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Monday November 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:16
Terrific case for seeing Interstellar in IMAX

M. G. Siegler:

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

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

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

Almost.

Now that I think about...

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

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

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

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06:47
Nvidia Launches a New Mobile Device Age


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just days after Whole Foods...

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

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

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

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

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss the brewing battle over net neutrality, TidBITS email delivery issues, Apple’s iMessage lock-in, and more. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:33
V.ALRT is a panic button that automatically sends...

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

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

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

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

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05:18
∞ A boy and his atom

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

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05:00
Review: SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and iPad

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

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05:00
Command Line iOS Device Management

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

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

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

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

Lose your iPhone? Follow the link to learn how to unlink your credit cards from the device.
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04:46
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers

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

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04:43
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released

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

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

From Apple’s press release:

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

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04:30
Kool Tools: VisionTek USB Pocket SSDs

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

Reuters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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02:50
Hands On: DropTask (iOS)

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

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


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

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

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Sunday November 16

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

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

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21:21
Little Snitch 3.5

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

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21:04
Firefox 33.1

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

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

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

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


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

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

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16:57
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Portable Speaker

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

– Tom’s Guide

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

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

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

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

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

News

Apple assures FTC...

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apps Now Free

Dodo Master Pocket...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grantland:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:33
Heyday automatic journal

Heyday:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Internet Arcade is a new initiative from the Internet Archive that brings classic arcade games to your Web browser. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:32
Review: Microsoft's health tracking, iOS-...

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

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

This is a nice list of one-hit-wonders, folks who had one big hit then faded into obscurity. The list starts in the 1960s and makes its way to 2006. But definitely not complete. Not even close. Got any to add?
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05:15
∞ Composr, the free app that lets musicians...

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

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

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

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05:00
Bushel and I On The OWC Radio Podcast

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

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

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

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Saturday November 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:50
Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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08:34
Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice

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

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

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

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07:00
Caturday: KipperVision

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

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

As I read this, Google leaves it up to the app developer to be honest about their intentions. Without oversight.
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05:46
∞ My brother works at Sears

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

Yup. His brother works at Sears.

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

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

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

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

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05:27
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by the numbers

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

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

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05:00
Review: Logitech m320 wireless mouse, an ergonomic...

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

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: A Creepy Echo, Clever Home...


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

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

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

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Friday November 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18:49
CAINE Provides Sturdy Support for Forensic...


CAINE is a professional-grade digital forensic Linux distro. It uses an old-school desktop environment hardened with top-notch specialty tools. CAINE provides tight security and built-in digital investigation tools, but it is less inviting for non-forensic specialists to use as an everyday Linux desktop. However, it could serve the purpose for users who are willing to handle several interface inconveniences. CAINE is built around a complete investigative environment that integrates existing software tools as software modules.

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18:13
Apple Pay grabs 50% of McDonald’s tap-to-pay...


Apple only released its mobile payment system to the public last month, but the feature is already gaining traction at many retail outlets according to the New York Times. New numbers from retailers that accept Apple Pay show that the public is jumping on board with the system in a big way
Walgreens, for example, says that since the release of Apple Pay, the number of mobile transactions conducted in its stores has doubled...

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17:46
Apple Pay Doubled Mobile Wallet Transactions at...

Apple Pay has been available in quite a few retail stores since its release more than three weeks ago on October 20, but thus far there's been little concrete indication of its popularity with customers. A new report from The New York Times, however, sheds some light on Apple Pay's early success. McDonald's, an early Apple Pay partner that accepts the payment system in all of its 14,000 restaurants in the United States, saw Apple Pay accounting for 50 percent of all of its tap-to-pay transactions. At Walgreens, a drugstore chain of more than 8,000 stores, Apple Pay doubled the number of mobile wallet payments being made. As shared earlier this month, Whole Foods processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions between October 20 and November 6, which equated to an...

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17:42
Retailers report strong customer interest in Apple...

It appears that Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.

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17:15
Apple closes week breaking all-time stock high,...

Apple on Friday ended the week with a new all-time record high for its stock, even taking into account the huge swing in the number of outstanding shares, which has changed significantly in the past two years. Last reaching its peak in September of 2012, the company has now broken its record for both its stock price and its highest-ever market capitalization, which now stands at $669.65 billion, with the stock still rising in after-hours trading from its Friday close of $114.18 per share....

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17:13
Shares of $AAPL Hit Record Close at $114, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. hit a new record closing high Friday, ending the week at US$114.18, a gain of $1.36 (+1.21 percent), on strong volume of 44 million shares trading hands. That puts the company's market cap at $669.6 billion, which is also a record, at least in relative terms.

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16:59
Disney announces Disney Infinity 2.0 mobile built w...

Today’s Disney Mobile Product Showcase kicked off with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, sharing a Steve Jobs anecdote. No matter the time or place it’s always incredibly interesting to hear personal stories of Apple’s late leader.
Iger recalled the time when he contacted his buddy Jobs with what he thought was a novel idea: to unleash movies/TV shows like iTunes did for music. Of course, being the visionary he was, Jobs had already thought of this and even brought an early version of the iPod with video to the meeting. And of course, being the businessman he was, Jobs then asked Iger if he would commit Disney content to the project.
Iger used this story as a jump off for a two hour presentation in which other Disney, ESPN, and ABC executives would showcase a smattering of new mobile apps, games, and products…

Disney...

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16:55
Underoos! Now in Adult Sizes!

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I have a soft spot in my heart for Underoos, the fantastic underwear that looked like actual outfits for Supergirl or Wonder Woman or other characters. It was a tragedy when they disappeared. Luckily, not only are Underoos back, but they are back in adult sizes! Exclusively available at Hot Topic, there are eight varieties at the moment: Batman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Captain America, He-Man, Skeletor, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is one of those times when you may actually have to brave the mall, they appear to be entirely sold out online and it seems the sold-out ones vanish from the Hot Topic site. While it's fantastic they exist, you may find it difficult to get your hands on them, at least for now. But now you know, and as another 80's favorite explained to me, knowing is half the battleâ...

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16:16
Universal Audio releases the Manley Variable Mu...

As Manley Labs’ flagship compressor since 1994, the Variable Mu is a tube and transformer-driven classic that exudes hand-made craftsmanship. A gold standard among mixing and mastering engineers, the Variable Mu adds clarity and cohesion to stereo buses or your entire mix.

I love Manley gear and Universal Audio—I can’t wait to load this one into a project.
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16:16
Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My...

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

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16:09
Apple, Inc. shares reach new peak above $114 after...

Apple shares reached a new all time closing high of $114.18 today, following yesterday's quarterly dividend distribution of $2.9 billion to shareholders. That compares to a pre-split adjusted price just cents below $800, and is 53.5 percent higher than the company's stock price just one year ago.

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16:03
Walmart isn’t going to like this Apple Pay report

…estimates that 30% of American smartphone owners plan to use either Apple Pay or Google Wallet to buy things this holiday shopping season. What’s more, 17% of smartphone users surveyed said having the option to buy things with Apple Pay or Google Wallet would cause them to spend more money than they normally would.

Be smart Walmart. Nobody wants your shitty payment service.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
How To Disable Screenshot Shadows in Yosemite and...

Today's tip comes from Charles Edge, author and long time Mac admin. If you're looking to forsake the drop shadows in screen shots, you can do so with a simple Terminal command. Kelly breaks it all down for you.

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 11: Making it great

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products

In this episode of Slices of Apple,...

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15:47
It’s not UX vs. UI, it’s UX and UI

Chris Bank does a great job of tackling UX and UI in this post.

When designing a website, you want your UX to be as positive as possible — you want your users to enjoy being on your website, that’s kind of the whole point. But you can’t just say “let’s improve our site’s UX” any more than a business can say “let’s make more money.” It’s the strategies you use to create your UX, namely the UI, that can enhance (or weaken) it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:40
Eric Clapton isolated solo of “While My Guitar...

I love listening to these isolated tracks. There’s some great information about the session here as well.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:33
Microsoft Widens Skype World


Skype on Friday announced Skype for Web, a new version of its VoIP service that can be used in a browser rather than through the dedicated application. "Perhaps you're sitting at a computer that doesn't already have Skype downloaded," explained Jonathan Watson, a senior product marketing manager with Skype. "Or maybe you're on the go and using an Internet cafe or hotel computer where you can't download Skype at all. Using Skype for Web makes it more convenient to get to your conversations."

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15:30
Verizon increases cost of early termination fee for...

Verizon has changed its customer agreement, making it more expensive to leave a mobile contract early. The early termination fee (ETF) associated with ending a contract before the two-year period is up has been adjusted, forcing new customers to pay between $60 and $70 more than existing customers would be charged to leave at the same point in the term....

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15:24
Trade groups representing Apple, Google, others...

Members of various Internet and technology trade groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to impose limitations on spying programs instituted by the National Security Agency, citing privacy concerns and lost business.

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15:11
Why We Created the Take Control Crash Course Series

Our last few books were in our new Take Control Crash Course series, which we developed in response to recent trends surrounding how people interact with tech books. Read on to learn what changes we’ve made, and why. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:03
Knowledge vs. Intelligence

Anthony Colangelo:

The difference between knowledge and intelligence is key here. Knowledge is the collection of skills and information a person has acquired through experience. Intelligence is the ability to apply knowledge. Just because someone lacks knowledge of a particular subject doesn’t mean they can’t apply their intelligence to help solve problems.

I love that.
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15:00
The iWatch mockups from yesteryear

Old smartwatches don't die, they just need new batteries. I was going through some old bookmarks last night and I ran across a site called Wrist Dreams, which had a sad but funny list of smartwatches from 7 or more years ago. Listed among the fish...

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14:59
Apple Adds RAW Support for New Cameras from Canon,...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.0.1 Friday. The update adds support to OS X in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 for RAW photo files from four new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Panasonic.

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14:42
TA14-318B: Microsoft Windows OLE Automation Array...

Original release date: November 14, 2014
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, RT, and RT 8.1
  • Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2

Overview
A vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially-crafted web page in Internet Explorer.[1]
Description
The Microsoft Windows OLE OleAut32.dll library provides the SafeArrayRedim function that allows resizing of SAFEARRAY objects in memory.[2] In certain circumstances, this library does not properly check sizes of arrays when an error occurs. The improper size allows an attacker to manipulate memory in a way that can bypass the Internet...

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14:36
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro (2013) $200...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals:

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14:33
Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold...

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.

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14:30
The Impact of Apple Pay is Greater Than We Could...

When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects. Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.

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14:18
iMac: How to remove or install memory (Apple KB)

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201191

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14:18
iMac: How to remove or install memory (Apple KB)

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201191

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14:13
Apple Eyeing the Huge Corporate Card Market for...

Apple's new Apple Pay is making headlines everywhere and with a likely Apple-Alibaba alliance in the wings, it's only going to expand at an accelerated rate. Even though Apple Pay only got off the ground on October 20th, FIS Global is on record as stating that a major part of Apple Pay that is missing relates to corporate cards and that "Apple is missing out on many opportunities by not allowing commercial cards to be used with Apple Pay."

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14:08
Apple, Google, Facebook, other tech companies...

Bloomberg reports that groups representing Apple, Google, Facebook and other high profile tech companies are lobbying to pass a new bill that attempts to limit NSA spying of email and communications of their users. The report says the groups are “pushing the Senate to pass legislation limiting National Security Agency spying before the Republican majority takes control of the chamber.” The news comes ahead of the Senate vote on the new bill scheduled for Nov. 18 and an upcoming Republican controlled Congress taking over in January:
If a final bill isn’t reached this year, the process for passing legislation would begin over in January under a new Congress controlled by Republicans, many of whom support...

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14:07
News: Don’t miss our Best of the Year Awards 2014

In case you missed it last week, iLounge has released the Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting this past year's top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. The list has been expanded from previous years and is now available here on the site, with no download needed, just in time for your holiday shopping. Click here…

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14:00
Moment announces 18mm wide-angle and 60mm 2X...

The iPhone 6 already has an incredibly powerful camera but, as we learned with previous generations, that doesn't mean it can't be made better with a little help. Moment has announced two brand new add-on lenses for the iPhone 6 to enhance your...

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13:57
Apple releases Xcode 6.1.1 golden master with fixes...

Apple on Friday issued to developers a golden master build of the upcoming Xcode 6.1.1 update, bringing bug fixes for Xcode Server, the Swift programming language and Interface Builder, among others.

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13:47
Verizon’s early termination fee is now up to $70...

Verizon Wireless has updated its customer agreement with new conditions related to early termination fees. Effective today, new customers that purchase a device on contract will be required to pay a full $350 early termination fee during the first seven months of the contract if it is broken. The fee is reduced by $10 per month between months 8-18, $20 per month between months 19-23 and $60 in the final month of the contract term…
Verizon previously reduced the $350 early termination fee (ETF) by $10 per month for each full month of a contract that was honored, meaning that its delay in reducing the fee until the eighth month makes opting out of a contract up to $70 more expensive for customers....

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13:30
YouTube iOS app updated with new music options in...

YouTube has updated its iOS app in advance of the launch of its newly-announced YouTube Music Key service. Regular users of the app will notice a new dedicated tab for the Music homepage on YouTube. On the Music homepage you'll find suggestions based...

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12:29
Distiller proves booze apps are no flash in the...

Communities of booze connoisseurs have existed on the Internet for ages, but they weren’t exactly easy to find or join. If you’re a casual whiskey drinker,
you’re not going to ask a forum full of diehards if Jim Beam or Wild Turkey will go over better at your next dinner party. But a new breed of apps proves
booze—from delivery to discussion—pairs well with technology.
We covered whiskey recommendation engine Distiller when it launched a year ago and checked back in
to see if the site, which has since launched iOS and Android apps and

widened its scope to social networking
, has found solid footing in such a niche area....

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13:21
Google kills Google Wallet for digital goods

Google has quietly revealed it plans to retire the Google Wallet API for digital goods on March 2, 2015. The company plans to continue supporting the sale of apps on Google Play as well as in-app payments, but users will not be able to purchase any virtual items offered on the Web through Google Wallet.

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13:08
Hands On: Goat Simulator (iOS)

Now, when most people think of video game protaganists, chances are a goat isn't the first one that comes to mind. Generally, we tend to think of mustachioed plumbers, camo-covered commandos, or spiky blue hedgehogs with a pension for hoarding gold. However, Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios aims to change all that. In this game, a player takes control of a lively goat and are set free to do what they wish wish in this quirky sandbox simulation game....

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13:02
Apple seeds Xcode 6.1.1 GM to developers

Apple is now seeding a gold master version of Xcode 6.1.1 to developers, listed as build 6A2006. The update is a relatively minor one, dealing with bugfixes for Xcode Server, Interface Builder, and handling of Apple's Swift programming language. It can be downloaded through the official OS X developer portal....

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13:00
Apple assures FTC that it will keep Apple Watch...

With the Apple Watch capable of collecting sensitive health data, Reuters reports that the FTC has sought assurances from Apple that said data will not be used without the consent of the owners, will not be sold to third-parties, and above all, will...

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12:59
Nexus 6, the Star Destroyer of Phablets, Goes on Sale


Google's Nexus 6 phablet on Friday became available for sale at Sprint stores, as well as on its website and through other Sprint sales channels. Priced at $696 with a service plan, qualified buyers can purchase the Nexus 6 with no down payment, and 24 monthly payments of $29. The other three major U.S. carriers have announced plans to carry the Nexus 6 as well, but Sprint is first out of the gate. The Nexus 6, which was unveiled in October, has a display that measures nearly 6 inches diagonally.

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12:51
Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo grocery stores to begin accepting...

Two major southeastern grocery store chains, Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, are said to begin accepting Apple Pay tap-to-pay transactions at the start of next week, according to a new report.

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12:46
Mac: Creaceed Prizmo 3

If you’re looking to achieve a paperless office and want a great way to scan, OCR and optimize images on your Mac, then you’ll want to take a look at Creaceed’s newly updated Prizmo 3 ($40). Now with OS X Yosemite support and boasting greatly improved image processing, Prizmo can take your scanned images and paperwork, whether they come from a document scanner or an iPhone camera, and clean up the text quality and color accuracy,…

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12:40
Review: Logitech protection+ for iPhone 6

Logitech’s protection+ is solid enough to exceed military drop test standards, and the company claims additional polymers in the corners makes the case more shock-absorbent. The case fits iPhone 6 perfectly, with nice, responsive button coverage. We also like the clean look of protection+ — our case came in Pacific Blue, with back blue panels and a gray interior. If you’re already using any Logitech magnetic mounts such as +trip, or…

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12:31
Apple seeds Xcode 6.1.1 GM to developers w/ fixes...

Apple today seeded Xcode 6.1.1 GM (build 6A2006) to developers ahead of a public release. The release includes a number of fixes for Apple’s new Swift programming language, Interface Builder, Xcode Server, and more.
Version 6.1.1 follows Apple’s release of Xcode 6.1 in October with updated SDKs for the recently released OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.1.
The release is available for developers to download from Apple’s developer portal now. Developers can view Apple’s full release notes for Xcode 6.1.1 here. Filed under: AAPL Company, Apps Tagged:...

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12:30
Alabama lawmaker naming new anti-discrimination bill...

Tim Cook has been making waves with his recent increased focus on civil rights issues, specifically with regards to the LGBTQ community. In October, the CEO spoke out about his home state of Alabama's slow progress with regards to LGBTQ rights. Now...

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12:29
AT&T Stops Using 'Perma-Cookies' to...

In late October, researchers discovered that AT&T and Verizon had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking methods, using unique identifying numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver target advertisements. Following significant negative attention from the media, AT&T today told the Associated Press that it is no longer injecting the hidden web tracking codes into the data sent from its customers' devices.The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users'...

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12:10
Friday Deals: 80-inch television, 3TB hard drive,...

Slowly, like a creeping predator intent on a meal, Black Friday approaches -- but it is not this day! This Friday, like every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....

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12:02
First Look at the New Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Earlier this week, Beats Electronics introduced new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product the company has released since its acquisition by Apple became official back in August. While the headphones are not yet available for purchase on the Beats website, Mike Liang, aka HiFiGuy on YouTube has gotten an advanced first look at the new Solo2 Wireless headphones and has shared both photos and first impressions with MacRumors. The Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones share the same design as the Solo2 headphones that Beats introduced back in May, with Beats' signature large cups emblazoned with the Beats logo. Aside from some small print on the box, there's no Apple branding...

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12:00
Acme Made Charge iPhone case hides a Lightning cable...

The last time we heard from Acme Made, the company was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for its Ergo Book iPad case. That project was successfully funded, and now the San Francisco-based designers are working on a new campaign. This one is for...

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11:41
Winn-Dixie, BI-LO begin accepting Apple Pay

Winn-Dixie and sibling grocery chain BI-LO have started accepting Apple Pay, accounts say. Both are based in the southeastern US, in states such as Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There are over 500 Winn-Dixie outlets, and more than 800 BI-LO locations. With the new additions, there are still only five grocery chains in the US that support Apple Pay; the others include Meijer, Wegmans, and Whole Foods....

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11:35
Handwritten Heineken holiday cards

You have to love Heineken.

[Via psfk]
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11:30
Check out the first holiday widget for iOS

I guess it had to happen -- a widget with a holiday theme, and one that gives you some useful information. I'm talking about SNOWidget, from developer Johnny Ixe who gave us the handy and useful DataMan app.

Download the free SNOWidget app, and then...

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11:14
First Look: Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($80) is the most recent version of the company's 4-in-1 lens, which we've seen for other iOS devices. The lens attachment can be used on either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — special clips are used to fit either phone. While the lens system fits both cameras on a bare iPhone 6 perfectly, it takes a slight manual adjustment to line up with the iPhone 6 Plus cameras. Included lenses are…

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11:05
Grocery Store Chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO Begin...

Following in the footsteps of office supply store Staples, Winn-Dixie and BI-LO have become the second and third retail chaisn this week to begin accepting Apple Pay in their retail locations. According to a tipster who spoke to MacRumors, Apple Pay will officially be supported at Winn-Dixie beginning on Monday, November 17, but multiple reports on Twitter suggest that both Winn-Dixie and its sister store BI-LO have already begun processing Apple Pay payments. Winn-Dixie is is a major grocery store chain that operates in the southeastern United States, with more than 500 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Similarly, BI-LO, a grocery store chain owned by the same parent company, consists of more than 800 stores...

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11:00
App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny

Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a sizable update to its highly regarded iOS title. A level expansion titled Forgotten Shores added a further eight chapters to the...

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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-14

Privacy and security are the hot button topics this week. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the FTC's inquiry into personal health privacy in HealthKit along with Apple's response to the Masque Attack threat for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:30
Apple says no customers have been affected by "...

Earlier this week, security researchers at FireEye disclosed a new iOS vulnerability dubbed "Masque Attack." The attack works when users download what appears to be an updated version of an app they already have outside the confines of the App Store...

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10:25
A definitive ranking of the most overrated and...

Vox:

This chart, from David McCandless’ fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of those breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.

Where does your dog fit into this chart? If I had a dog, it would likely be a Labrador. Happily, they score highly on this chart.
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10:25
SanDisk makes a $60 USB drive with a Lightning...

The SanDisk iXpand marries USB and Lightning connectors to a sort-of-compact flash drive.

SanDisk


16GB iPhone got you down? Apple doesn't offer an easy way to augment your phone's storage, but plenty of third parties have tried to make it possible. They've tried wireless drives, SD card adapters, and even cases with extra storage on board. Now SanDisk is joining the fun with an alternate option that looks at least passably attractive. Its...

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10:13
iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus by nearly 3-to-1 margin,...

Within the first 30 days of the phones' availability, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus by a margin of almost three to one, according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The 6 accounted for 68 percent of all iPhone sales in that window, whereas the 6 Plus took home a little over 23 percent. The 5s and 5c -- which are still being manufactured -- together accounted for the remaining fraction....

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10:02
Apple, HP & others Defeat Patent Troll which...

A Patent Troll goes down in Flames: Late yesterday a "patent troll" by the name of US Ethernet Innovations that had sued a number of major technology companies over four Ethernet patents that it said their networking products contained has been defeated in court and was ordered to pay costs. This technically now opens the door for the Apple v. Oracle case to resume.

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10:00
Drop Kitchen Connected Scale drops just in time for...

So, you've got to bake a few dozen Christmas cookies for your little girl's robotics club, but you have absolutely no idea how to cook ... or even how to measure ingredients. Never fear -- the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale (US$99.99) and its...

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09:52
U.S. Customers Favoring iPhone 6 Over 6 Plus by 3:1...

Following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus back in September, a new survey of U.S. customers by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) details the adoption rate of the first thirty days of the devices' lifespan. The survey data, shared in a research note published today by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, indicates that 91 percent of iPhone owners bought either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the first four weeks of launch, rising from 86 percent in the first two weeks. Uptake of the new models also compares favorably to last year's iPhone launch, which saw 84 percent of customers in the first thirty days opting for the iPhone 5s and 5c. Most of the increase in share for the new models since the initial launch period has come from the iPhone 6, which saw an increase of six percentage points to 68 percent, while the iPhone 6 Plus remains at around 23-24 percent of purchases, despite both facing...

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09:52
∞ The Sorkin sketch

This sketch from Late Night with Seth Meyers struck me as a pitch perfect parody, with a perfectly appropriate cameo at the end.

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09:51
External Link: Apple’s Bloated iOS Apps

Apple still insists on offering 16 GB iOS devices, but as Kirk McElhearn discovered, that doesn’t give you much room to work with. To start, a 16 GB device with iOS 8 only offers 12.73 GB out of the box. But then if you install Apple’s optional apps (which iOS prompts you to install), that only leaves you with a little over 8 GB. As McElhearn points out, Apple’s apps are huge. iMovie takes up 613.3 MB and GarageBand requires 594.1 MB. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:40
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac...

Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.
You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.
Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.

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09:33
GT Advanced's Failure Reveals the High Stakes...

Apple and manufacturer partner GT Advanced parted ways after the sapphire supplier filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. While most Apple supplier relationships are kept secretive, the background story behind the GT-Apple partnership was revealed in a series of court documents filed by GT that were recently made public. A follow-up report by The Guardian provides an interesting look at how a deal with Apple often can make and sometimes break a supplier. While the report does not introduce any significant new information, it is a good summary of the chain of events and may help some readers get caught up on the story. In...

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09:30
Daily Deals for November 14, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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08:32
Sprint's 'iPad for Life' plan will...

Sprint is letting people get a new LTE-equipped iPad without spending hundreds of dollars up front, but subscribers should note the fine print first.
With the carrier's “iPad for Life” plan, a 16 GB iPad Air 2 costs $20 per month for 24 months, while an iPad Mini 3 costs $17 per month. For 32 GB and 64 GB models, the monthly cost increases by $4 per month and $8 per month, respectively.
The program is similar to the financing plans that most carriers already offer for smartphones, and requires a data plan on Sprint's network. Subscribers can either add the tablet to a shared data plan or get a separate plan starting at $10 per month for 100 MB.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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08:57
Apple Watch health apps may already be under FTC...

The Apple Watch doesn’t even have a release date and already federal officials are concerned about the health data the wearable will collect.The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly concerned that your private health information will be stored and used without your consent. According to Reuters, the agency has met with Apple several times over the last few months to make sure the company promises not to hand over health data to advertisers. The same applies to third-party developers working on health apps for Apple Watch and iOS 8’s HealthKit.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:04
News: Apps of the Week: Auxy, Golfinity, Space Age,...

New Apps + Games Auxy (free) — Users with even a passing interest in making their own creative music will definitely want to check out Auxy. A recently released free modern beat making app, Auxy focuses on providing an incredibly simple, fun, and intuitive interface for laying down beats, bass lines, loops, melodies, and more. Everything gets selected and adjusted with intuitive tap, touch, and swipe gestures, and the final compositions can be recorded…

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09:00
Skype for Web (beta): App-free calls coming soon to...

With as many issues as I've had with Skype over the years, it really rubs me the wrong way that I have to install the Skype for Mac app on my trusty iMac and MacBook Pro for those occasional face-to-face calls. Thanks to a beta announced today by the...

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08:57
President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality

In a move to protect the open Internet, President Obama has called for the FCC to regulate ISPs as common carriers like phone companies. Can that happen, given America’s ever-more-polarized political climate? And would it actually help? 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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08:56
WSJ: Aircraft, fake towers used for surveillance by...

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has allegedly created fake cell towers to monitor the position of cellphones for surveillance purposes. A report claims the bogus towers, called "dirtboxes," were placed by the US Marshals Service (USMS) on planes, in order to trick smartphones owned by criminals to broadcast their location, tracking their movements....

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08:33
Microsoft begins overhauling Skype, launches...


A while back, it was reported that Microsoft has been significantly overhauling Skype.
As of Friday, the company announced that it is starting to roll Skype out onto the Web. Per 9to5Mac, Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users.
To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser-based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small number of users to start and will expand to users...

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08:29
Microsoft ushers in Skype for Web beta with invite...

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web, a clientless version of its communications platform. Users can make video calls, send instant messages, and manage contacts via a browser; at the moment though, the beta is invitation-only for a small group of people. Microsoft says it plans to expand access globally "in the coming months."...

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08:23
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.01 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see this page. Version 6.01: Adds RAW compatibility for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6

Download Now

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08:23
Samsung's Mobile Chief Lost his $630,000 Bonus...

Do you remember one of our reports this summer titled "Angry Samsung Takes Back Billions in Bonuses from 100 Samsung Mobile Division Executives for Poor Performance?" Well, a new report published today tells us that Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin didn't get a bonus this quarter because of Samsung's profits imploding mainly due to poor smartphone and mobile device sales.

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08:17
Apple Canon Printer Drivers 3.1 - For OS X 10.7 or...

Apple Canon Printer Drivers installs the latest software for your Canon inkjet printer and scanner. Click here for a list of supported Canon printers and scanners.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now

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08:12
Epson Printer Drivers 2.19 - For OS X 10.6 through...

Epson Printer Drivers update installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard. For more information about printing and scanning software, see this page.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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08:09
Rumor: Department of Justice combining fixed-engine...


Well, you’re going to have to snoop on cell phones SOMEHOW, and the Department of Justice thinks a small, fixed-wing Cessna is the way to do it.
Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, a supposed secret spy program equips small aircraft with a device dubbed a “dirtbox,” which pulls data from mobile phones by masquerading as a cell tower. The project aims to identify criminals through their devices, but the wide net also snares cellphones used by the general public.
Purportedly operated by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Technical Operations Group, the dirtboxes are manufactured by Digital Receiver...

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08:03
Apple Canon Laser Printer Drivers 3.0 - For OS X 10....

Apple Canon Laser Printer Drivers installs the latest software for your Canon laser printer and scanner for Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10. For information about supported printer models, see this page.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now

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08:01
Future Turing Award grant climbs to $1 million,...

Google has dramatically boosted the A.M. Turing Award. The search engine giant has upped the prize money to the winner of the computing award to $1 million, putting it on par with the Nobel Peace Prize and major awards in other fields. The first million dollar recipient will be named in early 2015....

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08:00
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

On the line [iOS...

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07:59
Review: Itskins Evolution, Nitro Forged + Venum...

Evolution for iPhone 6 is similar to its past incarnation for iPhone 5/5s. The design has changed slightly, with a smaller camera hole and more tactile button coverage. While those are minor improvements, we don’t like the fit of this edition of Evolution. We found it hard to get the sleep/wake button to conform to the shell, and the inner rubber layer moves around too easily — a small lip protecting the front of the device can disappear quickly…

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07:55
Apple Pay now accounts for almost 1% of Whole Foods...


The good news is that Apple Pay is starting to get some traction.
The bad news is that your organic produce still costs more than the human mind can actually perceive.
Per the cool cats at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, since going live in late October, Whole Foods has already processed over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions, this according to CIO Jason Buechel.

With that number in tow, Mike Dudas, formerly of Google, PayPal, and Braintree, did a bit of math and deduced that Apple Pay transactions at Whole Foods now represent nearly 1% of all purchases. Not too shabby given that Apple Pay only works on the iPhone 6 and that Apple Pay has only been operational for about...

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07:55
Forums: iPad mini rants, Siri fails and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Grizzled Veteran "chasg" needed to rant about how he is beginning to hate his iPad mini for a variety of reasons and a few others have chimed in with some advice on how to reconcile the relationship and make things right again. Forum goers continue to discuss which of the new iPhones are best in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?"...

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07:53
Apple deals: Mac Pros from $2,549 to $5,849

This week at Apple's Online Store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models. Priced at $2,549 after a $450 price cut is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs. Save $600 on the Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics....

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07:43
iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus by 3-to-1 margin...

Though Apple doesn't break down sales figures for specific iPhone models, a new study suggests that the blockbuster sales of the iPhone 6 lineup are mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, though the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a considerable size of the market.

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07:32
TA14-318A: Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel)...

Original release date: November 14, 2014
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows RT
  • Microsoft Windows RT 8.1

Microsoft Windows XP and 2000 may also be affected.
Overview
A critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows systems could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code via specially crafted network traffic.[1]
Description
Microsoft Secure Channel (Schannel) is a security package that provides SSL and TLS on Microsoft Windows platforms.[...

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07:30
Photos to Photos game has a picture to answer any...

What happens when you take the concept of the classic card game Apples to Apples and bring it to the iPhone? Photos to Photos happens. It's a game in which you compete with other random players to answer a question with nothing more than one photo...

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07:25
Vienna 3.0.0 :306e70e: - RSS and Atom newsreader. (...

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download. A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support.
  • ...

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07:23
Who Knew Tim Cook Would Fight for the American Way?


Ninety-one percent of Americans believe they have lost control of their personal information -- and many also don't trust companies that buy, sell, barter, and combine their habits and activities to better "serve" -- aka "manipulate" -- them, a recent Pew Research survey found. Along similar lines, they don't particularly trust governments either, as they monitor communications and movement. This distrust is becoming a big deal. Edward Snowden shone a spotlight on how the war on terror has been undermining the foundation of a free America.

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07:17
Little Snitch 3.5 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data. Control your network Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.Version 3.5:

  • Greatly improved support for iOS Simulator apps in Connection Alerts, Network Monitor and Configuration. Read our blog post for details on how iOS Simulator apps are now handled in Little Snitch.
  • Added support for showing iOS App Extension icons.
  • Improved handling of via connections:
    • ...

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07:12
Video: A New Service gives you a 50% Chance of...

In a new CNN video published this morning we learn that TekDry, a relatively new start-up company, has a mission of saving the world from wet phones. In the test noted above, round one didn't revive an iPhone while in round 2 it did. So it's not a miracle process, but it may be a last ditch solution if you've out of options.

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07:00
DirecTV joins Netflix, offers 4K Ultra HD video

It’s clear that 4K video is coming. The question is, will the tipping point be a business as usual delivery mechanism as it makes its way through the usual suspects, first DirecTV, then the cable providers?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:57
Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.The Mac Observer Spin: Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

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06:54
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool. OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.Version 6.1:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • User Interface - OmniGraffle has undergone an interface update in order to make it look more at home on OS X 10.10 Yosemite....

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