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Friday January 23

07:00
Apple may permit security inspects of products by...

The Beijing News is reporting today that Apple's Tim Cook has agreed to security inspections of his company's products by Chinese government officials. According to MacRumors, the inspections will concentrate on identifying back doors that would allo...

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06:55
Purported photos of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook...


This could be the lid to a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air.
Per 9to5Mac, iFanr has published a full gallery of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by Japanese web site iFanr.
The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.
The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a mystery. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the bottom case for this machine just yet, so the rumored single-port configuration will remain just that for the time being.

One possible clue that these photos aren’t real...

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06:49
News: Apple filing reveals executive compensation...

Apple’s annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed details about the compensation plans paid to the company’s senior executives in 2014. CEO Tim Cook received a total of $9.2 million last year, which included his base salary of $1.7 million in addition to other forms of compensation. Cook also received $56,923 for his unused vacation days, and the company paid security expenses for him in the…

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06:00
Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides with new...

Google has released an updated versions of its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps which allow users to manage the files within their Google Drive. On the security front all three apps now support Touch ID unlocking in iOS. Accessibility has been enhanced ...

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05:48
Apple May Allow Product Security Inspections by...

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly consented to security inspections of the company's products by Chinese government officials, reports The Beijing News [Via ITworld]. The inspections will look for backdoors that provide third-party access to sensitive and private data stored on Apple devices. These spot inspections were part of an agreement forged between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office. The pair met last year to talk about the security of Apple's products, including the upcoming Apple Watch. Wei expressed concerned that Apple's devices may compromise the security of the Chinese government and the privacy of Apple device owners in China....

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05:45
Tim Cook agreed to allow Chinese government to...

Beijing News reports that Tim Cook has agreed to allow China’s State Internet Information Office to carry out security audits of Apple products sold in the country. Cook reportedly made the offer during his meeting with China’s Cyberspace Administration minister Lu Wei in December.
China has long expressed suspicion over the security of Apple products, seemingly resulting from frosty relations with the U.S. Government. A state-run TV station in China described the iPhone as a “national security concern” last July due to its location-tracking capabilities....

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05:30
Rock your workout with RockMyRun

Almost everyone uses a favorite playlist when they workout. The music helps the time pass more quickly and should help produce more energy. Now with RockMyRun you can listen to music lists prepared scientifically to improve your workouts by up to 30%...

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05:28
The iPhone 6 was the Top Smartphone in Taiwan for...

Last month we reported that the Apple iPhone 6 ranked as the number one smartphone in Taiwan in November in terms of both sales volume and sales value. Apple's iPhone 6 took 4 out of the top 5 smartphones sold. Today,

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04:58
$73M payout to Angela Ahrendts reflects the Burberry...

If you were puzzled by the fact that the $73M compensation package paid to retail head Angela Ahrendts dwarfed those awarded to other Apple board members, including Tim Cook’s $9.2M, Apple explained that it was in large part to compensate her for unvested Burberry stock she lost by leaving the company … 
Re/code reports that Ahrendts walked away from unvested Burberry stock worth $37M, in addition to salary and allowances totalling $5M a year to take a position paying...

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04:58
calibre 2.17 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian. Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.

Version 2.17: New Features

  • Edit Book: A new reports tool that shows a...

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04:45
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1.2 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool. OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.Version 6.1.2:

  • Performance -- Improved the performance of switching between tabs in the inspector.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash opening Visio files (.vsd) with a specific...

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04:43
Kool Tools: TimeCache

The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X from PandaWare we can at least keep track of it.
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04:43
OmniGraffle 6.1.2 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.Version 6.1.2:

  • Performance -- Improved the performance of switching between tabs in the inspector.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash opening Visio files (.vsd) with a specific connector type and setting.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash closing the sheet that shows errors that occur while loading the document.
  • Stability -- Fixed a hang involved with saving a document multiple times without a pause in-between saves.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash...

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04:30
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters.
A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.

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04:15
SIM card market reached 5.2 billion units in 2014

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that global SIM card shipments will reach 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a revitalizing 5.32% increase from 2013. LTE, NFC, and M2M have successfully paved their way into the industry and are considered the trends for the next few years.
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04:15
SIM card market reached 5.2 billion units in 2014

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that global SIM card shipments will reach 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a revitalizing 5.32% increase from 2013. LTE, NFC, and M2M have successfully paved their way into the industry and are considered the trends for the next few years.
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04:12
18 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2015

If you make your living in the Apple world, as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and generally open your mind to new ways of thinking. 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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04:11
Apple extends sanctions-compliance in Crimea by...

Apple has ordered resellers to cease all sales of Apple products and services in Crimea as of 1st February. This follows the termination of agreements with app developers in the region earlier this week. Apple states that both moves are to comply with sanctions on the Crimea region of the Ukraine imposed by the US Government. The company informed retailers of the decision by letter.

With reference made to Section 5G, «Export Compliance» of Apple Authorized Service Provider Agreement dated 01.04.14, please be informed that in accordance with the new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 you shall not sell Apple products and/or provide services related to Apple products in the Crimea Region as of February 1, 2015.

The US joined the EU in...

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03:30
You Should Play: Kingdom Rush Origins might just be...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
The Kingdom Rush series has been a staple of iOS tower-defense fans’ diets for about four years now, thanks to its cartoonish artwork with an intuitive battle system, numerous humorous nods to other media, and an ever-increasing rewarding set of challenges.
The latest entry in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, further sharpens the enchanted blade—giving players more maps, heroes, and towers to unlock. Not much has changed from the last go-around— 2013’s...

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01:51
How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business...

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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00:00
Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its...

itwbennett writes According to a story in the Beijing News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to let China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance. "Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the U.S. with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News. China has become one of Apple’s biggest markets, but the country needs assurances that Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad protect the security and privacy of their users as well as maintain Chinese national security, Lu told Cook, according to an anonymous source cited by the Beijing News." ...

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Thursday January 22

23:09
Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou...

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

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21:35
Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown...

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

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20:59
Alleged photos of 12-inch MacBook Air lid and...

Photos of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by iFanr9to5Mac exclusively reported earlier this month that Apple was planning to launch a mid-size variant of its notebook computer lineup, and these photos seem to provide even further evidence of that being that the case.
The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.

The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a...

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20:36
Photos of 12-Inch MacBook Air Display Show Black...

Just days after a report claiming Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, Chinese site iFanr shares some photos [Google Translate] of what it says is the display assembly for the machine (via SlashGear). The photos depict the claimed display and metal shell from the upcoming 12-inch machine alongside both a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad, with its sizing appearing to measure up to previously reported dimensions. The display does, however, have two noticeable differences from current MacBook Air. First, instead of a backlit...

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19:09
Google Drive Realtime API

 January 22, 2015 7:09:00 PM PSTThe problem with Google Drive Realtime API should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better. January 22, 2015 1:58:00 PM PSTWe're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive Realtime API. We will provide more information shortly.

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19:00
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

Cycloramic for iPhone 5...

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18:00
Daily Deals for January 22, 2015, Turn Your...

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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17:54
A Microsoft Patent Surfaces at the U.S Patent Office...

As the New Year began, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Microsoft's patent applications covering the basics of their new Surface Hub interactive display that our Patently Mobile IP blog discovered today. The patent filing shows us some new customized gestures...

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17:10
Minesweeper - Widget Edition (Games)

Minesweeper - Widget Edition 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Play the classic puzzle game directly from the iOS Notification Center, even while your device is locked.Whenever you have a few minutes or seconds to spare you can quickly access Minesweeper - Widget Edition from the today screen or lock screen to easily continue your game or start a new one. • Simply swipe down to start playing • Accessible from the lock screen • Automatically saves and loads your game progress • Simple, fun and challenging gameplay • Customizable difficulty - set the grid size and number of mines • 3 standard difficulty levels included • Game Center leaderboards • Challenge your friends and share times on Twitter, Facebook and WeiboSupports all iOS devices running iOS 8.
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17:10
Satellina (Games)

Satellina 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Satellina: a simple and elegant "puzzle in motion" that can be understood within 10 seconds by a five-year-old, but has also driven adults to obsessive lengths. It has a clean, minimalistic look, a catchy original synthpop soundtrack, a challenging but rewarding (and never punitive) difficulty curve, and a timed structure that's perfect for speedrunning.* Addictive gameplay* 50 unique and beautiful levels* Alternate palettes for colorblind players* Bonus modes, secrets, and color schemes* Compete against the world with global leaderboards* Fully original, 11-track synthpop soundtrack
Satellina

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17:08
Quinn's Crash Override Combats Cyberbullying


Crash Override made its official debut last week, promising a new way to support people who become the targets of online bullying and harassment. Cofounder Zoe Quinn, a video game developer, is one of the better-known people who have been on the receiving end of such abuse. For her, it started when an ex-boyfriend alleged in a blog post that Quinn had traded sex with a journalist for a video game news site in order to get favorable reviews. Readers piled on, many hurling obscene insults.

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13:23
Report: Apple Watch aims to last 19 hours per charge

If all goes according to plan, your Apple Watch should last about 19 hours on a single charge, according to the latest scoop from 9to5Mac.
The Apple-centric site reported Thursday that the S1 chip in the Apple Watch is similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, and the display has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. That gives the watch impressive performance and a stunning screen, but it also means shorter battery life. According to 9to5Mac's unnamed sources, Apple really wants the watch to stand up to 2.5 to 4 hours of intense use (fitness-tracking, games, or apps), or three days in standby mode when the watch face display is off. The 19-hour goal is a combination of active and passive use—but mostly passive.To read this article in...

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17:00
31 years ago, Apple's iconic "1984"...

31 years ago today, Apple's legendary "1984" commercial was broadcast nationally during Super Bowl XVIII. The advertisement, directed by the famed Ridley Scott, is to this day still considered one of the top commercials of all time. Over the years, t...

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16:38
∞ Pay and the Super Bowl

Whether you’re attending the Super Bowl in person or watching it on TV like me, there are apps supporting Pay to make your life easier. I’ve said since its release that Pay is one of the best technologies Apple brought out in years—I use it nearly every day. [...]

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16:24
iPhone usage rates correlate to education and...

According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners.

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16:06
The best headphones I’ve ever heard

I’ve listened to a lot of headphones over the years, from high-end models to in-ears, but none have sounded as good as the Mo-Fi. The Mo-Fi are made by Blue Microphones, a company that I’ve respected for a long time, but I had no idea there headphones would be so good. If you’re in the market, you have to try these out. You’ll thank me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar (Productivity)

Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Productivity
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
*** 60% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ***Shifts is the fastest and easiest way to enter and view your work shifts on iPhone.“A Beautiful Mobile Calendar App Designed For Shift Workers”– TechCrunch“A great way to keep track of your work schedule”– Lifehacker“I absolutely recommend Shifts to shift workers”– TUAW“If you're a shift worker, look no further than Shifts for your scheduling needs”– iPhone Life“The app has been polished to perfection”– Beautiful Pixels“The app is a breeze to use”– AppAdviceTraditional calendar apps aren’t ideal for shift workers. You don’t necessarily work a traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 job. That makes it hard to keep track of when you’re working, especially with early morning and overnight schedules.Shifts...

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16:00
Wheel & Deal (Games)

Wheel & Deal 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
WHEEL & DEAL is a dashing arcade shooter made of lasers, space and everything ace.$$$ LAUNCH SALE! ONLY $1,99 FOR A LIMITED TIME! $$$"Something halfway between Drive and Asteroids" -Pocket Gamer UKIMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Requires at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod touch (5th gen) or newer.Features: -Intuitive two-button gameplay-Awesome upgrades and nasty malfunction viruses-Game Center leaderboards-Four dapper hover vehicles to unlock-Autofire 3000 gun mechanics for your convenience-A radical soundtrack made with real mullets and electronic computers-No IAP's, no ads - buy once, OWN THE GAME FOREVER, BOOM!-Endless arcade action of DOOM!Thank you for playing!#wheelin
Wheel & Deal

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16:00
Invertical Touch (Games)

Invertical Touch 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
LAUNCH SPECIAL OFFER - 50% off!Meet Qube. Some people call him a bit of a square but his exploration of the Invert World is full of adventure, danger and wonder. Help him as he tries to find the portal home, collecting lots of fascinating books and scrolls along the way! This unique platform game requires you to invert your colour to find the route to through all 60 levels.CHALLENGE- Test your brain and find the path to the portal.- Avoid the creatures and traps of the Invert WorldEXPLORE- 10 unique chapters with their own look and sounds- 150 collectible items to find - can you get them all?ADORE- Charming graphics.- Cute characterFind us on Facebook - facebook.com/huntedcowFollow us on Twitter - @HuntedCowGame Forum – forums.huntedcow.com/gamesThank you for supporting our...

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16:00
Get the weather and a joke thanks to Funny or Die...

And now for something completely different. It's a nicely performing weather app, with weather sourced from Weather Underground, and along with the weather you get a joke or funny anecdote.

The app, Funny Or Die Weather (free) has the usual stuff yo...

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15:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014,...

The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013.

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15:16
Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked


Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced.
Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.
According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch, while the Retina-class color display is capable of updating at a fluid 60 frames per...

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15:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $9.2M in Fiscal 2014,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's compensation for fiscal 2014 was $9.22 million, according to a newly released SEC filing. That breaks down to a salary of $1.7 million and non-equity incentive compensation of $6.7 million, double the $4.3M compensation he received in 2013. Apple's newest executive hire, Angela Ahrendts, received $73 million in cash and stock. That includes a $400,000 salary, a $500,000 bonus, and $70 million in stock. Ahrendts, who joined Apple in May of 2014, was previously making $37 million at Burberry, and her offer package included an RSU award with a value of $37 million to compensate her for her unvested Burberry awards along with an RSU award of $33 million as a new Apple hire. As for other Apple executives, Eddy Cue and Jeff Williams made over $24 million in stock awards...

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15:00
Seidio OBEX Combo rugged case for iPhone 6: Review...

It's so nice to see the flood of new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially in the special genre of rugged cases. While some manufacturers are still trying to figure out how they're going to keep the big iPhones dry and protected, Seidio ha...

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14:42
Apple board member Millard Drexler to retire in...

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced intentions to retire at the end of his current term, which will end in March at the company's annual shareholders meeting, leaving seven candidates for election to fill his place.

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14:30
Bowling Central adds twists, surprises to classic...

Bowling Central is a new bowling app for iOS that includes both swipe controls and motion gestures reminiscent of the Nintendo Wii. Plus, the gestures pair with Apple TV mirroring so it's easy to play with friends using the big screen. The game has a...

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14:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook made $9.2 million in 2014 as new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled in a total of $9.2M during Apple’s fiscal 2014, according to numbers in Apple’s just released proxy statement. The filing details executive compensation and new board member nominations, among other items of business, ahead of Apple’s upcoming annual shareholders meeting.
According to the report, Apple CEO Time Cook made a total of $9.2 million during the year including $1.7 million in salary and the rest in additional forms of compensation. Cook comes in behind new retail chief Angela Ahrendts with $73 million, which includes $400K salary, a $500k bonus, and the rest in stock and other forms of compensation that she picked up when joining the company. 
Other executives listed include Senior...

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14:24
Rumor: Apple shooting for 19 hours of Apple Watch...

Apple is targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable, consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cook's estimate that users will want to charge the device daily.

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14:19
Acer Designs Chromebooks for Students' Rough...


Acer on Wednesday announced two new ruggedized Chromebooks geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February. The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user sign-ons and offline file access. Security features include a Kensington lock to secure the laptop to a wireless cart or lab station. A Web-based management console allows remote management of apps and policies across all Chromebooks in a school network.

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14:18
Apple Director Millard Drexler to retire,...


In a filing for shareholders today, Apple announced that Millard Drexler, a member of the eight-person Board of Directors, is retiring from the Board. Apple has not yet named a replacement. Drexler’s term will end in March upon the next official shareholder meeting.

On January 16, 2015, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, which will expire at the Annual Meeting. The Board has not yet nominated an individual to fill the vacancy that will be created by Mr. Drexler’s departure from the Board. At the Annual Meeting, proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of individuals than the seven nominees named in this Proxy Statement. Each of the directors...

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14:00
Here's a look at iPhone usage rates by states

The online advertising network Chitika has released the results of a recent study breaking down iPhone usage rates by state across the United States. To obtain their data, they simply looked at their own ad network.
To quantify this study, Chitika In...

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13:42
∞ Yamaha introduces the perfect mixer for podcasters

Usually when I write about Yamaha at NAMM, I’ll talk about new guitars or keyboards, but today the company introduced a new mixer it said was designed specifically for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production. [...]

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13:16
∞ Universal Audio unveils Apollo Expanded

I’ve made no secret about my love of Universal Audio products. For years, they have been my go to company when recording and mixing audio. Today things got even better. [...]

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08:53
Twitter timeline tweak helps you catch up on missed...

As promised, Twitter is now surfacing tweets you missed to the top of your timeline in its official iOS app. It’s a move comparable to Facebook’s algorithmic tweaking of your News Feed, though at least Twitter will file missed tweets under a “While you were away…” banner.
Twitter won’t completely veer off its reverse chronological course. The constant and real-time stream of content is exactly why people use the platform.

Twitter's app will file major tweets you missed under a new label, "While you were away."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:00
Amazon delivers Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac beta...

For the past three years, Apple has had a free Mac app - iBooks Author - available for creating textbooks compatible with the company's iBooks app. Today, Amazon announced a beta version of Kindle Textbook Creator, designed to let educators and autho...

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12:58
News: Report: Apple Watch battery life expected to...

Sources familiar with the Apple Watch’s development have revealed details on the specific battery life targets Apple is aiming to achieve with the new wearable device, with the company aiming for 19 hours of typical usage each day, 9to5Mac reports. Although Apple has previously indicated that the Apple Watch would need to be charged on a nightly basis, the new information suggests that Apple’s choice of CPU and screen for the Apple Watch…

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12:33
A former Apple engineer is heading Ford’s new Palo...

We learned today that Ford is staffing up a research and development center in Silicon Valley located in Palo Alto, California, and heading the automaker’s new R&D facility is a former Apple engineer.
Dragos Maciuca, who served as a senior controls systems engineer with mobile technologies at Apple since early 2013, will head the research center’s 125 scientists and researchers, Ford told CNBC.
Prior to his tenure at Apple, Maciuca worked in various technology and research roles including for automakers Nissan and BMW.
As for what the former Apple engineer will focus on at Ford, Reuters has this:...

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12:14
Apple Aiming for 19 Hours of Apple Watch Battery...

One of the biggest mysteries about the upcoming Apple Watch is its battery life. Previous rumors have hinted that it will need to be charged once a day, and Apple CEO Tim Cook himself said that users will want to charge it on a daily basis, but concrete battery life information has yet to be revealed. New details on the Apple Watch's possible battery life have now surfaced from inside sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, revealing information on the battery life Apple was aiming for and what it may actually be able to achieve. As of 2014, Apple was reportedly aiming for 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use with 19 hours of active/passive use, plus 3 days of pure standby time and four days if the watch was...

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12:00
iPad thieves accidentally send their faces and names...

Apple's iCloud had a rough time in 2014, after being implicated in the leaks of a whole bunch of dirty celeb selfies, but it's starting off 2015 on the right foot by helping to nab some iPad thieves in Texas. After stealing an iPad and a number of ot...

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11:59
∞ 31 years ago today, Apple broadcast the legendary...

Contrary to legend, it didn’t play just once. It is still considered by many as “the greatest television commercial ever” and is the genesis of all the “Super Bowl Event Advertising” we see today.

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11:42
Pro Tools 12

There are a ton of new features and licensing options available in the new version. Good day for Pro Tools users.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:40
Apple targets for Apple Watch battery life revealed...


Although Apple has said that the Apple Watch will need to be charged nightly, the company has not disclosed any details on how long the wearable’s battery will last. For the first time, people with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have provided us with the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.
According to our sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation...

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11:38
Avid unveils a free version of Pro Tools

Avid today unveiled Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid Everywhere and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.What a smart move from Avid.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:31
Line 6 Firehawk FX multi-effect processor

The Firehawk FX multi-effect processor combines world-class tone with intuitive app-based editing, so you can get the perfect sound faster than ever before. The Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android gives you the power to sculpt great tone, right in the palm of your hand. Choose from over 200 legendary amps and effects—including 50 HD models—and wirelessly control every detail of your sound. You get access to 128 internal presets plus a massive online tone library, making it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal or gig. With 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is also an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac and iOS.I love that Line 6 is going after the entire market here—mobile and desktop. I haven’t tried the Firehawk, but it’s reminiscent of an HD500, but with more color and options....

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11:25
Line 6, Yamaha collaborate on new Variax guitar

Addictively playable with classic looks, Variax Standard gives you exceptional handcrafted quality—plus incredible Variax HD technology that puts it in a class of its own. Inspire your playing with a collection of the world’s most coveted vintage electrics, classic acoustics and exotic instruments. Switch up your tunings on the fly.I had a chance to play one of these yesterday and it is truly a step above the Variax guitars of old. The problem I had with the older models was the digital artifacts that you heard in the models and when changing tunings. These guitars have regular magnetic pickups, so first and foremost, it is an electric guitar. All of the electronics can be turned off completely if you want to play it like that. When turned on, the electronics give the guitar something really special that you won’t find anywhere else, all with no artifacts....

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11:00
Cree Connected LED bulbs: Inexpensive, compatible...

When people decide to get into home automation, they usually start simple with just an iOS app-controlled switch or a controllable LED bulb. But the problem with the LED bulbs is that they can tie a homeowner into a specific home automation ecosystem...

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10:52
Net neutrality: no on reclassification, yes on...

BlackBerry:neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet. All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system.What BlackBerry’s CEO is talking about is forcing companies like Apple to make their software available on BlackBerry’s devices and OS.The CEO of BlackBerry has lost his mind.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
Tip of the Day: Automatically removing old Messages...

Traditionally, iOS has retained your entire conversation history in the Messages database,so if you send a lot of pictures and videos via iMessage, this can eat up quite a bit of space on your iPhone over time. Prior to iOS 8, the only real way to deal with this was to remove an entire conversation, basically starting over, or to manually scroll back through your Messages history and remove individual items one-by-one. Fortunately, in iOS 8 there’s…

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10:36
News: Apple outlines limited HomeKit support for non...

Apple will apparently allow integration between HomeKit and some non-HomeKit home automation solutions, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. Citing sources that have been briefed on the new specifications, the latest MFi program information outlines the specific types of products and restrictions for allowing alternative products to tie into HomeKit. While HomeKit is being designed primarily to work with Apple-certified Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories…

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10:33
News: Report: Apple agrees to accept product...

Apple has agreed to let the Chinese government conduct security inspections on its products, according to The Beijing News. The report claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed the company would fully cooperate with the government during a December meeting. There have long been alleged issues between Apple and the Chinese government regarding the security of Apple’s products. Cook met with an official over security in October of last year. In August,…

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10:28
Adobe Photoshop Express for iOS adds WhatsApp...

Adobe is out with an update to its Photoshop Express photo editing app for iPhone and iPad today. The latest release of Photoshop Express for iOS, version 3.5, adds integration with the WhatsApp Messenger app for sharing edited photos directly to the chat service. The update also includes the usual bug fixes including some for issues for iOS 8 users specifically.
Adobe is also giving Photoshop Express users access to some premium features within the app for free. Photoshop Express users with a free Adobe ID (...

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10:19
News: IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Studio ($180), the latest product in its lineup of iOS-compatible audio accessories. An ultra-portable large-diaphgram digital condenser microphone, iRig Mic Studio contains a 1” diameter back electret condenser capsule in an extremely compact enclosure, making it easy to take with you for making professional recordings anywhere. The mic provides a 24-bit A/D converter with a 44.1/48 kHz sample rate, a built-in…

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10:17
RoboForm 2.0.2 - Password manager; syncs across all...

RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security.

  • Password Manager. RoboForm remembers your passwords so you don't have to! Just remember your one Master Password and RoboForm remembers the rest- it's that easy! Our bookmark-style Logins automatically log you in to your favorite websites with one click.
  • Everywhere. Whether it's on your PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or even USB drive, RoboForm gives you secure access to your passwords wherever you go! One license works on all of your devices. You can be confident knowing that our advanced syncing technology always keeps each device up to date.
  • Security. RoboForm's industry-leading encryption technology securely stores your passwords, with one Master Password serving as your encryption key. Your Master Password is not stored on our servers and you're the only one that knows it,...

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10:11
T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers...

Resurgent wireless carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new "smartphone equality" initiative that will see the company base device financing decisions for existing customers on their T-Mobile payment history, rather than their credit score.

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10:09
Apple details HomeKit compatibility with competing...

Apple will allow its upcoming Siri-controlled HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, including ones using competing protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, but there are many limitations. According to sources briefed on the new specs, the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home automation products other than HomeKit that Apple will permit to interact with its platform.
During the 2014 WWDC, Apple briefly mentioned the possibility of connecting rival home automation products to HomeKit using a hardware “bridge,” but only in recent weeks has clarified the types of accessories that will and will not be allowed....

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10:00
The Productivity Pack: Make 2015 your most...

It's never too late to make a resolution to change, even if it is the last week of January. The Productivity Pack is a new bundle containing one-year subscriptions for four services plus an 8-week trial subscription to the digital versions of hte New...

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09:54
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices.
It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand.
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09:31
MacTech Pro

MacTech just announced MacTech Pro: a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.  MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4th, 2015 in Seattle.MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including: • March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle • March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco • April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston • May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta • June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC • July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago • August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York • September 2, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Dallas • September 30, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Denver
Using MacTech’s proven “running order” approach, MacTech Pro will pack in the maximum...

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09:10
Apple is the First U.S. Company Agreeing to have...

Back in September we posted a report about Apple having to ensure China's Ministry that there were no hidden back doors to Apple's iOS 8 for the iPhone. The report noted that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it conducted "rigorous security testing" on the iPhone 6 ...

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09:05
T-Mobile's 'Smartphone Equality'...

T-Mobile today announced a new program that makes it easier for customers with poor credit to receive discount pricing on devices and other deals previously only available to credit-worthy customers. CEO John Legere kicked off the new "Smartphone Equality" promotion with a video blog that explains the rationale behind the program. Legere notes that half of Americans do not qualify for most carrier-advertised phone deals due to poor credit or a lack of credit history, and T-Mobile aims to change that by "putting our relationship with you above some number pumped out by a credit bureau, some huge faceless bureaucracy." With its new "Smartphone Equality" program, T-Mobile is emphasizing the customer's relationship with the carrier instead of their credit score. As part of the initiative, customers who have paid their wireless bill on time for 12...

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09:00
OneNote to rule them all

Today’s post was written by Kurt Soser, math and physical education teacher at the HAK Steyr business college in Austria.
As a passionate, tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution math teacher, I am always searching the Internet for programs and apps to help me get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I use regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool that I literally can’t teach without!
In 2009, after getting a tablet PC, with a stylus, I discovered this “beast” within an Office 2010 beta test program. From that moment on OneNote has been my favorite tool, not only for my teaching profession, but also for my private life.
A brief personal history
I have taught mathematics and physical education since 2005. For the past five years, I have been teaching at the beautiful, new and innovative business college, HAK Steyr, in...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 030 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rob Howard from the Office Developer Platform team who heads up the Office 365 APIs strategy.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP30_RobHoward.mp3
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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/Plus cases from $7,...

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

Amazon Gold Box – 30% off NuPro iPhone 6/Plus cases: multiple styles/colors ...

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09:00
Shifts lets you manage your crazy work schedule

Years ago, I worked for a residential school. Since the students lived there, employees worked in several shifts: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM and an overnight shift that started at 11:00 PM and ended at 7:00 the next morning. There was als...

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08:47
Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese...

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

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08:40
From Inside the Cloud: What commitments does...

If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, you know we regularly bring you an insider’s view from the people behind the services on how we operate and manage Office 365 for security, privacy and compliance. We thought we’d focus our first edition of the New Year on outlining the commitments Microsoft makes when you subscribe to Office 365 services.
Watch this brief video for more details and examples around the overall process:

Moving to the Cloud can be a paradigm shift, requiring additional assurances to help you make the decision for your organization. We know that you need to have trust and comfort knowing that things you used to operate locally may now be run by Microsoft on your behalf.
We’ve established our service commitments to align to what matters to you and your organization. We invest in the design and operations of our services worldwide, which means contracting for core principles versus technical...

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08:31
Batch renaming guide for multiple files in OS X...


In the realm of “cool/useful operating system tricks”, this ranks up pretty high.
The cool cats at TekRevue have posted a guide as to how to perform batch renaming in OS X Yosemite. This becomes handy as your number of files grows and you need a decent system for organization.
Prior to OS X Yosemite, Mac users looking to batch rename files in the OS X Finder would have to turn to third party tools. Renaming single files was simple enough, but if you had to rename multiple files, you’d need apps like Renamer or NameChanger.

With OS X Yosemite, however, Apple has integrated basic batch renaming capabilities directly into Finder. To use it, simply highlight or select multiple files in a Finder window, right-click (or Control-click) on the selected items, and choose Rename.
Instead...

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08:30
Amazon releases Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac, a...

Apple first released its iBooks Author Mac app for creating interactive textbooks for the iBooks Store back in 2012, and now Amazon is delivering its own textbook composing Mac app for publishing to the Kindle Store. Kindle Textbook Creator, announced today, is available in beta for both Mac and PC with the competitive benefit of publishing to the cross-platform Kindle Store, which is available on iOS, Mac, Android, and more.
The new Kindle Textbook Creator app is part of Amazon...

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08:18
Review: STM Studio for iPad Air 2

STM has released a new version of its Studio ($40) case for iPad Air 2. The case, which is designed specifically for iPad Air 2, combines a snap-on polycarbonate hard shell back with a soft synthetic leather folio cover. Studio uses a magnetic closure that wraps around the case to keep it closed. The shell is thin, but as we've seen with most iPad Air 2 cases, it could probably be a bit thinner and still offer proper support while accentuating the device's profile. Studio's cover folds into a stand, as well. This new version of Studio is very similar to the original iPad Air version of the case; we'll keep the review brief.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:00
The next chapter of Office on Windows

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.
Yesterday’s unveil of Windows 10 showcased a new generation of experiences that will empower people and organizations to achieve more. In partnership with Windows 10, the Office team is bringing a fantastic new set of Office experiences to this platform, furthering our mission to bring the unparalleled productivity of Office to everyone, on every device. Over the past 12 months, you’ve seen us reimagine the traditional Office experience for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The next step in this journey is the delivery of touch and mobile optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10.
Hopefully, you got to see the new Office experiences that Joe Belfiore demonstrated as part of the Window 10 announcements; if not–check out...

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08:00
BlackBerry CEO demands Apple make iMessage cross-...

BlackBerry is doing its best to mount a comeback in the face of overwhelming competition from iOS and Android devices. The BlackBerry Classic is a step in the right direction, but the fact remains that app support is a huge problem, and porting apps ...

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07:59
T-Mobile launches Smartphone Equality, expanding...

T-Mobile often rolls out “Un-carrier” initiatives that intend to challenge its competitors (which sometimes get copied), and John Legere’s latest announcement for the company is no different. The T-Mobile CEO shared today that the carrier soon start offering the same financing options to customers with weak credit as it provides for well qualified customers. The program is called Smartphone Equality, and here’s how it works…The gist of it is this: customers who otherwise may not qualify for financing plans like $0 down options due to poor credit can now avoid hefty deposits just by being a loyal T-Mobile customer for...

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07:55
Mac: Apple Logic Pro X 10.1

Apple’s Logic Pro studio app has become a staple in the professional recording industry, and the debut of Logic Pro X a couple of years ago made some huge strides in making the app even more accessible and polished. With the release of the latest update, Logic Pro X 10.1 ($200), Apple adds a handful of new advanced features such as an intelligent beat profile for electronic and hip hop styles, as well as some handy Yosemite integrations such as MailDrop and AirDrop support.

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07:36
BlackBerry’s “net neutrality” plan: Force Apple to...


BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out a net neutrality plan of his own yesterday in a letter to US lawmakers and in a post on the Canadian company's blog. One part of his proposal in particular has garnered attention: Chen thinks net neutrality rules in the US should force Apple and Netflix to make apps for BlackBerry hardware.
Net neutrality proposals generally focus on Internet service providers, banning discrimination against Internet content and applications. Chen wants makers of software to have to follow neutrality rules as well.
While BlackBerry makes its own messaging service available for multiple platforms, Apple has not returned the favor. Netflix has also "discriminated against BlackBerry customers" by not releasing a BlackBerry app. Chen wrote:
...

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07:34
BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen yesterday published a blog post adaptation of a letter in which he presses U.S. government officials to support not only net neutrality but also "application/content neutrality". In Chen's view, all apps and content should be available on all platforms, and he points specifically to Apple's iMessage and Netflix's streaming services as examples of discrimination against BlackBerry. Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple’s iMessage messaging service. Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them. Chen believes BlackBerry is a leader for content and application neutrality and pushes U.S. government officials to require these same neutral...

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07:31
USPTO Publishes Apple Touch ID & Orientation...

On January 22, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three new Touch ID patent applications from Apple in addition to one that covers orientation based audio that Apple first revealed back in 2013.

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07:25
Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture...

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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07:13
Apple MainStage 3.1 - Live performance tool for...

Love the sound you got on your recording? MainStage 3 makes it easy to bring all the same instruments and effects to the stage. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You’ll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.Version 3.1: Note: Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
  • Expanded sound library includes over 200 new synth...

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07:05
Could Microsoft's Foggy Windows 10 Plan Be Any...


The most important and daring move that Microsoft made Wednesday is far and away making the upgrade to Windows 10 free. Seems dirt-simple and intuitive on the surface, but it represents a startling and abrupt shift in both how users will relate to Microsoft and how Microsoft innovates with Windows going forward. As long-time readers know, I'm an unabashed Apple fan -- but I can appreciate a smart move when I see one, and no doubt about it, making Windows a free upgrade is a smart move. So what is Microsoft doing, exactly?

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07:00
Spotify update lets you preview, save songs quickly

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app with a cool new feature that helps you find what you're looking for. It's called Touch Preview and works by briefly playing a portion of a song while you tap-and-hold on its icon. Even if you're...

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06:59
Review: CalDigit’s Mac hub Thunderbolt Station 2...


Despite USB 3.0’s growing popularity with consumers, Thunderbolt remains a viable alternative for professional users, particularly video makers willing to pay a premium for guaranteed high speeds. Over the past year, several Thunderbolt 2 hubs have come to market — boxes with one Thunderbolt 2 connection to a computer, one for a Thunderbolt accessory, and multiple ports to connect USB, audio, video, and Ethernet accessories. The idea: keep all of your gear hooked up to the hub, then use a single cable to connect it all to your Mac.
Known for large, heavy, professional-grade Mac accessories, CalDigit has just released Thunderbolt Station 2...

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06:53
Beats Music’s Ian Rogers auctioning lunch in LA or...

Former Beats Music CEO and current Apple employee Ian Rogers is participating in a charity fundraiser through the online auction site Charitybuzz. With the estimated value pegged at $3,000, the fundraiser has a starting bid of $600, and runs for two weeks starting today. The highest bidder will have the opportunity to meet the former Beats Music CEO in either Los Angeles (where Beats is headquartered) or Cupertino (near Apple’s campus) for a private lunch meeting.
Rogers isn’t the first high-ranking Apple employee to participate in a Charitybuzz auction, although his fundraiser may end up being the most affordable. Apple’s Eddy Cue similarly...

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06:53
News: Daily Deal: Turn handwritten notes into...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the Equil Smartpen 2 for only $129.99 – a savings of 23% off the regular price. The Equil allows you to turn your scribbles and sketches into editable digital copies that can be safely stored and shared with the press of a button. You can add text and photos to digitally enhance your notes, save, organize, title, and tag your notes, and share your notes to the cloud and social media services. The…

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06:27
Apple Patent Reveals that Future iDevices may Adopt...

On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on improving the technology related to iDevice backlight units.

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06:05
BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app...

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Vindicated rather than vindictive

Following the non-bombshell, non-revelation from a non-accurate analyst earlier this week that Apple might be making a stylus for the iPad, the rumor fires cooled considerably, with only two of note seeping through the cracks.

After eating Intel's m...

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05:57
Freeway Pro 7.0.2 - Drag-and-drop Web design...

Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code! With its user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of your dreams. Add images, audio, video and interactive content -- when your masterpiece is complete, Freeway Pro converts it into clean, standards-compliant code at the click of a button! Beyond Web Design Freeway isn't just for web designers: Leverage the power of the intuitive interface to create eye-catching email newsletters that work with all major email clients! Pro-level Options Freeway Pro is more advanced than its counterpart, Freeway Express:

  • Access hundreds of plugins.
  • Create pixel-perfect style sheet layouts.
  • Animate your content with fluid transitions.
  • Add sophisticated search capabilities to your site.
  • Import professional graphic types.
  • … And much,...

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05:30
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters.
A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.

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05:26
QNAP announces TX-x31+ Turbo NAS series

QNAP Systems (www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex®-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more, says Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. ]
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04:53
Kool Tools: Bushel

Bushel (http://bushel.com), a device management solution powered by JAMF Software, has announced general availability. It's a cloud-based solution designed to make it easy for "regular people" to set up, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.
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04:30
Spotify updating iOS app with neat touch preview and...

Spotify has announced an update to its iOS app to add some very handy new features. You’ll be able to preview any song just by touching the track and holding your finger down. Tapping it then plays the full track.
The app is also getting two new swipe gestures designed to make it even easier to queue music and save tracks to My Music … 
Simply swipe right on a track to add it to your queue, and swipe left to add it to your My Music selection.
iTunes was still showing the previous version at the time of writing, but my app has already updated, so it should show up in iTunes shortly. Spotify says it is also exploring ways to bring...

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04:11
Ease of use is vital for companies to communicate...

A new survey from the IDC research group (www.idc.com) revealed that the most important characteristic to ensure satisfaction in communicating with a company is the ease of use/simplicity of process.
According to the survey, on average, 65% of respondents said they were satisfied with the communication options available. The 18-24 and 25-34 year age groups were the least satisfied, both with 62% satisfaction with the breadth of channel options compared to 65% overall. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that communicating with a company using their preferred channel is very important.
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04:11
Ease of use is vital for companies to communicate...

A new survey from the IDC research group (www.idc.com) revealed that the most important characteristic to ensure satisfaction in communicating with a company is the ease of use/simplicity of process.
According to the survey, on average, 65% of respondents said they were satisfied with the communication options available. The 18-24 and 25-34 year age groups were the least satisfied, both with 62% satisfaction with the breadth of channel options compared to 65% overall. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that communicating with a company using their preferred channel is very important.
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04:09
MacA&D adds Screen Models

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced a new Screen edition of MacA&D 4.2 with screen modeling capabilities.
You can draw screen prototypes of desktop applications, mobile apps or websites. You can click the Browse tool and bring your prototypes to life with editable fields, navigation buttons, selectable menu commands, tabbed panels, dynamic dialogs, calculations, timer controlled events, embedded video, sound, live web pages and scriptable user interactions.
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03:30
10 clear cases to show off your iPhone's design

In the clearImage by Macworld UKPhone cases are a necessary evil. They add extra weight and thickness to your iPhone, and they cover up the pretty gold, silver, or space gray exterior you spent an extra five minutes picking out. But you suck it up, because it’s better to slap an ugly case on your iPhone than it is to pay for a pricey screen repair.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:58
Apple Invention Focuses on Virtual Gaming Controls...

Last week we reported on an Apple invention relating to the iPhone or iPad Home Button doubling as a gaming joystick. It was so simple and yet so right. I had noted at the end of that report that it was a nice feature, even though it wasn't a total gaming solution. I guess the gaming gods wanted to remind us today that Apple indeed has other technology on hand to advance game-play functionality on iDevices.

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03:37
A Better Finder Rename 9.44 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files. A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key. The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback. A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. Photographers use the advanced sequence...

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Wednesday January 21

23:43
BlackBerry CEO thinks Apple should be legally...

BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone (it’s OK to laugh)
If you can’t beat ‘em, tell the government to force ‘em to let you beat ‘em. That’s the approach BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to take to mobile software development. Today Chen wrote in a blog post on the BlackBerry website that he believes the issue of net neutrality requires the government to not only promote and protect neutrality not only among wireless and broadband carriers, but also among app and content providers.
Chen argues that it’s pointless to tell Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and other carriers that they can’t discriminate against certain data while still allowing applications and content providers to discriminate against certain platforms.

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22:20
The LEGO® Movie Video Game (Games)

The LEGO® Movie Video Game 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
***The LEGO® Movie Video Game requires iOS 7 or later and is compatible with iPhone 4S and iPad2 and later devices. Please ensure iCloud is enabled in advance in order for purchases to be restored. To enable iCloud, go to your device’s “Settings,” then “iCloud,” then “Documents & Data.” If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact us at support.wbgames.com. Lastly, as a special treat, the "Confetti" & "Bubble" Red Brick Abilities are free to purchase in celebration of the launch!***Transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and experience the ultimate LEGO building adventure as the The LEGO® Movie Video Game comes to mobile!Step into the world of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average citizen who is mistakenly...

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22:10
"HOOK" (Games)

"HOOK" 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Relaxing, minimal, puzzle game.
"HOOK"

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21:50
dreeps: Alarm Playing Game (Games)

dreeps: Alarm Playing Game 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
For you who don’t have time anymore to play RPG,"Alarm Playing Game" is a new type of game where you just have to set an alarm to enjoy an RPG adventure.Before going to bed just set the alarm in dreeps, and the robot boy will sleep like you.
When you’ll wake up with in that alarm in the morning, as you go to worker to school, the robot boy with go on an adventure though fields, valleys or peninsulas where bosses are waiting for him in dungeons.A new day is starting for you and the robot boy !In dreeps, you will just have to set the alarm, that’s all.You can have a look at the adventure on the phone put on you desk while working, during snack time, just enjoy the game at your pace.If you woke up with dreeps, the adventure will automatically continue as long...

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21:40
Yak Dash: Horns of Glory (Games)

Yak Dash: Horns of Glory 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:
Race yaks across perilous mountains at break-neck speeds!Inspired by traditional Tibetan yak racing, Yak Dash: Horns of Glory is an exciting 2D side-scrolling racer that tests reaction time, skill, and bravado. Experience 17 levels in four treacherous mountain ranges. Complete each level as fast as possible by smashing obstacles, leaping chasms and discovering shortcuts along the way. - Race your way through grassland, icy tundra, dangerous desert and perilous volcanic terrain.- Beat mountain flagbearers to gain medals and unlock progressively more challenging routes.- Challenge the world to climb the global leaderboards.- Collect apples to help you dash your way through hazards.- Earn yak coins to customise your yak and rider, and make them stand out...

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21:23
Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry...

A pair of reports on Wednesday claim Google is about to wade into the cellular network industry through deals with U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a bold move that could push competitors to cut prices and boost data speeds.

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20:49
Stacks 2.6.9 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout. Features:

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with relative...

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20:40
DRAGON QUEST V (Games)

DRAGON QUEST V 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $14.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
********************This grand adventure, unfolding over three generations, is now available to play in the palm of your hand!Take your place among a family of heroes, sharing in all the triumphs and tragedies of their storied lives!Enjoy three generations’ worth of adventure in one standalone package!There will be a fee to download the game but download it once, and there’s nothing else to buy, and nothing else to download!*In-game text is available in English only.********************◆PrologueOur hero begins the story as a small boy, travelling the world with his father, Pankraz.Over the course of his many adventures, this lovable lad learns and grows.And when he finally becomes a man, he resolves to continue his father’s unfinished quest—to find the Legendary Hero......

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20:31
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth 1.0.3 -...

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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19:31
Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support...

Third-party app developer NimbleBit, known for 8-bit style real-time simulation games, announced on Wednesday that its upcoming project will be one of the first game titles to hit Apple Watch's diminutive screen.

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19:13
Ubuntu Aims to Make the IoT Snappy


Canonical on Tuesday unveiled Snappy Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu targeting the Internet of Things. Snappy Ubuntu Core offers a minimal server image with the same libraries as "traditional" Ubuntu, if we can call it that, but Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core can be upgraded automatically and rolled back if necessary. This so-called transactional or image-based systems management approach is ideal for deployments that require predictability and reliability, according to Canonical.

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19:00
Daily Deals for January 21, 2015, Easily Mount Your...

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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18:40
Potatoman Seeks The Troof (Games)

Potatoman Seeks The Troof 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Potatoman Seeks The Troof is a challenging potatosophical platforming adventure from Pixeljam Games, creators of the classic prehistoric racer Dino Run and shmup/platformer hybrid Glorkian Warrior.Potatoman will put your reflexes and worldview to the test as you journey through scorching deserts, dark forests, busy cities, the tallest mountains and eventually your own potato-consciousness in search of the ultimate answer. Are you prepared to face the TROOF? ***Potatoman plays nicest with iPhone 4S and newer, iPad2 and newer, iPod Touch 5th Gen and newer.***Hey, look at this:* IGN's Indie Game of the Month (January 2013)* Official selection, 2013 Indiecade* Excellence in Audio Honorable Mention, 2013 IGF"Potatoman will delight, surprise, and challenge...

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08:59
TAG Heuer working on an Apple Watch rival after...

After months of bashing Samsung, Sony, and Pebble’s “cheap, plastic-designed watches,” luxury watch maker TAG Heuer is developing its own smartwatch.
Jean-Claude Biver, head of TAG Heuer parent company LVMH’s watch division, told Bloomberg that the upcoming Apple Watch is a huge threat to sub-$2,000 watches. So TAG Heuer will be working with Silicon Valley tech companies to create its new watch, which unlike its heritage products won’t be entirely made in Switzerland.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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17:47
Google Inks Deal With Sprint, T-Mobile to Become...

Google has signed deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that will allow it to sell wireless service directly to consumers, reports The Wall Street Journal, adding to a report released by The Information earlier today. The publication's sources suggest that Google's entry into the wireless service industry may be part of an effort to persuade carriers to bolster speeds and cut down on pricing. Positioning itself as a wireless carrier is also part of Google's larger effort to provide better Internet coverage across the United States. Currently, there are four major carriers in the United States: T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, and while T-Mobile has made efforts to shake up the wireless industry with its Un-Carrier initiatives, wireless service in...

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17:40
Murder in the Hotel Lisbon (Games)

Murder in the Hotel Lisbon 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon is a videogame inspired by the classic point and click adventures from the 80’s and 90’s. It adopts these eras distinctive design and it is built using only the pixel art technique. The game itself runs at a native resolution of 256x192, the same resolution used by the old ZX Spectrum 48k and most recently by the Nintendo DS. Synopsys:A strange murder has occurred in the Hotel Lisbon, a man committed suicide with 14 stabs to the back while at the same time he peacefully drank his coffee. This case with contradictory facts was too complex for Policeman Garcia to solve, so he decided to hire the only detective duo in town capable of solving it: the mythical Detective Case and the unmistakable...

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16:42
Twitter debuts While you were away' posts on...

Twitter on Wednesday announced "While you were away" recaps, a new feature designed to keep users up to date with the goings on of people they follow by surfacing missed posts in their home timeline.

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16:03
Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow...

In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine.

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16:00
Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new...

Apple's digital audio solution Logic Pro X has just received a massive new update which introduces new drum and synth effects, plug-ins, and support for Apple's AirDrop and MailDrop features. Among the features users will be most excited to see are d...

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15:26
Twitter adds new ‘while you were away’ recaps to iOS...

Twitter this evening has announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a new “While you were away” recap feature to its mobile apps. Starting today on iOS and “soon” on Twitter.com and Android, a “While you were away” banner will appear in your feed, showing you the top tweets that you missed since you last opened the app. The company initially announced plans for a feature like this in November.

Twitter says that the tweets it shows are determined by engagement, as well as other factors. Users who spend a lot of time in the Twitter app already won’t see this new banner as often as those who only open the app every now and then.
In the blog post, Twitter notes...

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15:00
It's time to slow down the Apple Watch hype...

Over the past few months, we've seen a number of analysts predict how well the Apple Watch will sell, with some of the more optimistic takes claiming that Apple may sell upwards of 40 million units during the first 12 months of availability.

Many an...

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14:43
Apple updates Logic Pro X

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional audio software, to version 10.1. It adds support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite for sharing your projects. Other new features and enhancements include:
• 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
• Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
• New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles
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14:10
Apple's Logic Pro X gets massive update with...

Apple on Wednesday released a huge update to its Logic Pro X professional digital audio workstation, complete with fresh drum and synth effects, redesigned plug-ins, an expanded sound library and support for new OS X features like AirDrop and Mail Drop.

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14:08
Logic Pro X 10.1 - Music creation and audio...

Apple Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated new tools for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that's designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it's needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects, and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.Version 10.1:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
  • Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
  • New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles
  • Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor
  • New view options in the Piano Roll...

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14:00
RiLAXapp let's you relax from the stresses of...

RiLAXapp is a US$0.99 app with one mission: to provide an audio and visual experience to help you unwind. The app features three different scenes -- one with water, another with a crackling flame, and a third with the aurora borealis over some mounta...

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13:58
Microsoft Shoots for the Stars with their New...

Last week we reported on the Google Glass Project going underground until further notice. Google had taken the decision to reinvent their augmented reality device that just wasn't connecting with the consumer as first hoped for. In hindsight it now makes sense why Google chose to make that announcement so public at that particular point in time. Today Microsoft introduced HoloLens, an all-new holographic headset that will be powered by Windows 10.

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13:56
External Link: Dropbox Dropping Leopard

Bad news if you use Dropbox to sync with older Macs: Dropbox will no longer support Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard as of 18 May 2015. Users will still be able to use the Dropbox Web interface, but the app will no longer work. Dropbox has already sent notices to users using older version of Mac OS X. 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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13:47
Logic Pro X 10.1 arrives w/ tons of new sounds,...

Apple today released a new version of Logic Pro X, its professional audio editing software, bringing the current version to 10.1 and adding a long list of new features. Among the new additions to Logic Pro X in version 10.1 includes 10 new Drummers, the intelligent beat profile feature, focused on hip hop and electronic styles. OS X Yosemite users will appreciate the ability to share projects from Logic Pro X to other users using both Mail Drop, which lets you send large files over email using iCloud storage, and AirDrop, which lets you share files wirelessly between nearby Macs.
In addition to updating Logic Pro X, Apple released version 1.2 of its Logic Remote iPad app with a new plug-in view for remotely controlling parameters and adding or...

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13:44
Logic Pro X for Mac Gets Major Update With New...

Logic Pro X for Mac today received its most significant update in the last year and a half, adding a slew of new features to the pro-oriented audio software produced by Apple. Version 10.1 of the software, which is available for free for existing users, introduces new drummer profiles and more tools to make music creation a simpler task, plus it adds in new sounds with a focus on electronic and hip hop music. There are 10 new drummer profiles to use in the new version of Logic Pro X, which can be used to produce beats in styles like Techno, House, Trap, and Dubstep, and there's also a new drum machine plug-in for tweaking drum sounds and making mixes. Each drummer has eight preset patterns, but they can be customized and users can create their own patterns as well. Logic Pro X screenshot courtesy of CNET The update introduces 200 synth patches and 10 new Mellotron instruments, and...

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13:37
Google’s move to become a wireless carrier

The new service is expected run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, two people familiar with the product say. Google is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to those carriers’ mobile voice and data networks, making it a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, they say.I’m kind of ambivalent about this, to be honest. Google has never done a very good job selling phones, so I don’t know how they will make this work. I’m just having a hard time wrapping my head around it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:33
∞ Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.1

Apple on Wednesday released a major update to Logic Pro X, the company’s professional digital audio workstation software. As part of the update, Apple also released a new version of Logic Remote, giving the software access to Logic or Audio Unit plug-in parameters and multi-touch gestures, as well as other changes. [...]

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13:30
You can now take every Khan Academy course via the...

Your iPad just became an even more powerful learning tool than it already was, and you can thank Khan Academy for that. The non-profit education hub just brought its entire catalog of over 150,000 courses to Apple's tablet, meaning you can spend the ...

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13:25
News: NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for...

Photo: TouchArcade Game developer NimbleBit has announced that its upcoming iOS game Letterpad will feature Apple Watch support, TouchArcade reports. The developer previously announced that it was looking for testers for the upcoming game, which challenges users to come up with words relating to specific topics from a provided grid of nine letters. With the game nearing completion, NimbleBit has announced that the game will also be playable on the…

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13:22
McDSP adds VST support in V6

In addition to VST plug-in format support, v6 includes a complete upgrade to the entire McDSP product line. New user interface features, faster loading times, and algorithm optimizations across all formats are just some of the improvements in the v6 release. Pro Tools users will appreciate v6 additions such as enhanced support for the Avid S6 and S3 control surfaces. Artist presets from the likes of Dave Pensado, Kevin Churko, Joe Barresi, and many others are also included.This looks like a solid release from a great company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:15
Apple buys Semetric

Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.It will be fascinating to see what type of plan Apple has for Beats. Will it be integrated into iTunes as a technology, or will Beats get some Apple touch-ups and continue on as it is.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
Evernote says goodbye to Hello and Peek

Evernote has announced it will be ending support for its contacts management app Hello on February 7. The company suggests migrate their data to Evernote before then. Here's the email Evernote sent out announcing the closer.

As of February 7, 2015,...

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12:58
TAG Heuer CEO calls Apple Watch “an incredible...

“It’s a fantastic product, an incredible achievement,” he said. “I’m not just living in the tradition and culture and the past, I also want to be connected to the future. The Apple Watch connects me to the future. My watch connects me to history, to eternity.”Oh boy, this is going to be an interesting year.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
NBC will let you watch Super Bowl XLIX live for free...

iMore:NBC will stream 11 continuous hours of live content on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 to desktops and iPads. The “Super Stream Sunday” event will run from noon EST and to around 10 p.m. and include NBC’s pre-game coverage, Super Bowl XLIX itself, the halftime show, and the post-game show, and the episode of The Blacklist that will air following the game. The stream will take place through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.That’s a lot of talking about football.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
iPhone 6 eats into Samsung’s lead in South Korea

Apple captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea in November, the highest ever for a foreign brand, according to a monthly report released by Hong Kong-based market research company Counterpoint on Wednesday. In contrast, Samsung’s share slipped to 46 percent after hovering around 60 percent for five months.The quarterly iPhone numbers are going to be incredible.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Ask iLounge: Reorganizing files in the iTunes Media...

Q: How do I move a group of referenced songs in my iTunes Media Folder from one directory to another directory in the same media folder? Whenever I move them, iTunes keeps putting them back into the original directory. I’ve found that unchecking the “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” option works temporarily, but once I turn it back on, it moves the songs back. Any ideas? A: The short answer is that you can’t really do this…

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12:41
Microsoft Just Handed Us Our Holographic Future


Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10 holograms are Windows Universal Apps. Users need the Microsoft HoloLens headset, which Kipman described as "the first fully untethered computer." It has advanced sensors to capture information, high-definition holographic lenses, and spatial sound so users can hear holograms behind them.

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12:41
“The press gallery over the House floor looks like a...

It really does. You can’t buy advertising like∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
This iPhone 6 case survived a drop from space

Could your iPhone 6 case survive a 101,000 foot drop from near-space, experiencing 70 MPH winds and temperatures as low as -79 degrees F? If you have Urban Armor Gear's iPhone 6 case, the answer is apparently yes. The company tested its latest case w...

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12:14
Apps: Be My Eyes, GoodReader 4.8, MacID, Multifly +...

New Apps Be My Eyes – Helping Blind See (free) — Technology has created amazing new levels of communication and interaction, and while the collection of games and social networking apps on the App Store may usually come across as narcissistic and self-involved, every so often we see an app come along which turns that perception on its head. As the name implies, this relatively new app from Copenhagen allows sighted iPhone users to assist blind…

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12:05
One of the First Apple Watch Games Shown off in...

Though developers have had access to the WatchKit API for the upcoming Apple Watch since the debut of iOS 8.2 in November, we've still learned very little about what apps will be able to do and what kind of apps we can expect to see when the device launches. We know that common Apple apps like Messages, Mail, and others will be available on the Apple Watch based on what Apple shared in the keynote and on its dedicated Apple Watch website, but third-party developers have not divulged much about their plans for the device, though hundreds of innovative apps and experiences are undoubtedly in the works. One major game developer, NimbleBit, is working on a new game that will be playable on the Apple Watch. Shared by our sister site TouchArcade...

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12:00
iPhone Market share taking off in Japan and Korea

That's the report from Counterpoint Research. According to the Counterpoint Research, global Apple iPhone sales grew 26 percent annually crossing 20 million unit monthly sales mark for the first time ever in November 2014. Apple's iPhone sales volume...

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11:59
Amplified: “You’re bald, you got a big gut and those...

Jim and Shawn talk about quoting Steve Jobs, Google Glass, Mac magazines and NAMM!Sponsored by Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off) and lynda.com (Visit the link and do something good for yourself in 2015, sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to lynda.com).∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:54
Every Khan Academy course is now available on the...

The Verge:While Khan Academy has had an iOS app since 2012, it has typically not offered the full experience found on its website. All of its videos were available, but none of its thousands of training exercises were offered to iOS users. That all changes today with the introduction of a completely redesigned app for the iPad — now, everything that lives on the site is also available to iPad users. That includes some 150,000 learning exercises.I’ve checked out a few of the Khan Academy classes and am fairly impressed with them. A great tool for learning.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:43
Microsoft unveils 'HoloLens' holographic...

Software giant Microsoft announced its latest move into hardware on Wednesday, unveiling an all-new augmented reality headset dubbed the "HoloLens" that will enable users to see and manipulate holographic images in realtime, without a tethered computer.

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11:35
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3 - Easy-to-use backup/...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data. With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step. Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!Version 4.0.3:

  • CCC now makes...

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11:29
Microsoft Debuts 84-Inch Surface Hub Touch Display,...

Alongside officially debuting Windows 10, Microsoft today unveiled two new futuristic hardware products, the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset, and the Microsoft Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4K touch screen tablet with multi-touch and multi-pen support, dual camera, and advanced sensors. The Microsoft Surface Hub runs a version of Windows 10 that's been adapted for the huge 84-inch display, and Microsoft showed the device being used in workplace meetings, as a hub for communication. The screen was used for making drawings and notes, and content projected to the Surface Hub was then shared to all people on a Skype conference call. The Surface Hub was also demonstrated using various Microsoft apps adapted for a larger screen. Microsoft Surface Hub, image via The Verge Microsoft has not announced pricing, but the...

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11:23
Microsoft’s new interface: FREAKING HOLOGRAMS


During Microsoft's Windows 10 event today, the company introduced two new devices and a whole new application development model for the Windows platform: holographic computing.
Windows Holographic is a three-dimensional, environmentally aware application environment that will be supported in various ways on all Windows 10 devices. Holographic content will be put most spectacularly on display by HoloLens, a wearable computer that uses tricks of light to project three-dimensional virtual objects on top of the environment around the user, allowing them to interact with the "holograms" using voice and gesture commands.They're not really holograms, in the purely technical sense—there are no lasers involved, and the display is not using diffraction or interference to create a holographic projection. Instead, they use a high...

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11:23
You can now unlock Google Docs, Slides and Sheets...


Google is on a roll this week with updating its iOS apps. Yesterday we saw Chrome for iPhone and iPad pick up a big update bringing Material Design to the browser and adopting Handoff support with OS X Yosemite. Following Chrome’s release, Google today shared new versions of its Docs, Slides, and Sheets apps for iPhone and iPad taking advantage of another Apple technology: Touch ID.
Beginning with Docs version 1.2.6448, Slides version 1.0.5754, and Sheets version 1.1.7297, iPhone and iPad users can now lock and unlock each app using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner as an alternative to the passcode lock screen....

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11:06
Verizon Offers Connected-Car Service Even Beaters...


Verizon last week unveiled a new connected-vehicle service at the Detroit auto show. Verizon Vehicle, which will go live this spring, will be compatible with nearly every vehicle made since 1996. It will be available directly to consumers regardless of their wireless carrier. Designed to enhance driver safety, Verizon Vehicle will provide diagnostic technology and live assistance with GPS accuracy in times of need. Moreover, it will connect drivers with live A.S.E.-certified mechanics who can diagnose potential problems and offer solutions.

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11:06
External Link: Why You Should Avoid MacKeeper

You may have heard of the system maintenance utility MacKeeper, which claims to keep your Mac running smoothly. According to iMore’s Peter Cohen, who also works at an independent Apple reseller, MacKeeper is best avoided. Cohen calls out the company’s shady marketing tactics, the instability it can introduce to Macs, and how difficult it is to uninstall. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:06
Taking a page from Apple's book, Microsoft to...

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10, its next-generation desktop and mobile operating system, would be offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.

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10:59
External Link: Hard Drive Reliability: One Year Later

Last year, online backup service Backblaze released its internal data on hard drive reliability. The company has now updated its findings with some surprising results. In their new tests, 3 TB drives, especially those from Seagate, were dramatically less reliable than other capacities. The most reliable drives for the price were 4 TB drives from Seagate. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:48
Apple purchases Semetrics music analysis service,...


Apple’s interested in what you’re listening to.
Especially if it helps to justify having spent several billion dollars for Beats.
Per The Guardian, Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.
In documents filed with Companies House earlier in January, Semetric’s registered address was changed to 100 New Bridge Street in London – the office of law firm Baker & McKenzie, which is also the registered address of Apple Europe Limited.
Meanwhile, senior Apple attorney Gene Levoff was appointed as a director of Semetric in October 2014, according to another published through Companies House in January.

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10:44
Apple's fifth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2...

Apple on Wednesday provided yet another pre-release version of its forthcoming update for OS X Yosemite to developers, asking testers to continue focusing on problem areas including Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth.

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10:35
Microsoft Demos Free Windows 10 Update, Debuts New...

In the fall of 2014, Microsoft announced its newest operating system, Windows 10, and gave a brief preview of the upcoming software, which is designed to incorporate elements of both Windows 8 and Windows 7, in an attempt to make it more appealing to users who have thus far not upgraded to Windows 8. Today, Microsoft is holding an official unveiling of Windows 10, sharing new details on the OS and demonstrating how it works across a range of devices. With Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to cut down on operating system fragmentation with one unified platform thats designed to run on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Microsoft's tagline for Windows 10 is "More personal computing," a philosophy that's evidenced in its three design guidelines that it used when developing the software: mobility of experience, trust, and natural interaction, through a range of different input options from mice and keyboards to pens...

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10:28
Apple pushes pre-release OS X 10.10.2 (14C106a)...

After several preview releases to testers, Apple has pushed yet another OS X 10.10.2 build to pre-release Yosemite testers through the Updates section of the Mac App Store. Previous builds of the Mac operating system focused on improving bugs with WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver, and this pre-release seed is no exception. We’ll update our coverage with what we find in the latest pre-release seed.
The OS X 10.10.2 software update has been in development for quite some time now—the first beta went out to testers on November 20th—and the last OS X 10.10 update released...

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10:17
Veenix TypeBookCreator ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Veenix (http://www.veenix.com) has released Mac OS X Yosemite updates for both of its font software titles, TypeBook Creator and TypeWise.
Recent updates for TypeBook Creator include a modern user interface (UI) makeover — plus the original UI version is now also included. TypeWise features a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology.
During Veenix's "Deep Discount Week," users can save up to 60% on single user licenses of both products. TypeBook Creator is also specially priced during Deep Discount Week at US$29.95, a $40 savings.
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10:04
Apple spent record $4.1M to lobby U.S. government in...

Federal lobbying disclosures filed this week revealed the extent to which Apple has beefed up lobbying operations in recent years, as the $1.2 million the company spent in the fourth quarter of last year pushed its full-year total over $4 million for the first time ever.

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09:55
Microsoft will give away Windows 10 … just like OS X

Image via Brad Sams
Microsoft announced today at its Windows 10 briefing that it will make the next major version of its operating system free for consumers. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for for the first year for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users who upgrade will continue to have access to the latest versions for free when using the same device. For comparison, Apple has offered updates to each of its software updates, including major operating system versions, for free since 2013 with the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks for the Mac....

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09:26
Apple's Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Safari...

Patent holding company TriDim Innovations this week filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, accusing the companying of violating two 3D workspace patents the company owns. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with a judge assignment still pending. TriDim asserts in the suit that Apple is infringing on U.S. patents 5,838,326 and 5,847,709, both of which address document management in 3D workspaces. Specifically, Apple Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Safari for iOS 7 and 8 are claimed to be infringing on the patents. One embodiment of the document display space disclosed in TriDim's patents Both of TriDim's patents were originally filed in 1996 and awarded to Xerox in late 1998, although they have changed hands several times in recent years. Patent ’326 details a method of moving and manipulating...

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09:12
Edward Snowden refuses to use an iPhone, cites...


Edward Snowden doesn’t trust the iPhone.
Whether you trust yours is another matter altogether.
Per AppleInsider and Sputnik, infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains “special software” that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.
“Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone,” Snowden’s lawyer said in a recent interview. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner, having to...

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09:10
Voice Dream Writer (Productivity)

Voice Dream Writer 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Productivity
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Voice Dream Writer helps everyone write better: Text-to-speech proofreading reduces mistakes, phonetic and meaning search help you find the right words, and an active outline improves the structure of your writing.Text-To-Speech Proofreading. Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads your writing using text-to-speech, so you can easily spot awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos. Also, it can read words and sentences as you type or voice dictate. This way, you can type faster because you no longer have to look up to check the text you just wrote. Word Finder. Voice Dream Writer helps you find the right words using phonetic search and meaning search....

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Super Bowl HDTV deals, MacBook...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C106a) Now Available

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08:59
Samsung's New Tizen OS Based Smartphone is seen...

A year ago we reported on Samsung's embarrassing misstep trying to introduce their Tizen OS with Docomo jumping off the Tizen bandwagon at the last moment and instead focused on Apple's iPhone. Since that time ...

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08:55
Xsan 4: Volume mounting, but not showing in Server...

Forums: TroubleshootingAfter reconfiguring my MDC (which had something screwed up in OD), I'm having an issue with my Xsan volume listing in Server app. It shows that Xsan is up and running, but the volumes window is blank. I was able to successfully add a backup MDC and they both are able to find each other without issue, however neither the MDC or backup MDC show the volume in the window. They do, however, both mount the volume without issue.
There is one issue, that I know of, that I'm pretty sure this is causing an issue for. Whenever I add the profile to a new client machine the volume does not mount without forcing a mount using "xsanctl mount Media". Once mounted, there are no problems that I can tell, however I haven't used it with this issue long enough to tell. Essentially it seems like it can find the volume, it just doesn't know that it's available without...

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08:50
Dropbox to discontinue Mac OS X 10.5 support after...


You’re going to have to update your operating system to Mac OS X 10.6 or later to keep using Dropbox.
Per 9to5Mac, Dropbox has announced through an email to users on older versions of OS X that it will soon be discontinuing support for computers running Leopard or other older versions of the operating system. Users still running anything older than OS X 10.6 will need to upgrade in order to continue using future versions of the Dropbox app.
Users who don’t upgrade will still be able to use the web-based Dropbox manager, but will be automatically signed out of the Mac app. From that point forward, they will not be able to login back into the Mac client until they are on a newer version of OS X.

The changes will go into effect on May 18th, so users still have plenty of time to upgrade their...

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08:11
Increased adoption of iPhone 6 Plus in U.S., China...

Usage data from Apple's two largest markets is showing a significant increase in buyers' preference for the large display of iPhone 6 Plus as supply increases, indicating a richer profit mix destined to polish the company's earnings.

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08:03
NSA leaker Edward Snowden refuses to use Apple'...

Infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains "special software" that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.

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03:48
Get a second number to turn your iPhone or iPad into...

When you own a small business, the temptation to hand over a business card with your personal cell number plastered on it is natural. You’re merely offering a direct line to the person who can make decisions. Accessibility is a key selling point when touting the advantages of your business over larger corporations.
But you can oversell your accessibility—and the end result is interrupted dinners, missed birthday parties, and alarming calls at 2 in the morning. Customers want what they want, when they want it. These interruptions might be good for business, but they’re bad for personal health and relationships.
Carrying around a second phone to separate business from work is inconvenient and expensive—what about taking advantage of the devices you’re already carrying? The proliferation of apps offering virtual phone numbers has made it entirely possible to manage a secondary business line from your iOS device....

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03:55
Three cheers for the delightfully personal PowerBook...

In its recent ad for the MacBook Air, Apple demonstrated how much people loved it by showing the ways in which people had personalized theirs with stickers. And although my current 2008 MacBook Pro is stickerless, my previous MacBook and iBook were covered in them, so I get it.
Still, this personalization of the MacBook Air is very much despite Apple, not thanks to it. In 1996, however, Apple introduced a Mac that you were very definitely encouraged to customize: the PowerBook 1400 series with its BookCover feature. Part of the plain black lid slid off, and you could replace it instead with a piece of clear plastic under which you could position your own designs.To read this article in full or to...

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05:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Stands that deliver

Stands that deliverOur latest roundup of Mac accessories includes new stands from BiteMyApple, Grovemade, and Twelve South—plus the prettiest external hard drive ever, from LaCie.BiteMyAppleThe $85 Ridge Stand is built to support MacBook Airs or Pros. It is made out of aluminum, and it tilts your keyboard forward for ergonomic handiness while you work. It’s light—less than a pound—for portability, and has rubber buffers to grip your laptop and hold it gently in place.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:46
Review: VSN Mobil V.360 Camera

VSN Mobil's V.360 Camera ($400) is a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled standalone camera which lets users take pictures or record video in a full 360 degrees. It works with either an included remote or a free iOS app. The single lens camera can take very wide, panoramic pictures and videos, with an image resolution of up to 7MP, and video resolution up to 6480 x 1080 in HD with a 30 fps frame rate. A 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor powers V.360, and photos are stored on a micro-SD card, which is sold separately. V.360's removable 2610 mAh battery can be recharged using the included micro-USB cable and charger via USB 3.0. The camera can also be hooked up to an external display via the HDMI port.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:45
Businesses Waste Big Bucks Fighting Phantom...


Businesses spend an average of $1.27 million a year chasing cyberthreats that turn out to be dead ends. That is one of the findings in a report released last week on the cost of containing malware. In a typical week, an organization can receive nearly 17,000 malware alerts, although only 19 percent of them are considered reliable, the researchers found. Still, malware fighters have a difficult time keeping up with even the reliable alerts, since only 4 percent are investigated.

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07:24
Apple Acquires Music Analytics Service Semetric

According to a new report published this morning, Apple has acquired British based Semetric, an analytics service company that created a popular music industry analytics tool called Musicmetric.

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06:57
iMazing 1.1.1 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!) regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to; it's music copy how you always wished it could be, without limitations or restrictions
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps and your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files (or progress in a game) or for copying the app as-is to another iOS device
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system
  • Use your iOS device like an external drive
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your...

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