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Friday November 7

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.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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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
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications

Version 8.0.10:

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

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19:44
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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16:00
CBS News added to Apple TV

Apple TV has added another news station to its repertoire. A new update has brought the CBS News channel to the service. The channel should show up in your options the next time you turn on the set.

The channel offers a mix of streaming news content...

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15:48
Apple activates iCloud Photos image uploads for...

As part of Apple's continued effort to roll out next-generation cloud services, the company on Thursday updated the iCloud.com beta website with support for browser-based image uploads to iCloud Photos.

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15:34
Lifetime Subscription to ‘Time Doctor’ Time Tracking...

Time management: who needs it, amiright? OK, most of us. Today we have a deal that might help you with your own time tracking and management. It's a lifetime subscription to Time Doctor (not to be mistaken for you know who...get it? Who? Doctor...ah, forget it) for $49 (regularly $300). Time Doctor will not only track the total time you spend working, it will also provide a breakdown on how much time is spent which projects (or clients) and tasks. Works with iOS and Android apps, as well as on Macs, Windows, and Linux. There are more details on the deal listing.

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15:31
Apple Adds Uploading Capabilities to iCloud Photos...

Apple has recently updated its iCloud.com beta site for developers, adding the ability to upload images to iCloud Photo Library for the first time. The standard iCloud.com site currently allows users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but there are no tools to allow for the uploading of photos. On the iCloud beta site, it's now possible to upload JPGs, but the site does not currently accept other image and video formats like .PNG, .MOV, .MP4, and more. When a file is uploaded to the site, it syncs instantly to all of a user's iOS devices, much like a photo taken on an iPhone or iPad or added to iCloud Photo Library via the iOS Photos app. The presence of an uploading tool on the beta site means that the feature will likely make its way to the main iCloud site in the near future, giving users a way to add to their photo libraries from their Macs and PCs. Toolbar on beta.icloud.com...

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15:22
Apple's iPad Continues to Dominate Web Traffic...

Today Chitika released new iPad usage rates based on web traffic and Apple once again trounced their competitors ...

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15:16
Apple's iPad continues to dominate NA usage...

Fresh data from ad network Chitika shows Apple's iPad accounted for 79.9 percent of North American Web traffic for the month of September, up 1.9 points from measurements taken in July.

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15:10
Apple web crawler discovered: may augment Siri,...

Apple has its own automated bot for crawling and indexing HTML websites, and the crawler has been operating since at least October 15, according to the developer who discovered it. The simplistic bot only requests info on HTML pages, ignoring CSS, JavaScript or image files, thus making it unlikely that Apple or an employee using Apple's servers is developing any sort of in-house full search engine as an alternative to Google or Microsoft's Bing, both of which are used as defaults in different Apple programs....

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15:01
CBS Radio News update adds CarPlay support with...


CBS has updated its Radio News application with support for Apple’s CarPlay interface. The new UI allows users to browse and play the network’s library of on-demand shows such as the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes. Users will also find that the Now Playing screen presents them with their local weather conditions.
Also included in the new update is a set of bug fixes for issues such as two audio tracks playing back at once for some users. There is also a new introduction screen that walks users through the functions of the app. CBS News also rolled out a channel for the Apple TV earlier today....

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15:00
CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet...

CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.

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15:00
Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:...

Twelve South produces a lot of really impressive accessories that are designed for Apple products alone. A while back, the company developed the sleek SurfacePad for iPhone, a leather folio case with a difference - it's incredibly thin and light. Now...

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14:56
Briefly: Booq's Boa Nerve, Stealth messenger...

Booq has announced the introduction of its newest addition to the Boa collection, the Boa Nerve, Stealth. A messenger bag that accommodates a 15-inch Macbook, the Boa Nerve, Stealth is intended for cyclists or a commuter on foot. The bag is composed of heavy-duty tarpaulin, and features a magnetic strap system that switches from loose to secure, and its stabilizer strap offers the option of additional fitting options. Its interior includes a padded laptop pocket, alongside three flapped pockets with Velcro closures and one large zippered pocket. Priced at $195, the Boa Nerve, Stealth is availa......

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14:52
This new Christmas ad will get even the biggest...

The Daily Dot:

If you were previously in denial that the Christmas season had already begun, the arrival of the annual Christmas ad from British retailer John Lewis is sure to dispel that belief.

They had me at “penguin”.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:44
Hands On: Byword (OS X, iOS)

Byword ($12 for Mac, $6 for iOS, but currently on sale for $10 and $3, respectively) is a straightforward text editor designed specifically for writing either plain (or rich) text or in Markdown, a style specifically designed for blog writers (or anyone who needs to provide text content with HTML tags for emphasis or embedded images, lists and so forth. It's available for both iOS and OS X, and uses iCloud (or Dropbox if you prefer) to sync documents seamlessly between devices with continual auto-save....

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14:43
Markzware releases MarkzTools for InDesign with...

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released MarkzTools for InDesign, an InDesign plug-in that allows users to open a higher version of an InDesign document in a lower version.
For instance, an InDesign CS6 user of MarkzTools for InDesign can open an InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) or CC 2014 document. MarkzTools for InDesign takes the guesswork out of working with Adobe InDesign documents created in varying versions and releases. This includes InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, and CC 2014.
 
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14:30
Hands-on with the new, free-to-use Office for iPhone...

The new Office update brings the power of the iPad version to small screens.

Andrew Cunningham


CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true});Microsoft has been pretty nice to Apple users over the last couple weeks. Last week there was a new version of Outlook for Mac that actually feels like it was made by the same company that makes Outlook for Windows. And today, the company has released several Office for iOS updates that make it substantially more compelling than it was before.
Version 1.2 of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS adds free document editing for users with Microsoft accounts, Dropbox support, iPhone support, and more. We downloaded the new apps to take a...

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14:30
Drunk Tech Review reviews the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Drunk Tech Review is at the forefront of the drunken tech journalism movement. Okay, they're probably the only members of the drunken tech journalism movement -- at least openly -- but they do good work. Someone has to review tech from the stand...

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14:28
Amazon's 'Echo' is a standalone Siri-...

In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Amazon revealed a new first-party hardware product class in "Echo," an Internet-connected virtual assistant stuffed into a tubular standalone speaker.

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14:26
SEC Investigating GT Advanced Technologies

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that GT Advanced Technologies is cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's inquiry into the company. The SEC is seeking information about trading activity and the company’s sapphire glass business, Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced said in a filing today.

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14:05
Lensbaby Introduces First Mobile Lens Product,...

NEW YORK CITY - John F. Braun checks out Lensbaby's first mobile product, and a prototype of a lens clip, at the recent PhotoPlus Expo.

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14:01
Amazon's Echo Driven by Alexa needs a Big...

Siri, get your Master to set you Free: Amazon just launched a sexy new home device called Echo which is designed around your voice. It's always on. Simply ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you're able to stream your favorite music services like iTunes ...

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14:00
Chartcube turns spreadsheets into stories and...

Spreadsheets are invaluable tools for sharing, explaining, and quantifying information, but they're a pain to present to other people. If you want to share data from an Excel document during a presentation, you usually have to cut and paste charts...

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14:00
CBS News arrives on Apple TV with free streaming...

The Apple TV has been quietly updated with another new app channel, CBS News. The app is entirely free, and in fact features CBSN, a newly-launched streaming service. CBSN coverage is live and anchored between 9AM and 12AM Eastern time every weekday; in the event of special reports or breaking news, it will offer simulcasts with CBS News itself. The service is ad-supported in the form of commercials between segments, and should pull in material from CBS-owned sources such as CNET and Entertainment Tonight....

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13:58
Mac: Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard

If you spend a lot of time working in a desktop environment, or even if you’re looking for a more advanced keyboard to use on the go, then you might want to check out Rapoo’s new E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard ($60). Designed to be thin and lightweight, the E6700 provides 82 full-sized keys for comfortable typing and connects to your Mac over Bluetooth. However, it goes beyond the average keyboard, featuring a Smart Touch Area at the right…

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13:52
9to5Toys Last Call: Swype goes free, SanDisk...

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:

Download Swype iOS 8 third-party keyboard for free (Reg. $1)
SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS/Android 16GB Flash Drive: $35 shipped (orig. $50)...

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13:44
SEC investigating GT Advanced sapphire business,...

In an attachment to its quarterly 8-K filing, GT Advanced Technologies said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into the company's security trading practices and sapphire business.

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13:37
New Jawbone Fitness Trackers Stretch High and Low


Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers: the high-end Up3 wristband and the entry-level Up Move clip device. Using a multisensor platform, the $179.99 Up3 captures detailed information about the wearer's heart rate, sleep stages and physical activity over the course of the day. It also connects with the Up App to deliver Smart Coach, an intelligent system that tracks the user's progress and offers personalized fitness guidance. The Up3 features up to seven days of battery life and water resistance up to 10 meters.

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13:37
Office goes free on phones and tablets: What you get...

Macworld:

With the news that Microsoft is making all of its mobile Office apps free—the iPad and upcoming Android tablet versions—you knew there had to be some caveats.

I’m glad I don’t have to use Office any more but for those of you who do, my sympathies and this article will help you figure out this news.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:28
Twelve South Announces SurfacePad Leather Wallet for...

I'm a fan of Twelve South. The company has some of the best styling in the Apple accessories market, and today the company unveiled the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), a wraparound wallet. Plus, it's leather, and as we established a couple of days ago, I'm also a big fan of leather cases. It has slots for two cards (the site cleverly says, "Room for two cards... and Apple Pay."), and it looks great. It's available in Black, Red, White, or Caramel (I like the first two most, for those keeping score at home). We'll likely review it in the next couple of weeks, but it you can't wait, it's available now for $39.99.

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13:20
GT Advanced’s recent trading activity under...

GT Advanced disclosed on Thursday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information about the sapphire glass maker’s trading activity since January 2013 after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. GT Advanced’s latest Form 8-K report claims that the company is fully cooperating with the SEC during its investigation.
It was previously reported that GT Advanced CEO Thomas Gutierrez unloaded all of his stock in the company in a sale just one day before the iPhone 6 was unveiled. For several months leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, it was widely believed that Apple would use sapphire crystal glass for its latest smartphones, but that rumor failed...

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13:20
Google Drive adds Touch ID support, Swype for iOS...

As Apple introduced minor updates to iWork, Beats Music and more, a number of other key updates hit the iOS App Store, including a temporary sale on the popular Swype keyboard from Nuance, as well as Touch ID security and iOS 8 extension support added to Google Drive.

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13:13
‘Sports Night’: An oral history, starring Aaron...

EW:

Set in the high-stakes world of a live sports news program, the Aaron Sorkin-scribed dramedy followed the behind-the-scenes exploits of fictional “Sports Night” coanchors Casey (Peter Krause) and Dan (Josh Charles), their brilliant producer Dana (Felicity Huffman), harried associate producer Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd), gruff executive Isaac (Robert Guillaume), and whip-smart researcher Jeremy (Josh Malina).

Such a shame this show wasn’t a hit. While set in a sports world, it wasn’t specifically about sports but about the workplace and relationships much like Sorkin’s other shows. It also had amazing actors and Sorkin’s typical great writing.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:10
News: Apple TV adds CBS News channel

Apple has quietly added a new CBS News channel to the Apple TV, providing free access to the CBSN streaming news channel launched earlier today by the television network for U.S. Apple TV users. The channel also allotters viewers to access on-demand content from CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation. [via 9to5Mac]
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13:06
SEC probes GT Advanced for unusual trading activity

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened up an inquiry into potentially suspect share trading at former Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies. Although the information was only revealed today, the SEC sent a letter to GT on October 15th, requesting "certain information regarding trading activity in the Company's securities," plus more data on its sapphire business and securities, dating back to January 1st of last year....

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13:00
Wiper Messenger offers free private calls and text

Wiper Messenger (free) is a new entry in the messaging and calling category that puts an emphasis on personal privacy. The app is not to be confused with Viber, which also offers voice and text services.

To use the app, sign up for a free account....

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12:44
Daily Deal: Mac App Roundup—NetSpot Pro, Time Doctor...

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of three great deals on apps for your Mac—each at over 80% off their normal prices. First up is NetSpot Pro, for only $19. A simple and accessible wireless survey tool for collecting and analyzing Wi-Fi data using your MacBook, this app lets you build a visual map of your Wi-Fi coverage, allowing you to see dead zones so you can place your hotspots optimally. Our next app, Time Doctor, on sale for $49,…

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12:30
Green army men, Rubik’s Cube make “Toy Hall of Fame”

Yahoo! News:

It’s mission accomplished for little green army men.

The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with the 1980s stumper Rubik’s Cube, and soap bubbles.

Hard to argue with these choices. I loved my little green army men as a kid and still enjoy popping bubble wrap (although, I wouldn’t call it a “toy”). And even though I hated the Rubik’s Cube (I was never smart enough to solve it), it is undoubtedly a classic toy.
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12:27
iCloud Drive Is Not a Dropbox Replacement

iOS 8 and Yosemite brought us iCloud Drive, and Apple’s marketing materials might lead you to think it can replace services like Dropbox. Here’s why it probably can’t. 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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12:25
Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web...

A developer has discovered that Apple appears to be crawling HTML websites with its own automated bot, but the exact purpose of the mysterious homegrown software remains unknown.

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12:18
Apple 'let us into the labs,' says U2...

Speaking at today's Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, U2 frontman Bono dropped some more hints about the band's involvement in a new digital music format for Apple. The company "let us [U2] into the labs," he commented at one point, suggesting direct involvement in unreleased products. Apple is normally extremely strict about who it lets into its development labs, to the extent that even people with high clearance might be allowed in one lab but not another....

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12:17
Apple Rapidly moves to Block Malware from Launching...

Apple's iPhone 6 was to launch in China the same day it was in the US but hit a great political wall in China. After unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, Apple also had to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Despite that road bump, Apple's pre-orders for the iPhone 6 soared followed by iPhone mania hitting retails stores a week later. Apple's iPhone 6 is a huge hit in China. Maybe too big a hit as new malware is now beginning to hit a fraction of China's new iPhone users. Today Apple ...

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12:09
Apple TV updated with CBS News channel including...

Apple TV users will notice a new channel in the lineup today: CBS News. The newly added CBS News channel is available for free and features the CBSN streaming news channel launched by CBS earlier today. Viewers can also access on-demand content from previous broadcasts of CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. Additional on-demand content from shows including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation can also be found for free.

CBS describes its newly launched CBSN effort as “the first digital streaming news network that will allow Internet-connected consumers to watch live, anchored news coverage on their connected TV and other devices.”
Apple TV users can...

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12:07
Active “WireLurker” iPhone infection ushers in new...

Carrrrrlos


Ushering in a new threat landscape for iPhone users, security researchers have uncovered an active malware operation that compromised the OS X and iOS devices of hundreds of thousands of people.
WireLurker, as the new family of malware has been dubbed, first took hold of Macs when users installed pirated software that had been laced with malicious code, according to a report published Wednesday by researchers from Palo Alto Networks. The trojan then installed itself as an OS X system daemon and waited for iOS devices to connect over USB interfaces. The infected Macs would then grab the serial number, iTunes store identifier, and if available, phone number of the iOS device and send the data to a server controlled by the operators...

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12:04
SEC Investigating GT Advanced's Trading Activity

It appears the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into GT Advanced's trading activity, according to a new filing released today. The SEC sent a letter to GT Advanced on October 15, letting the company know that it was seeking "certain information regarding trading activity in the Company's securities," along with more information on its sapphire business and securities offering dating back to January 1, 2013. Shortly after GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it became clear that GT's CEO Thomas Gutierrez and COO Daniel Squiller had been selling off large amounts of stock, with some of the plans put in place just after production troubles surfaced in February 2014. Gutierrez...

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12:00
Point: Keeping an eye on your home with electronic...

When it comes to home security, sometimes those little webcams can be a little too obtrusive. For example, let's say that you share your home via AirBnB -- do you really want to see your guests walking around in bathrobes (or less)? Likewise, the...

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11:50
The Gotcha to Watch For When Buying AppleCare in an...

There are several different ways to an purchase AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+. One of those methods will result in the agreement not showing up in your online list of AppleCare Agreements. However, there is an easy fix.

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11:46
Amazon Echo introduced as networked speaker with...

Amazon has quietly launched a network-connected speaker with voice recognition. The Echo is a tall cylindrical speaker unit which can be used for music playback, but it also includes a seven-microphone array at the top for listening to voice commands, allowing users to give the device instructions to play music, ask questions, and set appointments....

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11:26
Apple takes action to deal with 'WireLurker...

A new malware attack called "WireLurker" has been revealed that affects iOS devices when paired with an infected OS X system. However, Apple has quickly responded to this threat by revoking developer identities for apps identified as being part of this malware scam, notes "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/lfhheu8).
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11:22
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

I have one of the older Satellite units and love it. I use it all the time, along with Universal Audio’s plug-ins when I record music.
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11:19
News: iLounge announces its Best of the Year Awards...

iLounge has released its Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting the past year’s top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. In the past, iLounge has released a Buyers Guide containing our annual awards — the list has been expanded and is now available here on the site, with no download needed. Click here to…

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11:09
Google Drive for iOS adds Touch ID unlocking, video...


In addition to updating its Maps app with an overhauled design, Google has released a new version of its Drive app for iPhone and iPad users adding support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as some new iOS 8 features.
The Google Drive file storage app can now be secured using Touch ID so users with supported devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3) can unlock the app using the fingerprint...

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11:06
U2's Bono on Collaborating With Apple: '...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple announced a partnership with U2 that saw the band's latest album distributed to iTunes users for free. In interviews following the launch of the album, U2's manager suggested Apple and U2 had formed a "long-term" relationship that would see them collaborating on additional projects, and now U2 frontman Bono has shed a bit more light on the partnership. At the Web Summit in Dublin that VentureBeat attended, Bono told the audience that Apple "let us into the labs," suggesting the band's been able to work with Apple on unreleased products and services. Bono went on to share a story about an interaction with Steve Jobs that hints at what U2 and Apple...

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11:04
Amplified: Goofballs!

Jim and Shawn talk Tim Cook, Surface Tablets as iPad stands, Dave Grohl and indie music

Sponsored by lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/thebeard and get a FREE 7-day trial where you can access all of their 2,400+ courses).
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11:00
Microsoft adds free editing, iPhone version, and...

The universe of productivity apps on iOS expanded considerably when Microsoft announced its iPad versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint back in March 2014. Without an Office 365 subscription, however, users were limited to read-only file access; not...

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10:55
WireLurker Mac OS X Malware Found, Shut Down

msm1267 writes WireLurker is no more. After causing an overnight sensation, the newly disclosed family of Apple Mac OS X malware capable of also infecting iOS devices has been put to rest. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks confirmed this morning that the command and control infrastructure supporting WireLurker has been shut down and Apple has revoked a legitimate digital certificate used to sign WireLurker code and allow it to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered and dubbed the threat WireLurker because it spreads from infected OS X computers to iOS once the mobile device is connected to a Mac via USB. The malware analyzes the connected iOS device looking for a number of popular applications in China, namely the Meitu photo app, the Taobao online auction app, or the AliPay payment application. If any of those are found on the iOS device, WireLurker extracts its and replaces it with a Trojanized version of the same app repackaged with...

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10:53
Apple Blocks WireLurker Apps to Help Stop Malware...

Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can't launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple's own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.

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10:51
Hands On: DUNGEONy (iOS)

When a gamer picks up a video game today, they usually can expect the game to offer lengthy tutorials and the occasional helpful hint when they find themselves struggling. Back in the early days of home video games, retro games were fairly brutal to the inexperienced player. The games themselves offered little to no help as to what to do, and even the instruction manuals proved to be vague, at best. Korigame Entertainment attempts to bring back the frustration of retro gaming for better or worse with their dungeon-crawler puzzler: DUNGEONy.......

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10:44
Review: The Veil from Caudabe is a case that will...


I’m always looking for the best possible case for my needs. I’m not the type of person that requires a bulky case with a lot of drop protection, but it’s nice to have something there to protect against scratches and small dings. The only option I’ve had in the past is to use a skin. It’s not always the best solution though, as a skin is nothing more than a thick sticker that will eventually start to wear and peel up at the edges.
Recently, I discovered Caudabe and their ultra thin iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case, The Veil. This isn’t the most protective case in the world, but it’s the perfect solution to my problem. It offers the same protection as a skin, with the advantages of a case. If your goal is to keep an iPhone clean and thin, there’s no better option…

The Veil is only 0...

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10:30
New Trent Alixo Case for iPhone 6: Two Different...

The New Trent Alixo 6S case for iPhone 6 gives you a sturdy transparent inner case and two click-on fronts, one in white and one in black. The Apple logo is visible to one and all. The clamshell design helps protect against dust and moisture.

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10:30
Why the danger and hysteria surrounding the...

The sky is falling. iOS and OS X malware is on the loose. Apple fans beware!

Such is the message a number of publications seem to convey in recently published articles detailing a new type of Apple-oriented malware emanating from China.

A...

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10:18
Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware...

Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching.

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-06

There's a new malware threat targeting the iPhone, and it doesn't require a jailbreak to do its damage. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about WireLurker, the threat it poses to end users, why Apple needs to update its tools to block the attack, and what you can do to protect yourself. They also shoot down the idea that the iPad mini is on death row.

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10:06
Lytro releases first developer kit for light-field...

Lytro, the producers of the light-field cameras of the same name and the Illum, is giving interested parties access to its technology. The company is releasing the Lytro Platform and its first Lytro Development Kit for enterprise users to try using the technology in other ways, with the first customers including NASA and the US Department of Defense....

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10:01
Video Report: What Apple Pay Means to Bank of America

Hari Gopalkrishnan, Bank of America's e-commerce executive, talks about what Apple Pay means for the firm and its customers.

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10:00
Apple and IBM roll out details of AppleCare for...

When Apple and IBM revealed their enterprise partnership earlier this year, one of the big announcements was AppleCare for Enterprise, a combined support service. The company today published the details of the plan on a new support page on the Apple...

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09:47
What’s new: October 2014

October featured updates pretty much across all Office 365 services. First was the launch of Office Sway, the first completely new Office experience in over a decade. Students and teachers can look forward to updates for OneNote, a new class notebook app, Office Mix and more. Office 365 small and midsize business customers have new subscription plan options, security and protection services released plans for tons of new innovation rolling out now and in the first half of 2015. And communication on Mac OS X got better with a new Outlook for Mac app, and an updated Lync for Mac. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: September 2014.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates
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09:39
iPhone Apps: Reeder, OminFocus for iPhone, Wunderlist
09:35
Amazon Unveils Echo, a Speaker With a Siri-Like...

Amazon today unveiled a new product called Echo, a cylindrical piece of hardware with a built-in Siri-style voice assistant that's able to answer a variety of requests and perform functions like playing music. The cloud-connected Echo is entirely controlled by voice and will wake to answer a question when the word "Alexa" is spoken. Like Siri, it can answer questions like "What time is it?" "What's the weather like?" and more, plus it's able to complete tasks like setting an alarm, playing music, or creating a shopping list. According to Amazon, Echo uses far-field voice recognition capabilities with seven microphones to detect a request from anywhere in a room, and its downward-firing speakers "can fill any room with immersive sound." Echo lets users have access to Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, and with built-in Bluetooth, Echo is also able to play music from a phone or tablet. As it's connected to the cloud...

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09:34
Philips Hue iOS 8 Notification Center widget for...

Users of the popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable "scenes" with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8.

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09:30
Rare photos show NeXT-era Jobs doing his best to...

Yesterday we brought you news of a Wired photo gallery with a few great early Steve Jobs photos from Doug Menuez's book Fearless Genius. Today, we bring you some more glimpses into Silicon Valley's golden age that Menuez has decided to share with us,...

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09:22
Degrees 4.0 - Get basic weather info in your menu...

Degrees is a simple app that shows current weather conditions in the menu bar, where you can always easily see them. Features:

  • Automatically detects where you are using Apple Core Location
  • Option to manually enter a location you'd like to see weather data for
  • Automatically refreshes every 15 minutes and after your Mac wakes from sleep
  • Choose preferred measurement units (°C/°F) as well as hide them from displaying for more minimal appearance
  • One click takes you to a detailed Yahoo! Weather report

Version 4.0:

  • Support for OS X Yosemite dark menu bar
  • Improved refresh when coming back from sleep
  • Clicking the menu bar icon reveals the new details view with current wind and humidity
  • Ability to purchase a supporter add-on which unlocks the 4-day forecast!
  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now...

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09:10
Video: Sorkin on Writing the Steve Jobs Character2

On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned...

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09:09
Amazon announces Echo, a dedicated, Siri-like...

Amazon today announced a new hardware product called Echo. It’s essentially a speaker unit dedicated to being a voice-control system. It kind of sounds like Siri but in a speaker for a single room instead of in your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
You can set alarms, control music, ask about the weather, search the web, ask questions, and access local news. It streams content via Bluetooth and WiFi, and connects to the Fire Phone (if you have one, lol), iOS via the browser, Android, and desktop computers via the web. Instead of “Hey Siri,” you say “Alexa” to start speaking the device. You’ll need a Fire OS/Android device to take full advantage, but music should work fine via iOS.
The whole concept is very futuristic, and it’s unclear how beneficial this will be to people with voice-controlled phones. But, hey, this comes from the developers of a faux-3D phone and delivery drones, so this is not completely out of...

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09:00
Spotify revenue outpaces iTunes revenue by 13% in...

In yet another example highlighting the changing landscape of the music industry, TechCrunch reports that revenue generated from Spotify in Europe is now 13% higher than revenue generated by iTunes Music sales in Europe.

Kobalt, a company that...

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08:59
∞ Apple’s statement on the WireLurker malware

Earlier today we posted news of new malware targeted at users in China. An Apple spokesperson sent this statement to me: [...]

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08:40
OnBeep Makes Star Trek: TNG Communicator a Reality

Until now, tapping a badge on your chest to talk to your bridge crew was the purview of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but OnBeep is making that a reality today with its Onyx. The Onyx is a walkie-talkie-like badge that lets you talk in real time with other users, and it clips to your shirt, just like a Star Trek comm badge. Onyx supports groups of up to 15 members, and you can set up multiple groups, all managed through your iPhone. Onyx is available for pre-order now for US$99 each, or $195 for a set of two. It'll ship before the end of the year.

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08:14
Apple Pay dominates discussion at Money20/20 mobile...

This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and with over 7,000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry.

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08:03
Pixelmator 3.3 gets new UI, support for 5K displays...

The Mac version of Pixelmator has been updated to version 3.3, codenamed Limestone. The interface for the graphics editor has been redesigned, in part to match the flatness and transparencies in OS X Yosemite, but also to support the 5K Retina display on new iMacs. Another key addition is support for two Yosemite features, iCloud Drive and Handoff, the latter of which allows work to be shuttled back and forth with Pixelmator for iPad....

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08:00
Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac...

The 2014 Mac Mini looks the same on the outside, but on the inside it regresses in some unfortunate ways.

Andrew Cunningham

Mid-tier 2014 Mac mini, as reviewed

OS
OS X 10.10.0

CPU
Dual-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-4278U (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)

RAM
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (soldered, upgradeable to 16GB at purchase)

GPU
Integrated Intel Iris 5100

Storage
1TB Fusion Drive (128GB PCIe SSD + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD)

Networking
Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0

Ports
HDMI, 2x Thunderbolt 2, 4x USB 3.0, audio line-in minijack (digital/analog), audio line-out/headphone minijack (digital/analog), SDXC card slot

Size
7.7×7.7×1.4" (19.7×19.7×3.6 cm)

Weight
2.7 lbs (1.22 kg)

Starting price
$699 ($499 for base model)

Price as reviewed
$899

It's easy to feel sorry for the Mac Mini. Apple went...

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08:00
Daily Deals for November 6, 2014, Last Chace To...

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

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

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07:59
Apple Invents a New Real-Time Wireless Power Control...

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Electronic Device with Wireless Power Control System." It's a new real-time wireless delivery system that could adjust ...

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07:57
News: Microsoft Office apps gain iPhone support,...

Microsoft announced the expansion of its Office suite for iOS, adding iPhone and iPod touch support to its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Users can now view, create, and edit documents for free within all three universal apps — a free Microsoft account is all that’s needed. Documents can also be opened, edited, and saved from Dropbox in the updated apps....

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07:55
Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad Adds Editing...

Microsoft is full of surprises recently, and the latest is an update for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Office suite that add in loads of editing features while dropping the requirement for an Office 365 subscription. The tech giant also rolled out a cross-platform fitness tracker and added Dropbox cloud storage support to its products in the past week.The Mac Observer Spin: A cross platform fitness tracker, Dropbox support, and now Office for free on the iPhone and iPad? This is a new Microsoft.

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07:48
Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, bring Calcbot to the...

Tapbots, most known for the popular Twitter client for Mac and iOS called Tweetbot, is out with a new Mac app that some of its followers may recognize from the iPhone and iPad: Calcbot for Mac. Calcbot is described as a simple and intelligent calculator with a “live-as-you-type expression view” for visualizing your calculation history on a scratch sheet-like tape window. Calcbot also packs in a robust unit conversion tool with a wide range of supported categories. Check below for a closer look at Calcbot for Mac and its Yosemite-ready design.
As you can see above, Calcbot is a simple calculator utility app for the Mac with a look and feel that fits right in with the OS X Yosemite design. The panel view...

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07:43
Office for iPad goes free-to-use, now supports the...

Microsoft has updated the official iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications this morning with a few new features, but two in particular stand out: first, basic viewing and editing now requires a Microsoft account but not an Office 365 subscription. Second, all three are now universal apps that work on any iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.
While the apps have different interfaces, sharing the same code means you should be able to make the same kinds of edits on both your phone and your tablet, something that wasn't possible with the old, more limited Office for iPhone app. Even though the apps are now free-to-use, there are still many features that will require an Office 365 subscription, which can be purchased from within the app or directly from Microsoft's site. The apps are mostly the same as they were ...

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07:39
Frostbite team shows off Battlefield 4 iOS tech demo...

The team at Frostbite, the gaming engine behind many popular console titles and more recent mobile games, today published a blog post showing off a tech demo of the graphically demanding Battlefield 4 console game running on an iPad. The company previously showed off what the Frostbite engine was capable of with the Battlefield 4 Commander app and the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare tech demo it showed off at WWDC, but the Battlefield 4 tech demo was made possible thanks to some big graphics improvements courtesy of Apple’s new Metal graphics API.
The team says “Metal has created possibilities previously out of reach and for the first time we can include both high visual fidelity and a large number of objects.”...

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07:30
In The Mix has wild effects for playful video editors

In The Mix lets anyone create videos with stunning visual effects or full films using multiple video clips. Add in music from your iTunes library, record a few video clips, then browse a long list of unique effects to layer on top of the video. With...

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07:26
Imagineer Systems releases mocha 4.1

Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) has shipped mocha Pro 4.1 and mocha Plus 4.1, updates of its tracking software for video production. A free update for existing mocha 4 users, version 4.1 adds a number of new features, including open spline mask export, spline warp export for NUKE, and support for OpenEXR 2.0.
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07:18
Alan Sorkin Discusses Steve Jobs Movies and the...

In a newly posted video clip, screenwriter Alan Sorkin spoke to Bloomberg's Emily Chang about his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that is expected to begin filming sometime next year. When asked why he was filming yet another movie about the Apple co-founder, Sorkin noted that Steve Jobs' life could provide content for at least ten movies. I think that you could do ten more movies about Steve Jobs, and I think if you lined up ten writers and said "write a movie about Steve Jobs", you'd get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see.Though he spoke relatively freely about Steve Jobs, such as mentions of the three times he spoke with Jobs on the phone including one where he "fixed a couple of typos" in Jobs' famous Stanford 2005 commencement speech, Sorkin did not address the casting for his upcoming movie, which has been in flux over the past year. Early reports had Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper...

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07:13
Microsoft updates iOS Office, adds free document...

Microsoft has updated its previously iPad-only iOS Office apps with iPhone support. Although the iPhone interfaces are said to have full feature parity with the iPad, Microsoft has made various changes to accommodate a smaller screen. Chief among these is the "vertical ribbon," designed to keep editing tools within thumb reach at the bottom of the screen....

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07:12
Microsoft announces new Office apps for the iPhone

Microsoft has announced new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad and the ability for customers using these devices to create and edit Office content without a subscription.
Starting today, iPhone (and Android tablet) customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad have enjoyed, says John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. The company has announced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and updated Office for iPad apps.
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05:00
8 ways to take better photos with any camera

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone.Half-press your shutter button

If you remember just one thing from this column, remember this: Always half-press your camera’s shutter button before taking the shot. This tells your camera which area to focus on and lets it calculate how to best capture your scene’s lighting. When you hear two quick beeps, depress the shutter button fully to capture the shot.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:01
Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured...

On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iOS that unifies the user experience across all devices—great and small—and opens the door to free editing and content creation, whether you have an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Word for iPhone now has the same editing tools as Word for iPad—the Office apps offer a unified experience across devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:04
Passcode vs. Touch ID: A Legal Analysis

[Ed. note: Jason Stern is a Criminal Defense Attorney in private practice in New York City]
8:34 am. A college professor receives a text message threatening to blow up the history building. The professor immediately contacts law enforcement, who trace the origin of the call to a student who lives off-campus.
When FBI agents arrive at the student’s residence, they arrest the student and seize his smartphone. In an attempt to search the device to recover evidence of the crime (and perhaps stop other related crimes), they find the smartphone is protected by fingerprint security measures.
With the suspect in handcuffs, the agent swipes the student’s finger across the phone to access his call history and messages. Once the FBI swipes the suspect’s finger and bypasses the biometric security, the phone asks for the student’s passcode. The FBI agent asks for his password but the student refuses to speak. How can the FBI agent access the phone? Whereas a fictional...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'The skepticism it deserves'

Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in upcoming biopic (9to5 Mac)

Source: Hollywood

Chance it's true: Who knows

Film casting is so fickle, and can change so quickly for so many reasons, that it's not really worth reporting on it until...

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06:53
Russian Cyberspies Caught With Mittens in Cyber...


Russian cyberspies have a reputation for stealth, so it's unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week. FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems at governments, military branches, security organizations and even NATO. The report contrasts the Russian operation with similar cyber-raids by hackers affiliated with the Chinese government.

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06:51
Max Secure updates its Mac Anti-Virus for WireLurker...

Max Secure Software (http://maxmobisecure.com) has released a live update for its Mac AntiVirus to detect and clean the new WireLurker malware.
WireLurker infects iOS devices through trojanized Mac OS X apps and also infects non-jail broken iOS devices. Max Secure Malware research team has added multiple checks to detect the WireLurker malware. At Max Secure the AntiVirus apps for Mac and iOS are equipped to check and clean the WireLurker.
AntiVirus 1.0.9 is  available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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06:34
A holiday gift catalog

This struck me as a good list to bookmark. Enjoy.
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06:30
Get buff with Buff Knight Lite

Strike down enemies with blue lightning, tap a fairy for coins, and build up your armor to become the greatest knight in Buff Knight Lite. When the character dies, players can use the in-game store to upgrade armor, weapons, and stock up on potions....

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06:29
Pixelmator Limestone is ready for OS Yosemite

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.3 Limestone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade offers complete OS X Yosemite feature and technology support and embraces new Continuity features as well as iCloud Drive support.
Support for OS X Extensions offers an advanced-technology Repair Tool in apps like Mail or TextEdit. You can now remove objects and repair images right in the app you are using, without even having to open Pixelmator. Just add your picture to the message or document and use the extension tool to enhance it.
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06:28
Microsoft Office for iOS overhauled to allow free...

Dedicated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, comprising the Microsoft Office suite, are now available for iPhone, based on a unified codebase with their iPad counterparts, and also offering both iPhone and iPad users the ability to create and edit documents for free without an Office 365 subscription.

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06:22
The king of Twitter

ReCode:

John Shahidi is the king of Twitter.

Teenagers beg him for retweets, and he appears in Vine videos where friends Justin Bieber and boxer Floyd Mayweather spar in the ring. Everything that Shahidi tweets — and we mean practically everything — is retweeted and favorited thousands of times. If Shahidi mentions you in a tweet, you’ll spend the next two weeks slogging through dozens of notifications every time you open the app.

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06:21
Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes...


Microsoft announced today 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 new features along with the ability...

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06:19
Mac App Store gets visual overhaul to match look of...

Apple has redone the design of the Mac App Store, bringing it into line with the look of OS X Yosemite. Accordingly the interface is now generally flatter, abandoning drop shadows entirely and in many cases omitting borders around sections. Fonts have been tweaked, and the background has switched to a lighter shade of gray, nearly white....

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06:12
Independence Day

Great piece on Microsoft’s new pilot program that combines surround audio and iBeacons to help people with sight loss navigate their world.
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06:04
WireLurker Malware Attacks Non-jailbroken iPhones...

iPhone owners who haven't jailbroken their smartphone are facing the threat of malware thanks to WireLurker. The malware uses Macs to infect the iPhone, and once in place can steal your contacts, iMessage chats, and more.

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06:03
Apple fleshes out IBM enterprise support

Apple added this enterprise support page, titled AppleCare for Enterprise, to their web site.
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06:00
Bringing Office to everyone

Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet Preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.
Check out the Official Microsoft Blog for details on how we’re continuing to help people use Office everywhere so they can do more and achieve more. For a sneak peek and links to download the apps, see below. And check back here on Office Blogs for ongoing updates on today’s news.
Office for iPhone
The new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. Customers can download the new apps today.
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06:00
Microsoft Launches New Office Apps for iPhone, Makes...

Back in March, Microsoft launched dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad in a first effort to bring Office capabilities to everyone, everywhere. The apps have been highly successful, garnering more than 40 million downloads, and as of today, Microsoft is expanding its Office for iOS suite, offering dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the iPhone. While Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone have been designed with the existing iPad apps in mind, offering full feature parity, the iPhone versions have been built to adapt to the iPhone's smaller interface and optimized to put touch controls first. All three apps take advantage of an innovative "vertical ribbon" that puts a full suite of editing tools right within thumb's reach at the bottom of the device's screen. Each...

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05:59
Pixelmator 3.3 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.Version 3.3:

  • Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Redesigned Interface: A new look and feel inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support: Complete OS X Yosemite new features and technology support.
  • Handoff Support: Instantly switch between Pixelmator on your Mac and iPad.
  • iCloud Drive Support: Safely store and access your...

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05:32
iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven't...

The line between local and remote storage started blurring long ago. The moment you could save a file from within a program on a Mac or other OS to something that wasn’t a physically connected hard drive—whether a network file server, a remote AFP volume elsewhere on the Internet, or a Finder-mounted whatever—you had to make a conscious effort to remember what was entirely within your control and what was not. Sure, remote files used to take longer to save: we’d watch a progress bar or beachball on larger files, and the latency reminded us.
Cloud storage and backups typically remove that latency by relying on synchronization instead of real-time transfer. This is an advantage, as we can keep working and have a stream of data leave our computer or mobile device, and, in the event of loss, crash, or theft, often recover what we lost. BBEdit and Adobe InDesign have long saved my bacon with local “journaling,” writing nearly every keystroke into a local file used for recovery—...

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05:28
Malicious software campaign targets Apple users in...

At first blush, this malware, known as WireLurker, seems reasonably innocuous, since it is initially delivered solely via an app store for jailbroken iOS devices in China. It’s a little more complicated than that, which makes it potentially a lot more of an issue.
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05:20
Precious Disk is new hard drive utility for Mac OS X

The Sovapps team has introduced Precious Disk 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/lltnnbq), a hard drive utility for Mac OS X. It scans your disks and folders and allows you to get more space by tracking and reviewing all your file content.
You can locate all your hidden files thanks to special filters. Before moving them to the trash, you can view them in the Finder or Quick Look.
Precious Disk requires OS X 10.8 or later and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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05:11
'Wirelurker' malware developer's...

Apple has responded to the reports of the "WireLurker" malware infecting users in China. After revoking the certificate being used to install malware through enterprise provisioning, Apple confirmed that the malware existed, and noted that it has taken steps to rectify the situation....

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05:04
Star Walk widget brings up-to-the-minute astronomy...

Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has announced Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 7.0.4 for iOS. It's an upgrade to their augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.
Real time motion tracking tells you what stars are above you in the sky. The new version adds support for iOS 8 and a new widget that tells users about the upcoming visible celestial events, moon phase, time of sunset and more.
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05:04
CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface...

MojoKid writes Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of Surface Pro tablets to every team in the NFL, gratis. All season so far, coaches and even players have made use of them to plan their next course-of-action, and for the most part, they seemed to be well-received. Unlike some of the products Microsoft tries to get us to adopt, the Surface Pro 3 really is a solid tablet / convertible. Unfortunately, at least where the CNN political team is concerned, Microsoft hasn't won over a few anchors, like they have in NFL, when they were supplied with brand-new Surface Pros. In recent shots captured and tweeted about, a Surface Pro 3 can be seen acting as an "iPad stand" and quite an expensive one. As humorous as this is, it might not...

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05:01
Pixelmator 3.3 released with OS X Yosemite...


Hot off the heels of their iPad app, the Pixelmator team have today released Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac. This update centers around design and structural optimizations for OS X Yosemite, including an extension for integration with other apps and a new icon to match the ‘flatter’ aesthetic of the operating system. The update also includes a new file format to improve syncing and compatibility with the iPad version.
Although the app largely resembles previous versions, with custom floating panels and black chrome, it now takes advantage of Apple’s transparency effects to mesh well with the OS.
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05:01
First look: Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac...

Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple's latest OS X Yosemite features.

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05:00
Google Maps to see significant update, new features...


Over the next few days, Google Maps will receive a significant update and start sporting some neat new features.
Per the company’s blog entry, Google Maps will start displaying the following changes in its user interface:
- Bold colors and textures to match the Material Design style being used in many of Google’s applications.
- A new info layer at the top of the screen showing you photos, reviews, and more.
- OpenTable support in the U.S. to reserve a table at nearby restaurants.
- Uber support, including pickup times, prices and walking and transit directions.

Google Maps is available for free in the App Store and requires iOS 6.0 or later to install and run....

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05:00
Directory Utility in Yosemite. I’m not Dead Yet…...

The Directory Utility application has moved to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. Once open, you can use it to bind to directory services, change search policies and even dink around with NIS if you still rock the flannel with your ripped up jeans. But, the thing that I tend to do in Directory Utility the most is look at user and group attributes. To do so, open Directory Utility and click on the Directory Editor tab. In the bar directly below, you’ll see Viewing and In Node. The Viewing option is what type of object you’re going to look at. The In Node option shows the directory domain you’re viewing. Below, we show the local users in /Local/Default. 
Click on a user and you will see all of the attributes that exist for that user. Not all users are created equal when it comes to attributes, so if you’re looking for a specific attribute then you...

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04:59
Runtastic releases ‘Sleep Better’ app for tracking...

Runtastic, makers of the popular fitness tracking app of the same name, today announced the introduction of a new app focused on improving sleep habits. Rather than using a wearable or bedside sensor, the company’s new Sleep Better app uses an iPhone placed next to your pillow to track sleep patterns with no additional hardware required. Using the iPhone’s sensors, the app offers sleep tracking features including data on Duration, Cycles and Efficiency as well as Smart Alarm & Wake-Up Window features, Moon Phase tracking, and more. The app is also fully compatible with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app in iOS 8:
Sleep Better is the result of dedicated work over the course of several months, during which the Runtastic team not only...

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04:58
Apple Invents New Dynamic and Moveable Touch UI...

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new user interface mainly designed for future iDevice applications. A special aspect of this new UI design is that it involves the use of dynamic, moveable interface elements.

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03:48
Forgot your hotel room key? Use your iPhone instead

You glide past the front desk of a high-end hotel, room number in hand. No one stops you. You belong here. The interiors are sharp and gleaming, the
carpets plush. You emerge from the elevator and bolt straight to your room. You press the face of your Apple Watch against the lock. The door opens. Your
soundtrack is playing. Your favorite scent wafts through the air.
This is the life Starwood Hotels & Resorts, parent company of the swanky Aloft, Element, and W Hotel chains, wants you to live, if you’re a member of
its Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program. And while the Apple Watch isn’t here yet, you can almost touch the future with SPG’s new keyless card, which
turns your iPhone and select Android phones into keys with just an app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
Spring will change the way you shop on your iPhone

My love letter to shopping app Spring has been a long time coming—really, ever since its launch in August. The usual tech news outlets—TechCrunch, Wired, and Re/code, to name a few—applauded Spring, but Vogue, Elle, and Fashionista have also sung its praises. It’s rare that an app can catch the attention of two big major markets right at launch, but Spring isn’t an ordinary app. ...

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04:14
Kool Tools: Cartographer for Mac OS X

False Victories' Cartographer 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/m7gu5vb) is a new maps app for Mac OS X (10.9 or later). It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools Section for US$13.99.
Cartographer allows developers to add annotations to maps without the need to enter coordinates by hand. The app has been designed to work with Apple's MapKit framework on both OS X and iOS.
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04:02
Residential smart light bulb market to approach a...

The market for connected LED or “smart” light bulbs is in its embryonic stage of development, with shipments totaling fewer than 2.5 million units in 2013.
However, falling LED prices and the endorsement of ZigBee Light Link as the preferred connectivity solution by a number of leading lighting manufacturers means that annual smart bulb shipments are set to increase to 223 million by 2020, achieving a total installed base of over 400 million, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
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03:56
Samsung Electronics' heir apparent Lee Jae-yong...

When Apple's chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay, jokes flew that Samsung might rush to announce it "was even more gay." In reality however, Samsung Electronics is a step further behind Apple, having yet to officially name a successor to its ailing leader Lee Kun-hee, who at 72 remains hospitalized following a heart attack in May.

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03:49
Authy Is a Potent Weapon in the Online Security Arms...

Authy makes two-factor authentication more user-friendly, but just a bit riskier. Josh Centers takes a look at the tradeoffs. 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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03:49
Hands On: OneThing pomodoro timer (iOS)

There is virtually no limit to the amount of productivity apps in the App Store, and almost all of them are packed to the brim with bells and whistles that claim to increase productivity. However, sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. OneThing by developer BumbleBee Communications promises to help keep users focused and productive without overwhelming them with needless features....

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03:00
Skype receives iOS 8 update, support for 20...


Nuance Communications announced on Tuesday that its popular Swype keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with iOS 8 is now available in more than 20 languages. Other new features include new intuitive emoji support, as well as new keyboard layouts. And iPad users can now access all available Swype themes. Swype’s pioneering continuous touch technology has changed the way people input text on smartphones, and was the top paid third-party keyboard within 24 hours of launching on the App Store.
The new version includes the following fixes and changes:
- Expanded Language Support: In addition to English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Swype is now available in more than 20 languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian,...

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01:21
Apple Goes Live with AppleCare for the Enterprise

This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies. Apple noted in their original press release that "AppleCare for Enterprise ...

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00:00
App Invasion: Spring will change the way you shop on...

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01:00
Little Snitch 3.5 nightly build 4226 released,...


Little Snitch, the popular network utility by Objective Development Software Gmbh, has been updated to version 3.5, its nightly build number 4226, a 22.2 megabyte download adding the following fixes and changes:
- Little Snitch menubar item no longer occupies space when disabled.
- Added support for showing iOS App Extension icons.
- Improved handling of via connections:
Connection alerts now show a cancel button if either the parent or the via process is terminated.
Until Quit rules are now valid until both the parent process and via process have terminated.
OS X Yosemite changed how incoming ssh connections are handled. Incoming connections are no longer handled by sshd directly but instead by launchd. On OS X Yosemite, this version of...

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00:50
Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for...

Apple late Wednesday began rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release.

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Thursday November 13

04:17
Recommended reading: 'Yosemite for Dummies'

Updated and revised for the latest OS X release from Apple, "OS X Yosemite For Dummies" (http://tinyurl.com/m32udc8) by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus gives you fun, easy-to-understand coverage of the key features and tools needed to get the most out OS X.
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Wednesday November 5

21:45
Apple posts new AppleCare for Enterprise website,...

Following on from the partnership announcement Apple and IBM made in July, Apple has posted a new page to its website announcing a new AppleCare for Enterprise package that includes on-site hardware support from IBM, alongside a fleet of specially-developed apps for vertical markets. The new page is the most prominent sign that Apple and IBM's plans for enterprise are taking shape, built on a bed of strong on-site hardware support, software support and business services....

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19:45
Forbes names Apple world’s most valuable brand for...


Forbes today released its list of the world’s most valuable companies, putting Apple at #1 with a valuation of $124.2 billion. That total puts its worth at almost twice that of any other company on the list, including Microsoft and Google, which came in second and third place, respectively.
Forbes factored in items such as how many products Apple moved in 2014, which pushed the company’s brand value up 19% over last year’s. That Apple would top a list of most valuable brands for the year likely comes as no big surprise to most readers. The company launched...

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19:35
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Discuss Their New USC...

In a new profile of Beats co-founders and new Apple employees Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, The Wall Street Journal interviews the duo about their newly launched undergraduate academy at the University of Southern California called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and Business of Innovation. The Beats co-founders, who bankrolled the academy with a $70 million gift last year that led to the first students being enrolled this past August, are being profiled as part of the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards. Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal Echoing Steve Jobs' description of the philosophy of Apple, the school is aimed at preparing young people to be able to work in...

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19:23
Download the “Complete Sherlock Holmes”, Arthur...

Open Culture:

I still remember the thrill I felt when I happened upon a set of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories at an antique store. For a mere ten dollars, I acquired handsomely bound, suitably patina-of-age-bearing editions of each and every one of the sleuth of 221B Baker Street’s adventures that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote.

These days, especially given the recent ruling (just re-affirmed by the Supreme Court) that Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories “are no longer covered by United States copyright law and can be freely used by creators without paying any licensing fee to the Conan Doyle estate,” you can download the complete Sherlock Holmes canon in a variety of ebook formats, from PDF to ePub to ASCII to MOBI for Kindle.

At age 11, I received the complete works as a Christmas present from my grandmother. I devoured the stories before New Years and read them over and over again for years. I’m downloading this as we speak.
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19:15
Apple prepares Mac App Store makeover with Yosemite-...


Mac App Store users browsing the software shop tonight are starting to notice a few aesthetic changes, as seen in the screenshots above and below. Like the recent iTunes Store facelift, the Mac App Store redesign features lighter fonts, a sparse white background, and thin gray separators.
The updated design is currently showing up every few minutes on the throughout the store, though it still shows the old design on many pages just as much as the new. The iTunes Store had a similar issue when it was updated last month, and once the rollout is complete the new design will be available to everyone. A few elements...

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18:29
EFF: Apple's iMessage, FaceTIme most secure at...

In a recent "scorecard" report ranking the security and safety of various popular messaging systems, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said that while no system was completely secure against "sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance," Apple's iMessage and FaceTime and the end-to-end encryption they offer made it the best of the "mass-market options" for secure communications, beating out BlackBerry Protected and BlackBerry Messenger and other big-name messaging systems....

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17:58
Apple launches ‘AppleCare for Enterprise’ site to...


Following the announcement earlier this year that Apple and IBM would be teaming up to provide custom enterprise iOS software and services to businesses, the Cupertino-based company has finally published its enterprise support webpage.
The page advertises features of the program such as one-hour response times for urgent support issues and a personal account manager at Apple, as well as advantages like next-day device replacement and on-site service...

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17:41
Best iPhone 6 & 6 Plus armband cases for running...

With the craziness of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season entering full swing, we’re sharing a list of the best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus armband cases for running, exercise, and working out in the gym or fitness center. These deals on accessories make for great Christmas stocking stuffers for anyone with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Product Description: “The high-performance Sport-Fit iPhone 6 Armband doesn’t just protect your phone while you’re exercising – it’s also incredibly comfortable to wear. The secure fit and slim design stays out of your way, so you forget you’re even wearing it. Now you can concentrate on your workout, not your device.”

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17:38
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with “procuring...

I guess in the U.S. this would be akin to trying to hire a hitman.
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17:29
Kano: The Can-Do Coding Kit for Kids of All Ages


"So simple a child could do it" -- I have heard that expression abused often in advertising. Yet it aptly applies to the Kano computer kit. Kano is a computer and coding kit that is suitable for all ages. Well, to be truthful, Kano's step-by-step instructions in the included booklets and its simplified Linux-based operating system target kids aged 6 to 14. That said, the hands-on method it uses to teach basic computer structure and coding principles will work for kids of all ages.

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17:25
Man drives his plane to the pub

I don’t see the problem.
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17:02
New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT...

More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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16:38
AppleCare for Enterprise With On-Site Support From...

Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a major enterprise mobility partnership that would see IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, creating industry-specific native apps, providing iOS-optimized cloud services, and providing support for a new AppleCare service. IBM and Apple are now moving forward with their partnership, and Apple has recently launched a new AppleCare for Enterprise website, suggesting that its promised enterprise-grade AppleCare plan is now available for IBM's enterprise customers. As detailed on the website, all AppleCare for Enterprise accounts are handled by an AppleCare Account Manager, providing a personal liaison with AppleCare. Apple promises a one-hour response time for all urgent issues, with IT department-level support available 24/7 via phone or email. All AppleCare for Enterprise...

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16:29
Netgear Arlo introduced as battery-powered wireless...

Netgear has unveiled a wireless security camera, one which dispenses with both network and power cables. Arlo is a battery-powered Wi-Fi-enabled camera system capable of transmitting video from the weatherproof camera at a distance of up to 150 feet away from the base station, with the camera also providing VueZone-style night vision capabilities....

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16:26
Steve Jobs “Deep Shit”

A wonderful pictorial by Doug Menuez with pictures of Jobs that I hadn’t seen before.
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16:25
Chinese Mac and iOS users targeted by new ‘...


The New York Times reports that a security firm called Palo Alto Networks has uncovered a new form of Apple-focused malware that capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices. Typically when such software pops up, as it does from time to time, one of the key factors that allows the malicious code to run on iOS is whether the device is jailbroken. The new “WireLurker” malware, however, is installed on the mobile device over USB by an infected Mac.
These infected Mac apps are reportedly coming from the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party software storefront operated in China. Palo Alto Networks says over 400 apps in the store are affected, and have been downloaded over 356,000 times...

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16:18
SoundCloud subscription service coming in 2015,...

Audio distribution platform SoundCloud is on the cusp of launching its premium subscription service, adding another layer of offerings to help the company generate revenue. The premium ad-free service will be launched in 2015, with Warner Music Group signing on as the first major label to earn money from the sharing and streaming hub....

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16:16
Jackson SLS prototype guitar up for auction

A friend of mine is selling this guitar and it’s a beauty. I wish I had the money to pick it up.
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16:12
Pixelmator for iPad [Sponsor]

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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16:04
'Wirelurker' malware targets iOS through...

A new malware threat to iOS has been discovered that can invade the normally well-protected mobile system through a flaw in OS X and USB that allows packages to be installed through enterprise provisioning. Called "WireLurker," the malicious OS X application (once installed) will monitor for new iOS package installs, and then exploits a weakness in USB to install malware into the target iOS device. Once it is installed, the iOS malware tries to harvest personal data like contacts....

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15:57
Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

jones_supa writes If you have looked carefully, the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple's website. The explanation is simple: That's the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address he said "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone." The picture of the phone was carefully scheduled to pop up at that moment. "We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation", Apple's Scott Forstall confirms. The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010, when the very first iPad was released, so that when it was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41. ...

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15:36
Researchers Discover New 'WireLurker'...

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks (via The New York Times) have published a research paper on WireLurker, a malware new family that's been infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems over the course of the past six months. The researchers say that WireLurker, which is targeting users in China, "heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms." The WireLurker malware is the "biggest in scale" in the trojanized malware family, and it is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using USB. It's said to be able to infect iOS applications similar to a traditional virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices "through enterprise provisioning." Thus far, WireLurker has been used...

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15:30
Twitchy Thrones: Game of pixels

Command an army of pixelated heroes to victory in a fast-paced strategy game with a heavy medieval tone called Twitchy Thrones. Players wage war against armies representing other houses - many of which sound an awful lot like names from Game of...

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15:20
Everything is Awesome: LEGO Movie Game comes to the...

One of the undeniable truths of the universe is that The LEGO Movie is awesome, and now that awesomeness can live inside your Mac because The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop, plus the game include multi-player support, and it includes the Wild West DLC pack with four extra characters and magical pants with special powers. The LEGO Movie videogame requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and is priced at US$29.99.

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Dan Frommer still likes his iPhone 6 Plus ... and I...

Dan Frommer, writing over at Quartz, published a 30-day review of the iPhone 6 Plus today. The verdict? "After more than a month of everyday use, it has become even more of the pocket computer I've always wanted." I've had mine now for well over a...

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MCX CEO Touts Loyalty Perks of CurrentC, Says There...

Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX, which is a group of retailers working on a QR-code based payment system called "CurrentC," has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after two prominent MCX members, Rite Aid and CVS, opted to remove Apple Pay support from their retail stores. After a glut of negative press and a hacking incident, MCX executives have been scrambling to defend CurrentC, hosting a press conference and doing several interviews. The latest information on MCX and CurrentC comes courtesy of ...

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Cyber Security Developer Bundle: $49

We have a deal on a bundle of developer training courses called The Cyber Security Developer Bundle. For $49, you'll get Get Certified As An IT Security Beginner, The Fundementals Of Virtual Private Networks, Website Hacking Techniques In Practice, Learn To Write Secure PHP Code, Become a Certified Hacker, and Prepare Yourself For The CISA Exam. That's more than 262 lectures and more than 64 hours of video content.

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MCX CEO compares CurrentC rollout to original iPhone...

In a short interview published on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson likened CurrentC exclusivity agreements to Apple's original iPhone rollout on AT&T, saying consortium members have their best interests in mind in not supporting Apple Pay.

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9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1149,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
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ACM 279: Apple Watch Price Check, and the New...

With a refined launch time frame and new information on pricing out for Apple Watch, it's time for Jeff and Bryan to take a look at Apple's market strategy, and whether or not the not yet released smartwatch makes for a good investment. They also look at Microsoft's decision to go cross platform with its Band fitness tracker, and the surprising support deal with Dropbox.

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Seasonality Go is a top tier weather app

I reviewed Seasonality Go (US$5.99) a couple of years ago when it was an iPad-only weather app and pretty pricey at $10.99. I liked the app, but wished for a lower price and an iPhone version.

Those wishes have been granted, as the app is now 40...

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Verizon Ready to Sue FCC to Block Net Neutrality...

The FCC wants to regulate Internet service providers as if they were utilities as part of its plan to maintain Net Neutrality, and Verizon is threatening legal action if that happens.The Mac Observer Spin: Verizon's legal posturing makes sense considering it's in the company's best interest to avoid regulation under Title II. Had the company agreed to work with the FCC under Section 706, just like the other ISPs were willing to do, however, the threat of facing off in court wouldn't have been an issue at all.

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14:23
Security researcher finds unsaved files are...


This may not be what Apple intended to have happen with iCloud.
And there may be a patch coming for it posthaste.
According to Slate, security researcher Jeffrey Paul recently noticed that Apple’s default autosave is storing in-progress files—the ones you haven’t explicitly saved yet—in the cloud, not on your hard drive. Unless you decided to hit save before you start typing, or manually changed the default settings, those meeting notes, passwords, and credit card numbers you jotted down in “Untitled 17” are living in iCloud.
Although this issue seems to be a recent phenomenon, it appears that it’s been happening since at least December of 2013, according to...

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5 cool widgets for Yosemite's Notification...

With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has largely left Dashboard behind. Instead, it’s replaced the tired apps that once lurked to the left of the home screen with polished and useful widgets in the updated Notification Center. To access these widgets, just click on Notification Center in the top-right of the Mac’s menu bar or, if you’re using a trackpad, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge and, in no time, you’ll be checking the weather, performing some quick math, or zipping through your email.
Although Notification widgets are new with Yosemite, several developers have already jumped on board by adding widget support to their apps. To add a widget, just open Notification Center, click the Edit button, and click the plus (+) button next to the widget you’d like to add.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:11
How Pathetic: Microsoft's False Surface Pro...

What a joke: When "fake" marketing schemes are revealed, a company instantly loses credibility with the public. Do you remember Samsung's false smartphone reviews a year ago? Twelve months later, Samsung's profits are plunging. Now Microsoft's fake marketing shows us that even though CNN was obligated to promote the Surface Pro 3 tablet on air, some of their high profile...

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WhatsApp update shows read receipts, leaked image...

Although this isn’t an actual update to the app, WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends. The Facebook-owned app, which would previously show double check marks if a sent message had been received, now goes one step further and turns those check marks blue if the message has been read.

As can be found in the app’s newly-updated FAQ, group chat and broadcast messages are also impacted by this change. In that case, the two checkmarks will turn blue after every participant within the group has read the message. As mentioned, this feature isn’t part of an update to the app through the App Store, but rather something that the company has pushed over-...

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14:04
Mac clients flooding Quantum MDCs with requests on...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XSAN 3MDCquantumWe have an assortment of Mac clients that connect to Quantum MDCs (M440/5) for the volumes. When these Macs (running Mavericks) startup , they flood the MDCs with request for their LUNS. Something in the startup of the OS isn't showing the fiber LUNs at that time, so the client asks the MDCs again, and again, and so on. When the LUNs finally do show up on the fiber ports, Xsan connects to the volumes just fine.
Is there a way to delay Xsan startup until the fiber ports have been initialized properly?
We are using ATTO CelerityFC8...

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Google Maps app gets overhauled, adds Uber and...

Google Maps, otherwise known as the mapping app that Apple Maps so desperately wishes it could be, got a little bit better today with an app refresh. The update brings with it a cleaner look and less clutter, which happens to match the post-iOS 7...

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