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Monday December 15

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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05:00
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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05:00
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

Download Now

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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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Sunday December 14

22:08
Xiaomi reported earnings of only $56 million in 2013...

In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi had earned $556 million based on "internal documents." Reuters is now reporting that the company actually earned an order of magnitude less, based on the firm's public filings.

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21:00
Geekbench 3.3

Geekbench 3.3, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download and includes the following changes:

  • Added a 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.

The biggest new feature in Geekbench 3.3 is the battery test. The new battery test is designed to measure the battery life of a device when running processor-intensive applications (such as games).

The test is meant to completely discharge a completely charged battery. While it's possible to run the test with a partially discharged battery (e.g., a...

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20:12
Default Folder X 4.6.12

Squashes a bug that caused Save As sheets to grow beyond the bottom of the screen in Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:56
Hazel 3.3.3

Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:45
Labels & Addresses 1.6.9

DIY label and envelope printing app adds support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($14.95 new, free update, 47.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:35
∞ Most insane ski line ever

The helicopter shot makes it look insane. The GoPro shot had me tighten up every orifice in sympathy.

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18:50
PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 2: Professional...

My thanks to Smile Software for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps. Import and export documents via iCloud Drive, making it easy to share cloud-based documents not just with the Mac, but with other apps on an iPad or iPhone. Use AirDrop to quickly send documents to other devices. PDFpen 2 supports palm and wrist protection when writing and highlighting. Documents can be secured with a password. Number pages automatically, including Bates numbering. All this and more make PDFpen 2 the perfect solution for all of your mobile PDF editing needs....

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17:02
Weekly Game Replay: Nintendo Amiibo issues, The...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN look at some of the bigger news from the game industry over the past week. In this week's look back in Weekly Game Replay, we cover Nintendo's stock and production changes with Amiibo, the delay of The Witcher 3, confirmation of character progress in Destiny carrying over to the next game, Final Fantasy XV's demo being exclusive to Final Fantasy Type-O HD, Paradox halting development of Runemaster, and the return of the maligned Stalker sequel to crowdfunding....

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16:00
No Comment: CBS iPad app just needs you to sign...

Really, CBS app? We understand the pride that comes with being "America's Most Watched Network," but one set of terms and conditions is plenty for most network applications that let you watch full episodes -- two at the most. Not for you! Four separa...

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15:52
Accessories with magnets/metal might interfere w/...

Some 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 quietly updated in the months following the launch of the new iPhones. But it’s not something most users are aware of when purchasing accessories that might end up causing problems for their new iPhone.
Behind the scenes Apple has started telling at least accessory makers in its MFi program to avoid using metal and magnets due to the issue with iPhone 6 Plus optical image stabilization, according to sources familiar with Apple’s MFi licensing program....

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

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

News

Thanks to Apple, Dr...

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14:45
Apple's 2014 holiday ad 'The Song'...

Once again this year, Apple is celebrating the holiday season with a 90-second, unconventional television spot showcasing how its products can be used to create thoughtful gifts that can strengthen relationships with others.

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14:43
Art+Tech: Sunday MASS art dance party taps Mac apps...

San Francisco artist Elliott C. Nathan has been collaborating with visual effects designers and DJs to host an ongoing Sunday Mass dance party throughout 2014. Behind the art, there's a series of Mac and mobile iOS apps working to enhance visuals and organize the event.

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13:40
Apple Posts ‘The Song’ Commercial That Will Tug on...

Apple has produced a wonderful and powerful commercial called "The Song" embedded below the fold. It features a young woman who discovers photographs of her grandmother along with a 45 record the grandmother made to send to her boyfriend/husband. On the 45 record, the grandmother sings an a capella love song, and the young woman uses her iPad to put a guitar line to it along with backing vocals to make it a duet. Apple's tagline accompanying the commercial says, "With a Mac, iPhone or iPad you have the power to create thoughtful, emotional gifts and memories that transcend time. It could be a movie, a homemade card or a song that brings two generations closer together." I think this is a great ad that's as powerful as last year's "Misunderstood" spot.

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13:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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12:55
New Fabrice Bellard BPG graphic format hopes to...

Fabrice Bellard, coder for the well-known FFMPEG video library and the QEMU virtualization hypervisor has unveiled the "Better Portable Graphics" (BPG) format. The new format, based on the HEVC open video compression standard, is intended to replace JPEG for mobile devices, or other utilizations where file size may be an issue....

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12:10
Sony ignored security evaluation before GOP hack,...

Months before the hacker intrusion on Sony Pictures' network, analyst firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) performed an analysis on the company's security, and found it lacking. More than 100 devices were found to be unmonitored by corporate security following an incomplete transition from a private security firm to an in-house team. As a result, any Sony response to network intrusion would be, in the words of the auditors, "slow, fragmented, and incomplete, if it would even happen at all." However, corrective actions proposed by PWC seemingly went undone, which left the doors to the company open......

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11:30
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Grovemade's beautiful handcrafted Walnut iPhone Case
Pi...

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11:26
Hands On: Things to-do list manager (iOS)

Productivity apps are often complicated and host a myriad of extra features that make the apps unpleasant to use. Often, some of the better apps follow the old adage 'less is more.' Things, by developer Cultured Code, is a simple to-do list and reminder app for OS X and the iOS that allows users to create organized lists to help them keep on track....

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10:25
Apple Releases New Holiday Ad 'The Song'

Apple today released a new 90-second holiday ad entitled "The Song", following in the footsteps of last year's "Misunderstood" ad. "The Song" centers around a girl who stumbles upon an old record, apparently a gift from her grandmother to her grandfather from 1952. The record includes a message about not being able to be together for the holidays and then a rendition of "Love Is Here to Stay" sung by the grandmother. Upon finding the old record, the girl secretly learns the tune's vocals and puts together her own accompaniment on several instruments, eventually recording her own portions of the song alongside her grandmother's. The girl then leaves an iPad mini with a note saying "A Duet, Press Play" for her grandmother, who listens to the duet between her much younger self and her granddaughter, bringing her to tears as she looks through the old photographs left along...

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10:16
Amazon UK hit by software bug, third-party items...

A brief error on Amazon.UK led to thousands of third-party sales, erroneously priced at $0.01. A glitch by Amazon Marketplace's Repricer Express led to the pricing errors, between 7 and 8PM GMT on December 12. Compounding the problem, Amazon seller's fees had not been cut, leading to a temporary situation where sellers were actually giving money to Amazon to sell the goods for near-free....

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10:03
Apple airs new ad for the holidays: ‘The Song’

Continuing its ‘From one gift come many’ campaign, Apple has published a new commercial entitled ‘The Song’. The ad depicts a young woman listening to a song on a record player, from her youth. The girl then learns the tune using their guitar, recording the tune on a Mac.
The girl then leaves an iPad preloaded with the same song for an older relation, her grandmother, provoking the same emotions of her childhood and memories. The ad concludes with a Happy Holidays message from the company. Apple describes the ad with the following prelude on its website:
Some gifts create a million more. Watch as one budding musician uses Mac and GarageBand to make a heartfelt song for her grandmother.

Although the ad includes Apple products, their involvement is subtle. The tone is similar to...

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09:45
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

OLO game [iOS...

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08:46
The World's First Traveler's Carry-On Case...

Here's an interesting gift idea for next year. It's a smart traveller's carry-on suitcase that called a Bluesmart. It's a high-quality case that a user can control from their iPhone. From the app a user can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location ...

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07:36
Spanish newspaper group demands prevention of Google...

Last week Google announced its intentions to shutter its Google News service in Spain, citing a law coming into effect in January that would force it to pay for snippets of content. At the end of the week, the Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association (AEDE) asked the government to intervene in the closure, saying that Google's abandonment of the country would "undoubtedly have a negative impact on citizens and Spanish businesses."...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 3

Next up in the 12 days of Mixes series, bestselling authors of the classic, “Difficult Conversations,” teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms and coaching into productive listening and learning.
Today’s mix: Sheila Heen and Doug Stone, “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.”
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
Simple Preflight and Sanity Checking in Scripts

I was recently building some preflight scripts and was looking to record some information about a machine live, before proceeding with a script. I found the cheapest way to determine information about architectures and chipsets when scripting preflight scripts for OS X to be the arch and machine commands respectively. For example, to verify the architecture is i386, use the arch command with no options:
/usr/bin/arch
Which simply outputs “i386”:
i386
To check the machine type, simply use the machine command:
/usr/bin/machine
Which outputs as follows:
x86_64h

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Saturday December 13

20:10
Friday Deals: 23-inch Dell monitor, Destiny, iMac,...

[Updated with more deals] Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend.......

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18:59
Briefly: Bookbook case for iPhone 6, Dropbox badge...

TwelveSouth has announced the release of its Bookbook wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Comprised of genuine leather, the wallet case additionally functions as a hands-free stand, and disguises one's iPhone to look like a vintage book. The Bookbook features a removable shell that protects the enclosed iPhone from damage. Priced at $60, the Bookbook for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in black and brown....

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17:32
Apple's blockbuster winter quarter boosted by...

Apple's final quarter of 2014 is expected to set dramatic new records in iPhone sales and overall profits, but external issues out of the company's control will also play a part, ranging from cheaper oil to declining foreign currencies.

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17:05
The Church Brew Works

Atlas Obscura:Located in Pittsburgh’s historic St. John the Baptist Church, a deconsecrated but still beautifully ornate building, the Church Brew Works has turned a former holy sanctuary into a hip breweryWhen I lived in Pittsburgh, this church was my favorite place of worship.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:24
Briefly: New iPhone cases introduced from SwitchEasy...

SwitchEasy has announced the upcoming release of three new iPhone cases: the Camo and Boombox for iPhone 6, and Numbers for iPhone 6 Plus. The Camo is created by way of 3D printing, and features a camouflage aesthetic. Aims to protect a phone from wear and tear without adding additional bulk, the Camo case is priced at $20 and will be available in blue, yellow and orange. The Boombox, which is already available for iPhone 5 and 5s users, features a design that amplifies music and phone calls without needing external battery power or requiring users to carry cables. Available in four colors for......

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12:42
Review: VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy, despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we......

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12:00
Reviews: VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy, despite being on the USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply named ......

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10:52
Apple EU Patent Reveals Apple TV based FaceTime...

Yesterday, a new Apple patent surfaced in Europe that revealed a multi-participant video conferencing system with TV Conference Room Mode using Apple TV, either as a set-top-box or internet enabled TV for the home or work. So in evolutionary fashion we're seeing a more focused project emerging to advance Apple TV in whatever form it takes in the future.

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10:46
Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To...

loftarasa (1066016) writes Yesterday, former engineer Rob Schultz unwillingly testified in court against Apple that he worked on project 'Candy' which 'intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients' from 2006 to 2007. In his opinion, the work of his team contributed to create 'market dominance' for the iPod. Apple argues, and Schultz agrees, that its intentions were to improve iTunes, not curb competition. ...

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09:13
FunBITS: Shovel Knight Digs up the Fun

Shovel Knight brings back old-school gaming with a few new-school niceties. 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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09:00
Microsoft's MSN News: A solid, usable news app...

The times, they are a-changin' over in Redmond. Microsoft spent the last couple of months embracing iOS users instead of shunning them. In the old days, Microsoft kept a lot of apps for the sole use of Windows Phone users, but with that platform falt...

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08:57
FBI warns of Iranian cyber attack targeting energy,...

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned businesses, energy firms, and educational institutions all the way to the middle school level to be aware of an organized hacking effort by elements in Iran. While the FBI does not explicitly state that the Iranian government is behind the attacks, the efforts are originating from within Iran and some security experts believe that it is a state sponsored attack....

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08:36
Hands On: Momento (iOS)

While not as common as it used to be, there are many people who still like to keep private diaries and journals to remember the ins and outs of every day lives. Carrying around a journal to write in isn't always convenient, but most people have smartphones and tablets perpetually on hand. Bridging the gap is Momento, by d3i, an app that purports to turns mobile devices into journals....

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08:29
Tumblr year in review

Great collection of links. Not all of these clicked for me, but lots of them did.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
Predicting hard drive failure using SMART stats

Read the linked blog post to learn about hard drive failure, what SMART does and does not do well, and the decisions Backblaze makes to minimize drive failure, maximize their chances of catching a drive failure before it happens.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:38
∞ You have a package

This is not news, just an interesting experience.

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: Photo Post Processing on Your...

Add interest to your photos with these post processing techniques in this week's iPhonegraphy 101. Vern Seward runs through several techniques and apps you can use to take your photos to the next level, after you click the shutter.

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07:19
Ex-Apple engineer testifies about project to block...

The Real versus Apple anti-trust trial continued on Friday, with an Apple engineer testifying that he worked on a project in 2006 that was "intended to block 100 percent of non-iTunes clients." Rod Schultz was summoned by Real's attorneys unwillingly, and discussed his work on codename "Candy" which would "keep out third party players"...

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07:00
Caturday: Working with Bud

There's nothing better than a good-lookin' cat lookin' good in front of a bunch of Apple gear. TUAW reader David Stewart sent us this shot of his handsome bicolor cat Bud lazing in front of a MacBook Air connected to a Cinema HD Display. Dave says:

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06:30
Apple's "Glass Lantern" Store in...

The Structural Awards 2014 ceremony culminated in the presentation of the ultimate accolade - the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. This year it was awarded to The Glass Lantern, a feature at the new Apple store in Istanbul, ...

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06:00
Scripted Country Geolocations Using OS X’s Built-In...

Recently I was working on a project where we were isolating IP addresses by country. In the process, I found an easy little tool built right into OS X called ip2cc. Using ip2cc, you can lookup what country an IP is in. To do so, simply run ip2cc followed by a name or ip address. For example, to lookup apple.com you might run:
ip2cc apple.com
Or to lookup Much Music, you might run:
ip2cc muchmusic.ca
The output would be:
IP::Country modules (v2.28)
Copyright (c) 2002-13 Nigel Wetters Gourlay
Database updated Wed May 15 15:29:48 2013
Name: muchmusic.com
Address: 199.85.71.88
Country: CA (Canada)
You can just get the country line:
ip2cc apple.com | grep Country:
To just get the country code:
ip2cc apple.com | grep Country: | awk '{ print $2 }'
Finally, ip2cc is located at /usr/bin/ip2cc so we’ll complicate things just a tad by replacing the hostname with the current IP (note that...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 2

Yesterday we announced our 12 days of Mixes, sharing a private speech from an influential speaker hosted at Microsoft. If you like TED Talks and documentaries, we think you’ll love them.
Today’s mix: Joshua Wolf Shenk, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.”
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 2 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Wireless Lights, Sunny Wearables and...


Welcome, dear readers, to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly perusal of the best and worst in just-announced gizmos. On the docket this time around are wireless Christmas lights, solar-charging jackets, a speed-reading wearable and much more. It's almost as if the creators of the Aura Wirelessly Powered Christmas Lights expected a crowdfunding campaign at this time of year would be a smart move. These lights aren't attached to long power cords designed to snake along, around and through the tree branches.

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04:09
Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

An anonymous reader writes Class action against Apple is set to continue after 65-year-old amateur figure skater Barbara Bennett decided she would volunteer to represent consumers in the faltering antitrust case. U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers is reportedly satisfied that Bennett qualifies as a class member, telling attorneys that they 'were on the right track.' Bennett offered to volunteer in the case after reading an online news story which suggested that the suit was floundering due to a lack of a named plaintiff after the last plaintiff was disqualified earlier this week. ...

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01:10
How to enable and manage iCloud Family Sharing on...

Prior to iOS 8, Apple required iTunes customers to purchase content on a per-account basis, but a new Family Sharing feature lets users living in the same household share apps, music, iBooks and more.

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Friday December 12

22:17
BlackBerry Messenger adds features, iOS version gets...

BlackBerry has released a new version of Messenger for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, each with differing sets of new features the company says are some of its most-often requested additions. For iOS, the app has received a total makeover to bring it in line with the general iOS 8 design language. Android users get support for the latest major release, Lollipop (version 5), as well as a new landscape mode. BlackBerry OS 10 users can now share multiple attachments and images at the same time....

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20:32
Adobe Announces 'strong' end to 2014,...

As part of its fourth quarter and 2014 financial report, Adobe announced its agreement to acquire stock content marketplace Fotolia, and a new, often wished-for, collaboration feature in its Creative Cloud suite. Saying the firm had successfully transitioned to its subscription-based business model, CFO Mark Garrett said the company now expects revenue to grow sequentially every quarter of the year, rather than only when upgrades are announced....

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19:48
Google's new Web series 'Route 85'...

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.

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19:29
Get Free Bitcoins with 50 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 50 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 50 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay. I've also added Dogecoin and Litecoin faucets, reformatted the list, and updated all the descriptions.

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18:17
Apple Pay support added to MLB Ballpark, Priceline,...

In addition to banks and credit unions adding support for Apple Pay to their debit and credit cards, app developers are also taking advantage of the service's other side -- using Touch ID to secure online payments, which may in fact outpace mainstream point-of-sale acceptance as online shopping continues to grow. Priceline announced earlier this week that it will support Apple Pay for "Express Deal" hotel reservations, and MLB Ballpark (formerly "At the Ballpark") now lets users pay for tickets from select teams....

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18:09
Google introduces Route 85 web series geared towards...

Google may own the world’s most popular mobile operating system in Android, but it wants iPhone and iPad developers to recognize that the company has a lot to offer for them as well. Enter a new web series called Route 85, which will consist of a set of videos uploaded to the Google Developers channel on YouTube to showcase everything from SDKs to code libraries that iOS developers can take advantage of.
Google developer advocate Todd Kerpelman is tasked with leading this new series of videos for iOS developers, beginning with the humorous introduction clip below. While its bread and butter is and always will be Android, Google has a number of iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, including Google AdSense, Google Analytics, Google Drive, Google Maps, Blogger, Chrome,...

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17:45
Former iTunes Engineer Claims Apple Aimed to Block...

As a part of the ongoing class action iPod lawsuit Apple is facing in court this week, former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified that he worked on a project designed to block third-party music from playing on the iPod, reports The Wall Street Journal.A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project "intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients" and "keep out third-party players" that competed with Apple’s iPod.Subpoenaed by the plaintiffs to prove that Apple's moves to block outside music from playing on the iPod drove up prices, Schultz told the court that his project was codenamed "Candy" and that he didn't really want to talk about his work on iTunes from 2006 to 2007. Schultz went...

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17:21
Reports: Yosemite Mail causing intermittent typing...

On November 1, a thread was started on the Apple Support Community regarding an intermittent and troublesome lag when using Apple's Mail, the default email program, in Yosemite. User 'Andrew-StL' kicked off the discussion, reporting the issue while composing messages after updating from Mavericks to the then newly-released Yosemite, noting that the lag was not experienced while entering text in any other application....

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17:19
∞ Heart: “Barracuda” in 1977

Ann and Nancy Wilson are amazing.

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16:49
Former iTunes engineer testifies in iPod trial, says...

Apple has been engaged in a lawsuit this week over what some deemed “anticompetitive” measures put into place in the iPod several years ago. Those measures essentially prevented users from playing back any music from third-party stores. Apple, for its part, has owned up to those actions, saying it did so to protect the user experience and the device from possible malicious files.
Today a former engineer who worked on iTunes at the time testified that he was part of a team...

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16:43
The Oxford Comma

Rick Mueller solicited comments from people on how important the Oxford Comma really is.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:37
Former iTunes engineer says Apple wanted to block...

A former Apple engineer appeared in court on Friday as the final witness of an antitrust case involving the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, saying he worked on an internal project meant to box out competing digital stores and media players.

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16:30
Find out how you measure up with the Official Navy...

So you think you are in good shape? You run a couple of miles three or four times a week and put in a few hours in the gym doing weight work every couple of days. Well you can now find out just what kind of shape you are in with the Official Navy SEA...

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16:27
FCC overrules carriers, defines 'broadband...

Over the objections of carriers and cable companies, the FCC on Friday voted to change the definition of the term "broadband" to require a minimum speed of 10 megabits (one megabit equals one-eighth of a megabyte) per second (Mbps) download speed -- an upgrade from the previous definition of 4Mbps -- while keeping the old definition's requirement of at least 1Mbps upload. Although the US is far behind many other countries in typical broadband speed (and US customers pay more for the slower speed that typical prices in many other places), AT&T and Verizon, along with the National Cable & Teleco......

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16:26
Tips & tricks: Track presets in Pro Tools

A 15 minute tutorial from my favorite video trainer, Kenny Gioia.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:07
A visual Web

It’s amazing how much photos have changed over the years. At one time, they were a specific memory of a specific period in time, but these days we take pictures every second and upload them for everyone to see. You could argue that they are the same thing, but just more of them, but there was something different about pictures years ago.∞ Read this on The Loop

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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

Jenga [iOS Universal; N...

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15:41
Iowa to Lead Digital Driver's License Movement


Iowa plans to issue digital drivers' licenses in the form of a smartphone app by next year, Paul Trombino, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, said earlier this week at a public state agency budget hearing. The digital license will be accepted by Iowa law enforcement officers conducting traffic stops, as well as by security officers who screen travelers at Iowa's airports. The app will be highly secure and will be provided free to drivers as an alternative to the traditional paper license, the Iowa DoT said.

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15:30
Serving 26 million Texans with secure cloud-based...

Today’s post was written by Karen Robinson, chief information officer for the State of Texas and executive director for the Texas Department of Information Resources.
Government agencies across the nation constantly look for ways to deliver increased value while using limited resources wisely. In the State of Texas, cloud-based services are providing new and exciting opportunities to increase process, time and budget efficiencies. In my roles as CIO for the state and executive director for the Department of Information Resources (DIR), I’m privileged to see those benefits on a statewide level. As someone whose job requires a high degree of availability and connectivity, with immediate access to the information I need to make good decisions, the benefits of cloud-based computing impact me personally as well.
Mobility is a big consideration for Texas...

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15:30
Walmart to slash iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices by $50...

Shoppers looking for a deal an iPhone should swing by their local Walmart retail store this weekend. According to Bloomberg, the retailer is slashing the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s by as much as $50. These reductions are t...

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15:24
Indie game 'Papers, Please' to return full...

Apple's app review team caused a small fracas this week when it forced award-winning game "Papers, Please" remove pixelated nudity prior to a debut on iPad. But the company changed course on Friday, suggesting the game's developer resubmit the title with a user-selectable full nudity option.

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15:15
The Heisman at ESPN

I think Marcus Mariota has this one wrapped up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:05
Whoa, Maybe Apple Really Is Serious About Enterprise...


Apple and IBM have delivered the first batch of enterprise-class apps for iOS, rolling out 10 apps that cover key industry verticals like banking and finance, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, telco and government. The companies have pledged to deliver more than 100 such apps. The apps are the first proof point in the "unprecedented" partnership, which IBM and Apple announced this summer with few details and vague promises, such as forging Apple's "legendary user experience" with IBM's "unmatched position in enterprise computing."

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15:00
Snapselect for Mac solves a major nightmare for...

I have sooooo many photos scattered on my computer. Not all are in iPhoto, or Lightroom, or Aperture, the latter on which development was discontinued by Apple.

Snapselect for OS X from MacPhun Software is a very clever and tremendously useful app j...

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14:47
NetSpot Pro: Analyze and Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi...

NetSpot Pro is a Mac utility that allows you to map your Wi-Fi network, identify the strong and weak zones in your coverage, see where competing networks or other radio signals might be interfering, and generally understand your network. It has a lot of features, and there's a video on the deal listing that shows more about how it works. It's regularly priced at $149, but through our deal it's just $19.

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14:30
Rejoice! Papers, Please will get pixelated nudity...

Papers, Please -- the hit PC game that launched on iPad today sans the not-at-all graphic nudity of the original game -- will be getting a patch to restore the low-res boobs and butts to their former glory. Developer Lucas Pope has announced that App...

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14:07
YouTube Rewind 2014 Features John Oliver, Stephen...

YouTube has posted a retrospective for 2014 called YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014. Professionally filmed and produced, the video features mainstream celebrities like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmle, Chris Hardwycke, Chris Hardwick, Conan O'Brien, and Big Bird. But it also includes many folks who have become celebrities through YouTube itself, including The Fine Brothers, Kid President, Corridor Digital, iJustine, Freddie Wong, AmazingPhil, Grace Helbig, Enjoy Phoenix, Epic Rap Battles, and many more. The music is mostly a mashup of Pharrell's "Happy" and various other songs that have been popular on YouTube, and it was put together by DJ Earworm. It's a great video. It's funny, clever, well-made, and entertaining.

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14:00
Apple I sells for "only" $365,000 at...

With the original Apple computers - AKA Apple I or Apple-1 - being as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, prices for the units hand-built by Steve Wozniak and sold by Steve Jobs have been soaring into the stratosphere. As an example, in October of 2...

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13:56
Iowa Ready to turn Your iPhone into Your Driver’s...

Your iPhone can already serve as your credit card, and Iowa is hoping it'll be your driver's license soon, too. The state is working on an app that shows your driver's license on screen that it hopes will be available in 2015, although privacy concerns may delay its launch.The Mac Observer Spin: Digital driver's licenses on our iPhones seems like a natural next step now that Apple Pay is available. Hopefully Iowa can work out privacy concerns, and its program becomes a template for other states.

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13:50
9to5Toys Last Call: $100 iTunes gift card for $80...

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:

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $80 delivered via email: Save 20% on future purchases of Apps, Music, Movies, more

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13:30
Apple briefly censors nudity in iPad version of...

The newly-launched iPad version of Papers, Please has briefly been censored by Apple, reports note. Players assume the role of a passport control agent in the fictional Eastern Bloc country of Arstotzka. Later into the game players have access to a full-body scanner; in the original PC title, players could toggle whether this presented characters in full (but cartoonish and low-resolution) nudity or simply in their underwear. A version with both options was initially rejected from the App Store, forcing developer Lucas Pope to remove the nudity.......

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13:30
Thanks to Apple, Dr. Dre had the most profitable...

Dr. Dre has had a very good year. This week Forbes magazine released its rankings of the world's highest paid musicians, and the good Doctor took the number one spot by half a billion dollars more than the second place earner. The number two spot wen...

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13:27
External Link: Take Control of Pages on MacVoices

It is inevitable, but always fun, when a Take Control author finishes a book to then spend an hour chatting with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices about it. Michael Cohen’s most recent chat with him was no exception as they discussed the book, how it came to be, and why Apple made Pages into the three-platform app that it is today. 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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13:07
Review: Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock is a faster, one...


As “really good Mac accessory ideas” go, Thunderbolt docks are high on the list. It’s hard to overstate the sheer convenience of connecting a bunch of peripherals to a central hub, then running one Thunderbolt cable from the hub to your Mac — a huge time-saver if you’re frequently bringing any Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook in and out of an office full of hardware.

Earlier this year, Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock brought that convenience to Macs with first-generation Thunderbolt Ports. For the same $230 price, the just-released Thunderbolt 2 Dock ramps up the speed using twin Thunderbolt 2 connectors, and also boosts the performance of integrated USB 3.0, HDMI video, and analog audio-out ports. The under-the-hood changes make it a solid pick regardless of whether you...

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13:05
2014's Top Google Play Picks: Fitness, Netflix...


Health and fitness was the fastest-growing category of apps on Google Play this year, according to a report Google published on Thursday. MyFitnessPal was the most-downloaded app within that category, while Duolingo led the education category. Facebook was top among social apps named in the report, which listed the most popular apps, games, movies, music, news and books in 2014 on Google Play. Netflix was the leader in entertainment apps, and Pandora was tops in music. NFL Mobile ranked No. 1 among sports apps.

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13:00
Iowa developing iPhone-based driver's licenses

Iowa is developing the first smartphone-based driver's license that would work on iOS and Android devices, reports the Wall Street Journal. Under this system, drivers would be able to open a specialized smartphone app that would display their operato...

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12:49
News: Apps of the Week: Microsoft’s MSN apps

Microsoft has unleashed an entire series of MSN Apps for iOS devices, providing comprehensive apps across categories including news and sports, finance, fitness and health, and food and drink. While these apps were previously available for Windows Mobile devices under the “Bing” brand, Microsoft has released them for the iPhone and iPad platforms not just as mere second-rate ports, but as elegantly designed iOS apps in their own right…

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12:48
BlackBerry rolling out redesigned BBM for iPhone 6/6...


Previous BBM design (left) and refreshed BBM design (right)
Better late than never, BlackBerry showed off a redesigned version of its BBM app with native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which should be rolling out to users soon.
The update also includes some design adjustments, BlackBerry says, adding to the “fresh new look and feel” of the updated version for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A preview screenshot of the new version of BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone (seen above on the right) shows the user interface refinements coming to...

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12:30
Ford drops Microsoft Sync for QNX-based platform...

The rumors that Ford would be dropping Microsoft Sync started last year, but the news has now been confirmed in a story by Engadget. Ford, the number two automaker by market share, is transferring from Sync to a QNX-based platform that offers support...

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12:21
VMware Fusion 7.1.0 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Designed for OS X Yosemite and ready for the latest releases of Windows 8
  • Create powerful virtual machines to...

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12:17
External Link: Design Explosions Elegantly Explains...

A new online publication, Design Explosions, the brainchild of UX Launchpads, kicks off a series of “design lessons” with an in-depth look at how Google and Apple iOS mapping interfaces work, and why. Design Explosions assumes that product building teams are smart and talented, and that there are well-considered reasons that underlie why the products look and work as they do. Its in-depth analysis of Apple Maps and Google Maps on iOS makes for a fascinating and informative read, and provides a welcome respite from the usual “We Look at Two Interfaces and Tell You Who Won" type of critique. 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...

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12:10
Friday Deals: 23-inch Dell monitor, Destiny, iMac,...

Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend.......

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12:04
Apple's Beats buyout propelled Dr. Dre to the...

Apple employee, rapper and producer Dr. Dre made an estimated $620 million before taxes this year, making him not only the top earning musician of 2014, but also the highest paid musician in a single year in history.

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12:04
Third OS X 10.10.2 beta adds Mail, VoiceOver as...

Apple has issued a third beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. The code is listed as build 14C81f, and follows 14C78c, released on the 4th. One significant change is that Mail and VoiceOver have been added as new areas for testing focus, suggesting an expanded scope for Apple's bugfixes....

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12:00
Twelve South announces BookBook for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus

Twelve South's BookBook iPhone case has been a popular choice for years, and now the company has announced that it is releasing the case in sizes for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While the case may look the same from the outside, it's actually di...

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11:37
VueScan 9.4.54 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers. Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine.
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11:22
A National Class Action lawsuit has been filed...

Patently Apple was the first Apple site to cover the original Class Action filed against Apple for defective MacBook logic boards. We also covered the second Class Action over this issue in May of this year. The plaintiff's council wrote in the latter case that Apple's "cover-up" shows that they "had knowledge of the defect, yet willfully and intentionally decided to hide the defect, resulting in continuing damage to the Class." By far, it's been a contentious issue and we've had the most email sent in to us on this issue than any other report we've ever covered. Now the battle goes north to Canada where a new Class Action request has been filed on behalf of a resident of Montreal. The difference here ...

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11:00
Daily Deals for December 12, 2014, featuring four...

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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10:33
Legal action over 2011 MacBook Pro extends into...

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over the 2011 MacBook Pro. The new case originates in Canada, specifically from a Montreal-based lawfirm, Lex Group Attorneys. Like the original US case, the new suit states that Apple shipped MacBooks with bad soldering of an AMD graphics chip to the logic board, and that this led to a variety of graphics problems. To get it fixed, some customers were forced to pay out-of-warranty repair costs that could scale up to $600, despite Apple apparently being at fault.......

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10:24
Rumor: A9 processor production underway, Samsung...


Despite years of legal acrimony between Apple and Samsung, there’s still money to be made in processor manufacturing.
Per 9to5Mac and Korea’s Electronic Times, industry insiders have stated that Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company effectively confirmed in October when the president of the company’s chip-making division said that profits would improve once it began supplying its...

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10:20
Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.2 with...

Apple on Friday supplied developers with a third beta of OS X 10.10.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for its Yosemite operating system for Mac, with indications that it may address lingering Wi-Fi issues.

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10:20
Why Apple’s Next Generation TV Project is on Hold

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has whet our appetite several times about his company's interest in the consumer side of watching TV. For too long, we've been waiting for something, we're not sure what, that brings to fruition what we hope is a futuristic and better vision. But what if new technology isn't what's stopping Apple. John Martellaro has a hunch.

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