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Monday November 10

05:00
qlmanage

QuickLook scans file contents before you open those files. Usually this just lets you view a file quickly. But you can also use this same technology from the command line to bring about a change to the Finder without actually opening a file. To access QuickLook from the command line, use qlmanage.
qlmanage -p ~/Desktop/MyTowel42.pdf
While open, click the space bar to go back to your Terminal session. The most notable use case here is that when you use qlmanage you don’t run the risk of changing the date/time stamp of the files.

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04:40
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 5.1

Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its NAS operating system. According to CEO Alex Wang, some of the improvemnts include:
° Comprehensive security measures: Security Advisor analyses system settings, password strength, network preferences and removes known malware. In addition, AppArmor blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources, while packages can now be digitally signed to avoid any use of tampered executable.
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04:33
New Sainsbury’s supermarket app aiming to integrate...

A new app created by the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is aiming to integrate the virtual and physical shopping process, allowing you to create shopping lists, be guided to those products in the store and to pay on your smartphone, skipping the checkout queues. It is currently being tested internally, with customer trials to follow early next year, initially in the UK.
Sainsbury’s says that the app is all about saving time.

Overall, the app is proven to cut the time taken to do a shop – reducing checkout time to seconds in testing.
Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s, said “We know that customers’ weekly shop doesn’t start at our front door – they know what they like and they also like that search for a bargain. They still want to come into store – but with limited time, they want to be able to get their shop done quickly....

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03:47
How to simplify overlapping cloud storage services

There’s no shortage of choices for cloud storage, but that leads to another problem: how do you decide which services you truly need, and which files to put where? If you’ve signed up for as many cloud providers as you have files, it’s time for an intervention (or at least a moment of clear-headed contemplation).
I’ll admit it: I’m an online storage junkie. At one time or another I’ve synced files to the cloud using Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Bitcasa, Box, DollyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SpiderOak, SugarSync...

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04:21
Independent ad technology to reach $6 billion in 2014

The independent ad technology market is explosive, showing 52% annual growth from 2011 through 2014, with nearly a US$6 billion expected market size in 2014. In addition to revenue growth, the pace of acquisition has been frantic, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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04:19
TA14-310A: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows...

Original release date: November 10, 2014
Systems Affected
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system
Overview
Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.[1] After this date, this product will no longer receive:

  • Security patches that help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software
  • Assisted technical support from Microsoft
  • Software and content updates

Description
All software products have a lifecycle. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.[2] As of July 2014, there were 12 million physical servers worldwide still running Windows Server 2003....

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04:00
Recommended Reading: 'Yosemite Server -...

Carbon Technologies' "Yosemite Server - Foundation Services," (http://tinyurl.com/lddczfu) written by Reid Bundonis and available exclusively in the iBooks format in the Apple iBooks Store for US$12.99, focuses on the core foundation services required for the successful deployment of OS X Server in companies of all sizes.
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03:39
Yummy FTP 1.10.1 - FTP/SFTP/FTPS client for speedy,...

Yummy FTP is an FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client which focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Whether you need to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule automatic backups, or perform website maintenance, Yummy FTP will handle it with ease. Featuring:

  • Beautiful, Retina-enabled user interface
  • Full FTP/FTPS/SFTP protocol support
  • Super-fast transfers
  • Automatic failure recovery
  • Directory synchronization
  • Scheduling
  • Bandwidth limiting
  • Dual or single pane view
  • Outline and column listing views
  • Quick Look
  • Remote editing of server files
  • Built-in text editor
  • Local-remote file diff
  • Bookmark manager + Dropbox Sync
  • Open in Terminal
  • Import favorites
  • File/folder filtering
  • Full Screen mode
  • Growl support
  • Built-in FTP Alias

And much much more just waiting to be...

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03:36
Apple Reportedly Opening New R&D Center in...

Apple is planning to open a new facility that includes research and development operations in Cambridge, England within the next few weeks, reports Business Weekly (via MacGeneration). 90 Hills Road, which is said to be location of Apple's new offices in Cambridge The company's new offices are said to be located at 90 Hills Road, which is described as a prestigious corporate building and is located near the likes of headquarters belonging to Microsoft and Sony. More than 1000 technology companies have established offices in Cambridge since 1998, with the region earning the nickname of "Silicon Fen" in reference to Silicon Valley. Other companies including microprocessor manufacturer ARM and wireless communications...

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Sunday November 9

20:59
Arq 4.7.3 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes. Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget. Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives. Arq compresses and...

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20:45
CrashPlan 3.6.4

Adds support for Yosemite and excludes Time Machine backups from the Code42 public cloud. (Free with a 30-day trial of online backup service, 51.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:37
Briefly: Opera Mini 9 video boost, GhostReader 2.0

Web browser app Opera Mini has received an update, now featuring a new video boost feature. Aiming to provide users with enduring less buffering while watching video, the new video optimization reduces the size of video data. In the description found on the iTunes App Store, Opera states its website compression allows its users to worry less about their data plan capacity, since "your data plan didn't suddenly get bigger and your network didn't magically get faster just because you bought a nice piece of tech." Free to download, Opera Mini v9.0 requires iOS 7.0 or later.......

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20:33
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.2

Adds new tool to improve setup of automatic downloads for existing accounts. ($74.99 new, free update) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:06
Pixelmator 3.3

Redesigned user interface for Yosemite, plus added support for Continuity and iCloud Drive. ($29.99 new, free update, 42.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:51
Apple launches Web tool to delist cell phone numbers...

Apple on Sunday launched a new website that will allow users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, fixing an issue that would result in messages sent from iOS devices being "hijacked" if the recipient stopped using an iPhone.

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18:05
Home Depot blames security breach on Windows, senior...

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at The Home Depot’s recent security breach of its payment data systems, in which 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses of customers were compromised. A root cause of the security breach: a Windows vulnerability in the retailer’s main computer network.
“Once inside Home Depot’s systems after gaining credentials from the outside vendor, the hackers were able to jump the barriers between a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system,...

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18:19
Latest Apple Campus 2 1080P drone video shows...

These are just great. Many thanks to Myithz for sending these in every few weeks. Today’s video shows that the actual building of the structure has started after the foundation had been completed last time we checked in mid October.
Apple Campus 2 has been called ‘Greenest in the World’. The controversial structure, which will house 12,000 staff in 2.8M square feet on 176 acres, is estimated to be completed in 2016...

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18:00
The AppsGoneMad bundle offers 6 solid Mac apps for...

I usually avoid app bundles because there is often one thing I really want, but the rest of the bundle is forgettable. This latest bundle from AppsGoneMad, which can be purchased between now and November 24, actually has several apps for Mac OS X...

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17:49
Report claims Walmart will never accept Apple Pay...

Walmart is one of several high-profile retailers that belong to MCX, a consortium of retailers that have partnered together to create their own mobile payments service called CurrentC. Due to this commitment, the big-box retailer has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

Re/code offers some insight this weekend into why Walmart “will never accept Apple Pay,” with a big part of the reason being that Walmart believes that the fees merchants...

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16:55
Apple Launches Web Tool to Deregister Phone Numbers...

Apple today released a new web tool for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event they switched to a non-Apple device. To deregister a phone number from iMessage, users simply enter their phone number in Apple's web tool, receive a free text message containing a code, and submit the code to complete the process. Users who still have their original iPhone can also transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Users switching from an iPhone to another device were often unable to receive SMS messages from another iPhone due to their phone number still being linked to iMessage. These specific errors with iMessage have been a well-known issue since 2011, which is when the messaging service debuted with iOS 5. They...

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16:30
Weekly Game Replay: Blizzard expansions, EA kills...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the happenings of the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we take a look at Microsoft's purchase of Mojang finalizing, Blizzard's new expansions for Starcraft II and Hearthstone, Unity asset development payouts, Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode on next-gen consoles, and Electronic Arts terminating its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Dawngate....

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14:58
Apple introduces tool for deregistering iMessage,...

Apple has added a page to its website for deregistering and turning off iMessage for users that have switched from an iPhone to an Android device or other non-Apple smartphone. The new web-based tool arrives after Apple faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.
For those that have switched to another smartphone and no longer own an iPhone, the website provides a field where you can enter your phone number, receive a confirmation code and enter that code to confirm your iMessage deregistration. Apple also reiterates instructions on how to...

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14:32
ReadKit 2.4.2

Improves compatibility with Yosemite and fixes bugs associated with migration issues. ($9.99 new, free update, 4.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:00
A week with the Retina iMac: Closing thoughts on...

Apple's Retina iMac doesn't suffer from many first-generation growing pains.

Andrew Cunningham


When I returned from vacation earlier this week, one of the first things I did was unpack our Retina iMac loaner from its box and plop it on my desk in place of the non-Retina 2012 model I normally use.
Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson has already spent ample time talking about the GPU and the screen itself, which are by far the two most notable things about this machine. In the interest of wrapping up our multi-part "review" of Apple's first Retina desktop, let's spend some time comparing it to the rest of Apple's Macs, and evaluate what it's like to use the computer as a standard Mac rather than...

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13:17
Hollywood can’t compete with this supercut of NASA...

The Roosevelts:

Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer.

Mind blowing. Watch on the biggest screen you possibly can.
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12:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Tough protection for kids...

Tough protection for kids and trendy options for grownupsIn this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, we turn our attention to cases designed for your kids' iPads—without, of course, forgetting about the adults.BelkinThe Stripe Cover (iPad mini, all models; $35) keeps your tablet safe with its protective frame reinforced with flexible silicone corners.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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

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

News

Court docs reveal...

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12:57
New clock may end time as we know it

NPR:

America’s master clock is one of the most accurate clocks on the planet: an atomic clock that uses oscillations in the element cesium to count out 0.0000000000000001 second at a time. If the clock had been started 300 million years ago, before the age of dinosaurs began, it would still be keeping time — down to the second.

Try that with your fancy-schmancy Apple Watch.
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12:33
Night time Eiffel Tower photos are a copyright...

TorrentFreak:

It may sound absurd, but taking a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night and sharing that online may be copyright infringement. The stance is confirmed by the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, who note the following on their website.

“Daytime views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. However, its various illuminations are subject to author’s rights as well as brand rights. Usage of these images is subject to prior request from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.”

A weird and little known quirk of copyright law. So, you can take and sell daytime shots of the Eiffel Tower to places like stock photography sites but not of the night time shots because the evening light show on the tower (which is quite lovely) is copyrighted.
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12:32
Apple Seeks Documentary Evidence in Case against...

On October 22 we reported that a patent troll by the name of GPNE Lost their patent infringement case against Apple. Now Patently Apple is first to discover that there may be a little more to this case. Late on Friday Apple applied to the US District Court in Hawaii an ex parte for an order granting Apple leave to obtain targeted discovery from GPNE Corp. for use in a foreign proceeding.

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11:28
'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 8.x Now...

The Pangu development team today updated its jailbreak for iOS 8 and 8.1, bringing full support for the Mac. The update comes a week after the program saw an update for Windows that brought an automatic installation of Cydia and support for the English language. Pangu's jailbreak tool for iOS 8 is the first that is compatible with any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1, including newer devices such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The jailbreak method allows users to install content like themes, tweaks, and apps from other sources than the App Store. The Pangu development team recommends that users backup their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches before using the tool, and notes that devices upgraded over-the-air may need to be restored before being jailbroken. Cydia administrator Jay Freeman noted on his Twitter that the Pangu jailbreak is "stable enough" and said that...

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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Neato - Jot down note...

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10:43
Ireland's Finance Minister Confident Case...

The Irish love a good Fight: Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan said late on Friday that a European Commission case against Ireland over tax breaks given to Apple ...

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10:33
X Lossless Decoder 20141109 - Encode, transcode, and...

X Lossless Decoder (XLD) is a tool for OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding. XLD supports the following formats:

  • (Ogg) FLAC (.flac/.ogg)
  • Monkey's Audio (.ape)
  • Wavpack (.wv)
  • TTA (.tta)
  • Apple Lossless (.m4a) [10.4 and later]
  • TAK (.tak) [Requires Wine]
  • Shorten (.shn) [SHN v3 only]
  • AIFF, WAV, etc.

Other formats supported by Libsndfile are also decodable. XLD uses not decoder frontend but library to decode, so no intermediate files are generated. All of the supported formats can be directly split with the cue sheet. XLD also supports so-called 'embedded' or 'internal' cue sheet. Currently you can choose output format from WAVE, AIFF, and Raw PCM. In addition, you can choose Ogg Vorbis (aoTuV), MPEG-4 AAC (QuickTime/CoreAudio), MP3 (LAME), Apple Lossless, and...

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09:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices...

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08:48
Roundup: The best Notification Center widgets for...

Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite allows third-party apps to include interactive Notification Center widgets, and AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best and most useful widgets you can install on your Mac right now.

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08:41
The Second Largest Insurance Company in China Sues...

Lufax, a company from Pudong, Shanghai, China is suing Apple under four counts for allowing a "counterfeit app" to be sold on iTunes App Store after Apple failed to respond to their request within 60 days.

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08:40
MGG 527: It’s Hard to be Offensive When You’re a Geek

Dave's back from MacTech, the studio iMac has a new power supply, and he and John are rocking and rolling at full strength! Topics covered include learning how to manually upload to iCloud Photo Library, cleaning up your SMTP Servers in Mail, sorting out where all those "remembered" wireless networks come from and more (LOTS more!). Download and enjoy!

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07:41
Pangu team releases iOS 8 jailbreak tool for OS X...


It’s finally here. The Pangu team has released its iOS 8 jailbreak tool for Mac. This will provide a one-click jailbreak solution for anyone without a Windows computer. Previously the tool was only available for Windows, which could also be used within a virtual machine on OS X, but now it’s native.

This is obviously an ideal situation for anyone that owns a Mac. This release wasn’t a huge surprise as the Pangu team confirmed that it was in the works last week, but only mentioned that it...

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07:41
Monosnap 3.0.1 - Versatile screenshot utility with...

Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs! Capture:

  • Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window
  • Make your crop area pixel perfect with our 8x magnifier
  • Customize hotkeys
  • Make timed screenshot
  • Record screencasts
  • Highlight details while recording a video

Annotate and Edit:

  • Highlight important details with pen, text, arrows and shapes
  • Hide private information with blur tool
  • Open snapshots in your favorite external editor

Save and share:

  • Login to get free cloud storage space
  • Connect Monosnap to Evernote, Dropbox, CloudApp, Yandex.Disk and Box.com
  • Add your personal FTP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 server
  • Upload files and images by dropping them to the menubar icon
  • Drag-and-drop right from the editor
  • ...

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07:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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06:33
Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse...

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire to go up my dashboard.
Today I’m looking at the Fuse Chicken Une Bobine (pictured above) and MONTAR by WinnerGear...

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06:01
How the Berlin wall really fell

Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I always thought the wall was taken down in response to purposeful social change. But read the linked story. It was all the result of a colossal chain of clumsy bureaucratic error.
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05:40
Inside the Apple, GT conflict

Saturday November 8

14:28
Paper by FiftyThree updated with Adobe Creative...

The popular iPad drawing and sketching app Paper by FiftyThree has been updated with Adobe Creative Cloud integration, push notifications and sharing directly from Mix, a camera view during account creation, smoother shadows and general improvements for iOS 8. The updated version of Paper by FiftyThree is available now on the App Store.
Adobe Creative Cloud integration is singlehandedly the biggest part of this update to Paper, enabling users to use the share menu to export drawings to Adobe Creative Cloud storage and send Paper sketches directly to Photoshop and Illustrator. Meanwhile, push notifications and new sharing functionality will help improve the...

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12:29
EFF files petition with U.S. Copyright Office to...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it has filed a petition with the U.S. Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office to extend and expand the exemption that makes jailbreaking an iOS device or rooting an Android device possible without violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States.
The EFF has previously fought for and been awarded this exemption for jailbreaking and rooting devices in 2010 and 2012, although it is forced to argue its case every three years due to the process in which DMCA exemptions are considered. This time around, it is hoping to expand the exemption for smartphones to include the iPad and other tablets.
The non-profit digital rights group argues that consumers should be able to install any software they want on their smartphones and tablets,...

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11:51
DiskCatalogMaker 6.4.11b2 - Catalog your disks (beta...

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast.
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel.
  • Super-fast search algorithm.
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space.
  • Can generate thumbnail images.
  • Long Unicode file name support.
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support.
  • A Mach-O application. (Mac OS X native format.)

Version 6.4.11b2:

  • Added support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Fixed a bug when exporting catalog data as text
  • OS X 10.5 or later

Download Now

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10:22
Pixelmator for iPad

Many thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed. Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful image editor that gives you everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad and even work effortlessly with Photoshop images. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power, Pixelmator for iPad is a real image editor right at your fingertips.
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10:20
Microsoft offers pro-rated refunds to Office 365...

In the wake of Microsoft reversing course, and adding document creation and editing to all iOS users of its Office suite for iPad at no charge, the company is offering refunds for Office 365 subscribers who request it. The offer is limited, with significant restrictions: it requires proof of purchase, is likely not available to those who purchased through the app, and is pro-rated....

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10:13
Unread RSS reader

I really like Unread on my iPhone. It’s all about gestures and swiping to navigate the app, which is a nice way to do an RSS reader. There’s an iPad version too—I bought both.
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09:00
OS X Yosemite How-to: Enable Dark Mode


New in OS X Yosemite is Dark Mode. Dark Mode allows for further customization of the appearance of the Mac. When enabling Dark Mode, it turns the translucent dock and menu bar from light grey and switches it to black. In this how-to I will discuss how to enable Dark Mode, the limitations of Dark Mode and a way to overcome the limitations of Dark Mode.

To enable Dark Mode, open up System Preferences.

Then you are going to select General, all the way in the upper left hand corner. Then you are going to check off Use dark menu bar and Dock.

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09:00
Caturday: Merry modeling with a new iPad product

Sigh. Readers have been getting a bit lax about sending us their awesome Caturday shots, so I've once again had to resort to providing pictures of one of my own cats. The sweet kitty you see above is Merry, who has already graced the pages of TUAW...

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08:40
China Grants Apple Design Patents for iTunes Radio...

Late yesterday the Patent and Trademark Office equivalent in Hong Kong China granted Apple several new design patents with two of them specifically being for iTunes Radio.

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08:08
Review: Equil Smartpen 2, a Bluetooth-connected ink...

Smartpens have long been seen as the ultimate savior of cultures struggling to make the digital transition. AppleInsider took a look at the Equil Smartpen 2, one of the leading competitors, offering compatibility with both iOS and OS X.

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07:28
AT&T snaps up Mexican wireless provider Lusacell...

AT&T has declared that it will purchase Mexico-based wireless carrier Lusacell for $1.7 billion in cash. The Mexican company has a network that blankets 70 percent of the country with 3G, and uses the same GSM frequencies that AT&T uses. The deal will also see AT&T take on $700 million in debt that Lusacell holds....

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07:00
UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices quickly

iOS devices have always had battery issues for heavy users. Each new model comes with a bigger battery, but that battery often serves a higher resolution screen, added radios, a faster processor and other features.

There are a variety of battery...

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06:54
Quicken 2015 2.1.1 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go. Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you’re spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on,...

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06:11
Exclusive Analysis: iOS app storage limits across...

Ever since reports of issues with large libraries on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, rumors have been flying around, all claiming to know the true source of the problems, and Apple's future intentions for the iPhone and iOS. MacNN began some tests about a month ago to try and nail down the root cause of the issue, and as we alluded to last week, we believe that the "problem" lies in the iOS, and not a hardware flaw related to NAND cells. Read on for our methodology, as well as our specific findings....

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06:02
Apple and bent iPhones

Here’s one story of a bent iPhone and Apple’s response.
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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Garish Walkie-Talkies, Slick Cameras...


Welcome to another installment of every tech-loving optimist's and misanthrope's favorite look at the week's most wondrous and pitiful new gadgets. Ahead, for your delight and dismay, are studies of a wearable walkie-talkie-type communication device, a 360-degree action camera, a tiny 3D printer, a smart camera attachment, and a clever mobile roaming solution. I propose a new litmus test to measure the stylishness of wearables: If it wouldn't look good on a beautiful Hollywood star attending the Oscars, then it won't look good on anyone.

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05:57
Why you probably won’t understand the web of the...

Quartz:

Language barriers in globalization are hardly a new issue. So why the sudden drive for polyglotism? It’s simple: As mobile operators and web giants try to expand their markets by bringing more people online, we have reached a tipping point where the imbalance of content on the internet has become too stark to avoid.

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05:30
FuzzWord: Blurry fun for everyone

In FuzzWord, players upload or take photos from their iOS devices and blur those photos to make puzzles for other players to guess on. The fun of FuzzWord is correctly guessing what the image in the picture is. FuzzWord is compatible with iOS devices...

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05:27
Kermit and sentience

Some light Saturday reading. A short story by Holli Mintzer about a school project and a lovable green frog.
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05:00
How Product Managers Think Users Will React To New...
05:00
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare with all iMac 5Ks &...

As Black Friday inches closer, AI continues to teamed up with Apple's Authorized Resellers to help readers avoid the inevitable frenzy by securing their deals ahead of time. In addition to $50 off and free AppleCare with each new iMac 5K, readers looking for Mac Pros this weekend can also take advantage of exclusive bundles that pair free AppleCare with discounts of up to $250 (plus no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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01:02
Blogger

 November 8, 2014 1:02:00 AM PSTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Blogger. We will provide more information shortly.We have received reports users in Japan are not being able to access blogspot. We are investigating the issue.

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Friday November 7

18:50
Apple integrates Genius Bar reservations to online...

Apple on Friday updated its Support website to incorporate an option to schedule Genius Bar reservations for certain hardware and software issues, further filling in gaps between AppleCare's many arms.

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18:29
Black Lab Linux Is GNOME 3's Best Friend


Black Lab Linux is a general purpose free distribution for home users and SMBs. This particular segment of the Linux OS tries to bridge free OS and preconfigured commercial hardware/software with a flexible set of options. Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro released in 2008 by the same developers. There is a blurred line between the free community version and Black Lab Software's Enterprise Linux release. Both the community and the commercial releases could be a great alternative for some users, though.

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18:00
Daily Deals for November 7, 2014, featuring the...

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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17:11
Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit...

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.The Mac Observer Spin: My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-private law firm as crusading protectors of the public.

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17:00
Court docs reveal Apple told GTAT, "Put on your...

Apple can be a notoriously tough partner to negotiate with. With endless mounds of cash in the bank and an ever growing userbase, the company can understandably wield a tremendous amount of power during contract talks.

A prime example of this is...

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16:30
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on Podcasts Spanning...

TMO's Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have been busy little beavers this week, taking part in four podcasts and video podcasts, and that's not counting their own podcast of the Apple Context Machine and TMO's Daily Observations. Links and details in the full article.

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16:11
Apple to reportedly open new corporate office and R...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to open a new office in the city of Cambridge, UK, an intellectual hotspot which already plays host to bases of operation for a number of large tech companies.

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16:00
Apple to GT Advanced: “Put on your big boy pants and...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn't ship with the sapphire glass promised by the rumor mill.

Andrew Cunningham


The saga of Apple's troubled relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies continues. Today, the United States Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire filed a lengthy affidavit (PDF) by GT Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller in which the executive details the contract with Apple and the reasons why it fell apart. Chief among his complaints are so-called "bait-and-switch" tactics used by Apple. Over time, the company allegedly shifted most of its financial risk to GT—Apple stood to get a great deal on sapphire displays for iPhones if the partnership went well, but GT would absorb most of the losses if...

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16:00
Nest pulls iOS app update after many crash reports

Tuesday we told you that a Nest update was on the way, but today ... not so fast. The company has yanked the app that controls Nest Thermostats and Smoke Detectors after several reports of crashes, mainly on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

Nest...

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15:56
Hands On: Meat Factory (iOS)

In a time where apps attempt to rival today's handhelds, gamers have become fairly used to robust content within an iOS game. However, sometimes a players just crave a simple, straightforward, fun arcade game to occupy their time. With the success of popular games like Flappy Bird, arcade-style apps have a strong foothold again on mobile, often being touted as good "between class" or "lunch break" games. If a player is looking for another arcade game to add to their collection, Meat Factory, by Steve Cable, is a fiendishly fun game that fits the bill.......

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15:45
Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores...


With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the Cupertino-based company is rolling out a revamped Genius Bar and product support reservation system.
The new system eliminates the pre-existing separation between getting support for Apple products online and in-store. Previously, users could use Apple’s online support panel to receive phone, chat, or forums-based support. The creation of Genius Bar in-store appointments was handled via a separate system…
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15:30
Track your favorite team with College Baskeball...

The 2014-2015 college basketball season gets under way next week. Thousands of games will be played between the start of the season and the NCAA tournament in March. College Basketball Schedules, a free universal app, can help fans keep up with their...

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15:19
Review: Lemur BlueDriver OBD 2 tool

There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. The warning doesn't have to herald disaster to home mechanics with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such device, the Lemur BlueDriver, is designed to provide peace of mind and guidance to anyone who might have come down with a case of the check-engine-light-blues. We've had some check engine lights ourselves -- check our review to see how the Lemur BlueDriver did....

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15:09
Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed


Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods. Users begin by choosing the recipe they want to print, either from the Internet-connected device's onboard touchscreen or from their own PC or mobile device. Foodini then offers instructions for the various ingredients that should be prepared and placed in its reusable capsules.

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15:07
Spotify Connect update adds smartphone control of...

Spotify has made another update to Connect, its controllable streaming music system it introduced last year, by letting smartphones control a computer. The latest addition allows a Spotify user to use a mobile device as a remote control for the desktop version of the app, through the same system which can select the music on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other devices....

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15:00
Nodus Access Cases for iPhone and iPad are stylish...

Back in late 2013, one of our former UK bloggers (Richard Gaywood) wrote a review of an iPhone case from The Nodus Collection. At that time, the Access Case was part of a Kickstarter campaign; now the company is selling the cases through its website....

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14:58
Friday Deals: 480GB SSD, 58-inch HDTV, 25-inch...

Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....

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14:43
Many Apple Stores to open at 8AM on Black Friday,...

For the upcoming Black Friday shopping bonanza, many brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are slated to welcome the holiday crush at 8 a.m. and will again offer the same discounts and deals to online customers.

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14:30
Apple Grabs Record US PC Market Share On Strong Mac...

As forecasted, the third calendar quarter of 2014 was a stellar quarter for Mac shipments, with Apple gaining ground on its competitors in the US. According to IDC's quarterly PC tracker (via Re/code), Apple reached its highest PC market share ever reported, a metric that accounts only for Mac shipments and does not include the iPad. The company gained ground with 13.4 percent of the US PC market, edging out Lenovo (10.7 percent) to grab the number three spot behind HP (27.7 percent) and Dell (24 percent). Shipments in the US climbed to more than 2.26 million in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Globally, Apple's market share climbed 5.7 percent year over year, with the company selling a record-breaking...

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14:30
Zynga continues to hemorrhage cash for the third...

Zynga -- the company that used to take all your cash before you started giving it to Class of Clans and Candy Crush Saga -- is continuing to be exceedingly generous by spending all its cash without making any back, according to its newly released...

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14:14
Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac available

A lot of new changes for one of my favorite apps.
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14:00
The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important...

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.

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14:00
Reviews: Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fortune to get fixed, but I guess I could sell my other kidney if necessary." There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. It doesn't need to be though with the help of OBD 2 ......

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13:45
News: Apps of the Week: Julius Jr.‘s Playground,...

New Games Julius Jr.'s Playhouse ($3) — StoryToys brings the popular Paul Frank character to life in this new kids' app. The game provides four fun activities, including Tea Party, Garage Band, Friends Quiz, and Get Puzzling, that allow kids to decorate cakes, play along with songs, identify characters and put together colourful puzzles. The app features eight jigsaw puzzles, over 100 quiz questions, three Julius Jr. songs, professional narration,…

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13:41
Bloomberg Realistically Points the Finger at GTAT...

Bloomberg TV briefly covered the Apple-GTAT saga today after the court unsealed GTAT's Chapter 11 Supplemental Declaration. Today Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson reminds us that while the unsealed document reveals some of Apple's hard hitting practices, the fact is that GTAT when accepting the deal pounded the table of how great an opportunity it was with them on Wall Street and enjoyed their stock rising 160% on their positive presentation.

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13:39
Unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone revealed...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday published testing results for the as-yet-unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone, a Bluetooth-enabled version of the Apple-owned company's mid-tier Solo2.

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13:30
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed

Smash Champs is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. An indicative...

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13:27
Mac: Booq Boa nerve stealth

Building on last year’s Boa nerve, Booq is back with Boa nerve stealth ($195), a more rugged version for use in harsher outdoor conditions. Featuring an upgraded heavy-duty tarpaulin exterior and rubberized zipper pulls, the upgraded design is more weatherproof and durable in all sorts of outdoor settings. The bag also features a magnetic strap system to easily switch from loose to secure, along with a stabilizer strap for an ultra-tight fit,…

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13:21
FCC Document Details New Apple-Developed Wireless...

The first Beats product to be released under Apple's guidance has been unveiled in documents recently submitted to the FCC, suggesting Apple will soon be releasing a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that include wireless Bluetooth functionality. As seen in diagrams, the design of the new wireless Solo2 headphones is nearly identical to Beats' existing Solo2 line. The Solo2 headphones are the company's newest product, released in May, just a day after Apple's Beats acquisition became official. The Beats Solo2 headphones will contain Bluetooth and BLE radios, allowing them to function wirelessly. Beats currently offers a wireless version of its more expensive Studio headphones, but its Solo2 line is somewhat more affordable. The company's current non-...

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13:08
Inside Apple's secret confidentiality...

Apple's legendary efforts to keep upcoming products a secret are widely known, but the terms of the agreements that bind suppliers and workers were revealed in part on Friday, thanks to newly unsealed court filings.

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13:03
News: Unsealed GT court documents reveal Apple...

Key court documents related to GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing earlier this fall have recently been unsealed, providing some interesting insight into negotiations between Apple and GT. While both companies had previously fought to keep court documents sealed, citing confidentiality agreements, a judge ruled earlier this week that the documents did not contain trade secrets of other confidential information. The newly disclosed documents…

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12:54
First Look: uNu Superpak 10,000mAh External Battery...

Although it's somewhat confusingly priced, uNu's Superpak ($100*) is an external battery pack intended to deliver atypical value in two ways: a relatively high 10,000mAh capacity, and very fast recharging. Superpak itself recharges at up to 2.4 Amps assuming that you self-supply an iPad wall adapter capable of feeding it that quickly; it has two outbound USB ports that are labelled as offering 2.1-Amp and 1-Amp output, respectively. One power button…

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12:43
Upcoming Bluetooth Apple-branded Beats Solo2...


Apple and its Beats by Dre group seem to be close to announcing a new pair of headphones: a Bluetooth version of their popular Solo2 headphones. Earlier this year, Beats launched the Solo2 wired earphones as a cheaper alternative to the Studio cans. Today, a wireless version has been revealed thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) testing department.
As can be seen in the image above from today’s FCC filing, the design of the wireless model is akin to the wired model. The only difference appears to be the Bluetooth connectivity. The documents specify that Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy technology is utilized.
Interestingly, these documents indicate that these headphones are Apple-branded:
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12:41
Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully...

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.The Mac Observer Spin: It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.

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12:35
GT says Apple pulled 'bait-and-switch' in...

As scheduled, the court overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy has unsealed more documents regarding the relationship between the sapphire supplier and former client Apple, which it blames for ultimately causing the collapse. In an unedited affidavit from GT COO Daniel Squiller, Apple is accused of using a "bait-and-switch" strategy in which it offered "an onerous and massively one-sided deal" in 2013. He says that Apple originally promised to buy sapphire furnaces for GT and let them operate them, but later demanded a "fundamentally different deal" in which Apple would only lend the furnaces and......

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12:30
​For tough decisions, turn to A or B

Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation?...

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12:22
Apple to sapphire supplier: “Put on your big boy...

Gigaom:

Since GT Advanced Technologies declared bankruptcy in early October, the vast majority of documents detailing its deal with Apple to supply sapphire crystal have been under seal.

On Tuesday, Judge Henry Boroff issued an order unsealing an statement signed by GTAT CEO Daniel Squiller as well as its attached documents, which include details on the reasons GTAT filed for bankruptcy and its business relationship with Apple, its largest creditor. On Friday, the Squiller statement entered the public record.

There’s never been any doubt that Apple plays hard ball with its suppliers. I’ve spoken to many companies who have to deal with the company and the stories all have one thing in common – you don’t negotiate with Apple. They dictate the terms to you.
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12:12
GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch...

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller claimed that Apple used a classic “bait-and-switch” strategy to secure its deal with the now-bankrupt supplier.
Apple originally offered GT Advanced what appeared to be a lucrative deal for the supplier last fall,...

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12:11
Unsealed GT Advanced Court Documents Give Insight...

Though Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep documents related to their sapphire agreement sealed after GT's bankruptcy filing, a judge recently ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets and would be largely unsealed. One of those documents, an unedited affidavit from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller, gave insight into the terms of the deal between the two companies, but another, the original privacy agreement that GT Advanced signed, gives a rare look into how Apple does business with its suppliers. According to the documents, Apple and GT's sapphire deal was known internally as "Project Onyx," and was subject to strict confidentiality agreements. GT employees were forbidden from referring to Apple or the project by anything other than code names, and they were also required to undergo training regarding confidentiality and security in addition to signing extensive non-disclosure agreements....

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12:05
Forums: something cool about dictation, GPU...

Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards....

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12:04
Apple deals: Mac Pro and accessories

At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849....

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12:03
DealNN: $100 off 16GB iPad mini

Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor....

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

We forget sometimes how quickly and completely mobile technology has transformed the world of computing. Not so long ago, when you wanted to use a computer, you had to go to wherever it was located. Early mainframe computers were as big as a room, and early PCs were called desktop computers for a reason. Mobile technology changed everything. Today, we have smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. They’re easy to carry around, they all have far more computing power than those early mainframe and desktop computers, and we can use them virtually anywhere.
To make your mobile devices and portable computers even more useful, Microsoft recently made Office available to more people in more ways. Just this week, we released new Office for iPhone and Office for iPad apps and updates, previewed the new Office for Android, and announced the upcoming touch-optimized Office apps for Windows. To make sure users...

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12:00
Et tu, Lenovo? The blatant iPhone copying game...

While Samsung may very well be the iPhone copier emeritus, there are some new kids on the block who are even more blatant and shameless in ripping off anything emanating out of Cupertino.

Earlier this summer, we profiled Xiaomi, a consumer...

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11:47
Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have...

The world's most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users' hardware capabilities rather than devices' installed OS versions. Facebook's new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees "are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier."

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11:47
External Link: Apple Leads Mainstream Messaging...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a scorecard measuring the security of online messaging systems. “Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products stood out as the best of the mass-market options, although neither currently provides complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance,” the EFF said in a blog post. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:46
External Link: What to Expect from Apple Watch Apps

Developer David Smith has studied Apple’s publicly available information about the Apple Watch to get an idea of what kind of apps we can expect. Smith found that there will be two phases of apps. The first phase will include limited Actionable Notifications and Glances, which will function much like notifications and widgets in iOS 8. Developers will be able to start creating those later this year, with a second phase for fully native apps to begin next year. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:41
External Link: Apple Shuts Down Chinese Malware

Apple has quickly shut down the WireLurker malware, which was spreading to Chinese iOS devices via Macs carrying the malware. WireLurker, which was localized to China, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks. Apple quickly unsigned the code, preventing non-jailbroken iOS devices from being infected. However, researchers warn that the code could be modified for a future attack. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:30
Monument Valley is getting new levels and you should...

Monument Valley -- the gorgeous puzzle game that managed to catch fire at US$3.99 despite the free-to-play takeover happening on the App Store -- is getting an in-app purchase that will add a further eight chapters to the title. The add-on is titled...

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11:25
∞ Buford T Justice Quotes

Jackie Gleason did a remarkable job playing Buford T Justice. I laughed out loud watching these quotes.

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11:25
Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.The Mac Observer Spin: It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.

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11:20
Court unseals documents in GT Advanced case, Apple...

Though bankrupt sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies has accused Apple of crafting a "classic bait-and-switch" deal, newly unsealed court documents reveal Apple's side of the story, with the iPhone maker claiming it did everything it could to help the struggling supplier.

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11:14
GT Advanced COO: Apple Told Us 'Put On Your Big...

Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep key documents related to their sapphire agreement out of the public eye after the latter company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, but earlier this week, a judge ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets or confidential information, and would thus be largely unsealed. As of today, those previously sealed documents are now available for public inspection, including an unedited affidavit [PDF] from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller. Squiller submitted a revised affidavit on October 28, which gave some insight into the deal between Apple and GT Advanced, but the newly available unedited version expresses much stronger negative feelings towards the...

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11:13
Briefly: Swype free as App of the Week, Nest iOS app...

Swype, a keyboard app for iOS 8 users, is currently available for free download this week as part of Apple's App of the Week promotion. Updated earlier this week, Swype allows users to input words faster and easier when typing due to its intuitive language models, customizable layouts and gesture-based typing features. Normally priced at $1, Swype is available free until the end of next Thursday....

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11:10
∞ CW McCall: Convoy

Talk about telling stories—CW McCall did it with this classic song. I can sing all of the lyrics of “Convoy,” including the CB parts.

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11:00
Turning the tables on a text spammer

I needed a good laugh today and this did it. We all hate spammers, so I have no sympathy for this guy.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
ComfortWay Travel Case: International data roaming...

Up to now, international travelers have had a few very expensive options for using data roaming off of their carrier network. You could just leave everything on your iPhone turned on, then pay an arm and a leg for all of that bandwidth you chewed up...

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10:51
It’s Metal Month at Toontrack

Superior Drummer and EZDrummer are two of the best products on the market for people that want production-level drums in their songs. And Toontrack loves Metal!
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:45
Apple-Pestering WireLurker Banished for Now


Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday reported that more than 400 apps infected with a malicious program it calls "WireLurker" have been downloaded 356,104 times by Chinese Mac owners from Maiyadi, an online app store unaffiliated with Apple. The malware does no harm to the Macs it infects but when the computer connects via USB to an iOS device -- an iPhone or iPad -- it delivers its malicious payload. "The Mac component only appears to be there to infect the iOS device," said Ryan Olson, intelligence director of Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42.

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10:35
United to spend $120M upgrading Newark airport with...

United Airlines is spending $120 million on upgrading Terminal C at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, particularly with iPads for travelers, according to Bloomberg. The terminal is United's main residence at the airport; by 2015, all restaurants and gate seats there will be equipped with an iPad for purposes such as flight tracking, web browsing, and buying food and retail goods. People shopping for goods are even being...

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10:30
Last Chance for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We're giving away an iPhone 6 with our friends at Stack Social, but time is running out to register. Actually, it's even better than an iPhone 6 giveaway, because the winner gets a $650 Apple gift card you can use to purchase an iPhone 6 or anything else. So, you know, that's kind of awesome, but you have to register in the next three days. To register, connect with Facebook or do an email registration to receive TMO daily deal notifications. Good luck!

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10:30
Swype keyboard for iOS is free for a limited time

One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype...

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing - or blocking - services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.

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10:16
∞ Jim Croce: Rapid Roy

Jim Croce is one of the great storytellers of our time. This is one of my favorites.

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10:15
Nest Mobile iOS app pulled from App Store following...

Update: Looks resolved…
The official Nest Mobile app for iPhone and iPad appears to have been removed from the App Store for the time being following complaints from users that the latest version of the app crashes at launch. The Nest Mobile app is used to remotely interface with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector from the iPhone and iPad.
Nest has...

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10:00
iPads are mandatory at Newark Liberty International...

If you're flying out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon, you might find yourself using an iPad to order everything from magazines to a cold bottle of beer. Actually, if you're flying from the United terminal it sounds...

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09:50
Ofcom plans another 4G auction selling military...

United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced it will be holding another auction for spectrum covering the country, this time spectrum currently being used by the Ministry of Defence. The second auction, set to take place at the end of 2015 or early 2016, will in theory work similar to last year's successful 4G auction, and will provide winning carriers with even more capacity for their LTE networks....

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09:41
IDC confirms that Mac has 13% of U.S. market share

The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has confirmed its preliminary personal computer shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%.
Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo in April moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%. Rounding out the top five are Lenovo and Toshiba.

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08:47
Everything we know about the upcoming Steve Jobs...

Oh, geez. Everything we thought we knew about the next Steve Jobs biopic is turning out to be wrong, more wrong than an iPod with an HP logo on the back. Recently, we passed on reports that Christian Bale had been cast as Steve Jobs himself, and Seth Rogen had been tapped to play Steve Wozniak, in the upcoming Sony film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Issacson’s authorized biography.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:33
HealthKit-incompatible Fitbit accessories disappear...

Proving an earlier rumor accurate, Apple on Friday removed Fitbit hardware accessories from its online store, narrowing the fitness-related devices offered by the company ahead of the Apple Watch launch.

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09:23
Ring Menu for Mac touted as a Dock replacement

The Ring Menu application for Mac can now be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts.
Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.
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09:00
Tackle your next group project with Word for iPad...

Group projects in particular are an integral part of every student’s curriculum, but sharing the work and getting the project submitted on time is not always easy. This past spring we released Word for iPad and just yesterday Word for iPhone with some great tools to help you with your schoolwork!
To give you an idea of how Word on your mobile devices can help save the day, imagine the following situation:
A group of students are taking a course on digital media and have been tasked with writing a group report on the impact of social media on online fundraising. Emily, Anne and Josh are paired up by the professor and begin brainstorming ideas at the end of class. Emily opens Word on her iPhone and begins taking notes on areas the group would like to cover in the report. Before the end of class, the team already has an outline for the report.

Emily...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini $199, ASUS 31″ 4K...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals:

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09:00
The DuMont: A 50's retro TV enclosure for iPad...

There's nothing Apple fans love more than dressing up their devices with some sort of accessory, especially when that accessory mimics something retro. In this case, Jeffrey Stephenson -- a computer modder and designer who has a list of awards a mile...

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08:45
MarsEdit 3.6.6 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support. It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.Version 3.6.6:

  • Fix a performance problem that caused slow typing in the post editor for some users
  • Fix a performance problem with sorting large lists of posts in the main window
  • Fix a bug in which image attachments could be removed erroneously when canceling a draft save
  • Fix the functionality of the AppleScript "save" command to save a post as a local draft
  • Fix a bug that prevented sorting posts by the Tags column
  • Fix updating of post editor window contents when left open after publishing
  • Prevent a crash when pasting text with invisible characters
  • Fix a bug that could prevent the main category from being changed by the...

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08:37
Touchpress releases Molecules by Theodore Gray...


It’s a sort of huge app – and it chews up more than 700 megabytes of space – but it’s also beautifully made and useful as anything.
Touchpress has announced that its Molecules by Theodore Gray app, which was initially used by Steve Jobs to demonstrate the power of the iPad in 2010. Now, its sequel is set to shape the future of the next generation of apps. Created for science enthusiasts and experts alike, Molecules is a fascinating, invaluable guide behind the scenes of our world.
Based on Theodore Gray’s book of the same name, Molecules combines beautiful photography with compelling stories, and adds state-of-the-art simulations so, for the first time, anyone can experience what it’s like to touch, stretch and twist molecules.

The app contains Gray’s book, and incorporates an implementation of the Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics (NAMD) system developed at the...

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08:32
Roundup: Some of the best iOS 8 app extensions for...

iOS 8 offers powerful new tools to developers such as extensions, which allow third-party iPhone and iPad apps to be more flexible and interconnected than ever before. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best iOS 8 extensions available to download on the App Store right now.

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08:24
Unison 2.2 - Usenet newsreader handles messages,...

Need a Usenet provider? Get unlimited transfers and SSL encryption for just $10/mo. from Ngroups. Unison is a carefully-crafted, genuinely revolutionary Mac OS X Usenet newsreader. It offers all the expected newsreader functionality: easy-to-navigate threaded discussions, the ability to ignore annoying posters, multiple signature management, and easy, Mail-like posting with spell checking and all the trimmings. But it also goes much, much further than any other Usenet client on earth, starting with a unique four-view interface that lets you view and work with Usenet group content in four distinct styles: messages, files, images, or music. It lets you preview MP3 files directly off a Usenet server, view images in an elegant iPhoto-like thumbnail view, prioritize transfers with a flexible downloads manager, find favorites quickly with a categorized column-view interface, smartly...

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08:14
Xsan 4 will not mount on client

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan 4 mount client configuration profileI recently upgraded my MDC and my client computer to Yosemite. I went through the migration process the best I could and created a Configuration Profile on my MDC for my client computer. I installed the profile successfuly but the volume will not mount on the client computer. On the client computer within Profiles, the Xsan Configuration Profile has in red "Unsigned" underneath it, is that what is causing the problem?
Also a few notes: there are two other client computers that haven't been upgraded and are running Maverick and the volume does mount to those computers. The volume is also mounted on the MDC and if I go to Disk Utilities on the client computer I do see the...

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08:14
LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.

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08:00
SEC investigating suspicious trading activity of GT...

The fallout from GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) failed partnership with Apple continues to pile up. The SEC is now actively investigating stock sales made by GTAT executives in the weeks and months leading up to the unveiling of the iPhone 6.

The...

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07:56
United Airlines Testing iPad's in Restaurants...

Le Menu iPad Style: Last December we posted a patent report that was titled "Apple Invents Restaurant Ordering & Reservation System." Today we learn that the United Airlines Crust Restaurant, which is located in Terminal D at the LaGuardia Airport, is now serving up iPad's that sit on their counters and tables.

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07:50
Fitbit products removed from online Apple store

Apple has pulled all Fitbit products from its online store, shoppers note. The change was made without explanation, although last month sources indicated it might happen. Inventory of Fitbit devices at the store began to run low during the past week....

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07:48
Interarchy 10.0.6 - Advanced file transfer app...

Interarchy is an advanced file transfer app that supports FTP, SFTP, Webdav, S3 and the new, very fast iFTP. It also supports plug-in architecture for compressing files, running scripts and restarting servers. It ties in well with both Amazon and Rackspace's cloud file hosting services, allowing you to transfer and manage data in the cloud. It also boasts as being the fastest file transfer client on the Mac, transferring over 80MB/sec on a gigabit network. The Net Disks feature allows you to mount remote servers on your Mac's Desktop as if it were a local disk. This makes it easy to interact and work with remote files as if they were local.Version 10.0.6:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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07:41
Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8.0-8.1 now “stable enough”...

If you are waiting to jailbreak your iOS 8.0-8.1 device until things are "stable enough": we now seem to be ready! ;P en.pangu.io— Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) November 06, 2014
Cydia creator Jay Freeman (better known as Saurik) has tweeted that the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8.0 to 8.1 is now “stable enough” for use.
We first saw a developer version of the jailbreak last month, with a user version released a week later, complete with Cydia installer. The installer is Windows-only, but it’s an untethered jailbreak, so once it’s done you won’t need to reconnect to a PC following a reboot … ...

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07:41
Capture One Pro 8.0.1.19 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow. With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.Version 8.0.1.19: Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Capture support

  • Support for uncompressed file formats...

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07:39
Apple Follows Through With Plans to Stop Selling...

Last month, news surfaced of Apple's plans to cease selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores, and as of today, it appears the company has followed through with that decision. All Fitbit products have now been removed from the online Apple Store and Apple has begun removing the devices from its retail stores as well. Apple previously sold both the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit's activity tracking band, and the Fitbit One, a standalone tracker that could be clipped to clothing, for $99.95. It is not known why Apple opted to remove Fitbit's products from its online stores, but the decision follows Fitbit's announcement that it had no plans to integrate with Apple HealthKit, as it is "working on other exciting projects" for Fitbit users. Fitbit's...

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07:38
Apps: Flame Painter, Cobook, Arq
07:08
Fitbit fitness tracking lineup dropped from Apple...

Apple Watch will include fitness and health tracking features
If you’re in the market for a Fitbit device and you’re shopping at the Apple Store, you’ll probably have to shop elsewhere to purchase the fitness tracker. Following a rumor last month that Apple planned to drop the Fitbit line of wearable devices from its Apple Store lineup, Apple has today removed the Fitbit Flex and other Fitbit products from its online store following low inventory over the past week. While its unclear why Apple is no longer selling Fitbit products through its retail channels, on the surface the move is similar to Apple’s...

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07:08
Apple reclaims third place from Lenovo in IDC's...

Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year....

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06:47
SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.

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06:41
FilePane, more power for your drags and drops

There are a number of drag and drop utilities available for the Mac. They all work by inserting themselves in the drag and drop command chain, intercepting a drag event and then presenting their interface to receive and process the drop.

FilePane is an interesting take on this approach.
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06:41
Daily Deal: Get the BACtrack Vio Smartphone...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering our readers a great deal on the new BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer for only $42.99—a savings of 50% off the normal price. Designed to turn your iPhone into an alcohol screening device, the BACtrack Vio connects to your keychain and uses Bluetooth connectivity to sync with your iPhone and give you an estimate of your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). It also includes ZeroLine technology to estimate…

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06:37
Growing Number of Users Report Crashing Issue with...

A growing number of Nest owners are reporting issues with the latest version the Nest Mobile app that was released on Friday. According to reports on Nest forums, the 4.4.0 version of the app crashes immediately on launch for many users who are running iOS 8.x. This glitch reportedly is affecting recent iPhone models including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. I just downloaded the update to the Nest Mobile App for iOS (version 4.4.0) and the App Crashes immediately upon launch. I am running the latest version of iOS (8.1) on my iPhone 5s. I had no issues with the previous version of the Nest app. I tried to delete the app and reinstall it but it still crashes when launched. Fortunately, I still had the previous version of Nest Mobile in iTunes on my PC and was able to copy it over to my iPhone. -Nest forum member Columbus_George. The Nest 4.4.0 update included a...

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06:29
News: Apple blocks WireLurker malware

Following reports earlier this week of a new malware threat capable of infecting iOS devices, Apple has responded by blocking apps that are infected with the malicious code, Macworld UK reports. On Wednesday, Security firm Palo Alto Networks revealed a threat in which hackers were transferring malware to iOS devices through infected OS X desktop applications downloaded from a Chinese app marketplace. The attack could notably affect devices that had…

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06:21
Amazon Echo, a Siri for the home

Echo is always on, much like “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, always listening for its name, a name that you get to choose. Like Siri, you can ask Echo questions or give it commands, as long as they fit into its knowledge domain. Watch the video below to get a sense of how broad that domain really is. And, I suspect, that domain will continue to grow over time.

I think Amazon will sell a ton of these.
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06:15
News: Apple planning to switch NAND Flash chips in...

A new report from BusinessKorea suggests that Apple may be planning to change the type of NAND flash chips it uses for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following reports of various users problems with higher-capacity models. Citing industry sources, the report states that Apple has decided to discontinue use of triple-level-cell (TLC) NAND as it believes the NAND controller IC contained in the chips to be the cause of recent problems with the 128GB…

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06:00
Burger King app available across the pond

Good news, far-flung fast food fans. Burger King has announced that its iOS app (free) is now available in the UK and Ireland. What does it offer? Discounts for one, plus an overview of the chain's menu and a convenient way to find the restaurant...

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05:58
Rumor: Faulty flash memory in select iPhone 6 &...

Apparent memory issues found in a select number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units are rumored to have prompted Apple to change to a different type of NAND flash technology when manufacturing new units moving forward [update: rumors were incorrect].

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05:55
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets over 20 new features

CuteDJPro (http://www.cutedjpro.com/) has rolled the latest version (4.3.0) of CuteDJ, its DJ mixing software. The upgrade boasts over 20 new features.

The software is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's being offered at US$99.95 for a limited time.

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05:51
BatchOutput XLS revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and addresses some stability and performance issues.
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05:45
Yosemite: Let’s Make Some Phone Calls!

There are tons of ways you can make a phone call with Yosemite. Wanna use someone's Mail signature? No problem. Calling a business from Safari? Easy as pie. The problem? Almost every program has a different way to initiate a call. Luckily, we're here to de-obfuscate the issue. Yes, that is so a word.

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05:44
Say Play iOS app makes music streaming as easy as...

You’ve long been able to tell Siri to play any track on your iPhone, and the Say Play app gives you the same ability with music you don’t own. Just open the app, hit the red button and speak the name of the track.
To be sure, you could do a voice search in YouTube, but the app appears to simultaneously search several music video sources, and continues to play the track while you’re using other apps. As you’d expect from an app powered by Nuance, voice-recognition is faultless, and in my brief tests it was lightning-fast.
The app costs $0.99 on iTunes.Filed under: Apps Tagged: Cortana,...

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05:23
NFC, credit card disruption, and the future of Apple...

Interesting piece from Seeking Alpha (reg-wall):

Once paying for purchases at retail with a smartphone becomes commonplace, regardless of whether you believe Apple will roll out its own AppleCard, the credit card companies will fall one by one, starting with American Express. How can it possibly be prestigious to carry a Platinum or Black card when the card never leaves your wallet?

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04:00
You Should Play: Travel through time in two-part...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. House on Fire’s The Silent Age is actually a two-part game: The first episode, which is free to play, was released in early 2013, while the second episode, which costs $5, was released just a few weeks ago. You should think of the entire game as a $5 investment, though, because I guarantee you won’t be able to stop after episode one’s cliffhanger. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Trendy comics and elegant...

Trendy comics and elegant sleevesThis week’s round up of iPhone cases offers comic-inspired designs, elegantly crafted sleeves, and some classic choices for all tastes.AecraftThe iPhone Sleeve (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $73) is made with natural Metino wool felt and full-grainvegetable tanned leather.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:19
Apple Addresses iPhone 6 NAND Problems & the...

There are two reports out of South Korea worth noting today. The first is that the standing controversy over the functional defects of the iPhone 6+ have been growing to the point where Apple has now taken the steps to stop its use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. The second story is that Government statistics show that the iPhone 6 is causing problems for Korean smartphone exports.

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05:19
Apple blocks WireLurker malware apps from opening,...

Apple has now blocked the launching of Mac apps infected with WireLurker malware, after earlier revoking security certificates to prevent them being installed on new devices. WireLurker was capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices when connected to a Mac running one of the compromised apps. Over 400 Mac apps in a third-party Chinese app store were affected.
In a written statement, an Apple spokesperson said:

We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.

However, a security researcher says that it would be easy for other attackers to exploit the exact same weakness … ...

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05:10
Murder for hire charges dropped against AC/DC...

Time to get out of there and get back to making music.
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05:09
Microsoft's own Office apps much better on...

In keeping with the growing importance of Apple's iOS platform, Microsoft's new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are now far superior than those Microsoft offers for its own Windows Phone 8 platform.

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05:00
Yosemite and statshares in smbutil

The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):
smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted
When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.
Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:
smbutil statshares -a
Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb for the smbutil command that can be added to any monitoring or troubleshooting workflow. Other verbs for smbutil include lookup, status, view, and identity. All are very helpful in troubleshooting connections to smb targets.

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05:00
The Apple Effect: The Leaders Shall Become Followers


Google Wallet reportedly has experienced a sudden surge in use: Weekly transactions are up 50 percent, and the number of new users has nearly doubled in a month. Obviously, the primary explanation for this sudden leap is Apple's entry into the mobile payments world. It introduced Apple Pay in September and rolled it out officially October 20. Google Wallet has been available for real-world use since 2011 -- and it works with all major credit cards. So, was the U.S. market just not ready for mobile payments, or did Apple make it ready?

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04:55
Recommended Reading: 'How Linux Works, 2nd...

Unlike Mac OS X and Windows, Linux gives users complete control—if they know what to do with all that power. There are countless ways to tweak and customize Linux (and just as many ways to break it!), and author Brian Ward's goal in "How Linux Works, 2nd Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/plwyz4l) is to show people exactly how Linux works so they can take control, too.
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04:35
Gilt Launches the New Smartwatch from HP &...

In August we reported that the HP's designer watch was going to launch this fall. The watch launched six days ago in the US and went on sale today in Canada at Gilt with prices ranging from C$458 and C$853. The watch comes with 10 functions...

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04:31
Apple Said to Be Stopping Use of TLC NAND Flash in...

Apple will switch from using TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash to MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after users have experienced crashing and boot loop issues with the higher capacity versions of both devices, reports BusinessKorea. Sources have told the paper that flash memory firm Anobit, which Apple acquired in 2011, is to blame for the manufacturing defects. Apple will reportedly switch to MLC NAND flash for the 64GB iPhone 6 and the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, and will also address crashing and boot loop issues with the release of iOS 8.1.1. Apple previously used MLC NAND flash in previous-generation iPhones. TLC NAND...

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04:25
Microsoft Office Is Now on iPhone, and It’s Free

Microsoft has upgraded Office for iOS to include full iPhone support for the first time, and it has made core features in Word, Excel and PowerPoint free for non-business users. This isn’t Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft anymore. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:23
Final IDC numbers for U.S. PC shipments confirm Mac...

IDC has finalized the preliminary PC shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%. Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo back in April, moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%.
Apple reported year-on-year growth of more than 20% in its Q4 earnings report, with Mac sales of 5.52M. In a subsequent interview with the WSJ, Tim Cook asked:

Would you rather own the Mac business or any of the Windows OEMs?

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04:20
U.S. retailers anticipate 4.1% increase in total...

After a tumultuous first half of the year and unremarkable back-to-school results, U.S. retailers have emerged with an optimistic outlook for the upcoming holiday season. According to a recent BDO USA survey (http://bdo.com), chief marketing officers (CMOs) at leading U.S. retailers forecast a solid 4.1%increase in overall holiday store sales.
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04:17
iPad Mini in White or Space Gray: $199 shipped or...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Today only, Walmart offers Apple’s iPad Mini (non-Retina) in new condition either Space Gray or White for $199 shipped or ship to store. That’s $50 off Apple’s current price (though Walmart mistakenly says $100 off last year’s price) and tied with the lowest price we’ve ever seen. A nice pickup for the same price as the iPod touch. Features:

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit display
  • A5 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera...
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04:17
Hands On: Zombies, Run! (iOS)

One of biggest problems a new runner faces is the ability to quickly grow bored of the standard running routine. Even listening to music can get boring if someone does it day in and day out. But how does one keep a running routine fresh and exciting? Sure, they could try new music in new places to run, but eventually they might want something different. That's why Zombies, Run!, by Six to Start, aims to keep things exciting by putting the player at the center of the zombie apocalypse....

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04:10
GhostReader for Mac OS X adds speech tags, automatic...

ConvenienceWare has developed GhostReader 2.0, an update to the text-to-speech solution to read texts aloud on your Mac. Offering full playback control, zoom, a pronunciation editor and word highlighting, it can be used with a variety of text formats including PDF, Word, plain text and RTF documents and texts can be converted into audio files.
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03:00
Aaron Sorkin appears on Studio 1.0, discusses...


The good news is that the mighty Aaron Sorkin is hard at work on writing a Steve Jobs biopic.
The mixed news is that he thinks cocaine could possibly help the writing process – even if he’s joking about it.
Bloomberg’s Studio 1.0 with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang, which aired at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT featured screenwriter Aaron Sorkin who discussed his writing process and bringing Steve Jobs to life. Sorkin also addressed whether it is easier to write Sober, “maybe it would be easier to write with coke, maybe I’d write better with coke,” and discussed his three conversations with Apple founder Steve Jobs including the third time, “the third time he called me was to ask me to help him write his commencement address at Stanford.”

There’s a lot of good stuff from the interview, including the following:...

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01:00
Microsoft releases Office apps for iOS, now allows...


If you’re going to get your product out there, it never hurts to release a decently functional version of it for free.
Per 9to5Mac, Microsoft announced on Thursday that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include...

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Thursday November 6

23:33
WireLurker security paper released, discusses...


Not that you should be entirely paranoid about malware on your OS X and iOS devices, but a little caution couldn’t hurt.
Per Palo Alto Networks, a new paper has been published on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months. It’s believed that WireLurker could herald in a new generation of malware on Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms given the following characteristics:
- It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB.
- It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement.
- It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.
- It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning....

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21:38
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.10 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are. Features:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
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Version 8.0.10:

  • Bug fixes when running Office remotely
  • General bug fixes
  • ...

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Sorkin talks Jobs: 'you could make another 10...

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has penned the screenplay for the forthcoming Sony-backed movie about Steve Jobs, was interviewed on the project by Emily Chang of Bloomberg and revealed that he had met and spoken on the phone to Jobs a few times, along with some minor details about the upcoming film. Sorkin told Chang that the movie will follow Jobs' interactions with a number of key people, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former CEO John Sculley. He also detailed his encounters with Jobs....

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19:09
Move over, Samsung: Lenovo takes the prize for most...


If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the designers at Lenovo must adore the iPhone 6.
Samsung has caught a lot of flak for—and been taken to court over—some of its iPhone-like smartphone design choices, but nothing the Korean company has ever produced comes close to the shamelessly derivative Lenovo S90. Not only does the S90 seem to take more than a few design cues from Apple’s latest smartphone, but its entire advertising campaign seems to be a carbon copy of Apple’s own.
Take, for example, the image above (found on Weibo, via PhoneArena). If it looks a little familiar to you, that might be because it’s the exact same thing you’ll find on...

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17:44
Chitika: iPad usage at 80 percent of North American...

New data from ad network and analytics firm Chitika saw the iPad regaining nearly two full points of North American web traffic among tablets in September, finishing the month with 79.9 percent share. Even at its lower July reading of 78 percent, the iPad line still completely dominated its rivals, all of whom reported single-digit web presence. The next nearest rival was Amazon, with 6.7 percent share for its entire Kindle Fire line. Samsung followed in third place, with six percent....

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17:29
Aaron Sorkin talks Steve Jobs biopic, provides more...


Aaron Sorkin sat down with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang for an interview and talked about a variety of topics including his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The film has been in the works for several years now, with at least three different actors reportedly having been considered or confirmed to...

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17:07
iPad usage in North America rises slightly in...

The latest numbers from advertising company Chitika Insights show that iPad web usage in North America rose nearly 2% in September, marking a slight increase over the third quarter. Chitika found the iPad to have a 79.9% share of tablet web traffic in the United States and Canada during the month, compared to a 78.0% share reported in July.
Despite the marginal increase over the third quarter, iPad web usage in September still suffered a year-over-year decline over the 81% share it held in the year-ago quarter. Amazon, Samsung and Google tablets trailed in second, third and fourth place, with 6.7%, 6.0% and 1.7% shares of tablet web traffic in September.
The data is determined based on a sample of tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian tablet-based online ad impressions running through the Chitika Ad Network.
Per...

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16:38
Aaron Sorkin reveals details of Steve Jobs biopic,...

In a Bloomberg Televesion interview with host Emily Chang, Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed a few plot details on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is slowly making its way toward production.

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16:38
Apple adds iCloud Photo uploading for devs, updates...

Apple on Thursday issued a rash of minor updates to various programs, at least some of which have been updated to add or increase compatibility with iCloud Photo Library. Apple has updated all three of the iWork for iOS suite and has updated Pages for Mac (and will likely issue matching updates for Numbers and Keynote for Mac), saying only that the update "includes minor stability and performance enhancements." Developers and testers have seen photo uploading added to iCloud.com's iCloud Library....

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16:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Opera Mini update, Runtastic...

Back to warThis week's roundup of apps includes a World War II-themed game almost as expensive as the war itself. Plus, apps for music, news, and more.Battle Academy 2: Eastern FrontThis iPad game costs $20. Twenty dollars! It’s a World War II-themed strategy game set on the Russian front. You can control Axis and Soviet forces in more than 30 missions across four single-player campaigns. There’s enough depth and variety of experience here that playing the whole game could take as long as World War II itself.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:00
iCloud.com Photos beta gains image uploads, iMovie...


Apple has updated the beta version of its iCloud Photos web app with support for uploading images to a user’s iCloud Photo Library. The feature will likely roll out soon to everyone on the public version of the service soon, but for now is limited to the beta site.
The change adds a single “Upload” button to the upper-right corner of the page, which shows a standard image picker when clicked. From there, users are presented with the progress indicator seen above, and the image becomes available on all of their devices. At this time, video uploads don’t appear to be supported.
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