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Tuesday December 2

15:50
Apple issues minor updates to Final Cut Pro, Xcode

On Tuesday, Apple updated both its leading video-editing program, Final Cut Pro X, and its Xcode development environment in order to address some recent bugs. FCP X version 10.1.4 also picks up a few minor features, primarily in the form of new support for video formats. Xcode has been bumped to version 6.1.1 in order to fix a SourceKit crash when using Swift....

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15:41
Arturia launches Arturia Sofware Center

Music software and hardware developer, Arturia, has introduced its all-new Arturia Software Center (ASC), an application designed to make accessing its software simpler.
It does away with USB dongle-based software protection and "call-and-response" activation routines for all Arturia software users. ASC allows them to register, activate, download, install, and update all of their instruments — those that they already own and those that they have just purchased — in one place.
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15:38
Apple patent explores Gorilla Glass 4, “fall sensor...


Gorilla Glass 4 and a new motion sensor might be the thing that saves your iOS devices from nicks, dents and scratches in the future.
Per Macworld and Forbes, Apple has recently published a patent that covers a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” that would use a motion sensor to tell the processor when your phone is in a freefall. The processor would then “alter the center of mass of the electronic device” so your phone wouldn’t fall on its most sensitive parts like the screen or camera.

“The protective mechanism may vary the angular momentum and/or orientation of the...

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15:33
Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile...

Today's deal allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more on up to five mobile devices. The service is called iDrive, and it provides client-side 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key. Better yet, you can backup from one device and restore to another-and that's a cross-platform feature. Backup from iOS and restore to Android or Windows Phone, and vice versa. Through our deal, this is a $10.

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15:25
Mozilla Planning to Release Firefox iOS App in the...

Mozilla's Firefox browser may soon make its way to iOS, according to a statement made by Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale at an internal Mozilla event. Relayed by Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk and shared by TechCrunch, Nightingale reportedly told Mozilla employees "We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." The statement about releasing Firefox for iOS marks a major shift in ideology for Mozilla, as the company has, in the past, repeatedly said that it would not offer a version of Firefox for iOS because of Apple's refusal to allow third-party browsers to use their own web engines. In 2013, then VP of product Jay Sullivan...

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15:20
9to5Toys Last Call: Canon laser printer $40, iPad...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Canon LBP6200d Monochrome Laser Printer: $40 shipped (Orig. $170)
Apple iPad mini Smart Covers...

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15:17
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.) Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import...

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15:16
LAUSD officially ends 'iPads-for-all'...

Ramon Cortines, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, on Tuesday announced the official termination of a plan to equip local schools with $1.3 billion worth of Apple iPads, a project fostered by his predecessor last year.

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15:12
Drafts iOS widget to be removed as Apple decides...

It seems Apple has ordered yet another developer to make changes to his app’s Notification Center widget even after it was approved for sale and adopted by countless users. Previously the company’s indecisiveness on the purpose of widgets led to an app called Launcher being pulled from sale, and a similar fate was almost met by the popular pCalc widget until Apple changed its mind (again).
The widget in question today was created by developer Greg Pierce and is part of the popular note-taking app Drafts. The app allowed users to create new entries in the app by pressing a button in the widget, which then opened the app’s composer (in the app, of course).
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13:59
Apple's Eddy Cue explains his side of the e-...
15:04
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool.
Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media.
Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store.
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15:00
Test driving Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express...

A number of other Apple-related websites have announced the release of Elgato's Thunderbolt 2 dock today; here at TUAW, we'll be doing a full hands-on review of the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99) as well as a giveaway of our review ...

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14:59
Telltale Games releases first episode of Game of...

Fans of George R.R. Martin's epic A Song of Ice and Fire series and the associated television show on HBO now have a new way to experience Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series hit Steam for OS X and PC today, bringing the California-based studio's narrative touch involving choice and consequence to Westeros....

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14:43
Google's Chromecast usurps Apple TV in...

Cheap streaming media players like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV are gobbling up marketshare from streaming device heavyweights Apple and Roku, with Apple TV dropping its long-held second place spot to the Internet search giant's latest attempt on the living room.

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14:27
High Court Hears Arguments in Facebook Threat Case


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in Elonis v. United States, also known as "the Facebook threat case." At the center of the case are a number of threats posted in the form of rap lyrics to a Facebook page created by Anthony Elonis. The targets of the threats were his estranged wife and an FBI agent. Elonis was convicted on four of five counts of making threatening statements in violation of federal law.
Elonis' attorneys appealed that conviction, saying the wrong standard was used to prosecute him.

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14:21
Final Cut Pro updated with additional import/export...

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro with support for native import, editing, and export of MXF video files, along with the capability to edit video encoded with Panasonic’s AVC-LongG codec. Several issues are fixed in this update as well, including problems importing certain clips from specific cameras, App Nap stopping long import operations, and errors in handling of 240fps video.
Xcode was also update with fixes for common SourceKit crashes when using the new Swift language. The full change logs for both apps are included below:

Final Cut Pro change notes:

What’s New in Version 10.1.4
• Native MXF...

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14:13
Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1...

Apple on Tuesday updated its pro-level video editing app Final Cut Pro with minor feature additions and bug fixes, while the latest Xcode release addresses crashing issues experienced when coding in Swift.

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14:10
Apple Continues War on Notification Center Widgets,...

Apple is continuing to sort out its nebulous policies on Notification Center widgets, and has today told Drafts developer Agile Tortoise that the app's widget is not allowed to be used to create drafts or open the Drafts app. In a tweet, developer Greg Pierce says that he's been asked to re-submit Drafts without functionality for opening the app or creating a new note, which essentially removes all of the features of the Notification Center Widget.Welp. Enjoy the Drafts Today widget while it lasts. Apple has required me to re-submit w/o the buttons to create drafts or open the app…— Greg Pierce (@agiletortoise) December 2, 2014 Drafts 4, which was first...

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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

iMapMe - Always remembe...

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13:56
Chinese smartphone maker claims Apple copied iPhone...

Chinese smartphone maker Digione is claiming Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus copy the design of its own smartphone line.
Macworld reports that the company published a letter online yesterday that was originally sent to Apple back in September in order to make them aware that the latest iPhones might infringe on a patent it was granted in July by China’s State Intellectual Property Office.
Digione’s device is sold under its 100+...

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13:50
Feature: Wizards of the Coast kills iOS D&D play...

For tabletop gaming enthusiasts, the partnership between Dungeons & Dragons purveyor Wizards of the Coast and Trapdoor Technologies became something to get excited over. The duo was supposed to create to a suite of iOS tools for Dungeons & Dragons "next" edition, later rebranded to be the fifth edition (5E). Essentially, the suite would contain everything a player might need to craft D&D 5E adventures for a band of players, pushing much of the math and record-keeping behind the scenes. However, just prior to release, Wizards of the Coast killed the partnership, for reasons it only knows for su......

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13:40
Apple on trial: Were iTunes updates really an anti-...


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Apple iTunes DRM trial underway in federal court here will come down to whether jurors see the code Apple added to iTunes as good or bad. The plaintiffs, representing a class of about 8 million consumers as well as large retailers, are seeking $351 million in damages.
Plaintiffs' lawyer Bonnie Sweeney kicked off her opening statements describing Apple showing off its new Nano in 2006.
"It had twice the storage capacity and came in five different colors," she said. "But what Apple didn't tell its customers is that the code that came with the new Nano also contained the 'Keybag Verification Code.' That code did not make the Nano faster or improve its sound quality… it didn't make it sleeker or cooler. Instead, what that did is prevent customers who had legally purchased songs from a competitor from playing their songs on their iPod."
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13:31
FBI Raids L.A. Unified and Removes Documents related...

In August we reported that L.A. Unified, the second largest school system in the U.S. had officially cancelled a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads. Schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension came days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to Apple executives. An internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation. Today, a new report states that the FBI descended on from the Los Angeles Unified School District ...

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13:22
Valve sets its gaze on Twitch, launches Steam...

Valve launched a new feature for its Steam gaming platform today that aims to make live streaming gameplay a little easier than the widely used Twitch. Steam Broadcasting is currently available as a beta feature, allowing users to hop into a stream to watch their friends play a quick game or watch public broadcasts through the community hubs....

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13:15
GT Advanced creditors ask for deposition by Apple...

A committee of bondholders and unsecured creditors for GT Advanced have asked for Apple's senior VP of Operations, Jeff Williams, to be made available for a "short, half-day deposition," according to the Wall Street Journal. The request was made through a Monday filing with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire. The committee states that "it is clear that Williams played an important, substantial and hands-on role in managing the relationship between GTAT and Apple in connection with the matters that are directly relevant to the Apple settlement motion."......

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13:10
∞ For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

From 1984.

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13:07
Volkswagen’s 300 MPG car

If the XL1 was equipped with an 18 gallon fuel tank, and you did all highway driving, you could fill it up with an oil change and when the next change was due you could change the oil and keep driving without filling up for and additional 2,400 miles. But it comes with a much smaller fuel tank, because if it could go that long on a single tank chances are the fuel would foul before it got used. The tank is only 2.6 gallons to prevent fuel age related problems from happening. So fill ups are cheap.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Steve Jobs testimony appears on first day of Apple...

In the first day of testimony in the anti-trust Apple versus Real Networks trial, the promised pre-recorded testimony from Steve Jobs was trotted out by both the plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys. When queried about the threat from Real, and what Apple's response should be in 2004 Jobs said that the statement should say that "we are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod." At stake in the trial is $350 million, as well as other anti-trust actions that may be applied against the Cupertino manufacturer.......

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13:00
Apple releases humorous ad showcasing Voice Text...

One of the unsung features of IOS 8 is the new Voice Text feature, which allows you to send quick voice messages via text. Experience the joy of leaving a voice mail without the threat of someone actually answering when you call. All jokes aside, Voi...

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12:58
GTAT Creditors Want to Question Apple's Jeff...

On November 19 we reported that GTAT creditors were vexed by the settlement deal with Apple and called into question the adequacy of the settlement agreement. The noteholders said they wanted access to internal records and documents from Apple and GT Advanced to investigate if the settlement lets Apple off too cheaply. The noteholders asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff to postpone the settlement hearing, currently scheduled for Nov. 25, to give them time to complete their investigation. Today GTAT creditors seek the right to question Apple's Jeff Williams who is responsible for end-to-end supply chain management.

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12:57
AC/DC Rock or Bust available for download

The band’s latest album is out and on iTunes for purchase and download. I pre-ordered it and I’m enjoying most of the songs so far.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Apple's iOS devices accounted for 78% of record...

Revenues from online shopping on "Cyber Monday" surged 15.4 percent higher than last year, setting a new all time peak in U.S. ecommerce, with online mobile sales overwhelmingly driven by customers wielding Apple devices.

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09:56
How Apple’s new patent could keep your phone’s...

We’ve all been there: Your iPhone slips from your grasp or jumps from your pocket, and instead of landing on its case-ensconced back, it hits the ground face first. The once pristine screen is now covered in hairline cracks.You can pay Apple out of pocket to replace the glass or turn to a third-party repair shop for a cheaper fix. Corning’s forthcoming Gorilla Glass 4 is designed to prevent smartphone screens from shattering on impact, though it won’t offer perfect protection from damage. But Apple has its own screen protection strategy in mind, if a new patent granted Tuesday is any indication.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:35
Wells Fargo Continues Promoting Apple Pay With New...

Wells Fargo, one of Apple's early Apple Pay partners, has been heavily promoting the service, perhaps more than any other participating bank. In addition to sending out numerous Apple Pay emails to customers, launching promotions, and advertising Apple Pay on its website, Wells Fargo has also launched a new television commercial highlighting Apple Pay's speed and ease of use. In the ad, first shared by iSpot.tv, a man visits several different retail stores and uses Apple Pay to make his purchases at each location. With just a thumb on the Touch ID button, he breezes through each transaction, letting him return home in record time. Upon entering his...

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12:31
Chinese phone maker claims iPhone 6 design may...

A Chinese smartphone maker, Digione, is claiming that the iPhone 6 may violate a phone design patent. The patent was submitted to China's State Intellectual Property Office in January, and approved in July. On Monday the company took to Sina Weibo to post proof that it sent a letter to Apple in September, notifying it about the issue and suggesting that "a communication with goodwill would contribute to solving potential legal disputes." So far Apple appears to be remaining silent....

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12:15
Apple's iPhone Crushes Samsung's Galaxy by...

Just last week we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 Still the Top Smartphone in Japan." Apple's lead in Japan is by a wide margin. Today, it's being reported in Korea that Samsung's smartphone sales aren't only crashing in China - they're crashing in Japan as well. We also learned today that Samsung is selling off some of their businesses as fast as they can dump them in an effort to reverse the downward spiral that they're currently in.

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12:05
For a Big Company, Apple Lets Too Much Fall Through...

Apple is indeed an awesome and wealthy company, on track to become the first one valued at a trillion dollars. But the heritage of Apple is also concentrated power in a small executive team, and that means too much falls through the cracks.

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12:01
Did North Korea Get the Last Laugh Against Sony?


Upwards of 1.2 million people reportedly have used pirate sites to download Brad Pitt's unreleased World War II drama Fury. That was one of five films hackers leaked onto the Web following an attack on Sony Pictures' network last week. Sony has called in the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Coincidentally -- or perhaps not -- the FBI on Monday warned U.S. businesses that hackers recently penetrated several companies' networks with a particularly damaging form of malware. It's rumored that the hack was launched by North Korea.

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12:00
Eddy Cue: Apple didn't settle e-book antitrust...

Going head to head with the DOJ over antitrust allegations has been nothing short of a headache for Apple. If you recall, Apple was taken to task for allegedly conspiring with publishers to artificially inflate the price of e-books across the board. ...

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11:47
Forums: iMac useless after setting login password

One Fresh-Faced Recruit reported some troubling news about his iMac recently in the MacNN forums. He said that after changing security preferences to "require log-in upon start-up" they were unable to log into his system, and a solution has yet to be found. Yesterday another Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for help trying to figure out why the tab, caps lock and eject keys stopped working on their keyboard....

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11:45
Apple deals: Mac mini as low as $419

Right now Apple's online store is freshly stocked with a wide selection of refurbished Mac minis. They start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini from October 2012 with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. For just a little bit more, $509, is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive....

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11:39
Xcode 6.1.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Xcode is Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.Version 6.1.1:

  • Fixes common causes of SourceKit crashes when working with Swift
  • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
  • OS X 10.9.4...

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11:39
Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...

We've recently received a number of cases from Skech for the iPhone 6, including Crystal ($20), Hard Rubber ($30), and Ice ($30), plus Crystal for iPhone 6 Plus, which is the same price as the iPhone 6 edition. Crystal is a thin, transparent case with flexible sides and a hard back. Hard Rubber is a hard shell slider case with a soft touch feel, and Ice is a co-molded one-piece rubber and plastic case somewhat similar to Skech's Glow, winner of our award for Best iPhone 5/5s case of 2014.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:36
Pandora for iOS gets a new look in beta, American...

Starting Tuesday, some users of popular streaming radio app Pandora began seeing a beta preview of a new user interface on their iPhone. Plus, American Express cardholders can now view their account information using Touch ID.

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11:35
The App Store rule even Apple ignores

Marco nailed this one.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
Daily Deals for December 2, featuring the NYOP Mac...

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

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

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11:28
A peek at Pico

Om Malik:“Pico” is a prefix in the metric system denoting one-trillionth. It is also a small corner of the ever-growing web where I keep a record of my conversations with interesting people. Some are famous, some are young. Some are unknown, and some are wise and old. These conversations are not about technology. Instead, they are about transformation through technology as observed by those who are living through it.Typically, these are the types of stories I enjoy reading the most.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:27
GT Advanced creditors request deposition of Apple...

Following a report late last month that creditors of bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies won a court order to get a look at sensitive Apple documents, now GT’s creditors are requesting a deposition of Apple executive Jeff Williams. The Wall Street Journal reports:
In a Monday filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire, GT’s official committee of unsecured creditors and a group of bondholders said Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams should be made available for a “short, half-day deposition.”
Williams is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations and according to Apple’s bio...

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10:23
Think Retro: Apple's Adjustable Keyboard harks...

You’ll recognize the picture above if you’re a Mac user of a certain vintage (does secret Vintage Mac User handshake), but anyone who came to Apple this century is probably looking at it with more questions than answers. Is it broken? What is with that space bar? And, possibly, oh my gosh, were Macs really ever that beige?
It’s a keyboard of course; the Apple Adjustable Keyboard. And it doesn’t have to look quite so alarming. It’s hinged at the top so you can if you like have it completely straight:

…or pull it apart so it’s angled. Why? Ergonomics. Formal touch typists—by which I mean typists for whom typing is the major focus of their job, not typists who wear pinstripes and address people by their surnames—were taught that the correct way to type was to always have their fingers resting lightly on the “home keys,” keeping the hands still and stretching and curling the fingers to reach the other keys. That’s why to this day keyboards have...

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Writing, cycling, timing, and...

Writing, cycling, timing, and keeping fitThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a great collection of everything you need to keep tabs on your physical activity, your writing work, and the time you spend at your keyboard.Artful 1.0.5Christopher Tomkins-Tinch’s $5 Artful (Mac App Store Link) puts the world’s most beautiful paintings right at your fingertips.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:15
News: Apple SVP Cue on iBookstore conspiracy appeal...

An interview published by Fortune today suggests that Apple is unrepentant over the allegedly conspiratorial launch of the iBookstore in 2010, as Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue and CEO Tim Cook “feel we have to fight for the truth” by appealing a 2013 ruling that Apple had illegally fixed digital book prices in violation of the Sherman Act. According to Cue, who led Apple’s negotiations with publishers, Apple wrestled with a number of…

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11:00
iWatermark+

The Essential Watermarking App for Professionals, Business and Personal Use. A new breed of iOS 8 app that works as a standalone app or photo editing extension. As an extension it can be used directly/quickly from within Apple’s Photos and other apps.There’s versions for iPad, iPhone, Mac and other platforms too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Buy the Steve Jobs monument that was too gay for...

The iPhone-esque Steve Jobs tribute statue that was unceremoniously dismantled in the wake of Tim Cook's public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation is now up for sale in Russia. The statue, which was originally erected in 2011, was designed to ...

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11:00
Apple's Eddy Cue defends actions in e-book...

In a new interview with Fortune, Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- Eddy Cue -- defends his company and his own actions as they relate to the ongoing e-book price-fixing scandal. Apple is hoping to overturn a verdict that found it guilty of conspiring with publishers to drive up prices; if it fails to win the appeal, the company will owe $450 million in damages and legal fees. Cue insists that the company is continuing to fight the verdict on principle. "We feel we have to fight for the truth," he says. "Luckily, [CEO] Tim [Cook] feels exactly like I do, which is: You have......

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10:30
Russian lawmaker thinks the iPhone is stealing state...

A Russian lawmaker -- yes, the same Russia that was recently implicated in a malware scheme to infect the U.S. power grid -- is calling for a ban on iPhones and iPads amongst members of parliament. Dmitry Gorovtsov of the Fair Russia party recently t...

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10:26
iFixit shares ‘iPad Air internals’ wallpaper for...

We’ve already seen them rip open the iPad Air and more recently the even thinner iPad Air 2, and by going somewhere no ordinary iPad owner would ever dream of going, iFixi has shared high-resolution wallpapers of what exists underneath the surface of our displays.
Below you can view and download wallpapers of the internals of iPad Air with LTE (1), the iPad Air with WiFi-only (2), the iPad Air with LTE zoomed back to reveal more (3), and the iPad Air with WiFi-only zoomed back to reveal more (4).

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-02

Remember the iPod? There's a antitrust class action lawsuit that does, and it's finally getting its day in court. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on the case, talk about a very cool levitating speaker, and they take a side trip into the audio world to talk about the Leslie Speaker.

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04:00
Call of Duty: Heroes is about rote strategy, not...

At any given moment in the immensely popular Call of Duty first-person shooter games on consoles and computers, you might blast your way through a crumbling near-future city, dominate worldwide competition in frantic online shootouts, or survive a horrific zombie uprising with a small group of allies.
By contrast, Call of Duty: Heroes (free) for iPhone and iPad finds you tapping your way through menus, watching your automated soldiers fire assault rifles at large buildings until they blow up, and waiting for timers to tick down. Quite a difference, no? Veterans of a certain lightweight freemium strategy approach will recognize this as a modern-military themed take on Clash of Clans, and no doubt, Activision hopes that audience will move from one big brand to another....

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10:09
Eddy Cue Speaks About iBooks Price-Fixing Case:...

In a new interview, Apple's Eddy Cue spoke with Fortune about the e-books pricing scandal that has plagued the company over the past several years. After a July 2013 judgment found the company guilty of conspiring to fix prices of electronic books, and a settlement in a class-action lawsuit was reached over the summer, the Apple negotiator at the center of the lawsuit has shared his thoughts on the case with Fortune ahead of Apple's appeals court appearance later this month. The specifics of the case lie in the opening of the iBooks Store and the 17 percent industry-wide increase in e-book prices following its unveiling in April of 2010. Cue, Apple's...

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10:07
RadioShack suffering widespread iPhone shortages

RadioShack outlets across the US are suffering from extremely low iPhone stock, despite the critical holiday shopping season, according to Seeking Alpha. Most models aren't on shelves, and in many cases stores lack any iPhones to speak of, forcing people to use a "Ship to Store" option that takes several days. RadioShack doesn't sell the iPhone on its website, which simply directs iPhone shoppers to physical outlets....

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10:00
Zac’s holiday gift guide – a little something for...

Most of my favorite gift picks this year fall into the category of using the iPhone and iPad on the road so I already shared my favorite gift items for road warriors including CarPlay in-dash receivers and more. The Mac, though, is less transit-friendly when it comes to gifts unless you’re looking for a power adapter for charging in the car, so below I’ve collected some more Mac-friendly gift picks as well as a few analog options and more. Catch up with the rest of 9to5Mac’s holiday gift guides for more ideas and...

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10:00
Star Wars kitty loves the iPad preview of 'The...

Named after Hoth's ice cave predators, Wampa the kitty loves Star Wars videos, especially the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which recently made its online debut. What better way to show Wampa the latest clip than on the household iPad, al...

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09:56
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network...

Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface. 
Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast. 
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09:55
Apple versus Real DRM antitrust trial testimony...

The Apple versus Real anti-trust trial centering around Apple's use of FairPlay DRM to block other music stores has begun, as expected. Lawyers for the complainants continue to claim that changes in iTunes blocking other companies' music stores from functioning on the iPod allowed Apple to raise prices. Real's attorneys seek $350 million in damages in the long-postponed suit that dates back nearly a decade. The trial, expected to last three weeks, is being held in the Oakland, CA federal courts....

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09:50
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color...

Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ.
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09:45
Algoriddim and djay(RED) [Sponsor]

Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads on iOS, has partnered with the AppStore and (RED) to bring you an exclusive (PRODUCT)RED version of djay. Available for a limited time only, djay 2 for iPhone and iPad contains a free (djay)RED skin as well as an exclusive (djay)RED sample pack available via In-App Purchase. From now through December 7, 100% of the proceeds when buying djay 2 or any of the (djay)RED In-App Purchases go to (RED)’s fight against AIDS.Stand with Algoriddim, App Store, and (RED) to fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION.Get djay 2 on the App Store today: Mix Tracks. Save Lives....

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09:42
Cocktail 8.1 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.Version 8.1: Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • Major improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure
  • Added compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera
  • Fixed compatibility issues with Boom
  • Updated Automator...

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09:38
Name your own price Mac software bundle

Make your days more productive with this bundle of awesome Mac apps! Name your own price for Paperless, Data Backup 3 and Pixa, and if you pay more than the average price you’ll receive all the apps in the bundle plus an e-learning course that’ll teach you to master them all.Looking at the page, the average price is pretty low for these 10 apps.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:35
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video

Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks.
What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.
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09:35
Sprint pledges to cut bills in half for switching...

Sprint is stepping up its efforts to pull customers away from other carriers after its double data promotion ended, by offering to halve their bills instead. The aggressive promotion offers to provide customers on AT&T and Verizon a subscription at half the cost of its competitors, while still providing unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texts, and an equivalent amount of data to their old plan....

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09:33
What’s new: November 2014

November was a month full of updates in response to customer feedback. Dropbox support has been added across Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android. Office for Android tablets entered preview. Clutter and enhanced bulk mail filtering help improve your email experience. On sign-in we’ve streamlined Yammer and Office 365 sign-in, including new SAML and multi-factor authentication options. Office 365 Video is a completely new video portal experience making it simpler to upload and share videos across your organization. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: October 2014.
 
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Office for iPad and iPhone now support Dropbox – With the next updates to...

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09:29
Eddy Cue discusses Apple’s ongoing ebooks litigation...

Apple SVP Eddy Cue with Beats founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine
In a new interview with Fortune, Apple’s SVP of Internet and Software Services Eddy Cue opened up about Apple’s ongoing ebooks litigation ahead of the company’s December 15th appearance before a federal appeals court. Apple formally appealed the ebooks antitrust ruling earlier this year after a judge ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in 2013 claiming that Apple conspired with ebook publishers to raise prices.
“We feel we have to fight for the truth,” says Cue. “Luckily, Tim feels exactly like I do,” he continues, referring to...

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09:14
Google Chromecast Leapfrogs Apple TV as the Aging...

Amid persistent rumors of substantial upgrades, the current Apple TV is beginning to show its age, losing ground in the streaming media device marketplace to rival Google Chromecast and Roku in the first three quarters of 2014, according to market researcher Parks Associates as reported by CNET. Apple's decline comes at a time when interest in streaming media devices is on the upswing, with 10 percent of households buying at least one media player this year. Despite a decent drop in market share over the past year amid increased competition, Roku remains the leader among set-top boxes and streaming media sticks, accounting for 29 percent of the market in the 9-month period, down from 46 percent in 2013. Google's Chromecast stick had a strong showing in 2014, climbing to the number two slot...

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09:11
Amex Mobile iPhone app adds easy account login w/...

American Express updated its Amex Mobile app today with one notable new feature: the ability to login into your account using Touch ID.
Log-in securely with the same user ID and Password you use on americanexpress.com. And now, enjoy quicker access with Touch ID, available for supported devices with iOS 8.
The new features utilizes Apple’s Touch ID finger print sensor, which in iOS 8 was opened to third-party apps for logins after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases. For that reason the new feature is only supported on devices with TouchID running iOS 8. Devices with Touch ID include iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 Plus, and iPad mini 3. 
The updated Amex Mobile app, version 4.6.4, is available on the App Store...

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09:04
CNBC Interviews HP's CTO on the Future of...

CNBC interviewed Martin Fink, HP CTO in Barcelona earlier today who discussed how Hewlett-Packard is rethinking storage and memory in the world of computing. Computers for 60 years have been based on three basic components: The processor, main memory and big storage (for permanent storage). HP's project called "The Machine" will basically collapse those layers into one and change the architecture of computing forever. It will apply to servers, the cloud and eventually to appliances, desktops, notebooks, smartphones and everything that's a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Fink noted that the technology will allow for a hundred terabytes on your future smartphone. One of the surprising applications could be how a service like Netflix could be embedded into future modems in an all-new way and Fink talks about that scenario in this video. Our full report touches on the basics of this revolutionary architecture.

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09:00
Why Office 365 is the best choice for collaboration

The rise of mobile technology and cloud computing has transformed the way we work, making collaboration not only easier, but also essential for the success of every organization. There are now more mobile devices than people worldwide, according to a report by Cisco, and work increasingly occurs outside of offices—in homes, hotels, airports, coffee shops, and other temporary spaces. As a result, the trend toward greater mobility, and the need for more efficient collaboration across the web and across devices, is accelerating every year.
The IBM Global CIO Study, found that 49 percent of an individuals’ work is the result of “network contribution” by fellow employees and partners. Yet 80 percent of employees are ineffective at collaboration, according to...

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09:00
UBS finds smartwatch interest is on the rise,...

MacRumors reports that a recent survey conducted by UBS indicates that overall interest in the smartwatch market is on the rise, a trend likely influenced by the upcoming release of the Apple Watch.

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08:36
FBI warns of severe malware attack, likely used in...

Not specifically naming any names, the FBI has warned that a major cyberattack has taken place against US businesses in the last two weeks. The advisory, likely given in the wake of the enormous Sony breach, gave some details about the tools used in the assault, and gave advice to the businesses on how to respond to the package, which included informing the FBI....

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08:28
External Link: The App Store Rule Apple Ignores

The App Store has a number of rules that Apple stringently enforces, but as developer Marco Arment points out, there’s one it outright ignores: the ban against using push notifications for promotional purposes. Apple itself violated this rule during its Apps for RED campaign, sending a push notification to iOS users from the App Store app to announce it. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:27
Sprint announces ‘Cut Your Bill in Half’ promo for...

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure teasing the new promotion
Sprint today announced a new campaign to attract wireless customers from competitors AT&T and Verizon with aggressively priced plans and an offer to help pay switching fees. Under the new promotion, which Sprint’s recently appointed CEO Marcelo Claure previously teased, the wireless carrier will offer to match Verizon and AT&T plans at half the cost for customers switching to Sprint.
Sprint says the ‘Cut Your Bill in Half Event’ will kick off this Friday, December 5th, both in its retail stores and online through...

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08:19
News: Report: MacBook-sized “iPad Air Plus” planned...

Speculation as to the actual size of a larger next-generation iPad is continuing, as a report from Japanese magazine Mac Fan (via MacOtakara) purports to offer specifics as to the device’s dimensions and features. A schematic suggests a design nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, only with a larger 12.2” screen and a total of four speakers spread across the top and bottom of the tablet for orientation-agnostic stereo sound. Mac Fan claims…

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08:18
Apple's Eddy Cue speaks out on iBooks price...

Days before an appeals court will revisit Apple's iBooks price fixing case, the head of the company's digital content business has spoken out on why Apple continues to fight the government's antitrust allegations, calling it a "fight for the truth."

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08:16
iPhone Shortages Not Helping RadioShack as Consumer...

As a longtime key retail partner for Apple, RadioShack is once again offering the iPhone this holiday season, but finding the phone on the retailer's shelves may be difficult, reports Mitch Nolen for Seeking Alpha. According to Nolen, RadioShack stores nationwide are reporting massive shortages in iPhone units with most models not available in stores during the important holiday shopping season. RadioShack currently advertises the iPhone on its website with no ability to purchase the phone online. Users instead are directed to find a RadioShack store to purchase a unit, but many stores do not stock the iPhone, offering only a "Ship To Store" option that takes several days to fulfill. This method of inventory is markedly different from competitors like...

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08:00
7-year-old boy cleverly thwarts Apple's iPhone...

Matthew Green, cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins, knows all about iPhone security and apparently so does his 7-year-old son, Harrison. According to CNN Money, the child was able to bypass Apple's Touch ID security measures and access Angry Bird...

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07:54
Canaccord Raises AAPL Target on Demand for High-...

Demand for Apple's recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still high, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is raising his target price for the company's stock from US$120 up to $135. That demand is targeted mostly at the higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, which he says offer higher profit margins.The Mac Observer Spin: Consumers were clearly ready for bigger screen and higher capacity iPhones, and that demand doesn't seem to be letting up. It's looking like Apple will be able to sell iPhones as fast is it can make them through the holiday buying season.

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07:53
How To View What Payloads Do To Devices

You can see exactly what Bushel, and other MDM platforms do to your OS X devices using the System Information utility. As with all Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions that interface with OS X, you can use the About this Mac menu item under the Apple menu at the top of the screen to bring up the System Information utility. When you open this tool, you will see a lot of information that can be derived about your devices. Scroll down the list and click on Profiles. Here, you will see all of the Device and User profiles that have been installed on your computer, the payloads within each profile and the keys within each payload.

Inside each profile there are a few pieces of information that define how the profile operates on the computer. Click on one to see the specific...

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07:35
Journalist-Tracking Uber Exec Gets Vague Hand Slap


Uber has disciplined a company executive accused of using an internal tool to track a journalist's whereabouts, it said. The company offered no details about the nature of that reprimand, however, or about the possibility of taking similar action against another executive who publicly suggested the possibility of targeting journalists with a smear campaign. Attention focused on Mohrer last month when a reporter accused him of using an internal tool called "God View" to look up her travel data as she made her way to a meeting with him.

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07:30
Flickr Find: A penny for his thoughts

As captured by Flickr member Sam, Rex obviously is pleased with his new nerdy sticker from Steekly, but what else is he watching on his Mac that is making him grin with that great big dino smile. The finer moments in Jurassic Park, maybe?

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07:15
Briefly: Realmac Typed release, Pixelegg's Elk...

Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of Typed. Typed uses Markdown, the widely-used standard for writing on the web, making it easy to create online content without needing to know HTML. The app exports text in HTML, RTF and PDF formats. Typed features running word counts, a full-screen writing mode, full HTML preview, and a "zen mode" that has what the company calls "calming zen soundtracks" playing in the background. Typed is available for $20 from the Realmac Software website, and requires OS X Mavericks or newer.......

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07:12
Tunnelblick 3.4.2 - GUI for OpenVPN. (Free)

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information. To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service. Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.Version 3.4.2:

  • Security Update: Includes OpenVPN 2.3.6. See...

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07:07
Mock-up video surfaces of possible, larger next-gen...


They have a mock up video of the possible larger, next-gen iPad.
Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, YouTube user Canoopsy has created a video showing how an iPad Air Plus with those dimensions would measure up to Apple’s other devices including the company’s current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Some reports have noted that the larger iPad would carry a 12.9-inch display, however it’s also been suggested that Apple will opt for a 12.2-inch screen. A 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus is of course shown to be much bigger than Apple’s current line of iPhones and bigger than the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2, as it even approaches the display size of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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07:00
edX and Office Mix

When we launched Office Mix, a key scenario was providing an easy way for educators to create and share interactive lectures online. In the past few months, we’ve been delighted to see educators from around the world create online lectures and courses leveraging PowerPoint and Office Mix. We’re constantly updating Office Mix based on feedback, and if you haven’t tried it yet, download the newest version at OfficeMix.com today!
Today we’re pleased to share news about an exciting new partnership with edX. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT that offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations benefitting millions of students around the world. EdX hosts a web portal at www.edx.org for online education, and also sponsors Open edX—an open source initiative for developers to create a next-generation online...

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07:00
Dropbox adds file/folder renaming and Office...

Dropbox updated its iOS app with several new features, including the long-awaited ability to rename files and folders. There's also a new "edit" option that allows users to edit Office documents in Microsoft's Office for iOS apps and then save them b...

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06:52
SwiftKey enables Stephen Hawking to communicate...

SwiftKey announced on Tuesday that it has collaborated with Intel on an ambitious project for the past two years: improving the communication system of Stephen Hawking. The custom keyboard maker makes it easier for the well-known scientist, who has motor neurone disease, to predict full words, based on a small sensor activated by a muscle in his cheek.
SwiftKey has integrated its technology into Hawking’s communication system to provide him with tailored predictions and autocorrections, citing that the scientist’s mistakes are much different than those of the average smartphone user. Hawking is an accurate and precise speller, whereas many users of the keyboard are sending fast, sloppy texts or tweets.
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06:50
Apple co-founder to star in technology-based reality...


You may not be a fan of reality television, but what if a show had Woz in it?
Per Gizmodo, engineer, philanthropist, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo contributor Steve Wozniak is teaming up with Mythbusters’ Kari Byron for an upcoming reality show called “The Woz”.
The show will feature Woz testing futuristic gadgets hands-on. The press release says it “introduces the audience to facilities where science fiction is quickly becoming reality.”

That’s all that’s known so far and reporters are reaching out to producers and and Steve Wozniak alike himself for more information. It’s unknown when or where it will air (it looks like they pitched it to Discovery already) but this pedigree should be pretty nifty.
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06:46
As Apple still struggles to meet iPhone 6 demand,...

Investment firm Canaccord Genuity raised its price target on shares of Apple to $135 on Tuesday, citing its latest survey showing supply constraints for the higher-capacity iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, signaling higher average selling prices and greater profits for the company's handset division.

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06:35
Daily Deal: The iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle, $34.99

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a Spigen iPhone 6 CS Armor Bundle for only $34.99 – almost 60% off the normal price. Incorporating an ultra-protective case, GLAS.tR screen guard, and LCD cleaner, this bundle gives you everything you need to keep your iPhone 6 safe and sound. The Slim Armor CS hard case uses Air Cushion Technology to provide maximum protection with shock absorption while not bulking up the iPhone 6. The GLAS.tR…

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06:34
Cook visits Georgetown Apple Store; new Toledo...

(Updated with Portland store revamp) As a part of the company's World AIDS Day promotions yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise visit to the Georgetown Apple Store in Washington, DC. He posted photos of the event on Twitter, which also show him meeting with Deborah Dugan, the CEO of anti-AIDS organization (RED). In a tweet of her own, Dugan thanks Apple for feeding over $75 million to (RED) since 2006, through specially-branded accessories and iPods. Apple doesn't offer (RED)-branded Macs, iPhones, or iPads....

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06:30
Was Apple’s iPod DRM illegal? Starting today, a jury...


The Free Software Foundation launched an anti-DRM campaign in 2006 called "defective by design." Apple's iPod was immediately a focus. Free Software Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO—This morning, Apple will begin a duel over claims that it used copy-protection schemes known as "digital rights management," or DRM, to illegally manipulate the market for iPods. The lawsuit, filed nearly 10 years ago, puts some legal firepower behind activists' claims that the copy-protection DRM is "defective by design."
Lawyers representing a class of nearly eight million consumers will put their case to a jury of eight men and women in an Oakland federal courtroom. The plaintiffs say that Apple's "FairPlay" system "locked in" its customers, making...

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06:19
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card

Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards.
The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage.
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06:17
Antitrust laws could cost Apple $1 billion in iTunes...

Though plaintiffs are seeking $350 million in damages in a case alleging that Apple created an unfair monopoly with its iTunes Music Store, U.S. antitrust laws say the final damages could be triple that amount, exceeding $1 billion.

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06:00
Typed brings a touch of Zen to a minimalist Markdown...

This seems to be the week for great new text editors. First, we had Desk, a new minimalist Mac writing environment that works great with many blogging platforms including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Facebook,and more. I liked its totally distraction-...

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05:58
Apple Co-founder Woz, Kari Byron Team Up for Reality...

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Mythbuster Kari Byron have teamed up to make a new reality show where the two text futuristic new gadgets. The show, called The Woz," hasn't been picked up yet, but the two have been working together filming for potential episodes.The Mac Observer Spin: Kari Byron is smart and fun, and so is Woz. Seeing the two together playing with new technology sounds like loads of fun. Some network needs to sign them right away.

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05:39
∞ Yesterday’s live U2 performance, with a little...

Bono was recuperating from his bike accident, so he got Chris Martin, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, and Bill Clinton to fill in. Not too shabby. The band was brilliant.

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05:34
How Stephen Hawking speaks and spells

EE Times:When he was diagnosed, Hawking had not even finished his doctorate in physics. He was given two years to live. However, with the help of technology from the self-proclaimed “rocket scientist” Walt Waltosz, who personally wrote the software that allowed him to get his life back, Hawking was able not only to speak to others but also to write the book A Brief History of Time…∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:27
Apple heads to trial over billion dollar iTunes...

Reuters:Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Tuesday in an Oakland, California, federal court in the long-running class action, brought by a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009. They say a 2006 iTunes update dictated that iTunes music could only be played on iPods, unfairly blocking competing device makers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:27
Toledo, Ohio, Apple Store opens Saturday – along...

Apple has confirmed that its new retail store in Franklin Park Mall, Toledo, is opening at 9am on Saturday. The Starwood-owned mall is located at 5001 Monroe Street, and the store occupies the former Charlotte Russe space, next to Williams Sonoma.
As usual with new Apple Store openings, the first 1000 people to enter the store will receive a free commemorative t-shirt … 
IFOstore‘s Gary Allen tweets that the store has clearly been planned for many years, as its rollout number is 266, while other new stores are all in the 600s. The opening has been announced on Apple’s website.

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05:15
Best SSDs for the money

Tom’s hardware puts a number of solid-state-drives through their paces, lays it all out for you.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Future iPhone will protect itself from falls by...

International Business Times:A future iPhone could protect itself from falls by using the vibration motor to adjust its centre of gravity, meaning smashed screens may be a thing of the future-past.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:05
Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering Advanced...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major design patents along with granted patents for personalized vocabulary for Siri and free fall protection for a future version of the iPhone. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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05:00
Quick-Tip: Menu Items Modifier Keys In OS X

A modifier key is a key that when held in combination with another key, causes a unique behavior. For example, Command-c copies highlighted data to your clipboard. The Finder modifier keys are pretty well documented. But a number of menu items support modifier keys as well. For example:

  • Click on the Dropbox item in your menu, you’ll be able to see the status of files that have sync’d as well as a cogwheel with the typical settings for an app like Dropbox. Option-click on the Dropbox menu item, you’ll see the items under the cogwheel menu.
  • Option-click the Wi-Fi menu item to see extended Wi-Fi information.
  • Option-click Bluetooth, you’ll see version and MAC address information for your bluetooth interface (note that the extended options are usually greyed out/informational).
  • Option-click on the sound menu item and you can switch input and output devices (these extended options are actually shown as you can switch between things).
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05:00
Mac: Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

It was only a half year ago that we were writing about Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock, a handsome little hub designed to connect a bundle of peripherals to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. Now Elgato’s back with the Thunderbolt 2 Dock ($230), a remixed version that looks mostly the same but adds throughput to accommodate Thunderbolt 2-equipped Macs and accessories. Still made from aluminum with a black plastic core, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock rearranges and enhances its predecessor’s ports, shipping with a power supply, 1.6-foot Thunderbolt cable, and either one U.S. or two European wall plugs, depending on where it’s purchased. Read on for our hands-on impressions.
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04:55
Hands On: Matchstick Memories (iOS)

It wasn't long ago that the match three and puzzle genre were thought to be one trick ponies. Games like Bejeweled are popular, but lacking for long-term play. However, developers are now using these overlooked genres to create new games with deep story lines and interesting game mechanics. One such game is Matchstick Memories by CH Buckingham....

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04:45
Mockup video gives a sense of the size of the long-...

Following last week’s claimed leaked schematics for the long-rumored larger iPad, in which the screen size was shown as 12.2-inches, a YouTube channel has put together a mockup video putting the size into context.
The video by tech channel Canoopsy shows the iPad Pro mockup compared in size to everything from the iPhone 5 through to the iPad Air 2 – then places it against a 13-inch MacBook Pro, showing that it is almost exactly the same height and just a little less wide.
The idea of a 12.2-inch display was first posted by MacOtakara, which also suggested a 7mm thickness. Most previous rumors had pegged the screen size at a slightly...

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04:35
Periscope Pro updated with Mac OS X Yosemite...

ZipZapMac has released Periscope Pro 2.3, an update of its video surveillance app for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
Periscope Pro works with the Mac’s built-in camera, as well as third party cameras and IP-cameras. Just plug in a video camera, click when and where prompted, and you’re set.
Periscope Pro requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$19.99. For more info go to http://zipzapmac.com/PeriscopePro .

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04:32
Kool Tools: Quark Author

Quark Software's Quark Author (http://tinyurl.com/ncdzyqt) is Web-based software that allows business users and subject matter experts to create structured content within a word processor-like environment that keeps XML behind the scenes.
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04:21
Tim Cook visits Georgetown, DC, store as Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a couple of photos of a visit yesterday to the Apple Store in Georgetown, Washington DC, to help promote World AIDS Day. He was accompanied by (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, who tweeted a couple of additional photos from the visit (show below) … 
Cook tweeted that Apple Stores around the world were RED, a reference to white Apple logos being replaced by red ones, and staff wearing red t-shirts.
Apple stores around the world are RED today for #WorldAIDSDay....

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04:09
More than 1/3 of U.S. adult smartphone users make...

Video calling is growing into a key mainstream activity on smartphones, with high adoption rates in some markets, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The survey, which was conducted in June 2014, surveyed more than 6,500 U.S. and German consumers about their technology usage and attitudes in order to gain a better picture of how devices are used for work and leisure. 
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03:52
Thunderbird 31.3 - Email client from Mozilla. (Free)

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla. Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.Version 31.3:

  • Fixes an issue where using LDAP autocomplete could end up with blank entries in the compose addressing list
  • Fixes an issue where IRC participants were not removed from the display on leaving a channel.
  • Fixes a regression where Thunderbird wasn't respecting the skip integration option on the default client dialog.
  • Security fixes:
    • Apple CoreGraphics framework on OS X 10.10...

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03:49
Briefly: Google Fiber Austin sign-ups begin, NORAD...

Google has started to accept sign-ups for the Google Fiber "fiberhoods" in Austin. Starting with areas in the south and south-east of the city, residential customers can sign up for plans offering Gigabit Internet and TV services for $130 per month, Gigabit Internet alone for $70 per month, or a 5Mbps connection for no monthly charge but a $300 construction fee, with a business plan providing Gigabit Internet for $100 per month. Other parts of the city will be brought into the Google Fiber sign-up process in the future.......

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03:45
Video Shows Size of 12.2-Inch 'iPad Air Plus...

Last week, Japanese magazine Mac Fan published possible schematics depicting the design of a 12.2-inch "iPad Pro" or "iPad Air Plus". The schematics suggested that the larger-screened tablet would carry dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the device. Now, YouTube user Canoopsy (via Nowhereelse.fr) has created a video showing how an iPad Air Plus with those dimensions would measure up to Apple's other devices including the company's current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro. Some reports have noted that the larger iPad would carry a 12.9-...

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03:43
TeamViewer 10.0.36254 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.Version 10.0.36254:

  • Performance optimizations - TeamViewer 10 includes significant performance optimizations. CPU usage optimizations for multi-core processors, HD voice transmission quality, and faster login and load times for the Management Console are just a few examples.
  • Central setting policies - Apply setting policies, distribute them, and enforce them if necessary, all via the Management Console. Any changes to setting policies are automatically applied to all installations. IT Admins will be happy to know that importing .reg files is now a thing of the past.
  • Master whitelist - Permit...

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00:05
Apple patents active fall protection system that...

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering a futuristic iPhone protection system that can recognize when a phone is dropped, calculate an estimated point of impact and shift its center of gravity to avoid striking sensitive components.

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Monday December 1

22:28
Yosemite XSAN

Forums: TroubleshootingHi All,
I'm a storage admin and xsan is brand new to me. I'm currently trying to setup an xsan so that our video editors using final cut to store and share data. What are your thoughts of running XSAN on yosemite? also could someone point me to a set up documentation? found tons of admin docs for previous versions of xsan, but nothing for yosemite.
thank you!

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20:10
Review: Pioneer DJ HDJ-C70 on-ear headphones

Headphones for professional musicians and hardcore audio enthusiasts are in a different class than most mainstream options that flood retail space. Many focus on the pure sound signature and comfort needed for long sessions, leading to a focus on over-the-ear designs. To fill the gap in the market for on-ear headphones, Pioneer introduced the HDJ-C70. But does Pioneer's crack at a professional-grade on-ear model pay off, or should musicians and music fans seeking the best audio quality look elsewhere? Find out in our review.......

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20:09
Tim Cook makes surprise visit to D.C. Apple Store in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and (RED) chief Deborah Dugan visited a Washington, D.C. Apple Store in Georgetown on Monday to show support for World AIDS Day, a global event created to foster awareness about HIV/AIDS.

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20:00
Reviews: Pioneer DJ HDJ-C70 on-ear headphones

Headphones for professional musicians and hardcore audio enthusiasts are in a different class than most mainstream options that flood retail space. Many focus on the pure sound signature and comfort needed for long sessions, leading to a focus on over-the-ear designs. To fill the gap in the market for on-ear headphones, ......

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19:05
Apple closes iOS 8.1 signing window, eliminating...

Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.1 on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models, thereby eliminating the ability for users to downgrade to the software version. iOS 8.1.1, seeded as an over-the-air update a few weeks ago, is now the earliest software version that devices can be restored to.
If you are currently using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that is running iOS 8.1, keep in mind that you will be unable to ever go back to that software version if you upgrade at this point. The good news for jailbroken users is that an...

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19:02
Department of Justice employing ‘All Writs Act’ to...

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the federal government is not a big fan of Apple’s decision to employ data protection measures on its iOS...

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18:53
Google Chromebooks overtake Apple iPads in education...

After years of holding a commanding lead in the U.S. education market, Apple's iPad was dethroned by Google's Chromebook over the third quarter of 2014, recent statistics show.

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18:35
[Sponsor] Padded Spaces: Where Gadgets Go to Relax

An elegant and easy way to store gadgets in the bedroom, iBedside caddy upgrades your nightly routine. Charge devices while keeping cables and devices out of sight, all within arms’ reach. And just as you begin to doze off, effortlessly release the magnetic shelf and rest your iPhone, too. Everyone gets recharged.

Prop ’n Go offers the comfort of positioning iPad, MacBook and more at 14 easily adjustable angles. Wrapped in contouring memory foam, Prop ‘n Go is perfect for keeping gadgets at just the right position while lounging on the couch or laying in bed. 

In-stock and shipping for free worldwide via Amazon US,...

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18:18
Apple sends rare push notification ad promoting App...

Apple on Monday sent out a rare self-promoting iOS push notification regarding the iOS App Store's (RED) campaign to help fight AIDS, though the unsolicited message turned out to be a cause of concern for certain users.

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18:17
Hands On: Hearts (iOS)

What makes a great puzzle game? Is it the capacity for complexity or the flashiness of the graphics? No, what truly makes a great puzzle game is the ability to engage a player and make them think. A good puzzle game doesn't need to be overly-complicated, but it does need to present interesting puzzles that need to be solved in a clever way. One such puzzle game is Hearts by By Snow Covered Games....

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18:13
The MythBusters take on Corning’s Gorilla Glass to...

The displays on most smartphones these days, including the iPhone, are made using Gorilla Glass from Corning, Inc., which is stronger and lighter than regular glass. Just how much stronger and lighter, exactly, is a question that was put to the test by MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as part of a promotional campaign by Corning.
The video (embedded below) puts two phones through quick drop and scratch tests before moving on to other applications for the glass, such as car windshields. A previous entry in the series covered the bendability of Gorilla Glass.
Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: corning, gorilla glass ...

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17:21
Apple stock hit by brief mini crash of over 6...

Apple shares on Monday saw its most precipitous decline in three months after opening to unusually high trade volume, shedding as much as $40 billion in market value before rebounding to end the day down more than three percent.

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17:04
appLOUD for iPhone Allows Fans to Tip Bands, Post...

Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.The Mac Observer Spin: If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.

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16:55
Is It Time to Give BSD a Try?


It's never easy to stand by and watch a relationship in trouble. First there's the constant bickering, the growing sense of distance, the discontented grumbling and snide remarks. Next, there are the wandering eyes and intentions, and the seeking out of greener pastures. For many longtime Linux users, the past few months have resembled the first phase of that progression as the Systemd Inferno has blazed higher and higher. And now? A seemingly innocent post inquires about "workaday software for BSD on the desktop."

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16:16
Intel Processors will Power Google Glass in 2015

News about the progress of Google Glass had fallen off the planet for a while. So much so that we posted a story a few weeks back titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." Many in the press had written Google Glass off. We wondered if Google was simply looking for a killer app or trying to wind it down. We pointed to new patent filing that showed Google Glass could one day add a projector to its frame. Over the weekend we discovered a new Google Glass patent regarding the addition of biometric authentication. In the last 24 hours the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has discovered that the project is undergoing a technological shift. Instead of using processors from Texas Instruments, Google Glass is to be powered by Intel Inside next year. How will this new launch for Google Glass be different from the rest? WSJ's Alistair Barr and Tanya Rivero discuss it in the noted video above. Our report below touches on possible new directions for Google Glass and the Company's patent...

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16:16
Apple Stores offer red logo for World AIDS Day

Following a promotional push to raise money for the Global Fund, using the "Apps for (RED)" even on the App Store to offer discounted prices or in-app purchases to help fund the fight against AIDs and other diseases, Apple on Monday tinted many of its iconic signs at its retail locations red to commemorate World AIDS Day, which is held every year on December 1. The tradition began in 2012 after Tim Cook became the CEO of the company, and follows precedents established by others since at least 1991....

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Coinverter [iPhone; Now...

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15:24
Marvel app allows developers to turn sketches into...


This could turn into something nifty.
Per TechCrunch, UK startup Marvel, which created an app that lets you turn sketches into app “prototypes” — had just one and a half month’s runway left after burning through the majority of a £60,000 investment from Haatch, has raised a £525,000 seed round from Connect Ventures, app studio ustwo (makers of iOS game Monument Valley, amongst other endeavours), and various angel investors, including Roberto Bonanzinga, Andy McLoughlin, Richard Fearn, and Jeremy Yap.
To that end, Marvel co-founder Murat Mutlu has stated that the startup’s mission going forward is to “lower the barrier” to prototyping.

To achieve this, Marvel’s web, iOS and Android apps let you turn sketches, wireframes, and Photoshop...

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15:06
Best of Cyber Monday: Free and deeply discounted...

On the biggest e-sales day of the year, app developers are getting in on the action with hefty Cyber Monday price cuts on popular titles for iOS and Mac, including half-price and free deals for Fantastical, Assassin's Creed Pirates, Pixelmator for Mac and more.

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15:00
CalDigit T4 RAID: Big, fast storage in a compact...

Speed and storage capacity are the qualities that creative professionals look for in a RAID array, and they're willing to pay a lot for the ability to store huge amounts of video or photographs on a fast and redundant unit. CalDigit is now shipping a...

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14:53
Jim Cramer Thinks Nothing of Apple's Stock...

Jim Cramer CNBC on Apple's Stock Dropping: Basically he saw the drop in Apple's stock as primarily being an algorithm triggering a sell call for all tech stocks and Apple got caught up in that this morning. He sees the market simply reversing Friday's uptick. But later in the day others weighed in.

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14:48
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
DynamicDust has announced Pyro. It's a free augmented reality app that "lets you set the world on fire." Point your iOS device's camera to something you would like to be in flames, draw the fire with a finger on the screen, and you can "burn" everything around you.
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14:45
Apple Finally Faces Trial in Class Action Suit Over...

iPod. Remember when that was a thing? There's a group of lawyers somewhere who do, because Apple is finally facing a long-threatened class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations concerning iPod and iTunes. The trial starts on Tuesday, according to Reuters, and plaintiffs are seeking US$350 million in damages.

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14:34
The Loop Magazine: As reported by The Beard

.Issue 30 of The Loop Magazine posted yesterday on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. We have nine stories available in the latest release, including a couple on iTunes Festival London that took place in September; Nathan Barham looks at tools for education; Johannes Zhou tells us what memory athletes do; Darren Murph talks about what he learned from buying his mother an iPhone; Rob Annese looks at his experience being an iPhone convert; Brock Winstead looks at real estate and Zillow; Alex Davies delves into Google search and advertising; and finally Darren Murph takes us on vacation… for a tenth of the price it would normally cost in “Travel Hacking.”The Loop Magazine cost $1.99 per month and you get about nine articles to read. There is a preview of each article in this month’s issue, so...

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14:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Leather, eco-friendly, and...

Leather, eco-friendly, and trendy designsIn this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, you’ll find protective solutions made from both traditional leather and innovative eco-friendly materials—always, of course, with an emphasis on style and trendy patterns.KavajThe Berlin (iPad mini; $45) offers a stylish yet compact protective solution for your iPad, with a leather exterior and lined with velvety flannel.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:17
Last Minute Cyber Monday Deals

If you didn't find anything that grabbed your attention in the usual Cyber Monday places, Kelly has the scoop on a few of the notable tech deals.

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14:12
Intel Acquires PasswordBox for Easy Password...

Last week we reported that biometrics are coming to PCs in 2015. Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, first noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC and last week he confirmed that. Today, Intel announced their acquisition of Montreal based PasswordBox that is likely to play a role in Intel's upcoming security upgrade for mobile devices and PCs in the new year.

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14:12
South Korea cracks down on unregistered Bluetooth...

In South Korea, the Ministry of Science is stepping in to regulate the market for "selfie sticks" on a technicality. Government action isn't prompted by competitive markets or public complaints, but by a subset of the small sticks that use Bluetooth. It turns out that many of the sticks that utilize Bluetooth functionality aren't registered, therefore haven't been submitted for testing for radio interference....

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13:51
RoboForm 2.0.0 - Password manager; syncs across all...

RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security.

  • Password Manager. RoboForm remembers your passwords so you don't have to! Just remember your one Master Password and RoboForm remembers the rest- it's that easy! Our bookmark-style Logins automatically log you in to your favorite websites with one click.
  • Everywhere. Whether it's on your PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or even USB drive, RoboForm gives you secure access to your passwords wherever you go! One license works on all of your devices. You can be confident knowing that our advanced syncing technology always keeps each device up to date.
  • Security. RoboForm's industry-leading encryption technology securely stores your passwords, with one Master Password serving as your encryption key. Your Master Password is not stored on our servers and you're the only one that knows it,...

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13:49
Mac: G-Technology G-Drive USB

G-Technology continues to produce great hard drives with Mac-inspired designs, always sold at premiums due to their superior materials and reliability. Now there’s an option if you’re looking for an external hard drive that won’t break the bank: the company’s new G-Drive USB ($160-$400). Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, and 6TB capacities, these new models provide a much more affordable alternative to the standard G-Drive by focusing solely on USB 3.0 and eliminating the more expensive and increasingly niche connectivity options such as Firewire 800, eSATA, and Thunderbolt.

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13:43
The new Mac mini is quickly turning into a disaster

Tekrevue:So, what does this mean? At best, it means only very modest improvements for some models, certainly less than most would expect from a system as old as the 2012 Mac mini. At worst, it means a dramatic decrease in performance, with some 2012 configurations absolutely destroying their 2014 counterparts in multi-core workflows.The good, bad and downright ugly of the latest Mac mini. Not a machine I have a lot of faith in recommending.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
The truth about sharks

The Independent:Turn off the spine-tingling music and forget everything you thought you knew about this solitary, “mindless killing machine”. Sharks have individual personalities. They socialise, choose best friends and create social networks of unusual complexity. They can be trained by humans to complete simple tasks, much more quickly than rabbits or cats, for instance, and retain the knowledge for much longer. Sharks also teach each other new tricks: how to find food, identify predators and charm mates. Like sea turtles, some travel huge distances to return to their own birthplace, again and again, to give birth themselves. Most don’t need to swim continuously to survive. And rather than being near-blind and reliant on smell, which is the general perception, they in fact have advanced sight. They feel pain. And the boldest sharks face a greater risk of dying before adulthood. Why does any of this matter? Well, we’re killing about 100 million sharks every year, 11,000 an hour....

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13:33
Review: Uniq Transforma for iPad Air 2

Uniq's Transforma ($45) is one of the few iPad Air 2 cases we've seen so far that is specifically designed for Apple's newest full-sized iPad — it won't work with the thicker first-generation iPad Air, which is a good thing from our perspective, as the case is noticeably thinner than earlier cases. The folio-style case features a magnetic folding lid that transforms into a stand for viewing the iPad Air 2 in a number of angles, including portrait mode, and the magnet also activates the iPad Air 2's sleep/wake function. As with many folio cases, the buttons are left exposed on Transforma, as is the iPad's speaker grille.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:22
Three Heads Roll at Samsung for Disappointing Mobile...

Earlier today we reported that Samsung's Galaxy S5 sales in China have plummeted by as much as 50% and with profits following suit, mayhem reigned at Samsung. While three of Samsung's top executives maintained their current positions for the time being (J.K. Shin, B.K. Yoon and Kwon Oh-hyun), three other executives were forced to resign from the company for their poor business performance.

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13:10
Unexpected: Why Shopping With Apple Pay Feels so Good

There's something interesting going on with the psychology of shopping with Apple Pay. It's not just that it's more secure than swiping a credit card, and it's not just that it's techy cool. John Martellaro explores the phenomenon.

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13:08
The Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker: $179.99...

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen: the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker. It's a speaker that's a globe and it levitates. Seriously. It levitates. It floats in mid-air while it plays music or acts as your speaker phone, or whatever. Magnets are frakking cool. Check out the video in the deal listing to see it in action. It connects to an audio source via Bluetooth, plus it levitates. Drop in Luke Skywalker with a helmet over this eyes, and you can have yourself a proper SciFi shindig. The Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker ships in January for $199. Stack Social has it on preorder for $195-when your speaker levitates, you don't have to discount it much. But this week only it's $179.99. So check it out and start counting down the days until it ships.

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13:00
MOS Kick: Incredibly small, light and sturdy iPhone...

Accessory designers love to take up a challenge, and that must be the reason that the folks at MOS in Orem, Utah came up with the MOS Kick (US$25 pledge). The idea was to create an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stand that could easily fit in a pocket, yet be s...

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12:52
Dropbox gains ability to rename files & folders...

The official Dropbox application for Apple's iOS received a significant update on Monday with key new features, including the ability to rename files and folders on the go, and also to launch Office files in their respective Microsoft apps.

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12:47
The Northern Spy: Fusion Power

With the release of OS X 10.10.1 the Spy decided to take another try with Yosemite and installed it on one machnine. Seeing none of the problems he experienced with the beta at WWDC, he eventually installed on three machines--a late 2007 MacBook Pro seventeen inch (emergency unit), a 2013 Retina MacBook (main one at work), and a Westmere tower MacPro (home).
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12:28
Firefox 34 adds Yahoo as default search option,...

Mozilla has released Firefox 34, the latest version of its multi-platform web browser. As promised last month, the update makes Yahoo the default search engine. People upgrading from a previous version, however, are only being prompted to switch engines in a pop-up message; clicking "Later" leaves Google search in place....

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12:25
Cyber Monday Brings Sweet Deals for Video Gamers


A batch of great online deals on Cyber Monday, on the heels of strong Black Friday sales at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, could make Microsoft's Xbox One video game system the big winner in the run-up to the holidays. The video game console headed into its second holiday season in second place to Sony's PlayStation 4, but Microsoft has introduced a number of bundles to draw in gamers. Both systems saw strong pre-holiday sales after their respective launches last year, but Microsoft could have an early edge this time around.

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11:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Screen protectors, festive...

Screen protectors, festive designs, and mountable solutionsThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you screen protection, festive designs just for the holiday season, and functional alternatives for when your iPhone is not in your pocket.M-EdgeThe Glimpse (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30 to $35) decorates your iPhone with a quirky see-through effect, thanks to its colorful pattern layered on a clear shell.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Daily Deals for December 1, 2014, featuring a 10%...

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

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

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11:23
Review: Magpul Field Case for iPhone 6

We've seen Magpul's Field Case ($17) a number of times before, and it's now been released for the iPhone 6. The American-made flexible thermoplastic case provides basic protection, as well as retaining the same look and feel as previous versions of the Field Case, last seen for iPhone 5/5s — refer to that review for further details. Field Case includes volume control and Sleep/Wake button coverage. Some users may want to note that Magpul is primarily a manufacturer of firearms and firearms accessories, which may influence your interest in this product; as always, we're reviewing the iPhone case strictly on its own merits.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:20
Samsung declines to shake up management amidst...

Despite speculation that Samsung was planning to institute major personnel changes its mobile division, the South Korean electronics maker has instead announced that it will stay the course with its mobile management team.

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11:20
10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

itwbennett writes Plaintiffs in the Apple iPod iTunes antitrust litigation complain that Apple married iTunes music with iPod players, and they want $350 million in damages. The lawsuit accuses Apple of violating U.S. and California antitrust law by restricting music purchased on iTunes from being played on devices other than iPods and by not allowing iPods to play music purchased on other digital music services. Late Apple founder Steve Jobs will reportedly appear via a videotaped statement during the trial, scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. ...

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11:08
Microsoft buys Acompli, an email app for iOS

Microsoft announced today that it acquired Acompli, an email client for Android and iOS, in an effort to own more productivity apps on each mobile platform:
This acquisition is part of our company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices. This year we brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and we recently announced that we’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in our work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and we’re continuing to push forward.
Acompli also ...

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11:00
Cool Wallpapers HD offers more than 8,000 free images

Wallpaper apps are commonplace, but so many have really second-rate images. On my own iPhone I prefer to use photos I have taken, especially landscapes, but Cool Wallpapers HD (free - ad supported) has some simply beautiful images that are tempting m...

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10:52
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-01

Complaints about the front-facing camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been surfacing, but that doesn't necessarily mean Apple designed the phone poorly. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone's design and production process and whether or not Apple is having bigger issues, plus they share a couple Cyber Monday deals.

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10:51
Holiday gift guide: Making music with your iPhone,...

It doesn’t take much to get up and running recording music on your Mac, iPad, or even your iPhone. With a few pieces of additional hardware and the right software, it’s easier than ever to have a home recording setup that, thanks to iOS and some great third-party apps, is as simple and as intuitive to use as iOS itself.
Head below for our latest guide to the essentials for making music with your iPad, iPhone, and Mac, many of which are currently discounted for Cyber Monday:
AUDIO INTERFACES |
First you need to get an audio interface. The right interface for you will depend on your needs: Do you want to plug in a guitar? A mic? Record a full band? Interfaces all have different ins and outs, varying audio quality, and other bells and whistles, but the concept is the same: an interface lets you plug your instruments into...

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10:51
Updated Dropbox iOS app gives you quick accesss to...

Dropbox announced today that an incoming update hitting the App Store today will offer the ability to rename fils and folders and more.
Today’s update to the iOS app includes a new “more actions button” that will let users rename files, folders and access other functions: We’ve added an easy-access more actions button next to the sharing icon in the upper right-hand corner that leads to a set of file options so you can quickly do things like rename or move a file…To rename files straight from the Dropbox, simply choose Rename from the more actions button as you’re previewing. Rename folders by swiping to the right from the file list view and tapping the rename icon.
Dropbox also points out that the latest apps have a new disappearing toolbar that provides more screen real estate when viewing files and folders in addition to a few other new features. Our new toolbar...

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10:40
Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X adds disk space...

The CleverFiles Team has released Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X. It adds Yosemite compatibility and disk space visualization to its suite of data recovery features.
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10:27
PipelineFX’s Qube! to support Autodesk’s VRED

PipelineFX (pipelinefx.com) is bringing VRED batch render support to their flagship product, Qube!. With the ability to leverage real-time clusters for animation rendering, both automotive and industrial design users will experience greater efficiency while creating prototype and marketing materials, says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX.
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10:02
Worldwide smartphone market forecast to slow from a...

According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013.
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10:00
iPod antitrust lawsuit set to kick off tomorrow

The iPod's glory days are long gone, but plaintiffs certainly have long memories. Add a slow-moving judicial system into the equation and what we have, in a broad sense, is an upcoming anti-trust trial regarding Apple's ancient efforts to restrict mu...

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09:57
Microsoft acquires mobile email app developer Acompli

Microsoft has revealed it has acquired Acompli, the developer behind mobile email apps of the same name for iOS and Android. Revealed early via a mistakenly-published blog post before being pulled from view, the acquisition gives Microsoft a mobile email client from which it could easily integrate certain aspects into work already carried out by Microsoft's Outlook team....

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09:54
How speakers make sound

Animagraffs:Speakers push and pull surrounding air molecules in waves that the human ear interprets as sound. You could even say that hearing is movement detection. So what makes a speaker travel back and forth at just the right rate and distance, and how does that make sound?I thought I knew how speakers worked. After watching this cool web page, I realized I had no clue how speakers worked.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
Cyber Monday: The best iPhone, iPad, & Mac...

A ton of great deals on accessories for iPhone, iPad and Macs have gone live today for Cyber Monday in addition to the many Black Friday deals still running from the weekend. Today is your last chance to get in on most of these discounts and in some cases might be your last chance to get your hands on these products before the holidays.
Head below for our roundup of the best deals available today on cases and accessories for your Apple device. 
As always, we’re tracking deals for all platforms and gadgets over on 9to5Toys.

OtterBox | 25% off on Cases + Free Shipping through Wednesday Dec 3rd (excludes iPhone 6/6...

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09:16
Best of Cyber Monday: up to $100 off iPads, up to $...

Though Black Friday has come and gone, many of its discounts on Macs -- and even some iPads -- remain for a few more hours through "Cyber Monday." Here's a roundup of the deepest discounts on Apple products still standing from retailers who either have those products in stock or promise to ship them within the next business week.

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09:08
Live Interior 3D Pro 2.9.7 - Powerful and intuitive...

Live Interior 3D Pro is a powerful yet very intuitive interior designing application. View Video Tutorials It has every feature of Live Interior 3D Standard, plus some exclusive ones:

  • Create multi-story projects and automatically add one of seven supplied roof styles using the Roof Assistant.
  • Adjust walls by making niches and openings in them. You can also apply different surface materials to walls by creating custom wall panels.
  • Light Source Manager allows to create lamps by adding multiple light sources to any furniture object. Conveniently position every light source within 3D object, adjust light color and attenuation, set glow type, control spot direction.
  • You can edit any 3D object directly from the program using Google SketchUp.
  • Alter any supplied material or create your own from an image or photo...

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09:05
Microsoft acquires iOS email app Acompli, plans to...

Microsoft's presence on Apple's iOS continues to grow with the acquisition of Acompli, a popular mobile email client that first debuted earlier this year on the iPhone.

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09:00
Santa’s Elves use OneNote to create giant wish list...

Chances are, if you’ve ever dropped a letter to Santa in a mailbox—whether it was stamped or not, or addressed with “North Pole” or not—it ended up at a post office in one small town in southern Indiana.
Why Indiana? It’s because that town is called, for reasons too complex to relay logically here, “Santa Claus” and the U.S. Postal Service, cleverly and with no better alternative, began delivering them all there. Great canvas sacks of them. Literally, tens of thousands of envelopes filled with Christmas wishes and petitions of unnaughtiness that arrive by the truckload each December.
Since 1914, the townspeople have taken it upon themselves to answer every child’s letter they receive. And for a town which, even today, only has 2,500 residents, it’s a serious endeavor. “Santa’s Elves” is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to tackling it, and as Elf Pat Koch explains in the most kid-friendly way possible, “Santa Claus has to get all of those toys ready. He has so...

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Clip Art now powered by Bing Images

Starting today, customers searching for Online Pictures in Office desktop products worldwide will view and download royalty-free images curated through Bing Images.  The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines.
Bing Image Search has higher quality images that are more up-to-date. For example, searching for “cellphone” gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-school bricks from Clip Art. Also, Bing uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  These are images you can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use (settings can be switched to Show all web results to view more images).

Give it a try. In programs like Word 2013,...

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09:00
Touch ID for your Mac ... sorta

Apple's Touch ID biometric authentication has one very bad side effect on users - when you start using it regularly, you want to unlock everything with your fingerprint. Apple hasn't built a Touch ID pad into Macs yet, but an iOS app called FingerKey...

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08:50
Macs Fan Control 1.1.12.3 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later

Version 1.1.12.3:

  • Fixed updater
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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08:47
Apple’s Latest iPhone Headache: Crescentgate

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already been through the media ringer for being too easy to bend, and now there's a new issue to latch onto called Crescentgate. The name stems from the crescent shape that appears when the the front-facing camera shifts in its housing, exposing its edge. Complaints about the issue have been cropping up around the Internet, and we've seen it on one of our iPhones at The Mac Observer, too.

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08:46
Review: Speck StyleFolio for iPad Air 2

Speck's folio-style case for iPad, StyleFolio ($40), has returned for iPad Air 2. Reviewed for iPad Air last year, the updated StyleFolio actually fits both iPad Air models, as there are cutouts for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 — note the microphone holes in the center of the case. The camera hole has also been elongated to accommodate the microphone next to the iPad Air 2 camera. Other than that, the faux-leather case is very similar to the previous edition, with built-in stand functionality, a plastic clasp to keep the lid closed, and front-facing speaker vents. For more information, please read our previous review.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:31
Steve Jobs' Testimony Expected to Play Major...

Apple this week is scheduled to appear in court and face accusations that it deliberately crippled competing music services and players in an iPod class action lawsuit from 2005, reports The New York Times. The trial will feature testimony from Steve Jobs, whose emails and a videotaped deposition taken before his death will play an important part in the plaintiffs' case. The complaint focuses on Apple's older iPod models, which only supported music purchased on iTunes and songs downloaded from CDs. Also being disputed is Apple's FairPlay system of encoding purchased music, which limited music playback to the iPod and not competing MP3 players. In the suit, consumers claim Apple violated antitrust law by deliberately limiting interoperability with competitors,...

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08:30
The worst iPhone stocking stuffer

Plenty of cheap, strange smartphone accessories pop up around this time of the year in the hopes that you'll pick them up as a last-second gift, but this little doohickey Walgreens dreamed up is something special. It's a pill case that, for whatever ...

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08:29
9to5Toys Cyber Monday: iTunes gift cards 25% off,...

$100 iTunes gift card w/ email delivery for $75 from PayPal (25% savings)

GoPro HERO4 SILVER w/ 32GB Memory Card & $50 Amazon Gift Card: $ ($490 value)
Continue on for the rest of our favorite Cyber Monday tech deals:

Amazon’s Cyber Monday plans include new deals every ten minutes and mobile app exclusives
iPhone/iPad/Mac accessories:

  • Pick up a Twelve South BookBook case (...
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08:23
Emails, video by Jobs may back plaintiffs in iPod...

Evidence from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is likely to be central in an antitrust case against the company set to go to trial tomorrow, notes the New York Times. The plaintiffs charge that Apple's now-defunct DRM restrictions on iPods -- which limited people to loading music bought on the iTunes Store or ripped from a CD -- represented anti-competitive behavior, in turn leading to higher prices. Jobs recorded a video deposition prior to his death in 2011, which the plaintiffs' lawyers intend to use alongside emails written by the CEO.......

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News: Class action on iPod, iTunes Store lock-in...

A decade-old series of lawsuits regarding iPod and iTunes Store lock-in is nearing trial, according to the New York Times. Having circulated in various Bay Area federal courts for years, the collection of lawsuits was amalgamated, accusing Apple of using Digital Rights Management (DRM) on iTunes Store purchases to lock customers into continuing to purchase iPods from Apple, rather than cheaper alternatives. The report notes that previously-unreleased…

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08:10
Cyber Monday Deals: $39 Lumia 635, $300 4K display

Welcome to the third installment of Monday Deals, the place where we list various deals and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today is Cyber Monday, the day retailers are supposed to offer Black Friday-style deals online, though admittedly the majority have been doing just that for a week already. As usual, the deals are accurate at the time of writing, but check first before purchasing, and come back later for more deals as we will be adding more as the day goes on....

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08:00
Today is the best day to buy an iPhone from T-Mobile

Holiday deals on the iPhone are sometimes underwhelming -- mainly because the phones sell so well on their own that they don't really need any help finding homes -- but T-Mobile's Cyber Monday deal is actually pretty fantastic. For today only, T-Mobi...

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07:39
10% of Consumers 'Very Likely' to Buy a...

According to a new survey conducted by analysts at UBS, interest in the smartwatch market is continuing to grow ahead of the Apple Watch launch early next year. Of the 4,000 respondents asked to partake in the survey across four different countries, about 10 percent cited that they are "very likely" to buy a smartwatch in the next year. Based on projections of Apple's iPhone sales and the current installed base of iPhones compatible with the Apple Watch, the analysts predict Apple will sell 24 million Apple Watches within the first nine months.Figure 10 indicates that 10% of respondents (401 out of 4,000) are very likely and 17% (682 out of 4,000) somewhat likely to buy a smartwatch in the next 12 months. That is a three-fold increase vis-à-vis the 386 respondents claiming to already own a smartwatch and a four-fold increase if we assume that around one-third of the currently owned smartwatches are actually fitness bands. Based on an estimate of 240 million iPhones compatible...

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07:11
UBS survey finds 10% of consumers want a smartwatch...

A new survey from UBS suggests that the Apple Watch could get off to a strong start, leading the investment firm to predict sales of 24 million units and gross profit of $3.4 billion from the wearable device in its first few months alone.

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