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Saturday November 28

The week in Apple news: Apple buys Faceshift,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 27, 2015Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone, so maybe you’re hung over from shopping. Maybe you haven’t started your shopping yet (join the club). Or maybe you’re in the midst of shopping right now, and you’re resting your weary feet. Regardless of what you’re doing, take a break and catch up on the Apple news from the past week. It was a short week but it was still an interesting one. Click on the link in each slide to get the full story.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Amazon Instant Video app to launch on tvOS ‘within a...

Since the new Apple TV launched last month, one notably missing app has been Amazon Video. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what the reasoning for the unexplained absence, with some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products. Now, however, it looks like Amazon is planning to release a tvOS app after all…

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support. Bostonweeks received a response from the company in which the customer service representative says that its technical...

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The deals just keep coming...

Finally the Black Friday deals are starting to slow down a bit, although I expect that we'll hear a lot more on Cyber Monday. Here are some GREAT deals that you may have missed!


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Mariner Software

Mariner has a Black Friday sale on...

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Apple Likely to use Lightning Audio Connector for...

Last year we posted a granted patent report about Apple's new lightning based audio connector. The patent figures noted in our cover graphic came from granted patent 8,911,260. Apple's invention noted that their patent pending invention would replace today's traditional TRS styled audio connectors...

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Apple Granted 8 Design Patents for All-New Apple...

Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office published a series of eight newly granted design patents for Apple that relate to all-new Apple Store Display Tables.

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Target Stores Sold One iPad Every Second on...

The share of mobile e-commerce orders made on Apple devices during Thanksgiving was 78.3% compared to 21.5% on Android devices. Other good news included Target reporting ...

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MacMall's 2015 Cyber Monday Sale Now Live With...

MacMall's annual Cyber Monday sale offering discounts on Macs and several other Apple products starts today, November 28, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, November 30.

Following its 60-hour Black Friday sale, MacMall continues to offer significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $259 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $100 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $200 off, and the Mac mini is available at up to $70 off.

MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We've listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website.

2015 Retina MacBook

- 1.1GHz/8GB/...

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Thursday November 26

Upthere hands-on: Promising sync-free cloud storage...

Like it or not, cloud storage is the future, despite the fact that even major players with deep pockets haven’t quite nailed it yet. Now that Dropbox has come down to Earth on pricing and capacity, it’s generally considered superior to competing services from Amazon, Google, and Apple—and don’t even get me started on Microsoft, who recently reneged on its promise of unlimited storage for Office 365 subscribers.
Last month, a new player named Upthere burst onto the scene offering an alternative, sync-free “cloud computer.” Currently available free with unlimited storage while in beta (the company has yet to announce pricing), Upthere does have at least one ace up its sleeve: Founder and former Apple vice-president Bertrand Serlet, who worked as software engineering lieutenant under Steve Jobs for more than two decades....

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How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs,...

While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad, Mac, AppleWatch and Apple accessories of choice.

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Remarkable Deal: Colette Offering 50% Off Many Apple...

French boutique retailer Colette has launched an online sale offering many stainless steel Apple Watch and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition models for around 50% off, by far the lowest prices available for those Apple Watch models this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Due to the significant savings, stock will likely be depleted very quickly.

A total of thirteen Apple Watch and six Apple Watch Edition models have been listed for half price, although some models appear to have already sold out. Colette is also selling individual stainless steel Link Bracelets and Milanese Loops for half price during the limited time promotion.

The list below compares Apple's regular price to Colette's sale price for each Apple Watch model. All prices are listed in U.S...

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Apple Black Friday Gameplan – knockout holiday...

As the Thanksgiving turkey and wine buzz starts to wear off and we head into the pinnacle of American consumerism known as Black Friday, we here at 9to5mac have some tips which should make the shopping experience pleasant, efficient and productive. Over the next 24 hours, everything Apple related will be at the lowest prices of the year. We’re going to guide you to getting in, saving a bunch of cash and getting on your way.
First some don’ts:

  • Don’t for any reason actually go to a physical store. The 2-3 $150 50″ Best Buy TVs per store isn’t worth being in the vicinity of Black Friday shoppers and the “Door Busting”. It’s a nightmare out there. Go to a park. Play with your kids. Spend a few minutes with us and we’ll knock out that gifting.
  • Don’t actually buy anything online tonight. Prices keep dropping in...
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Apple Looks To Introduce OLED Displays In iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is expected to integrate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology in its iPhone handsets from 2018. The Cupertino-based giant will jump from liquid crystal display (LCD), which has been used in iPhones since 2007, to OLED – turning to suppliers like LG Displays, according to Japanese reports. The switch follows the steps of other smartphone makers such as Samsung and LG, which have both already integrated OLED technology in their mobile device ranges.


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A Future 'Magic Keyboard' may include...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future iteration of the Magic Keyboard. According to Apple's patent filing, the new keyboard design will support multiple LEDs per key. The design will allow for ...

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Free 32GB Apple TV and $60-$111 discounts on iMac...

Whether you want a free Apple TV plus discounts, a free AppleCare extended protection plan plus discounts, or just the lowest prices anywhere on a new 2015 iMac, we've got you covered. See how our exclusive coupons can save you hundreds on Apple's brand new iMac HDs, iMac 4Ks and iMac 5Ks this Black Friday.

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An Apple Watch Patent Surfaces Regarding Haptics...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers a system and methods for providing a type of haptic output for an electronic device such as an Apple Watch or iPhone.

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones...

With the Thanksgiving holiday well underway in the United States, Black Friday deals at both online and brick and mortar stores are starting to go live. Many major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening up in the early evening, and most online-only deals are already live.

We've rounded up a few of the absolute best deals that can be had on products like the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, and Apple Watch below, and even more deals can be found in our full Black Friday roundup, which has a long list of retailers that are offering discounts.

Apple Watch

Both Target and Best Buy are offering Apple Watch deals. At...

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We're thankful for our patrons, sponsors, and...

2015 has been an interesting year, to say the least.

In February, TUAW was shut down, leaving a large group of us without employment. Some folks had other blogging jobs to fall back on or move to, but for three of us, we decided to start anew with Apple World Today. Over the year we've had some changes in staff due to bloggers needing more steady income, leading to today's team of Dennis Sellers and myself. 

The arrival of Dennis on the scene was something I am still very thankful for; he was seeing waning readership at his former website and a mutual friend of ours -- Chuck Joiner of MacVoices -- had the brainstorm that Dennis would be a good fit for AWT. He was right, and the two of us work together as a team very well. Thank you, Chuck, and thank you Dennis for being an incredibly hard worker.

And I'm also thankful to all of our frequent contributors, especially James Kendricks, Dave Caolo, Krystian Kozerawski, and Alex Jurgensen...

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Two Apple Pencil Patents Cover Tilt &...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal details behind their new Apple Pencil. The first filing is titled "Stylus Tilt and Orientation Estimation from Touch Sensor Panel Images." The second Apple Pencil invention is titled "Reduce Stylus Tip Wobble when Coupled to Capacitive Sensor."

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9to5Mac’s Mac Holiday Gift Guide: best picks for...

Welcome to 9to5Mac’s official Mac Holiday Gift Guide! This has been an exciting year for Mac lovers, thanks to the cool new 12″ Retina MacBook and 21″ Retina iMac, as well as great accessories from Apple and others. I’ve been canvassing all things Mac throughout the year, so what you’ll find inside are some great options at various price levels — everything from stocking stuffers and apps to “best gift I’ve ever received” material. Also included: the best (limited time only)...

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Killer Deal: Free Apple SuperDrive and 65% off...

This Black Friday weekend, readers looking for a 2015 13" MacBook Air can get a free Apple SuperDrive and 65% off AppleCare with exclusive $150 coupons. In almost all cases these are the lowest prices anywhere before the free SuperDrive. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.

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Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States. With that in mind, the staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off and wishing you the very best.
So, sit back, get together with friends and family and some amazing food, put the devices away for a while, enjoy each other’s company and we’ll be back with more Mac and iOS mobile news starting tomorrow.
Have a happy Turkey Day and we’ll see you soon!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

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9to5Mac’s premium audio gift guide: special gifts...

If you’re buying gifts for music lovers in your life, there has never been a better time to do it: there’s a vast range of products to choose from at every price level. But here I’m focusing on the premium end of the market – a main gift for someone who you love as much as they love music!
These are products consistent with my philosophy of buying the right thing once. Gifts that will be appreciated as much a few years down the line as they will when first unwrapped.
Let’s start with headphones … 

B&W P5 wired or wireless headphones
My trusty Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear headphones go with me anytime I’m using public transit – music, audiobooks or podcasts helping the time fly by. The sound quality is fantastic, they are really comfy to wear, let in just enough background sound to hear...

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My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and...

Enlarge / Welcome to 1999, friends! Everyone, buy Apple stock, trust me. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

It's Thanksgiving, all Ars staff is off, and we're grateful for it (running a site remains tough work). But one thing our Andrew Cunningham remains unthankful about is that time we forced him to take an extended dive back into the world of OS 9. We're resurfacing his experience from September 2014 for your holiday reading pleasure.

jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two ;)
LeeH: omg
LeeH: that's actually a great idea
The above is a lightly edited conversation between Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and Automotive Editor Jonathan...

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The Patent behind Apple's New MacBook Surfaces

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for the new MacBook with USB-C and Force Touch. The application is extremely detailed ...

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V-MODA Crossfade Wireless headphones – unboxing and...

V-MODA makes some of the best earphones available. While sports stars and celebrities are normally seen wearing Beats, you’re more likely to find a pair of V-MODA cans wrapped around the necks of DJs. And if I’m going to trust someone’s judgement on an audio product, I’ll choose a music professional over a sportsperson any day.
In the past, I’ve owned the Crossfade M100 and now, the award-winning earphones are back with an added feature: wireless connectivity. I’ve been using the Crossfade Wireless for the past week or so, and they’re rather fantastic…

If you’ve used V-MODA M100 Crossfade earphones before, the Crossfade Wireless will be immediately recognizable. They...

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Pepper robots are getting fashionable makeovers

Pepper, Softbank's adorable emotion-sensing robot, is rapidly becoming the victim of its own cuteness after owners began dressing it up in wacky costumes. The Wall Street Journal has found that buyers of the device got together to form an intricate c...

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London taxis set to accept contactless payments in...

London's cabbies have moved one step closer to accepting credit cards and contactless payments inside their vehicles. It's about time, right? After launching a consultation earlier this year, Transport for London (TfL) and London's Mayor Boris Johnso...

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News: Daily Deal: PureVPN Lifetime Subscription

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a Lifetime Subscription to PureVPN for only $69 – that’s almost 90% off the normal price. With over 550 servers in 141 countries, PureVPN both secures your personal data and Internet activity and allows you to bypass geo-restrictions to get access to your favourite online content from anywhere in the world. You can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously at top speeds, and the service can even…

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Best Buy's Apple Black Friday Sale Knocks $50-$...

Apple authorized reseller Best Buy on Thursday kicked off its Black Friday Sale, with the lowest prices we've seen this season on iPad Air 2s, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Sport.

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Black Friday Deals: Apple Accessories, Cases, Docks...

In addition to Black Friday deals from Best Buy, MacMall and other major retailers, many smaller companies are offering discounts on Apple products, accessories and apps for U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A number of those deals are highlighted below, with most beginning to go live, and more can be found in our Black Friday roundup. Please note that product availability may be limited, and prices are subject to change.

Intrepid Bag Co.

The Intrepid Bag Co., a site that makes high-quality leather bags, has an exclusive discount code for MacRumors readers. Between now and December 2nd, use...

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The Best Thanksgiving Movies For Your Thanksgiving...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. A true classic. Especially here in Minnesota, where it all started. Woodstock and Snoopy save the day, you learn a simple lesson about the pilgrims. And of course, Thanksgiving dinner served up on a ping-pong table. Classic.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Steve Martin and John Candy in their prime. Traveling across the country to get home for Thanksgiving. “Those aren’t pillows” is still a classic line from a classic movie. It is a different time. 1987. And a few of the jokes might not be as PC today as they were just before Jeremy Piven made it where it was only PC to wear flannel in PCU. Another classic. But Planes, Trains and Automobiles is on Netflix; PCU isn’t. And PCU isn’t about Thanksgiving.

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News: Happy Thanksgiving 2015 from iLounge!

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, November 30th. Happy Thanksgiving!...

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ICYMI: Genetically-based cancer meds, taste's...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Scientists managed to turn taste on and off in mice by activating and silencing brain cells, putting to bed the notion that taste is determined by the tongue. University of Toronto cancer researchers used a patient's g...

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Apple Invests in 3 New Solar Project in Inner...

It was reported in China earlier this week that Zhonghuan Semiconductor subsidiary, Zhonghuan Energy is working on three solar PV projects. Apple is reportedly investing ...

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Apple wants to make iOS, OS X devices more...

While not making them waterproof (although rumors claim the upcoming iPhone 7 will indeed be waterproof), Apple wants to make its iOS devices, and perhaps Mac laptops more resistant to spills. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150340795) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with housing port shutters.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and other portable electronic devices are often exposed to environmental contaminants, especially through their speaker, camera, and microphone ports. For example, a user of a laptop or smartphone may accidentally expose the computer or phoee to moisture or dirt. 


Pictured is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device such as a portable electronic device that has ports in accordance with an embodiment of the patent. 

Contaminants can disrupt the operation of an electronic...

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Apple Invents an Automatic Shutter System that will...

Last week we posted a patent report titled "Apple Reveals Third Waterproofing Patent this Month & Ejectable iDevice Corner Shock Absorbers that Float." Apple's focus on waterproofing continues this week with their fourth patent in as many weeks titled "Electronic Devices with Housing Port Shutters."

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Watch this Czech pirate's YouTube video or he...

The Czech Republic's first convicted software pirate has been offered an unexpected way of escaping punishment: log 200,000 video views on YouTube and Facebook or be handed a huge fine. The man in question, who is 30 years old and known only as Jakub...

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'Sensible Soccer' remake will happen...

Developer Jon Hare surprised many people when he announced that iconic football game Sensible Soccer was getting a spiritual successor. With Codemasters still owning the rights to the existing franchise, Hare and his team launched the new Sociable So...

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Two studies show the most & least common things...

The average Apple Watch owner interacts with their Watch 60-80 times a day, but most of that usage doesn’t involve anything more than looking at the watch face, checking the time and information displayed in the complications. The least common thing people do on the Watch is read emails.
These are among the findings of two very different studies noted by Fortune. Wristly’s latest update provides a whole raft of data about what people do with their watches, based on a large panel of 1450 owners, but relying on users to estimate their usage. A Stockholm University study took the exact opposite approach,...

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Apple Invents Instantaneous Speech of Content on a...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Instantaneous Speaking of Content on Touch Devices." Apple's invention relates to systems and processes for initiating and controlling 'content speaking' on touch-sensitive devices.

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Apple invents active shutter system to protect...

An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

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Apple Invents a Touch Screen that users will finally...

Today, Patently Apple is first to report that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that's titled "Glove Touch Detection."

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Indie puzzler 'Fez' resurfaces with a $100...

We aren't getting a sequel to the adorable retro indie puzzler Fez well... ever. But that doesn't mean developer Polytron is out of things to sell fans. The Canadian company hopes the wound it opened by canceling the sequel won't deter you from dropp...

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Friday November 27

Sony plans PS4 streaming to Mac & PC with Remote...

Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei Yoshida on Friday said his company intends to release an official Remote Play title that will allow users to stream games from their PlayStation 4 to a Mac or PC.

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Apple's iOS clenches 78.3% of U.S. mobile...

Apple remained the dominant platform for holiday mobile shoppers as iPad and iPhone users accounted for 78.3 percent of mobile e-commerce orders over Thanksgiving Day. Buyers using any device using some form of Android contributed only 21.5 percent of online orders.

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$100 off iPad mini 4 for Black Friday

Another killer deal on iPad on Black Friday is $100 off the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy-that retailer's deals have been among the best today. That puts the starting price for Apple's newest iPad mini model at $399, a 20 percent discount off retail. This offer is available in stores, but you can also shop online.

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Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7...

Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector, according to often-reliable Japanese website Mac Otakara. Apple may also release Lightning-equipped EarPods to support the new audio output on future iOS devices.

The report, citing a "reliable source," claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. A 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.

The so-called "iPhone 7" will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result, according to the report. The sixth-generation iPod touch could be a comparable device, which has a depth of 6.1mm, but the portable media player still has a 3.5mm headphone jack....

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Microsoft rolls out Cortana for iOS to select beta...

Microsoft this week activated beta accounts for a select number users interested in testing out the iOS version of its Cortana personal assistant, the software giant's alternative to Siri and Google Now.

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$100 and $125 off iPad Air 2 for Black Friday from...

Best Buy is offering $100 or $125 off of iPad Air 2. 16GB and 64GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular, are discounted by $100. That means you can get one starting at $399. 128GB models are discounted $125, meaning they start at $574.99. These deals are being offered in-store, but you can also get them online.

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Samsung Continues to Search for an iPhone Killer...

Samsung has been working on several possible future smartphone form factors for years now as our extensive flex-display archives bear out. This month a new Samsung patent application came to light at the US Patent Office revealing some refined designs. One of the designs that caught my eye as an oddball also illustrated a massive goof. The designer added an iPod icon ...

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20% iTunes Cards from Best Buy Back on for Black...

Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired. It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.

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20% Off iTunes Cards from Ebay/PayPal

Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast-if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.

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Your local Apple retail store might have a Smart...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you might check with your local Apple retail store. I’m not making any guarantees, but there may be a few in stock if you’re lucky.

Though the iPad Pro accessories are still showing a 4-5 waiting time for availability when you order ‘em online, I just picked up both peripherals at the Green Hills Apple Store in Nashville, TN. The Apple Pencil costs US$99 and Smart Keyboard is priced at $169.

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Apple rumored to ditch headphone jack on '...

Apple's next-generation iPhone design is so thin that engineers are mulling the removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning users might have to invest in Lightning or Bluetooth-connected headphones, according to a rumor on Friday.

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Instagram tests multiple account support on Android

The Instagram team appears to be readying an Android update that will introduce one of its most highly requested features: multiple account support. For the average user this probably isn't a big deal, but for professional photographers, social media...

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Bill Gates is launching a multibillion-dollar clean...

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is set to reveal a massive clean energy project on Monday, during the first day of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris. According to Reuters, which originally reported the news, the French government has...

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Black Friday Madness Continues

Hopefully none of you were involved in an altercation at a local store today, but if you did manage to get some early deals by being "feet on the ground" at a store, congratulations. Here are a bunch of Black Friday deals we've seen so far that you can take advantage of from the safety and warmth of your own home:

Pencil by FiftyThree

The original Pencil, from FiftyThree (makers of Paper), is on sale at up to 40% off through Monday at 11:59 PM PST. The graphite version is available for $29.95 (down from $49.95), while the gold and walnut devices are both $39.95 each (down from $59.95). If you're tired of waiting for an Apple Pencil or want a good backup device, get the Pencil.

Doxie Mobile Scanners

The Doxie Go Wi-Fi is on sale starting for $179 ($50 off), Doxie Go Plus for $139 ($40), the Doxie One is a deal at $99 ($50 off), the original Doxie Go is on sale for $...

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The Best Black Friday Games/Apps Deals: 2Do, MacID,...

This year’s Black Friday games and apps deals are now in full swing. We have rounded up all the best console bundles, games/amiibo and packed our daily roundups full of some of the best deals of the year. Along with the new Free App of the Week, Apple has now launched a 50% off holiday apps sale and we have been seeing very notable price drops on popular titles all week long. So we thought we would bring all the best deals into one helpful roundup.
Below you’ll find all the best freebies/discounts that we have seen on the App Stores thus far, plus a few more notable sales on Mac games and productivity apps:...

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A tribute to 20 years of masterful storytelling from...

/Film:While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer. In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up.I don’t know if I could name a single studio that has moved me to the range of emotions Pixar has over the past 20 years....

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Report: Apple plans to nix 3.5mm port on iPhone 7,...

Citing a reliable source, a report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, helping to achieve a “more than 1mm” reduction in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s. While the screen shape and radius will remain similar, the device will once again become Apple’s thinnest iPhone ever, albeit with a new restriction: headphones will only be able to connect over Lightning or Bluetooth…
Macotakara says that the...

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

Thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner for sponsoring The Loop this week. What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Lenovo teams with Razer on gaming PCs

When you think of gaming PCs, Lenovo probably isn't your first choice. It has gaming PCs, but it's often far more tempting to either go with a game-centric brand or build a system yourself. Lenovo may have a way to improve its reputation, though. It'...

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Review: Apple’s iPad Pro is a giant expensive tablet...

Meet Apple’s largest Netflix display ever: iPad Pro. I’ve been using it for a little while now and have gathered some thoughts regarding its functionality, uses, and even the accessories like Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Is it all worth the hype? Let’s go ahead and find out…

I detailed the iPad Pro in our unboxing video recently, so we’re not getting too in-depth with specifications. First off, this is an iPad. The word “pro” may be in its name, but that’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick. It’s a bigger iPad Air with a few changes that will cost you…
Check out our iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard review video below:

The display measures...

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9 gifts for animal lovers

Winter is coming. And with it also comes the need to show the loved ones in your life just how much you care for them by spending, spending, spending on gifts. Trouble is, there are just so many options to choose from. What you really need is someone...

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Here’s how Apple Pencil beats other iPad styluses,...

As mentioned on an earlier Happy Hour podcast, I have a giant collection of iPad styluses, having tested dozens of them since the first iPad debuted in 2010. Earlier this week, my colleague Zac Hall reviewed the best (and most expensive) iPad stylus, Apple’s brand-new $99 Apple Pencil, which is hard to find in stores, and only works with the 12.9″ ...

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The best electric shaver

By Dan Koeppel This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.After more than eight months of testing with a dozen different men and a dozen different shavers, we fou...

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8 Hour Deal: $900 off Apple's Mid-2014 15...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is running a Deal Zone this Black Friday for 8 hours only (or until stock runs out) on its remaining mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) models, selling them at $1,599 -- a $900 discount from its original MSRP -- with free shipping and no tax outside NY.

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Debris from SpaceX's Falcon 9 washes up in...

When SpaceX sends Falcon 9 rockets up into the skies above Florida's Cape Canaveral, there's no telling what will happen to the projectile should it complete its mission or fails to reach orbit altogether. It's been almost five months since Elon Musk...

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Black Friday: The best deals on iPhone/iPad/Mac...

Black Friday is upon us and there is a long list of great deals on accessories, software and more for all of your Apple devices. Below we’ve collected some of the best we’ve seen, and check back often throughout the weekend as we update with more finds. Below you’ll find some significant discounts on popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac accessories, as well as some deals on rarely discounted software:
9to5Toys Specials 15 % off sitewide

  • HyperDrive Mac SD card expander (up to 200GB):...
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Apple patent application highlights active shutter...

Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.
An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.
The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging...

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News: Some Apple Music and iTunes Match services may...

The U.K. Intellectual Property Office has officially abandoned a private-copying exemption that made it legal for users to back up their music, putting a spotlight on possible problems ahead for Apple Music and iTunes Match users in the country, 1709 reports. The exemption was put in place last year to protect users backing up their own legally purchased music from the punishments faced by those pirating music online. The IPO’s decision not…

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to...

Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.
Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED...

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Will Apple's 2016 MacBook use Intel's Next...

Intel's Core M was a significant milestone for Intel. It was the first time that the company had been able to offer a laptop-processor that didn't require a built-in fan to cool it. Apple was impressed enough to build it into their latest MacBook.

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Mini Review: Mu Classic collapsible plug, a neat...

British plugs are very safe, being earthed and generally also having their own fuse, but there’s no denying that they are chunky things. Not a problem in the home, but less than convenient when you want to carry one with you for charging in a coffee shop.
Fortunately, a few different companies are changing that. One of them was Apple, of course, supplying UK Apple Watch owners with an extremely neat plug with flip out pins. Another is the Oneadaptr collapsible UK plug, currently on Kickstarter. A couple of commentators there drew my attention to a third option, the Mu Classic, so I gave one a try.

Having tried both this and the Apple Watch one, there are pros & cons. The Apple version is undeniably slicker in use: just lift the earth pin and the other pins lever out at the same time. It’s an...

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9to5Mac’s HomeKit Holiday Gift Guide: Lights,...

The idea of a smart home is a long running meme in technological circles. Apple has made the biggest stride recently with HomeKit and there is now a significant ecosystem of lights, switches, and other accessories to buy for your home. That being said, smart home accessories are still novelties and quite pricey: they aren’t must-have purchases. However, this makes them great gifts for the holiday season — uncommon presents that are fun to play with and have some long-lasting usefulness. We’ve rounded up our favorite HomeKit accessories below …

1. Philips Hue Lights

One of the most well-known, as...

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News: Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

While Apple Pay officially launched in Australia last week, the country’s banks are still refusing to link their cards to the digital payment system, prompting calls for the Reserve Bank to examine banks for potential anti-competitive behavior, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Apple’s fees for using the service have been a sticking point in negotiations for months, with the company reportedly demanding the same 15 cents on every $100…

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Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media...

As of the third quarter of 2015, the Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media streamer market share, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.

However, the fourth generation Apple TV didn’t go on sale until October, so had little impact on these stats. Look for Apple’s set-top box to garner a bigger share of the digital media streamer market in quarter four. Google’s Chromecase has 45 percent, Amazon Fire TV has 16 percent, Roku has 16 percent, and “others” have 13 percent, the research group says. The new report from Strategy Analytics also notes that:

Global shipments of all connected TV devices (including smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers) reached 53 million units in the third quarter and are on target to hit 221 million units for the full year, representing growth of 17 percent.


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Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu...

ZoomingCube Interactive ( has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.
Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.
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24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X

24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.
Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.
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Australian banks refusing to sign up for Apple Pay

Australian banks are reportedly refusing to sign up for Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, and allowing customers to link their bank accounts to their iPhones.

The country’s Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behavior in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out Apple Pay, which was recently introduced in the country, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Labor's spokesman on digital innovation, Ed Husic, has written to the RBA and the Australian Bankers' Association, raising his concern that Australians are being "denied choices" in digital payments, the article adds.

Apparently, banks in Australia aren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. Apple’s trying for a similar...

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Friday Part Deux

Many devices die the day their warranty expires, but my trusty Apple Airport that carries wireless signal to my drums lasted forever. OK, not forever, But let me tell you, music notes can visibly be seen traveling through the air to get to me when I’m on those drums and that Airport is beaming Spotify or Apple Music to me. And this Airport, it just kept huffing and puffing along. For 6 years, as though to say, “I must be worth more per day of use that that craptastic Linksys the neighbor spent $40 on.” It’s a pride thing, ya’ know… Until today. And let me tell you, you gotta’ have wireless signal extended to your drums. So what do you do? You go to the Apple Store. I jump back in my little Prius, and go to pull out of my garage, about 3 miles from the mall. And pulling out of my alley the traffic starts.
Seriously, there’s never traffic on my street. I look at the next street, and there are people trying to pull out of their house too. And we’re all just kinda’ stuck. All...

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News: Black Friday Deals from iLounge

Black Friday is here, and so are today’s Black Friday iLounge Deals! For today only, you can get 15% off almost anything in the iLounge Deals store simply by using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. We’re still offering some great deals on cool products like the Powerbeats 2 WIRED In-Ear Headphones, the Sound Rise Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock, and the Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock, but for today, you can get an even better…

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Apple works on ‘bumper system’ to protect iOS...

Earlier this month Apple applied for a patent for a “life vest” for iPhones so they won’t sink if dropped in water. Now Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150341070) ) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “bumper system” for iOS devices and Mac laptops.

In the filing for the patent, dubbed “screen protection using actuated bumper,” Apple notes the screens of portable electronics devices include one or more fragile elements such one or more layers of glass. Such devices are commonly dropped. 

For example, an electronic device may be dropped by a user, fall from a table, fly from a user's hand when a user trips, and/or otherwise free fall to the ground or other surface. Drop events of these or other kinds may damage fragile elements of screens such as glass layers and repairing damage to screens may be “burdensome, expensive, and/or impractical,” according...

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Flexibits Fantastical Black Friday sale

Flexibits just put calendaring app Fantastical on sale. The iPhone version is now $2.99 (normally $4.99) and the iPad version is now $4.99 (normally $9.99). Fantastical is my jam.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Backing up your own music now illegal for Brits, and...

Back in the summer, the UK’s High Court overturned legislation allowing citizens to duplicate copyrighted material for personal use. The British government has now accepted this ruling, meaning that the private-copying exception to anti-piracy laws no longer applies – and the government will not attempt to reintroduce it.
This means that we’re back where we started: doing something as simple as ripping a CD, backing-up your music to Time Machine or uploading it to a cloud service is once more illegal, reports copyright blog 1709.

So where does this leave ordinary users in the UK? Clearly some will have been unaware of the introduction of the exception last year, and possibly a larger minority will have been unaware of the rescinding of the...

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Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details-there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices.

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Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster -- it's scheduled to return to space in a few months. It's now tucked into a storage facility at a launch site in West Texas. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to lay the foundation for an enduring human presence in space -- a goal that reusing rocket boosters could help to achieve.

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iMac shipments expected to grow five percent in 2016

iMac shipments are expected to grow five percent on year in 2016. iMac's main manufacturer, Quanta Computer, reportedly has increased its personnel for the product line for 2016, according to DigiTimes.

In the third quarter, Apple sold about 5.7 million iMacs and MacBooks, up four percent from the same quarter a year ago. The news isn’t as good for everyone else. 

All-in-one PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand. Shipments in 2016 are unlikely to see any major growth and may stay flat from 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

“However, compared to Apple, which continues to add new innovations to its iMac products, other all-in-one PC vendors have mainly focused on competing over price which could create a negative impact on their gross margins,” says DigiTimes.

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Apple has Reportedly Notified their Supply Chain of...

This has definitely been a year full of rumors about Apple contemplating a switch to OLED displays for future iPhones and iPads. Today, the rumor mill is in high gear claiming that Apple is now notifying their supply chain that it will switch to OLED displays for future iterations of the iPhone.

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Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

If you’re wondering why Apple Pay is as yet only available for Amex cards in Australia, it’s not because Apple isn’t working hard enough to introduce it there: it’s because Australian banks are refusing to sign up for it. The opposition Labor Party spokesman on digital innovation is now suggesting that this refusal may constitute anti-competitive behaviour, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay […]

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Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.
It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.
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Audioengine's D3 Premium 24-bit DAC will beef...

If you want to really improve the audio on your Mac's speakers or headphones, plug in the $149.99 D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) from Audioengine. It bypasses your computer’s headphone jack and sends music directly through USB. The result: a noticeable improvement in the sound coming from your music, movies and games.

I have my SoundSticks speakers plugged into the D3, which is about the size of a flash drive. They sounded good before; they sound great now.

No special software is needed to set up the Audioengine DAC. The D3, housed in an aluminum case, plugs directly into an USB port on your Mac (or PC) and the output connects to headphones, speakers, or any audio system.

Once it's connected, you'll tell the difference immediately. Music, vocals, sound effects and, well, pretty much any type of audio is more nuanced, crisp, and clarity. Plus, bass...

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BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
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Image Viewer does one job, but does it reasonably...

If you need to quickly view an entire folder of images, Image Viewer from Abacus does the job. It's a one-trick pony for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), but does its trick well. Plus, it's only US$2.99 at the Mac App Store.

With Image Viewer, you can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. This isn't something I normally do very often, but your needs may differ.

If you use Image Viewer frequently, you can make it your default app for viewing pictures. The interface is simple. You can view images and navigate with keyboard arrow keys, toolbar buttons, or the main menu. You can do the same with thumbnails. For example, double clicking a thumbnail will also open the image in single view mode. 

You can open images by selecting Open from the main menu, right clicking in...

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Sony plans to enable you to play PS4 games on your...

If you own a PS4 but end up fighting for access to the big TV when other family members want to use it for watching TV shows or movies, Sony is working on an app for that. Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that the company is working on an app to stream games to both PCs and Mac.
Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015
The games console already has Remote Play functionality built in, but it’s of very limited use as yet … 
Remote Play currently only streams game play to a small number of Sony smartphones. If...

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Google's Next-Gen Autonomous Vehicle Patent...

This month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals various aspects of the technology behind their next-gen autonomous vehicles. Google's invention relates to autonomous vehicles for maneuvering a user or passenger to a destination, for example taking a trip, autonomously. The patent covers everything from encryption keys to authenticate a ride to various aspects ...

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Rounding up the best Apple MacBook, iMac, iPad, and...

With the 2015 shopping season now officially in full swing, finalized Apple Black Friday deals are now live. We've curated the creme of the crop in this roundup that highlights $50-$100 off Apple Watch, $25-$150 off current iPads, up to $650 off MacBooks, up to $500 off iMacs, and much, much more.

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Relocate Your Home or Business Easily - General...

Forums: General Xsan TalkNo-one desires to move from other set up position. Although at some point they should consider that ache thanks a single as well as some other explanation. It truly is nicely undeniable fact that shifting household or perhaps organization is definitely tedious, exhausting as well as nerve-racking. You've got to perform a great deal of operate over the technique of separation unique non commercial or perhaps professional. Separation probably will produce disorderly along with tense-like circumstances. To flee because of this agonizing work you might get in touch with many going firms. Transferring businesses could make your projects less difficult. Yet relying fully to them may demonstrate very expensive for you. In order to go cheaply then you definately should tackle a few tasks. You are able to consider incomplete program from your company. Just...

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Shift Your Office or Home Easily - General...

Forums: General Xsan TalkNo person really wants to make the move from other set up spot. However sometimes they need to carry this specific soreness thanks just one or perhaps additional motive. It truly is effectively idea that shifting house or maybe enterprise is actually uninteresting, strenuous in addition to demanding. You've to perform a great deal of do the job over the means of move whether it be home or even business. Separation will probably produce topsy-turvy and also tense-like scenario. To flee with this distressing work you could get in touch with several transferring firms. Relocating companies can make your hard work less complicated. However based fully about them may show very expensive to you personally. In order to proceed in the economy then you definately have to take on several tasks. You are able to acquire partially support from your firm. Due to...

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Pandora is streaming Adele’s 25 and her label can’t...

The Verge:Adele’s 25 is the biggest album in the world right now, and it’s made it there all without a single stream on Spotify. In fact, it might have made it there because there hasn’t been a single stream on Spotify: Adele and her label made the decision not to stream 25 anywhere online, encouraging people to actually buy the album or its songs outright. But despite the ban, some services have songs from 25 up streaming. 25 isn’t on Pandora because Adele specifically wanted it there. It’s on Pandora because Adele and her label don’t have a say.This is a great example of the giant hairball that is streaming services and the confusion that consumers have with regards to which service does what and how they play you music....

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Wednesday November 25

The Week in iOS Accessories: Warm winter accessories

Warm winter accessoriesThis week’s roundup includes a couple of accessories to keep your hands and ears warm this winter, all without disconnecting you from the iOS universe. Read on!EchoThe Echo PowerConnect Mini is a 1,600-mAh backup battery, small enough to fit into your front pocket—and it’s versatile, coming with a dual-headed connector that lets you charge either an iPhone or an Android smartphone on the fly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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The Tor Project seeks broader public support through...

Even online anonymity and privacy need a crowd of sorts--crowdfunders, to be specific. The Tor Project recently kicked off a crowdfunding drive, using journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras as an example of the importance of the online anonymity tools.
In a blog post announcing the funding drive, Tor quotes Poitras saying that she never could have worked on and help break the Snowden story without Tor. Poitras worked with Glenn Greenwald on the initial revelations from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. She also directed the Snowden documentary Citizenfour. “Tor is an essential tool that...fosters free speech and independent voices,” she said....

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Podcast 485: Home for the holidays

Well, Susie finally finished her iPad Pro review, but not before recording this episode of the Macworld Podcast. (Turn up those headphones—can't you just hear the anxiety in her voice?) And for the record, the Pencil she ordered on November 11 still hasn't arrived as of this writing, so thanks to Apple for the loaner unit.
But that's not the focus of today's podcast! It's almost time for American Rules Thanksgiving, the glorious long weekend of hanging around with relatives, eating too much, watching sports on TV, and answering questions about technology. Should you get your parents using two-factor authentication? How do you broach the subject of phishing? Is it OK to just write their passwords down for them? Glenn and Susie have plenty of advice, and you should feel free to share your own in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving!To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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Macworld’s December Digital Edition: Apple TV Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.
Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.In the December issue

We review the latest Apple TV. Can Apple conquer the living room? We also review and rate the iMac with 4K Retina display, a high resolution desktop for the masses, as well as the new Magic accessories....

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AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Pencil, official...

Apple's new Apple Pencil and Apple Watch charging stand are the focus of this Thanksgiving edition of the AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the Pencil after a week's worth of testing.

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Record Low Prices: Apple's iMac 4K falls $200...

Ahead of Black Friday, Apple authorized reseller B&H on Wednesday introduced the lowest pricing we've ever seen on Apple's new iMac 4Ks ($200 off) 5Ks ($200-$270 off) and 15" MacBook Pros ($300-$350 off). Each includes free shipping and no tax in 49 states.

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MacMall's Black Friday Sale knocks up to $250...

MacMall on Wednesday kicked off its 2015 Black Friday sale with up to $250 off MacBook Pros, up to $201 of new iMac 4Ks and 5Ks, $12 off iPad Pros, $40 of iPad Air 2, 50% off Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drives and more.

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Facebook SDK for tvOS could solve Apple TV's...

Facebook, not Apple, could be the company to streamline tvOS app account authentication, a process that currently requires users punch in login and password information on an app-by-app basis using a cumbersome onscreen keyboard.

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First look: Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro

As Apple Pencil stock trickles into brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, the iPad Pro's other first-party accessory, the Smart Keyboard, has become somewhat of a hot commodity. AppleInsider was able to snag a copy of the hard-to-get device to offer this first look.

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Awaken the Force with these Free Star Wars Apps

We all know about the Star Wars games for iOS, are there any other Star Wars apps? Kelly found a few to help you pass the time between now and when The Movie is out.

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Apple TV apps can now support Facebook login w/ the...

Facebook today has unveiled its own SDK for the new Apple TV’s tvOS. In a blog post on its Developers site, Facebook says that using the Facebook SDK on tvOS will allow developers to build “immersive” social experiences on the platform including tools like login, sharing, and analytics.

One area in which many believe the new Apple TV has fallen short is text input, especially when logging into services and applications. Facebook’s SDK for tvOS, however, will users to quickly login using their Facebook credentials. If a user were to choose the Facebook method, they would be presented with a unique 8 digit code that they could then enter into their smartphone or tablet to authorize the application. There would be no need to use the on-screen...

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Turkeys can't fly, but DODOcases will be flying...

Just a quick note to top off our Black Friday coverage before we close out for the evening. DODOcase has an amazing offer going on TODAY ONLY, with 35% off of everything on the site. 

Enter the promo code Best35 when you check out, and you'll have 35% lopped off of your bill. Me? I'm thinking of picking up a large Leather Portfolio to carry my iPad Pro in -- getting almost $56 off on that portfolio is outstanding. 

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Review: Satechi’s Type-C Hub is almost the perfect...

Satechi’s new Type-C USB Hub announced in October at first glance looks like the perfect solution for using single-port Retina MacBooks with wired accessories and SD cards. It adds three traditional USB 3.0 ports like MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros so you can plug in flash drives, Lightning cables, and most other USB accessories. It also reads SD cards and Micro SD Cards, just not at the same time. And the sleek hub is offered in Mac-matching colors that look almost official…

Satechi’s Type-C USB Hub doesn’t...

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Feature Request: Logic Pro for iPad (Pro)

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.
With the introduction of iPad Pro, now is the time for Apple to finally bring Logic Pro to its tablet. Apple has long had Garageband available for iOS devices, offering what is essentially a feature for feature companion for the desktop Mac app, albeit with a user interface tweaked for the smaller touch display. But it’s not much help to pros that have their workflow in Apple’s professional audio editing suite for Mac, Logic Pro.

Apple does have an iPad app for Logic, Logic Pro Remote, which I wrote about when it launched alongside...

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AWT News Update: November 25, 2015

A slow pre-Thanksgiving Apple news day, but there are still some nuggets of info to pass your way:

  • Apple may be planning a switch to OLEDs for the iPhone in 2018
  • Leo's Fortune makes the jump to Mac
  • JCET gets an order to assemble SiPs for Apple in 2016
  • Thank you for being a listener of the AWT News Update Podcast!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a very short AWT News Update for November 25, 2015. 

Japan’s Nikkei reported today that Apple is planning on a major switch on...

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Report claims iPhones will adopt OLED displays in...

Apple plans to introduce organic light-emitting diode displays for iPhones starting in 2018, claims Nikkei Asian Review. South Korea's LG Display is already planning capacity upgrades, the article adds.

So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve allowing different amounts of this light to create the colors and images on the display. OLED is made up of many tiny LEDs, each emitting their own light and colors. They don’t require an “always on” backlight, as each LED can be on or off as needed, and emitting the right kind of light needed to create the images you’re seeing. 

OLED technology is used in high...

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How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 25, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

9M Interactive has announced Ultimate Tennis 1.5. It’s a free tennis simulation game that offers a mix between mobile tennis gameplay and RPG elements. 

Vacata has released Task Manager 1.1.2, a new version of the $1.99 app that helps users to manage and schedule their activities throughout the day. Users can create individual tasks, as well as combine multiple tasks into one project.

Dave Cheng...

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Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle

We have a bundle for you today called the Learn to Code Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Here's how it works: pay whatever you want, even a penny, and get two courses. Beat the average price-$12.87 as of this writing-and get nine training courses covering topics from HTML5 to Ruby to Python, and more. Make the Top 10 at any point in this deal and you get five entries into our MonoRover R2 'Hoverboard' Giveaway. Plus, 10 percent of the profits from this deal go to Project Hope. Check out the deal listing for more information.

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ACM 334: Apple’s Mac Pro vs. The Devil’s Advocate

John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.

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Apple planning jump to OLED for 2018 iPhones, report...

Apple is working to switch to OLED displays for iPhones beginning in 2018, a major Japanese publication reported on Wednesday.

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Apple is Doing Something That Could Accidentally...

Apple is a company that can get set in its ways. That often stems from a set of values that dictate how things should forever be. However, while products and technologies change fast, sometimes Apple is its own worst enemy when it comes to updating practices. The iPad Pro might be one of those new products held back by old thinking.

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Tip of the Day: Aerial Screensavers on the new Apple...

The aerial screensavers available on the new Apple TV make for a refreshing change from the photo-based screen savers of prior versions; currently Apple offers up 34 different screensavers covering five specific locations around the world: China, Hawaii, London, New York, and San Francisco. Rather than storing the screensavers permanently as part of tvOS, the Apple TV downloads new screensaver footage from Apple’s servers on a schedule. If you…

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MacMall's 60-Hour 2015 Black Friday Sale Kicks...

MacMall's annual 60-hour Black Friday sale [PDF] on a variety of Apple products starts today, November 25, at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, November 28.

As it does every year, MacMall is offering significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $250 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $101 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $201 off, and the Mac mini is available at $100 off.

MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We've listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website.

2015 Retina MacBook

- 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB...

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Apple buys Star Wars motion-capture firm Faceshift

Alphr:With the teetering stack of virtual reality headsets coming to market over the next year, eyes in the tech sector are being consistently turned towards facial recognition software. While Facebook has made moves to develop facial mapping technology for the Oculus Rift, news has now emerged of an intriguing buy up by Apple. The company has announced that it has acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based startup responsible for developing technology capable of real-time facial-capture and avatar creation. The tech boasts plenty of high-profile use, having even been used in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens to give alien characters an extra semblance of reality.Could Apple really be interested in any aspect of Virtual Reality? I think this buy is fascinating but I don’t think it’s use inside the company will be as obvious as many are assuming....

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iPhones Expected to Have OLED Displays Starting in...

Apple plans to switch to OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018, according to Japanese website Nikkei. The report claims Apple has notified its suppliers about its future plans, with LG Display already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED display production.

LG Display and Samsung Electronics will likely share a large portion of the OLED panel production for future iPhones, according to the report. Apple's shift to OLED displays could have "major implications" for Apple's current LCD display suppliers Sharp and Japan Display, the latter of which relies on Apple for 30% of its business.Samsung Electronics is currently the only company that can reliably mass-produce OLED smartphone screens. LG Display has a track record for producing OLEDs for television screens. Given this, the two companies will likely supply a large portion of Apple's displays...

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The Blockbuster Kit

Softorino:We — as indie developers of these 4 apps, have gathered together to deliver the most essential event for movie lovers in 2015. Each one of our apps is a blockbuster itself. Each of us has its own story, but we all share the same goal — enhance your movie viewing experience as much as possible, on any device.This Black Friday, for the first time ever — we unite together to bring you the best of experiences in a single Blockbuster Kit.I use Waltr and Beamer all the time and love the apps. I don’t usually recommend this kind of deal because you often end up with filler apps but all four of these apps are really useful and, at a pre-order price of $25, it’s a really great deal in my opinion.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Report: Apple to begin shifting iPhone displays from...

Apple Watch benefits from deeper blacks and greater energy efficiency thanks to OLED technology
Apple is expected to begin shifting iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens starting in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Currently the display technology is only used by Apple to produce Apple Watch displays while iPhones and iPads use older LCD technology. OLED benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.Nikkei claims that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds...

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Einstein’s general theory of relativity at 100: 5...

CBC:Wormholes, warp speed, space-time anomalies — science fiction wouldn’t be the same without Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. And in the real world, we would probably also notice a few things missing from our lives. The German-born physicist finished presenting his groundbreaking theory to the scientific world at the Prussian Academy of Sciences exactly 100 years ago today. It was a simple, elegant set of equations that described space-time as a stretchy, flexible fabric, and gravity as deformations in space-time rather than a “force.”I remember first learning about the general theory of relativity in school and being completely blown away by it. I have never fully understood it but the ideas, concepts and things it made possible opened my young mind to the power of the universe and the utter brilliance of Einstein....

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Sponsor: New MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome this week's sponsor, Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro back here to TMO. Having a simple, DVD-ripping solution is vital as we all move to consuming our content on iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes this easy with a single app solution that you can download for free right now.

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Tested: Why the iPad Pro really isn't as fast a...

One benchmark makes it look good. A lot of other benchmarks show a different story. Get all the details here.

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Apple buys Faceshift, a motion capture company

Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Faceshift, a Zurich-based motion capture company whose technology is being used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Rumors of the acquisition first appeared a couple months ago, and Apple has now confirmed the deal with TechCrunch. Faceshift’s software is able to capture facial expressions and graft them onto digital avatars in near real-time. Intel demoed the technology with its 3D RealSense cameras earlier this year, and the 0:41 second mark of this Star Wars: The Force Awakens video shows a glimpse of Faceshift in action....

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Happy Hour Podcast 042 | Apple Pencil impressions

This week, we’re discussing all things Apple Pencil. Should you buy one? Who is it for? Today, we’ll get to the bottom of Apple Pencil along with our impressions and opinions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your favorite podcasting app. Send an email to...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple’s Plans for...

Apple bought Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial recognition and tracking technology. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the purchase and speculate on what Apple may have in store, and how Faceshift could fit in with autonomous cars and robots.

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Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie...

Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?

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Review: Parrot Hydrofoil Drone

While the company's 2015 Airborne and Jumping drone lineups were iterations on 2014's Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider, Parrot has broken a bit of new ground in its drone lineup this year with its Hydrofoil drone ($160), a new hybrid robot drone designed to allow users to take to the water with speed and agility. {/exp:char_limit}

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Exclusive Deal: Free 32GB Apple TV with all 2015...

One-upping our offer from last year, this Black Friday AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's top authorized resellers to knock $30-$111 off all 2015 13" MacBook Pros and $71-$230 off all 2015 15" MacBook Pros, then throw in a brand new 4th-generation 32GB Apple TV -- on top of those discounts -- for free. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.

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There’s no repairing the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard,...

This is kind of hard to watch. (credit: iFixit)

iFixit's product teardowns often show you how to fix gadgets, but in the case of Apple's Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories for the iPad Pro they have been more academic. Neither device is meant to be opened, and the act of opening them also happens to irreparably destroy them.
It's still interesting to see what's inside them, though, even more so when you don't have to sacrifice your own expensive accessories to do it. After cutting the keyboard's canvas open with a knife, iFixit discovered blank keys...

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Apple's Christmas ad: Stevie Wonder and Andra...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, the day we all pause to reflect just on how much we have to be thankful for. The next big holiday, of course, is Christmas Day on December 25. Apple has released a "Wonder-ful" Christmas advertisement that doesn't overtly show off the company's products, instead focusing on Stevie Wonder and Andra Day performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas". 

Wonder is seen using VoiceOver to set up a recording session on his MacBook, but that's not the focus of the ad. Happy Holidays!

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Review: Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for iPad...

Two weeks into using the iPad Pro, I’m even more convinced of something I believed during week one: the 12.9″ iPad is good on its own, but if an accessory adds enough bulk to make it feel like a poor man’s laptop, it starts to stink. I suspect that’s why Apple let another company release the first iPad Pro keyboard case; once you’ve tried something as big as Logitech’s Create, you’ll start searching for a “smarter” solution.
From where I stand, Urban Armor Gear’s new Composite...

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Mac: 1337 & Senri LLC Leo’s Fortune - HD Edition

One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.

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Target's Black Friday Early Access Sale Now...

Target is hosting a one-day Early Access sale ahead of the Black Friday shopping holiday, making some of its most appealing Black Friday deals available early. Deals are available in Target retail stores and online on Wednesday, November 25.

Like Best Buy, Target is one of the retailers offering deals on the Apple Watch. As of today, when purchasing one of the 20 Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport models Target offers, customers can get a free $100 Target gift card. Pricing on the Apple Watch at Target starts at $349 for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

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Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie...

Apple on Wednesday uploaeded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch from $232 effective...

Black Friday Target: Apple Watch effective prices start at $232 thanks to free Gift Cards and REDcard savings, more:

  • iPad mini 2 w/ free $80 Target Gift Card from $269
  • iPad Air w/ free $100 target Gift Card from $399
  • iPad Air 2 w/ free $100 target Gift...
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Apple Accessory Deals: 32GB 4th Gen Apple TV for $...

For the next two weeks, readers can take advantage of an Apple Accessory Mail-in-Rebate sale that knocks $30-$40 off new Apple TVs, $15 off old Apple TVs, $29-$99 off Base Stations and Time Capsules, $20-$29 off Magic Accessories, keyboards and Super Drives. In each case, these deliver the lowest prices anywhere.

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Black Friday Blog Blast: More deals than you can...

After combing the Apple World Today inbox for deals, we've narrowed 'em down to a relative handful. Here we goooooo...

Pad & Quill

We don't have to tell you what great gifts Pad & Quill products will make for the holidays, whether for a friend or loved one, or for yourself. Rather than pick or choose a handful of products, Pad & Quill is offering 15% off of everything on Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30). Just use these links to get to the site on Friday or Monday, take your 15% discount, and support Apple World Today at the same time:

Black Friday - 15% off everything (Offer good only on November 27, 2015)


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Apple award-winning iOS game Leo’s Fortune comes to...

Leo’s Fortune previously won an Apple Design Award for its game on iOS, thanks to its engaging gameplay and beautiful art style. Over the last year, it has become a smash hit across multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Today, the same great game is now available in the Mac App Store for $6.99 accompanied by beautiful high-resolution textures.
Voyage through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. Survive vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous adventure. Follow the trail of gold and uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune. Finish Leo’s Fortune to unlock Hard-core Mode: try to beat the whole game without dying to unlock a special prize! Compete with your Game Center friends to beat as many levels as you can in the fastest time possible.


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Apple Releases Holiday TV Ad with Stevie Wonder...

With the US Thanksgiving holiday starting tomorrow and Black Friday just days away, Apple releases a new TV ad ...

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Review: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

iLounge has been rating styluses for years, but it's always been a bit of a niche category — by design, no one has actually needed an iOS stylus before, and even the best of the styluses so far have required users to make some sort of concession, whether in features, accuracy, or price. Apple Pencil ($99) for iPad Pro is different, then, and not just because it's an official Apple stylus. Pencil and iPad Pro have been built to work in tandem with each other, which allows the stylus to do more than your typical accessory. iPad Pro can sense when Apple Pencil is being used, and according to Apple, the subsystem scans Pencil's signal 240 times per second, making it a fast, nearly latency-free stylus. Pencil is said to last for 12 hours of normal use on one charge, and it can be recharged using the built-in Lightning connector.{/exp:char_limit}

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UnionPay & Apple have Reportedly Reached a...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Apple hoping to have Apple Pay Kick Start in China in Q1 2016," wherein the Wall Street Journal had claimed that Apple had reportedly struck deals with China's big four state-run banks. Today, ...

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Black Friday App Deals Include Pixelmator, Linky,...

Just ahead of Thanksgiving and the busy Black Friday shopping holiday in the U.S., some app developers have discounted their iOS and Mac apps for a limited time.

We have been tracking App Store price drops on our sister website AppShopper and found early deals on popular apps Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and more.

Pixelmator for iOS [Direct Link] has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99, which is 60% off and the image editing app's lowest price since it went on sale for 99 cents in July 2015.Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike....

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China's JCET wins orders for Apple system-in-...

China's Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology -- better known as JCET -- has won orders to assemble system-in-package (SiP) modules for Apple in 2016, sources said on Wednesday.

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Apple Shares 'Someday At Christmas' Ad...

A day before Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, Apple this morning shared a new Christmas-themed ad for 2015, starring artists Stevie Wonder and Andra Day. The 90-second ad centers on Wonder performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas" with family members.

The iconic artist uses a handful of Apple products and apps -- like a MacBook and GarageBand -- to perform his heartfelt song "Someday at Christmas" alongside Day and presumably some younger members of his family. Day can be seen wearing an Apple Watch about one minute into the advertisement.Tag: Apple ads Discuss this article in our forums

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News: Apple reaches deal with UnionPay to bring...

Apple has struck a preliminary agreement to use UnionPay’s point-of-sales network to bring Apple Pay to China, Bloomberg reports. Sources familiar with the negotiations said UnionPay, China’s largest payment network, aims to introduce Apple Pay as soon as next year, but noted that the two companies haven’t signed firm agreements with Chinese banks on linking local bank cards to the service. That information seems to conflict with…

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Apple Files Trademarks for 'GameplayKit'...

Today the European Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest trademark filings that were officially filed yesterday. All three trademarks were filed under the same International Class ...

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T-Mobile offers $200 per line for Sprint customers...

As part of its latest "Un-carrier" promotion, T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that it will pay an extra $200 per line for every Sprint customer who switches to its service, with no trade-in required.

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Apple shares ‘Someday At Christmas’ ad starring...

Just one day before Thanksgiving in the US and a month before Christmas, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad on YouTube.
From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas.
The video spans about a minute and a half, featuring legendary artist Stevie Wonder (a known Apple fan) performing with Andra Day, with various Apple products including MacBooks running GarageBand and Apple Watches in view. At...

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Apple acquires real-time capture firm Faceshift,...

It’s hard to say what Apple will do with its new toy, but it’s been confirmed that it just bought a real-time motion capture firm.
The company apparently acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based capture firm, which has worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.

According to Swiss company registry filings, Faceshift was acquired by Apple in mid-August. Several Faceshift employees have now...

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Apple reaches first crucial agreement for early 2016...

Following Monday’s report that Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in China in February of next year, Bloomberg reports that it has reached a preliminary agreement with UnionPay to use its card-processing terminals. The agreement was an essential step along the way as UnionPay has a monopoly on card-processing in China.
The agreement is provisional, as it still requires the individual banks to agree. They have reportedly been reluctant to agree to the 0.15% cut Apple takes of each transaction. Given the transaction volumes involved, that soon...

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UHD TV - What's the Damage?

TV manufacturers could have a very good holiday season, and the good times likely will continue through 2019. Sales of 4K or Ultra High Definition TV sets will exceed 330 million units by the end of 2019 -- a sharp increase from the 2 million sold in 2013, according to data released by Parks Associates. However, while the price of those sets has fallen sharply, a report released this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council contended that new UHD models use on average 30 percent more energy than their HD predecessors.

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Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition...

Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual noncommittal and vague statement from the company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's augmented reality-related purchases: PrimeSense, Metaio, and now Faceshift. Something interesting is coming.

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China UnionPay, Apple reach tentative agreement to...

China UnionPay and Apple have reached a preliminary agreement to introduce Apple Pay in China through UnionPay’s point-of-sales network, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Details of the agreement are yet to be finalized, pending feedback from banks that issue cards, the article says. Shanghai-based UnionPay reportedly plans to introduce in 2016.

China UnionPay, also known as UnionPay or by its abbreviation, CUP, is the only domestic bank card organization in the People's Republic of China. Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payment service, which lets iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and Apple Watch owners make payments using NFC with their devices.

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Opinion: Why has Apple bought Faceshift? Six...

Not too long after the first rumors surfaced, Apple has given its usual non-confirmation that it has acquired Faceshift, the company behind the technology Star Wars used to animate the faces of CGI characters. It’s not an obvious fit for Apple, so what could be the thinking behind the purchase?
Like Apple’s patents, it is sometimes easy, I think, to read too much into some of the company’s acquisitions. Sure, it doesn’t go around acquiring companies randomly, but it may not always be after the complete package. It may well be that there is some small element of the company’s technology that Apple wants, or it may be an acquihire – where it’s the engineers rather than the specific tech the company wants.
But in this particular case, there is reason to suspect that Apple does have an interest in the broad...

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Kool Tools: OWC Drive Dock

Other World Computing’s (OWC) OWC Drive Dock is a docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.
The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives.  The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.
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OWC Drive Dock is a new, two-drive dock with USB,...

Other World Computing (OWC) is shipping the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.
The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives.  The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.
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China's Largest Semiconductor Packaging...

A new supply chain report today claims that Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET), China's largest semiconductor packaging and test services provider, has reportedly grabbed assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules from Apple ...

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Apple, China UnionPay have 'preliminary'...

Apple has allegedly reached a tentative agreement with China UnionPay, which could see Apple Pay come to China via UnionPay's 5 million or more NFC-equipped point-of-sale terminals.

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T-Mobile Offers Sprint Customers $200 Credit Per...

T-Mobile has announced a second "Un-carrier Unwrapped" promotion that offers Sprint customers a $200 bill credit for each line switched to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting Thursday, November 26.

The offer is valid for Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers, with no device trade-in required for the bill credit.

Sprint customers can still take advantage of T-Mobile's Carrier Freedom offer, which provides up to $650 towards a balance owing or to pay off early termination fees (ETFs) with an eligible device trade-in.Just switch any Sprint number – including postpaid, prepaid, Boost and Virgin Mobile – over to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting this Thursday, November 26 and you’ll automatically get a $200 credit on your bill. That’s $200 multiplied by as many...

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Next-Gen Wireless Standard 802.11ay Could be ready...

Apple's latest iDevices come with the wireless standard 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. So what's next for the 802.11 standard? The next-gen standard that is in the works is IEEE 802.11ay. It is an amendment that defines ...

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Apple acquires Faceshift, which makes a facial...

It was rumored earlier this year, and now Apple has confirmed that it’s purchased a company called Faceshift, reports TechCrunch. There’s no word on what Apple paid for the acquisition.

Face shift makes Faceshift Studio, a markerless facial motion capture system. It analyzes the face motions of an actor, and describes them as a mixture of basic expressions, plus head orientation and gaze, to create a custom 3D avatar, and to record facial animation data in real time. The animation data may be streamed live into Maya, MotionBuilder or Unity, or exported in a range of standard file formats, including BVH and FBX.

It’s not clear how Apple intends to use Faceshift’s technology, but there are a number of areas where Faceshift has been demonstrated and is already being used. In gaming experiences, people can adopt avatars whose faces will alter based on the players’ actual expressions for a more...

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iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!

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How Big Is My Journal And Where Is It?

Back when I worked with Xsan a lot more than I do now, one of the things we spent a lot of time doing was working with metadata and journal data on Xsan volumes. You can also view journal data for non-Xsan volumes. The hfs.util binary is used to view journal data about volumes. In this example, we’ll look at the journal size and location the boot volume of our system:
/System/Library/Filesystems/hfs.fs/Contents/Resources/hfs.util -I /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD
The output shows the size of the journal and the location, as follows:
/Volumes/Macintosh HD : journal size 40960 k at offset 0x1a38b000

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iPhone, iPad regain enterprise marketshare in the...

BlackBerry Limited has released the thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report , which shows increase an in iOS activations, continuing the trend previously seen with new iPhone releases.

iOS rebounded to regain some of its previous losses in device activations, building its lead from 64 percent to 66 percent. This continues a trend among Good-activated devices where new iPhone launches result in an uptick in iOS market share, says Billy Ho, Executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. Android market share fell slightly to 31 percent, while Windows dropped to two percent.

Heterogeneity seems to have taken hold in the tablet market, as the dominant lead iOS once had now appears to have eroded despite taking market share back from Android and Windows, says Ho. iOS rose from 64 percent to 71 percent  of...

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The Lightning Dock is a sleek, versatile iPhone...

Apple isn’t promoting it very much, but the company offers an iPhone Lightning Dock. At US$49, it’s not inexpensive, but does offer a sleek, gorgeous little dock that perfectly matches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is available in four metallic finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It can be used to charge and sync not only the 6s and 6s Plus, but any iPhone that has a Lightning connector. Your Apple smartphone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s great for use on a desktop or countertop.

You can insert and remove your iPhone from the iPhone Lightning Dock even when your smartphone is in an Apple-designed case (third party cases may or may not allow docking). Plus, you can unlock your iPhone or use Touch ID without having to remove it from the dock.

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Apple’s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change

Apple has finally updated its long-on-the-tooth desktop mouse, keyboard, and trackpad to varying degrees, and added internal batteries to all. But the peripherals retain their unique personalities, and those hoping for a revamp of the somewhat controversial devices will be disappointed. 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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NetShred for Mac OS X adds support for Firefox 42

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.7 of NetShred X (, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
The upgrade adds support for Firefox 42. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
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Another Rumor Claims to Confirm Apple's...

In the video below Faceshift’s Brian Amberg (CTO) and Nico Scapel (Creative Director) talk about face tracking to bring virtual characters to life, using Intel's RealSense depth camera. We first reported on this story that claimed that Apple may have possibly acquired this Swiss start-up back in September. Late yesterday ...

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Ring Menu is an interesting alternative to the Mac...

If you want Dock functionality but, for whatever reason, aren't a fan of the Mac OS X Dock itself, The Ring Menu is a handy alternative. 

Available at the Mac App Store for $4.99, it adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor. It also sports a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor. 

If you're a MacBook Pro/Air owner, or use a Magic Trackpad with your desktop Mac, you'll appreciate the fact that Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time, and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.

The Ring Menu menu can...

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Personal storage market continues to shrink

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments declined -13.4 percent year over year to 16.7 million units in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), but were up 10.3 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to the International Data Corporation. Shipment values declined along with unit shipments, down -19.8 percent from a year ago to $1.3 billion, notes the research group.
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Kool Tools: KRADL Air for MacBook Air

UPPERCASE Designs’ KRADL Air vertical stand for the MacBook Air has a minimalist, space-saving design that makes it the perfect home for an 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air and holds the laptop in a vertical position to free up valuable desk space.
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Bankrate: Americans prefer cash over mobile payments...

Cash is king this holiday season; seven in 10 Americans plan to use either cash (39 percent) or a debit card (31 percent) for most of their holiday purchases, according to a new study. Twenty-two preferred credit cards and three percent said checks over mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay.

Millennials are the most averse to credit (48 percent favor debit cards and 36 percent prefer cash). 18-29 year-olds chose debit cards almost twice as much as older adults.

Mobile payments aren’t popular among any demographics. Just 14 percent of U.S. adults who use a smartphone or a similar handheld device plan to use services such as Apple Pay or Android Pay even once this season, including 19 percent of millennials, according to Among those who don’t plan to make mobile payments, the top reasons were “not secure enough” (36 percent) and “other payment methods are more convenient” (31 percent).

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Temp tech tattoos can monitor your health and...

Chaotic Moon, a start-up known for conjuring fun projects like a shark-punching virtual game, has a wide range of applications in mind for the temporary tattoo technology it's developing. Called "Tech Tats," they're quite literally stick-on tattoos t...

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Google's fast mobile pages coming (with ads) in...

Google revealed the "AMP" endeavor last month to accelerate mobile page-loading times, the slowness of which is a huge user bone of contention. It now says the fast-loading mobile pages will hit search results by early next year, and also gave more d...

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Developers are trying to teach Apple Pencil new...

File this under Neat Hacks I’ll Never Do: Developer Hamza Sood tweeted a short video showing the Apple Pencil being used to “peek” and “pop” a note in the Notes app, a 3D Touch gesture that’s only officially supported on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.As explained by 9to5Mac, Sood jailbroke the iPad Pro to hook iOS to interpret pressure data from the sensors in the Apple Pencil as pressure data for the 3D Touch feature, that normally comes from your fingers pressing on the iPad screen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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20% Off iTunes Cards

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today-buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.

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On iFixit and the Right To Repair

Jason Koebler writes: Motherboard sent a reporter to the Electronics Reuse Convention in New Orleans to investigate the important but threatened world of smartphone and electronics repair. As manufacturers start using proprietary screws, offer phone lease programs and use copyright law to threaten repair professionals, the right-to-repair is under more threat than ever. "That Apple and other electronics manufacturers don't sell repair parts to consumers or write service manuals for them isn't just annoying, it's an environmental disaster, [iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens] says. Recent shifts to proprietary screws, the ever-present threat of legal action under a trainwreck of a copyright law, and an antagonistic relationship with third-party repair shops shows that the anti-repair culture at major manufacturers isn't based on negligence or naiveté, it's malicious."

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Apple officially acquires Faceshift, the company...

Earlier this year a rumor began floating around that claimed Apple had acquired Faceshift, the company behind the motion capture technology used in Star Wars. Now, TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has become official and Apple has acquired the Zurich-based Faceshift startup.
Apple has not directly confirmed the acquisition, but issued its standard statement regarding its purchasing of smaller companies. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said.
This isn’t the first motion capture startup Apple has acquired. Over recent years, the company has acquired PrimeSense,...

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Apple confirms acquisition of motion capture firm...

Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.

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Confirmed: Apple Acquired Real-Time Motion Capture...

Earlier this year, MacRumors uncovered some evidence suggesting Zurich-based real-time motion capture firm Faceshift was acquired by Apple, and as of today, that acquisition has been confirmed by Apple in a statement given to TechCrunch.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Prior to being acquired by Apple, Faceshift worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for...

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PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-...

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

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The Samoan pipeline

California Sunday Magazine:Over the years football coaches have found on the island a ready inventory of large, big-boned, and nimble Samoans, with the kind of solid base that football coaches love: massive from the waist down but still able to move their feet. Samoans’ facility with footwork is often attributed to tribal dances and the common practice of going barefoot. Their love of combat is derived from a fierce warrior culture that goes back hundreds of years. With an upbringing that stresses hard work, discipline, and devotion to authority, both heavenly and earthbound, Polynesians have come to be considered the ultimate clay from which to mold a football player. It is as if a childhood of gentle obedience translates into a passion for ferocious violent contact, the kind of collisions that resonate through a stadium and electrify the crowd.If you are a football fan, the men of Samoa are familiar to you. Even if you’re not a fan, it’s an interesting story and one common among...

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13 movies you can watch for free on YouTube right now

Daily Dot: When a movie’s license expires or the work ceases to be owned by a corporation or a private individual, it’s essentially a public good and is freely distributable. Thus, while you can always briefly find studio classics like All About Eve, The Palm Beach Story, or Rebecca on the site, posters are often breaking copyright laws to do so, and the films are likely to be removed as quickly as they went up. Luckily though, you don’t have to commit a crime to watch good movies for free—and maybe get a bit of a film history lesson in the process. All you need to know is what to watch and where to watch it.There are some great movies on this list and they run the gamut from screwball comedy to film noir to scifi to horror....

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Reeder 3 now available for iOS with iPad Pro...

Popular RSS client Reeder has today released the third major iteration of its app on iOS. The availability of Reeder 3 for iOS follows the release of Reeder 3 for OS X back in September alongside the launch of El Capitan. Reeder 3 introduces a handful of new features and capabilities, including support for new services, interface tweaks, and more.
First off, the update adds support for using Instapaper as a sync service. Instapaper joins services like Feedbin, Feedly, and Feed Wrangler as services supported by Reeder. The update also introduces a Safari View Controller, meaning that you no longer have to exit the Reeder app itself to view links. Instead, they will open directly within the app, making for a much more seamless experience.
Reeder 3 also adds support for Split View multitasking for iOS 9 users, as well as support for iPad Pro. 3D Touch support is also now supported for iPhone 6s and iPhone...

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Apple's iPhone and iPad regain enterprise...

Apple's annual iPhone refresh cycle, and a resurgence in iPad, helped iOS regain marketshare in the enterprise over the quarter ending in September, according to fresh statistics from Good Powered by BlackBerry.

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Vine launches on Apple Watch, adds new content...

Vine on Tuesday released a long-awaited extension of their popular app for Apple Watch, and added a new feature to its iOS app designed to make it easier to surface new content quickly.

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Twitter announces native video support for its...

Twitter today announced that it is rolling out a highly-welcomed new feature to its Twitter Kit developer tools. The company announced in a blog post that users will now be able to watch full-screen Twitter videos and GIFs without having to open up a webview or leave their app.
Essentially this means that Twitter for iOS now will play back videos and GIFs full-screen with the native video player on iOS that we’ve all come to recognize and use over the years. Twitter notes that the feature is live on iOS now and will come to Android soon. This feature should make the entire video viewing process more seamless for the user as they will no longer have to remember to go back to whatever app they were using before clicking the video link that opened another app.
Twitter appears to be rolling out the update over-the-air, so there’s no work that needs to be done on the user/developer of things. Twitter says this feature is supposed on the latest version of Twitter Kit on iOS 8...

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