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Friday December 12

08:14
Microsoft acquires HockeyApp development tool,...


It’s hard to say what Microsoft will do with it, but it could be interesting.
According to a blog post over on the Microsoft Developer Network, Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a class leading service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company stated that it will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and Android.
Based in Stuttgart, Germany, HockeyApp offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute, and beta test great mobile applications.

HockeyApp’s service include the following:
- Crash reporting: Fast and precise crash reporting with easy app integration, rich crash analysis and support for connecting...

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08:14
How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the...

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.

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08:10
Rev. Jackson's Group Disrespectfully Stormed...

On December 9 we reported that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Apple's Tim Cook met again over diversity issues in the workplace. Jackson noted that he was impressed with Cook and the conversation that they had. You'd think that Apple working with Jackson would have produced some positive fruit. But according the Mercury news, the group that Jackson supports stormed Apple's Silicon Valley campus last night in the latest call for the company to improve its workers' living standards.

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08:10
Forums: alleged iPhone instability

While this week has been relatively quiet in the MacNN forums, members discuss topics such as iPhone instability, software compatibility and more. After having his first iPhone for a short while, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the forums looking for explanations to problems he is experiencing. Yesterday one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums to ask if Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 and Yosemite work nicely together....

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08:06
Apple deals: up to $600 off Mac Pros

Right now at Apple's online store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models with savings of up to $600 off the list price. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash based storage is now $2,549 after a $450 discount. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz 6-Core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage....

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08:00
YouTube Find: Cheer on this iPad robot as it escapes...

Double Robotics had a clever idea to market Double, its iPad-equipped telepresence robot -- instead of a plain jane demonstration video, the company setup a robot in a conference room and allowed the public to control it over the Internet. Users coul...

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07:51
Deepest Discount Ever: $700 off Apple's 15-inch...

Even with the holiday shopping season nearing its final stretch, Apple Authorized Resellers continue to introduce significant savings on some of the company's most popular products, such as a new offer that marks down a 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 750M) by a record $700.

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07:49
Workflow for iOS aims to simplify automation of...

A newly launched iOS application dubbed "Workflow" enables users to drag and drop combinations of more than 100 different actions to create automated and complex workflows.

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07:31
Iowa planning America’s first iPhone driver’s...

If you’re pulled over by a patrol car in Iowa, you might in future find the officer asking for your ‘iPhone and registration, please.’ The state is working on creating a smartphone app that can be shown in place of a physical license, reports the WSJ.
DOT spokeswoman Andrea Henry said that both security and privacy concerns need to be addressed before the project can proceed. Animation might be used to guard against someone showing a screengrab in place of the app, and privacy will be protected by ensuring that “the phone never leaves your hands.”

Users could hold up the phone so that police or Transportation Security Administration officers can scan the license electronically, rather than handling the phone.

The app will also need to hide notifications while it is in use,...

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07:27
NTFS 12.1.62 - Provides full read and write access...

Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to Windows NTFS partitions under OS X. Excellent solution for end users, SOHO, and enterprise, supports all NTFS versions from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 8 (NTFS versions 1.2, 3.0 and 3.1), and mounts the NTFS volumes as native ones. Features:

  • Natively read and write your data to any Windows NTFS partition.
  • Easily transfer data between Windows and Mac computers using external or thumb drives with NTFS partitions.
  • Access NTFS partitions without having any complex translation applications or file services like AFP or Samba protocols.

Version 12.1.62:

  • Support for the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Improved stability and performance
  • Bug fixing
  • OS X 10.5 or later
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07:24
Daily Deal: The Name-Your-Own-Price iOS Designer...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up another great Name-Your-Own-Price bundle: The iOS Designer Bundle includes four all-level courses and three asset packs that will help you design your next great iOS app. With something for everyone from beginners to advanced designers, this bundle brings you all of the tools you need to design an engaging iOS app. You pay what you want for the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of…

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07:15
Samsung Can't Confirm that they Have Apple Chip...

A report out of Korea today states that Taiwan's TSMC began the risk production of the 16nm FinFET plus (16FF+) process, and began to produce chips in July, much earlier than the original anticipated Q3. Apple is adjusting the A9 chip production quantity shuttling between Samsung (SEC) and TSMC. Although the report hints of Samsung working on the A9 processor in Austin Texas, the report clearly states there's no firm order.

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07:08
Samsung Starts Manufacturing Apple's A9 Chip...

Manufacturing of Apple's A9 processor is reportedly underway in Samsung's Austin, Texas plant, according to Korea's ET News (via The Verge). Samsung is believed to be handling the bulk of the orders for the A9 using its 14-nanometer chip process, with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) contributing a supplementary supply. Samsung and TSMC have been competing for Apple's lucrative A9 processor contract after Apple in 2013 signed a multi-year deal with Taiwan's TSMC to supply A-series processors for Apple's iOS devices. TSMC took lead on the A8 chip, fabricating...

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07:06
No Respite for Sony


Since the hacker group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly 50,000 Social Security numbers of current and former employees. The Social Security information was not encrypted, and it appears Sony exercised very little control over it.

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07:02
Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.The Mac Observer Spin: Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.

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07:01
Twitter clients in 2014: An exploration of Tweetbot...

Federico Viticci on the history of Twitter clients and the current state of the union. Fantastic read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Apple online store now accepting payment via PayPal

Ahead of the busy holiday shopping season, Apple has made shopping from its online store that much easier. According to a report from Re/Code, Apple's online store for U.S. and U.K. based customers now accepts payment via PayPal.

As you can tell fro...

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06:54
Apple Pay in-app checkout added to MLB Ballpark...



Apple Pay support is still slowly rolling out from more banks, retailers, and apps, and two notable updates added Apple Pay in-app checkout options this week.
First up is Priceline, the app that aims to...

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06:42
Apple’s sprawling, back-loaded 2014, and what to...


Apple's PR strategy revolves around scarcity of information—the company makes so few official announcements or even comments on news stories that people pay attention when it speaks. Its product announcements are day-long events revolving around hour-long keynotes that completely consume the tech news cycle whenever they happen. It's a different approach from, say, Google, which has so many things going on at any given time that it feels like the company is announcing some small news basically every day.
For the first half of 2014, Apple just didn't have much to say. Its big product announcements in the first half of the year involved the resurrection of the iPad 4 in place of the $399 iPad 2 (it has since been re-discontinued) and a small...

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06:39
News: TwelveSouth releases BookBook for iPhone 6 and...

TwelveSouth has released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions of its signature BookBook case. As with prior versions, the new BookBook for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus ($60) combines a wallet and iPhone protection into a single, classic-looking leather book design. The new version also now adds a removable, sturdy shell case, however, allowing users to easily remove their iPhone from the wallet and carry it separately without losing protection. A hands-free…

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06:36
Apple begins accepting PayPal at US, UK web stores

Apple has begun accepting PayPal at its US and UK online stores, reports note. The option has been present for some time when making a purchase through iTunes, including the App Store and the iBookstore, but missing from Apple's websites. When checking out, PayPal is listed as the only alternative to a credit or debit card....

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06:27
Iowa to launch smartphone driver’s license

Sometime next year, residents of Iowa will be able to download an app that will act as their driver’s license. Is this a job for the secure element?∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
Apple iPhone Orders for Catcher and Simplo Rings in...

It's being reported in Taiwan today that chassis maker Catcher Technology and battery maker Simplo Technology both announced revenue growths for November due to Apple's hot iPhone orders.

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06:10
As Expected Ford Dumps Microsoft's Car Platform...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Ford has updated its Sync in-dash infotainment platform, and that’s bad news for Microsoft. Ford had signed unto to Apple's CarPlay back in July.

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06:09
Review: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the market, as Sony has their similar versions. Does the PixPro SL10 stand out? Check our review to find out....

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06:02
Production of next year’s A9 chip reportedly...

Production by Samsung of the A9 chip destined for next year’s iPhones and iPads is underway, according to a report in Korea’s Electronic Times.

According to industry insiders on December 11, Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company effectively...

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06:02
Rumor: Samsung begins building first 'A9'...

After Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reportedly built the majority of A8 chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is said to have begun turning back to Samsung for its next-generation "A9" processor, which is expected to power the company's 2015 iPhone lineup.

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Glitter, gold, and...

Glitter, gold, and impeccable soundThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features an assortment of holiday stocking stuffers: Glittery, starry backgrounds, real gold motifs, and solutions for music lovers.AmzerThe Border Case (iPhone 6; $8) sports a double-molded polycarbonate frame with a see-through, transparent back for a minimalistic look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
You Should Play: Challenging platformer Bean Dreams...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.Rarely do we suggest starting with a sequel, but in the case of Bean Dreams, you can jump right in. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Bean’s Quest, the original title in this now two-part game series, because I’ll catch you up real quick: you play as a sombrero-wearing jumping bean in an adorable platformer world. Beyond that, there’s not much to get—and that’s part of the charm of this instant classic game. Bean Dreams is that exceptional game that is actually as responsive and fun on the iPhone as the classic 1980s console titles that inspired it. Here are three reasons why you need to add...

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06:01
The astonishing, award-winning Apple Store in...

Jaw-droppingly beautiful.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
12 days of Mixes!  

If you like TED Talks and documentaries, we’ve got a holiday treat for you.
One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that we often receive private speeches from influential thinkers like Malcolm Gladwell. Just in time for the holidays, we’re publishing them as mixes to share with you.
Every day through December 23rd, we’ll share a new influential speech at the OfficeMix.com Gallery.
Today’s mix: Malcolm Gladwell, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.”
Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 
Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!
The post 12 days of Mixes!   appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
Cases licensed under Apple's MFi program must...

When you're selling an iPhone accessory it helps to have the official stamp on your product that reads "Made for iPhone." It lets people know your product isn't just a cheap knock off. To get that stamp you have to meet certain standards, which have ...

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06:00
Reviews: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the mark ......

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05:50
OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

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05:21
Lessons learned about HealthKit from Duke and Oschner

Duke University in North Carolina and Oschner Health System in Louisiana are two of the first hospitals to incorporate HealthKit into their day-to-day operations. Duke’s Dr. Ricky Bloomfield and Oschner’s Dr. Richard Milani spoke about their experiences at the mHealth Summit earlier this week.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
Spotify 0.9.15.27. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue. The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.

Version 0.9.15.27.: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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05:00
Opposite Day: Reversing Lines In Files

The other day, my daughter said “it’s opposite day” when it was time to do a little homework, trying to get out of it! Which reminded me of a funny little command line tool called rev. Rev reads a file and reverses all the lines. So let’s touch a file called rev ~/Desktop/revtest and then populate it with the following lines:
123
321
123
Now run rev followed by the file name:
rev ~/Desktop/revtest
Now cat it:
cat !$
Now rev it again:
rev !$
You go go forward and back at will for fun, much more fun than homework… Enjoy!

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04:48
Apple's Zorlu Store Receives 'Supreme...

Accolades for Apple's Zorlu store in Istanbul, Turkey continue to roll in with the company's Zorlu store winning the both the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and the award for best Commercial or Retail Structures at the Structural Awards 2014. This Supreme award is given to the building that exemplifies the "finest example of structural engineering design" for the year. Apple was recognized for the intricate and minimalist structural design of its flagship store in the upscale Zorlu shopping center in Istanbul, Turkey. Created in conjunction with structural engineering firm Eckersley O'Callaghan and architects Foster + Partners...

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03:55
Work Beyond Mac: Essential gear for working on your...

When Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the original iPad, he took us through a list of tasks a tablet would have to excel at when compared to a smartphone and computer in order to be successful. And then he sat down in a comfy chair and started tapping on the piece of glass in his hands, walking the world through the future. Though, the future ended up being a little different than what Jobs showed that day.
At the end of the keynote, one thing was clear: the iPad was originally thought of as a device for consuming content. It was meant to read books, browse the web, view photos, watch movies, and play games.
Then something exciting happened—as developers began creating productivity apps to take advantage of the larger screen, the iPad gradually started to change the way we work. Apps, however, are only half of the iPad’s story of transformation (and something I will discuss in my next Work Beyond Mac column!). The other half, accessories, have placed the iPad in...

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04:36
Hands On: Sago Mini Road Trip (iOS)

Keeping younger kids entertained on long road trips isn't always easy. Parents often sacrifice their sanity by employing kids-themed entertainment, forcing them to choose between a fussy toddler or ten different renditions of "Old McDonald." Instead of attempting to distract kids with the same ten songs they've heard since birth, why not try Sago Mini Road Trip, by developer Sago Sago, and allow kids to take control of the wheel?...

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04:31
Recommended Reading: 'Eloquent JavaScript'

JavaScript is the programming language behind today's web applications, but it's not always well understood. For years, JavaScript was seen as a collection of parlor tricks that often broke because they weren't well implemented.
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04:09
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.
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04:09
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.
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04:04
Protesters stage brief but noisy demonstration at...

Around 100 protesters organized by the United Service Workers West union and the Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday staged a “brief but lively” demonstration at the Apple Campus, calling on the company to create better pay and conditions for low-paid contract workers.
Jesse Jackson last month wrote to Tim Cook urging the company to create “world-class working conditions” for contractors like security guards, who are not entitled to the same job security and perks as direct employees. He requested a meeting with Cook, which took place a few days ago …

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03:04
Ford drops Microsoft's Windows Embedded,...

Ford has abandoned its troubled Microsoft Sync automotive infotainment system for a QNX-based platform that can support Apple's CarPlay with Hands Free Siri.

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Thursday December 11

23:25
Hands On: Bit.Trip.Run! (iOS)

Bit.Trip.Run is a game set in the universe of Bit.Trip, a popular app by developer Gaijin Games that debuted on the Wii back in 2009. A total of seven variations came along, with Bit.Trip Runner meeting with great success that quickly went multi-platform, with releases on both the Nintendo 3DS as well as Steam. Bit.Trip.Run is not to be confused with Bit.Trip Runner, which begs the question: how does Bit.Trip.Run distinguish itself from the others in the series?...

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22:15
MPAA investigating existing legal avenues for anti-...

A disturbing new email leak sent to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton in 2012 has revealed a secret meeting between officials from the Department of Homeland Security and representatives from Google that was focused on methods by which the various groups could hobble or block sites known for hosting pirated materials. Meetings also occurred between the MPAA and an unnamed national law-firm across 2013 to discuss methods to force ISPs to block sites hosting or aggregating pirated content....

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21:42
Canadian court rules that police officers can search...

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled by a 4-3 decision that Canadian police officers have the right to search cell phones without a warrant during arrests under certain circumstances: the arrest must be lawful, police need a valid reason for the search, the search must be limited to the suspected crime and police must keep detailed records of the search.
Justice Thomas Cromwell claimed that the court was trying to reach a balance between effective law enforcement while preserving the right for Canadian citizens to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures under Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Meanwhile, the three dissenting judges argued that police should require a warrant in all cases...

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20:06
Microsoft buys HockeyApp to integrate developer beta...

Microsoft has announced through a blog post that it has acquired HockeyApp, a mobile analytics and app-distribution service similar to Apple's Testflight. Originally launched as a web-only service in 2011 that allowed iOS, OS X, and Android developers to collect crash reports and manage beta distribution, the app now offers such services for Android, iOS and Windows Phone developers, and will continue to operate as Microsoft works on integrating HockeyApp into the Applications Insights service in Visual Studio Online....

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20:00
New Android for Lync features—Anonymous Join,...

Barak Manor is a product manager on the Lync team.
The holiday season is here and the Skype for Business team is bringing Android users some great presents. In this new release, we include Anonymous Join, Certificate & Passive Authentication, Contact Management, and some significant performance enhancements and bug fixes. We believe that enabling users to function fully on a mobile platform is a fundamental part of a mobile-first world, so we’re excited to introduce these new features and enhancements, each of which takes us another step toward realizing this vision.
Anonymous Join
Windows Phone and iOS devices already have Anonymous Join and now Android joins the party. With this feature you can join a Lync Meeting even if you don’t have a Lync account. That means you can invite colleagues, partners and customers to Lync Meetings and know that no matter how they choose to join—including on Android mobile devices—they’ll get great audio and video...

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19:40
Review: Epson WorkForce DS-40 scanner

In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the...

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19:13
Red October malware updated, targets diplomats,...

Beginning in Russia and spreading quickly to other countries, a new variation on the formerly-dormant Red October malware has been detected by security firms such as Blue Coat and Kaspersky this week. The new version -- which is notably targeting smartphones of diplomats, military leaders and business executives -- contains a level of sophistication in the function and code that suggests a rogue state, which would have the resources to assemble the talent, is backing the attack....

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19:00
Reviews: Epson WorkForce DS-40 scanner

In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the ......

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18:32
Online Apple Store now accepts PayPal payments in US...

Apple on Thursday updated its digital storefront to include PayPal as a valid method of making purchases, expanding customer options beyond credit and debit cards for the first time.

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18:20
Apple Online Store Now Accepting PayPal Payments

Apple's online stores in the United States and the United Kingdom have begun accepting PayPal payments, reports Re/code. PayPal was previously available as a payment option in iTunes and the App Store, but it is now also accepted for product purchases made at Apple.com. Payments with PayPal can be made as of today from the online Apple Store by choosing the PayPal option when checking out. Along with accepting PayPal payments, Apple will also promote PayPal Credit payment methods, letting Apple online shoppers pay for items over $250 with monthly payments over the course of 18 months with no interest. Now that Apple offers a PayPal competitor with Apple Pay, the two companies have had some minor disputes. Back in September...

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18:08
Apple now accepting PayPal for checkout through...

Apple has updated its online store to start accepting PayPal as a payment method in both the United States and United Kingdom. PayPal was already an option for those who shopped through the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore, but this is the first time the company has offered it through the Apple Online Store.

PayPal previously took a swipe at Apple over its cloud platform’s security issues, but ...

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17:45
City of Houston Allows Bitcoin ATM in Convention...

The City of Houston has allowed a live Bitcoin ATM to be set up in George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston owns the building, but it is managed by Houston First, a separate corporation that runs the convention center and other Houston-owned public buildings. This marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be operated in a government-owned building.

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17:38
4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic


4MLinux is a unique mini Linux distribution that tries to be what it is not. Its limited-purpose design is too basic for even lightweight distro functions. Much of any benefit users might derive from 4MLinux mimics what already is available from USB-launched pocket Linux distros such as Puppy Linux, Porteus and Knoppix. However, much of the advanced functionality of these other distros is missing from 4MLinux. The 4MLinux name is derived from this distro's specialized uses: Multimedia, Miniserver, Maintenance and Mystery.

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17:13
Twelve South launches BookBook for iPhone 6 and...

Apple accessory maker Twelve South has debuted an updated version of its popular BookBook iPhone case for the latest models of the iconic smartphone. The new BookBook for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) is available now from the company’s website.
The BookBook combines a protective smartphone cover with a hand-distressed leather wallet for storing your cash, credit cards, and IDs, and puts it all inside a case designed to look like a book.

The iPhone 6/Plus version of the BookBook includes a shell case for the phone that fits inside the leather cover. This enables you to protect the phone even when you decided to forego the entire wallet. The full case also flips out into a kickstand for hands-free FaceTime calls.
The BookBook...

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16:58
Understanding multiband compression

I love compressors, but multibands are a bit more complicated. This is worth reading.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:51
Taiwan Supply Chain Claims Apple Watch Production...

A supply chain leak out of Taiwan is claiming that Apple and Quanta have solved yield issues that will allow Apple Watch production to ramp up starting in January. United Daily News reported that the first wave of Apple Watches will number in the 3-5 million mark, with 24 million scheduled for all of calendar 2015.The Mac Observer Spin: I hope UDN has this one right. I can't wait to strap an Apple Watch onto my wrist.

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16:51
Contract workers invade Apple campus demanding...

A group of more than 100 protestors, including civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, convened at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., campus on Thursday to protest treatment of Silicon Valley contract labor and deliver a petition calling on the tech giant to set a trend toward reform.

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16:45
Transmit iOS is back with iCloud Drive support

Panic announced on Twitter that Apple is allowing them to keep the feature they previously had to remove.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Play music from Notification...

Dinner and musicThis week's roundup of apps includes great new ways to order food—or just think about it—and new options for playing your tunes. Plus, games and project organizing apps, as well.BasecampThis collaborative workspace app has updated in both its free iPhone and iPad versions. In both cases, it’s now easier to create and assign “To-Dos,” and both apps are more easily searched. The iPhone version lets you see the day’s tasks directly from the widget screen. Best of all: If you finish using Basecamp on one device, you can pick up the other device and immediately begin working where you left off.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:34
Clipping and masking in CSS

Differences in what they can do, differences in syntaxes, different technologies involved, the new and the deprecated, and browser support differences.And sadly there is quite a bit of outdated information out there. Let’s see if we can sort it out.It’s the outdated information that gets me sometimes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:24
Apple Flip Flops on App Functionality, Allows...

Panic released an update to FTP app Transmit on Monday, and the app was found in violation of App Store guidelines and the share sheet had to be removed. As of Thursday, that decision was reversed.

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16:17
Leaked Sony emails reveal possible shooting...

Fallout from a massive Sony Pictures hack continues to provide nuggets of information about an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, the latest being emails from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, who was previously slated to direct the movie.

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16:10
Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and...

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad-until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.The Mac Observer Spin: There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.

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16:06
Watch: Behind the scenes look at Corning’s Gorilla...

The team at uBreakiFix was recently invited to Corning’s Gorilla Glass testing facility in Corning, New York for an inside look at the science behind the ultra-durable glass found on iPhones, iPads and several other smartphones and tablets. The five-minute spot goes behind the scenes at Corning’s strength testing lab to show how durable Gorilla Glass is under stress and bending tests.
A second video provides an in-depth look at some of the properties of Gorilla Glass and looks at the science behind what makes the glass so strong. Gorilla Glass benefits from a process called ion exchange that makes the glass able to retain strength after being scratched or damaged, an advantage that helps set it apart from other types of glass on the market.
While it was highly rumored...

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15:54
Walmart Want's to sell you a new iPhone 6 at a...

Want an iPhone 6 at a discount? It's being reported this afternoon that Walmart Stores are seeking to attract customers after the post-Thanksgiving rush and is now selling the iPhone 6 for as little as $...

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15:51
Original Apple I from 1976 sold for $365,000 at...

A fully-functional Apple I original computer known as the "Ricketts Apple I" after the original owner, has sold at auction at Christie's for less than expected, fetching $365,000 rather than the estimated $400,000-600,000 range. The unit was the only known Apple I sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to an individual from his Los Altos family home. Another working Apple I was recently sold to the Henry Ford foundation last October for $905,000. While there are thought to be some 50 surviving Apple I units, only six are known to be functional.......

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15:33
New Video Gives Inside Look at Corning's...

Corning, producer of Gorilla Glass, has been a long time partner of Apple. Its ultra tough Gorilla Glass has been used in several generations of iPhones and iPads, including the recent iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Corning has published several videos that show how its Gorilla Glass is produced and tested, uBreakiFix recently visited the company's Gorilla Glass facility in Corning, New York, and has created a set of videos explaining how Gorilla Glass works and showing off some of the equipment that Corning uses to test Gorilla Glass. The first video explains the details behind Corning's ion exchange glass strengthening procedure and its focus on "damage resistance," which sets Gorilla Glass apart from its competitors. It also shows tests between Gorilla Glass and...

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15:26
More leaked Sony emails reveal possible locations...

Michael Fassbender will reportedly play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic
While we’ve already learned some interesting details about the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from the recently leaked Sony Pictures files, it seems there’s still more to be gleaned from the company’s documents. As the Verge notes today, new emails have revealed the possible settings for the film, which include “two...

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15:10
Rare working Apple-1 originally sold by Steve Jobs...

A vintage Apple-1 computer with documentation proving it was sold directly by late tech guru Steve Jobs for $600 in 1976 brought in $365,000 when the hammer fell at a New York auction on Thursday, falling short of estimates.

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15:00
Automate your iOS life with Workflow

In the beginning, there was DeskConnect. It was an amazing set of apps that gave the pre-iOS 8/Yosemite world the ability to do AirDrop-style transfers between Macs (and PCs) and iOS devices. It's still around for those who haven't yet upgraded to th...

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14:48
Steve Jobs Biopic Filming to Take Place in 'Two...

Earlier this week, leaked emails and data from the recent Sony hack revealed some interesting details on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic that's currently in the works, including Sorkin's desire to cast Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs. Additional emails shared today by The Verge from Aaron Sorkin, prospective director David Fincher and Walter Isaacson shed more light on the project, including where filming will take place and what Fincher and Isaacson thought of the script. Though Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionare will direct the Steve Jobs movie, executives involved in the film...

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14:43
Canadian watchdog looking into Apple’s carrier deals...

Apple’s Canadian mobile carrier contracts are being evaluated by the country’s Competition Bureau after accusations of anticompetitive behavior from unnamed source, Reuters reported today.
The anonymous accuser claims that the agreements with Canada’s cellular carriers contain anticompetitive language. There’s currently no evidence to support those claims, but the Competition Bureau is still in the process of acquiring a court order for documents that could back them up.

In the event that some evidence points to anticompetitive behavior by Apple and its carrier partners, action could be taken against the company by ...

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14:39
The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Did you know our developer bundles are usually the most popular deals on our TMO Deals site? It's true, and we have a Name Your Own Price bundle today designed to help you learn how to design iPS apps. Name Your Own Price deals allow you to literally name your own price. If you pay less than the average on this one, you'll get two of the items below. If you beat the average price, which is currently $10.94, you'll get four courses and hundreds of design assets, including:

The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP
Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process
Freebo Design Asset Bundle
Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX
iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners
Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap
Build A Cross-Platform Mobile App Using PhoneGap

That's a lot of learning. And remember that 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities (your...

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14:27
9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro $300 off...

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

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,699 (Reg. $1,...

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14:27
Failing to Win Apple's Display Business, Wintek...

A new report today claims that Taiwanese group Wintek, formerly a major supplier of touchscreens for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, has shut down two plants in southern China and axed 7,000 jobs, leaving unpaid suppliers to chase debts of US$37million. While Wintek was the largest supplier of touchscreens for the iPhone 4, Apple switched to a different technology in 2012 for its iPhone 5, eliminating much of Apple’s need for Wintek’s technology.

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14:25
Briefly: Adobe's ACR 8.7.1, Snapchat gets...

Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1, adding support for Sony ILC-A7M2 and updated support for the Samsung NX1 cameras. The release is available as a final release on Adobe.com, as well as through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC 2014 and Photoshop CS6. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is also now available, and an update for Lightroom 5.7.1 is anticipated within the next week....

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14:23
Apple institutes new rules for iPhone cases, CarPlay...

Apple has instituted a new rule for Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing, requiring all cases to protect against drops of at least 1m (3.2 feet) over hard surfaces, sources say. That also includes any orientation, even in the direction of the display. Similarly, cases for all iOS devices must now offer a buffer of at least 1mm between the display and a flat surface when the device is upside-down. To achieve that, they can either cover the display glass completely or use a lip around the edge....

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14:20
Apple forces nude immigrants to cover up in iPad...


After naming Papers, Please our favorite game of 2013, we were of course excited to hear from developer Lucas Pope that a version will be coming to iPad on December 12. The version we get on iOS won't be precisely identical to the one we loved on the PC, though, thanks to some apparent worries about brief nudity from the App Store approval folks at Apple.
In the iPad version, when non-player characters go through the game's scanners (to be searched for explosives and contraband before entering the fictional country of Arstotzka), they will be shown clothed in light underwear, Pope tweeted. The underwear option was merely a selectable option in last year's PC version of the game.
In...

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14:19
Google introduces 'material design' to iOS...

An update to Google's flagship search app for iOS on Thursday brings the company's new "material design" user interface and Google Maps integration, while a new version of Apple's TestFlight beta testing app fixes minor bugs.

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14:10
Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Fixes an issue that prevented saved passwords from being autofilled for all three versions, plus adds more bug fixes and improvements for Safari 8.0.2 on Yosemite. (Free) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:00
Google for iOS updated with Material Design, better...

Yet another Google app for iOS got the Material Design treatment on Thursday, and this time, it’s… Google. Google’s latest version—5.0—sports a complete redesign and overhaul with new features to boot. Now, Google will remember your recently visited pages so you can quickly access them again and has a new Google button so you can start a new search in one tap. It also integrates with Google Maps, specifically for exploring what’s nearby in either Map or Street View.
Google has a simplified three-button navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, which ties into Material Design. You’ll see a back arrow button on the left, your Search button in the middle, and your Recents button on the right. The app has been...

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14:00
Something new for iOS - Handwriting input with Mazec

There have been a lot of keyboards added to the App Store since Apple allowed third parties to offer unique capabilities, and the Mazec keyboard is the most unique yet. It allows you to enter text using handwriting input. It reminds me of the late, n...

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13:55
iOS: Save Web Pages to a PDF File Without Using an...

One of the features that OS X has but is missing in iOS is the facility to print a document page to PDF. With some limitations, John Martellaro shows you how to print web pages in iOS Safari to a PDF file and drop it into iBooks or some other app.

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13:46
Apple Patent Reveals Maps Night Mode for CarPlay

On December 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's new iOS 8 Maps App Night Mode coming to CarPlay and working in sync with special in-vehicle conditions.

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13:45
Sonnet Introduces New Family of Optical Thunderbolt...

Sonnet Technologies New Family of Optical Thunderbolt cables designed to connect computers and devices over longer distances in a wide variety of production environments. With support for both 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 and 10Gbps Thunderbolt connections, the Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are "thin, lightweight, and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt cables at distances of up to 60 meters."
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13:40
Article: Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014

Welcome to iLounge’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, a rundown of the best recent accessories for iOS devices. The guide is designed to show consumers what they might have missed during the past few months. For a more comprehensive list of top-notch accessories in more categories, we recommend reading our Best of the Year Awards for 2014, and if you’re interested in anything else, please search through our massive review section.…

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13:39
Xojo 2014 Release 3

Xojo Inc has released Xojo 2014 Release 3 -- a major release of their multi-platform rapid development tool. Xojo users can now build iOS apps in the same way desktop and web applications are created (e.g., native iOS applications). This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features.
Xojo 2014 Release 3 feature highlights include:
* New iOS framework
* New Text data type and supporting methods for improved text handling
* New Auto data type for storing any type or object
* New Xojo.Core classes that make creating international applications easier
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13:37
Apple backs down, allows 'Send To' options...

Apple has quickly reversed course on a policy that broke "Send To" commands in Transmit for iOS, app developer Panic now says. The company writes that it got a "nice call from Apple" on Wednesday, and it has resubmitted Transmit to the App Store with Send To restored. This includes the "Send to iCloud Drive" command that formed the basis of Apple's complaint....

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13:30
Tim Cook selected as Financial Times' Person of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been selected as Financial Time's Person of the Year for his role expanding Apple's collaboration with other companies and its support of social issues. On the business front, 2014 saw Apple partnering with IBM to create enterp...

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13:07
Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display...

Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates
Apple has released three important updates.
iOS 8.1.2 which includes an array of security updates. Take note, however, over the air updates have proven a challenge for some. The download is large, and users tight on memory will find that they need to free up space before they can update.
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13:07
New Google app for iOS gets Android all over your...

Google's new "Material Design" aesthetic was a big part of the Lollipop update for Android, but even if you've got an Android phone or iDevice running another operating system you've probably run into it in one or more of the company's apps. Today the company announced a new version of the Google app for iOS that takes things even further—it looks a whole lot like Android, from the swipe-able cards used to switch between tabs (see above) to the software navigation buttons across the bottom of the screen.
When you use multiple Google apps on iOS, they form their own sort of ecosystem-within-an-ecosystem. While iOS doesn't allow you to replace its default apps with third-party alternatives, Google's apps are all intertwined. Links clicked in the Google Search app could open in Chrome or Google Maps rather than Safari or Apple Maps if you've got them all...

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13:00
Rumor Roundup: A fool's game

Foxconn Robots Proving Unsuitable for iPhone Assembly, Updated Versions in the Works (MacRumors)

Source: Chinese website

Chance it's true: Who knows

As with all rumors related to Apple's supply chain, there's no real way for us to ever know whethe...

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12:59
Canadian Competition Bureau probes Apple deals with...

The Canadian government's Competition Bureau is investigating complaints that Apple used anti-competitive clauses in the contracts it signed with phone carriers, Reuters reports. Although the Bureau stresses that it has yet to uncover any wrongdoing, it has only this week asked for a court order that would force Apple to turn over necessary documents. The organization hasn't said if it's pursuing similar orders for the carriers, which include Bell, Rogers, and Telus....

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12:50
Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas...

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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12:30
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

GPSSpeed HD, the GPS to...

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12:20
French Regulators Send Apple Notice that their In-...

Apple’s Retail Stores in France have been under watch by France’s data regulator for the last year, and apparently the watch continues.

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12:16
Apple issues Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Apple has released Safari 8.0.2 for users of OS X Yosemite. Unlike most updates to the browser, v8.0.2 is virtually identical to its predecessor. It instead patches over the broken v8.0.1 release, which was found to cause some copies of Safari to become completely non-functional, and later pulled....

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12:15
Cellular-equipped iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 units hit...


If you’re in the Chinese marketplace, you’ll like this.
Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.
According to Apple’s announcement, cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now on sale in China include TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other advanced networks. A quick check with China’s Online Apple Store shows the latest WLAN + Cellular iPads up for sale with an estimated ship time of one day.

Prices for Space Gray, silver and gold iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB (US$...

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12:04
If you can't open iMovie, GarageBand, or iWork...

If you bought an iOS 8 device that's 32 GB or larger, it came with a new bundle of apps from Apple, including iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iTunes U. Find out what to do if you can't open these apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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12:00
Apple rejected one of the best games of the year...

If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks yo...

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11:57
Iowa to become first state to launch smartphones as...


If you live in Iowa, you’ll soon be able to use your smartphone as your driver’s license.
Per the Des Moines Register, Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver’s license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The app, which will be provided to drivers at no additional cost, will be available sometime in 2015, DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday.

“We are really moving forward on this,” Trombino said. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.”
People will still be able to stick a traditional plastic driver’s license in their wallet or purse if they choose, Trombino said. But the new digital...

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11:54
Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 to fix issues related to...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update for its Safari Web browser for OS X, fixing issues related to syncing history across devices, as well as saving passwords in iCloud Keychain.

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11:46
Apple releases latest Safari updates for OS X...

Apple has released updated versions of Safari for OS X users running 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest versions of Safari for each respective OS X version now comes to Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.
Earlier this month Apple released updates for Safari for OS X, but later pulled the releases after a short period. Today’s update addresses a number of issues relating to iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, and what Apple calls a rare issue caused by the previous release.
Apple has posted a document detailing the changes in the latest versions. The update is available through the Mac App Store. In addition to releasing new Safari updates, Apple also updated its ...

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11:44
Samsung Drops the Ball Again with Tizen OS for...

It's being reported in Korea today that Samsung Electronics is set to reveal a Tizen OS driven TV by CES 2016. In the world of technology, that's a lifetime away. Just think back to February of this year when Samsung embarrassingly dropped the Tizen OS ball big time and it wasn't the first time either. This week Samsung blew it again when it came to delivering a Tizen based smartphone in India. Developers are discouraged and close to giving up.

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11:37
Apple Safari 8.0.2 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by updating your Mac to the latest version of OS X Yosemite. Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.Version 8.0.2:

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is not on
  • • Fixes an issue that could prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain
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  • Improves the performance of WebGL graphics on Retina displays...

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11:32
Apple Releases Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite to...

Eight days after releasing and then quickly pulling Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Apple today released Safari 8.0.2 to the public. The release notes for Safari 8.0.2 are identical to those for Safari 8.0.1 except for the addition of a line noting the problems with the 8.0.1 release.- Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.Other bundled changes from Safari 8.0.1 include fixes for syncing history across devices, autofilling saved passwords, WebGL performance on Retina displays, and Firefox username and password import. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google App for iOS Updated With Material Design, Maps IntegrationSmartphone-Compatible Digital Driver's...

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11:30
iPhone 5 survives ride on car tire, refuses to die

For all the love the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been getting -- my 6 Plus is the best smartphone I've ever owned, so I'm right there with you -- the iPhone 5 and 5s are some seriously durable devices. Sure, the touchscreen display is prone to breaking ...

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11:25
Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS w/ auto cropping...

Adobe released version 1.4 of Photoshop Mix for iPhone and iPad today adding a new “auto crop” feature that Adobe says “analyzes images and suggests non-destructive boundaries based on the primary objects in an image.”
The latest version of the photo editing app also includes the addition of Instagram as a sharing option while sharing to Facebook has been improved. The Creative Cloud-connected app can now open files directly from Lightroom, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Line, and Illustrator Draw as well while support for six more languages was added in the update.
Auto crop feature from Photoshop Mix
Check out the full change log for Photoshop Mix, which first launched in June, below with all the new details.
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11:25
Apple fast tracks CarPlay hardware development w/...

Apple’s new CarPlay iOS feature has recently arrived through a limited number of in-dash vehicle entertainment systems and aftermarket products, but Apple has now introduced official guidelines for companies building CarPlay hardware through its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program, according to sources. 
Apple confirms in the specs that CarPlay will only be allowed for in-dash units built into vehicles or through aftermarket installations and that rear-seat or other integrations are not yet permitted.
While most current implementations utilize USB to connect to an iPhone, Apple allows use of a Lightning connector via a dock or custom cable solution. In addition, Apple has requirements for audio and noise cancellation features, such as recommending...

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11:22
News: Report: Apple outlines more stringent...

Apple is now enforcing more stringent requirements for case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) program, 9to5Mac reports. The new requirements are intended to ensure that cases provide better protection for Apple devices from impact, as well as providing proper glass coverage. Case makers will now be required to ensure that devices are protected from drops of up to 1 meter onto a hard surface, from any possible device orientation. Cases will…

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11:21
Person of the Year: Tim Cook of Apple

Financial Times:This year has seen Apple’s chief step out of the shadows of his predecessor and imprint the company with his own set of values and priorities: bringing in fresh blood, changing how it manages its cash pile, opening Apple up to greater collaboration and focusing more on social issues.There’s no doubt that this is now “Tim Cook’s Apple”.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Canada's Competition Bureau investigating Apple...

Apple's Canadian operations are under investigation from the country's Competition Bureau, which is looking into claims of anti-competitive deals struck with carriers in the Great White North.

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11:15
The visual trickery that turns hockey rinks into...

Wired:Pre-game presentations have long been excuses to trot out special effects. Indoor pyrotechnics, giant inflatable helmets, live wild animals running the field, and bone-rattling sound systems have been around for years.Turning a hockey rink into a lake of fire? That’s new.The tech behind all of this is pretty cool but it seems like pointless eye candy to me.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Apple #22 on Glassdoor's 2015 Best Places to...

Recruiting website Glassdoor has published its Employees' Choice Awards for 2015. The awards honor the best places to work in the US and UK, based on ratings by employees. This year, Apple came in 22nd of the top 50 large companies, a marked improvem...

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10:54
Apple Introduces New Guidelines Requiring iPhone...

Apple recently updated its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing guidelines for case manufacturers, requiring all future cases designed for the iPhone to protect the device from falls up to one meter on hard surfaces. As described by sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, to comply with Apple's new guidelines, case manufacturers will need to ensure that a 1 meter (or 3.2 foot) drop from any orientation will not cause any damage to the phone, on its front, back, or sides. Cases are also required to protect the iPhone's glass screen when laying face down on a surface, with a lip that offers a buffer of at least 1mm between the glass display and the surface or a case that covers the display entirely. Apple's own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are compliant with these requirements, providing both drop protection and a ridge around the edges of the device to protect the display. Apple has also updated its guidelines...

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10:53
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:44
Google iOS app gets redesigned with Material Design...

Google has released a major update of its core iOS app, v5.0.0. The software has been "completely rebuilt," according to Google, and now sports the "Material Design" central to Android Lollipop and a growing collection of other apps. Users can access a Recents list to return to previously-visited pages, and start a new search anywhere in the app by tapping the Google logo....

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10:30
Daily Deals for December 11, 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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10:28
LifeProof Fre case for iPhone 6 — Waterproof, strong...

LifeProof pioneered the waterproof, shockproof iPhone case in 2011 when the original LifeProof protected the iPhone 4/s from dropping it on the ground, smothering it in ketchup, mustard, and dirt only to successfully rinse it off in a fish tank. We were had then and watched as the company grew into an iPhone case powerhouse which drew copycats and eventually an acquisition by OtterBox last year.
I’ve had...

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10:26
Canada's Competition Bureau Investigating Apple...

Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Canada's Competition Bureau is investigating allegations that Apple's Canadian unit used anti-competitive clauses ...

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10:24
Apple now requires cases protect devices from 1m...

Apple recently started requiring case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program follow new requirements that will ensure cases better protect Apple devices and cover glass from impact, according to sources with knowledge of the new guidelines.
The new restrictions were introduced in the months following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and will require case makers to protect Apple devices from drops up to a 1m onto a hard surface like pavement. That includes protection of the device in any orientation including the usually exposed cover glass on the Apple device.
Apple is also now requiring that cases protect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s cover glass when lying flat on a surface like a table. Cases must now provide a buffer of at...

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10:21
“Take Control of Pages” Documents Apple’s Writing...

Michael Cohen spent the last year writing a book about Pages, Apple’s three word-processing and layout apps that run on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud. Now that his book is published, he reflects on how Pages has changed, what he likes about it (and what he doesn’t), and on why Pages is important to Apple. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:17
Dr. Mac’s Tried and True Apple Holiday Gift Guide (...

Here are more of my favorite gadgets for 2014, a gaggle of groovy gifts guaranteed to gratify the geeks you know and love.

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10:15
'Send To' function expected to arrive in...

Apple has apparently changed its mind on allowing "Send to iCloud Drive" functionality within apps, and has asked for the popular FTP application Transmit for iOS to be resubmitted to the App Store.

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10:10
About the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.

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10:06
Foxconn & Pegatron Enjoy Healthy Growth in...

It's being reported today in Taiwan that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported record monthly consolidated revenues of US$16.5 billion for November, ...

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10:01
Apple Reverses Course, Allows Transmit to Reinstate...

Earlier this week, file management app Transmit from developer Panic gained some attention after Apple required the company to remove a key sharing feature that let files be sent to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive. Apple's concern was Transmit's ability to send files to iCloud Drive, which it said violated one of the iOS Data Storage Guidelines. Apple asked Panic to remove the feature, but unfortunately, due to an unalterable Share Sheet, sending files to iCloud Drive was tied to sending files to other services, requiring the company to completely remove the feature from the app. Unalterable Share Sheet in iOS 8 Shortly after several news sites wrote about the confusing position Panic had been put in with its Transmit app, Apple...

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10:00
MSN-branded apps added to Microsoft's iOS flock

Since Satya Natella took over the CEO spot at Microsoft from Steve Ballmer, the company has been making moves to put its software and cloud service applications on iOS and Android. The latest step in this direction was taken today with the introducti...

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09:56
Financial Times Names Tim Cook 'Person of the...

After being nominated for TIME's Person of the Year award, and subsequently losing out to the "Ebola Fighters", Apple CEO Tim Cook today was named Financial Times' Person of the Year. In its announcement, Financial Times cited the huge burden of following in Steve Jobs' footsteps as one of Cook's biggest accomplishments this year, saying the CEO "held his nerve through attacks from activist investors and a loss of faith among some that Apple could succeed without its late founder." The newspaper also pointed to Cook's infusion of new blood and ideas into the company as one of the driving forces behind Apple's big year. In particular, FT highlights the establishment of Cook's own values and priorities at...

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09:48
Financial Times picks Apple CEO Tim Cook as Person...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been selected as the Financial Times' Person of the Year. In granting him the title, the publication cites Apple's financial success and "dazzling new technology," as well as Cook's willingness to come out as gay in a Businessweek essay; he is the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 firm. The Times also makes compliments Cook on hiring former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to head retail, and this summer's acquisition of Beats for $3 billion....

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09:47
Patent Fulfilled: Apple's new iOS 8 Location-...

On December 11, 2014 the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the next generation feature for Passbook that was released with iOS 8; the feature that automatically displays a virtual ticket, coupon, and gift card as you near the related venue.

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08:50
United brings the iPhone 6 Plus on board for 23,000...

Apple’s plan to invade workplaces
across the country just got a

boost from United Airlines,

which is giving more than 23,000 flight attendants an iPhone 6 Plus to use in the air next year.
The attendants will use their new phones for three main purposes: Accepting payments for food and drink orders and other retail transactions, checking company email and accessing internal information about policies and procedures, and accessing an electronic version of the airline’s safety manual and reporting repair requests.To read...

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08:54
Microsoft's cross-platform push continues with...

Microsoft's MSN apps are no longer exclusive to Windows.The apps, which lost their Bing branding in September, are now available for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. Out of Microsoft's seven existing MSN apps, six of them have made the jump to other platforms.Here's a rundown:

  • MSN News pulls in stories from major sources such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Conde Nast, and presents them in an easy-to-read format.
  • MSN Weather provides detailed forecasts, breaking weather alerts and historical records.
  • MSN Sports lets you track favorite teams and sports, and provides news, standings and scores from leagues around the...

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09:30
Power View interactive visualizations and...

Today’s post was written by Eli Schwartz, lead program manager and Tsur Arieli, program manager on the Excel product team.
Embedding Excel spreadsheet tables and charts in a webpage or blog is a popular and well-known feature, which has allowed companies and individuals to share data and visualizations to public audiences in effective ways. But telling a story with data has become so much more than basic tables and charts. Some of you have been using Power View to create dynamic and interactive visualizations or...

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09:21
Google iOS app updated w/ Material Design, Street...



Google is rolling out a completely redesigned version of its iPhone and iPad app with its Material Design look and feel right down to the app icon.
The latest version of the search app now presents a bottom navigation bar (which can slide out of view) that presents a persistent Google button for searching for new information. The navigation bar also offers a button for quickly accessing recent search pages, something that feels similar...

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09:17
OmniFocus 2.0.4

Maintenance release for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 72.8 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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09:10
Apple CEO Tim Cook wins 'Person of the Year...

For leading Apple to continued financial success, introducing buzzworthy new product categories, and putting morals over profits, Tim Cook has been named "Person of the Year" by economic-focused newspaper the Financial Times.

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09:05
Briefly: OWC's Aura SSD for Mac Pro,...

Other World Computing has announced new 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. Custom engineered specifically for the 2013 Mac Pro, the new Aura SSD offers users capacity and performance for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo and graphics. The Aura has transfer speeds up to 730MB per second, and includes a three-year limited warranty. Included with the Aura SSD for Mac Pro is an OWC Envoy Pro external enclosure for your original SSD to create a USB 3.0 external drive. Pre-ordering is now available, with pricing starting at $900.......

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09:02
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3

Adds native support for the DuckDuckGo search engine. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 025 on...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Bert Jansen about the differences between Solutions, Scenarios and Samples in the github project and how to contribute to the Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices initiative.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP25_Bert.mp3
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09:00
Visio webcast December 16—tips and tricks for...

Is your Microsoft Project schedule not delivering the accurate and actionable information you need?
Join us on Tuesday, December 16th at 9:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. EST for this exciting and practical webinar that will demonstrate tips and tricks for building and maintaining a proactive project schedule.
This event will provide you with tools and techniques that you can use right away, to ensure that your project schedule is providing accurate progress and forecast details.
Presented by Kenneth Steiness/Terry Kneeburg–Sensei Project Solutions
Attendees who attend and fill out the survey will be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of Project Professional 2013. All attendees will be able to claim a PDU for attending the session. Details on how to claim your PDU will be provided in the “Thank you for attending” email after the webcast.
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09:00
First look at Insights for Office in Word Online—...

Today’s post was written by Rukmani Gopalan, program manager on the Office team.
Earlier we announced Insights for Office in Word Online, a brand new feature that brings information you want into your document, in a seamlessly integrated experience that lets you explore as you are working. In this post, we give you a more detailed description of Insights for Office and how it can help enhance the understanding of the content that you are working with in Word Online.
In Word Online, when you right-click on a word and select Insights or use the Tell Me box, Insights for Office uses the power of Bing to neatly present relevant information—from a variety of sources like Bing Snapshot, ...

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09:00
Checkmark 2.5 adds Today widget, more

Not too long ago, I reviewed Checkmark 2 from Snowman, the to-do and reminder app for iPhone that's got a few nice tricks up its sleeve. Do apps have sleeves? In any case, version 2.5 came out this morning (US$9.99, on sale today only for $2.99) and ...

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08:57
Review: ScreenGuardz Pure protects the iPad Air / 2...


If your iPad isn’t inside a case, one accidental drop is enough to shatter its screen or dent its body. That’s why roughly 80% of iPhone users use cases, and one of two good reasons (besides adding a stand) that many iPad users do the same. But the iPad Air 2 is changing things — it’s so thin that even Apple’s own Smart Case feels overly bulky, making more minimalist protective solutions highly appealing. If you could shave millimeters off of your encased iPad’s thickness, would you pay $60 just for a screen protector? That’s the question presented by BodyGuardz’ ScreenGuardz Pure, which invisibly covers the iPad Air or iPad Air 2 screen with a thin but strong layer of...

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08:53
Ahead of Apple Watch Debut, Jawbone and Others Push...

With Apple's Watch looming on the horizon, fitness makers are moving to push their services to a variety of individual and corporate customers. The latest band maker to improve its offerings is Jawbone, which this week announced a new program designed to get its UP fitness bands into the office and on the wrists of business people in the US. The new UP for Groups provides discounts on bulk orders of the fitness trackers, as well as software features to manage and encourage group participation. It is compatible with the existing UP24 tracker, the new UP Move and the upcoming UP3. Unlike the individualized consumer version of UP, UP for Groups allows administrators to work with large groups of participants. Admins can view aggregated...

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08:44
Daily Deal: Get a two year Blinkist subscription for...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a two year subscription to Blinkist Plus for only $49 – that’s two years of unlimited reading for the price of one. Providing a mobile-friendly app for iOS and Android, Blinkist helps you tap into a wide variety of new and interesting topics while on the go, presenting key content from nonfiction best sellers in a “made-for-mobile” format. Designed as a “Cliff’s…

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08:33
Financial Times names Tim Cook ‘Person of the Year’

Tim Cook might have gotten snubbed for Time’s Person of the Year recognition after being nominated as a finalist for 2014, but the Apple CEO did get the coveted title from the Financial Times this year. The FT cited both Cook’s financial decisions for the company and social decisions including publishing the essay on his sexuality:
Financial success and dazzling new technology alone might have been enough to earn Apple’s steely chief executive the FT’s vote as the 2014 Person of the Year, but Mr Cook’s brave exposition of his values also sets him...

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08:33
Apple Watch may spool into mass production in January

Apple and one of its suppliers, Quanta, have solved yield problems with various Apple Watch components, claims Taiwan's United Daily News. As a result the Watch is now expected to go into mass production in January, instead of as late as the end of February, which some earlier rumors had hinted. The problem was solved through manpower; Quanta has reportedly grown its workforce from 2,000 to 10,000 people, and expects to hire another 20,000 in the near future....

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08:16
Apps: MyTunesRSS, MacPilot, TextWrangler
08:02
Drive Genius 4.0 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.Version 4.0:

  • Now requires OS X 10.8.3 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor
  • Enhanced and simplified interface that allows for running utilities on multiple drives simultaneously, and queuing multiple utility runs on a single drive.
  • Full support for Fusion and FileVault 2 drives.
  • Full support for Retina displays.
  • Using BootWell technology, Drive Genius can create small recovery drives from your existing OS X...

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08:00
Microsoft acquires app testing platform HockeyApp

App beta testing and crash analytics service HockeyApp today announced it is being acquired by Microsoft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company did confirm that its mission to make the best mobile app testing platform will remain unch...

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07:50
Hear 1.2.1 - Improves audio quality and adds audio...

Hear greatly improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all of your Mac OS X applications. With Hear, music is richer, movie sound and dialog is clearer and games will blow you out of your chair!

  • 3D Sound - Like movies? like'em more with virtual cinema quality sound experience. Sound will approach you from all angles, even from behind. You are there with Hear.
  • Equalizer - Perfect your sound with Hear's studio quality N-band equalizer with built-in peak limiter. You've got control.
  • Speaker Correction - Control speaker resonance to increase frequency range and enhance sound.
  • Center Channel Control - Control the volume and width of the sound coming from your own virtual center-stage for performance-grade audio effects. A concert in your house.
  • Virtual Subwoofer - No Sub? No problem. Let Hear use your existing speakers to boost your bass. Don't you need more thump in your life?
  • Ambience - Fine tune reverb...

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07:38
NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

This was a fun exploration, walked me round some excellent music without depending on bestseller lists. I love how much of this music is either completely self or independently produced.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:30
Instagram Now Bigger than Twitter, Adds Verified...

Move over, Twitter, because Instagram is now the bigger than you. Facebook-owned Instagram said on Thursday that it now has over 300 million active users, eclipsing Twitter's 284 million active users.The Mac Observer Spin: Instagram's grown shows there's a lot of interest in sharing photos online, and not just our 140 character thoughts through Twitter.

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07:30
Carson Daly profiles Kevin Russ -- living an iPhone...

As part of his Last Call Spotlight series, Carson Daly profiled iPhone photographer Kevin Russ. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Russ has spent the last several years traveling the world and documenting his explorations with his iPhone.

As he travels,...

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07:29
Plundered Pirate Bay May Be Back in Business


The Pirate Bay, which was closed down following a raid by Swedish police on Tuesday, appears to have found safe haven on a Costa Rican domain. The site, which gained notoriety for hosting pirated movies and music files, has been raided repeatedly by the Swedish police. Its founders have been arrested and convicted of copyright infringement, and two are currently behind bars. The website recently made headlines for hosting unreleased movies stolen from Sony Entertainment by hackers.

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07:25
Glassdoor ranks Apple 22nd on best places to work,...

Glassdoor released their seventh annual Employee’s Choice awards, honoring the best places to work in America.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:23
Microsoft debuts six new MSN apps for iOS

Microsoft has launched a collection of new MSN apps for iOS, including News, Money, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, and Sports. A sixth, Weather, is due to go live sometime in the near future. News gathers feeds from websites like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Money tracks financial information, and provides some basic tools to go with it....

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07:05
Instagram hits 300M monthly active users, adds...

Instagram has overtaken Twitter in terms of active users, the Facebook-owned photo app has revealed. According to a company blog post, Instagram currently has more than 300 million active users sharing over 70 million photographs and videos daily, eclipsing the the 284 million monthly users claimed by Twitter at the end of October....

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07:04
Temporary injunction stops sales of Xiaomi phones in...

India is a huge market, second in importance to Xiaomi only to China. Ericsson certainly has Xiaomi’s attention now.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Apple files patent for flexible display that deforms...

Apple has today applied for a patent for a flexible display which deforms when touched to provide tactile feedback. Actuators beneath the display would create bumps or ridges in the display to simulate buttons and other virtual objects. The patent also describes a speaker and microphone that could work through the display, potentially making for sleeker and more water-resistant devices.

Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays and internal components. An internal component may be positioned under the flexible display. The internal component may be an output device such as a speaker that transmits sound through the flexible display or an actuator that deforms the display in a way that is sensed by a user. The internal...

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07:00
Flickr Find: A real classic

With all the brouhaha surrounding Apple's iPod class action lawsuit making headlines this week, it's only fitting this week's Flickr Find is a lovely picture of a once forgotten, now revived iPod owned by Cole Camplese

As pointed out by Cole, the be...

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06:54
Microsoft launches new MSN apps for news, health,...

Microsoft on Thursday debuted five new applications under its MSN banner for Apple's iOS, offering aggregated content from Bing covering a range of topics including news, sports and money.

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06:44
News: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 cellular models...

Apple has announced the Chinese release of the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, noting that both versions will be available in China “starting this week.” Both tablets are now available on Apple’s Chinese online store. A single cellular version of each model provides support for the Chinese TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast network technologies, providing cellular…

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06:40
Beta distribution service HockeyApp acquired by...

A suite of new MSN apps for iOS isn’t the only news out of Microsoft this morning. HockeyApp, the popular beta app distribution and analytics service, announced today that it has been acquired by Microsoft. HockeyApp supports several software platforms including iOS, OS X, Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
In its announcement of the acquisition, Microsoft says it plans to leverage the features of...

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06:20
Microsoft's Expansion on iOS Continues With New...

Microsoft today released a suite of five consumer apps under the MSN brand, bringing news, health, and other previously Windows Phone-exclusive apps from the Bing team to the iOS platform (via ZDNet). This launch follows the recent expansion of Microsoft's Office for iOS suite to the iPhone that produced standalone versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Apple's smartphone devices. The suite of MSN apps include MSN News [Direct Link], MSN Sports [Direct Link],...

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06:09
How to manage your iCloud storage and backups

Apple understands that device backups are only useful when the process is automatic and done regularly, which is why the feature is baked into iOS and handled by iCloud.

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06:07
Google News to shut down in Spain, tip of very large...

Spain is introducing a new intellectual property law that allows Spanish publications to charge aggregators for using their content. Google responded by closing up shop.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Apple Invents a Redaction Engine and Tool for Future...

On December 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals future iDevices with a novel content redaction engine and tool. The content redaction engine ...

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06:01
Kamcord mobile game recording SDK raises $15m Series...

We’ve been keeping an eye on Kamcord as the platform for in-app gameplay recording and sharing grows, and today the company is announcing another round of funding, new milestone stats, and upcoming features for both developers and users.
Perhaps most notable of all the announcements today is the fact GungHo Online Entertainment is leading a $15 million Series B. Not only is that yet another major game publisher onboard with Kamcord, it also means gamers can expect some of GungHo’s popular titles to soon implement game recording.
GungHo publishes the incredibly popular Puzzle and Dragons title but also participating in the round are other gaming heavyweights like Tencent and Wargaming as...

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06:00
Apple announces imminent launch of iPad Air 2 and...

Apple on Wednesday announced that it is bringing the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to China starting this week. The iPad models will be equipped to connect to all of China's 3G and 4G networks with support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE s...

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05:45
OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.

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05:30
Find out what your friends really think of you with...

Chances are you've heard of the phrase "Ignorance is bliss." The opinion on whether that's true or not varies among different people, but the creators of Noknok seem to disagree with the statement. Noknok is a new app that informs you of how your con...

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05:15
Hands On: Battle Supremacy (iOS exclusive)

Developer Atypical Games has had success in the App Store before with their war simulation apps, titled Sky Gamblers: Cold War and Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, in which both games focused largely on air combat. Now, the company has released Battle Supremacy, which puts players in control of their own tanks in this World War II-era simulation game. Will the company be able to win the ground game as it did with air supremacy? Read on to find out....

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05:13
Apple's Mac Pro Detailed in Six In-Depth Patents

Late last year Apple's all-new Mac Pro tower was revealed with a wildly advanced design. One year later and everything you wanted to know about the new Mac Pro is revealed in a series of six patent applications.

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05:13
Rumor: Apple Watch set to begin mass production in...

A questionable rumor out of Taiwan claims that Apple and manufacturing partner Quanta Computer are gearing up to begin mass production of the Apple Watch in January, and will manufacture a total of 24 million units in the first year.

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05:00
Refresh OS X CRLs

I recently found an existing image with a lot of stale crl information. We couldn’t rebuild the image, so we decided to instead refresh all of the crl information. This information is stored in /var/db/crls/crlcache.db. Deleting the file turned out to be problematic so we needed to clear items out of the tables instead. While this could be done using a few different tools, it turns out there’s a command built into os x to take care of this process for us called crlrefresh.
To use crlrefresh to clean up stale crlinformation and fetch new crlinformation for all CRL and certificates, use:
crlrefresh rpvv

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04:55
Fresh supply chain rumor reiterates Apple Watch...

A report by Taiwan’s United Daily News claims that Apple supplier Quanta will begin mass-production of the Apple Watch in January, echoing an earlier supply-chain rumor from September. It claims that the initial production run will be between three and five million units.
The report says that there have been ‘breakthroughs’ in yield issues, and that the company increased its production staffing from 3000 to 10,000 workers in the second half of the year, with further recruitment ongoing … 
While Apple still hasn’t given a more specific launch date than ‘...

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04:38
ScreenFlow 5: Record Mac and iOS Screens

You might think that capturing video from a screen and editing it into something usable is a niche task, but it’s invaluable when demonstrating how to do something on a computer or iOS device. 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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03:30
Five apps to help with your holiday shopping

Black Friday may be over, but your holiday shopping probably isn't. Unfortunately, most shopping apps focus on deals and sales, not your holiday shopping strategy (unless your strategy is just "buy things on sale," which is actually a pretty good strategy).Ready to level up your shopping skills? Here are five free apps that can help—these apps don't just bring deals, they help you plan and execute your shopping spree while also helping you maximize your savings from every angle. We have an app that lets you track prices (both online and offline), an app that lets you browse weekly ad circulars, and app that lets you clip electronic coupons, an app that helps you choose which credit card to use, and an app that gets you extra savings at Target. Ready to go shopping? Make sure you have these five free apps on your phone before you hit the mall. ...

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04:10
Apple Solves Yield Issues with Apple Watch...

Apple and supply partner Quanta Computer have apparently solved its yield issues with various Apple Watch components as the wearable device is now gearing up to enter mass production in January, reports Taiwan's United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames). Previously, other sources projected that the Apple Watch would enter mass production at the end of February. The report notes that this is due to Quanta increasing its number of employees from 2,000 to 10,000, as the company expects to hire 20,000 employees to help with production. Apple is projecting to ship a total of 24 million Apple Watches in 2015. The United Daily News also...

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04:05
TBR expects private cloud adoption rate to hit 85%...

Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 2H14 cloud customer research reports found end users globally are engaging cloud professional services vendors at twice the rate of private and public cloud vendors, indicating cloud professional services are typically the entry point as enterprises make the decision to migrate to cloud and consultants provide guidance and education to prospective cloud customers.
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04:05
TBR expects private cloud adoption rate to hit 85%...

Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 2H14 cloud customer research reports found end users globally are engaging cloud professional services vendors at twice the rate of private and public cloud vendors, indicating cloud professional services are typically the entry point as enterprises make the decision to migrate to cloud and consultants provide guidance and education to prospective cloud customers.
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04:02
Recommended Reading: 'Black Hat Python'

Hackers are always pushing the envelope, investigating the unknown, and looking for ways to improve their art. One new book promises to show curious readers just how they do it.
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03:59
Exclusive Deals: 14 Macs at their lowest prices...

In one of its final rounds of holiday exclusives, AppleInsider has teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo to offer 14 different Mac configurations at the lowest prices anywhere, including up to $150 off 13" MacBook Airs, up to $170 off 13" MacBook Pros, up to $300 off 15 MacBook Pros, up to $200 off 27" iMacs & $400 off Mac Pros.

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03:13
Briefly: AT&T expands VoLTE and HD Voice,...

AT&T has expanded its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice service into more markets. The carrier's higher-quality voice calls are now available to use in parts of the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, though customers will require a VoLTE-compatible smartphone....

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02:34
Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 4 - Powerful image...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 550 digital camera models.Version 3.0 beta 4: New Features:

  • New Clarity adjustment added to Detail pane. Includes four different variations for improving mid-tone contrast and removing haze.
  • New Iridient Reveal sharpening method added to the Detail pane. This new method combines some of the best aspects of my current deconvolution, unsharp mask and high pass sharpening methods into one "super" sharpener.
  • New High Pass sharpening method added to Detail pane....

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01:51
Apple announces that the iPad Air 2 & iPad mini...

In a press release issued this morning, Apple announced that models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model ...

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00:00
Analyst: Apple spending all its US cash on buybacks...

A new analysis by Above Avalon's Neil Cybert suggest that in order to avoid patriating foreign profits -- which now make up the majority of Apple's revenues -- the company is raiding its US cash reserve and ongoing US revenue to fund its ambitious stock-buyback and dividend programs. Of an estimated $155 billion in cash reserves, Apple has only around $18 billion in the US. Cybert believes that Apple will spend around $30 billion in 2015 on dividends and buybacks, keeping the foreign profits offshore until more favorable tax rates are enacted.......

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Wednesday December 10

22:56
Sony Pictures strikes back against hacker hijackers

In a surprising twist to the ongoing saga of an attack on Sony Pictures' internal computer system by unidentified hackers (likely to be from North Korea), the studio is starting to fight back by leveraging Amazon Web Services to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on identified servers that contain files stolen from Sony over the last month. Taking a page from its own playbook, the media conglomerate is flooding suspect servers with dummy files, a sequel of sorts to anti-piracy attacks carried out by the firm in conjunction with Media Defender seven years ago.......

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21:56
Adobe releases new Camera Raw and DNG Converter...

Adobe on Wednesday announced availability of updates to Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1 and DNG Converter 8.7.1, bringing additional support for cameras and lenses, while patching minor bugs found in previous versions of the software.

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21:49
Hands On: FlipBelt

Often when a person is working out, they need to keep some of their personal items on hand. The armband solution works for phones and MP3 players, but other objects that don't have a market for special active-style containers like inhalers, protein bars, keys and medication are overlooked. Pockets aren't practical most of the time while working out, as items can bounce out, weigh too much, flop about or potentially cause wardrobe malfunctions. The FlipBelt, however, is a wearable pocket that sits around a wearer's midsection, tackling the need for a flexible carry-all while granting users easy......

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21:37
TextWrangler 4.5.12 - Free general purpose text...

TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to BBEdit, a leading professional HTML and text editor.Features:

  • General Purpose Text Editor
  • Programmer's Text Editor
  • Unix And Server Administrator's Tool
  • Powerful Text Transformer And Manipulator
  • Good Mac OS Citizen
  • Powerfully Useful Tool
  • Product developed in the best traditions of Bare Bones Software, with high performance, ease of use, a rich feature set, and the ability to read its own release notes

Version 4.5.12:

  • Works around a bug in OS X 10.10 Yosemite which causes the size of the "Open" and "Save" file dialog boxes to creep until the bottom of the dialog is no longer accessible.
  • OS X 10.6.8...

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21:36
Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10...

itwbennett writes IBM and Apple have unveiled the first results of the enterprise IT partnership they announced in July: 10 mobile applications aimed at businesses in six industries as well as government users. One of the apps, for example, allows a flight crew to personalize a passenger's in-flight experience. An app targeted at the banking industry allows a financial advisor to remotely access and manage a client's portfolio. And police officers can use iPhones to view video feeds from crime scenes with an app for law enforcement. ...

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OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013...

OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro
Other World Computing (OWC) announced their 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD DIY upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro. The new Aura SSD for Mac Pro "delivers the capacity and performance Mac Pro users need for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo, and graphics. OWC’s new Aura SSDs for Mac Pro 2013 transfers speeds up to 730 MB/s and it is engineered for Mac so there is no extra software or hacks needed.
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