. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:40
Widespread iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong...


iTunes Connect, Apple’s portal where developers manage software published on the App Store, is presenting many users with a widespread issue this morning. Several users are reporting logging in with their own credentials and being presented with both the name and apps of other iTunes Connect users, including upcoming, unreleased versions of apps. 9to5Mac has corroborated the errors with iTunes Connect.While the iTunes Connect issue is presenting users with other developers’ names and apps, actions within the...

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08:38
In spite of lower year-over-year iPad sales, Tim...


iPad sales may be on the decline, albeit Apple CEO Tim Cook says not to worry.
Per 9to5Mac and Macworld, Apple’s recent financial report noted “all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store,” while remaining silent on iPad sales. With year-on-year sales down 18%, and a reduction in average selling price meaning revenue was down 22%.
Tim Cook acknowledges that the switch to larger-screened iPhones mean the iPad is being squeezed from both sides.
“There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other,” said Cook.

It’s also undeniable that...

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08:33
First gameplay footage of ‘Sid Meier’s Starships’...

2K and developer Firaxis recently announced Sid Meier’s Starships, an intriguing new interstellar strategy game coming early this year on Mac, iPad and PC. Today we get the first gameplay footage from the upcoming title as part of the Firaxis Games Megapanel at PAX South. 
The hour-long video above includes the entire panel discussion with Sid Meier and other involved with the game, but there’s a quick link to jump to the lengthy gameplay demo (30:00) in the video above. 

The session features legendary game designer Sid Meier alongside the lead designers from the award-winning strategy title, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. In case you weren’t able to attend, the panel reveals the first public gameplay footage of Sid Meier’s Starships, as well as addresses the thematic tie-ins, connectivity and differences of the two games.

The game...

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08:26
YouTube begins transition from Flash to HTML5, shows...


It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Flash is finally on its way out.
Or at least YouTube will be helping it on its way out as it converts over to HTML5.
Per Macworld, five years after Google introduced HTML5 video as an option on YouTube, Google’s popular video site now defaults to HMTL5 on the web instead of Flash.
The change has been a long time coming, with YouTube working steadily to default to HTML5 across the major browsers, including Chrome, beta versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer 11, and Safari 8.

HTML5 is an open standard supported natively across a variety of devices and platforms including PC web browsers, mobile devices, and smart TVs. Flash, by comparison, is proprietary technology owned and controlled by...

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08:26
iTunes Connect Issue Causing Developers to be Logged...

A number of iTunes Connect developers have turned to Twitter and tipped us off about an ongoing issue where users are being shown someone else's session after attempting to login into their own account. MacRumors has been able to duplicate this issue, which appears to be widespread and has been going on since at least 8 AM Pacific. While other developer's apps are displayed in the iTunes Connect dashboard, attempting to take further action results in an "unable to process request" error and a redirect to the proper account. Sales and payment information are also not accessible for the mismatched account. For some other users, iTunes Connect also appears to be experiencing issues with logging in. Apple has yet to comment on the matter. This post will be updated as further details become known. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Launches Annual 'Back to School' Promotion in Australia...

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08:16
Microsoft Outlook debuts as free download for iPhone...

Microsoft on Thursday released its long-awaited Outlook client for iOS, giving both iPhone and iPad owners the ability to access a unified view of email calendar, contacts, and attachments.

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08:09
Cocktail 8.1.2 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.Version 8.1.2: Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • Improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure
  • Fixed compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager
  • Added OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite compatibility
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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08:09
FCC Says Hotels Can’t Block Personal Hotspots

Hotels were handed a bucket of disappointment this week when the Federal Communications Commission made it clear that blocking personal hotspots is against the law, and doing so could lead to hefty fines. The FCC also said its warning extends beyond hotels to other businesses, too, which should cut down on places intentionally interfering with hotspot signals.

The Mac Observer Spin: Intentionally blocking our hotspots is a sleazy act for hotels, and then telling us it's for our own good is just salt in the wound. Seeing a very clear and strong statement from the FCC saying that's against the law is great.


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03:37
Mac Pro Vault stuffs 48 top-of-the-line Macs into...

What do you get when you stick 48 Mac Pro units in the same spot? A data center cabinet from CyberLynk's Mac Pro Vault that is near pornographic in the amount of raw Apple computing power it can hold.

Mac Pro Vault cabinets can hold up to 48 computers.

The new Mac Pro cabinets are part of the company's colocation service that began with Mac Mini Vault in 2010 and now extends to the 2013-era Mac Pro units. The first Mac Pro Vault cabinet was up and running in late 2014 in the company's Milwaukee data center. CyberLynk plans to have Mac Pro cabinets roll out to its second data center in Phoenix by mid-2015.To read this article...

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06:45
CloudConvert easily converts hundreds of file types...

Usually, when you have a video file on your iPad or iPhone, the file can play on that device—why else would it be there? But occasionally you’ll run into a need to convert a video file, like I did recently, and when that happens CloudConvert gets it done right on the same device, no computer necessary. CloudConvert can handle more than just video files, but that’s where my story begins.Rule No. 1 about Fight Cam...

I recently set up a Motorola Focuss66 wireless camera in my kids’ playroom. They spend a lot of time in this room where imaginations run amok, laughter is contagious, and inevitably fighting erupts. The psuedo-brawls always seems to erupt shortly after my wife or I walk out of the room, leaving us to decipher the crying and bruises to figure out exactly what happened....

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08:00
Microsoft Outlook now available for iOS

Just in time for TUAW parent company Aol to migrate all of its employees from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail this weekend, Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS (free). The universal app is essentially a scaled-down version of the desktop Outlook appl...

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07:55
SoundCloud releases redesigned iPad app with new...

SoundCloud today released a brand new iPad app that has been completely redesigned to offer a better experience for users uploading, sharing, and listening to music through the service.
You’ll have access to just about all the SoundCloud features available on desktop including the ability to build a Collection, explore genres, edit and view profiles, create playlists, and share tracks and artists with other users. 
One feature you won’t find is audio recording, however, as SoundCloud warns users to “Please upload any locally stored sounds before upgrading your iPad app, as audio recording has been removed from this version.” As an alternative, SoundCloud said it recommends downloading one of the many audio recording apps that offer SoundCloud uploads.
You also won’t be able to add or view comments, track info, and follower/following lists, but unlike the audio recording feature SoundCloud said these features will be returning in a later version.
The new...

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