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Monday November 17

18:25
Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA...

The Guardian:

A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

Even if their motives aren’t 100% altruistic, it’s still good to see these companies shining a light on the issue.
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18:21
The lesson of Monument Valley

TechCrunch:

I’m fascinated by the reviews left by Monument Valley players in the wake of the decision by the game’s developer (ustwo) to price a recent content update at not-free. Ustwo had released the original game at $4 featuring 10 levels. The game was a labor of love and earned many just awards. It also went to sell in excess of 1.4 million copies – a feat that exemplifies how arty mobile gaming can work very well. This latest pack brings 8 new levels to the game and costs a pretty trivial $2. And yet in its wake came a surge of 1-star reviews. But why?

First lesson is people can be cheap and petty.
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18:14
No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1...

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.The Mac Observer Spin: This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.

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18:11
Apple now accepting HomeKit product plans for...

On the heels of reports that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips that feature Apple's HomeKit API already embedded in them are now arriving to accessory makers, Apple announced during its "Made For i" (MFi) developer conference in China that manufacturers can now submit product plans for HomeKit-based products to the iPhone maker for approval, making it possible that the first group of such devices could arrive before the end of the holiday buying season. Apple's MFi certification would be the last step for devices before hitting the market.......

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18:09
[Sponsor] Desk: A Desktop Blogging App You'll...

Hi, I’m John Saddington, an indie developer and blogger! And, I’d love to share with you a few “facts”…

Fact: I’ve been blogging longer than John Gruber (since 2001).

Fact: I’ve tried every desktop blogging app out there and none have stuck.

Fact: I decided to build one for myself, one that truly focused on what really matters: Writing.

Fact: I built it exclusively for OS X and I call the app Desk — I think you’ll really like it.

Fact: It has the most simple UI possible and respects text ornamentation via Markdown (hell yeah!) and a beautiful WYSIWYG editor, among many other features.

Fact: You can directly publish to your favorite publishing platform including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Typepad, Movable Type, Facebook Notes, Squarespace, and more on the way.

Fact: I’m not as famous nor as successful as John Gruber. ;)

It...

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17:56
Native Apps Are Part of the Web

Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”:

Everything about apps feels like a win for users — they are
faster and easier to use than what came before. But underneath all
that convenience is something sinister: the end of the very
openness that allowed Internet companies to grow into some of the
most powerful or important companies of the 21st century.

I can’t believe someone is still writing this in 2014. Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t understand that apps aren’t really in opposition to the open Internet. They’re just superior clients to open Internet services. Instagram didn’t even have a web interface for years, but native app clients for iOS and Android didn’t lock Instagram into anything. Their back-end is just as open as it would have been if they had only had a web browser client interface. They...

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17:15
When Microsoft Went A-Courting


FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it's no ailment -- but that doesn't mean it's any simpler to remedy. The cause, it turns out, is none other than the news that Microsoft is open sourcing .Net and also expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS. Yes, you heard that right: Steve Ballmer once may have called Linux a "cancer," but today Redmond has a newfound "love" for Linux.

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16:58
MPAA launches website to help consumers find legal...

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) introduced a new tool last week that aims to make it easier to sift through the streaming services on the Internet find legal channels to view hit television shows and movies. Where to Watch is referred to as a "one-stop shop" for connecting film and television fans to their desired entertainment, directing them them numerous viewing platforms with only a few clicks....

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16:39
Chinese Authorities Shut Down WireLurker...

Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store. According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it. First publicized...

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16:34
Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message....

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16:18
Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update


‘Tis a day for updates.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system.
The update offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improves Wi-Fi reliability.
- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.
- Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.
- Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.
- Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available.
- Addresses an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained...

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16:15
Responsive images

Sixty-two percent of the weight of the web is images, and we’re serving more image bytes every day. That would be peachy if all of those bytes were being put to good use. But on small or low-resolution screens, most of that data is waste.

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16:12
Monday Deals: 55-inch 4K television, four-bay NAS,...

Welcome to the first instance of Monday Deals! As the holiday shopping period begins, we are doubling up on the posts where we find deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, to make your gift buying time easier. Just like the Friday deals, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but could be different if you are reading this later in the week, so check the deal before purchasing....

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16:11
Intel Introduces a Surprising Smart Bracelet in Time...

Tech companies have learned many lessons from Apple over the years, but the one that stands out this month is the "surprise factor." At the top of the month Amazon surprised the market with a new home device they call "Echo." Today it's Intel that's taking the market by surprise by introducing a new highly fashionable smart bracelet with a hard to love name of "My Intelligent Communications Accessory." It will be sold in the US in the coming days ahead.

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16:00
China arrests 'Wirelurker' malware...

Apple's iOS, when un-jailbroken, is so resistant to malware that three Chinese suspects had to come up with an exceedingly clever method of delivering the "Wirelurker" threat to the company's mobile devices. On Monday, Chinese officials announced they had arrested the three suspects, and shut down the servers hosting the malware. The threat was never widespread because of the elaborate nature of the scheme and its China-only focus, but it was one of the few malwares able to get onto un-jailbroken iOS devices....

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16:00
Kimiko Pro Color Cam is a solid camera app for iOS

Although there are a mountain of photo apps for iOS, I always like to see fresh ideas, and Kimiko Pro (free) definitely has some. As opposed to a post-processing tool, Kimiko Pro lets you frame your picture and make changes in real time before you...

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15:59
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update


It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.
Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.
iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is rumored to be working on.
Over on...

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15:55
Chinese sites hosting 'Wirelurker' Mac-to-...

A Beijing government agency on Monday announced the arrest of three suspects thought to be behind the so-called "WireLurker" trojan targeting Mac and iOS devices, saying websites hosting the malware have been shut down.

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15:18
AT&T promo gives subscribers 15GB of data for...

Spurred on by increased competition in the wireless space, U.S. No. 2 carrier AT&T is rolling out a limited-time promotion that nets customers 15GB of data for $100 per month, or the current going rate for 10GB of data.

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15:00
Olloclip 4-In-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus

Olloclip was one of the first vendors to come out with accessory lenses for the iPhone, so it's no surprise that the company has turned the design and manufacturing of its high-quality lenses into an art. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus version of the...

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13:57
Snapchat wants you to send cash through its app, but...

Snapchat is now letting you send cash through its app with a new feature called, fittingly enough, Snapcash. Your first instinct might be to take your debit card and run far,
far away from an app that has been the target of high-profile hacks—that’s understandable. But
Snapchat’s new Venmo-like feature is powered by a name people actually trust: Square.
Square handles the back-end details of Snapcash, including debit card number storage. No financial information will be kept on Snapchat’s servers, which
have fallen prey to attacks in the past.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:40
Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29...

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices-it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.

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14:37
Apple Store now selling ecobee3 smart thermostat,...

Smarthome device maker ecobee scored coveted Apple Store shelf space as online and brick-and-mortar outlets on Monday started sales of the ecobee3 Internet-connected thermostat, one of the first products selected by Apple's retail arm to challenge Google-owned Nest.

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14:27
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.
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14:26
Petite Loop: A leash for your iPhone

A phone leash that fits your lifestyle.

I’m not sure how popular those iPod touch loops were that Apple released, but perhaps popular enough to make it worthwhile for these folks to make it for the iPhone.
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14:16
A guide to using Apple Pay

A great post here from Allyson Kazmucha, Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie on how to use Apple Pay. I used Apple Pay at Home Depot, Whole Foods and Peet’s Coffee and it always works great for me. Getting your card into the iPhone and using it at a store is easy as can be.
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14:08
Smart thermostat war heats up as Apple starts...

Although Apple continues to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect despite Google’s acquisition of the smart device company, the iPhone maker has added a competing Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat to the lineup. Apple has recently added the Ecobee3 smart Wi-Fi thermostat to the Connected Home section of its online store. The smart thermostat, which can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad, is available for $249.95.
The addition of the Ecobee3 smart thermostat to the Apple online store is notable, given that the...

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14:02
ExtraBITS for 17 November 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers discussed net neutrality on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Kirk McElhearn investigated iOS storage space, Apple eased fears about the iOS Masque Attack vulnerability, Apple Pay made a mark at Whole Foods, and Amazon buried the hatchet with Hachette. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:00
AT&T launches limited time Mobile Share Value...

AT&T is launching a new plan offer starting November 18, giving existing and new customers looking for a bargain in data an additional option to consider. The company's current 10GB Mobile Share Value plan is getting a 5GB boost in shared data, while maintaining the $100 price. The wireless carrier says that the plan will be offered for a limited time, but doesn't give a date for the end of the promotion....

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13:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5, Firefox 33.1, and LaunchBar 6.1.5. 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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13:48
AT&T’s new promo offers 15GB of data for the...

AT&T recently ran a promo that offered double data on a select number of its Mobile Share Value plans. As a follow up, the carrier will soon start extending an extra 5GB of data to customers with 10GB plans at no additional charge. The offer starts tomorrow and runs for a “limited time.”
AT&T hasn’t clarified how long this promo will be available, so you’ll want to move quickly to take advantage of this deal. New and existing customers can add the additional 5GB of data to their Mobile Share plan by visiting att.com or using the carrier’s myAT&T mobile app.
In addition to extra data, Ma Bell’s share plan ships with unlimited talk and...

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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

While Gelledge fits well and offers nearly complete protection of an iPhone 6 — there are only open holes for the Touch ID, ringer switch, and rear camera — the material is so lightweight that we’re not sure how it will stand up to a high drop on a hard surface. The case shouldn’t be confused with any heavy-duty options, but it does offer some degree of protection, and the button coverage is nice and responsive. Gelledge is a light…

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13:30
Track flights for free with Air UK Free

AirUK is an app developed by Fikret Urgan. It requires iOS 6.0 or later, is compatible with iPad and iPod touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5. A user can track flight statuses by following the movement of tiny plane icons. If you press on one of the...

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13:25
Square, Snapchat partner on Snapcash mobile payment...

Payment service Square has partnered with Snapchat on a new feature in the latter's mobile apps for iOS and Android, Snapcash. Users can quickly transfer money between each other by joining a chat, typing in the amount preceded by a dollar sign -- for instance "$3.50" -- and then hitting a green button. Prior to this, a person must register a debit card, the data for which is stored on Square servers....

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13:12
MFi Summit Shenzhen: Apple begins accepting product...

Accessory makers in Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program can now submit HomeKit product plans to Apple for approval, one of the last steps required before products begin hitting store shelves.
The news comes from Apple’s MFi Summit that took place in Shenzhen, China last week. The event, which is closed to the public and only open to those in the MFi program, focused heavily on Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit product this year in addition to announcements related to iBeacon, new Lightning specs, game controllers, and more. First unveiled alongside iOS 8, HomeKit provides accessory makers and app developers in the home automation space a common protocol for pairing, security, and...

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13:05
iPhone hardware partner Sony announces new 21-...

Sony announced a new imaging sensor today that the company says will improve smartphones cameras. The Exmor RS IMX230 is a stacked CMOS sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. One of the key talking points of Sony’s new chip is its 192 point phase detection autofocus, which makes it easier to shoot photos or video of a fast moving subject with your smartphone.
Sony’s new hardware also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging for high-resolution photos and 4K video recording. This functionality will help shutterbugs capture better results in backlit environments. While Sony has its own line of smartphones and tablets, the company’s sensors are...

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13:00
Apple gets ready for the holiday shopping season...

With the holiday buying season just around the corner, Apple is making a few minor changes to its retail stores to get ready. According to Kelly Hodgkins of MacRumors (and TUAW) the company will be introducing new holiday-colored shirts for employees...

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12:37
Briefly: Origin PC sellling Genesis case, new...

Custom computer builder Origin PC is celebrating its five-year anniversary, kicking it off with a special sale to commemorate the occasion. Origin PC announced that it's giving consumers the chance to buy the custom computer cases used for its Millennium and Genesis desktops for a limited time. Both cases feature Origin PC's industrial design and variable mounting, which allows the system parts to be configured in four different ways that include standard, 90 degree and inverted mounting options....

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12:30
Review: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i

C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i are similar in many ways. Both controllers use two AAA batteries for power, both connect using Bluetooth, and both have the same amount of control pads and buttons — two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons. In size, C.T.R.L.i is more like what you’d expect from a modern console controller — it’s slightly smaller than Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller — while Micro…

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12:30
Perch simplifies social media for business owners

Perch is a free, universal social media management app designed to save business owners time every day. Perch offers social network and review activity for your company in a simple, unified feed. It's also possible to watch other businesses and track...

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11:20
Apple releases iOS and Yosemite updates to fix bugs...

If your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 have been slowing down since upgrading to iOS 8, today’s 8.1.1 update is designed to improve performance on those devices. The release isn’t as major as the feature-packed 8.1, which delivered Apple Pay to iOS devices, but it will fix a few bugs.To install the update over the air, plug in your device and go through the standard Settings > General > Software Update routine.OS X is also getting an update: 10.10.1 is here to fix Wi-Fi issues on Macs running Yosemite. Hundreds of complaints about Yosemite Wi-Fi problems have flooded Apple’s support forum since the OS upgrade was released last month. The complaints ranged from spotty connectivity to completely borked Wi-Fi....

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12:22
Apple Supplier Sony Debuts 21-Megapixel Image Sensor...

Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point. The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology. According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points, resulting in much...

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12:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Crowman & Wolfboy [iOS...

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12:00
Vainglory, the game Apple highlighted to show off...

Super Evil Megacorp has released its new multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory as a free download on the iTunes store. If the game sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple has been promoting the game since the very day it announced the...

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11:58
Toyota's Mirai Aims to Kick Fuel-Cell Tech Into...


Toyota on Monday officially unveiled its fuel cell sedan in an Internet video featuring Toyota Motor Corporation's president and CEO Akio Toyoda. The announcement comes in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 21-30. The new sedan, dubbed "Mirai" -- which means "future" in Japanese -- can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refuel in less than five minutes, and emit only water vapor. To ensure that its drivers actually can fuel up, Toyota announced that it will help establish 12 new hydrogen fueling stations in five states.

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11:55
Like I said, you can’t make this shit up

From The New York Times:

Samsung Turns to BlackBerry for Better Security

Dumb and Dumber
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11:55
And by the way, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 is out as well...

It must be update Monday at Apple today. No sooner had I updated my iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.1.1 than I noticed a little red notification badge on the Mac App Store -- which ended up being the official version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (I've been...

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11:46
“What I learned from Steve Jobs”
11:42
Some users encountering iMessage outages, delays

Some people are encountering problems with Apple's iMessage system, according to complaints on social networks such as Twitter. Affected users will find messages taking a long time to send, if they go out at all. Apple's system status page doesn't currently display any warnings....

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11:41
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

I installed it and am having no issues so far.
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11:30
iPad triggers evacuation at Houses of Parliament

If you own an iPad you already know how easily it can kill your productivity, but one of Apple's tablets ruined a work day at England's Parliament when Portcullis House -- an office building that houses government officials and their staffers -- was...

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11:26
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates

Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.
According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:
° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
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11:25
Back up and restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can use iCloud or iTunes to back up the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When you have a backup, you can restore this content to your device anytime. 

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11:13
Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1...

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets....

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11:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort Extreme (newest,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Base Station (Geek Squad Certified Refurb.) $120 (Reg. $199 new)more

Seagate Backup Plus...

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11:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.

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11:00
A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Yosemite edition

Welcome to Yosemite Server.

Andrew Cunningham


OS X Server is in maintenance mode. That much was clear when Mavericks Server came out a year ago with just a handful of welcome-but-minor tweaks and improvements. The software hasn’t grown stagnant, really—certainly not to the extent of something like Apple Remote Desktop, which only gets updated when it’s time to support a new OS X version. But now OS X Server is changing very little from version to version, and since the untimely death of the Mac Mini Server, Apple isn't even selling any kind of server-oriented hardware.
Still, the Yosemite version of OS X Server changes enough to be worth revisiting. As with our pieces on...

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11:00
What am I doing wrong?

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X...

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10:47
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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10:42
OS X 10.10.1 released with fixes for Wi-Fi, Exchange...

Apple

Apple has just released OS X 10.10.1, the first major update to Yosemite. The patch doesn't include any big new features, but it fixes a handful of bugs including one that could cause problems with Wi-Fi connections. The update was released alongside iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that improves performance on older devices like the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
You can grab 10.10.1 through the Mac App Store's Update tab, and it ought to show up on Apple's downloads site later today if you prefer to manually download and install. From Apple's official release notes:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent...
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10:36
∞ Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

You can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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10:35
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4...

Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.
Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.
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10:35
iOS 8.1.1 is here, full of bug fixes, stability and...

Another day, another iOS update. iOS 8.1.1 is appearing on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world via the standard over-the-air update process. You can install the update by simply launching Settings, then going to General > Software...

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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, a minor maintenance release that notes “bug fixes” as well as “stability and performance improvements” for the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models. iOS 8.1.1 is available as an over-the-air update or by updating via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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10:30
Want a Mac under the Christmas tree this year?...

Online shoppers placing orders for the new Retina iMac on Apple's digital store are seeing notifications of "unexpected delays" as we make our way closer to the biggest gift-giving day of the year. MacNN is reporting that delays of up to two weeks...

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10:29
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to fix bugs and speed up...

Lee Hutchinson


Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1, the fourth update to iOS 8 since it was released two months ago. The update is available for all devices running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.
iOS 8.1 focused mostly on adding features like SMS forwarding and Apple Pay, but 8.1.1 returns the focus to fixing bugs. The biggest improvement should be better performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, devices that both suffered when iOS 8 was...

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10:26
Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Along with iOS 8.1.1 and Apple TV 7.0.2, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday. The update for the Mac operating system included fixes for WiFi reliability along with fixes for email-related issues.

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10:20
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2.

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10:20
Apple TV (3rd Gen) Updated to 7.0.2, No Patch Notes

Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what's in it because Apple hasn't released patch notes yet. We'll update this article when we know more.

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10:19
Apple's OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update improves...

Apple's OS X Yosemite Mac operating system received a significant update on Monday designed to address nagging Wi-Fi connectivity issues that have plagued some users since its launch in October, along with a range of other bug fixes.

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10:16
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV...

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms for increased reliability and security. 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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10:12
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1.

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10:12
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 w/ bug fixes...

In addition to releasing iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone and iPad users, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system. Mac users that have experienced WiFi performance issues running Yosemite should expect improvements with this bug fix release. The update is available for Macs running OS X Yosemite through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

In addition to addressing WiFi performance, Apple says OS X 10.10.1 also includes improvements for Microsoft Exchange users and fixes for Mail. You can read the full list of changes below.
The OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update improves the...

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10:08
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance...

After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3. iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1. According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system. iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is...

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10:08
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 with performance...

Apple on Monday pushed out an update for its mobile operating system in the form of iOS 8.1.1, with the headline improvements coming for users of older devices like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

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10:07
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 w/ bug fixes &...

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update to last month’s iOS 8.1 release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The public release for iOS 8.1.1 follows a beta release to members of Apple’s developer program. Last month Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users as well as the iCloud Photo Library public beta.
According to Apple, iOS 8.1.1 will improve performance for older, A5-powered devices running iOS 8, namely the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s; Apple’s current selling iPod touch first released in 2012 is also powered by Apple’s A5 chip.
The update is available over-the-air through the Settings app under General and Software Update. As always, you will need to be on...

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10:07
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 With Wi-Fi...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly. The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update: - Improves Wi-Fi reliability - Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server - Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers - Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac. The update should fix...

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08:48
Now you can DJ your Uber ride with in-car Spotify...

The best part of driving is the freedom to belt out tunes of your choosing. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick would rather you hail a car from his app than tool around town in your own set of wheels, so the company is partnering with Spotify to put control of Uber’s sound system in your phone. 
On Friday, you’ll have the option to link your Spotify and Uber accounts within the Uber app. When a music-enabled car responds to your ride request, you can pull up your Spotify playlists within a bottom bar inside the Uber app and jam out. The partnership is launching in 10 cities at first, including San Francisco, New York, London, Stockholm, and Singapore, before rolling out worldwide in coming months. Spotify’s promotional video below shows the feature in action:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with...

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.The Mac Observer Spin: There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

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10:00
Heyday: A wonderful, well-designed personal journal...

As I get older – and I'm already older than dirt compared to most of my fellow TUAW-ites – I find that it's more important to me to capture memories of what's going on in my life. I've been an avid journalist (one who writes a personal journal)...

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09:59
Apple's MacBook Air continues to bear the brunt...

As Microsoft begins ramping up the holiday ad blitz for its Surface tablets, the software giant has kept Apple's MacBook Air squarely in the crosshairs, continuing its string of television spots that pit the two devices against each other.

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09:56
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini...

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.
Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
 
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09:49
Samsung to be main supplier of A-series chips in...

Samsung has signed a deal to become the "primary supplier" of Apple's A-series processors starting in 2015, claims the Korea Times. Last year TSMC is believed to have taken over the majority of production, possibly around 60 percent. Under the new scheme, Samsung is expected to churn out chips at its Austin, Texas plant -- the original home of the A series -- and at another facility in New York. Samsung's share of the work is forecast to grow to 80 percent by 2016....

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09:30
Daily Deals for November 17, 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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09:13
Spotify control of Uber cab audio revealed, new...

Spotify is partnering with Uber, allowing passengers of the taxi app to play their choice of music via the cab's built-in audio system. At the same time as the audio announcement, it appears that code within the Spotify app itself points toward the future introduction of a podcasting service, alongside another unknown feature given the name "Magic."...

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09:00
Touching base on Sway Preview

On October 1st, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office portfolio to help people quickly and easily bring their ideas to life in a new way. We also kicked off Sway Preview, putting an intentionally early and “feature light” version of Sway into the hands of customers in order to shape the future of the product together. With Sway, we’re reimagining what it means to be productive in a mobile-first and cloud-first world—taking action anytime and anywhere you have an idea or inspiration.
We’re a few weeks into Sway Preview, and we’ve been thrilled by the overwhelming interest we’ve had so far. Each week we’re inviting thousands of people from our waitlist to join us on our journey. If you’re still waiting for an invite, we want to thank you for your patience. In the meantime, be...

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09:00
Announcing details of OneDrive for Business...

We’re excited to announce that OneDrive for Business will begin rolling out to existing Office 365 ProPlus before the end of 2014, we expect all Office 365 ProPlus customers will have OneDrive for Business before the end of January 2015. In addition, customers who subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus after December 1, 2014 will automatically get OneDrive for Business provisioned.
Office 365 ProPlus subscribers will initially get 1 TB of storage per user on OneDrive for Business, and will be updated to unlimited storage as it rolls out to Office 365 commercial subscribers. (You can access the Office 365 roadmap here.)
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09:00
Support Corner webcast—Office 365 Professional Plus

Join us this Tuesday, November 18th at 9 a.m. PST/12pm ET for a discussion on what shared computer activation is and how it’s used for Office 365 Professional Plus deployments.
To add the webcast to your calendar visit the Office 365 Summit—Events website.
Presenter—Sidharth Shah is senior support escalation engineer on the Office Core Team at IGTSC and has been with Microsoft Customer Support Services for eight years as part of the VSOD Team and Office Core team.
Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and have your questions answered.
For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the...

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09:00
Microsoft Virtual Academy courses—Office 365 security

Three courses around Office 365 security are now available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Exchange Online Protection (EOP)
If you’re looking to protect your organization from spam and malware, check out this course on Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service that even includes features to safeguard against messaging-policy violations. This course provides the details that IT professionals need to know about EOP, why EOP is necessary in your organization, how Microsoft has architected EOP to handle spam and malware, and how to deploy, configure and manage EOP.
Instructors—Shobhit Sahay-Microsoft technical product manager; Ori Kashi-Microsoft senior program manager ; Levon Esibov-Microsoft...

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09:00
The best farm animal simulator on Mac is turning...

Goat Simulator is one of the best games of the year -- no, seriously, you can waste a whole lot of time doing absolutely nothing as a goat -- and now it's getting a ridiculous update that is going to make it even more of a time-sink. This Thursday,...

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08:48
Apple retail gift cards arrive in third-party stores...

Apple is making a big push with gift cards for the holidays with the most notable change being gift cards for its retail stores arriving through third-party retailers, according to sources. The company already sold iTunes/App Store gift certificates through a number of retail parters, but it has just recently started selling its Apple Store gift cards outside its own channels as well. Apple Retail will also make changes to repair procedures tomorrow including the introduction of in-store repairs for Beats products. 
In addition to arriving at third-party retailers, the gift cards received a new look (pictured above) and Apple retail plans to advertise the gold, silver, and space gray cards next to matching Beats headphones on the retail floor rather than in the back. Other holiday changes for Apple retail include the new window...

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08:39
Verizon Wireless adopts harsher early termination...


Well, this should give you another reason to dislike Verizon.
Per Macworld and Droid Life, wireless carrier Verizon recently changed the terms of its customer agreement to state that the carrier will not discount its early termination fee (ETF) until the eighth month of service.
In other words, if you signed up for a new iPhone with Verizon in December, you wouldn’t see a reduction in your ETF until at least July. Verizon previously discounted its ETF by $10 every month beginning with the first month of service.
The new terms only apply to new customers that sign up for service on or after Friday...

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08:33
First ACEs Conference for Apple consultants...

A new Apple-focused meetup for consultants is kicking off its inaugural conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, this coming up May. The event is called the ACEs Conference and it’s put on by two members of the Apple community, Justin Esgar and Luis Giraldo, both of whom run Apple consultant businesses in Manhattan and Canada, respectively. The two describe the event as being for Apple consultants by Apple consultants:
The Aces Conference is the first of its kind. Apple consultants teaching Apple consultants not only tips and tricks of tech, but of business too. Learn how to be a better consultant, a better technician, a better everything at Aces Conf.
Jeff Gamet of the Mac Observer will lead the keynote and sessions include topics such as growing your business and app...

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08:19
Apple Stores changing up look of gift cards, worker...

Apple is planning some minor changes at its retail stores in preparation for the holiday season, sources say. One of these includes dressing clerks in red holiday shirts. A permanent adjustment, though, will involve removing neck lanyards from the standard uniform; to compensate for the lack of ID, clerks will reportedly be asked to introduce themselves more often....

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08:07
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08:06
Apple seals UnionPay deal, takes step to...


Apple may be a little bit closer to bringing Apple Pay to Chinese shores.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a China UnionPay credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.
Prior to the UnionPay deal, China’s iTunes Store customers were forced to set up pre-paid accounts linked directly to bank accounts — a process that was inconvenient and didn’t quick purchases easy.

Apple’s customers in China have been asking for UnionPay support for some time. The company’s senior vice president of Internet Software and...

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08:00
Jony Ive talks about the link between design and...

While Jony Ive used to be Apple's quiet man behind the scenes, occasionally popping up in Apple-produced videos shown at Apple media events, it's now hard to keep tabs on Ive's numerous appearances and speaking engagements. One second he's conducting...

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07:55
Review: Brodit, the ultimate car dock system for...

There are about a quadrillion different car docks for iPhones, ranging in price from a few dollars right up into triple digits. Brodit docks sit right at the high end, with a complete powered installation coming in at around $140-150.
Crazy money? Expensive for sure, but having owned one since the iPhone 4, I didn’t even consider anything else when I bought my iPhone 6 … 
Brodit is a Swedish company specialising in mounting systems for attaching electronic equipment to vehicles. Brodit systems have two selling-points.
First, quality. Once installed, a Brodit mount looks like a factory fitment, and is rock-solid. The look...

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07:50
Apple informs some users of “unexpected delays” for...


You might have to get your loved one a nice side gift, as the really nice iMac you ordered for the holidays could be delayed.
Per 9to5Mac, a number of new orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.
Readers pointed to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.

In the email quoting an “unexpected delay” (pictured above), Apple added an...

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07:45
Microsoft Launches New Holiday Ad Comparing Surface...

Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody. The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?" Since the Surface Pro 3 was...

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07:44
Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart...

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).

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07:36
Rumor: Apple taps rival Samsung to build majority of...

A new rumor suggests that Apple has struck a major new agreement with its chief rival, Samsung, in which the South Korean electronics maker will produce most of Apple's custom A-series processors for iPhone and iPad starting in 2015.

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07:32
Korea Times claims Samsung will be lead supplier for...

Korea Times is claiming that a deal has been struck with Apple for Samsung to supply 80% of the chips for next year’s iPhones and iPads, with TSMC picking up the balance of orders.

Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.
The agreement means Samsung will become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, pushing its chief Taiwanese rival TSMC back to second place. From 2016, the company will supply 80 percent of APs used in Apple devices, and TSMC the remainder.

The paper suggests that Samsung will split production of the A9 chip across its Korean and Texas plants, partnering with New York-based GlobalFoundries for additional capacity …
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07:27
OS X Yosemite: Set Safari’s Search Engine to...

If you're looking for a more anonymous way to search the Internet than Google or Bing offers, OS X Yosemite lets you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo. It's easy and fast. Read on to learn how.

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07:27
Retina iMac buyers being notified of '...

Some people who ordered the Retina iMac in the past few weeks have been receiving emails from Apple, claiming an "unexpected delay" in shipping. In one example, a buyer says they placed an online order on October 31st, and were initially quoted a delivery window between November 14th and the 19th. A delay notice has shifted that window to between the 28th and December 2nd....

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07:26
Alibaba Executive Talks about a Possible Apple Pay...

Apple has certainly gone all out to fast track "Apple Pay" into China and has made it crystal clear that it's a top priority. Today the buzz is about the Apple-UnionPay deal that was just announced but for the past several weeks there was a lot of press surrounding a possible deal being hammered out with Alibaba to form a payment system alliance. An alliance with Alibaba would allow Apple Pay and/or at least their one-tap purchase process to work for iPhone customers making purchases with Alibaba that has a massive online market share footprint in China. Today, an interview with Alibaba's ..

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07:21
Apple Retail Making Gift Card and Uniform Changes...

As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video. Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17. Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail uniform. The...

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07:16
Terrific case for seeing Interstellar in IMAX

M. G. Siegler:

All the scenes in space? IMAX. All the exterior scenes on different worlds? IMAX. Most of the scenes inside the spaceship? Regular film. Interiors on Earth? Regular film. Scenes out in the corn fields of Earth? Largely IMAX.

Not a lot of movies live up to the IMAX format.
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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Everybody pageview, er, I mean panic

Predictably, the later we get into the year, the fewer rumors there are to round up. It almost makes me long for the halcyon days of stupid mockups, moronic drivel from analysts, and thrice-daily tripe from Digitimes.

Almost.

Now that I think about...

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06:56
Patriot introduces two new FUEL + models of charging...

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has introduced two new models to its FUEL+ family of charging devices: the FUEL+ 6000mAh and 12000mAh. They're available for US$49.99 and $79.99, respectively.
FUEL+ devices feature a portable design with two USB charging ports offering the option to simultaneously charge two devices. One port provides a 2.5A power output for fast charging of larger devices such as tablets. The 6000mAh model can purportedly charge a smartphone up to four times before needed to be recharged while the 12000mAh can charge one up to eight times.
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06:54
Daily Deal: Get Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals we're offering you Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick speaker for only $74.99 -- that's almost 25% off the regular price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back. Pocket Kick's…

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06:47
Nvidia Launches a New Mobile Device Age


There was an announcement last week that I think is far bigger than folks realize: Nvidia's free Netflix-like streaming gaming service for its Shield products. I think this is a precursor to an event that is similar to what cable did to TVs years ago, and that it will change not only how we use these devices, but also what we use them for. This may be the biggest step to something we used to call "thin client" computing, and eventually, it will expand vastly what we can do with products we currently use more for consumption than creation.

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06:46
UnionPay Deal Brings Apple Closer to Apple Pay in...

Apple is a step closer to bringing Apple Pay to China thanks to a deal with China UnionPay. Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.The Mac Observer Spin: UnionPay support for the App Store is a big thing for Apple because now it's much easier for its China customers to make purchases. Next step: Apple Pay support.

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06:43
Shairwaves is new HD audio device sharing tool for...

Coolatoola.com has released Shairwaves, a new HD audio device sharing app for the Mac. It provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices.
Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although its similar to Apple's AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn't use AirPlay's protocols.
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06:37
Chinese App Store begins accepting UnionPay cards

Apple's Chinese App Store is now accepting payments via China UnionPay, the only native bank card organization and the country's most popular. In an announcement, Apple notes that UnionPay has issued more than 4.5 billion cards worldwide. "The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," reads a prepared statement from Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we're providing users with an incredibly convenient way......

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06:23
Apple informing some Retina iMac orders of ‘...

New orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.
9to5Mac readers point to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.
In the email quoting an “unexpected delay” (pictured above), Apple added an extra 5-7 days to the “ships by” date and provided the reader with a new delivery ...

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06:20
Did Apple Really Sign a Deal with Samsung for 80% of...

In early October we reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is currently using its 20nm process to produce Apple's A8 processors for iPhone 6 devices, was confident that it would continue to land orders for A9 processors, which was contrary to rumors of the day stating the opposite. Even the Samsung executive quoted in other rumors never said...

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06:18
Alibaba agreement could give Apple Pay easier path...

An alliance with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba could help Apple avoid regulatory delays and move Apple Pay closer to debuting in China, according to an executive privy to the ongoing negotiations.

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06:13
Samsung Chosen to Supply 80 Percent of Apple's...

Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal. Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand. "Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk...

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06:13
News: Apple adds UnionPay support to Chinese App...

Apple announced today that UnionPay has now been added as a payment option for customers in China. As the most popular payment card in China, this will make it easier for Chinese App Store customers to purchase content on the App Store, and customers can now link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. UnionPay is responsible for China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, and has issued more…

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06:00
Apple Pay now accounts for 50% of top-to-pay...

Apple Pay certainly wasn't the first mobile payment platform to hit the market, but it's increasingly starting to look like it will be the first to actually have an impact on the way consumers pay for goods and services.

Just days after Whole Foods...

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05:58
Microsoft continues MacBook bashing in latest...

Same old story, but with a Christmas theme this time around in the latest Apple-bashing Surface ad from Microsoft. Touchscreen, kickstand, USB, etc, Microsoft has given up on comparing its tablets with the iPad and instead wants you to believe Surface Pro 3 is an acceptable substitute for a MacBook Air.
It certainly isn’t the first time Microsoft has put the Surface Pro 3 head to head with MacBooks in its advertisements. The company has been aggressively running the comparison ads poking fun at the MacBook’s lack of tablet-like features since it first compared the devices side-by-side live on stage at the introduction of its 12-inch Surface Pro 3 back in May.
Perhaps Microsoft will get back to comparing apples to apples...

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05:50
Apple adds UnionPay payment option for App Store...

Apple says the App Store has added UnionPay, the most popular payment card in China, as a payment option for customers in China. Customers will be able to link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. 
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05:36
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Net Neutrality...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss the brewing battle over net neutrality, TidBITS email delivery issues, Apple’s iMessage lock-in, and more. 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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05:33
V.ALRT is a panic button that automatically sends...

V.ALRT is a personal alert device that cause your phone to automatically dial or text message to three pre-selected contacts, sending your current location along with a canned message (such as “I’ve been in an accident”).
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05:30
Crush waves of enemies to save princess in Day of...

Day of the Viking is a new game from Adult Swim involving a castle, a princess and vikings. The vikings are coming for the princess's treasure and as the castle defender, you need to destroy them. The game offers numerous ways to go about doing this...

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05:22
RBC raises Apple price target to $120, predicts...

RBC Capital Markets on Monday increased its price target for Apple stock to $120 per share, a number that incorporates the investment firm's expectations for the upcoming Apple Watch, predicted to sell 20 million units in its first 12 months.

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05:18
∞ A boy and his atom

IBM made the world’s smallest movie by using a pair of electron scanning microscopes to move a series of atoms to create a stop motion effect. Truly astonishing.

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05:00
Review: SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and iPad

Some people use cases on their iPhones, some people don’t. If you’re in the second group I’m going to give you reason to consider a case.
While purists don’t want to cover the iPhone 6′s smooth, elegant curves, it’s easy to scratch its beautiful retina display (and aluminum back) while bouncing around in a pocket, bag or purse with a set of keys – and whatever else you might have in there.
What to do?
The good news is that you don’t have to cover your iPhone with a flak jacket or suit of armor to protect your investment, there’s a nice middle ground.
Enter the SurfacePad for iPhone ($49.99) by Twelve South. Its a slim, leather, folio-type case that adds barely any heft and just enough coverage to protect the...

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05:00
Command Line iOS Device Management

The other day, we installed libimobiledevice and used it to view the logs of an iOS device. But you can do much more with the commands that were installed. In fact, if you have a paired device, you can actually use these commands to do some remedial regression testing and other pretty cool things. So this is going to be part two of that article, basically.
First up, make sure the device is paired (note: not all commands require a device to be unlocked). But, all interaction with a device requires the device to be paired. You can use the command line (e.g. if you’re running this on Linux) to view the logs and manage devices, but if you’re not paired using iTunes or another tool, you’ll need to use idevicepair to pair your device, followed by the pair verb (which is very different from the pear verb):
idevicepair pair
You can also unpair using the unpair verb:
idevicepair unpair...

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04:54
Samsung Display is Bullying Suppliers to Drop Prices...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display is demanding supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. Supply chains are now seeing increased pressure to report reduced pricing ...

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04:52
How to remotely disconnect your credit cards from a...

Lose your iPhone? Follow the link to learn how to unlink your credit cards from the device.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:46
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers

QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.
An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.
The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).

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04:43
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released

Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.
The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.

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04:34
Apple strikes deal with UnionPay, China’s most...

From Apple’s press release:

Apple® today announced that the App Store℠ has added UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China.

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04:30
Kool Tools: VisionTek USB Pocket SSDs

VisionTek Products' VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized solid state drives for creative professionals, IT power users, and “performance enthusiasts" is a pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD that offers the speed, performance, and storage capacity of an internal SSD. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.
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04:26
Google Glass future clouded as some early believers...

Reuters:

While Glass may find some specialized, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say.

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03:26
Hands on: Google Maps 4.0 gets even better with a...

Google Maps is one of the App Store’s unsung heroes, an app you probably use daily, yet you rarely think about or tell your friends to download. That’s because for so long it just came with our iPhones—it was there waiting for you to use when you powered up your new phone for the first time. 
But let’s not forget the Great Apple Maps Fail of iOS 6, when all of a sudden Google Maps was ripped from our clutches and we were instead left floundering with a tool that was only half baked. Google left us hanging for a few months before making Google Maps available as a third-party app in the App Store.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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04:15
North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific head to $8...

ABI Research's latest data forecasts North American activity will drive the overall in-building wireless market while Europe and Asia-Pacific pick up the pace by 2016. The market for in-building wireless equipment and deployments will nearly double the current outlook by 2019.
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04:07
Apple Publicizes their Apple Pay Deal with China...

In May Patently Apple was the first in North American to report on Apple reaching a deal with China's UnionPay for the coming iWallet now Apple Pay. The deal hinged on Apple integrating NFC into their next iPhone which they did with the release of their new iPhone 6 in September. Today, their secret deal has gone public ...

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03:36
SketchUp 15.0.9349 - Create 3D design concepts with...

SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.Version 15.0.9349: New

  • 64-bit application - We've updated the SketchUp engine to run as a 64-bit application on both PC and Mac operating systems. Also requires OS X 10.8 or later.
  • Face Finder improvements - We've mined and optimized the code for Face Finder, one of the core under-the-hood operations that make SketchUp's magic possible.
  • Rotated Rectangle - For a few years now, we hosted a wildly useful, but not wildly popular Rotated Rectangle extension. This...

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02:52
Apple Configurator 1.7.1 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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02:50
Hands On: DropTask (iOS)

Telecommuting is anything but rare these days, and for many people who have to work remotely on group tasks, it often becomes somewhat of a chore to try to stay in contact. Often, users are chained to computers or constant conference calls. DropTask by Think Productivity Ltd has a clever solution, allowing users to share a space within an app, where everyone is able to see the progress of the project from wherever they are....

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01:00
AT&T ceases “permacookie” tracking program for...


There are consequences for when a wireless carrier installs something that apparently tracks its user base a little too closely with no convenient means of removal.
Per Macworld and ProPublica, wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T have been caught up in a privacy firestorm over their use of so-called “permacookies,” a method of tracking what their users do while browsing the Web with the intent of sharing that data with advertisers. Verizon’s permacookie program lives on, but AT&T has ceased the practice.

AT&T told ProPublica that its use of permacookies was “part of a test,” which has since wrapped up, but the...

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Sunday November 16

23:25
Apple Now Accepting UnionPay as Payment Option for...

Apple today announced that it is now accepting UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China. Established in 2002, UnionPay is the most popular payment card company in China with over 4.5 billion cards issued. With today's announcement, users can simply link their UnionPay debit or credit card for easy purchases. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.” The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China. The company is also...

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21:21
Little Snitch 3.5

Changes how SSH connections are handled on Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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21:04
Firefox 33.1

Adds DuckDuckGo as a search option and a Forget button to quickly clear recent browsing history. (Free, 64.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:27
Weekly Game Replay: WoW expansion DDoS, Assassin...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer an all-in-one report for some of the major happenings in the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we look at the issues with the launch of World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor; the problems with Assassin's Creed Unity; Xbox sales numbers; Robotoki ditching the free-to-play model for Human Element, and Wildstar's content launch and raid size shrink....

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18:20
China UnionPay debit and credit cards now accepted...


China UnionPay is the largest bank card provider in the region, but the App Store has not supported the payment method up to now. Apple has announced that this inconvenience has now been resolved with customers in China now able to link their Apple ID with debit or credit cards from UnionPay.
The addition should help expand the reach of the App Store to even more customers, allowing Apple to bolster its number credit cards on file ahead of an Apple Pay launch in the country. Code references have already been found that show the iPhone 6 NFC element is ready to support China UnionPay purchases.
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17:50
Apple now accepting China UnionPay as payment option...

As of Sunday, Apple's Chinese App Store -- now the second largest in the world -- accepts payments from China UnionPay, the country's only bank card organization and issuers of the most popular cards in China.

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16:57
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Portable Speaker

“Dollar for dollar, the Sound Blaster ROAR produces the best sound of any portable Bluetooth speaker I’ve heard.”

– Tom’s Guide

Thanks to Creative for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The compact Sound Blaster Roar boasts of two 1.5-inch high-frequency drivers, a dedicated 2.5-inch subwoofer, and a pair of side-firing passive radiators. Now, all these drivers will only sound as good as the music you play through them, and the Roar supports aptX and AAC over Bluetooth for high-quality audio streaming.

All this, while adding other features like NFC support, a USB port for charging, an integrated MP3 player through its microSD card slot that also allows you to record calls taken with the built-in speakerphone.

The Red Dot Design Award-winning Roar has received consistent 5-star reviews on Amazon since its launch. Now available at $149.99 via ...

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15:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Apple assures FTC...

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Kenu Stance compact tripod holds your iPhone, opens...

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12:54
A $99 Intel-Based Tablet Debuts at Walmart on Black...

The Cheap Intel Tablet Attack Begins: Intel is pumping up E FUN's new 8-inch Nextbook that uses an Intel Atom processor and Windows. The new tablet device that will attempt to compete with Apple's iPad mini will hit Walmart stores on Black Friday and will retail for just $99.

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12:52
Briefly: OmniGraffle 6.1, Mujjo releases new iPhone...

The Omni Group has released its latest version of OmniGraffle, a graphic document editing app for OS X. Allowing users to create graphic documents efficiently, lines stay connected to shapes even when they're moved in the new version, while style and organization tools finish off a diagram that is simplistic or technically in-depth. OmniGraffle 6.1 offers a new user interface, as well as the ability to detach inspectors into their own floating panels. New fill effects, stroke and shadow types, and support for the Visio 2013 format are all included. Requiring OS X Yosemite to run, OmniGraffle i......

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11:40
Briefly: STM Skinny Pro, Studio for iPad, SwitchEasy...

STM Bags announced that two models of its existing tablet covers are coming for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The STM Skinny Pro snap-on case is getting a slight refresh to fit both of the new iPad, coming in blue, black, red, and urban camouflage. The cover features an instant on/off feature, along with the ability to fold into different viewing or standing options. The inside of the cover is lined with micro suede, while the exterior is polycarbonate and polyurethane. The STM Skinny Pro can be ordered on Amazon now for $40, but shipping time is listed from one to three months out.......

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

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

Apps Now Free

Dodo Master Pocket...

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10:17
An iPhone vs. Android Shoot Out over 15 Basic Tasks

A new visual report by CNN covers 15 basic tasks that could be performed on the iPhone and Android smartphones. Who won this battle? Check out our report and see if you agree with CNN's final findings.

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10:12
Espionage 3.6.2 - Simple, state of the art...

Espionage offers state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your confidential data. Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption. Features:

  • Source code available for security professionals.
  • Designed for plausible deniability. Multiple master passwords through Folder Sets. Want two versions of your email? Espionage can handle that.
  • Enhances deniable encryption by creating fake Folder Sets and fake disk images.
  • Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault.
  • Super-computer defying encryption: AES-256 +...

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10:04
How a pioneering journalist won a race around the...

Grantland:

Nelly Bly’s idea was to try to beat the time of Phileas Fogg, the hero of Jules Verne’s massively popular 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days. She’d send dispatches back to the paper, make an adventure out of it. Her editor was in favor, but the World’s business manager — who liked the concept — wanted to send a man.

“It is impossible for you to do it,” he told her. “You are a woman and would need a protector.” Even if she could travel alone, he said, she’d want to take too much baggage. “There is no use talking about it,” he insisted. “No one but a man could do this.”

“Very well,” she said. “Start the man, and I’ll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him.”

With our world considered made so small with instantaneous communications, high speed train, plane and car travel, it’s hard to imagine what kind of true adventure, in every sense of the word, this would have been in 1889
...

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10:04
Apple Pay already dominating NFC contactless payment...

Just a month after its debut, Apple Pay appears to be dominating NFC payment systems where it is available, according to reports, with the public quickly accepting the new checkout method due to its ease of use and speed. McDonald's recently noted that 50 percent of its contactless payments are now coming from Apple Pay, while Walgreens reports similar figures -- saying that the number of mobile transactions it has processed since Apple Pay's debut has doubled....

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09:44
Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

MojoKid (1002251) writes One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgrade flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command. Being able to perform TRIM and clean the SSD when its sitting idle is vital to keeping the drive at maximum performance. Without it, an SSD's real world performance will steadily degrade over time. What Apple did with OS X 10.10 is introduce KEXT (Kernel EXTension) driver signing. KEXT signing means that at boot, the OS checks to ensure that all drivers are approved and enabled by...

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09:33
Heyday automatic journal

Heyday:

Heyday transforms the photos and videos on your iPhone into a beautiful journal, presenting you with a delightful way to rediscover your most important memories. And since life happens when you least expect it, Heyday automatically chronicles the places you go and the things you see so you’ll never forget a meaningful place or moment again.

I mentioned and did a bit of a video review of Heyday on the Your Mac Life show last Wednesday. I’m not a “daily journal” kind of guy but Heyday is great for “following you around” and noting the places you’ve been, collating the pics you took and, at your leisure, allowing you to add notes, thoughts and impressions after the fact. Free in the iOS Store.
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09:25
MGG 528: Everything’s Broken (and Your Geeks Fix It)

Third party DNS risks, Yosemite email issues, Comcast's hotspot concerns and managing large Dropboxes on systems with smaller SSDs are just the tip of this week's Mac Geek Gab iceberg. Download, press play, and enjoy!

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09:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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08:29
GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-...

jones_supa writes OpenGL support under GTK is getting into good shape for providing a nice, out-of-the-box experience by default on key platforms for the GTK+ 3.16 / GNOME 3.16 release in March. For a few weeks now within mainline GTK+ has been native OpenGL support and as part of that a new GtkGLArea widget for allowing OpenGL drawing within GTK applications. Since that initial work landed, there's been more GTK+ OpenGL code progressing that right now primarily benefits Linux X11 and Wayland users. While good progress is being made and improvements still ongoing to the GNOME toolkit, GNOME developers are requesting help in ensuring other GTK+ backends can benefit from this OpenGL support. If you are using or planning to use GTK+ 3 on Windows or OS X, and you know how to use OpenGL on those two platforms, please consider helping out the GTK+ developers by implementing the GdkGLContext API using WGL and AppleGL....

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07:36
Getting a First Glimpse of Apple Pay's Success...

It will be a month this week that Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment and digital wallet service was introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Days before launching, the excitement was riding high with tech analyst Christina Warren who bluntly stated that Apple Pay was going to be a BFD. Late yesterday a new report was published that shows that Apple fans have been eager to use Apple's new mobile wallet service right out of the gate.

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07:00
Flickr Find: Apple's first camera now 20-years-...

This lovely photograph from James Rose captures the size and scale of Apple's only digital camera line. Built by Kodak, the QuickTake 100 was introduced twenty-years ago by Apple and was one of the first consumer digital cameras ever released. It...

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06:43
FunBITS: The Internet Arcade Brings Back Classic...

The Internet Arcade is a new initiative from the Internet Archive that brings classic arcade games to your Web browser. 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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06:32
Review: Microsoft's health tracking, iOS-...

The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.

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05:33
One man’s list of true one hit wonders (and my...

This is a nice list of one-hit-wonders, folks who had one big hit then faded into obscurity. The list starts in the 1960s and makes its way to 2006. But definitely not complete. Not even close. Got any to add?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
∞ Composr, the free app that lets musicians...

Composr is a free app that lets you start a song, then allows musicians add tracks remotely. As the song owner, you decide which tracks make the final cut.

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05:04
∞ Watch a handcrafted neon Apple logo being made

Matt Fuller collects all things Apple and he wanted a neon Apple logo to hang in his home to highlight his collection. Here’s his story, with the “making of” video. Badass!

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05:00
Bushel and I On The OWC Radio Podcast

Special thanks to Tim Robertson and macsales.com for including me along with some of the great ones like Tidbits’ Engst family!
http://videos.macsales.com/podcasts/OWC-Radio-2-21.mp3
 + Krypted = <3

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00:27
After losing Apple's iPad business, Intel has...

Over the last two years, Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android Atom tablet makers. It now plans to phase out those generous incentives, which will make it more expensive for iPad competitors to dump cheap tablets into the market.

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Saturday November 15

21:54
Bookends 12.2.4 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor. Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google Scholar
  • ...

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17:44
The Apple Store is back online!

The Apple Store is back online! The Store was down for 1 minute.Apple StorePlease feel free to share this information with your friends :-)

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15:00
The Scout navigation app adds chat, meetups and...

Scout has always been a worthwhile free alternative for people looking for something beyond Google and Apple Maps. A just-issued update gives users predictive, intuitive traffic push notifications for users' everyday trips, eliminating the need to...

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11:28
Review: Pioneer's AppRadio 4 with built-in...

Pioneer was the first to market with third-party CarPlay-compatible systems, and AppleInsider has put its new AppRadio 4 model to the test, to see how it -- and Apple's new vehicle-based infotainment system -- measure up.

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10:50
Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

Using Siri in iOS 8 gives users lots of choices to maximize their time - as long as you know your options. Nancy Carroll Gravley gives five more tips in this column.

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10:10
AT&T shuts down mobile 'super cookie'...

Under enormous pressure after reports showed that some wireless providers were installing "super cookies" on user's devices, AT&T has ceased the practice. The carrier released a brief statement earlier this week about how the tracking mechanism was a limited time test, and has "been phased off" the company's wireless network. Competitor Verizon continues the practice, and is showing no signs of stopping....

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09:05
Briefly: Sunrise Calendar 3.0, Penultimate 6.0 app...

Sunrise, a free calendar app, has been revamped in a recent update. Compatible with Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange, Sunrise allows users to quickly add an event and have the date sync across calendars. Sunrise v3.0 introduces a new widget in the Notification Center, displaying upcoming events in one's day without needing to open the app itself. Now supporting iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new app includes an overall redesign for bigger screens. Google Tasks and Eventbrite can now be integrated, so that tasks can be created and edited directly in within the calendar space; and tickets t...

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Remotely remove your credit cards from...


People have been enjoying using Apple Pay. Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment system that allows you to pay for things in stores and through apps with different banks and credit cards. Using Apple Pay is more secure than swiping your credit or debit card because your card number, identity and CVV code are not visible to the merchant. Instead, with Apple Pay each card is assigned a unique Device Account Number that is encrypted and stored in the Secure Element, a dedicated chip in the device. Setting up Apple Pay...

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08:34
Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice

When Google Glass first launch, tech blogger Robert Scoble said that he loved Google Glass so much he even showered with the device. He further noted that "I will never live a day of my life from now on without it." Well, that old saying of "Never say never" once again prevailed as months later Scoble went on record to say that he thought Google Glass was Doomed. Google Glass was the first project to emerge from Google’s X division, the secretive group

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07:40
Aaron Sorkin on Jobs Biopic: Casting Announcement...

In a new interview with The Independent, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin shares a few more details regarding his upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, noting that while there is no word on who will play the leading role yet, an announcement is imminent.Leonardo DiCaprio and, more recently, Christian Bale, pulled out, the latter because of the sheer demands of the role: “It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character,” says Sorkin. The frontrunner is now believed to be Michael Fassbender. Sorkin, today, can confirm only that an announcement is imminent.As previously shared by Sorkin, the film will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing Jobs backstage before the announcement of the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod. Sorkin also reveals in the new interview that the character of Jobs' daughter Lisa will...

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07:00
Caturday: KipperVision

Here's a wonderful set of photos of Kipper, today's TUAW Caturday star. According to owners Michael and Vivienne Morgan, "We've enjoyed Caturday for a few years, and it's our turn to contribute. This is Kipper, a three-year-old Manx, who has two...

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06:08
iOS apps must ask permission for your data, Android...

As I read this, Google leaves it up to the app developer to be honest about their intentions. Without oversight.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:46
∞ My brother works at Sears

Find out who stopped by our Toronto office to visit his brother! Watch as Peter (long time Sears associate) explain to his brother what Sears Canada is all about and why we’re here to stay.

Yup. His brother works at Sears.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, folios, and...

Keyboards, folios, and sleevesThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases comes with a wide variety of protective choices for your tablet, regardless of whether you need something for travel, walking around the city, or just staying at home.BelkinThe QODE Slim Style (iPad Air and iPad Air 2; $100) comes with a built-in wireless Bluetooth keyboard for all your typing needs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:30
MTBProject offers big assist for mountain biking...

If you do a lot of mountain biking, you need this app. You should download MTBProject even if you only hit the trails occasionally. The free universal app runs on iOS 6.1 or later and offers an in depth database of thousands of trails across the...

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05:27
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by the numbers

Interesting data from two different studies of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus buyers.
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05:00
Update rake For OS X

Rake is basically make for Ruby. I recently needed to update rake for something I was working on. After doing so, I tried to update some stuff in Profile Manager and it seemed to work on the outside, but a lot of stuff in Yosemite and Yosemite Server rely on rake so be careful when doing this kind of thing. So, to update to the latest version of rake, use the gem command along with the install verb and then rake as the gem being updated:
sudo gem update rake
This is an interactive command line environment so you’ll be asked a few questions in order to update the gem. Once complete, you’re running (at the time of this writing) 10.3.2. Run the list verb to see what version of each local gem you are running:
sudo gem list
Because running a newer version of rake can conflict with some built-in OS X stuff, you might find a desire to go back. At the time I’m writing this article, 0.9.6 is the latest and greatest version of rake that OS X uses. We can remove the...

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Review: Logitech m320 wireless mouse, an ergonomic...

Logitech introduced its m320 wireless mouse last month and I’ve been trying it out for the past few weeks. The Logitech m320 is a wireless mouse (included wireless receiver required) with an ergonomic design for your hand to comfortably rest upon during use. Aside from fitting to your hand with ease, the Logitech m320′s super lightweight build allows it to smoothly glide across a surface without friction. Check out my hands-on with Logitech’s affordable desktop mouse…
Like I mentioned, Logitech’s m320 wireless mouse is rather affordable at just $29.99. After using the m320 for the last few weeks, I’ve noticed its price point really doesn’t...

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Gadget Ogling: A Creepy Echo, Clever Home...


Echo, Amazon's newest attempt at a smart personal assistant, is set to take pride of place in your home. The black tower is voice-activated and can play music, as well as provide information and news updates. Also, because it's from Amazon, it can update your shopping list. It's always on, which means it's continually listening to you, no matter where you are in a room. That's just more than a little unsettling. Amazon promises that Echo activates only when you say a wake word, but who's to say Echo can't hear everything?

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04:14
FCC demands information from AT&T on frozen 100...

Just days after AT&T said that it would pause new gigabit fiberoptic deployments pending resolution of the net neutrality discussion, the US Federal Communications Commission has requested information on the buildout. The FCC is demanding information on the current number of households that it provides fiber to, the demographic breakdown of those locations, and proof that the AT&T investment model in fiber is unprofitable as it claims now or in the future....

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Friday November 14

21:09
Inside the net neutrality dispute, and why it's...

Though you may pay a premium for one of the fastest internet connections your cable provider offers, a lack of net neutrality could cause your iCloud backups and iTunes movie rentals to take hours, rather than minutes. Here's why Apple users, and consumers in general, should care about net neutrality.

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21:05
Deals: Final days to get the lowest prices anywhere...

Exclusive 3% discount coupons from MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pros will expire for the year in less than a week. Meanwhile, readers in the market for Mac desktops still have time to take advantage of another exclusive that offers $50-$100 discounts of iMac 5Ks and Mac Pros, with free AppleCare thrown in on each order.

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21:04
Apple Inc. A8X iPad chip causing big problems for...

Apple's A-series Application Processors that power iPads--including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2--are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.

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20:10
First Look: Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple has been adding Retina displays to its mobile product range over the past few years, but desktop users have missed out -- until now. Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display has landed, with four times the pixel density of previous models - taking its total pixel count to an incredible 14.7 million pixels. But it is much more than just a pretty face: behind the stunning new Retina display, it packs a one-two punch of up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 display and AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of DDR5 VRAM. We've been using it for the past week, and have some first impressions ahead of......

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19:01
Apple, Google, MS, others lobby Congress to curb NSA...

A new bill in the US Senate is being rushed through in an attempt to curtail NSA spying on Americans, and make federal agency requests for data more transparent ahead of the January takeover of the body by Republicans. The bill, known as the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685), has won the backing of the Consumer Electronics Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Internet Association and many of the major tech firms. Apple, Microsoft, Google and others, as members of the CEA, are pushing the Senate to pass the bill.......

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