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Tuesday December 16

09:15
4K video demand helps fuel DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), developer of the DisplayPort standard (www.displayport.org), says reported that DisplayPort adoption, VESA membership and DisplayPort-related specification development have all increased over the past year. 
This points to the growing demand for DisplayPort and related standards, fueled by displays with 4K and higher resolution, as well as smaller devices with more flexible connectivity. DisplayPort device certification grew to 1,395 devices to date in 2014, up from 805 devices at the beginning of the year.
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09:00
Yammer Enterprise now offered in Office 365...

In an effort to bring enterprise social networking to deskless workers, we’re excited to announce Yammer Enterprise is now included in the Office 365 kiosk plan. Many people in organizations spanning industries as diverse as healthcare, education, retail and hospitality, work on shared computers or other devices. Starting at $4 per user per month, the Office 365 K1 plan gives these employees access to the tools they need to be more productive, including 2 GB of Exchange Online email storage, access to SharePoint Sites and the ability to edit and view Office Online Documents on their mobile devices—and now Yammer Enterprise as well.
Yammer enables people to collaborate and share feedback with their team and across the company, and also keeps them connected to companywide announcements. Using Yammer in concert with Office 365 helps companies adapt and respond more quickly to customer...

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09:00
Manufacturing leader connects global employees and...

Kennametal, a leading material science and manufacturing company, wanted to become a tighter-knit organization so that it could bring products to market more quickly, which is no small endeavor with 14,000 employees spread around the world. To extend communication and collaboration to factory workers and make it easier for all employees to share ideas and foster skills building, the company adopted Microsoft Office 365. Kennametal embraced Microsoft Office 365 and now makes information, people, and answers readily accessible from mobile devices used on the factory floor, at home and on the road. Factory workers now access the company’s intranet through their personal devices, which improves their ability to work together to resolve issues, stay up-to-date on corporate information and contribute to the company’s greater mission. Engineers, scientists and other information workers collaborate across locations so that they can move forward more quickly with product development and...

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09:00
Google Apps brings families together

Tim Carroll is a senior product manager on the Office 365 team.
My Knucklehead Son doesn’t want to go to college. No, instead he wants to wander around the country in a Volkswagen camper van, posting his adventures on YouTube for legions of adoring fans, pausing just long enough to cup his hands under a gushing spigot of money piped in by grateful advertisers. I tell him he sounds like Google. I’m a cranky old coot, already, and Yes, I’m determined to crush his tender young dreams. I tell my Knucklehead Son that the best things in life are worth working for, that nothing good ever comes for free, and that knowledge is its own reward. I tell him there will always be the easy way and the right way, short-term answers versus enduring ones, and new experiments trying to challenge time-tested solutions. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of avoiding the expense of four more years of structured education and emotional coddling is not without its allure, but I tell my Knucklehead...

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09:00
Apple's iPod antitrust lawsuit hinges on iTunes...

Apple's iPod antitrust lawsuit wrapped up on Monday afternoon, capping off a week-long trial that has been close to 10 years in the making. Now, the case has been handed off to a jury that will deliberate whether or not Apple chose to keep its iTunes...

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08:59
Apple Pay grows, now supports 90% of U.S. credit...


Apple Pay is growing.
Per MacRumors and the New York Times,
With the list of Apple Pay-supported companies growing more every week, Apple has revealed that the new mobile payments service now supports cards representing about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States. This is up from the 80 percent figure cited at Apple Pay’s launch just two months ago.

The article states that Apple Pay has grown in popularity with users as the rollout continues. Whole Foods saw more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the first few days after release, and the service accounted for more than 50 percent of McDonald’s tap-to-pay purchases in November.
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08:38
T-Mobile adding 'Data Stash' roll-over...

T-Mobile will allow its customers to bank unused data allowances for future use, it has revealed. The Uncarrier 8.0 announcement of "Data Stash" allows data to rollover from month to month, with leftover data stored on the account for up to a year, allowing the customer to go over their normal monthly data allowance at a later time....

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08:32
News: Apps of the Week: Endless Wordplay, 80 Days,...

New and Updated Games Endless Wordplay (free) — Originator’s “Endless” series of educational apps are some of our – and our kids’ – favorites on the App Store; Endless Numbers was in fact one of our picks in the Best iOS Kids’ Apps this year. Now, the team at Originator is back at it with a fourth installment in the series. This latest app takes the user beyond simply spelling words into word building, rhyming,…

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08:30
Google pretends the iPhone 6 doesn't exist in...

If you were looking for further proof that the iPhone 6 is setting a new standard for smartphone popularity the world over, look no further than Google's 2014 search trend wrap-up. In the U.S. and abroad, the iPhone 6 tops virtually every tech search...

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08:25
T-Mobile announces new 'Data Stash'...

U.S. wireless provider T-Mobile held its latest "Un-carrier" event on Tuesday, announcing new "Data Stash" plans that will roll over unused data from month to month, rather than resetting the cap for each billing cycle.

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08:16
T-Mobile launches “Un-carrier 8.0″, data stash...


It might not be the most ground breaking promotion to ever exist, but it could come in handy.
Per 9to5Mac, wireless carrier T-Mobile announced its latest Un-carrier initiative on Monday with a new “Data Stash” feature that allows customers to bank unused data and carry it over month-to-month for up to a year.
The carrier is also offering 10 GB free for new and qualifying customers to kick things off, but it notes that the “data does not begin carrying over until after free 10GB runs out.” The free 10GB promotion will last until 12/31/15.

There is no limit to the amount of data users can stash, according to T-Mobile, although data can only be banked for up to a year. T-Mobile’s 200MB Free Data for Life offer for tablet users isn’t eligible for data rollover.
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08:00
Ultrakam: Transform your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into a...

4K video is becoming "The Next Big Thing", with screen resolution that is much greater than what you get from that measly 1920 x 1080 pixel display. Since there's not a lot of content available in the 4K format at this time, how do you impress your f...

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07:59
Briefly: Google Drive for iOS update, Waze 3.9.2

Google's cloud storage platform app has been updated for iOS today, now offering the ability to upload files from other sources. As reported last week, Apple has reversed its course on a policy that disallowed an app to upload content to iCloud Drive unless a file was created within the app itself. Google Drive for iOS v3.4.0 includes bug fixes and performance improvements, and file uploading to Drive from other apps and sources (such as iCloud Drive) can be executed on devices running iOS 8. Google Drive for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.......

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07:55
Apple Pay Supporters Grow with More Retailers and...

Apple Pay, the mobile payment system Apple introduced with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, is quickly growing and is now compatible with cards that make up about 90 percent of credit card purchases in the United States. The list of companies and banks supporting Apple pay has continued to rise and includes Barclaycard, TD Bank North America, Albertsons, Staples, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Looks like Apple isn't having any trouble at all getting banks and retailers excited about Apple Pay.

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07:53
T-Mobile announces Un-carrier 8.0: ‘Data Stash’...

T-Mobile announced its latest Un-carrier initiative today with a new “Data Stash” feature that allows customers to bank unused data and carry it over month-to-month for up to a year.
“Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse,” said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. “Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose.
It’s also offering 10 GB free for new and qualifying customers to kick things off, but it notes that...

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07:49
T-Mobile Unveils New 'Data Stash' Program...

As part of its new Un-carrier 8.0 announcement, T-Mobile today unveiled its new "Data Stash" program that allows consumers to roll over their monthly unused data. At the end of the month, consumers will be able to store their unused data without limit for the next 12 months. "Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse," said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. "Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose." "That data is rightfully yours," added Legere. "And, we’re putting an end to this appalling industry practice today. With Data Stash, when you buy additional high-speed data, there’s no need to lose what you don’t use." To kick...

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07:47
iOS 8 App Development Becomes a “Bring Me a Rock”...

Adam Engst, writing for TidBITS:The common thread that ties these disparate apps together is that all are trying to take advantage of iOS 8’s new Extensibility features. Those include custom keyboards, Notification Center widgets, custom Share actions and extensions, photo and video editing extensions, and document provider extensions — iMore has a comprehensive explanation of Extensibility.The problem is that Apple has not published clear guidelines about what is acceptable.There are a lot of issues related to the App Store that are troubling developers....

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07:42
News: Apple Pay cards represent 90 percent of US...

Apple Pay now supports cards that “represent about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States,” Apple has told The New York Times. Apple has repeatedly and consistently announced Apple Pay partnerships with more companies — ten more banks will back the mobile payment option today. Though the total amount of Apple Pay transactions on the supported cards is still a small number, the report notes that all of the…

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07:37
Review: Tylt’s Alin Glass and Tech21’s Impact Shield...


If your iPhone often shares a pocket or purse with keys, coins, or other metal objects, you know the very real risk of scratching or chipping the beautiful glass screen. Screen protectors solve this problem, and some are able to absorb the damage if your iPhone drops face-down towards the ground. Today, we’re looking at rival iPhone 6 screen protectors called Alin Glass from Tylt ($30) and Impact Shield from Tech21 ($35). (Alin Glass and...

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07:35
Samsung Eyeing LoopPay as Partner for Mobile Payment...

Samsung may be developing a mobile payment system to rival Apple Pay, reports Re/code. The Korean handset manufacturer reportedly is negotiating with payments startup LoopPay about the system, which it plans to debut it in 2015. The combined Samsung and LoopPay system would allow customers to wave their Samsung phones at payment terminals instead of swiping credit cards or paying with cash or check. Samsung could leverage NFC in its phones and use that standard to wirelessly process payments. A partnership with LoopPay could expand the service to a variety of new and old payment terminals. The LoopPay technology mimics a card swipe by recording payment information from a card's magnetic strip and transmitting those details to a retail card reader. Since LoopPay does not...

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07:34
Confused Samsung Looking for an Apple Pay Equivalent

In September we reported that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. Now a new rumor is claiming that Samsung is discussing a possible deal with a payments startup called LoopPay.

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07:27
iPhone Apps: PDFpen, Screens, Calendars 5
07:23
Pixelmator 3.3.1 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.Version 3.3.1: New features

  • Pinch to zoom support
  • Resize and scroll features added to Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes.

Fixes and improvements

  • The horizontal scrollbar is now properly visible, as is the document's bottom side.
  • The Info bar now displays X and Y coordinates properly.
  • Fixed an issue where Control-...

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07:22
Samsung reportedly planning Apple Pay rival...

On the same day that Apple Pay reached a sign-up rate of 90% of US bank cards by transaction volume, Samsung is reportedly planning to launch a rival mobile payment service that would work with 100% of cards and payment terminals on day one.
Re/code suggests that the company is in talks with LoopPay, a startup which describes itself as “the most accepted mobile wallet on the planet.” Instead of using an NFC chip for contactless payment, LoopPay transmits a magnetic signal which simulates the swiping of the magnetic strip on a card. That means it works with all cards and all payment terminals, contactless or not … 
LoopPay currently lacks...

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07:13
Sony Sends News Outlets a Stern but Toothless Warning


On behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment, high-powered attorney David Boies sent a letter to several news outlets Sunday demanding that they refrain from publishing stories based on material hackers recently stole from the company and that they destroy any of the pilfered data in their possession. The letter to the news organizations claims the stolen information is "protected under U.S. and foreign legal doctrines protecting attorney-client privileged communications, attorney work product, and related privileges and protections."

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07:10
Honor among thieves? Huawei calls its new smartphone...

Huawei today unveiled its latest smartphone at an event in Beijing and naturally the company named the follow up to its previous generation Honor 6 device, the Honor 6 Plus. Creative.
Apart from the name there aren’t many other similarities between the Android-powered Honor 6 Plus and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. That is, however, other than the same size 5.5-inch display and the exact same color options (as pictured above). The previous generation Honor 6 sported a 5-inch display. 
The Honor 6 Plus includes a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, Huawei’s Kirin 925 octa-core chip, up to 32GB of onboard storage, NFC, 3G of RAM, and a 3,600 mAh battery. Its standout feature is dual rear 8-megapixel cameras that allow for a number of camera improvements and new software features over previous generation hardware.
The device will sell for around...

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06:00
How Fancred is challenging Facebook for your sports...

Unless you’re a diehard sports fan, you probably haven’t heard of Fancred—yet. The sports fan-focused social network is
quietly building momentum in a quest to do for sports what LinkedIn has done for professionals.
“We think we’re building the world’s largest fan network,” said CEO Kash Razzaghi.
That mission continues this week with the launch of “Your Fancred,” a redesigned profile that puts your fandom front and center. Razzaghi noticed that
people already used their favorite teams as identifiers in their bios on other social networks, so the platform is using teams as a way to organize
activity on the network with a new feature called Team Albums. The conversations you have with fellow fans, the photos and articles you post, and your
check-ins at stadiums will now be organized into team-specific albums on your profile for easier access (and to show off your pride)....

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07:00
As Apple's e-book antitrust appeals process...

Apple's effort to appeal the adverse judgement handed down by Judge Denise Cote began yesterday before a three-judge panel. As a quick recap, Cote, back in July of 2013, ruled that Apple illegally colluded with book publishers to artificially inflate...

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06:58
Samsung in talks with LoopPay to launch Apple Pay...

In a bid to catch up with Apple Pay, Samsung is said to have turned to a startup company, LoopPay, in hopes of debuting its own mobile payments service with wide compatibility in 2015.

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06:53
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Touch ID,...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we focus on two of the most outstanding granted patents issued today covering Touch ID and Apple's future Lightning based audio connector.

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06:51
Apple Pay Now Supports Cards Representing 90% of U.S...

With the list of Apple Pay-supported companies growing more every week, Apple has revealed that the new mobile payments service now supports cards representing about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States. This is up from the 80 percent figure cited at Apple Pay's launch just two months ago. According to The New York Times, Apple Pay has proven popular with users as the rollout continues. Whole Foods saw more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions in the first few days after release, and the service accounted for more than 50 percent of McDonald'...

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06:48
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1.1 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool. OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.Version 6.1.1:

  • Text -- A fix for text alignment issues has been put in place.
  • Drawing -- Fixed an issue where line positions would shift on...

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06:46
OmniGraffle 6.1.1 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.Version 6.1.1:

  • Text -- A fix for text alignment issues has been put in place.
  • Drawing -- Fixed an issue where line positions would shift on re-opening a file after saving.
  • Performance -- Distortion effects should render more quickly when zoomed in at 200%.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash when using the Page Up or Page Down keys.
  • Stencil Window -- Fixed...

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06:43
Apple confirms 10 more banks getting Apple Pay today

Apple has today issued a statement confirming the addition of 10 more banks to the list supporting Apple Pay. These include Associated Bank, BB&T, Black Hills FCU, Commerce Bank, Dupaco Community Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, First Tennessee Bank, TD Bank North America, WesBanco, and UW Credit Union. Some of these, such as Commerce, TD, and UW were already quietly announced elsewhere, for instance through a list on Apple's website. The New York Times adds however that Amway Center -- home to the NBA's Orlando Magic -- will be getting Apple Pay terminals as of Friday.......

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06:42
Daily Deal: Striiv Fusion Smartwatch & Fitness...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Striiv Fusion Smartwatch & Fitness Tracker for only $54.99 – 45% off the normal price. This smartwatch lets you track fitness and sleep goals, set personal alerts, and more in a minimalist design. You can track your steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, active minutes, sleep quality, and durations. The Striiv Fusion also provides alerts for text messages, e-mails, incoming calls, weather…

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06:35
Google's 'Physical Web' answer to...

Google's early-stage "Physical Web" project --?an attempt to displace Apple's iBeacons with a similar, open-source framework -- is beginning to take shape,?as Turkish hardware firm Blesh is now offering the first Physical Web-compatible Bluetooth beacon hardware.

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06:30
Apple Agrees to Less from GTAT to Keep Bankruptcy...

Creditors involved in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy proceedings are a little happier now that Apple has agreed to take less money from each sapphire furnace sold, and to give the company more rent-free time in the factory it used to make the glass. The company had been contracted to make synthetic sapphire glass for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, but instead drove itself into a financial crisis.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT's financial implosion is a no-win scenario for Apple and the other creditors hoping to recoup some of their losses. Revising the settlement deal means Apple gets less money back than it originally planned, but it also means it'll get some of its investment back. Apple's losses are essentially exit costs to get out of its relationship with GTAT....

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06:30
Scutify puts the bells and whistles on Wall Street

Scutify is a combination of many things, but it's mainly a social network built around the stock market. Monitor your important stocks and their current prices, get into trading and investing and chat about them with other members of Scutify. Post qu...

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06:29
321soft releases Image Converter for Mac OS X

321Soft (http://www.321soft.com) has released Image Converter, a Mac OS X app provides a way to convert between various pictures. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
It supports a variety of image formats — both common formats Like PNG, jpg, bmp, gif, or, through a professional digital camera the extracted RAW photo formats (CR2, NEF, etc), as well as the icon format. 321Soft Image Converter costs US$14.95 as single-user application. A demo is available for download.

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06:25
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.02 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see this page.Version 6.02: Adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X
  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
  • Fujifilm X100T
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5
  • Sony Alpha ILCE-5100
  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6

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06:21
128bit Technologies updates Free Fonts collection

128bit Technologies has released version 5.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. Free Fonts: 450 Commercial Use OpenType Fonts adds over 100 brand new fonts.
These new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 350 to 450 in the Mac App Store, and all fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website (http://www.macappware.com) for download outside of the Mac App Store.
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06:05
If you have $30,000 and absolutely no taste, Mervis...

The Apple Watch may not be available until next year, but that hasn’t stopped one company making an early bid for the title of Ugliest Apple Watch Wristband Ever.
For a mere $30,000, diamond importers Mervis will sell you a rose gold Apple Watch with a wristband containing over 15 carats of diamonds, demonstrating to everyone around you the truth of the old saying that money can’t buy taste.
This is, notes Gizmodo, the same company that back in 2010 offered a similarly tasteful $20,000 iPad.Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 5

In our next installment of 12 days of Mixes, we get all wrapped up in words with bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker.
Today’s mix: Steven Pinker, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.”
Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 
Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!
The post 12 days of Mixes–day 5 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
GIFT GUIDE 2014 – HiRise Deluxe stand by Twelve South


What do you do with you iPhone when you sit down at your desk? You probably plug it in and leave it sitting flat on the surface of your desk. The problem with doing this is that your iPhone is practically invisible when it’s laying flat and not really that useful. If an alert comes in you need to pick up your iPhone to read the screen.
The HiRise Deluxe stand from Twelve South ($60) is a sleek stand that elegantly solves this problem. It allows you to dock your iPhone (or iPad) at a comfortable viewing angle making it more accessible while charging on your desk. It’s perfect for keeping an eye on push notifications while you get your work done, but it’s also convenient for making phone and FaceTime calls.
The new HiRise Deluxe stand features and easy-to-adjust...

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06:00
App Santa returns this year w/ up to 60% off popular...

After first grouping together last year to offer huge discounts on popular apps from independent developers, App Santa is coming to town for the second year in a row with up to 60% off popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps to celebrate the holidays.
This year App Santa includes discounts on over 40 paid apps for iOS and OS X from developers including Tapbots, Realmac Software, Agile Tortoise, Readdle, Supertop, Junecloud, and more. The discounts kick off today and will run through December 26th giving you a chance to save money for yourself or gift apps to your family and friends. Check below for a list of confirmed App Santa apps this year:

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06:00
Apple Watch and iPhone 6 rank high in Google's...

Google today unveiled its annual "Year in Search" overview, which profiles the most popular search terms for 2014. As you would expect, Apple ranked high in the Consumer Electronics category, grabbing the number one spot with "iPhone 6" and following...

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05:59
Launch Center Pro makers debut Group Text+ and Email...

Group Text+ for iPhone & iPad
Contrast, the makers of the popular iOS automation app Launch Center Pro, released two new apps today that hope to “speed up tedious tasks on iOS.” Group Text+ and Email+ each include features that make texting (iMessage and SMS) and emailing your favorite contacts or groups of contacts easier and quicker.
You can also send text snippets, images, videos, your current location, current playing song, and more quickly both from each app and from other apps with iOS 8 extensions.
While Launch Center Pro takes an...

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05:48
Doxie 2.8 - Scan, share, and store documents, photos...

Introducing Doxie, the new, modern paper scanner that's so simple, it'll revolutionize the way you think about sharing and storing docs and photos forever. Doxie is ultra-portable, fully automatic, and integrated with your favorite desktop and Web apps - ready to scan and share all of your paper for just $149! Doxie scans all of your documents, photos, and receipts, then makes it easy to store and share - so amazing, useful, and affordable, it's love at first scan. The PPC version is available here.Version 2.8:

  • Now requires OS X 10.7 or later
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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05:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Flying contraptions,...

Flying contraptions, exercising muscles, and disk alarmsIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find software that tells you when your disk is full, a great tool for exercising with scientific precision, and a game where putting together your own flying machines is almost as fun as smashing them to bits.DEVONThink 2.8.2DEVONtechnologies’s $50 DEVONthink (Mac App Store Link) has been updated to version 2.8.2.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:30
Store It is a wishlist app that falls short of its...

Store It, free in the App Store, has the potential to be more powerful than other wishlist and gift apps on the market. It has a great concept, but isn't so great in execution.

You add items to your list by searching websites with the in-app browser...

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05:26
Quicken 2015 2.3.1 - Complete personal finance...

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

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

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05:21
Hands On: Blowfish Meets Meteor (iOS)

Arcade games have made the transition to iOS with almost no effort. Their simple interface works especially well with a touchscreen device and because of this, a lot of developers have begun to offer their takes on the classic arcade games of the 1980s and 1990s. Blowfish Meets Meteor by Sky Tyrannosaur offers a new remake of an ever-popular arcade classic....

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05:02
Some judges in ebook appeal express sympathy with...

Some of the judges in Apple’s appeal of last year’s ebook trial verdict appear sympathetic to the company’s argument that its deals with publishers helped, rather than hindered, competition, reports Reuters.

Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs asked a Department of Justice lawyer why it was wrong for the publishers to get together to defeat a “monopolist” that was using “predatory pricing.”
“It’s like the mice getting together to put a bell on the cat,” Jacobs said.

The court had earlier heard evidence that at the time Apple entered the ebooks market, Amazon held a 90% market share … ...

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04:55
Dozens more companies sign up for Apple Pay

New York Times:On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay, the company’s new e-commerce product, which allows customers to buy things with little more than a wave of their iPhone.Lots of progress here.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:44
Apple charting in Google’s 2014 trending searches,...

Google has put together its annual inspirational Year in Search video, and shared some of the trending searches across the year – with Apple making the charts for both the right and wrong reasons.
On the plus side, Apple took the #1 slot in consumer electronics searches, with the iPhone 6 ahead of rival smartphones from Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG and Nokia. Apple was also the only company to make three of the top-ten searches, with the Apple Watch at #8 and iPad Air at #10 … ...

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04:20
Apple Pay now supports 90% of US credit cards by...

With dozens more banks and retailers signed-up to Apple Pay in recent weeks, the company says the contactless payment system now supports the cards used for around 90% of credit card transactions in the US.
Ten further banks started accepting Apple Pay today, including two that had previously been announced as on the way: Commerce Bank and UW Credit Union … 
The eight additional banks are:

  • Associated Bank
  • BB&T
  • Black Hills FCU
  • Dupaco Community Credit Union
  • First Tennessee Bank
  • Idaho Central Credit Union
  • ...
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04:20
Microsoft and 27 Other Tech and Media Companies...

Yesterday represented an important milestone in regards to litigation concerning the U.S. Government’s attempt to use a search warrant to compel tech companies such as Microsoft or Apple to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That’s because 10 groups filed their "friend of the court" briefs in New York yesterday.

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04:18
Disk Cleaner! for Mac OS X adds additional languages

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of the Mac app that cleans the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.
Disk Cleaner can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. The app can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more. Version 1.2.0 adds additional languages, and now scans for leftovers from both iTunes and iOS.
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04:10
5G standardization begins as companies lay royalties...

Work on new technologies that will form the foundation of 5G standards has been occurring for the last few years; however, the formal standards process has just begun, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).
The research group says a range of major vendors are working on all aspects of 5G including; Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia Networks and device, semiconductor, and IP vendors including Intel, InterDigital, Qualcomm, Samsung, various mobile operators, academic bodies, and start-ups as well.
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04:09
Kool Tools: Sparkle for Mac OS X

River Design's Sparkle is a handy website builder for those who prefer to do things visually. The app translates any text and graphic layout to HTML. The app gives Mac users a great to build websites visually.
Sparkle gives Mac users a great way to build website visually, a natural fit for people who don't think in symbols and don't want to be constrained by predefined templates. Former iWeb users will find themselves at home with Sparkle, going well beyond what iWeb offered.
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03:56
TD Bank to soft launch Apple pay support today in US...

TD Bank, the US-based subsidiary of Canada's similarly-named financial giant, will "soft launch" support for Apple Pay in the US starting today, in accordance with earlier reports. Customers can now add any TD Bank Visa-branded debit or credit cards to Passbook, and use them to make purchases at supporting merchants with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. While customers will have to call their branch to verify some details, both consumer and business cards are now supported....

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03:04
Why yes, that is an Apple Studio Display on my desk

Today, of course, we’re used to screens being completely flat, almost paper-thin, with perfectly square edges, and consistent, reliable colors from the second you switch them on. It wasn’t always so.Even up to the year 2000, most desktop computers were attached to a hulking great VDU (Visual Display Unit), a huge box of a thing that was usually deeper than it was wide, and that housed a heavy glass assembly called a Cathode Ray Tube.These CRT displays were not just big and heavy, annexing proportions of your desk that would seem ludicrous now, but they drew an enormous amount of power; I remember reading detailed analyses of how a flat-panel display would pay for itself in a given number of years since it used to much less electricity.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:40
Apple Reveals New Apple Pay Partners including 10...

Recently MasterCard teamed up with Gwen Stefani to widely promote Apple Pay on TV and now Apple is revealing more Apple Pay partners that will be coming on board shortly or that have already joined. The list includes SunTrust, Barclaycard and USAA. Ten more banks, including TD Bank North America ...

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03:38
Fitbit receives skin irritation complaints over...

Fitbit is under fire from some users of a recently-launched fitness tracker, as skin-related issues are starting to resurface. The Fitbit Charge, an updated version of the Fitbit Force from last year, has been subject to complaints from some users claiming to have irritated skin after using the device, with the company response suggesting the instances to be less severe than the earlier wearable tracker....

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03:21
SMARTReporter 3.1.5 - Hard drive pre-failure warning...

SMARTReporter is an application that can warn you of some hard disk drive failures before they actually happen! It does so by periodically polling the S.M.A.R.T. status of your hard disk drive. S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology built into most modern hard disk drives that acts as an "early warning system" for pending hard disk drive problems. SMARTReporter can notify you of impending hard disk drive failures by sending e-mails, displaying a warning dialog or executing an application. The current status of your hard disk drives is always displayed through the customizable menu item. Because SMARTReporter relies on the S.M.A.R.T. implementation of OS X, it only supports ATA, SATA or eSATA hard disk drives, if you want S.M.A.R.T. support for your FireWire hard disk drive, send feedback to Apple. Please note that a S.M.A.R.T. alert doesn't mean that your HDD will completely fail for sure, nor can S.M.A.R.T. catch all...

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02:47
Apple Wins an Advanced 3D UI Patent Covering the iOS...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's use of a parallax interface that began with iOS 7. Apple only tapped into a tiny fragment of their 3D user interface invention.

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02:06
iPhone 6 Takes #1 Spot in Top Trending Google Tech...

Google today released its "Year in Search" feature, highlighting popular and trending searches for 2014 in a number of categories. Unsurprisingly, a number of Apple-related search terms ranked highly among the most trending searches in the Consumer Electronics category, with "iPhone 6" taking #1, "Apple Watch" taking #8, and "iPad Air" taking #10. Other popular search terms in the Consumer Electronics category include "Samsung Galaxy S5" which took #2, "Xbox One" which took #7, and "Nokia X" which took #9. Google's top 10 overall trending...

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Monday December 15

22:47
Microsoft finds tech allies in challenge of US...

This week saw the submission of ten amicus curae briefs filed from a combined 87 individuals, businesses, and associations in support of Microsoft's challenge to a US search warrant for an email stored on a data center in Ireland to the court. The fight between the US government and the Windows maker centers around US law's reach into a customer's private records when the records are actually stored in another country....

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22:45
Apple says 'dozens' of banks and stores...

Apple on Tuesday issued a statement to bring attention to the dozens of companies that threw support behind Apple Pay over the past few weeks, including the addition of ten new banks and an NBA arena.

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21:05
∞ iTunes curated lists of movies, TV shows and books

Someone at Apple has a sense of humor this holiday season. iTunes on Monday released three curated lists of movies, TV shows and books in the categories: Pop Culture Junkies, Millennials, and Gadget, Gizmos & Geeks. Good stuff Apple.

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20:34
Christmas Tree, Inc.

Mashable:Your tree has a complicated backstory, one that includes daredevil helicopter pilots, 18-hour days battling Oregon sleet and, of course, the fickle hibernation habits of squirrels. Here is how (and where) an American Christmas tree comes to life.We posted a story with video last year about the use of helicopters on these Oregon Christmas Tree farms.∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:12
How broken is discovery on the App Store? This...

Gedeon Maheux:The following list was generated by a manual App Store (iPhone) search on Nov 15th, 2014 for the term “Twitter”. The official app from Twitter is naturally the first result, but the next actual Twitter client (Hootsuite) doesn’t appear on the list until #20 and the next one after that comes in at #62. Even the mega-popular Tweetbot isn’t returned in the results until position #81 and even then, the older v2 of Tweetbot (for iOS 6) comes first. Where’s Twitterrific? Although it contains the word “Twitter” in the app’s name, Twitterrific isn’t seen in the list until you scroll all the way down to #100.I’ve seen this many times, in particular when searching for podcasts and dozens of completely unrelated ones intrude on your search. Makes for a frustrating waste of time....

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20:03
Bose may take on Apple's Beats Music, iTunes...

A reported Bose job listing for a "cloud music services" UX designer suggests the company is working on a next-generation streaming platform to rival Beats Music, iTunes Radio and other services in what is becoming an increasingly crowded field.

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19:49
Bose posts job listing for new streaming music...

The Algorithms & Cloud Experiences Group of Bose Corporation has posted an opening this week with the company, seeking a Senior User Experience Designer to work on "Cloud Music Services." It's unclear if the company intended to announce its intention to create a streaming music service or potential music "cloud locker" through the posting, but the move represents another attempt by Bose to compete indirectly against Apple, and to a lesser extent other streaming services....

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18:59
Bose reportedly planning to take on rival Beats...

Bose and Beats have been at each other’s throats in recent months, with the former inking a deal with the NFL to ban the Apple-owned company’s gear from appearing on camera at the league’s events. Apple fired back by pulling Bose products from its physical and online stores.
Now things may be about to get even more interesting between the two companies as Bose reportedly plans to launch a direct competitor to the Beats Music streaming service. The information...

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18:30
Topaz Impression is a powerful photo-to-art...

I've just spent the day using Topaz Impression, a US$99.00 Mac app that can totally and convincingly transform your photos into works of art that look like paintings, pencil or charcoal sketches, or just about any style that you can imagine.

I've se...

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18:29
Sony Pictures orders media outlets to delete leaked...

Sony Pictures has requested the media not to report the contents of leaks stemming from a major intrusion at the company last month. The movie studio has written to a number of sites and organizations, telling them that the gigabytes of confidential employee, financial, and other corporate data must be deleted, and to cease publishing details gleaned from the information....

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18:10
[Sponsor] …

In this week before Christmas we thought it’d be nice to take our Daring Fireball sponsorship and not pitch you on anything. Enjoy the holidays. Meh.

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18:05
Office 365 now available from datacenters in Japan

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by John Case, corporate vice president at Microsoft.
Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to bring the Cloud and Office to you—everywhere.
In October, we announced the availability of Microsoft Azure from Australia.  Then we showcased new productivity experiences for the iPhone, iPad and Android tabletsLast month I shared our plans to move forward with delivering locally hosted versions of our cloud productivity suite, Office 365, and our cloud business application, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, from Japan.  Today, I’m excited to announce that Office 365, from Japan, is generally available.
Offering Office 365...

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17:58
Appellate Judge Questions Government’s Case against...

A Judge hearing Apple's appeal in its iBooks price fixing conviction in the ebook market questioned that conviction and the very premise of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against the company. During a hearing on Monday, Judge Dennis Jacobs took an openly critical stance in his questioning of DOJ attorneys-one of the other two judges also appeared doubtful of the case, while the third apparently seemed to take a stance more in line with the District Court judge who convicted Apple.

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17:39
Jury begins deliberations in antitrust lawsuit over...

The class-action lawsuit against Apple over alleged anticompetitive behavior in how the iPod handled songs from third-party much stores is finally in the hands of a jury. Following last week’s final witness testimony, the jury has started deliberations in the decade-old case.
The evidence and testimony in this case have given us quite a bit of insight into the way Apple operated ten years ago with regards to its iPod and iTunes business. Former CEO Steve Jobs...

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17:35
Apple, GT Advanced reach new deal on settlement,...

The judge in the New Hampshire-based bankruptcy court overseeing the legal wrangle between Apple and its former sapphire production partner GT Advanced Technologies has signed off on a revised agreement between the two companies that is intended to stave off additional court proceedings that could tie up the matter for years, from creditors who were concerned that Apple was getting paid first. The new deal doesn't change the fundamental tenets of the agreement, but allows other creditors more funds from the first sales of GT Advance's furnaces.......

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17:32
Apple backs Microsoft in data privacy fight against...

Apple was one of more than 50 private companies and trade associations to sign amicus briefs in support of Microsoft on Monday as the Redmond, Wash., company continues an ongoing court battle with the U.S. government over customer data privacy protections.

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17:06
New settlement in GT Advanced bankruptcy case gives...

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple and GT Advanced Technologies have reached a settlement in their ongoing bankruptcy case. The settlement, which was approved by the courts earlier today, gives the sapphire supplier up to four years to sell its current stock of sapphire production equipment in order to repay Apple.
The two companies previously went head-to-head over who should be considered responsible for the complete failure of the partnership, with GT blaming Apple for making demands the company couldn’t meet while blocking any other contracts GT may have...

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17:00
Jury begins deliberations in billion-dollar Apple...


OAKLAND, Calif.—The long-running iTunes antitrust lawsuit against Apple has gone to a jury, which took the case after about three hours of closing arguments today. The jury will make an unusual split decision, deliberating first over the narrow issue of whether iTunes 7.0 was a true product improvement or an anti-competitive scheme to kick out Apple competitor RealNetworks.
If the jury sees the "software and firmware updates" in iTunes 7.0 as a real improvement, the case will be over—a win for Apple. If it doesn't see it that way, the jurors will still have to decide if Apple broke competition laws and, if so, how much the company should pay in damages. Plaintiffs are asking for $351 million, and any award will be tripled under antitrust law.
Plaintiffs representing a class of eight million consumers and resellers say Apple's behavior was anti-competitive, because the iTunes update stopped Real's competing DRM system from working correctly....

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16:42
Microsoft's New Presentation App Called Sway is...

A month ago we posted a report titled "Microsoft Looks to Sway More Apple Fan Business their Way" that covered Microsoft's upcoming new app called Sway. Word is that while Sway is new, it won't be replacing PowerPoint as many have surmised. It's a way for employees, consumers and students alike to ...

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16:16
Apple avoids threat of legal action with modified GT...

A lawyer representing sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said the company has agreed to a new set of terms in its settlement with Apple, with the redrafted arrangement assuaging concerns from jilted creditors seeking to derail proceedings by threatening legal action against Apple.

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16:01
Bose May Be Working on Streaming Music Service

Apple's Beats Electronics and Bose already compete in the headphone and speaker markets, but it appears that Bose may be gearing up to compete with Beats in another area -- streaming music. A Bose job listing first noticed by Hypebot (via VentureBeat) seeks a Senior User Experience Designer to work on prototyping Bose's "next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products." You will help to develop a holistic view of the customer journey through the Bose ecosystem as it relates to our streaming music experiences. You will work with a cross-functional team to implement meaningful and delightful design...

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16:00
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

The Bearded Hero [iOS U...

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15:59
Bankruptcy Court Approves Settlement Between GTAT...

It's being reported late this afternoon that GT Advanced Technologies Inc. Monday won bankruptcy court approval of a settlement with Apple Inc. that wards off the threat of litigation over a failed effort to produce large quantities of scratch- and shatter-resistant smartphone screen materials.

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15:39
Hands On: Art Authority (iOS)

Whether you're an art connoisseur or completely new to the world of art, there's something to be said about having a personally guided tour through a museum. Now, thanks to Art Authority by Open Door Networks for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, users can have their own personally guided tour of the worlds most famous and influential pieces of art, right in the palm of their hand. The $5 app ($10 for the iPad version) is packed full of important pieces of artwork, with over 20GB of art available to download at a moments notice.......

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15:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.6.12; Hazel 3.3.3; Labels & Addresses 1.6.9; Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2; OmniFocus 2.0.4; and DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3. 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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15:36
The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code for Web Bundle

There's still time to take advantage of the Name Your Own Price Learn to Code Bundle, a package of video tutorials designed to teach you how to code for the Web. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If you pay less than the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course. The average price is $15.05 as of this writing. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons.

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15:30
Track your fitness achievements with MetricMe

Most of us are competitive whether we are playing tennis or golf, video games, or just about in everything we do. However working out and getting fit is an individual activity. You can only measure your success or failures against yourself. MetricMe ...

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15:29
How to Use a Lego Kit to Measure Planck’s Constant

Planck's constant is one of the fundamental constants in the universe. For example, it defines the relationship between the energy of, say, a photon and its frequency. It's widely used in the mathematics of Quantum Mechanics. Recently, using just a Lego kit and some other equipment, including a laser, Leon Chao at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, showed how to make this measurement. This is for real, and it works because the experimental technique simply requires a well crafted balance. It's all written up in the M.I.T. Technology Review. You could actually do the experiment yourself because the costs of parts is only about US$500. Very cool.

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15:21
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 15

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ratrod Studio has announced Snowboard Party. It's an US$1.99 snowboarding game.
XwaveSoft has introduced eXtra Voice Recorder. the $2.99 app is a combination of a audio recorder, a multi-functional audio editor, and an audio files manager.
Cubic Castles is a new, free multi-platform game that lets users design their own game levels and worlds. This virtual world is "massively multiplayer."
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15:17
Apple 'iPod iTunes' antitrust case sent to...

Closing arguments in a class-action lawsuit against Apple's iPod iTunes ecosystem were heard on Monday, with each side arguing their case for what could potentially result in a $1 billion penalty for Apple.

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15:13
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $50 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad mini 2 w/ Retina display and iPad Air from $250 shipped ($50 off)

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX...

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15:13
ExtraBITS for 15 December 2014

Two quick ExtraBITS this week: Michael Cohen discusses his new book, “Take Control of Pages,” with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner, and the new online publication Design Explosions compares Google’s and Apple’s approaches to mapping in iOS. 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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15:00
This is why you should clean under your iPhone case...

Today's lesson in iPhone hygiene comes from Reddit user Flippy1 who took this lovely/horrifying image of a friend's recently uncased iPhone. While we understand that you may never want to take off your case for fear of damaging your precious device, ...

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14:58
Apple Adds RAW Support for 7 New Cameras from Canon...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.02 Monday. The update adds RAW support for seven new cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 in Yosemite.

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14:37
Introducing Doxie Go Wi-Fi, the smartest way to go...

Doxie Go Wi-Fi is the tiny, rechargeable document and receipt scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required — then syncs wirelessly to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.Doxie scans your paper: simply and automatically. Battery power, built-in Wi-Fi, and new SmartMemory let you scan anywhere, then tuck Doxie away when you’re not using it.Doxie’s elegant Mac and iOS apps handle any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox. Doxie’s new open developer API lets you build Doxie support into your service, software, or personal paperless workflow.The Loop readers get free U.S. shipping and Guaranteed Christmas Delivery for all orders placed through December 21st. Order your Doxie today and give the gift of...

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14:30
Play TuneXeso to test how acquainted you are with...

TuneXeso is a music matching game that lets you pick any artist on iTunes, hear samples of the songs, then try to match them with the duplicate sample using your memory as you flick through the unlabeled collection. With the 16 songs the app presents...

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14:20
Best Bluetooth Speaker of the Year: JBL, Beats, Bose...
14:00
Foursquare travels to iPad for the first time

It's been an interesting year for Foursquare. First, the company that popularized mobile check-ins broke off its popular location sharing feature into a separate app, leaving more than a few miffed users to wonder what the point of it all was, and no...

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13:44
Briefly: Foursquare for iPad updated, ShopKeep POS...

Foursquare, a search and discovery app, has released an update to include iPad support. Its new iPad version aligns itself with the latest overall redesign, users can plan a trip by selecting a city, and then can receive a personalized list of places to visit. Top picks in in the user's area are now included, generated by using all of Foursquare's data to suggest locations that are newly popular, or local favorites. Free to download, Foursquare requires iOS 7.0 or later....

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13:32
Martin Freeman takes The Hobbit to The Office on SNL

What do you get when you cross The Hobbit with The Office (the original UK version, not the US one)? A brilliantly wonderful SNL sketch starring Martin Freeman as a morph between Bilbo Baggins and Tim Canterbury. Tim, by the way, was the role Martin played in The Office. SNL did a great job of recreating the Ricky Gervais version of the series, and Martin had no problem at all slipping back into the role of Tim with a perfect splash of Bilbo thrown in. Bonus: Gollum as Gareth, and Orcs and elves as office mates.

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13:30
ShopKeep is offering free Apple Pay-compatible POS...

It just got a lot easier to set your business up to access Apple Pay. ShopKeep has updated its iPad app to offer support for Apple Pay, and is offering new merchants who sign up for the service the new NFC-compatible hardware for free. Current ShopKe...

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13:30
Judge leans toward Apple on first day of e-book...

One of the three judges overseeing the appeal of the e-book antitrust verdict against Apple, Dennis Jacobs, was "openly hostile to the [US] government's case" on the first day of proceedings, says Agence France-Presse. Apple is accused of conspiring with book publishers to artificially inflate the costs of e-books, with a particular aim at undermining Amazon, which was at one point selling mainstream titles for $10; those prices went up several dollars as a result of Apple's efforts. Jacobs today argued, however that Apple was a "new entrant" into the e-book world "breaking the hold of a marke......

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13:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Removable keyboards, leather...

Removable keyboards, elegant leather folios, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you animal-inspired cartoonish designs, a selection of keyboards, and sturdy all-around protective cases perfect for everyday use.GriffinThe Survivor All-Terrain (iPad Air 2; $80) wraps your iPad in an outer silicone jacket with an inner foam layer designed to be “crashproof.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:24
TidBITS 2014 Holiday Hiatus

In keeping with our tradition, we are taking the last few weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 5 January 2015. Thanks for everything! 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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13:00
Two months in, iPhone demand still outpacing supply

Whenever Apple releases a new iPhone, there's always a sizable chasm between supply and demand. Time and time again, Apple has noted during earnings conference calls that quarterly iPhone sales would have been higher save for supply lagging significa...

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12:41
Canadian probe into Apple's carrier deals...

More details have emerged on the Canadian Competition Bureau's investigation into Apple's carrier deals, Reuters reports. Most important may be the Bureau's specific goals, which are to learn if Apple has been discouraging carriers from offering discounts or other incentives for competing phones, or even offering those phones at all. "The contractual obligations [with the carriers] may therefore increase the price Canadian consumers have paid, are paying or will pay for handset devices and wireless services," reads an affidavit from Vincent Millette, the head of the Bureau's probe.......

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12:37
Most money managers bungled Apple stock in 2014,...

Following a disappointing 2013, most professional investors decided to pass on Apple this year, and as a result missed out on one of 2014's biggest success stories on Wall Street.

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12:36
WinterFest 2014 Sale on Key Writing Tools

A group of small software companies have banded together to offer their text-focused apps at 25 percent off in a WinterFest 2014 sale, and we’ve included our Take Control books in the sale. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:30
These Aerial Wallpapers will make your iPhone spacey

I'm always on the lookout for new and different wallpapers to install on my iPhone and spruce up my homescreen. One excellent collection that I stumbled across (thanks to PetaPixel) is Aerial Wallpapers by João Paulo Bernardes. Bernardes searches thr...

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12:19
Apple Gifts Employees Custom Incase Backpacks for...

Each year, Apple provides its employees with an exclusive Apple-branded holiday gift to thank them for their contributions to the company and to celebrate the holidays. This year, Apple employees received an exclusive black Apple-branded Incase backpack that's similar to the Incase Staple Backpack. Incase's Staple Backpack, which has a slot for a MacBook along with several different pockets for accessories, typically retails for $59.99. Apple distributed the backpacks with an accompanying poem. This is our gift to you. But it can never compare to what you've given. What does it take to give a gift? It takes thoughtfulness. Compassion. And sometimes, sacrifice of your time, your talent, and your heart, These are the gifts you give: kindness, knowledge, humor, and patience. You give them when you cover for a teammate, so...

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12:17
Google app for iOS, Android adds Google Nest controls


This could prove nifty.
Per VentureBeat, Google has announced that its Nest thermostats can now be controlled with the Google app for iOS or Android. Users can also speak voice commands to ask Google to change or set their temperature.
To help users better manage their home’s temperature, the Google app brings up Now cards (suggested actions and settings based on time and location relevancy) they can use to adjust their temperature before even getting home.

To use Google’s voice commands:
On your mobile device, open the Google app and either tap the mic or say “Ok Google” to get started. Then say, “turn the temperature to 70 degrees”. In Chrome, either tap the mic or type directly in the search...

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12:01
iOS 8 App Development Becomes a “Bring Me a Rock”...

Apple has been on a bad roll lately, repeatedly threatening developers who take advantage of iOS 8’s Extensibility features with App Store removal, then reversing course in the face of media criticism. Adam Engst isn’t a fan of this behavior. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:00
Review: Mad Catz’ C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i...


Apple’s iOS game controller design guidelines were clearly inspired by Microsoft’s Xbox controllers, but Mad Catz has taken the concept a step further: its new C.T.R.L.i ($60) and Micro C.T.R.L.i ($50, available for $46) for iOS look so much like Xbox One game controllers that you might struggle to tell them apart in a dark room. While the full-sized C.T.R.L.i is very close to the Xbox One controller in footprint and weight, Micro C.T.R.L.i squeezes all of the same...

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12:00
SteelSeries Stratus XL is the only iOS gaming...

Of all the first-turn MFi game controllers, I preferred the original SteelSeries Stratus. Not only was it the only standalone control option at the time, but its analog sticks and and overall design seemed to work pretty much perfectly for me. That b...

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11:58
You can now control your Nest with Google Now voice...

It was only a matter of time following Google’s acquisition of home automation company Nest earlier this year that users would begin receiving the best of both worlds. One of the first marriages of each company’s products and services is Google Now integration with Nest, allowing for users to control the smart thermostat using voice commands.
Google has updated its Works with Nest page to outline how Google Now integration works with Nest, providing a list of over two dozen voice commands for controlling the smart thermostat through your browser, smartphone or tablet. Using the official Google app on ...

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11:57
A&D Medical adds HealthKit support for Bluetooth...

Medical device maker A&D on Monday announced an update to its A&D Connect app that allows A&D's Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitors, weight scales, and activity trackers to synchronize their data with Apple's Health app in iOS 8.

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11:48
Review: Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

Kenu's Stance ($30) is a compact tripod mount for newer iPhones — it plugs directly into an iPhone's Lightning port. The three-legged mount uses a ball-and-socket joint to tilt and rotate the iPhone, while the zinc alloy legs have soft feet for setting up securely in landscape or portrait viewing positions. Stance is about 3.1" long, and weighs 1.2 ounces. Kenu points out that the tripod mount is smaller than a stick of gum. As a nice bonus, Kenu included a bottle opener on the side of one of Stance's legs, adding extra functionality to the accessory.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:46
OWC in-line digital thermal sensor available for...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced an expansion of the In-Line Digital Thermal Sensor HDD DIY Kits (http://tinyurl.com/ogeb2q9), with support for 2009 and newer iMac models, including the latest iMac Retina 5K display.
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11:40
Monday Deals: Ultra HD TVs, Jawbone Up, Kindle Fire...

The rush to acquire gifts is mounting, with Christmas just ten short days away and slightly fewer days remaining to receive a delivery on time for the big day. Today's Monday Deals hopes to offer some cut-price suggestions for what you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, could pick up cheaply to give to your nearest and dearest. As per previous deals posts, pricing is correct at the time of writing and may change between now and when you read this, so always check the price before buying, and come back to this post as more deals are likely to be added to the list later.......

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11:33
Gartner: iPhone sees growth while Samsung continues...

Gartner today published its third quarter numbers, showing overall growth in the smartphone market and a strong quarter for Apple. Mobile devices overall saw as many as 456 million sold with smartphones taking a 301 million slice of that pie, which comes out to a solid 66% (up 20% from last year). This shift in the market seems to be hurting Samsung and Nokia the most, because while the Korean giant is still leading the pack, this year smaller companies with slimmer margins seem to be taking some of its foothold.

While the number of devices that ship with Android continues to surpass iOS by leaps and bounds, the report for this quarter shows a strong increase in iPhone sales for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. Sales were up 26% quarter over quarter, but...

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11:30
Apple thanks its employees for making “amazing...


Near the end of each year Apple thanks its employees for their hard work with a nice souvenir. This year some employees are being given a black Incase backpack featuring a bright white Apple logo.
At least one employee has already put the gift up on eBay with a starting bid of $49.99 and a Buy It Now of $99.99. From the images we’ve received, it appears that the bag is a customized version of the...

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11:16
Apple Watch design from a watch designer

It’s beautiful. As someone who designs consumer electronics and watches, the more I looked at it the more impressed I was. It’s got Marc Newson’s fingerprints all over it.It’s clearly something he designed rather than Jony Ive. It’s funny they announced he was working with them after the watch. But to me that was the Apple way of underhandedly giving him credit for the design without actually saying he designed it. But it seemed to me very Marc Newson.A fascinating story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:11
AccountEdge Pro 2015 gets serialized inventory,...

Acclivity has launched AccountEdge Pro 2015 in the US. It's the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows. Among the enhancements are serialized inventory and sales commission tracking.
AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 
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11:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-15

Apple's master plan for the television market may seem a bit murky, but John Martellaro thinks he figured it out. Along with John, Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to dive into Apple's television strategy, plus they take a look at the company's new holiday commercial, "The Song."

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11:05
The insane history of how American paranoia ruined...

Vox:Some 60 years ago, during the era of McCarthyism, comic books became a threat. The panic culminated in a Senate hearing in 1954. This, of course, isn’t to say that McCarthyism and the comic book panic were comparable in their human toll. But they share the same symptoms of American fear and a harsh, reactive response to it. What adults thought was best for children ended up censoring and dissolving away years of progress and artistry, as well as comics that challenged American views on gender and race. Consequently, that cemented the idea that this was a medium for kids — something that we’ve only recently started disbelieving.Fascinating history of what comic books used to be and how we got to where we are now....

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11:00
TD Bank to Soft Launch Apple Pay on December 16,...

TD Bank plans to soft launch Apple Pay on Tuesday, December 16, according to a source with knowledge of the bank's plans. As of tomorrow, the U.S. subsidiary of the Canadian bank will begin allowing customers to add their TD Bank Visa Debit or Credit Card to Apple Pay, making purchases with their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As with other credit and debit cards, TD Bank cards will be added via Passbook or in the Apple Pay Settings menu. Some customers may be required to confirm their cards by calling TD Bank's customer service numbers. Eligible cards are listed below: - TD Bank Visa Debit Card - TD Bank Business Visa Debit Card - TD Bank Private Client Visa Debit Card - TD Easy Rewards Visa (Platinum & Signature) Credit Card - TD Cash Rewards Visa (Platinum & Signature) Credit Card - TD Payment Plus Visa Platinum Credit Card - TD First Class Visa Signature Credit Card - TD Business Solutions Visa Credit Card - TD Simply Flexible Visa Business Card TD Bank employees...

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11:00
Daily Deals for December 15, 2014

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

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

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10:58
Sparkle for Mac gets features for photographers,...

River Design has introduced Sparkle 1.1, an upgrade of the visual website builder for Mac OS X. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 and higher and is optimized for Yosemite.
Sparkle translates any text and graphic layout to HTML. The app gives Mac users a great to build websites visually. Version 1.1 builds on the app's engine by adding features for photographers, film directors, graphic designers and small businesses.
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10:58
Canadian government details antitrust charges...

Just days after Canada's Competition Bureau announced that it would look into the details of Apple's contracts with wireless carriers, a newly-uncovered court filing has shed light on the regulator's allegations of anti-competitive practices.

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10:41
Judge shows opposition to government's case at...

Apple's appeal of the U.S. government's e-book antitrust case got underway Monday, with one judge presiding over the hearing questioning whether the government's original case was legitimate.

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10:27
LaunchBar 6.1.6 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name. You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately. Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.Version 6.1.5:

  • Fixed a crash when using the Wikipedia search action.
  • Fixed an issue where rounded corners were not updated in some themes.
  • Fixed an issue when adding OmniWeb or Opera bookmarks rule to the...

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10:27
Apps: Airmail, Geekbench, iSale
10:25
Kindle iOS app gets Book Browser, Goodreads support

Amazon has issued a major update to the Kindle app for iOS, v4.6. Central to it is the Book Browser, a feature that lets people search through text and audiobooks hosted on Kindle Unlimited. Tapping on a book's cover provides information such as a description and customer reviews. People subscribed to Unlimited can download a title immediately; the Browser is, however, restricted to the iPad....

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10:21
Amazon’s Kindle for iOS app updated w/ Goodreads...



Amazon pushed out an updated version of its Kindle for iOS app today bringing a list of new features to the reading app.
Kindle for iOS now includes integration with Goodreads, the social cataloging service it bought last year, allowing readers users to share book progress and completion status, quotes, and more Kindle to Goodreads. iPad Kindle app users now have access to Amazon’s Book Browser to view book descriptions and customer ratings;...

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10:08
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth 1.0.1 -...

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new...

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10:00
Hi.Q: Improving health through knowledge, motivation...

It's that time of year again, when we'll start hearing about new ways of tracking our health and losing weight. While that seems to be an annual holiday trend, making true health gains involves making a long term commitment to eating right, exercisin...

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09:45
It's Back: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices...

5 Days Only: To round out our 2014 run of holiday exclusives, we've again teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare (and also at the lowest prices anywhere).

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09:42
Some Apple Stores repurposing Genius Bars for...

As they have in the past, some Apple Stores are repurposing their Genius Bars to accommodate holiday sales, a report notes. The spaces may be used for things such as pick-up service or extra room for products. Conversions are only happening as dictated by individual stores' needs and shopping traffic, and Geniuses should still be around, whether walking the floor or at tables in front of the Bars....

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09:37
Times Change: Guy Kawasaki only Switched from...

One time Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki, co-author of "The Art of Social Media” discusses Apple’s transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and what he sees for the company in the year ahead.

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09:30
MGG 531: Dual Networks, Wi-Fi Jitters, Boot Failures...

Boot failures abound, system fonts go FUBAR, and Wi-Fi has the jitters. Never fear, John and Dave are here to help and talk through all this and more. Join your two favorite geeks for this special, Monday edition of Mac Geek Gab.

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09:17
T-Mobile Wideband LTE reaches New York, Uncarrier 8....

T-Mobile has activated its Wideband LTE service in New York City, expanding the bandwidth and increasing the speed of its existing LTE network. The carrier has also advised that its latest Uncarrier event will be taking place tomorrow, though rather than inviting members of the media to a location, it will instead be held online....

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09:13
Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

itwbennett writes According to a report in Korean IT Times, Samsung Electronics has begun production of the A9 processor, the next generation ARM-based CPU for iPhone and iPad. Korea IT Times says Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production (a cutting-edge design for semiconductors that many other manufacturers, including AMD, IBM and TSMC, are adopting) in Austin, Texas and Giheung, Korea, but production is only taking place in Austin. Samsung invested $3.9 billion in that plant specifically to make chips for Apple. So now Apple can say its CPU is "Made in America." ...

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09:08
Data Rescue 4.1 - Powerful hard drive data recovery...

Use Data Rescue to recover:

  • crashed, corrupted or non-mounting hard drive
  • deleted, damaged, or lost files
  • reformatted or erased hard drive

One powerful new feature found in Data Rescue 4 is BootWell. Your Mac's main hard drive (sometimes referred to as the Main HD or Boot Drive) is where all of your computer files are stored. When there is a problem with this hard drive it can be very difficult, frustrating and time-consuming to get those files back. BootWell is an all-new feature that makes recovery of your main hard drive painless, fast, and easy.

  • Works on all Mac hard drives even if they fail to mount or only partially operate
  • Recovers digital pictures from your camera media even after it has been erased or reformatted
  • Recover your entire Mac hard drive or just the files you need.
  • Recovers all file types from any HFS/HFS+ formatted hard drive
  • Tuned for all modern OS X...

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09:00
Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature...

Sway Preview is all about working with you, our customers, to help continue improving the product and shape Sway’s future together. We’ve been making progress, including the addition of Bing Image Search and Suggested searches earlier this month. Today we have more exciting news to share!
Expanding Sway Preview: no waiting
It’s been only 10 weeks since we kicked off Sway Preview, and we’ve already had over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. We’ve been delighted to see what people have made with Sway so far, including a teacher’s discussion of collaboration,...

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09:00
Lync Room System feature updates

We are excited to announce feature updates to the Lync Room System (LRS) as a part of our continued effort to offer valuable Lync video experiences in the conference room. These feature updates are delivered through our LRS partners—Crestron, Polycom and SMART.
Additionally, we’ve refreshed the LRS Administrative Web Portal server-side application for manageability and added supplemental configuration information to the LRS Deployment Guide.
Read on to learn more about these features.
Overview of the LRS feature updates
Having been in the market for a little over a year now, the team has gathered feedback on how customers are using LRS in their work environments. We’ve found two key areas for optimization to allow meeting organizers to more easily add...

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09:00
Berners-Lee Sounds Clarion Call for Universal Web...


The Internet should be a basic human right, but access to it is increasingly unequal around the globe, said Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, as he launched its annual Web Index last week. The Web has the potential to be a great equalizer, Berners-Lee asserted, but only "if we hard-wire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and Net neutrality into the rules of the game." That currently does not appear to be happening. The Web is becoming less free and more unequal, the Web Index suggests.

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09:00
RebelSauce for iOS has a lot of tasteful filters

With so many apps that apply filters to your photos it's getting harder to find the good ones. Add RebelSauce to the list of clever photo editing apps for iOS. This US$0.99 app has almost infinite variations that mimic classic film styles. Of course ...

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08:53
ShopKeep offering merchants free Apple Pay-...

ShopKeep on Monday updated its point-of-sale app for iPad to support Apple Pay contactless payments, and the company is also offering free Apple Pay-compatible hardware to new merchants who adopt its system.

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08:50
iPhone 6 optical image stabilization, NFC systems...


A powerful magnet can still screw up your day.
Or your iPhone 6′s camera stabilization and NFC systems.
Per 9to5Mac, a number of users have noticed issues with the iPhone 6 Plus camera and NFC on both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the cause of the problem — interference from magnets and metal components in accessories — isn’t well documented.
The cause of the issue has been noticed by a small number of users online, and Apple does briefly warn users to avoid accessories that use magnets or metal components in a support document that was quietly updated in the months following the launch of the new iPhones. But it’s not something most users...

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08:46
Gartner's Smartphone Q3 Stats Show Samsung...

After Samsung's profits fell by more than 60%, Gartner's latest smartphone report rubs it in that Samsung's market share in China dropped a whopping 28.6% year-over-year with Xiaomi hammering them without mercy.

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08:44
Apple Ebook Antitrust Appeal is About Amazon’s...

Apple's appeal in Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it engaged in a conspiracy to artificially raise ebook prices goes to court today. For Apple, it's a chance to clear its name, but for the book industry the outcome represents a chance to end what amounts to Amazon's government sanctioned monopoly on the book market.

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08:37
Leaked Sony Pictures emails show acrimony battles...


In as much as Sony Pictures didn’t want its emails leaked to the public, this may provide a good idea as to what’s gone on behind the scenes of the much-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic.
The answer is that a lot’s been happening, complete with name calling, insults, intimidation, lying, begging and name dropping as the studio vied to find the perfect lead for the part of Jobs himself.

The emails, which were dated in February and reposted on Defamer, discuss Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, how Jobs himself would be portrayed, whether Sony would assign resources to the Jobs movie or Angelina Jolie’s Cleopatra epic and a bevy of verbal back and forth between Sony Pictures co-chariman Amy Pascal and controversial producer Scott...

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08:33
Review: SwitchEasy Boombox for iPhone 6

SwitchEasy's Boombox ($30) case for iPhone 6 is a folio-style case that uses an amplifying design to boost sound from the iPhone's speakers without any additional battery power. The audio is directed out to the left side of the phone, under the volume controls and ringer switch. Even while the folio cover is closed, holes on the cover itself allow the sound to come through. The folio cover can also be used as a kickstand. Boombox offers button coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:19
Daily Deal: The 6ft iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable...

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a six-foot Lightning and Micro-USB charging cable for only $18.99. If you’re tired of dealing with cables that are too short, or juggling multiple cables just to be able to charge your battery pack and iPhone, then this is the cable for you. The length should allow you to easily plug in just about anywhere you go, and the dual-connector design lets you plug into either a Lightning-equipped iPhone,…

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08:03
Apple poised to overtake Nokia in mobile phone sales...

Handset heavyweight Nokia could cede its position as the second-largest mobile phone vendor in the world to Apple as soon as the fourth quarter of this year, as an iPhone 6-powered sales spike has pushed the Cupertino company to near-parity with the Finnish giant, according to the latest research from Gartner.

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08:02
BBC documentary investigates labor conditions in...

At 9PM GMT on Thursday, BBC One will be airing a documentary on the working conditions in Apple's extended supply chain. The Panorama piece, titled Apple's Broken Promises, focuses initially on conditions at Chinese factories producing the iPhone 6. It also goes into detail on the sources of materials for Apple products, bringing cameras to an Indonesian tin mine where children are digging out materials by hand....

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08:00
Former iTunes engineer testifies: iTunes updates...

This past Friday, as part of Apple's ongoing iPod antitrust lawsuit, former Apple engineer Rod Schultz took the stand and testified about Apple's efforts to prevent the iPod from playing music files downloaded from from competing services.

The Wall ...

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07:55
Some Genius Bars are being repurposed for the...

As they’ve done in year’s past, some Apple retail stores this holiday season will repurpose the Genius Bar for additional product space, pick-ups, or other uses as Apple attempts to make the shopping experience for customers as smooth as possible, 9to5Mac has learned.
The repurposing for the holidays will only arrive in some stores depending on needs and traffic, with some stores scheduled to use the Genius Bar area to complete express sales and hold products scheduled for pick-up. Other changes, however, will go beyond the holidays as the stores under new retail chief Angela Ahrendts evolve to better deal with increased foot traffic.
For some stores that means that the Genius Bar itself might be closed until the new year, but Geniuses will still be available on the floor and at tables often located in front of the Genius...

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07:53
Warner Music Remains Optimistic on Streaming Music,...

Amid the explosion in popularity of streaming music services, Warner Music Group continues to support the concept, as long as subscribers are paying for the music to which they are listening, reports Re/code. Warner's CEO Stephen Cooper spoke about the company's growing interest in streaming music during the company's latest earnings conference call which was held last week. Streaming music is increasingly important to Warner, with revenue from online music up 74 percent year over year. In the same period, revenue from downloads plummeted 12 percent, echoing a similar downward trend also seen by Apple's iTunes music download service. To offset the loss from downloads, Warner currently accepts the freemium model of ad-supported streaming music, but only as a...

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07:36
Gartner: smartphone sales grew 20% in third quarter...

Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users were flat in the third quarter of 2014, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com). However, sales of smartphones to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units.
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07:27
BBC to Air Special called "Apple's Broken...

Today the BBC has announced that a new TV programme called "Apple's Broken Promises" will be airing shortly on the net after it's been broadcast on BBC TV. It's not going to be a very Apple friendly programme to be sure.

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07:15
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Inventory Improving...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both seeing improved inventory availability at Apple's retail stores across the United States, according to a new report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has been tracking in-store availability of various models across 80 different stores since the devices' launch in September. According to the report, checks of Apple's online store for in-store pickup at the location found that 56 percent of "core SKUs" (AT&T and Verizon) of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were in stock as of last Friday, December 12, which was "up from almost no inventory in mid-November." Munster's previous tracking saw 6 percent availability as of October 14 and 0.4 percent as of November 14. We believe that this tracking suggests that availability has improved, but we also note that we would have expected availability to be 100%. Previously, we believed that Apple would likely reach 100% availability by the end of the quarter. We now expect it to be closer to 80% by the...

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07:07
TMO Forum Poll: What’s Your Favorite Mac Web Browser?

When Netscape Navigator was released 20 years ago it ushered in the era of commercial Web browsers. Plenty have come and gone since then. What's your favorite? Let us know in today's TMO Forum Poll.

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07:01
Xiaomi, the World’s Fastest-Growing Smartphone...

Last week we reported that the Indian High Court banned Xiaomi smartphones for infringing Ericsson's patents. But Xiaomi isn't sweating it out. They'll figure it out and still march on around the globe swallowing markets whole because of their philosophy that most are missing.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Three takes on a Samsung rumor

With only one new rumor since the last roundup, it's once again a good opportunity to examine how three different rumor blogs reacted to the same information.

Production of next year's A9 chip reportedly underway, Samsung may take 100% of orders (9t...

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06:56
Review: Drop Scale makes baking foolproof w/...

As a dedicated fan of kitchen gadgets, a Bluetooth scale linked to a companion iPad app that walks you through recipes step-by-step was too much to resist. Besides, it was a chance to bake some cookies and call it work (though I’m not entirely convinced the taxman is going to allow me to deduct the cost of the ingredients).
The scale is very compact – a little under 6.5 inches across with the front lip, and around 5.5 inches wide. There are no visible controls or display, but the lip contains a button and a hidden LED which lights up briefly when the scale connects to the app. Otherwise, it’s entirely featureless … 
Once you select your recipe, it starts by listing the difficulty, prep time and...

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06:40
Apple debuts new Christmas TV ad, 'The Song...

Apple has launched a new Christmas-themed TV ad, "The Song" (below). Much like last year's "Misunderstood," the spot focuses on lifestyle branding rather than directly promoting Apple products. Its story has a girl discovering a record given from her grandmother to her grandfather in 1952, featuring the grandmother singing "Love is Here to Stay." The girl then uses a MacBook to help her learn and record a duet over the old recording; she leaves an iPad mini with a note attached for her grandmother to find....

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06:19
T-Mobile teases a new uncarrier deal livestreaming...

T-Mobile has announced that it will be unveiling its latest contract-free deal in a livestreamed ‘fireside chat’ tomorrow, Un-carrier 8.0.
Un-carrier 8.0 is ready to roll, and you’re invited to join us for the unveiling of one of our biggest and boldest moves yet! This one is so big we had to keep it a surprise.
Join John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, as he unveils the news during a live fireside chat with David Pogue of Yahoo! News. David will be taking questions for John from Twitter through @JohnLegere and @Pogue and the #Uncarrier8 hashtag.
The company hasn’t hinted at any of the details, but we’ll of course let you know … 
T-Mobile has also announced that its new Wideband LTE...

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06:19
Review: RAVPower Dual-Port, 4-Port + 6-Port USB Wall...


USB wall chargers are commodities, churned out by anonymous factories and sold for low prices everywhere around the world. But chargers that are both safe and fast enough to use with Apple’s products are less common, particularly when they are capable of charging more than one device at a time. RAVPower’s Dual 2.4A USB Wall Charger ($50, currently $13), Bolt 4-Port Desktop USB Charger ($70, currently $17), and...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 4  

Continuing on with our 12 days of Mixes, we learn how social media is but one of five converging forces–mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology–that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives.
Today’s mix: Robert Scoble, “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy.”
Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 
Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!
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06:00
Apple releases new holiday advertisement, 'The...

Apple today released a tear jerker of an advertisement that features a young woman and her grandmother. In "The Song," a musician granddaughter stumbles upon a holiday love song that her grandmother sent to her husband, the young woman's grandfather,...

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05:53
Intel and Apple, an incredible missed opportunity

Jean-Louis Gassée takes on Intel, pointing out a missed opportunity (Intel passed on a chance to be the sole supplier of iPhone processors) and a lack of focus on mobile, and on Apple in particular.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:52
Benroy Busines for Mac released

YZY SOFT (http://www.yzysoft.com) has released Benroy Business App, a Mac OS X app for organizing and tracking daily work in these business areas: sales, creative agencies, real estate companies, construction companies, photography, employment agencies, legal professionals and others. The most important information is in a single window.
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05:50
iTunes: Deleting Songs (Completely) from a Playlist...

The subject of today's Quick Tip is deleting songs from iTunes playlists. No, not just removing songs from playlists, but deleting songs entirely out of your library from there. So if you've got a whole playlist or two, say, filled with music you no longer want, you can get rid of all of it, lickety-split!

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05:37
The growth of the App Store

Om Malik breaks down a report on App Store revenue from Macquarie Capital Research, giving us some very interesting numbers.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Gift Guide 2014: AudioEngine B2 Premium Bluetooth...


If you’re looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker I recommend the AudioEngine B2 ($299). The B2 sounds great and has better range than other speakers I’ve tested because of its antenna and specially tuned transmitter. In a two-story, mostly stucco and brick house my iPhone 6 easily reached the B2 speaker on the second floor when I was on the first.
The B2 includes the aptX audio decoder and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for a beautiful, warm sound. The hand-built walnut cabinet is luxurious and dual front slots really pump the bass. I just wish that it had a battery so that I could toss it in a bag and drag it to the beach.
You can purchase the B2 Bluetooth Speaker in walnut (pictured), zebrawood or black ash from the...

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05:21
Off to work at 

Jeremy Foo writes about his 4 year pursuit of a development job at Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:17
Apple releases “The Song”

From Apple’s holiday campaign comes this sweet film about a girl’s gift to her grandmother.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:10
1983 interview with Steve Jobs and original Mac team...

This is an archive.org archive of a late 1983 interview with the original Mac design team. The interview appeared in the February 1984 issue of Byte Magazine.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:05
Overwhelming iPhone 6 & 6 Plus demand continues...

Consumer demand for Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continues to outstrip supply heading into the end of the December quarter, according to the latest research from store polls conducted by Piper Jaffray.

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How Apple blew it with Bluetooth

I use Bluetooth every day.

Bluetooth was rock solid on my iPhone 5s running iOS 7.x. I never thought about about it. It just worked. Every day.
Now I hate all of my Bluetooth gear.
Bluetooth is crappy with my iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1.x. Every one of my Bluetooth devices cuts out, drops out or starts warbling within a couple minutes of use.
After upgrading to an iPhone 6 (and iOS 8.1.2):

  • my BT...
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Reboot Your Own Machine At MacMiniColo

Even a Mac needs to be rebooted sometimes. If you host a computer at Mac Mini Colo, it’s pretty easy to reboot. To reboot your system, log into your account with MacMini Colo.

Once logged in, click on Computers and then click on the computer that you’d like to reboot. Then click on the Reboot button and confirm the reboot.

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05:00
Have Intel and Microsoft Discovered the Fountain of...


This has been an interesting quarter. After Andy Grove left, Intel often seemed to struggle with its place in the world and seemed at odds with the computing OEMs. Now, though, it seems more and more like it did when it was 20 years younger. It's not alone, either. Microsoft, which seemed to have forgotten why there were OEMs in the first place for the last 15 or 20 years, suddenly is acting much more like the firm we knew in the early 90s. It feels like these companies have discovered the corporate fountain of youth.

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04:57
EtreCheck 2.1.2 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.Version 2.1.2:

  • Improved progress bar during animation.
  • Help for each section by clicking on the section title.
  • Automatic detection of adware using Apple's support document.
  • Integration with AdwareMedic to easily remove said adware.
  • Log file scanning to find disk I/O errors and other relevant details.
  • New Details link that may be available in some cases with those additional log details.
  • New diagnostic section listing self test results, panic reports, crash, hang, and high CPU use reports.
  • Removed German localization - not all experiments are successful.
  • ...

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04:54
Strategy Analytics: 93% are impressed with Ultra HD...

Consumer awareness of Ultra HD or 4K TV is growing steadily, and 93% of those who have seen the technology found it extremely or somewhat impressive. These are some of the key findings from the latest wave of Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix survey (www.strategyanalytics.com), which conducted online interviews with 2001 US participants in November 2014.
The percentage of respondents who are aware of the term "Ultra HD"rose from 39 % in January 2014 to 57% in November. Awareness of the other terms, "4K TV" and "UHD," has also risen but remains lower than "Ultra HD."
 
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04:43
DealBITS Discount: Save 55% on BeLight Software’s...

See who won copies of Printworks in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 55 percent on BeLight Software’s print design software, or 70 percent on two more-focused apps, Labels & Addresses and Disc Cover. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:41
Sony sends out letter demanding news outlets destroy...

As more and more sensitive material is leaked in the press, Sony is taking a legal route to solve their massive PR problem.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:35
Geekbench 3.3 - Measure processor and memory...

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.Version 3.3:

  • Added new battery test for Android, iOS.
  • Added a brief summary to "Share Results" email on iOS.
  • Addressed 64-bit code generation issues on Android/AArch64.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred on Windows 10.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on 32-core systems.
  • Reduced the memory footprint of the BlackScholes workload.
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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03:07
Sharing the misery: 2014 was a rough year for Uber,...

It was a weird, wild year for Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, the companies that defined the so-called sharing economy and then quickly grew beyond it.
Sharing resources, also known as renting out stuff you’re not using, grew out of need. People struggling to cover rent from month to month can list their
couches or spare rooms on Airbnb. You can offer rides on Uber or Lyft to make your car payments.
But the feel-good talk about sharing faded this year as startups began raising money—piles of money—and expanding into new cities as fast as possible.
Apps that were focused on sharing are now emphasizing on-demand everything, and the biggest offenders of 2014 took a decidedly weird detour into dirty
business tactics (Uber) and downright scary situations (oh, Uber again).To read this article in full or to leave a...

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04:15
Hands On: Edge Extended (iOS)

Most of us remember doing mazes as children, working from one edge of a puzzle to another, trying to figure out how to get to the objective as quick as possible. What if there was a game that reminded us of the mazes of our youth, while simultaneously making them more challenging and interactive? Edge Extended by Mobigame combines the mazes of our childhood with the challenge of a modern puzzle game....

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04:08
Apple’s appeal of last year’s ebook ruling begins...

Apple is having a busy time in court at the moment. Not only is it defending the iPod DRM class action, but is this morning beginning its appeal of the verdict of last year’s ebook trial.
The court ruled that Apple was guilty of anti-competitive practices in two ways. First, the company asked publishers to switch from wholesale pricing – where publishers sold in bulk to retailers, who set their own prices – to an agency model, where publishers set retail prices and retailers took a commission. The court ruled that this reduced price competition … ...

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03:17
Briefly: Baidu Maps uses Here outside of China,...

Here, Nokia's mapping service, is going to provide content for the Android and iOS Baidu Maps app, as well as desktop maps. The agreement will allow Baidu to offer its Chinese travelers access to maps for areas outside of China for the first time, with Taiwan set to be the first country covered and others set to follow. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed....

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01:00
Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 update


It’s not a huge update, but it helps.
On Friday, Apple released version 8.0.2 of its Safari web browser.
The new version, a 53.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is not on.
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- Fixes an issue that could prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.

- Improves the performance of WebGL graphics on Retina displays.
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- Allows users to import usernames and passwords from Firefox.
- Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.
Safari 8.0.2 can be downloaded via Software Update or the App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later to install and run....

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