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Friday October 31

12:10
First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support...

With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before writing new data. But unfortunately for users looking to install third-party SSDs into their machines, Apple only officially supports TRIM on Apple-branded SSDs. Workarounds such as Trim Enabler have naturally been developed to enable TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, but a new lineup of...

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12:10
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 13 codes for A...

This is Halloween, everybody scream! Time to get a little spooky with our next treat. We have just received a message on our crystal ball with 13 redemption codes for Shifting Blue's app titled "A Haunted Halloween" and since it is in fact Halloween we aren't going to waste any more time getting these codes out to you. So what we are going to do is give these codes to the first 13 people that enter the giveaway. Time is ticking! So sign up now!...

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09:19
Microsoft says new Office for Mac due in 2015,...

It’s been four long years since Microsoft released the last version of Office for the Mac, in 2010. And it will be one more before the next version arrives, Microsoft said Friday.
But to tide you over until then, there’s a new version of Outlook.
Although Microsoft released the latest version of its email client on Friday, the roadmap to the next version of Office is the real news. In the first half of 2015, Microsoft will release a public beta version of Office for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. In the second half of 2015, the company said, Microsoft will ship the final version. Current Office 365 subscribers will be able to upgrade for free, as expected; Microsoft also said that it would ship a “perpetual license of Office for Mac” (aka a standalone version) in the same timeframe....

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11:43
An app a day helps a teacher stay sane: How your...

Step up your tech game this school yearThe school year is well under way, and teachers can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping kids focused. The right iPad apps let teachers create dazzling lessons, quickly update parents, and stay organized without going crazy. If you're a teacher, you know the struggle is real. These apps barely scratch the surface of the creative and organizational tools the iPad has to offer, but we found the best ones to help you manage the time for what you actually want to do: teach.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
3 fun crowdfunding campaigns, including a "...

I'm not doing my usual crowdfunding roundup for a few weeks, but thought I'd give you a few fun Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to whet your appetite for being a backer.

First, here's a project that I thought was a joke when I first heard about...

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11:42
Forums: new Mini mysteries

Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM among other things. Yesterday Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and they are pleading for help from fellow forum members....

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11:39
iOS and Android combine to capture 96% global market...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that iOS and Android combined to capture 96% global market share in the third quarter. iOS and Android accounted for 12.3% market share and 83.6% global market share respectively for the three-month period ending September. Those figures arrive just one day after the research firm reported that Chinese company Xiaomi has become the third-largest smartphone maker in the world.
Android continued to be a dominant player in global smartphone operating system market share, increasing its lead over iOS by three percentage points compared to the year-ago quarter. Apple’s mobile operating system held 12.3% market share during the third quarter, trailed by Windows Phone (3.3%) and BlackBerry (0.7%). Other mobile platforms accounted for less than 0.1% market share....

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11:37
Musician Trent Reznor working on secret music...

Calling it "challenging" and "unfamiliar," Nine Inch Nails rocker and film composer Trent Reznor has revealed he is deeply involved in a secretive music delivery product in the works at Apple.

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11:32
Apple Deals: refurbished rMBPs from July 2014

Just added to Apple's Online Store are a selection of 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro models starting as low as $1,099. A $200 discount is offered on a Retina MacBook Pro configuration with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,099. Priced at $1,439 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage....

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11:31
DealNN: Mac Pro, iMac, printers and more

Currently MacMall.com is offering a $150 discount on the Mac Pro 6-core computer which has been reduced from $4,800 down to $4650. That price break makes this the best price we have seen on this Mac Pro configuration by $50. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics. As always with Apple, it is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor.......

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11:30
Xpress Yourself: A wonderful way to talk with friends

Xpress Yourself is a chat app in an already crowded field. However, it is also a very polished a fun app and provides the full suite of features you would expect, and then some. In addition to the usual text and photo capabilities, it also adds the...

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11:25
Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones...

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired...

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11:12
Fortune 500 executives applaud Tim Cook’s decision...

In a press release from Out Leadership, an organization that describes its goal as “cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity and drive equality forward”, a number of Fortune 500 executives are applauding Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to identify himself as gay publicly.
“Out Leadership’s member firms, including the executives below, join me in congratulating Tim Cook on his historic step forward. We thank him for his leadership and hope his example will inspire LGBT business leaders around the world to claim their identities with pride. We wish him...

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11:03
News: Trent Reznor working on Apple music project

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor — who is also chief creative officer of Beats Music — is working on a secret music project with Apple, according to a recent interview in Billboard. When asked if the project was about music delivery, Reznor said, “It’s in that world.” He also noted that Apple “expressed direct interest” in Reznor designing products for the company when Beats was bought by Apple. Apple’s interest…

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11:00
Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock...

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.

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11:00
Apple opening Lille store to attract French and...

Apple is planning to expand its retail presence in France with a new store in the city of Lille. According to Macnn, the 15,000 square foot store is under construction with an expected grand opening sometime in November. A black construction...

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10:51
Apple Watch a tougher project than iPhone, says...

The Apple Watch has been a tougher product to design than the iPhone, according to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive. "Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations," he said last night while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. "That's why it's been such a difficult and humbling program.... As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice." Ive joked that only "in prison" do people wear the same exact thing.......

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10:48
Security-Minded Qubes OS Will Satisfy Your Yen for...


Qubes OS is a hybrid computing technology that raises the bar for security. It takes locking down computers to a new level. It has advanced far beyond the primitive proof of concept demonstrated more than four years ago. Beta Release 2, which arrived in late September, is a powerful desktop OS. Qubes succeeds in seamless integrating security by isolation into the user experience. However, comparing Qubes to a typical Linux distro is akin to comparing the Linux OS to Unix.

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10:42
Google Play Music app for iPhone gets iPhone 6...

Following a bigger update earlier this month, Google today updated its Google Play Music app for iPhone with official support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That means that the app, which offers access to Google Play Music content and its All Access music streaming service, now takes advantage of the increased real estate on the larger, higher-resolution 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays.
Google also notes that the update brings “Lots of little tweaks and bug fixes.” In addition, the app receives a new icon (pictured right).
Earlier this year we reported on an under development iPad version of the Google Play Music app, but it’s yet to get an official release.
The updated Google Play Music app for iPhone, Version 1.5.3184, is...

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10:40
Virginia judge: Police can demand a suspect unlock a...


A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled on Thursday that a person does not need to provide a passcode to unlock their phone for the police. The court also ruled that demanding a suspect to provide a fingerprint to unlock a phone would be constitutional.
The ruling calls into question the privacy of some iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus users who have models equipped with TouchID, the fingerprint sensor that allows the user—and ideally only the user—to unlock the phone. It is possible for users to...

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10:35
The Retina iMac: It’s All about the Screen

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display is gorgeous and priced reasonably, but not necessary for ordinary Mac mortals. After spending a few weeks with a loaner, Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains why he won’t be buying one, while simultaneously recommending that anyone else who is interested go look at it in person. 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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10:30
Daily Deals for October 31, 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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10:19
Apple’s WWDC app updated for iPhone 6/Plus & iOS...


Apple has updated its WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference) iPhone app with optimization for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus released by Apple last month. The update also includes a bug fix for a crashing issue for users on iOS 8 and later. The app includes developer session videos, images, and other media from Apple’s annual developer conference. Apple’s WWDC iPhone app is available for free on the App Store, although a registered developer account is required to access some content.Filed under: Apps Tagged: iPhone 6,...

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10:15
New Outlook for Mac shines, but licensing confusion...


Mac users tired of their a neglected four-year-old version of Outlook can heave a sigh of relief this morning, as Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook. Dubbed simply "Outlook for Mac," the upgraded release includes several standout features from the PC version of Outlook that Mac users have been forced to go without—and, unfortunately, it also brings with it a few features that Mac users probably wish would stay on the PC.


It's my inbox! As with many other companies, complaining about T&E and reimbursements is a popular topic at Ars.

There’s a caveat, though: the new...

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10:14
Samsung Responds to Microsoft's Lawsuit in...

In August we reported that David Howard – Microsoft's Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, wrote on their legal blog that they didn't take lightly filing a legal action against Samsung, a company with which they enjoyed a long and productive partnership with over the years. Late yesterday, Samsung filed their official response to Microsoft's claims in court.

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10:10
News: Magazine publisher Fleishman explains iOS...

A new essay by Glenn Fleishman discusses the reasons for the winding down of his iPad-only digital publication, The Magazine, including an in-depth look at Apple’s continued treatment of Newsstand as a failed experiment. Launched around two years ago as a digital-only periodical, The Magazine focused on reaching iPad users via Apple’s then-fledgling Newsstand app and online store. At its height, The Magazine had nearly 35,000 monthly subscribers…

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10:02
iOS 8: Adding Fitness App Data to the Health App

Apple's Health app in iOS 8 lets you view the health and fitness information third-party apps and devices collect, but exactly how do you get that data into Health? Read on to learn how.

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09:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet...

Extreme protection, yet still functionalNo matter how careful you try to be, accidents can strike when you least expect it. This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a number of protective picks that can help you keep your phone safe in any environment.AmzerThe Crusta (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $45) features a unique four-layer structure designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
Samsung's mobile business nosedives by 74%

Earlier this month, Samsung warned investors not to get their hopes up. For the September quarter, Samsung indicated that profits were likely to be 60% lower year over year. True to form, Samsung earlier this week released its earnings report and the...

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09:59
Trent Reznor Working on 'Challenging'...

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who serves as Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music, became an Apple employee alongside Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre when Apple acquired Beats back in May. In a new interview with Billboard, Reznor revealed that he joined the company because Apple was "interested in tapping his creative energy" and that he's currently working on designing a product related to music delivery for Apple. According to Reznor, no one has hit "the right formula" when it comes to streaming music. Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor, image courtesy of USA Today"I am on the side of streaming music, and I think the right streaming service could solve everybody's problems," says Reznor,...

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09:58
Circuit court ruling states that police can require...

This could open up a whole new can of worms.
According to HamptonRoads.com, a Virginia Beach, Virginia, Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cell phone.
The question of whether a phone’s pass code is constitutionally protected surfaced in the case of David Baust, an Emergency Medical Services captain charged in February with trying to strangle his girlfriend.
Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may have recorded the couple’s fight and, if so, the video could be on his cell phone. They wanted a judge to force Baust to unlock his phone, but Baust’s attorney, James Broccoletti, argued pass codes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits forced self-incrimination.
Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled...

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09:49
AT&T increasing monthly data allotments on $40...

AT&T announced today that it’s increasing the data allotment on two of its wireless service plans. Starting on Sunday, November 2nd, Ma Bell will begin offering 3GB of data for $40 per month and 6GB of date for $70 a month. Also sweetening the pot, AT&T is tossing in unlimited talk, text and international messaging at no additional charge.

In addition to these new options, the carrier is extending its double data promotion until November 15th for its Mobile Share Value plans ranging from 15GB to 50GB. This means that new and existing...

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09:43
Apple’s Jony Ive says smartwatch was design challenge

Wall Street Journal:

Ive told an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Thursday night that designing the smartwatch posed more challenges than the iPhone because of societal expectations around a wristwatch. The wrist, he said, is an ideal place for “lightweight interactions” and “casual glancing,” but not for heavy reading.

“Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations,” Ive said. “That’s why it’s been such a difficult and humbling program.”

It’s obvious Apple has thought long and hard about that last sentence and maybe that’s why the Apple Watch will be more successful (although, that’s damning with faint praise) than other company’s offerings.
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09:21
Swiss Watch Makers Small and Large are bracing for...

A new report this morning begins by noting that "Forty years ago, the Swiss watch industry nearly died. The advent of Japanese quartz watches, cheaper and more accurate than their mechanical Swiss rivals, drove many traditional watchmakers out of business. Two generations on, a new question is occupying the country’s watch industry: will Apple’s new smartwatch be the prelude to a similar upheaval?

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09:18
Trent Reznor discusses his new role at Apple, the...

Trent Reznor with Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dre Dre
When Apple announced plans to acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s involvement with the streaming music service under Apple’s ownership quickly came in question. A spokesperson for Beats Music said Reznor was still with the company at the time and we reported that Reznor would in fact join Apple despite major staff changes at Beats during the transition. Reznor, who has been credited as Beats Music Chief Creative Officer, has finally opened up about his current role at Apple in...

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09:18
Philips Hue connected bulbs now supported by over...

The popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs reached a new milestone this week, with more than 200 third-party applications for iOS now compatible with the smart home accessory.

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09:18
Apple publishes open-source code for OS X Yosemite

Apple has published the open-source code contained in OS X Yosemite. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel, as well as numerous other system components. The parts combine into Darwin 10.10.0, an open-source OS derived from Apple, NeXTSTEP, and BSD code, among other sources....

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09:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-31

A Virginia Judge says police can force you to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, but passcodes are protected. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what impact that ruling will have on iPhone owners and anyone else with a fingerprint-protected device. They also look at one CurrentC partner's decision to continue to accept Apple Pay.

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09:09
Debunk: No, Apple didn’t change up iPhone 6 Plus...

Reports speculating that Apple has recently added a new reinforcement to iPhone 6 Plus units following a controversy over rare instances of the device bending under pressure aren’t true, according to a source close to the situation.
Earlier today users noticed an increase in weight for newly purchased units of the iPhone 6 Plus compared to the 172grams Apple quotes on its website. Repair guide website iFixit noted in a Reddit post that it tested a newly purchased device and found a weight difference of 172.7 grams to 173.5 grams. “We had a Day One iPhone 6 Plus, 128 GB, Silver, Verizon unit. I put it on the dealer scale we have on-premises, and it weighed...

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09:00
Outlook for Mac gets a facelift, Office for Mac...

If you're a Mac user who relies on Microsoft's productivity software to get work done, you'll be happy to hear that there's a new version of Outlook for Mac available this morning, complete with a visual upgrade and boosted performance. If you're an...

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08:58
Briefly: new Chrome bookmark manager, GrooveMaker 2...

Google has publicly launched its bookmarking service for its Chrome browser, named the Chrome Bookmark Manager. Formerly named Google Stars while in development, the new extension incorporates Google Search with a new user interface. When signed in to Chrome with syncing enabled, users can bookmark a webpage with its one-click save function; this now saves an image and note to make bookmarks more efficient. Its search function looks at the bookmark's title and snippet, as well as the page's content, and bookmarks can be organized by topic. Existing bookmarks will automatically update with imag......

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08:14
Court rules cops can demand fingerprints, not...

If police suspect that you’ve committed a crime, the odds are pretty good that they’ll want to search your smartphone for evidence. Whether they can actually search your phone depends on the security method you’ve picked—if any—to protect the device. Use Touch ID? Turn over those fingerprints. Have a passcode? You’re home-free.A Virginia Circuit Court decided this week that cops can’t make you cough up your smartphone passcode because it violates the 5th Amendment, which bars the state from forcing you to incriminate yourself. Fingerprints are a different story, The Virginian-Pilot reported. They’re similar to DNA and handwriting, Judge Steven Frucci ruled.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:39
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes:
° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
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08:30
This iOS app predicts your death with HealthKit data

Apple's latest push is to make you as healthy as possible -- or at least give you the tools to do so -- but a new app will read your newly available HealthKit data and use it for a more sinister purpose: predicting your death. The app is called...

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08:27
iPhone Apps: 1Password, PDFen, WordPress
08:07
Outlook for Mac gets revamp, MS lays out Office for...

Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook for Mac, incorporating several significant changes. The update includes a "modern," revamped user interface, with touches such as better scrolling and switching between Ribbon tabs. The underlying engine has been made faster and more reliable thanks to improvements to threading and database code....

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08:04
Mac: Sabrent DC-BLK + EC-HDD2 Hard Drive Docking...

If you’re a PowerMac or Mac Pro user, or use external storage devices with your Mac, you’ve probably got a few spare hard drives kicking around from various upgrades over the years that haven’t even been worth selling off with the plummeting prices of hard drives. Enter Sabrent’s DS-UBLK ($50) and EC-HDD2 ($70). Available on Amazon for roughly half their MSRPs, these external docking stations connect to your Mac using a fast…

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08:00
Court rules: Touch ID is not protected by the Fifth...

Advances in technology always make for interesting interpretations of established law.

Most recently, a Virginia Beach Circuit Court this week ruled that an individual in a criminal proceeding cannot be forced to divulge the passcode to his...

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07:43
Walgreens weighs in on Apple Pay, CurrentC conflict...

It’s not a huge step in the squabble between Apple and retail chains like CVS and Rite Aid who are opting out of Apple Pay to keep using CurrentC, but it is another chain taking advantage of the conflict.
Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, CVS competitor Walgreens has chosen its weapon for the battle, and that weapon is snark.
The company is currently promoting the following Tweet on Twitter.
Hey, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users! The choice is yours: Use #ApplePay today at any of our stores!

Hopefully this becomes a Twitter war, with CVS throwing shade at Walgreens for still selling cigarettes.
If you’ve tried Apple Pay at your local retailer and have any feedback to offer about it, please let us know in the comments.

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07:27
Rumor: Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming...

You may love or hate Seth Rogen, but it looks like he’ll be playing the Woz.
According to MacRumors and Variety, Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Jobs biopic. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film.
Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50.
After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin finished the screenplay, production on Sony’s Steve Jobs movie is picking up. Danny...

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07:25
How To Clean Up and Rebuild Apple Mail Data [...

Occasionally Apple Mail becomes slow and corrupted and simply needs to have its indexes cleaned out and rebuilt. We cover this pretty regularly on Mac Geek Gab and have updated our support article detailing the steps to include every OS up through Yosemite.

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07:08
Daily Deal: Get the DJI Phantom FC40 Drone for only...

Today in iLounge Deals we have a special offer on the DJI Phantom FC40 drone at $499. Not only is that over 20% off the regular price, but if you use the code “PHANTOM35” at checkout you can get an extra $35 off the already-discounted price. Sporting a smart HD camera, the FC40 can zip around left and right with ease and climb hundreds of feet in the air letting you capture and record everything from backyard baseball games to fireworks from an…

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07:05
Apple Seeks Trademarks for "Handoff" and...

Today the European Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Handoff" under number 013420203. Apple's marketing for the new OS X Yosemite feature called Handoff states that a user can...

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07:01
Vitamin-R 2.20b1 - Personal productivity tool. (...

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition. The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements. Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc. Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small...

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07:01
New Apple Store to open in Lille, France in November

Apple is preparing a new store in Lille, France, which barring unusual delays should open in November, reports say. A black construction facade with the company's logo has been spotted on Rue Faidherbe; such barricades usually go up in the last few weeks before a store opening. The shop should span two floors and slightly over 15,000 square feet....

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07:00
Microsoft says public beta of new Office for Mac...

In releasing a new version of Outlook for Mac on Friday, Microsoft also revealed will launch an update to its Office suite for Mac next year, allowing users to test it in the first half of 2015 before a launch sometime in the second half of the year.

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07:00
Skype for iPhone updated with new photo tools, UI...

Following an update for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Skype for iPhone today was updated again with new photo management options and faster chat load times and more. The improvements also include several UI tweaks for your contact list.

Save and delete...

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06:52
News: Jony Ive: Apple Watch was a ‘design challenge’

A new report in The Wall Street Journal highlights comments by Apple’s chief designer, Jony Ive, on the challenges of designing the Apple Watch. Speaking at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, Ive explained that although he believes with “every bone in his body” that the Apple Watch will break new ground in computing devices, actually designing it was more challenging than the iPhone due to the “social expectations…

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06:48
Microsoft Launches New Outlook for Mac, Next Office...

Microsoft today announced the immediate launch of a new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users, bringing a new look and a number of improvements as leaked earlier this week.The new Outlook for Mac includes: - Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. - A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs. - Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail. - Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients. - Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery. - Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing. New Outlook...

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06:37
'Historical implications' made Apple Watch...

Speaking at a live event this week, Apple's chief designer Jony Ive said creating the forthcoming Apple Watch was a "humbling" experience that presented an even greater challenge than designing the iPhone, due to the legacy of traditional wrist watches.

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06:37
Apple's Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch at SFMOMA...

Apple design chief Jony Ive on Thursday was honored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in an event that celebrated Ive's 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award. The award, bestowed by the Modern Art Council (MAC), recognizes creative individuals who have influenced visual culture. "Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a department of architecture and design, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Ive’s revolutionary achievements." Speaking during the award ceremony, Ive commented on the Apple Watch and the challenge of designing...

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06:16
Microsoft redesigns Outlook for Mac, says new Office...

Microsoft has today announced an updated version of its Outlook for Mac software with an updated design and performance improvements. The new version of email, calendar, and contacts app from Microsoft is available through the company’s Office 365 subscription service,  and Microsoft says it offers a more consistent experience with the iPhone and iPad versions.
In addition to releasing the new version of Outlook for Mac, Microsoft has shared that it will ship a new version of Office for Mac in 2015. An overhauled version of Office, which includes Word,...

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06:15
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker

Admired for its daring speakers and classy headphones, Bowers & Wilkins was an early supporter of Apple's shaky AirPlay wireless speaker standard, and thus is only now releasing its first Bluetooth speaker. Unlike rivals that merely dropped Bluetooth chips into earlier AirPlay products, however, B&W has come up with something entirely new in T7 ($350) — a portable Bluetooth audio system with a highly distinctive industrial design. Mixing gunmetal,…

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06:12
Apple Watch project was more difficult than the...

Apple chief designer Jony Ive said that designing the Apple Watch was more difficult than the iPhone because it needed to meet so many diverse expectations, reports the WSJ.
“Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations,” Ive said. “That’s why it’s been such a difficult and humbling program [...] As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice,” said Ive. Only “in prison,” he joked, do people all wear the same thing.
He made the remarks while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art last night … ...

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06:01
Indian Firm iVoice Enterprises Challenges "...

A crazy Indian Company is asking India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to remove Apple's "iPhone" trademark from the Trademark Registry. I read about this case last week and decided not to cover it thinking that the request would be instantly quashed by IPAB. I was wrong.

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06:00
Here's one reason why the Retina iMac has a 5K...

Apple this month announced its new iMac with a 5K Retina display, which boasts of an impressive 14.7 million pixels packed into the 5120×2880 matrix. Why did Apple choose this novel 5K resolution over a myriad of standard 4K options? Ars Technica...

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05:47
∞ CurrentC and antitrust implications

There’s been a lot of discussion about the legal implications of the recent move by CVS and Rite Aid to drop support for Apple Pay. A little more light is shining on this issue.

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05:43
Gadget Ogling: Logged Jogs, Manual Music, Smart...


Welcome to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at the treats and horrors revealed as manufacturers pull back their curtains. Behind door number one is a selection of updated activity trackers from one of the oldest dogs in the yard, with the other shiny prizes including a music controller, a smart accessory for police firearms, and the planet's thinnest smartphone. Nary a week goes by without some upstart announcing a new or updated fitness tracker. This time, however, it's one of the pioneers in the field.

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05:39
Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing...

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing - Apple, GTAT, and its creditors - are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.

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05:38
Apple releases OS X 10.10 Yosemite Open Source...

As pointed out by Tonymacx86, Apple has released the Open Source code of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, otherwise known as Darwin 10.10.0. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel.
The update occurred last night and is available to anyone who wants to root around Apple’s open source code.
Darwin is an open sourceUnix-like computer operating system released by...

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05:30
Droplr is back with new features and Yosemite support

I reviewed Droplr a couple of years ago and found it to be an easy method of transferring large files. The Mac application is back with a spanking new interface and new features that are likely to appeal to people who share screen shots, screen...

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05:27
FunBITS: Fruit Ninja Meets… Ghostbusters?

An iOS classic gets a breath of new life with an infusion of another classic franchise: Ghostbusters. Sure, it’s a gimmick, but the game is still fun, and it’s an excuse to watch the movies again as well. 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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05:02
Mark Zuckerberg to host live Facebook Q&A

Want to ask Mark Zuckerberg a question? Here’s your chance.
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05:00
Cascading Software Update Service Updates In...

The swupd.plist file used to daisy chain multiple servers so they act as a cascade of software update servers. The new path for the property list is /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist. Here, the metaIndexURL key is sill the location that points to an internal Software Update Server that the server you are editing should look to for updates.
The default server is http://swscan.apple.com/content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist. To set a server to look at another internal server for software updates, edit the metaIndexURL key in the /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist file to include the path to the new server. The path should always have /content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist after the FQDN of the host name. So if your internal software update server was called daneel.foundation.lan the command to set that as the...

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05:00
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster...
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05:00
This Apple 3.0 poster is a must-have for every Apple...

When I spotted he Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0 poster over at Pop Chart Lab, it jumped out at me as being the best gift ever for the Apple fan, especially for one who already has every Apple gadget under the sun.

The 28" x 42" print includes...

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04:59
Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new...

Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added.
Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
 
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04:52
Users report slow Wi-Fi, dropped connections after...

Apple's new Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, appears to have bugs related to Wi-Fi connections, with users reporting slow transfer speeds and dropped signals after upgrading.

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04:51
One-day sale knocks $75 off two-dozen Apple iMac...

In the spirit of Halloween, AI has teamed up with one of Apple's leading Authorized Resellers to offer a "spooktacular" $75 in instant savings on two dozen different configurations of Apple's brand new iMac with Retina 5K display, joining an earlier offer that knocks $150 off the baseline retail model.

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04:50
Apple has a huge TV opportunity thanks to proposed...

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a far reaching rule change (detailed in this blog post) that would level the playing field and give non-traditional video suppliers access to programming that is currently only available to cable and satellite providers. This would open up a huge opportunity for Apple.
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04:45
Yosemite: Maximizing Windows & the Green “...

Have you noticed that the green "stoplight" button that appears in the upper-left corner of your windows is somewhat different in Yosemite? It used to toggle your window's size, and now it's forcing you into full-screen mode-but only sometimes! What the heck is going on?! Luckily, that's what this Quick Tip is here to tell us.

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04:44
Apple's 10-K Filing Warns EU Ruling Could...

It's being reported today that in Apple's annual 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, they note that while most of the company’s ...

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04:30
Add some flash to your sports photos with Winz

The next time you are at a game or watching a game on TV or out with friends you can improve your photos of the event with Winz, a free universal app that enhances the sports photos you share through social media outlets. Winz requires iOS 7.0.

Open...

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04:18
Dropbox 2.10.44 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 2.10.44:

  • More fixes for Finder issues on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Fix for two app hangs
  • OS X 10.4 or later

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04:07
U.S. court rules that phone passcodes are protected...

While Touch ID makes sense for most of us as a secure and convenient way to protect our phones, there is one group of people who may want to stick to good old-fashioned passcodes: criminals.
A Virginia District Court has ruled that while phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, which says that those accused of crimes cannot be compelled to incriminate themselves, there is no such protection against using a suspect’s fingerprint to unlock a phone … 
The ruling was reported by The Virginian-Pilot in the case of David Baust, an EMS captain accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may have recorded...

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04:00
Beware two-factor authentication using SMS forwarding

The Continuity features, and SMS Relay in particular, are my favorite part of Yosemite so far. Using my iMac as a giant speakerphone is beyond awesome, and group texts in Messages can finally include the one BlackBerry-toting holdout among my...

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02:44
Two coasts, 10 days: Macworld’s thorough field test...

Apple Pay’s eventful early days were full of highs and lows. Excited iPhone users rushed to test the mobile payment service on day one and found it super seamless. Cashier confusion, Bank of America’s double-charging foul-up, and the NFC block at Rite Aid and CVS marred the rollout, but a major product launch is never smooth. And who knew CurrentC, a QR code-based app that isn’t even on the market yet, would turn into such a huge thing?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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03:39
Large Apple Store in Lille, France expected to open...

French site MacG reports that a new Apple Store in Lille, northern France, looks set to open next month. Apple has put up the black hoardings that usually appear in the final weeks of preparing a new retail store for opening … 
The store, located on rue Faidherbe, will be a relatively large one for France, with two floors totalling a little over 15,000 square feet.
The Lille store will be the 18th Apple Store in France, but the first in the region. It is also close enough to the Belgian border to make it a convenient option for those in locations in the south-east of the country, like Ypres. There are no Apple Stores in Belgium–only resellers–and with completely open borders...

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03:28
LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.
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03:15
How to Capture iOS Device Video in Yosemite

QuickTime Player 10.4 in Yosemite enables you to make movies of onscreen actions on iOS devices. Michael Cohen explains how it works. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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03:02
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
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03:02
Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.0

Bare Bones Software's BBEdit 11.0, an upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor, builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.
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01:41
Sandvox 2.9.2 - Easily build eye-catching Web sites...

Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that's functional and user friendly. Sandvox's drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host. Whether you're a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can make use of Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.Version 2.9.2: Compatibility

  • Fixes display of Sharing icon in publishing-complete sheet on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Places Inspector correctly when reopening after quitting and relaunching on OS X 10.7 Lion and later
  • Improves reliability of...

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00:19
Giveaways: Trick or Treat

Come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista, and enter for a chance to win one of many prizes that are being handed out from the goodie bag. Reader beware, there are some tricks in the bag as well!

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13:00
Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and...

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!......

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Thursday October 30

23:59
Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to...

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model....

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23:37
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac...

Last night as we were leaving work we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible, quite unbelievable really, as a matter of fact we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!......

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23:00
Review: Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time shifted shows through a tablet or browser......

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22:23
Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut for iOS...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985....

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21:00
Reviews: Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a US ......

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20:28
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio...

With the witching hour upon us we have a most wicked prize up for grabs. The Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers....

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19:59
Tower 2.1.2 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git. Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily. Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history. Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • many...

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19:43
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014 – Timelapse Short Film from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

Vimeo:

Every year the city of Albuquerque host the largest hot air balloon event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

This festival is on my “Great Places to Shoot Photos” bucket list.
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19:28
Kodak PixPro SP360 action cam records 360-degree...

Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted....

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19:20
Class-action suit alleges 2011 Apple MacBook Pros...

Ars Technica:

Last week three men filed a class action lawsuit in Northern California District Court alleging that Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro laptops were defective and that Apple did not take proper steps to compensate customers whose hardware broke.

The lawsuit specifically addresses 15” and 17” MacBook Pros from 2011, which the plaintiffs claim suffered from “random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability, and system failures.” The plaintiffs also assert that the problem is widespread, with an online survey conducted by the plaintiffs receiving over 3,000 responses from 2011 MacBook Pro owners in a single week.

As someone who has one of these affected machines and has already had one logic board failure attributed to it, I’m going to follow this closely.
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17:56
Apple now selling refurbished 2014 15" Retina...

Apple on Thursday added the latest 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to the refurbished section of its Online Apple Store, with base model configurations starting at $1,699.

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17:19
How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung,...

After failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in years-long legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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17:13
Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad...

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. Priced at $60, the BookArc Pro is available online through Twelve South....

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16:19
Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to...

Google's former head of Android, and most recently robotics chief, Andy Rubin on Thursday announced he is leaving the company to start an incubator focusing on technology hardware products.

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16:02
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to...

As many observe in this country, tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN has a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up we have 3 JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more....

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15:17
Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to...

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.

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15:13
Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on...

An Amazon executive on Thursday said the Fire Phone's failure was a pricing issue and that the company plans to move forward with next-generation products, even after eating a $170 million charge largely associated with the device's poor market performance and supplier costs.

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14:48
Grocery chain Meijer bucks CurrentC, accepts NFC...

[Updated with MCX clarification] Rather than disable its NFC-compatible terminals and stop taking Apple Pay (or Google Wallet, or Softcard) mobile payments after a period of compatibility, grocery chain Meijer has said it has "no plans" to stop accepting NFC-compatible systems in its stores -- despite being a member of MCX's CurrentC program, which contractually bars competing systems. The CurrentC system, which does not formally begin until sometime next year, may try to impose fines as per its agreement with Meijers.......

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13:43
Scan it or say it, and Hiku remembers what you need...

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14:36
Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

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14:18
Seth Rogen to play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports "Variety" (http://bit.ly/1vltQvl).
The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of "West Wing," "The Social Network," and more.  Steve Jobs will be the second film based on the life of the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Open Road’s 2011 film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, was critically drubbed and made only US$35 million worldwide.

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14:17
How to buy food: The psychology of the supermarket

Bon Appetit:

Think about your usual supermarket routine. Chances are, if your market is designed like the majority in the U.S., you start shopping at the right side of the store and work your way around the outer rim of the supermarket—with occasional forays into certain aisles, but generally sticking to a counterclockwise route till you get to the register.

Now you may wonder, Why do I always choose to go that way?

The answer is, you don’t.

These stories of how we are subtly (and sometimes, not subtly) manipulated in these situations are always fascinating to me. Similar psychology is going on in casinos, too.
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14:00
Seth Rogan set to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs...

Seth Rogan has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside...

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13:50
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about...


My gamut measurement of the Retina iMac's screen. Unfortunately, the 1931 CIE diagram produced by our measuring software is "non-uniform and obsolete."

I originally wanted to devote at least one story to a qualitative analysis of the Retina iMac’s screen, including a list of physical measurements (gamut, gamma, intensity, and anything else I could measure). However, although I measured like a crazy fiend, my hopes of a constructive analysis were dashed when my expert—Dr. Ray Soneira of DisplayMate—told me that the data gathered was mostly unusable. Primarily, it's due to my choice of instruments. Sadly, our Spyder4 Elite just wasn’t quite up to the task.
"Your Spyder measurements indicate that the Color...

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13:17
Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.

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13:09
CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to...

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.

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12:10
Mac: LG 31MU97-B 31” Digital 4K IPS LED Monitor

Ultra-high resolution 4K displays are becoming the norm now, with Apple’s new iMac pushing the envelope even further. If you’re looking for something bigger than Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, LG has you covered with its new 31” Digital Cinema 4K IPS LED Monitor. With a 17:9 aspect ratio, this display boasts a resolution of 4096 x 2160, a 1M:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit color depth. It also features a 178/178 viewing angle and…

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10:24
Review: Rokform Crystal v3 for iPhone 6

There are slight differences between Crystal v3 and Sport v3, but both are the same price, and offer the same functionality — just in different ways. While Crystal v3 is a bit less bulky and doesn’t require swapping panels to take advantage of the two different mounting system options, we prefer the overall look of Sport v3, which has more color options. It’s a toss-up, though, and there’s certainly not enough to distinguish Crystal…

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10:13
Apple Reverses PCalc Decision; App and Widget Can...

Apple has reversed the App Store decision to pull PCalc from the App Store, according to PCalc developer James Thomson. He received a call today updating him about the status of his app.

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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.

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09:12
News: Apple reverses course on iOS calculator widgets

Following Wednesday reports that Apple would be removing apps from the App Store that make improper use of the new iOS 8 Today screen extensions, TechCrunch reports that the company appears to have softened the policy somewhat, at least concerning calculator widgets. James Thomson, developer of the popular iOS calculator app PCalc, had been one of the first to add new extension features when iOS 8 was released. However, despite his app being approved…

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07:36
Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with...

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.

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07:10
Review: Uniq Bodycon, LifePro, and Helio for iPhone...

Bodycon for both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can be directly compared to Switcheasy’s 0.35 case for iPhone 6. As in the case of the similarly-priced 0.35, the even thinner Bodycon — just .3 mm thick — has no button coverage and offers very little drop protection. Helio for iPhone 6 makes no bones about being an artificial leather case, and its low price reflects that. Unlike Bodycon, the volume controls and sleep/wake button are covered here.…

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05:52
Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal...

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay - his sexuality, just like everyone else's - is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

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05:37
News: Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an essay on equality in Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he publicly acknowledges that he is gay in an effort to help others who may be struggling with issues of inequality or coming to terms with their own sexual orientation. Cook notes that while he has been open about his sexuality to many of his colleagues, and has never denied his sexuality, he has yet to acknowledge it publicly until now. Cook states outright,…

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05:15
Daily Deal: Slickwraps For iPhone 6, $13.99

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick your own customized Slickwrap for your iPhone 6 for only $13.99—almost 40% off the regular price. With a choice of over 35 different colour and texture options from solid colours to wood grain and more, Slickwraps lets you customize the look of your iPhone to fit your own personal style. Made from ultra-thin, commercial grade vinyl, Slickwraps are tough enough to protect your iPhone from minor scratches and…

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Wednesday October 29

17:37
MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.The Mac Observer Spin: #lolcurrentc

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15:30
ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking...

Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.

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14:43
Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured...

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.The Mac Observer Spin: This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.

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12:55
News: AT&T and Verizon tracking customer web...

New reports reveal that both AT&T and Verizon have been using unique identifying information to track web activity for their respective mobile customers. According to Wired, Verizon has been “subtly altering” web traffic from its wireless customers for the past two years in order to insert a unique identifier header, or UIDH, that allows the company to identify users on the web and target its Internet advertising. This “perma-cookie”…

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12:42
Review: Trident Case Aegis, Cyclops, Kraken A.M.S...

Aegis, like a lot of rubber and plastic iPhone 6 cases we’ve seen so far, may spook users when inserting the iPhone for a correct fit. This is even a bit more troublesome than most in that regard, however. The case’s rubber layer comes extremely close to the iPhone 6’s proximity sensor above the ear microphone, which could be an issue. Button coverage is nice and clicky, and the case offers sealed port protection, even offering part-time…

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12:00
The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be...

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

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11:54
Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO

We usually promote one deal a day, but through our friends at Stack Social, we actually have a ton of deals going at any one time. Right now, for instance, we have not one, but four different free offers. Check 'em out.

Monster Mac Freebie Bundle: Eight Mac Utility Apps, Plus BackBlaze after 60,000 Downloads
Mac Freebie Developer Toolkit Bundle: Four apps aimed at developers
Blue Ray Player: Play Bluray discs on your Mac (requires a physical Bluray drive)
Build Your Own iPhone Game: Eight week developer course that will teach you how to make an iOS game.

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11:15
Mac: Twelve South BookArc for Mac Pro

A BookArc for the Mac Pro? Why not? Twelve South certainly seems to have thought so, adapting its elegantly simple MacBook stand for Apple’s most powerhouse desktop Mac, providing not only a way to hold your Mac Pro, but a way to make it shine like the high-tech work of art that it is. Made from an interior of solid steel with polished chrome on the outside and soft silicon padding on the inset, this new BookArc holds your Mac Pro on its side…

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10:17
News: iOS updates causing Mophie Juice Pack Air...

A number of users of the Mophie Juice Pack Air have reported problems with the battery case not being recognized or properly charging iPhone 5 devices following iOS updates. While the specific reasons are unclear, there have been reports since iOS 7.0 and iOS 7.1 of iPhones suddenly showing a message that the accessory may not be supported, usually following an iOS update; similar issues have been reported following the recent release of iOS 8.1.…

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10:15
STM dux Case for iPad mini Features Drop Protection...

The STM Dux case for iPad mini and mini with Retina display is the perfect option for those who want complete protection and coverage for their mini while letting the whole world know they have a tablet from Apple. Plus, it meets the U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G for drop tests.

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09:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-29

AT&T is under fire from the FTC, and the FCC wants to change the rules on cable television. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to come from the FTC suing AT&T for data throttling, and how opening the Internet to broadcast TV streaming will impact viewers.

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07:27
iOS 8: Fixing Bluetooth Headset Connection Issues

iOS 8 brought us plenty of cool new features, and a few annoyances, too, like dropped Bluetooth headset connections. There's a fix for that tucked away in iOS 8's settings, but it isn't where you'd think to look.

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06:09
FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV...

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

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06:05
Daily Deal: Freebie Wednesday Roundup

It’s Freebie Wednesday in our iLounge Deals! Today we’re rounding up a collection of freebies that you can take advantage of simply by signing up for our iLounge Deals newsletter. First up is The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle 4.0, a free bundle of seven great apps for your Mac, including MacBooster, iTunes Data Recovery, PDFToolkit, Sharepod, Sanedesk, Subliminal, and Convert64. As an added bonus, all users get three months of free access…

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04:49
OS X Yosemite: Using Mail’s Awesome New Markup...

With Apple Mail under Yosemite, you can add shapes, text, and highlights to attachments right in the composing window, without having to annotate the file before you insert it into an email. Heck, you can even crop images and insert your signature! This handy-dandy new feature is what we'll discuss in today's Quick Tip.

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Tuesday October 28

15:11
Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

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12:55
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-28

It's all about app interfaces on Daily Observations today. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what could change to make the iPhone's interface better, and they get a little rant on about iTunes 12, too.

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12:51
News: FTC launches complaint against AT&T over...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T, alleging that the company has misled millions of customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds. The complaint alleges that the company failed to properly disclose to unlimited data plan customers that their speeds would be throttled after reaching a certain amount of data use. In some cases, data speeds…

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12:41
NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator

It's almost Halloween, so of course something with "Headless" in the title is attention-getting. NewerTech has announced a new video adapter, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. If you have a Mac that runs in "headless" mode (meaning without an attached monitor), when you do have to log in for something, all of the video rendering is done by the CPU; since there's no monitor connected the graphics card doesn't get used. This is why headless Macs feel even slower than they actually are, with the CPU doing all the rendering on top of regular tasks it really starts to lag. NewerTech's adapter is basically a mini DisplayPort plug that goes nowhere, but causes the computer to think a display is attached, triggering the video card so now remote logins are more responsive. It's available now from OWC for USD $19.99, and works with all Mac Pro models from Early 2009 on through the mid-2010 (the latest model before the revised black cylinder), and Mac minis from June 2010 up to the late...

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12:21
Where You Buy an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 Matters…a...

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while Iâm impressed, youâll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation thatâs more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

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12:20
News: Apple VP Joswiak testy at Code/Mobile event

Apple’s Vice President of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak was interviewed at the Code/Mobile conference today, where he discussed a number of new Apple products and initiatives, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay, the Apple Watch, and the ill-fated iOS 8.0.1 release last month. While Apple had previously announced first weekend sales of 10 million iPhones, Joswiak wouldn’t disclose the breakdown between the iPhone…

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10:10
Prompt 2 from Panic: A Drop-dead Gorgeous SSH Client...

Prompt 2 is version 2 of a very good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS. It's from Panic Inc, the people who brought us the excellent Transmit FTP client. As the website says, "Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car..." Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic's sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in "clips", private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. Best of all? It's only $10.

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10:01
FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.

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07:22
News: Cook discusses Apple Pay, Watch, iPod classic...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJD Live conference in California last night where he talked about Apple’s latest initiatives and directions, including Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Cook described last week’s Apple Pay launch as very successful; more than one million credit cards were activated in the first 72 hours, and Visa noted that more credit cards have been activated in Apple Pay than…

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07:15
iTunes 12: Bringing Back the Library and Playlist...

Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that's the iTunes 12 interface.

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07:00
Daily Deal: Get a Bluetooth Shower Speaker for only...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up a Bluetooth Shower Speaker for only $39—60% off the regular price. This water-resistant speaker can be paired with your iPhone, iPad, or Bluetooth-capable iPod for listening to your tunes in the shower or by the pool; a handy suction cup allows it to be easily secured to a shower wall, and it includes a user-friendly design incorporating play/pause, forward, and rewind buttons in the back…

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06:24
News: Apple TV adds Hallmark’s Feeln and A&E’s...

Apple has added quietly added two more new content channels to the Apple TV: Hallmark Cards' Feeln network and A&E's FYI network. Feeln provides access to "family-friendly movies, documentaries, and short films" while FYI “features lifestyle programming, with a mix of reality, culinary, home renovation and makeover series.” The new channels appear to be available only to Apple TV users in the U.S. [via 9to5Mac]
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05:09
CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.The Mac Observer Spin: Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.

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Monday October 27

17:33
Tim Cook Inducted into Alabama Academy of Honor,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor Monday. Mr. Cook, who was born in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama, used his acceptance speech to criticize Alabama for being slow to recognize and promote LGBT rights, and compared it to how Alabama was slow to recognize the rights of racial minorities in decades past.

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16:37
Fan Mockup Shows Apple Watch Interface for iPhone

Lucas Menge has put together an amazing mockup of what the Apple Watch interface might look like if it was brought to the iPhone. In addition to posting a video to YouTube (below the fold) demonstrating the concept, he posted source code to GitHub (via TechCrunch). The video shows how one could use the interface to browse your apps, zoom in and out of all those icons, and launch apps, too. In addition, he also used the increased screen size of his iPhone to add text labels for each icon, something left off the Apple Watch in the preliminary looks Apple has given us. It's very cool and makes you think about what might be coming down the pike from Cupertino.

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14:55
How to Join an Apple iOS TestFlight Beta

Beta testing iOS apps just got a lot easier now that Apple has released its version of TestFlight. Kelly explains how to get set up as a beta tester.

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13:16
Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and...

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.The Mac Observer Spin: #lolCurrentC

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12:30
Spoolee on Kickstarter Tackles Tangled Earphone Cords

Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones-any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever-around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.

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11:55
Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media...

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9.99. There's a YouTube video on the deal page with more information.

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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-27

Apple Pay has been available for a week, and we're already seeing some surprising reactions, like Rite Aid and CVS shutting down their NFC mobile payment systems. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk CuttentC's place in the mobile payment market, Apple Pay's momentum, and Jeff changes his mind on the potential for Apple Pay's success.

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09:19
News: Fitbit announces Charge, Charge HR + Surge...

Fitbit has announced three new additions to its lineup of wristband fitness and health tracking products. The first, Charge ($130) is a reinvention of Fitbit's Force product, providing activity tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed. It features an OLED display that displays the time of day and real-time fitness stats, a high-quality, water-resistant textured wristband design with an improved clasp, and up…

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07:53
Apple Pay: The Mobile Payment Revolution

It's no secret that I was a little skeptical about how successful Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, would be. After a single use at my local grocery store, however, I have no problem saying I was wrong. In fact, Apple made using your iPhone for credit card payments so easy I'm seeing a big problem for competitors hoping to get in on the mobile payment game, including Wal-Mart and its CurrentC system.

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06:57
First Look: SwitchEasy AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus

Billed as "the world's first non-case protection solution for iPhone 6," SwitchEasy's new AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus ($30) is a set of two thin plastic stickers that attach to the front and back of the iPhone 6 Plus, providing 0.3mm-thick anti-scratch coverage without anti-drop protection at the same price as a regular case. The front piece has clear screen protection in the center of a faux metallic version of the iPhone's normally white or black…

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06:45
News: Apple looking to expand NFC use beyond Apple...

A new report from The Information (subscription required) notes that Apple is presently in talks regarding expanding NFC use in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to go beyond mobile payments. While the NFC chip in the new iPhone models is currently restricted to use by Apple Pay, this new report suggests that the company is seeking partnerships to implement the technology into areas such as building security and public transit, conceivably to let people…

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06:34
Fitbit Goes after Fitness Smartwatches with Surge

Fitbit is stepping up its game and moving into the smartwatch market with its just announced Fitbit Surge. The watch, due to ship in early 2015, packs in the usual fitness tracking features along with a heart rate monitor, GPS, call and text notifications, and more into what Fitbit is calling a Fitness Super Watch.The Mac Observer Spin: Fitbit's Surge looks like a brilliant balance between fitness tracking and basic smartwatch features with a great battery life, too. Unless the company decides to start supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, however, it may be a hard sell to iPhone owners.

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05:30
Daily Deal: The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle for only $9.99—75% off the regular price. Combining an ultra-slim, hard-shell crystal clear case with a front screen protector, this bundle covers up your iPhone 6 from front to back.

Get The Crystal Clear iPhone 6 Case Bundle now for only $9.99

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05:26
News: Some U.S. retailers disabling Apple Pay in...

At least two U.S. retailers have disabled Apple Pay in their stores, with analysts speculating that the move may be intended to promote a rival payment system, The New York Times reports. Both Rite Aid and CVS have disabled NFC payments in their stores, and although the move appears to specifically target Apple Pay, other contactless payment systems such as Google Wallet and even MasterCard PayPass and VISA payWave are also affected by the move. Rite…

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04:56
Twitpic Gets a Reprieve, Gives Photo Archives to...

Twitpic's on again, off again life is still running headstrong into "off," but that isn't quite as ominous as it was thanks to a deal where Twitter will take over the photo sharing service's archives and name. The deal only keeps the photo archives and domain alive, and for now it looks like that's all it will do.The Mac Observer Spin: The collapse of Twitpic is unfortunate, and it's a pretty safe bet it won't be coming back in any form because Twitter offers its own photo uploading feature. The upside is that procrastinators can still export their Twitpic images since the site is staying online for now.

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Monday November 3

03:56
Revenues for aftermarket accessories to hit US$51...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) says that mobile phone accessories in the aftermarket will generate revenues of US$51.1 billion by the end of 2014.
Protective carry cases continue to generate the highest revenues and shipment numbers (US$13 billion and 556,855,035 respectively) with additional chargers and memory cards among the other major contributing product categories.
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Sunday October 26

11:21
Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep...

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.The Mac Observer Spin: This totally makes sense, because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.

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08:54
MGG 525: Wi-Fi Isn’t Always Friendly ... Or...

Yet another crazy week for Apple users. Apple Pay launched, iOS 8.1 was released, all kinds of new stuff came out. John and Dave talk through all of this as well as answering your questions about managing text, restoring documents to the FInder, seeing details about Time Machine and more. Download today and enjoy!

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Friday October 24

13:07
New Uses For Old Power Macs

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.

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13:02
Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.

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11:16
News: AT&T locks Apple SIM cards upon activation...

Users who activate Apple’s own SIM card to use an AT&T data plan with the Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 are finding the SIM will lock itself to AT&T, and can no longer be used by another network. Though it appeared the SIM card would be interchangeable between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — though not Verizon — it’s not the case with AT&T. The issue was confirmed by Re/code through AT&T spokesman…

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10:17
News: iTunes music sales down at least 13 percent...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that iTunes music sales have fallen by 13 to 14 percent worldwide this year, citing people familiar with the matter. This is in stark contrast to only a 2.1 percent overall dip last year in global revenue from music downloads – a decline that was said to be offset by increases from ad-supported and subscription services. As previously reported, Apple has been working to cut music subscription prices…

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10:09
Daily Deal: The Retro Classics Nintendo + Gameboy...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a classic retro Nintendo controller or Gameboy iPhone 6 or 6 Plus case for only $14 – 30% off the regular price. Providing a unique look for your new iPhone, these thin and stylish cases provide added protection without extra bulk, and are made from hard plastic rather than silicone, and include a premium leather oil finish.

Get your retro classic Nintendo or Gameboy case now for only $14...

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09:47
The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.

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09:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.

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08:44
News: iPad Air 2 includes NFC chip, but likely won’t...

Earlier this week, iFixit's teardown of the iPad Air 2 revealed the unexpected presence of an NXP 65V10 NFC Controller chip. This is the same NFC chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, where it is presently used exclusively for Apple Pay wireless payments at retail locations. While Apple announced last week that the iPad Air 2 would include Apple Pay support, this was limited to storing credit card information for online transactions, and specifically…

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07:10
Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.The Mac Observer Spin: Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.

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06:10
News: Apps of the Week: Inbox by Gmail, Pixelmator,...

New Apps Inbox by Gmail (Free*) — A new app by Google has been getting a lot of buzz this week for its approach to reinventing the way that e-mail is managed. The key benefit here is Google using its algorithmic magic to try and group your incoming e-mails into bundles based on categories like Travel, Finance, Purchases, Social, and so forth to make it easier to manage your incoming flow. You can pin individual items to mark them as important, and…

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05:37
Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

David Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guard. As they say, OMG. Bricks of Mouse Guard will include minifig mouse heads in gray, brown, reddish brown and tan, along with The Black Axe, Trisam's flagon, Lieam's sword, Kenzie's staff and lantern, and Aynslee's flagon. Alice is a master LEGO builder, and her work is truly impressive. I can't wait to see her Bricks of Mouse Guard in the flesh - or plastic. There's still 30 days left in the Kickstarter, so there's still time to hit the US$15,000 goal and stretch goals, too.

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04:48
OS X Yosemite: Handing Calls Off to Your iPhone

For today's Quick Tip, we'll go over how Yosemite and iOS 8 will let you continue a phone call started with your Mac on your iPhone, so if you've gotta jet, you don't have to end your conversation. For those of you who thought they could use "I need to hang up my Mac" as an excuse to stop chatting with someone annoying, we apologize for this article.

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Thursday October 23

18:17
Sydney Mac Admins October Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th of October.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/I hope to see you there,Marcus.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.Mail |...

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16:46
Yosemite: How To Fix Safari’s Address Bar

If you've upgraded to Yosemite and realized Safari is now hiding the full URL from you, Kelly explains how to fix it. (Spoiler: It's super easy.)

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15:32
Microsoft Smart Watch Sneak Peek

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

If Microsoft made a smart watchâ. pic.twitter.com/NKRRVK4bbA
- Owen Williams (@ow) October 20, 2014

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Learn Apple’s Swift Programming Language for $19

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First Look: Apple iPad mini 3

Unlike the iPad Air 2, Apple's iPad mini 3 ($399-$729) has hardly changed at all when compared to its predecessor. The new tablet adds Touch ID and a gold color option with a white face, and now comes solely in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. And that's about it. Nevertheless, we'll still be putting the tablet through its paces and giving it a proper review — though it will be much shorter than our usual reviews for new Apple devices. iPad mini…

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‘iPhoto: The Missing Manual’ is Both Informative and...

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News: iPad mini 3 unboxing and comparison gallery...

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News: iPad Air 2 Control Center features separate...

With the removal of the side switch from the new iPad Air 2, Apple has added separate mute and rotation buttons to the iOS 8.1 Control Center to replace the missing functionality, exclusive to the new device. The switch itself has had something of an identity crisis over the years, with Apple originally debuting it as a rotation lock when the iPad was first released, then later unceremoniously changing it to a mute switch before finally giving users…

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-23

It's Yosemite-pallooza on Daily Observations today, plus Jeff is back on the job. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk John's OS X Yosemite review, why you should - or shouldn't - upgrade, and how you can dial your iPhone from your Mac, too.

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