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Tuesday November 4

06:02
AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice...

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.The Mac Observer Spin: I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.

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05:13
Claimed prototype of iPad mini 2 goes on sale on...

A claimed prototype of the cellular model of the iPad mini 2 is being auctioned on eBay, with a starting bid of $4,999. No bids had been placed at the time of writing. The reason bids go for so much on these prototypes is that security experts, hackers and jailbreakers like to understand the software that’s loaded on them to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes on iOS devices.
The seller, whose 95.8% feedback rating shows only low-cost sales previously, cites the lack of serial number and FCC markings, together with SwitchBoard software, as evidence that the device is genuine.

For sale is a Apple iPad Mini 2 Cellular Prototype without FCC logos, and is a 64 bit A7/M7 chip/processor. Apple normally does not let these devices out of their possession and you can see from the photos, it is running a...

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05:02
Apple to raise $3.5 billion from euro debt at some...

Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.

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05:00
Yosemite Server SMB and Windows

A few people have hit me up about issues getting Windows machines to play nice with the SMB built into Yosemite Server and Windows. Basically, the authentication dialog keeps coming up even when a Mac can connect. So there are two potential issues that you might run into here. The first is that the authentication method is not supported. Here, you want to enable only the one(s) required. NTLMv2 should be enabled by default, so try ntlm:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:ntlm auth = "yes"
If that doesn’t work (older and by older I mean old as hell versions of Windows), try Lanman:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:lanman auth = “yes"
The second is that the authentication string (can be seen in wireshark) doesn’t include the workgroup/domain. To resolve this, simply include the Server name or workgroup in the beginning of the username followed by a backslash(\). So you might do this as a username if your NetBios name were kryptedserver:
kryptedserver\charles...

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04:57
NetShred X is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser that erases internet cache, history and mail on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite, Safari 8, Apple Mail 8, Firefox 32, and Chrome 38.
NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, it runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. For more info go to www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .

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04:50
Yosemite GPU switch causing graphics issue in some...

Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Severity varies, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them....

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04:46
Samsung Desperately Vies for Apple Chip Business...

On October 7 we reported that TSMC was confident in landing Apple A9 Orders in 2015 and likely the majority of orders as is the case today with TSMC leading A8 and A8X production roughly at 70% with Samsung having 30%. With Samsung's profits plunging 60%, it's no wonder that a rumor has surfaced this morning trying to prop Samsung up with the possibility of gaining Apple's A9 processor business.

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03:56
Social news reader Nuzzel wants to make sure you...

Here at the Macworld office, a big part of our workflow revolves around keeping up with what’s hot in tech news. (Shocker, I know.) We each have our own methods to combat the madness—I’m dependent on Feedly, where I’ve got various news sites broken down into categories for me to monitor. But that’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Besides Feedly, I’m constantly keeping an eye on my Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what stories are trending.

Instead of your entire social feed, Nuzzel shows you only the articles your friends are sharing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:37
Nest rolling out updates for smarter auto-scheduling...

Your Nest smart thermostat should get a little smarter at some point over the next week as the company rolls out version 4.3 of the software, providing improved auto-scheduling and faster access to info at-a-glance.
A single push of the ring displays the information shown above, which includes weather, outdoor temperature and humidity. This has, says Nest, been the biggest customer request, allowing them to check what they should wear before heading out in the morning. Getting access to additional information, like yesterday’s energy usage or tomorrow’s schedule, is now available simply by turning the ring left or right … 
An enhanced version of the auo-schedule function, where the thermostat learns how & when you make temperature changes, should enable greater savings, says...

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04:28
Dave Grohl’s incredible gift to music lovers

Music that touches you at a deep level is a rare delight. Same with a book, a movie, a piece of art or anything that is the result of the creative process. Today I had the good fortune to stumble upon something that did this on several levels.

Sonic Highways is a documentary series on HBO, put together by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. The series is an incredible journey, taking you on a deep musical exploration of eight cities, building a song in each city based on the musical foundation found in that city.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:17
Apple Looking to Raise $1.2 Billion from Bond Sale...

Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt: The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years. Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested the...

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04:10
Hands On: ffwd player (iOS)

While there's no doubt that Apple's built-in music player certainly does its job well, those who love music might find it a little basic for their needs. But what does one do when they want to find a music player packed with features the default music player lacks? Developer by Christopher Lim has built the ffwd player, a music player for iOS that aims to create a better overall experience while listening to music....

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04:07
Expect first HomeKit-compatible devices soon as...

The first HomeKit-compatible devices are likely now in production as two chipmakers confirmed to Forbes that they have begun shipping Apple-certified Bluetooth and Wifi chips to device manufacturers.

One part of the certification process for device makers is that they have to buy their Bluetooth and Wifi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers–Texas Instruments, Marvell and Broadcom.
These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed.

Apple first announced HomeKit at its developer conference back in June. The idea behind it is to integrate control...

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03:58
Kool Tools: the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro

Twelve South's BookArc Pro is an eye-catching chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.
The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.
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03:44
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering 3D Maps...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three key patents. The first covers Apple's iCloud service known as Find my iPhone ...

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03:09
Video delivery requires new codecs, improved network...

Standards committees and industry consortiums are working through a number of video standards to support UltraHD video as well as the next-generation of mobile video services, such as HEVC and DASH packaging, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). 
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02:42
Review: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced the definition of state-of-the-art each time a new iPad is released. Is this Apple's most amazing mobile device yet? Read on in our full review of the Apple iPad Air 2.......

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02:00
Reviews: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced t ......

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14:07
Everything we know about the upcoming Steve Jobs...

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

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Monday November 3

22:49
Products with HomeKit API embedded now headed to...

A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number....

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22:13
'Disney Movies Anywhere' gets Android app...

Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.

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21:29
Disney’s ‘Movies Anywhere’ app comes to Android,...


Back in February, Apple and Disney teamed up on a new app called Movies Anywhere that allowed iOS users to access their library of purchased movies—whether bought on the iTunes Store, DVD, or other media (with the appropriate redemption code in the box).
Today, Disney has launched the same service for Android users. Movies Anywhere owners will now be able to access their movie library featuring titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel from any of their devices. Because this is a cross-platform solution, movies previously purchased on the iTunes Store will now be available to users on Android devices, and iOS users will be...

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20:41
Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers...

Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.

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20:35
Apple Releases First iOS 8.1.1 Beta to Developers

Following this afternoon's release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The iOS 8.1.1 beta comes two weeks after the release of iOS 8.1, which included support for Apple Pay, SMS Forwarding, and more. The beta, build 12B432, is available though Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta. As a minor update, iOS 8.1.1 includes fixes for several bugs, but major new features rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad, will be reserved for major iOS 8 updates that are also in development. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce...

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20:35
Review: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the Alpine Headphones the audio company wanted to bring the feel of a concert home, packing technology into a set of over-the-ear headphones with an app for user control to accomplish it. But do the Alpine Headphones offer a new audio experience that is worth feeling, or would cons......

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20:34
Australian Bureau of Statistics credits Apple's...

Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.

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20:25
Apple seeds first iOS 8.1.1 beta: bug fixes and...


Apple tonight has released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. This update is packed with bug fixes, according to the release notes. Most notably, “this release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.”

Have we spooked Apple into providing every single minor point release as a developer prerelease – is that what’s happened?

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20:13
Google’s App Aesthetic

New today: updated Android apps for Google Calendar and Gmail. Both look interesting — as Benedict Evans succinctly put it, “Google is reworking Mail and Calendar from database displays to task-led interfaces. I wonder how far they’ll take that.”

And intriguingly, as Google’s new “material” design language evolves, it’s very clearly heading in a different direction than iOS. Talking about flatness is simply too superficial to be a useful discussion. Superficially, iOS and Android seemingly converged toward flatness...

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20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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19:51
Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a...

In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.

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19:50
Hands On: Woah Dave! (multi-platform)

There's no doubt that retro-gaming is decidedly "in" these days, and the amount of games that have decided to emulate the sights and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s are many. Among those games, few have come across as overwhelmingly successful, but among those titles stands newcomer Woah Dave by Choice Provisions. The game has enjoyed success at PAX, E3, IndeCade, and California Extreme....

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19:34
Apple acquires Union Bay Networks, opens software...


Apple confirmed today that it has acquired cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks and will open a software engineering office in the company’s home town of Seattle. This will be Apple’s first time venturing into the city, though many other tech companies have already established offices in the area.
The first hints that an acquisition may have taken place came when GeekWire noticed that Union Bay’s co-founder Benn Bollay now lists himself as a manager at Apple on LinkedIn and seems to be...

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19:21
Apple reportedly acquires cloud startup Union Bay...

Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.

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19:00
Reviews: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the ......

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18:58
Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay...

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live...

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18:02
[Sponsor] Fucking Amazon

I sold Woot to Amazon and they made it shitty. So I quit. Then I got bored.

I started A Mediocre Corporation with a few others from Woot. We just launched a classic daily deal site — only one thing for sale each day. Meh.

Oh, and since you seem to be into RSS, we put one together just for you, at meh.com/deals.rss. Of course you can also just go to meh.com.

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18:01
HomeKit-Enabled Chips Begin Shipping to Smart Home...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers like Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom. Those Apple-approved chips have begun shipping to smart home accessory makers, according to Forbes.These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed to me. That means we could begin seeing HomeKit-certified devices show up on store shelves sometime soon. Although Apple hasn’t officially launched HomeKit yet, device makers can at least start putting together their...

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17:56
Verizon, AT&T collaborating on VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T are working together to allow Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls to function normally between mobile phone users on different carriers. Current systems allow for the high definition calls to take place between users on the same carrier, switching to current technologies when calling another phone network, but the two major carriers aim to put an end to the loss of call quality in the future....

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17:49
Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to...

On Monday, Apple released the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the forthcoming first update to Yosemite. This first beta is the first to arrive after the release of OS X Yosemite on October 16. The new build, 14B17, can be obtained by registered developers through Apple's Software Update. Apple is asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail, and Notification Center. No release notes have yet been published detailing any changes or fixes present in 10.10.1....

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17:06
Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?


Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war. The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drowned out by the din of gunfire; and glasses are perpetually rattling down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon. It was something of a relief to come across a question that's related, but far less emotional than what has dominated the discussions so far.

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17:05
First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now...

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

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16:30
Bring the noise of the crowd home with Football...

Here is a new sports app for your iOS devices. But unlike most sports app you won't find scores, or statistics, or game reports, or sports news, or really anything else you might expect to get in a sports app. Football Sound Effects offers just what...

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16:22
Handsome Jack playable in Borderlands: The Pre-...

The release date for the first expansion pack for Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set for this month, introducing the fifth playable character to the game. The character is none other than Handsome Jack, or at least someone who looks a lot like him and shares some of his personality traits....

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16:17
Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera: Pre-...

We mentioned the Black Hawk Drone with SD camera deal a couple of weeks ago. It sold out almost immediately, and it got a name change to Code Black Drone, but there's a pre-order available for the HD version for just $89, $10 less when it ships (and it will retail for $199 outside of our deal channel). In any event, Code Black Drone is a cool looking quadcopter with an onboard camera, an HD camera in this case. The pre-order deal has only two days left, so if you want one for yourself or as a gift, grab it now.

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16:00
AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in...

One of the big features touted for the future of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Phone calls made over VoLTE are expected to not only have superior call quality, but some future capabilities like video phone...

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15:57
Yosemite Quick Tip: How to Reduce Transparency,...

If you upgraded to Yosemite and feel like your screen has gone blurry, Kelly has a tip to help you bring those new system fonts into focus.

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15:49
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air from $339, A Dark Room...

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:
iPad Blowout sale at Staples, up to $105 off: Airs starting at ...

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15:23
Apple issues first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed...

Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October.

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15:18
Mount your iPhone 6 inside any car with Logitech’s...

The overhauled design of iPhone 6 has slowed third party accessory makers to a crawl. We’ve seen a variety of docks and ultra-thin cases from smaller outfits, but name-brand companies are taking an exceptionally long time to bring iPhone 6/Plus accessories to market. Originally released for the iPhone 5/5s, Logitech has retooled its Protection+ case for iPhone 6:

Protection+ for iPhone 6 uses shock-absorbent polymers in each of the corners of the case to better absorb the the force of drops and bumps. This corner protection along with an inner TPR layer and impact channels (seen along the backside), work...

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15:13
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare - You Won't Need...


Activision Blizzard has released a new entry in the popular Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, which was developed by Sledgehammer Games as part of a new three-year development cycle for the franchise, brings the action to the near future with a greater emphasis on the multiplayer experience. However, its worldwide debut was not without controversy. It wasn't about what the game offered -- instead, all the buzz was about what gamers thought they might be missing, namely the Zombies mode.

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15:10
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update to developers, nearly three weeks after first releasing OS X Yosemite to the public. The new beta, build 14B17, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and will be available through the Mac Dev Center shortly. While it is unclear what improvements the first update to OS X Yosemite will bring, there are several bugs in the operating system including a major Wi-Fi issue that has caused connection problems for a number of users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows 8.1 Users •...

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15:10
Apple seeds beta of first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...


Apple has just seeded the very first beta of what will become the first update to the redesigned OS X Yosemite that was launched last month. The update to version 10.10.1 has a build number of 14B17.
The change notes indicate that Apple is making improvements in the areas of Wi-Fi connectivity, Exchange support in the Mail application, and the Notification Center, which gained support for widgets in the new operating system.

The beta can be downloaded...

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14:59
Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to...

A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

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14:52
Apple's New Mystery Office in Seattle Related...

New Mystery Project: A new report published today states that Union Bay co-founder Benn Bollay is now working as a "Manager" for Apple in Seattle. Beyond that, this past Friday he ....

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14:30
Red Bull Racers: Fueled for fun

Players can test their skill with vehicles in motorcycle, street, Spielberg, off-road, and formula races against multiple opponents in Red Bull Racers. There are different vehicles and difficulty levels to unlock in the game which adds to the...

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14:26
Beyonce rumored to release second iTunes exclusive...

A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more.

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14:19
Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple...

An anonymous reader writes Citing the need to abide by a law combating "gay propaganda," a memorial dedicated to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down. This comes on the heels of new CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay. "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS (a Russian group of companies that originally erected the statue) said, noting that the memorial had been "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars". "After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values." ...

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14:14
Apple-1 computer sold out of Steve Jobs’ garage...

An Apple-1 from the Computer History Museum.

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On December 11, Christie's Auction House will put up an original Apple-1 Personal Computer, which was sold out of Steve Jobs' Palo Alto, California, garage for $600 back in 1976. Christie's estimates that the computer, sold to Charles Ricketts, is worth between $400,000 and $600,000, “the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction,” the auction house wrote in a press release.
An Apple-1 specialist was hired by Christie's to see whether the Ricketts Apple-1 had suffered any deterioration. He was able to run “the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and also an original Apple-1 Star Trek game” on the vintage computer. It will be sold along with two...

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14:10
Apple hires new lobbying firm to focus on trade and...


Last month Apple hired Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, the law firm that has represented it in various patent cases against Samsung, to serve as the company’s lobbyists in Washington on matters regarding intellectual property and tech industry competition, PC World reports.
This year alone Apple has reportedly spent somewhere around $3 million on lobbying efforts, especially in the areas of...

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13:50
Apple’s iTunes 12 is Apple’s Worst Software Ever,...

For many people, music is an important part of their lives. It's so important that Apple's iTunes should be the finest example of what Apple developers can build. It should be up to Apple's standards as best-in-class software. Unfortunately, iTunes 12 has a subpar user interface, and it is judged to be the worst software Apple has ever produced. It should be withdrawn from the market.

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13:40
Sketchy Report Claims Apple May Discontinue iPad...

Apple may be planning to discontinue its iPad mini lineup in order to focus its efforts on the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro," according to a somewhat questionable rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The site believes Apple will cease updating the 7.9-inch iPad mini next year, making the new iPad mini 3, released in October, the last tablet in the series. A preference towards larger screen sizes, the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, declining iPad sales, and "fierce competition" in the tablet market are said to have led to Apple's alleged decision to discontinue the tablet. It was a bit of a surprise...

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13:35
CurrentC exclusivity 'closer to months than...

The COO for MCX, Scott Rankin, has spoken to USA Today in an attempt to defend CurrentC, an upcoming mobile payment system that has taken flak for various policies, such as excluding Apple Pay and Google Wallet at participating retail chains. He says for example that the length of exclusivity is "closer to months than years," which suggests that some retailers signed on for CurrentC -- such as CVS and Rite Aid -- could begin accepting rival payment options by the end of 2015 or 2016....

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13:33
Critics chafe as Macs send sensitive docs to iCloud...


Representing a potential privacy snare for some users, Mac OS X Yosemite by default uploads documents opened in TextEdit, Preview, and Keynote to iCloud servers, even if the files are later closed without ever having been saved.
The behavior, as noted in an article from Slate, is documented in a Knowledge Base article from December. But it nonetheless came as a surprise to researcher Jeffrey Paul, who said he was alarmed to recently discover a cache of in-progress files he intended to serve as "temporary Post-It notes" that had been silently uploaded to his iCloud account even though he had never intended or wished them to be.
"Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them...

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13:30
Christian Bale no longer set to play Steve Jobs in...

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn't right for the role.

Sources say Bale, after...

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13:13
Gazelle launches certified preowned store...

Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives.

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13:12
Apple Safari 8.0 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by updating your Mac to the latest version of OS X Yosemite. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience. Version 8.0:

  • All new UI for OS X Yosemite
  • Countless other updates and new features
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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12:49
Hands On: DragonBox Elements (iOS, Android)

Geometry is often thought of as a branch of mathematics that kids either "get" or "don't get." If children are unable to master the basic Euclidean elements in elementary school, they often struggle with more advanced geometric concepts in middle and high school. This can put them further behind their classmates in subjects like geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. What is a parent to do when their child isn't grasping these important problems? DragonBox Elements by developer WeWantToKnow has offered a creative solution.......

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12:46
Yes, the 5K Retina iMac’s screen runs at 60Hz at 5K...

The Retina iMac on my desk, driving my pair of 27-inch Thunderbolt monitors.

Lee Hutchinson


I’m at the end of my time with the Retina iMac now that our Senior Applemeister Andrew Cunningham is back from his nuptials. He’ll be finishing up our coverage of the device, but I wanted to touch on a couple of final points with the big Mac before I send it on its way to the East Coast. We’ve received several variations of the same question submitted to our feedback form: does the Retina iMac operate at 60Hz in its native 5120x2880 resolution? And if so, how is that even possible, given that DisplayPort 1.2 doesn’t have the bandwidth to support that resolution and refresh rate?
To answer the first question: yes, the iMac’s display runs at 60Hz, even when driving all 14.7 million pixels of its native 5k resolution. Apple directly verified this when I asked; the company also...

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12:39
Apple Pay partner terms involve split credit/debit...

A research analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Sanjay Sakhrani, has published what he claims are the terms financial institutions must agree to in order to join Apple Pay. Apple is allegedly receiving 15 basis points per credit card transaction, and half a penny per debit transaction. Banks must allow 95 percent of their cards to be used with Apple Pay, not necessarily including gift or ATM-only cards....

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12:30
Apple Pay is helping re-ignite another round of...

When Apple announced that Apple Pay would be accepted by McDonalds locations across the land Burger King must have been feeling pretty left out. So much so, in fact, that the well known eatery chain went and got itself a new significant other in the...

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12:28
News: Report reveals Apple Pay requirements for card...

Financial news site Benzinga has provided a summary of a new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods that provides some insight into Apple’s contractual relationship with card issuers for Apple Pay. The report naturally provides some details on the percentage that Apple takes from transactions, but also highlights Apple’s requirements for card issuers to participate in Apple Pay. Card issuers must apparently “allow…

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12:21
Tom Magliozzi, popular co-host of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’...

NPR:

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio’s most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

I don’t know a thing about cars but listened to the show simply because Tom and Ray were so entertaining.
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12:06
Taylor Swift pulls entire music catalog from Spotify

Singer Taylor Swift has taken the unusual move of pulling her entire back catalog from Spotify, in the same week that her label launched her latest album. The move, which involves the removal of all of the artist's earlier albums, has been conducted without comment from Swift nor her management, but that has not kept Spotify from speaking out....

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11:52
Southwest Airlines adds free Beats Music streaming...

Beats Music is getting some promotional support from an unlikely source: Southwest Airlines. The Dallas-based budget airline is now throwing in free Beats streaming
complete with curated playlists to round out its on-board entertainment options.

Southwest is known for its low prices and perks like free checked bags. Now the airline is throwing in free Beats Music on its in-flight Wi-Fi, which is
also free if you’re using it to stream songs. The subscription-only Beats is normally $9.99 a month, so the partnership opens up the service to a new
audience as Apple seeks to rebrand it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:58
Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE...

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

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11:55
Christian Bale no longer starring in Sony Jobs...

Actor Christian Bale has decided to drop out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The project was reportedly on schedule to start shooting this winter, and director Danny Boyle is said to be Los Angeles this week meeting with actors and actresses, including Seth Rogen, who could be playing Steve Wozniak. Bale, though, has allegedly decided he isn't right for the lead role and opted out of the movie....

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11:54
Mac: Titanium Software OnyX 2.9

Apple’s annual free OS X updates are great, as well as a reminder that it’s time to do some housecleaning on your Mac. Enter Titanium Software’s venerable OnyX (free). Now updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite in version 2.9, OnyX continues to be our tool of choice for cleaning up the cruft that occasionally accumulates on a well-used Mac, particularly across multiple app and OS X updates. It’s a relatively safe way to give your…

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11:35
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4, CloudPull 2.6.1, 1Password 5.0.2, and Downcast 1.1.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:35
ExtraBITS for 3 November 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook dominated the news this week, with a notable personal announcement and a variety of hints about Apple’s future at the WSJD Live conference. Also this week in ExtraBITS, Backblaze takes a look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s adoption compared to that of Windows 8, and Chris Breen of Macworld shares a way to revert back to iTunes 11. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:30
Track your big events with Widget Countdown

There are big events in life. Some we can't wait for, others we dread. It's easy to put them on the calendar, but thats not as immediately clear as seeing just how many days or hours remain until something happens. Widget Countdown puts your big...

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11:26
Verizon & AT&T planning to roll out VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T announced today that they are working together to allow Voice over LTE calls between their customers. The carriers, which both previously announced the roll out of VoLTE technology earlier this year, said they expect VoLTE interoperability between their customers to arrive next year:
Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, beginning with extensive testing in lab environments and then moving to field trials.  This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between networks and lays the foundation for...

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11:16
Christian Bale passes on role of Steve Jobs, actor...

Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film.

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11:10
Christian Bale Pulls Out of Upcoming Steve Jobs...

Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was "not right for the part," deciding to withdraw from the film. Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was "the best actor in a certain age range" to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition. Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple's product launches. While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve...

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11:07
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Code Black...

Back by popular demand, we’re once again offering The Limited Edition Code Black Drone and HD Camera in today’s iLounge Deal. You can pre-order this dark knight of the sky for only $89. Not only is that over 50% off the normal price, but that’s $10 off what the deal price will be once the drone starts shipping in December. You’ll have to hurry if you want one at this price though—only limited supplies are available for…

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11:06
Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in...

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Christian Bale will not star at Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic:
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor has fallen off the Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle. [...]
Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.
Just last month, the film’s writer Aaron Sorkin had stated that Bale would star as the Apple co-founder in the movie as Bale was “best actor on the board in a certain age range.”
Bale had only been slated to play Jobs since mid-...

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11:03
Comcast Email Delivery Restarted for TidBITS...

If you use Comcast and subscribe to TidBITS, you haven’t been receiving email issues for a few weeks. Here’s why, and why delivery has now restarted. Our apologies for the delivery interruption! Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:00
Report shares details of Apple Pay requirements for...

A new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of KBW and detailed by Bezinga claims to share details of Apple’s contract with card issuers for Apple Pay. In addition to sharing details on Apple’s cut of transactions, the report highlights requirements from Apple’s terms and conditions that card issuers must follow to participate in the new payments service.
Among the terms, card issuers reportedly “must allow at least 95 percent of the cards in their portfolio to participate in Apple Pay,” which the report points out might not include ATM or gift cards. Apple previously posted a support document detailing supported card types through initial launch banks. It hasn...

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11:00
Daily Deals for November 3, 2014, featuring The...

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

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

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10:59
Take a Nano Pill and Call Google in the Morning?


Google is in the early stages of developing a nanoparticle-covered pill to detect cancer and other serious health problems such as heart disease, according to Andrew Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google X, who revealed the project last week. The pill would work in tandem with a wearable magnetic device worn by the patient; the device would guide the pill to different parts of the body and collect data could reveal the person's potential for developing a variety of health problems.

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10:48
MCX Executive: Social Security Number Won't Be...

Composed of a large group of retailers aiming to introduce the QR code-based "CurrentC" payments system, Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the removal of Apple Pay support from Rite Aid and CVS, two prominent MCX members. Following a hacking incident and negative press focused on CurrentC's convoluted QR code payment process and privacy issues, MCX has been scrambling to reverse the public's negative perception of CurrentC. After a press conference last week where executives suggested MCX was under attack for "challenging the status quo" of large, entrenched payments systems, MCX chief operating...

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10:29
Performer Headphones with suspension ear cups...

Two news pairs of over-the-ear headphones were announced by 808 Audio today, taking a new approach to the ear cup design. The Performer Headphones--released in wired and Bluetooth models--use ear cup suspension technology in an attempt to give users a better fit during long play sessions or in professional audio applications like DJ sets....

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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-03

The memorial in Saint Petersberg, Russia, to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is gone because current CEO Tim Cook is gay. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the decision to pull down the memorial and homophobia in Russia, plus they have a little to say about Trent Reznor's secret streaming music project for Apple.

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10:26
RunKeeper update adds indoor treadmill tracking,...

Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes.

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10:25
Briefly: SwitchEasy's AirMask iPhone case,...

SwitchEasy has announced its introduction its AirMask "non-case" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Functioning as a screen guard and case combined, the AirMask measures at 0.35 millimetres in thickness and weighs 10 grams. Its polymer shell provides 3H hardness protection and is capable of resisting regular wear and tear, and additionally features a textured surface that improves one's grip on their phone. The AirMask is priced at $25 for iPhone 6, and $30 for iPhone 6 Plus, available for pre-order in gold, silver and gray.......

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10:15
Fully-functional Apple I worth $600,000 headed to...

An unusual Apple I -- estimated to be worth $600,000 -- will be put up for auction at Christie's on December 11th, according to Reuters. While a number of Apple I models are still in existence, the system in question is not only fully functional but has documentation indicating that it was sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It was originally purchased for $600 by a man named Charles Ricketts; on a canceled check made out to Apple Computer, he wrote "Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents' garage in Los Altos." A second check, for $193, reads "Software NA Programmed by St......

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10:13
Unu Superpak Battery Giveaway

iLounge and uNu are giving away eight (8) uNu Superpak Battery Pack. There are four (4) Black and four (4) White models available to win. Introducing the world's smallest 10,000mAh battery pack. Featuring SuperX Fast-Charging Technology, the Superpak has the ability to store power up to 2X faster than conventional battery packs. For more information visit MyuNu.com....

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10:08
Cartographer is the first GeoJSON editor on the Mac...

False Victories has announced Cartographer 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/m7gu5vb), 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.
The Cartographer file format supports all the features of Cartographer. Developers can use the free CocoaPod CartographerKit to integrate it into their own applications.

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10:05
Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off...

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

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10:00
Apple partners with Southwest for in-flight Beats...

Travelers boarding Southwest planes are about to find a new in-flight entertainment option as Apple/Beats Music has partnered with the airline to offer streaming Beats Music. The whole things starts today and is limited to planes that offer...

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04:00
Eco ATM's simple model: Insert phone, take money

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09:06
Expect the Apple Watch to launch next spring

The Apple Watch’s release date is still under wraps, but now we know that January and February are out of the running for the “early 2015” time frame Apple has teased.Angela Ahrendts, the company’s senior VP of retail and online stores, told employees in video remarks that the watch launch will happen after Chinese New Year on Feb. 19. 9to5Mac obtained a transcript of the message, in which Arendts says the next few months will be a “marathon” for Apple store workers: first, the holiday rush, then Chinese New Year, then the Apple Watch release in spring.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:56
Apps: Web Snapper, Web Site Maestro, Hazel
09:33
Southwest Airlines Teams up with Apple's Beats...

If you're a Southwest Airlines® customer, you're in luck. Southwest just announced that it's giving customers a new reason to pack their headphones! Beginning today, Apple's Beats Music is providing a uniquely curated music experience onboard Southwest Airlines WiFi-enabled aircraft. The only catch is that at the moment the service is limited to specific flights that use the official Beats Music-decaled Boeing 737 aircraft.

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09:07
XMind 3.5 - Popular mind mapping and project...

XMind is the most popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. It couldn’t be easier to get start. A detailed list of features can be found here. XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus ($79) and Pro ($129) with more professional features are also available.Version 3.5: New Features

  • All new designed "Brainstorming Mode".
  • Save to Evernote.
  • Advanced Theme Editor.
  • Index view.
  • Export to Microsoft Project.
  • Export to Open Office (ODF).
  • More themes, styles and markers.
  • Import and export XRB/XMind resource bundle.

Improvements

  • Add permissions in Local Network...

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09:00
Office 365—now available in 140 markets

In 2010, the idea was simple—bring together the Microsoft productivity suite, including Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online, in an always-up-to-date cloud service and charge a predictable monthly subscription. From that simple idea Office 365 was born.
In the past five years, that vision has expanded across the globe—from 40 markets in 2011 to 88 markets in 2012 to 127 markets in 2013. And today that number grows to 140. We are proud to announce that O365 is now available commercially to customers in the following nine new markets:

  • Afghanistan
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda...
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09:00
Starwood Hotels now lets you use your iPhone to...

If you hate carrying around -- or perhaps losing -- a hotel room key when you're on a business or leisure trip, Starwood Hotels has you covered. The popular lodging company which includes the Sharaton, W Hotels, and Westin brands among others, has...

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09:00
Second wave of banks begins supporting Apple Pay [u]

(Updated with US Bank confirmation, other banks going live) A second wave of banks has begun supporting Apple Pay. The largest credit union in the US, Navy Federal, is officially launching support today. Another institution -- USAA -- was supposed to enable support on the 7th, but anecdotes indicate that its cards are already working. Similar reports are coming in for US Bank and PNC Bank, even though PNC has only promised compatibility in the "next several weeks."...

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08:50
Continuity in Yosemite/iOS 8: Which network powers...

iDevices and Macs on the same network can make and receive phone calls through your iPhone. SMS messages can be relayed, as well.

Apple


If you have the latest Mac and the latest iPhone or iPad running Apple's latest OSes, and if you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, the new Continuity features work like magic. What powers that magic? A wide range of network options, including Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, regular local networking, and iCloud/iMessage. Each aspect of Continuity actually picks and chooses from these connectivity options, sometimes using more than one.
We looked at Continuity while both iOS and OS X were in beta. Now that they are out, we've gone back and tested what the released version can accomplish. I think this is a complete list of what the current version of Continuity can do, as well as a couple of similar features that Apple...

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08:30
Smartphones with Solar Energy Displays are Around...

Over the weekend we posted a report asking the question "Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future iDevices?" We noted in that report that Apple's current work on energy harvesting was focused in the area of solar cells. The timing of that report was perfect as today we're learning that solar energy harvesting will likely make it to market ahead of triboelectric technology. It's being reported that Kyocera may be the first to ...

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08:22
Southwest Airlines Adds Beats Music to In-Flight...

Starting this week, travelers on select Southwest Airlines flights will be able to listen to music streamed via Apple's Beats Music service. The airline today announced this new Beats Music option and provided a live demonstration onboard a 737 emblazoned with the Beats Music logo. Southwest adopted Beats Music in response to growing consumer interest in streaming music. "Southwest connects our Customers to what is important in their lives and in this case, it's music," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. "We continue to enhance our onboard offerings to remain current as our Customers' needs evolve, and with the addition of Beats Music on our entertainment portal, we're doing just that." The in-flight service is free and includes hundreds of music lists compiled by Beats' own expert curators. It is available on WiFi-enabled...

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08:21
News: Apple looking for Apple Watch Evangelist

Apple has posted a new job listing for an Apple Watch Evangelist, a position expected to help promote third-party app development for the company’s forthcoming wearable device. The job description indicates that Apple is seeking a “motivated iOS app development expert” to work with third-party developers to build new iOS apps “with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps.” This new role will also involve working with Apple’s…

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08:11
Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with DODOcase’s...

When Apple Watch ships next spring you'll need to charge yours every day, and DODOcase wants you to be able juice up in style with its new Charging Stand. The stand is made from California orchard walnut, uses suction cup adhesive to hold it in place, has a groove for routing the watch's charging cable, and you can get a monogramed leather cover for the inductive charger base. DODOcase will number the first 100 sold, and the company plans to ship its Charging Stand at the same time Apple Watch ships in spring 2015. You can pre-order now with a US$5 deposit. The final price will run between $60 and $80.

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08:09
Apple retail exec Ahrendts indicates “spring” launch...

The latest word is that the Apple Watch will launch next spring.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, stated the device’s release timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring:”
Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s website, and was reiterated by Apple executives last month. Sources indicated in September that Apple would struggle to hit a...

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08:07
Digital Audio Veteran Peter Eastty Joins Apple as...

Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited has left the company he co-founded to work for Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Eastty joined Apple in September of this year as the Director of SoC (System on Chip) Audio Processing. Eastty's career in digital audio spans more than 40 years, including oversight of a pioneering digital audio team at Solid State Logic, a 13-year stint at Sony as a chief consultant engineer, and more than eight years as CTO at Oxford Digital. Most of his work has focused on digital audio and digital signal processing for audio equipment. "I’ve worked in the application of digital and computer technology to audio since I graduated from college and I still find the problems fascinating as well as the answers." Details on Eastty's role as Director of SoC Audio Processing are unknown, but he likely is using his DSP...

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08:06
SwiftKey for iOS updated with support for Swedish,...


The SwiftKey iOS keyboard has been updated today to include support for several new languages. This will be a welcome update for many users, as the developers say that support for new languages has been one of their most requested changes. The new languages included in this update are:

  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Dutch

The addition of these four languages brings the total to seventeen. SwiftKey is available on the...

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08:05
News: New report claims iPad Pro to have 12.2”...

A new report from Macotakara has revealed some more information on Apple’s rumored larger iPad. According to Macotakara’s sources, the iPad Pro will be similar in size to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, with a 12.2-inch LCD instead of the previously-reported 12.9-inch spec. The front form factor is supposed to be similar to the Surface Pro 3, with thickness somewhere in between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is said to be…

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08:02
Southwest Airlines and Apple offer Beats Music with...

A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies.

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08:00
New Microsoft ad pits the MacBook Air against the...

Microsoft this weekend released a new advertisement targeting the MacBook Air. The 30-second clip compares Apple's ultra-portable laptop with the new Lenovo Yoga 3. Unlike earlier Microsoft ads that compare hardware and software features, this latest...

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07:53
Next Wave of Apple Pay Bank Launches Begins With...

Apple's October 20 debut for Apple Pay included support from many of the biggest banks in the United States, including Chase, Citi, Capital One, and Bank of America, but the company has said it has over 500 other banks working to roll out support for the mobile payments service. A few of the larger ones are listed on Apple's site as launching Apple Pay support "later this year", and it appears that this next wave is now beginning to roll out. Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the United States with over 5 million members, today announced the immediate launch of Apple Pay support."We're excited to make this new service available to our members starting today," said Randy Hopper, vice president of credit cards and business optimization at Navy Federal. "Our members live fast-paced and...

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07:52
Apple Pay support for USAA cards arrives ahead of...

Update: US Bank has just confirmed Apple Pay support starting today. In addition, readers report cards from PNC and M&T banks working in Apple Pay.
Ahead of a previously announced Nov. 7 launch for Apple Pay support, a number of users today report being able to load USAA issued cards into the new payment service. We’ve received tips from readers regarding support for USAA Debit MasterCards and a long list of other customers online report support for other card types through the bank.
Apple has yet to update its...

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07:50
Starwood hotel chain begins rollout of iPhone,...

Following a pilot program earlier this year, the Starwood hotel chain has officially inaugurated its SPG Keyless initiative. At supporting hotels, guests will be able to use an iPhone or an Android phone to both check in and unlock doors via Bluetooth. The system will become available at 10 Aloft, Element, and W hotels on Wednesday, and gradually expand to 150 hotels by the end of next year....

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07:49
Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-...

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

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07:43
Briefly: WWE Network hits UK, London Undergound...

World Wrestling Entertainment is expanding the reach of its streaming service to the United Kingdom later today, after already rolling to 170 other countries. Starting from 8PM GMT, Digital Spy writes that WWE Network will be available in the country on a variety of devices for free until the end of November, before a subscription fee of £6.25 ($10) per month is introduced. WWE is also altering its subscription requirements in December, removing the six-month minimum commitment period for the lower monthly fee, and instead charging a $9.99 rolling monthly fee.......

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07:30
Apple Watch release date gets ever so slightly more...

In an internal company address that 9to5Mac got a hold of, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts noted that while everyone has been working really hard, there are several busy seasons coming up, including the holiday...

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07:29
Rumor: Apple designing larger, thinner “iPad Pro”...


The new iPads are out.
That doesn’t stop the rumor mill speculating about the next generation of the tablets.
Per AppleInsider and Macotakara, the latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.
Macotakara has cited its own sources as saying that iPad maker is specifically designing the device to play into the same markets as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, but adds that the company may choose to employ a slightly more...

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07:17
Free Scrivener Trial and 50% Book Discount for...

If you’re taking pen to paper, er… hands to keyboard as part of the NaNoWriMo effort to write a novel during the month of November, we recommend using the free trial of Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, bolstered by a half-off copy of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2.” 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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07:14
Southwest partners with Apple to bring Beats Music...



Southwest Airlines has just announced that it’s launching a new in-flight entertainment service that will offer users the ability to listen to Apple’s Beats Music streaming service free via onboard Wi-Fi....

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07:06
∞ Honda “Dark Side” spot created in Final Cut Pro X

Over the weekend, I posted a link to this fantastic Honda commercial. You have to actually play it to understand the mechanic. Well worth it.

Turns out, the project was build using Final Cut Pro X.

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07:05
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.The Mac Observer Spin: March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Sad journalism trombone

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys (AppleInsider)

Source: Reading way too much into things

Chance it's true: Who knows

The guys who may or may not be supplying NFC chips for the newest...

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06:57
Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's...

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.

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06:47
Create a Yosemite Installation Drive

A bootable installer is one of the fastest ways to install Yosemite. Rather than copy the installer to a local drive you can run it right off a USB disk (or Thunderbolt if you dare). Such a little USB drive would be similar to the sticks that came with the older MacBook Air, when we were all still sitting around wondering how you would ever install the OS on a computer with no optical media or Ethernet otherwise. Luckily, Apple loves us.
To make a bootable USB/flash drive of Yosemite like the one that used to come with the MacBook Air, first name the USB drive. I’ll use yosinstall for the purposes of this article. The format should be Mac OS Extended Journaled. The installer is called Install OS X Yosemite.app and is by default located in the /Applications directory. Inside the app bundle, there’s a new binary called createinstallmedia (nested in Contents/Resources).
Using this binary you can create an installation drive (similar to what we used to do with InstallESD)....

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06:46
News: Apple Watch to launch in Spring 2015

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the Apple Watch may be launching later than originally anticipated. In a video message to retail employees, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts stated that “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.” Although Apple only publicly specified “early 2015” as a timeframe for…

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06:44
Apple plans Apple University in China, bringing Jobs...

Tim Cook speaking at a conference in China
Apple is seeking to cement its business position in China for the long-term with an expansion of its Cupertino-based Apple University program to the region, according to a person with knowledge of the plans. Apple Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny is currently interviewing candidates for a new Dean of Apple University position for China, according to the source.
Started in 2008, Apple University is an extensive and growing program within corporate Apple that trains mid-level employees and managers on the decisions made by Steve Jobs and other key executives throughout the company’s resurgence. Jobs created the program alongside former Yale School of Business Dean Podolny in order to keep the culture of Apple alive well beyond the lifetime of executives key to Apple’s early success.
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06:37
Starwood Begins First Phase of Mobile Phone Hotel...

Following an initial pilot program at a pair of its properties, hotel chain Starwood today announced the official launch of its SPG Keyless program that will allow hotel guests to use their iPhones or Android phones to check in for their stays and unlock their doors via Bluetooth. The system will go live this Wednesday in ten hotels around the world under Starwood's Aloft, Element, and W brands and expand to 150 hotel comprising 30,000 hotel room doors by the end of next year. SPG Members must register their phone once through the SPG App and allow push notifications. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless. Guests will receive a...

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06:36
Apple to host call for first bond offering in euros...

Apple, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs will today host a conference call with investors arranging for a bond deal that will be at least partly in euros, a source tells the Wall Street Journal. The bonds could be issued as soon as this week, and would mark the first time Apple bonds would be issued in a currency other than US dollars. The timing for such a deal is believed to be ideal, since borrowing costs in Europe are at record lows....

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06:30
Another functioning Apple I expected to command at...

A fully functioning Apple I, personally sold by company co-founder Steve Jobs, is expected to earn $600,000 when it goes on sale at legendary auction house Christie's this December.

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06:06
How to prevent iPhoto from opening automatically...

When you plug an iOS device into your Mac, you no doubt end up launching iPhoto, whether you intended to or not. Yosemite handles the setting that controls this in a way different than its predecessors.
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06:03
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales are on Fire in South...

Last Wednesday we reported that Apple's thrashing of Samsung on its home turf could translate to outselling the Galaxy Note 4 by tenfold. On Saturday we noted that loyal Apple fans stood in the cold rain in Korea to get their hands on the iPhone 6. That kind of news could definitely get under Samsung's skin and did. After a great weekend of Apple iPhone 6 sales, the government promised to punish Apple resellers for illegal subsidies.

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06:01
Russians Tear Down Steve Jobs Memorial Because Tim...

An iPhone-shaped memorial to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been torn town in Saint Petersberg because current CEO Tim Cook has publicly announced he is gay. The company that funded the memorial, ZEFS, decided to remove the six-foot tall memorial because of Mr. Cook's sexuality, and as a reaction to reports of NSA spying.The Mac Observer Spin: Tearing down the Saint Petersberg Steve Jobs memorial was a sad move, and shows just how far some people still have to go before they'll be able to accept people simply for who they are.

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06:00
How to speed up adding album art in iTunes 12

I am very dedicated to getting the proper album art on the hundreds of CDs I've put into iTunes. Until version 12 arrived, it was a pretty simple process. You could Google the album art, then simply drag the album cover from the web page to the...

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05:53
Patriot launches Supersonic Bolt XT offering

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has launched the Supersonic Bolt XT, which users built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security.
The drive locks down and reformats after 10 consecutive failed password attempts. A ruggedized, rubber housing protects your data from common day drops and bumps. The Supersonic Bolt XT boasts transfer speeds up to 150MB/second anad USB 3.0 connectivity.
The Supersonic Bolt XT is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions with pricing starting at US$49.99. It's compatible with Mac and Windows systems.

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05:47
Kool Tools: App Wrapper 3

Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.
App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.
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05:43
Ohanaware releases App Wrapper 3.0 for OS X

Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.
App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.
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05:43
Russia removes Steve Jobs memorial after Tim Cook...

In a direct response to Tim Cook’s public essay laying out his sexual preference and his reasons for speaking out, Russian media is reporting that a St. Petersburg monument to Steve Jobs has been taken down.
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05:32
Web Snapper 3.3.7 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.Version 3.3.7:

  • [FIX] Fixed a problem where footers would not appear when snapping certain pages
  • [FIX] Improved a condition that would make Web Snapper crash when snapping very big pages without using PDF pagination
  • [FIX] Yet another fix for dynamic...

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05:30
Space Beats Saga is a universally stellar time killer

Space Beats Saga is an arcade-style iOS game, and no it doesn't follow the story of an intergalactic DJ. It's deceptively straightforward: you're in a rocket traveling through the universe and you have to dodge cosmic rays that come in your path...

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05:23
Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout starts Nov. 14th,...

 

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the iPhone 6 to go on sale in your country, you may be in luck. While Apple has not yet made an official announcement of the next phase in its rollout of the iPhone 6/Plus, we’ve so far spotted that the new phones are scheduled to go on sale in at least eight new countries on 14th November. Local carriers have so far announced the November 14th availability of the new iPhones in: Brazil, Philippines, ...

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05:22
Windows 8 market share about to overtake Windows XP

According to NetMarketshare, Windows XP adoption currently sits at 17.18%, Windows 8 at 5.88%, and Windows 8.1 at 10.92%, giving Windows 8.x a total of 16.8%. Windows 7 remains the big dog, with a 53.05% adoption rate. Interesting implications.
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05:12
Sonos allegedly testing Android Wear, iOS lock...

Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality....

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05:03
Seagate unveils object-based storage drive

Seagate has unveiled its object-based storage drive— the Seagate Kinetic HDD. Based on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Kinetic HDD combines an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure.
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05:00
Using the Help Options in OS X Server

OS X Yosemite, running the Server app comes complete with lots of awesome features to help you get up and running, started and owning the configuration of Apple Servers. One such is the built-in options to help manage your servers. Open Server, click Help, then click Server Help. You can then search and browse for information about things you’d like to accomplish using the Help Center.

Now, click the arrow for each service for information about configuring that service. You will see an arrow for each service.
Click the arrow for more information on that specific service.
And just like that, simple and easy-to-use documentation, available live on OS X Server. You will, of course, need to be online to use it effectively.

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05:00
Defining a Hero: Why It Matters That Apple's...


Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced he is gay. Typically, when a CEO's personal life becomes a major issue, it is a bad thing. I do think this will have an adverse impact on Apple's sales, but I also think it will have a beneficial impact on the world -- and after some soul searching, I applaud Cook's taking this action. I'll share my thoughts about why a CEO doing something both controversial and potentially heroic is a good thing. CEOs often run into trouble when their personal life takes center stage. Steve Jobs was particularly aware of that.

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04:45
Apple to hold investor call for first-time bond...

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Apple are expected to host a call with investors today, arranging for a new blockbuster bond deal that will come at least party in euros, according to a new report.

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04:31
Apple seeking ‘Apple Watch Evangelist’ to promote...


Apple wants the third-party app marketplace for the upcoming Apple Watch to be a hit just like on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple has begun seeking an “Apple Watch Evangelist,” according to a posting on its official jobs website. This evangelist position is specifically designed to work with third-party application developers and promote development for the upcoming Apple Watch platform:

As a member of Apple’s Technology Evangelism team you’ll work closely with 3rd party developers to help them build platform differentiating, next generation apps for iOS, with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps...

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04:00
You Should Play: Retry proves Rovio has more to it...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
Retry is a maddening retro-styled side-scroller from juggernaut mobile developer Rovio. You may have heard of Finnish developer Rovio before—they created a little franchise called Angry Birds. But since then, they haven’t produced much outside of that original bubble. Retry should reassure critics that the Rovio team is more than just physics puzzle creators enamored with cute birds and pigs. To read this...

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04:04
Thanks to iCloud, California cop busted for stealing...

A California policer offers has been charged with Theft and Copying of Computer Data after looking through the photos on a female DUI suspect’s iPhone, and sending nudes to himself and two other officers. He is also charged with the same offense in regard to a second woman.
CNET reports that the suspect unlocked her phone to look up a contact she wanted to call to advise of her arrest. With the iPhone unlocked, Officer Sean Harrington of the California Highway Patrol in Dublin, California, sent as many as six nude images to himself and two colleagues.

On Friday, Harrington was charged with two felonies. One pertained to the original complainant, only named as Jane Doe No. 1 in court documents. The second involves a different woman, named as Jane Doe No...

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04:00
The true origins of MCX and CurrentC

This article appeared back in January, long before CVS and Rite Aid pulled the plug on Apple Pay, and long before Apple Pay was even announced. There’s a lot of detail here that answers many of the current questions about CurrentC and MCX.
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03:51
Brainwaves for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Brainwaves (www.unexplainablestore.com) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 1.3. It's an audio brain stimulation app that uses Isochronic Tones and Binaural Beats "to bring the user into altered states of mind."
The tones and audio recordings in the Brainwaves app have been created at 320 kbps. Brainwaves is designed to be used as a sleep aid, dream inducer, creativity booster, and more.
Brainwaves requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's free, but does offer in-app purchases.

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03:45
Apple Reportedly Planning for Investor Call Today...

Apple is planning to hold an investor call today ahead of a potential bond sale, reports The Wall Street Journal. A banker working on the deal says that Apple may begin issuing bonds in Euros, as Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group are said to be arranging the call.Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs Inc. are arranging a call for the firm with investors Monday, and a deal, possibly at least partly in euros, could come as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker has never issued debt in currencies other than the dollar before. Apple last entered the bond market in April with a $12 billion sale, which followed last year's $17...

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03:30
∞ Feathers, bowling balls, dropping in the world’s...

[VIDEO] Aristotle taught that heavy objects fall faster than lighter ones, in direct proportion to weight. It wasn’t until Galileo’s time that the concept of air resistance entered the zeitgeist.

The video embedded below is shot in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber, NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio. The money shot starts at about 2:50, but the whole thing is worth watching.

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03:20
Recommended Reading: 'Programming Elixir'

You may wish to explore functional programming, but are put off by the academic feel. You know you need concurrent applications, but also know these are almost impossible to get right. Meet Elixir, a functional, concurrent language built on the rock-solid Erlang VM. "Programming Elixir: Functional |> Concurrent |> Pragmatic |> Fun" (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$36 paper, $24 ebook) is the introduction to Elixir for experienced programmers.
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03:04
BlackBerry Messenger adds timed messages, retractions

BlackBerry has made a few changes to the BBM app on all platforms, with the biggest being heavily borrowed from competitor Snapchat. BlackBerry Messenger now gives users the ability to create Timed Messages, text or images which can be shared with other chat participants for a set period of time before being automatically deleted, as well as the ability to retract already-sent messages....

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03:03
Apple gearing up for new bond sale this week with...


Apple is gearing up to issue another bond offering this week, with a conference call with investors reportedly scheduled today, according to reports this morning from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Apple hasn’t announced that it is holding an investor call today as of yet, but the announcement will likely be posted to Apple’s Investor Relations website if it is indeed happening. According to the WSJ, this bond offering will be the first from Apple to involve the euro currency:
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02:07
Microsoft hits MacBook Air with Yoga 3 dance ad [...

It’s an epic dance-off between the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and the MacBook Air. But does the MacBook Air stand a chance against the sleekness and multi-mode flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Nope. And once you add the touchscreen, it’s game over. The Yoga 3 Pro proves there’s more than one way to do what you want. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/yoga.

To me, it is interesting to see Microsoft taking the underdog approach. Desktop PCs [read: Microsoft Windows computers] still have huge market share but have been declining while MacBooks continue to grow every quarter. The...

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02:07
Microsoft Launches New Ad Comparing MacBook Air to...

Microsoft today launched a new ad targeting the MacBook Air and comparing the notebook to Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. The latest spot, which is titled "Let's Dance", features both laptops side-by-side and highlights the differences between the form and functionality of both. Microsoft first highlights the thickness of both devices, showing that the MacBook Air is 17mm thick while the Yoga 3 Pro measures in at 13mm thick. Next, both laptops are shown in a "tablet" and "tent" position, showcasing the Yoga 3 Pro's ability to fold back while the MacBook Air is unable to do the same. Microsoft finally highlights the Yoga 3 Pro's touchscreen, which is then shown as a non-feature on the MacBook Air. The new ad comes after Microsoft launched a new round of Surface Pro 3 ads targeting the MacBook Air in August, which showed off the...

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Sunday November 2

20:57
Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac

Released ahead of the rest of the Office for Mac suite, Outlook receives enhanced performance and a user interface more closely aligned with the Windows edition. (Office 365 subscription required) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:57
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4

Adds support for capturing Relay audio from FaceTime on Yosemite. ($32 new, free update, 9.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:56
CloudPull 2.6.1

Brings support for Yosemite, but removes CloudPull from the Mac App Store. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:56
1Password 5.0.2

Maintenance release fixes numerous bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:56
Downcast 1.1.1

Latest release fixes several crashes introduced by the previous version, which brought several additions to the podcatcher app. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:44
Apple Watch Launching in 'Spring'...

In a video message sent out to retail employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts revealed that the Apple Watch will be launching in the Spring of next year, reports 9To5Mac. The timeframe given is slightly more specific than Apple's own launch projection of "early next year", which was shared during its initial unveil of the Apple Watch back in September. "So, again, we do - you guys were hired because you're the best people in the world. And you know how to service customers, but we are sprinting a marathon and it's not going to stop. Right? We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring." The report also notes that Apple will be training its retail employees on how to...

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16:37
Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts: Apple Watch...


The Apple Watch’s launch is scheduled to occur in the “spring,” according to Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, later in 2015 than some had originally anticipated. Ahrendts stated the timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s ...

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15:08
Weekly Game Replay: Black Ops II lawsuit dismissed,...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on news from the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's edition, we take a look at the dismissal of Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks officially cancelling Prey 2, Walmart starting used game sales, Shadow of the Eternal development, Dying Light dropping previous generation console development, and a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD....

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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

A Dark Room [iOS...

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

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

News

Samsung's mobile...

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11:47
Google to resurrect Bump app as "Copresence,...

Bump, an app developer Google acquired last year, is bouncing back under the codename Copresence, an effort to deliver AirPlay-like file sharing that appears to be deeply integrated with Google+ Hangouts, sparking new privacy concerns.

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11:42
Google's Copresence could allow communications...

A new method of communications between Android and iOS devices might be available soon, as a sources indicate that the two device types could share photos, files, messages, directions and other content through Google's Copresence service. The service appeared in the latest version of the Google Play Services Android application package (APK), allowing some clues to be collected on how a service could tie the two operating systems together....

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11:00
Jony Ive honored as "San Francisco Treasure...

Saturday night (November 1, 2014), Apple design chief Jony Ive was feted at an exclusive event at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

The event was on the 15th floor of an office building in the city's financial district due to the...

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09:00
AfterShot Pro 2 from Corel is a competitive Mac...

Corel's latest Mac OS release, AfterShot Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$69.00) is hard to quickly characterize. It combines elements of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It excels as a RAW-file importer and manager with very fast performance. It easily...

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08:59
MGG 526: Neutrons Have Their Own Dance

Yosemite is a new OS, and with that comes oddities. Thankfully your two favorite geeks are here to help. Mail issues are plaguing many listeners and John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton talk you through how to keep things running as clean as possible, even cleaning up Mail behind the scenes. Then it's on to custom FaceTime ringtones, how to manage the battery on a spare iPhone and much, much more. Download today and enjoy!

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08:10
Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future...

Late last year Professor Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed their ground breaking work on technology known as the triboelectric effect ...

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

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

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05:21
Learn to sing, train your voice

Have you ever wanted to train your voice, learn to sing in pitch, develop a better ear? The SingTrue app uses a wide range of pitch recognition exercises to develop your sense of pitch.
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05:00
Consolidate VMware Snapshots

Each snapshot of a virtual machine in VMware creates files. You can consolidate these files when they’re no longer needed. This can let you save space and improve the performance of virtual machines (not to mention operations like moving virtual machines through the vMotion or manually). Consolidating snapshots is also a typical troubleshooting step for a number of problems you can encounter in ESX.
The Consolidation command searches for delta data to combine and reorganizes so as not to corrupt any necessary dependencies. When a virtual machine needs to be consolidated, you can see this in the vSphere client under the Summary tab; however, in my experience it doesn’t always think I need to consolidate when I think I do. To consolidate, first open the vSphere Client.
Once open, right click on a virtual machine and select the Snapshot option in the...

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04:52
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Honored Jony...

It was reported late yesterday that Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, was honored as a "San Francisco Treasure" by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art who described Ive as the most influential designer in the world.

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04:05
∞ Honda’s dark side

I wish I could embed this video, but since I can’t, follow the link to check out Honda’s incredibly clever new marketing campaign video. To me, it’s not at all about the product (the supercharged Honda Civic Type R) or the plot of the video, but about the delivery mechanism.

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Saturday November 1

23:45
Review: ClamCase Pro for iPad Air

ClamCase for iPad Air is a simple but well-implemented product that takes Apple's tablet one step closer to being a productivity machine and, for some, a viable ultra-portable laptop replacement.

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20:24
Intel Launches New Broadwell Core M Processors,...

While Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors for most Macs are not shipping until early 2015 or even later, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display. The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at...

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20:20
Hands On: Offload (OS X, Windows)

Dealing with the aftermath of a day of recording video or snapping photos can be time consuming. Videos and photos are often spread across different memory cards and storage devices, all of which require attention to transfer to editing stations and backup locations. Offload from Red Giant looks to make that a little easier. Like many of Red Giant's other pieces of software, Offload is built with videographers and photographers in mind. It makes it easier to transfer a bunch of files in one action, rather than taking two or more.......

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ASPPPPP 1.2.1 - Create cursor shortcuts to jump...

ASPPPPP brings Aperture Science's portal technology to your desktop. Avoid carpal canal syndrome and save millions of pixels of cursor moving. When launching the app, you first set the position of the first portal. And then move across the screen and set the second position. These positions then remain static for jumping your mouse's cursor back and forth between the two points. If you want to move the portal locations, simply hold the COMMAND key and click and drag a portal to a new location. Lastly, just for fun, the app keeps track of how many meters of wasted mouse movement you've saved. And if you don't like meters, it measures it by school bus lengths, shower curtains or a dollar bill.Version 1.2.1:

  • We do not have to fix ASPPPPP for Yosemite. We fixed Yosemite for ASPPPPP.
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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16:21
Sam's Club to sell Apple's iPhone 6 from $...

As part of a one-day holiday sales event, big-box wholesaler Sam's Club will be selling Apple's latest iPhone 6 from $99 with two-year contract on Nov. 15, according to a supposedly leaked flyer.

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14:24
Hands On: Camera + (iOS)

If you're like most people, your iPhone has replaced your digital camera for most occasions. After all, most people always have a phone with them so they never have to worry about missing a shot. While the iPhone certainly has a great point-and-shoot quality to it, users have begun looking for new apps to augment their on-the-go photography experience. There certainly isn't a shortage of camera apps on the App Store these days, but Camera+ by tap tap tap is a camera app worth a closer look....

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13:12
Apple to Announce a Major Deal in Vietnam for iPhone...

Earlier this week reported on Apple wanting to compete with Samsung in Iran by working with so-called premium resellers as they do in certain countries like South Korea. Today we've learned that Apple is going to make a major announcement in two weeks about a major distribution deal with one of Vietnam's ...

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12:45
Sam’s Club’s Black Friday deal has iPhone 6 for $99...

A leaked sales flyer for Sam’s Club reveals that the wholesale retailer will begin selling the iPhone 6 for as low as $99 with a new two-year service agreement starting November 15th. The upcoming Black Friday promotion will see each iPhone 6 model on sale for $100 off their standard on-contract prices: 16GB ($99), 64GB ($199) and 128GB ($299).
The leaked sales flyer confirms that each Sam’s Club location in the United States will have between 40 to 50 iPhone 6 units in store for club members to purchase, with the Holiday Savings Celebration kicking off in two Saturdays from now at 7:00 AM local time.
Sam’s Club will also be selling the 16GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi) for $100 off both in store and online. Based on the product item numbers, this appears to be...

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12:06
Jony Ive says Apple Watch will include Fitbit-like...


This past week, Apple design head Jony Ive spoke about a range of topics, including the Apple Watch, at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Ive noted that the development of the Watch was more difficult than the iPhone because of the historical precedence of wrist-worn timepieces. In more interesting news, Ive told the crowd that the Apple Watch will have a cool alarm clock feature that can silently wake up the wearer:

And because it’s a new product, he said there’s “a childlike awe and curiosity” about what the Apple Watch might do. As an example, he spoke about its alarm-...

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10:28
“The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0″ poster

Pop Chart Lab:

Newly refreshed with a bevy of recent Apple products including the iPad Air 2, iMac with 5K Display, iPhone 6, and even next year’s Apple Watch, the world’s most comprehensive mapping of Apple products is back.

This classic gallery of proprietary gadgets displays every computer, handheld, peripheral, software, and operating system released by Apple from 1976 onward. Over 500 items in all, chronicling how Apple has invented—and reinvented—insanely great products.

We’ve mentioned this before but the update makes it even better. If you know “A True Apple Believer”, this would make a great Christmas gift!
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