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Wednesday November 25

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!

The text version of the news update is below, and video can be viewed here

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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.

With the purchase of...

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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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News: DisneyLife subscription-based app launches in...

Disney has launched the subscription-based app DisneyLife for U.K. residents ahead of a planned global roll out, offering unlimited access to movies, shows, music, books, and more for £9.99 a month. The service provides unlimited streaming within the U.K. and downloads that expire after 30 days without an Internet connection. Users running the app on Apple devices with iOS 8 or iOS 9 installed can stream HD content, but videos downloaded for offline…

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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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News: Apple buys motion capture company Faceshift

Photo: TechCrunch Apple has acquired Faceshift, a motion capture company best known for its work on creating animated characters for the new Star Wars film, TechCrunch reports. Faceshift’s technology records a person’s facial expressions in real time, allowing that information to be used in creating realistic faces for animated characters in movies or rendering custom avatars for players within video games. With several Faceshift employees…

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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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News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want Learn to Code...

In our iLounge Deal for today it’s time for the Pay What You Want Learn to Code Bundle. From HTML5 to Ruby and Python and beyond, this set of courses provides over 92 hours of instruction to help you become a developer. Pay what you want for Git Complete: The Definitive, Step-By-Step Guide and Learn Cloud Computing with AWS and if you beat the average price, you’ll receive the fully upgraded bundle, including AngularJS: From Zero to Hero,…

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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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Tuesday November 24

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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The Godfather Trilogy – $10 on iTunes

Apple:The Godfather stands alongside classics like Citizen Kane in the ranks of the greatest American movies of all time. Director Francis Ford Coppola and author Mario Puzo adapted Puzo’s 1969 novel with an incredible degree of skill, patience, and emotional depth. It’s an old-fashioned gangster film that offers a probing look at the American dream. Marlon Brando invests the centerpiece role with the essence of his knowledge of what’s right. The movie contains so many great scenes and so much memorable dialogue–from its opening line, the heavily accented, “I believe in America,” to the final shot of a shutting door–that it’s impossible to name its finest moment. it was the high-grossing film of all time until Jaws, and it won three Oscars, including Best Picture.You lucky US-based readers can grab the trilogy for only $10 on the iTunes Store. Don’t wait – no telling how long this deal will be available. If you’ve never seen these movies, I can’t recommend them highly enough,...

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$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2,...

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only-and online only-you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]

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HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

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Feature Request: How Apple can better optimize iOS...

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.
Before Apple even announced the oft-rumored iPad Pro, it unveiled a new version of iPad software, iOS 9, that included several new features that seemed perfect for a device with a larger screen. Sure enough, those features foreshadowed the launch of the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Zac did an excellent job last week of highlighting some of these enhancement that are great on the larger-screened device.
As Zac noted, iOS 9 includes a handful of really nice optimizations for iPad Pro. These include things such as Picture in Picture support for video and FaceTime calls, Split View and Slide Over multitasking, an enhanced keyboard, and more. While these features truly shine and highlight ...

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Google Drive for iOS updated w/ 3D Touch support,...

Google today has updated its Drive app on iOS with a handful of notable new features and enhancements. First off, today’s update to Drive, which bumps the app to version 4.4, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. Now, pushing with more pressure on the Drive app icon will bring up two options, one to quickly upload photos and another to quickly search the contents of your Drive.

Next, the update adds the ability to receive push notifications whenever a new file is shared with you. Also, searching through Spotlight in iOS will now bring up files you have saved in Drive, allowing you to easily jump to it without first having to open to open the app.

Finally, version 4.4 of Google Drive for iOS adds support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad and iPad Pro. While these features aren...

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AWT News Update: November 24, 2015

With Turkey Day approaching, it's been a slow news week. We've been able to pick up a few fun stories for you, though:

  • Apple TV App Store gets more categories, making discovery of apps easier
  • Vine comes to the Apple Watch
  • Developer and hacker Hamza Sood figures out a way to add 3D Touch to the iPad Pro
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will come with Apple CarPlay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 24, 2015.

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Volvo wants to use holograms to sell cars

Volvo is teaming up with Microsoft to use its HoloLens technology to show cars to prospective customers. HoloLens using augmented reality to add digital images to the real world.

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T-Mobile gives existing customers 3 months of...

If you’re tired of all the sweet incentives wireless carriers offer to new subscribers, T-Mobile’s new deal may come as a relief. The carrier says it will offer three months of unlimited LTE data to all postpaid customers who’ve signed up by November 23.The one big catch is that users must not disable Binge On, T-Mobile’s new unlimited streaming video offering. With Binge On, certain streaming apps such Netflix and Hulu limit video quality to 480p, but don’t count against users’ data allotments. Subscribers can disable Binge On at any time, but then they’ll lose the unlimited LTE giveaway for everything else....

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iFixit takes apart the Apple Smart Keyboard

Whenever Apple releases a new product, you can always count on the folks at iFixit to get one and tear it down. The latest teardown focuses on the new Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro.iFixit found that the Smart Keyboard is water- and stain-resistant mostly because of the “high tech fabric.” It completely covers the keyboard, leaving no gaps or spaces. This means that in order to get underneath the fabric, cuts and tears need to be made, making a teardown irreversible. iFixit
Once the fabric is removed, you can see that Apple uses the key switches similar to those found in the...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 24, 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, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

mix1009 has announced Photo Cleaner 1.0. It’s a $2.99 app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos to reclaim space on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices. While the new Live Photos feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is fun to use, Live Photos can take up twice the storage space of regular photos. Photo Cleaner deletes the video portion of the new photo format, leaving only the still photo, reclaiming storage space.

Molfar Studios has released...

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Hollywood’s biggest turkeys of 2015

Forbes:Once upon a time in a land called Hollywood, casting a big star was an investment that paid for itself in box office returns. That financial fairy tale is now pure fiction: The biggest box office flops of 2015 include vehicles fronted by Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, among others. Topping the turkey pile is Bill Murray’s Rock The Kasbah, an offbeat and off-color comedy in which a washed-up tour manager (Murray) finds himself in Kabul trying to turn a young Afghani woman into a TV singing competition winner. The fish out of water story was universally panned by critics and flailed like an asphyxiating goldfish, grossing just $2.9 million on an estimated $15 million production budget. With a dismal 19% return on production costs–and just an 8% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes–Rock The Kasbah leads our list of 2015′s biggest flops.How many of these flops did you contribute to by not going to see them?...

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Facebook Tests Tools to Make Breakups More Bearable

Facebook last week announced it was testing tools that will let people manage their post-breakup life on its pages. "Today social media means that you are guaranteed to run into your ex, and he or she might very well be wrapped around a new partner," relationship expert Wendy Walsh said. "Research has shown that those who don't disconnect electronically have a harder time getting over a breakup," she told TechNewsWorld. The tools, available only on mobile devices, are being tested with some users in the United States.

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Tip of the Day: Reducing loud sounds on the new...

Another small new feature added by Apple in the new fourth-generation Apple TV is the ability to adjust the dynamic range of your audio input. This is particularly useful for watching TV later at night, or anytime you prefer to use lower volume levels so as not to disturb others — it enhances detail such as spoken dialogue, while softening music and other loud background noise.


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Opinion: Is the iPad Pro really ready for 4K video...

Even though the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support 4K video recording, the 4K format is still gathering steam. ...

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Estimates show iPad Pro will sell more in first...

Apple bloggers aren't the only people fixated on the success or failure of the iPad Pro; investment analysts also keep a sharp eye on supplier reports to estimate how many of the device will be sold. Last week, KGI estimated that Apple would sell about 2.5 million iPad Pros this quarter, and this week, RBC Capital Markets predicts the number will be closer to 1.7 million devices by year-end

Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac figures that the 1 million per month sales rate of the iPad Pro means that about 3 million of the plus-sized iPads will be sold in the first three months of sales, exceeding "total sales of the Microsoft Surface tablet range." 

RBC also says that Apple will make about US$200 profit on each iPad Pro, which means that the Pro should generate total profits for the 1st...

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PSA: Don't use P2P money transfer services like...

While smartphone-based person-to-person payment services are convenient, they aren't necessarily a secure or guaranteed way to receive money. If you're doing business with an unknown person, such as selling an item on Craigslist, you should just stick to cash. Here's why.

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Amazon Video, Microsoft OneDrive & Google Drive...

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on Tuesday updated key iOS apps with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, simultaneously adding a number of other features. [Updated with Google Drive info]

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More Black Friday goodness from Gazelle, PowerMax,...

Black Friday. It's enough to make you go crazy, pull out your wallet (or just use Apple Pay), and spend the nest egg. At least you can stretch the nest egg a little bit further thanks to these deals from a number of companies. Let's get started.


You probably know as one of the best places to sell a used iPhone, iPad or Mac. But did you ever consider the fact that you can buy top-quality devices from them that are not only in great condition, but also contract-free and subjected to a stringent 30-point certification before they're put on the market? Well, you can! Gazelle is offering everyone 10% off on everything in the store between now and Monday, November 30. Just use that link in the first...

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Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for...

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail.

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Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool...

Aside from its larger 12.9-inch display and faster A9X processor, the iPad Pro stands out from all other iPads to date thanks primarily to a new accessory: the Apple Pencil. For now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, and offers quantifiable differences in both good and bad ways compared with third-party styluses that have previously been sold for iPads.
While Pencil is not required to use the iPad Pro, it’s especially interesting because it’s Apple’s first official solution for handwriting, drawing, and precision input on iPads beyond finger touches and gestures. By contrast, Apple’s Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro is the company’s second or third typing solution for iPads; the company offered an official solution for physical keyboard input on iPads way back when the original iPad launched in 2010 with the...

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You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie

Great, long read. Be sure to mouse over the artwork at the top of the page.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV expands App Store categories beyond games...

Apple TV users should notice several new App Store categories when browsing for new content on tvOS. After initially launching without a dedicated categories section live in late October, Apple pushed the new section to new Apple TVs without a software update earlier this month. The latest expansion brings the total number of tvOS app categories to seven, up from five initially, which should further improve new app discovery.Apple first added two categories in early November: Games and Entertainment. The additional categories (via iDownloadBlog) gained since include Education, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News, and...

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External Link: What Spotify Should Steal from Rdio

With Rdio on the way out, Spotify is the most popular music streaming service outside of Apple and Google. On The Verge, Casey Newton lists five things that he wishes Spotify would steal from Rdio, including its approach to downloads, New Releases page, album notifications, listening section, and overall look. 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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Deals: all 12" MacBooks at lowest prices ever;...

Grab a Space Grey 12" MacBook (1.2GHz/8GB/512GB) for $1,399 ($200 off) with no tax outside NY, or the lowest prices ever on all other 12" models. Plus an additional 10% off all Certified Used iPhones from Gazelle and discounted iPad Pros with no tax in 41 states.

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DisneyLife online streaming service launches in UK...

Disney on Tuesday launched a new online streaming service known as DisneyLife, currently available only in the U.K., but with plans for global expansion.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-24: The Big Mac Pro...

Apple introduced the tube-shaped Mac Pro over two years ago, but never followed up with any updates or improvements. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of the Mac Pro, what alternatives are available to pro-level users, and whether or not John Kheit got it right when he called the new Mac Pro a failure.

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Video: iOS 9 hacked to bring 3D Touch Peek and Pop...

Intrepid iOS developer/hacker Hamza Sood is back, this time with a cool hack to bring 3D Touch to the iPad Pro. By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does not normally support 3D Touch (a feature currently exclusive to iPhone 6s) and its an unorthdox use for the Apple Pencil sensors, which is generally focused on drawing and sketching. You can see the video of the hack in action after the break …

This is all possible because the Apple Pencil reports...

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Thief steals on to the Mac today

Feral Interactive says Thief is out now for the Mac via Steam, with the Mac App Store version set to arrive in December. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for consoles and PC, Thief is the first game in this series to ever come to the Mac.
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Vine comes to the Apple Watch with favorite videos...

Twitter’s Vine today launched an application for the the Apple Watch, bringing the ability for Vine users to watch videos that interest them on their wrists. As noted in Vine’s announcement, the simplified Vine interface allows users to quickly watch videos from either the featured category or from their favorite Vine accounts. Of course, the application also allows users to like and Re-Vine clips from the Apple Watch. Notably, the application also includes a watch face complication so users who post videos to Vine can quickly measure their loops. In related news, Vine’s updated iPhone application now lets users more easily swipe between videos.

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iFixit sacrifices an Apple Smart Keyboard for science

Oh, iFixit. We love what you do, even if you do make Apple angry from time to time. But today’s teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro was really more like doing surgery knowing full well that the patient was going to die on the operating table.

Like watching an operation on progress, this teardown isn’t for the squeamish. Since the Smart Keyboard is water and stain-resistant, Apple put everything inside a microfiber lining of some sort, forcing the teardown experts at iFixit to pull out the tech knife almost immediately. That’s when you know “this is gonna hurt!”

The horror... The Horror...   Image via iFixit.

The top layer that covers the keyboard appears to be nylon. iFixit found that the dome switches used in the keyboard are identical to those in the 2015 Retina MacBook, but that the company added a stiffening...

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will support Apple CarPlay

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced details for the fuel-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring Apple CarPlay support, a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016.
CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.
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Best Buy Offering Up to $100 Off Apple Watch Today...

Best Buy is hosting an early access online-only sale today that includes significant discounts on the Apple Watch and...

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9to5Toys Last Call: 5K iMac from $1,579, Apple Watch...

B&H Photo’s Black Friday Mac Deals live! 5K iMac: $1579, Mac Pro: $500 off, Retina MacBook: $170 off (Tax in NY only)

  • 27-inch iMac w/ 5K Display 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB HDD (newest version):...
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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO

We were very impressed with IK Multimedia's original iRig Pro when it came out two years ago — it's an accessory that does an excellent job of blending functionality from the company's prior iRig PRE XLR microphone interface, iRig HD guitar interface, and iRig MIDI adapter into a single unit that was even better than the sum of its parts. Now, IK Multimedia has released the "deluxe version" we predicted two years ago, and taken the design a step further with iRig Pro DUO ($200), a unit that adds a second channel to the multi-interface functionality of its predecessor along with a more elegant design and several additional small but useful enhancements. As with IK Multimedia's other accessories, iRig Pro DUO provides a standard Core Audio and Core MIDI interface into iOS devices, meaning it will work with almost all iOS audio and MIDI applications as well as IK Multimedia's own apps such as AmpliTube, SampleTank, and Mic Room, for which IK Multimedia also provides free gear upon...

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2017 Mirage will be first US Mitsubishi model with...

The 2017 Mirage hatchback will be Mitsubishi's first U.S. car with support for Apple's CarPlay standard, according to an announcement from the Japanese automaker.

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SwiftKey for iOS updated w/ new “Bubble Gum”...

SwiftKey, the popular third-party keyboard app for iOS, has today been updated with a few changes and tweaks that users of the app will certainly welcome. First off, the update adds a new dynamic theme for the keyboard. Called “Bubble Gum,” this new keyboard design offers light blue keys with pink keys. Every time you tap on it, pick, blue, and yellow bubbles float behind the keyboard.
Bubble Gum is the second “dynamic theme” SwiftKey has introduced on iOS, following “Shooting Stars” earlier this year. “Bubble Gum” is available under the “Design” tab in the app for $1.99.
Today’s SwiftKey update also refreshes the settings screen interface with a completely new design. The company says it’s now “easier than ever” to find information like usage stats and change your keyboard theme.

See your typos float away with SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone’s new Bubble Gum theme (plus more!)

Today’s update for SwiftKey for iPhone brings two new exciting changes to our iOS...

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Black Friday specials from, Kanex, and...

We've got your Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals right here! Right now, we're highlighting deals from "newspaper service", accessory manufacturer Kanex, and protective case manufacturer OtterBox.

Have you ever wanted to curate your own newspaper, grabbing those topics that are important to you and then sharing them with friends and followers? That’s the idea behind, which lets you try out creation of your own daily or weekly “paper” for free. Between now and Friday, is offering 30% off on a yearly Pro plan. The Pro plan lets you personalize your paper, send content to your audience with a professional looking newsletter, embed your paper on a website or blog, use your own domain name to publish your paper, and receive priority support. To upgrade, simply point your favorite browser to...

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What Office Ninjas Need To Know About IT

Another article up on a site. This one part of a series I’m doing for Office Ninjas, a nifty little site for people who wear a lot of hats in Small Business office environments. Access it here!

I really enjoy supplementing the work I do on krypted with some of these types of articles. Look for more soon!

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Link: How To Launch a Mac App and Become #1 Top Paid...

What do you do when you're already a successful developer of iOS apps and you decide to go into the Mac app market? Denys Zhadanov of Readdle has published an outstanding piece on Medium titled How To Launch a Mac App and Become #1 Top Paid App Globally that talks about how Readdle leveraged its popularity on the iOS market to take the PDF Expert app to Apple's desktop operating system. 

Whether you're a budding developer just getting started in the world of app development or a marketing manager at an existing iOS development shop considering whether or not to expand into the world of OS X, Zhadanov's article is definitely worth a read. 


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Dell Fails Security 101 with eDellRoot Certificate...

Dell learned the hard way that creating your own security certificates can have unintended consequences, like opening major security holes on user's PCs. That's exactly what happened when Dell started including its own root certificate on new computers and opened the door for attackers to create their own valid certificates for webpages.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dude, you bought a Dell open phishing box.

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Shifting ad-blocking from Apple to the carrier

This would potentially be a major shift in leverage in controlling mobile ads, shifting power from Apple to the carrier.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Teardown Shows Off the Guts of the iPad Pro's...

Following teardowns of the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro itself, iFixit today completed a disassembly of Apple's new first party Smart Keyboard accessory. The teardown of the keyboard doesn't provide much in the way of surprising internal revelations, but does give those interested a closer look at the accessory's conductive fabric, dome switches underneath the keys, and underlying circuit board powering the device.

iFixit first noted the "high tech fabric" lining the outside of the Smart Keyboard, guessing that the fabric could be nylon due to its tactile similarities to a windbreaker. Once peeled back, the stripped away fabric reveals a row of dome switches beneath, along with a stiffening weight placed in the spacebar for a more...

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Pebble Time gets beta voice & preset replies for...

Pebble has introduced a new beta feature for its Pebble Time smartwatches called Text Reply, allowing iPhone owners to send voice or preset replies in reaction to text messages.

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How the iPad Pro can get millennials hooked on iOS

Some interesting analysis about the potential for iOS to displace Windows as the OS of choice for millennials.∞ Read this on The Loop

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iFixit posts teardown of Smart Keyboard, finds...

The extremely cool cats at iFixit tore into Apple’s new Smart Keyboard recently and found some interesting stuff inside.
The teardown, which was published today, reports that Apple used a conductive fabric as well as a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.
The device uses multiple layers of fabric and plastic to keep it water and stain-resistant, repair firm iFixit noted. This includes microfiber, plastic, and what iFixit calls a nylon layer — in marketing, Apple refers to it simply as polyurethane.

The firm found that the keys themselves use the same switches found in the 12-inch MacBook as well as a stiffening...

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Apple Seeks to Launch Apple Pay in China by February

Amazing that Apple has been able to penetrate this market.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Danish man reports severe burns from Apple Watch...

Update: Apple said it had examined Mr Mouritzen’s Apple Watch and found no evidence it had caused his reported injuries. Additionally, the company noted that the damage to the Apple Watch band is external and there are no active electronics in the band that could have caused the band to heat up.
Danish news site Ekstra Bladet reports that a man received severe burns from his Apple Watch, and has been waiting for several weeks for the results of an Apple investigation. Photos accompanying the report (below, not for weak stomaches) seem to show two long burn marks on the wrist of Jørgen Mouritzen, together with what appear to be burn marks on the strap.
Mouritzen and a witness to the event say that they are both certain the heat came from the Watch...

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2017 Mirage Will Be First Mitsubishi Vehicle in U.S...

Mitsubishi has announced that the 2017 Mirage will feature both CarPlay and Android Auto, becoming the first Mitsubishi vehicle in the U.S. to support Apple's in-dash system. The new subcompact hatchback, introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, is positioned as Mitsubishi's entry-level vehicle in its current lineup.

Mitsubishi's 2017 Mirage GT

Mitsubishi also unveiled its 2016 Outlander Sport with a 6.1" in-dash touchscreen, but the crossover still uses the Japanese carmaker's proprietary audio system. Mitsubishi plans to expand CarPlay to future vehicles in multiple markets, but the carmaker's popular Lancer and Outlander models remain without CarPlay in the U.S.

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Delete immediately

Careful with this one. There’s no undo.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Rumor: Apple looking to bring Apple Pay to Chinese...

It looks like Apple Pay could be in China as early as next year.
Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch Apple Pay in the country. It’s since been reported that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the four largest banks in China to support the platform.

China, which stands as a larger market than Europe for Apple, is forecasted to overtake the United States as a potential market. The Chinese mobile payment market is currently dominated by Alipay, the service created by Alibaba. Apple hopes to launch Apple Pay by China’s Spring Festival Holiday on...

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How I’m handling my depression (using an app)

Pete Smith:I’m very lucky to have a fantastic family and a some seriously good friends despite the fact that I have neglected our relationships at times. They are, without exception, highly emotionally intelligent and can empathise with my current situation. The key thing that I am doing differently right now is talking to those around me. I am trying to maintain a constant dialogue about my progress so that I cannot simply slip off the radar and assume the bad habits I desperately want to avoid. But like I say, I’m not great at asking for help so even though I know how approachable my circle is, that’s no guarantee that I’ll vocalise it when I begin to slip. With all of this in mind, the following seemed a great solution to me.Smith has created an app that will help him and his friends and family be aware of his depression and reach out to them in times of trouble. It’s an interesting idea and he is looking for input. If you or someone you know struggles with depression, check out...

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The hype is real

Gus Mueller has lived with weak iPad styli for a long time. All that has now changed. Great post.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Teardown of iPad Pro Smart Keyboard shows conductive...

A teardown of Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory, published on Tuesday, shows some of the advanced technology underneath including conductive fabric, and a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

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Incredible achievement by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin...

This is an incredible achievement. Not an end, but definitely a major step in the right direction. Read the post for details and video.∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Apple aims to launch Apple Pay in China by...

Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in China by early February, The Wall Street Journal reports. After grueling negotiations, the company has struck deals with China’s four major state-run banks, people familiar with the discussions said. While Apple may still face serious regulatory hurdles, the company is hoping to launch its digital payment service before China’s Spring Festival on Feb. 8. Apple officially began the process of bringing…

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iPad Pro predicted to drive $2.4B in near-term...

Apple's newly launched high-end iPad Pro is expected to make a big splash for the company, with one analyst forecasting the 12.9-inch tablet to be a $2.4 billion revenue opportunity in its first three months alone.

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[Sponsor] iBedside and Prop ’n Go

iBedside is an elegant bedside caddy for storing and charging iPad and iPhone. A magnetic shelf flips down with a flick, and 3 full-size pockets hold gadgets or books. Well-designed cable management keeps everything tidy.

Prop ’n Go is a comfortable stand for iPad and MacBook with 14 easily adjustable angles. Wrapped in memory foam, it’s perfect for keeping gadgets at just the right angle while lounging on the couch or laying in bed.

iBedside and Prop ’n Go also ship for free via Amazon US,...

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Apple Targets February for China Apple Pay Launch

Apple Pay, meet China. China, meet Apple Pay. Apple's mobile payment system is coming to China in February 2016 with the backing of the country's four big banks-or so say insider sources.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple Pay may be popular, but the current user base is nothing compared to the potential China brings to the platform. Once launched, Apple Pay use in China could dwarf usage everywhere else in the world.

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UPPERCASE introduces keyboard protector for the 12-...

UPPERCASE Design has introduced the Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the new 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide protection for the laptop’s keyboard and surface and are styled to perfectly match the new MacBook in fit and appearance.
The Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector guards against spills, dust, other contaminants and accidents. UPPERCASE Designs' Palm Rest Protector Set provides durable shielding against dirt, grease, sweat and abrasion and scratching from watches or jewelry.
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It’s About Time For A Warcraft Movie
DxO One app update to bring Apple Watch support,...

Digital photography specialist DxO on Tuesday announced upcoming availability of the first major app update for its iPhone-connected DxO One camera, promising to augment the accessory with advanced photo functions, an Apple Watch companion app and more.

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News: Daily Deal: HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander

Looking for an easy way to add a bit of extra storage to your MacBook? Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander for only $19.95. This handy little microSD adapter provides a really simple way to expand your MacBook storage using just a microSD memory card. It sits completely flush with your SD memory card slot and even includes an aluminum cap that matches your MacBook finish, so it will sit virtually invisibly…

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Call-A.P.P.L.E Magazine 1978 compendium announced

Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange has published the Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine 1978 Compendium, a collection of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine issues originally published in 1978 by Val Golding and the members of A.P.P.L.E.  

The 1978 Compendium is an enhanced version of the issues that offers readers a window into the past of Apple computing.  All 10 issues from the first year of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine are included. It packs over 100 pages of material, enhanced and restored in grayscale, complete with the advertisements and program listings from those issues.

With articles and programs by a number of Apple computing legends, there are items such as the introduction of DOS 3.1, the Disk II, and a brief history of Apple as given by Michael Scott, former CEO of Apple at a meeting of A.P.P.L.E. members. Introduced by Bill Martens of A.P.P.L.E., with a forward by the founder Val Golding, the ...

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Apple Hoping to have Apple Pay Kick Start in China...

We noted in a report in September titled "Apple Pay Entering Last Phase before Entering China's Marketplace," that companies which want to launch online payment operation in China need to gain approvals from Chinese regulators like the central bank. Should Apple win final approval, Apple Pay would then be able to enter the market. Today, it's being reported that ...

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iOS 9: Control Siri’s Sounds

There's a way under iOS that you can actually mute Siri using the switch on the side of your device, so if you're easily embarrassed by Apple's voice assistant shouting at you in public, we've got you covered. Now all you'll have to do is remember to mute the darned thing when necessary! We may not be able to help you with that.

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Apple Granted First Major Public Transit Related...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's first granted patent relating to a public transit app and system that determines an estimated time of arrival of public transit vehicles. This system debuted with Apple's iOS 9.

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Apple Pay Expected to Launch in China by February...

Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in mainland China before the weeklong Spring Festival starting February 8, 2016, also known as the Chinese New Year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The report claims Apple recently reached deals with China's big four state-run banks to launch Apple Pay, but the iPhone maker could still face regulatory hurdles in the country.

China's big four state-run commercial banks include the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China.

Alipay and Tenpay are currently the two largest electronic payment platforms in China, with nearly 64% combined market share, according to the report, citing research firm Analysys.

China's only interbank network UnionPay holds a monopoly on the country's credit and debit card processing, effectively blocking...

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Is This VR's Mainstream Moment?

Samsung last week began fulfilling orders for its Oculus-power Gear VR headset, giving U.S. consumers their first taste of Oculus VR's brand of virtual reality. International preorders have opened and have been expanding. It won't be until early next year that Oculus VR begins shipping its full-featured Oculus Rift headset, but as a Gear VR collaborator, it has been touting Samsung's mobile-driven headset. Like Google's Project Cardboard, the $99 Gear VR relies on the processing power of a smartphone.

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New York promotes mobile app to report suspicious...

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced that the state is supporting a mobile app allowing people to report suspicious activity, reports the NY Daily News. The See Send app, available on both iOS and Android, allows users to send either a text note or a photo.

The app […] will allow people to send a photo or written note to the state police Intelligence Center, where its credibility can be examined and referred to the proper law enforcement agency if necessary. [It] should be used to report suspicious behavior or specific situations like an unattended backpack in a public place, not simply hunches.

The app is already supported by Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Colorado and Virginia.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico...

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Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for FileMaker Pro 14/ The updated file management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14 fixes problems and improves several functions.
Version 8.0.5 is a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi Automatisering improved the working of the CreateThumbnail, Substitute and CopyFile functions and fixed some problems in the DragAndDrop and the GetDateCreated and GetDateModified functions.
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One in five consumers: paying with chip-enabled...

HarborTouch (, a point of sale (POS) system and merchant services provider, has published the results of a national survey examining consumer sentiment and usage trends among early adopters of EMV or “chip” enabled credit cards.
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LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.51, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows users to reduce InDesign link size and speed up output by eliminating excess image data. LinkOptimizer also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. Version 4.9.51 addresses an issue in which duplicate links in InDesign document weren't processed under certain conditions.
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Kool Tools: Immortal Files for Mac OS X

Immortal Files ( is a complete backup solution for Mac users that can back up to different locations, ensuring that data is stored across more than one solution for greater peace of mind. It supports flash drives, USB, free or paid Cloud Storage, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more. All data can be encrypted.
You can use a networked disk (NAS) or another Mac OS X or Windows computer as backup storage. Copy your files by SMB or AFP protocol for maximum simplicity.
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Apple Granted a Patent for Solid-State Battery...

On July 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed charging techniques for Solid-State batteries. Solid-State batteries fall into low-power density and high-energy density categories. On the latter side of the equation, Toyota is working on a Solid State battery for 2020 vehicles that will deliver 3 to 4 times battery life. In the short term Apple is likely interested in the low-power side of Solid-State batteries for iDevices and likely future wearable computers.

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Apple Wins a 3D Mapping Patent Related to Gaming

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a 3D imaging related patent. Apple has been, via Primesense, creating a vast library of 3D related patents over the last year (One, two, three, four, five and more). One aspect of the invention relates to 3D imaging for a gaming console.

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Xiaomi's latest phone is cheap, metal and has a...

Just three months after launching the Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi is back with its successor. The Redmi Note 3 is, unsurprisingly, another mid-range handset with decent specs and a staggeringly low base price: $141, or more importantly RMB 899, given that i...

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Monday November 23

Square rolls out its new Apple Pay reader

You can now start using Apple Pay at independent shops across the country, if they are set up with Square’s newest device.
On Monday, Square began rolling out its new contactless reader to 100 local businesses in 20 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Boston. The new reader is able to accept Apple Pay and other NFC-based transactions, as well as process chip card payments. Business can order their reader now on Square’s website for $49. Square

First announced in June, Square’s contactless and chip reader connects wirelessly to the Square Stand mobile register or any iOS or Android device running the Square point-of-sale app. After the cashier finishes processing inputing the transaction, a green light flashes on the reader to indicate it’s ready to accept your contactless payment. You can use your Apple Pay-enabled iPhone or Apple Watch to pay by tapping your device on the...

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Apple Pay to reportedly launch in China by February

Rumors of Apple's entry into the Chinese mobile payments market gained momentum on Monday, as sources reportedly told Dow Jones and other outlets current plans hold for an Apple Pay launch by February 2016.

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How to fly free forever: Buy a $170 million painting...

Christian Science Monitor:Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn’t exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life. All because he bought a painting. Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s “Reclining Nude” at a Christie’s auction earlier this month— offering $170.4 million— and when the sale closes he’ll be putting it on his American Express card.I saw an Amex Black Card once many years ago. Guy bought a package of cigarettes at a gas station. I wanted to punch him.∞ Read this on The Loop

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New Apple TV Billboards Start Popping Up in U.S....

Apple has launched (via AppleInsider) a brand new outdoor ad campaign for the Apple TV a week after debuting its first TV commercials for the new set-top box. The new ads feature a variation of the SMPTE color bars, a television test pattern, as a backdrop to the simple Apple TV logo.

Image via SMPTE Connect

The color bars are also featured in the TV ads, dispersing in different ways as the ad showcases its apps or games. Thus far, the billboards have been spotted in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, ...

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Report: Apple to launch Apple Pay in China by...

Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch its mobile payment solution Apple Pay in the country. Now, Dow Jones & WSJ report that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the four largest banks in China to support the platform.

The potential for Apple Pay in China is huge. China is already a bigger market than Europe for Apple and will soon overtake the United States in size. Currently, mobile payment is dominated by Alipay in China, the service created by Alibaba. Apple hopes to launch Apple Pay by China’s Spring...

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When you nail it, you know
Apple TV advertising goes beyond small screen with...

Taking its Apple TV advertising campaign beyond the small screen and into the real world, Apple is in the process of plastering U.S. billboards with faux broadcast television test patterns rendered in colors borrowed from the company's original rainbow logo.

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Vinux Enhances Productivity for Visually Impaired...

Vinux 5.0 is a striking example of the flexibility and usability of the Linux OS. Vinux is a fully functional Linux distro that caters to blind and partially sighted users. It's based on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr 14.04.3 LTS and gives users support through 2019. The latest version was released earlier this month. It greatly improves on the usability features of other Linux distributions. By default, it provides two screen readers and Braille display support plus a community keenly tuned into the needs of sight-challenged users.

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Google embraces the dark side with Star Wars themes...

Thanksgiving doesn’t happen until Thursday, but Google is already preparing a feast of sorts for Star Wars fans leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18. Starting Monday, you can add a Star Wars theme to numerous Google apps and declare your allegiance to the Jedi or the Dark Side.
Visit from your browser (Chrome works best, of course) and choose your allegiance when signed in to your free Google account—work, education, and government accounts can’t use this feature.

YouTube showing Jedi lightsaber colors.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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Mozilla cuts Firefox's tab groups and complete...

Mozilla wants to reduce the number of little-used features in Firefox in order to move faster when it comes to rolling out new stuff. To that end, Firefox will lose two features in the near future, but to hear Mozilla tell it, only a few people will actually miss them.
First up is tab groups, a feature first introduced in 2011 with Firefox 4 (back when those version numbers truly mattered). The idea behind Tab Groups was to take a bunch of webpages and group them together kind of like app folders on your smartphone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Fitbit adds automatic exercise tracking for Surge...

Fitbit Charge HR and Surge users no longer need to worry about whether they’ve remembered to log a workout beforehand.With a new software update, both fitness wearables can record exercises automatically. The so-called SmartTrack feature can discern some specific activities such as biking, running, and the elliptical without any input. Other activities are filed into broader categories such as sports (covering basketball and tennis, for instance) and aerobics (for cardio-kickboxing, Zumba, and dance classes).Users can set up SmartTrack through Fitbit’s companion app, defining the type of activities they want to track automatically, and how much active time it should take before Fitbit starts counting. By default, Fitbit triggers exercise mode after 15 minutes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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AWT News Update: November 23, 2015

Today's AWT News Update goes from Black Friday to drone registration:

  • Check Apple World Today frequently for Black Friday deals
  • Fitbit does some app updating for its wearable activity trackers
  • Microsoft updates Skype for iPhone and iPad
  • A task force recommends what should be done in the US for drone registration

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 23, 2015. 

We’re starting to post some Black Friday deals on Apple World Today as we hear about them. Be sure to visit the site...

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Fitbit Amps Up Tracking Features

Fitbit on Monday announced the addition of PurePulse heart rate tracking and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to its Charge HR and Surge devices. The PurePulse monitoring will be activated whenever the devices are used in Exercise Mode, providing users with continuous, automatic tracking of heart rate trends over time without the need for a chest strap. SmartTrack will recognize select exercises automatically and record results to the Fitbit app to inform users about their overall activity.

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A great Black Friday deal on the SITU smart food...

One of my fellow bloggers at TUAW was Michael Grothaus, whom I also co-authored a number of books with. Michael had a great idea for a startup over the past few years and was able to bring his product to fruition. The SITU smart food nutrition scale works with a companion app on the iPad, weighing your food not only by grams and ounces, but by the calories and nutrients found in the ingredients. 

Well, Michael lost a lot of weight using his own product, and he wants to share the joy of fitness this holiday season by offering a 25% discount on the usual SITU retail price of $119.99 / £79.99 / €109.99. To take advantage of the Black Friday deal, just head to the SITU website between now and November 28, put a SITU scale in your virtual shopping cart, and then enter the promo code BLACKFRIDAY when you check out.


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Notable apps and app updates for November 23, 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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Cocoatech has announced Path Finder 7.3, a free update of their file browser for Mac OS X. The update includes a long requested feature: Saved Searches. 

Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and more. With version 7.3, you can save search results and criteria as smart folder. It also has improved discovery of SMB/CIFS shares/volumes in the local network, as well as performance and stability tweaks.

Path Finder 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is normally $39.95...

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T-Mobile promo gives existing users 3 months of free...

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Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help...

With any luck, this could save some time.
And sanity.
A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.
The pictures, which were leaked to, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.

Customers can also access a support hotline and schedule an appointment with the Genius Bar if need be. In addition to providing customers with tools for contacting support, the app may host...

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Apple TV ad campaign continues as colorful...

Apple launched the next phase in its Apple TV ad campaign with a number of billboards going up around the country featuring the same color bars seen in the promotional videos.
The new signage has been spotted in LA, New York, and Columbus already (photos below).

Apple also recently published a new video...

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HP Announces two new Smartwatch Partnerships for iOS...

Last November we posted a report titled "Gilt Launches the New Smartwatch from HP & Michael Bastian." It was HP's first push into the smartwatch market. This month HP's team announced their expansion into the smartwatch market by revealing their work with the Movado Bold smartwatch that sells for US$795. Today, HP announced that they've been worked with Titan, the world's fifth largest watch company in the world ...

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T-Mobile Announces 'Un-carrier Unwrapped'...

T-Mobile today announced a new holiday promotion it's calling "Un-carrier Unwrapped," offering free unlimited LTE data for all of its Simple Choice customers for the next three months. All existing Simple Choice postpaid customers as of the end of the day on November 23 will get the unlimited data.

T-Mobile also plans to unveil additional "gifts" for the next month, with a new gift coming each week. The company is teasing a "special holiday gift" for Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon customers, with one gift per carrier per week.

"We've had a fantastic year, and we're going to spread that T-Mobile cheer by starting with the most important people first... our existing customers! Now you get Unlimited LTE data on our blazing fast network for three full months as a gift from the Un-carrier to you," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "But that's not all....we know that Verizon, AT&T and...

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Review: CableJive HeroDock

CableJive has released HeroDock ($50), a universal stand designed to accommodate a number of different devices and cables, including newer iOS devices and Lightning cables. HeroDock is made of an aluminum base, with one piece designed to dock a device, and another piece used for rear support. The rear support piece can be moved to properly fit different cases. A small hook on the back of the rear support can be used to hold earbuds or an extra cable. Two sticky strips on the bottom of the base are used to affix HeroDock to a surface, which allows a device to be undocked using one hand only. Cable routing is also provided on the underside of the base, but no cables are included in the package.{/exp:char_limit}

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T-Mobile launches ‘full month of holiday gift-giving...

T-Mobile has announced its latest “un-carrier” initiative, dubbed “Un-carrier Unwrapped.” Rather than a permanent addition to the company’s offerings, Un-carrier Unwrapped is a month-long event during which the carrier will gift its subscribers and new customers with special deals and benefits.
The first of those was announced today: unlimited LTE data for all subscribers on Simple Choice post-paid plans for the next three months.

The deal won’t take effect today, though. Customers will need to wait until December 1st to start taking advantage of the unlimited data. From that date T-Mobile subscribers will be able to use as much data as they want all the way through February.
For the next three weeks, T-Mobile will also be launching special offers (likely incentives to switch) for customers on each of its...

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FAA recommends registering drone pilots instead of...

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration task force has issued a set of recommendations for registering unmanned drones, looking to manage the increasingly popular technology.

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Glance: An Apple Watch conference

Glance is the first conference dedicated to the business of Apple Watch.With more than seven million units sold in its first six months, the Apple Watch platform has already grown larger than the iPhone did in its first year. Given its rate of software updates and unique hardware extensibility, the Watch offers new dimensions for developers to consider.I’ll be going to this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include Transmit 4.4.10, Tweetbot 2.2.2, Fantastical 2.1.3, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.8, and Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3. 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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ExtraBITS for 23 November 2015

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple is investigating unresponsive iPad Pros, Yahoo Mail is blocking some users of AdBlock Plus, and The Wirecutter offers a guide to prepaid cellular plans. 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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HP partners with established watchmakers Titan,...

In its bid to take on the Apple Watch, HP has forged partnerships with established traditional watchmakers Titan and Movado, for forthcoming devices that will be compatible with Apple's iPhone.

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Qube crowdfunding shows demand for low-cost Wi-Fi...

Philips Hue light bulbs are amazing — you can get them to produce just about any color, controlled from your iPhone. But besides being expensive, they also require a hub to be able to talk to your device. Qube is an Indiegogo project with 27 days to go that seeks to bring the price of Wi-Fi connected LED bulbs down to a reasonable amount — $19 per bulb — and make it all work without the need for a hub.

The campaign launched last Thursday and is now over 200% funded. In addition to the low cost and Wi-Fi, the Qube has Bluetooth Low Energy and Bluetooth Smart built in so that just being near the bulbs with a Bluetooth device can turn on a light. That capability also makes it possible for Qube bulbs to shut off automatically when they don’t detect people in the house.

The team promises IFTTT compatibility, and also plans to have an...

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New Tech Targets Enterprise Ransomware

SentinelOne last week introduced an addition to its behavioral solution designed to address the problem of ransomware scrambling files on a computer. Ransomware has been a scourge not only for consumers, but for the enterprise, too. The malicious software can be particularly nettlesome for enterprises because they have to protect so many endpoints -- phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and servers. The company has a security scheme that uses a client app on each endpoint device that watches for malicious behavior and counters it.

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