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Wednesday January 14

08:24
Apple's iOS "iBook" Icon is now a...

Apple's iBooks was first announced alongside the iPad at a press conference in January 2010. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's ...

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08:23
External Link: Curved Mocks Up an Homage to the...

It’s easy to go overboard when rendering fantastic Mac designs, but the German publication Curved has taken another tack with an imagined iMac design that takes its cues from the original Macintosh. The pictures show off a compact Mac that’s sleek, curvy, and gorgeous — the only downside is that it isn’t real. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:20
Review: Incipio Tuxen for iPad Air 2

Incipio's new Tuxen ($50) case for iPad Air 2 is a folio-style case with a plastic latch on the back, used for folding the cover into a stand. Tuxen pairs a polycarbonate snap-in hard shell with a vegan leather front cover. A magnetic closure activates the sleep/wake function, while an expected microfiber lining cradles the device.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:12
Gorgeous neo-retro Mac Neue redesigns original Apple...


Beautiful renderings from German site Curved/labs depict a stunning metallic ode to Apple’s original Macintosh computer. While acknowledging the enhanced functionality of Apple’s latest computers, such as the Retina iMac, Curved/labs suggests that the company often neglects its own design history when releasing new machines – the inspiration for this “tribute.”
Made from aluminum with a front-facing SD card slot at the edge of a floppy disk-styled groove, the proposed Mac would be roughly based on the internals of a MacBook Air, including an 11.6″ screen enhanced with purely optional touch capabilities. A golden version would come closer to the classic beige Mac tone...

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08:00
Apple to shell out more cash in new anti-poaching...

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have tossed a few extra bucks into the settlement pot in order to satisfy the terms of anti-poaching lawsuit that first got off the ground in 2013. The suit alleges that top tech companies, including Apple, lured employ...

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07:46
2TB Mac mini returns to Apple's online store

A 2TB version of the Mac mini has popped up again at the Apple online store. After the most recent revision of Apple's smallest desktop, the option had vanished.
The new 2TB model is limited to the high-end, $999 configuration. It uses an Apple Fusion Drive instead of a conventional hard drive. It also packs a 2.8GHz dual Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.

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07:43
Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in...

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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07:40
Kinsa thermometer to integrate with Apple's...

Kinsa (www.kinsahealth.com), the company behind a FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer, has announced the integration of its app with Apple's HealthKit for iOS 8.
Through the free Kinsa app, users can create individual profiles for each member of the family and track fever, symptoms and illness history within the app itself.  Kinsa's integration with HealthKit further allows for individual users to track temperature as part of their broader personal health and fitness context, says Inder Singh, founder and CEO of Kinsa.
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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries and...

Better batteries and super speakersThis week's roundup includes a number of great new ways to power up your iOS device—and some cool new ways to play music, as well.AeropostaleWe’re not sure what else to say about the $27.50 Power Tap USB Charger except that it’s adorable. It looks like a water tap, and works similarly: “Twisting the spout's knob to the on position for charging produces a blue LED light; turning it off produces a red light in standby mode.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Gifx adds animations to your photos to create movies...

Gifx grants anyone the ability to create animated movies and GIFs using a photo or video, plus custom animated effects that the app includes. Overlay one or multiple animations and play around with the opacity to get the desired result on the content...

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07:28
Sony Sortie's Smoking Gun Still Missing


Recent research from security firm Cloudmark has raised doubt about the purported connection between North Korea and last November's intrusion on Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer networks. The FBI last week continued to press its case that North Korea was behind the cyberattack, pointing to an exposed block of IP addresses allocated to North Korea. However, some activity emanating from those North Korean IP addresses suggests that they may have been hacked.

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07:22
New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated...

Apple's iPhone component choices are once again a trending topic of conversation following the announcement of a low-cost, sapphire-covered smartphone from a little-known Chinese electronics firm.

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07:21
KGI: Apple is designing its own Mac processors;...

Is an A-series chip destined for a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air?
A KGI report predicts that Apple will begin using its own processors for Macs “in the next 1-2 years,” with a specific prediction of a Samsung-fabbed A10X chip powering at least one Mac made in 2016. The wording appears to suggest an entry-level machine–possibly a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air.
Apple may launch Mac products that use own AP [Application Processor] in next 1-2 years. This prediction is based on the assumption that Apple’s self-developed AP performs at a level between Intel’s Atom and Core i3 and is good enough for Mac. Using self developed AP can help Apple better control the timing of Mac launches and Mac product features.
With performance between an Atom and Core i3, the chip would not be suitable for mid-...

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07:20
Apple TV adds official Cricket Australia channel...

Apple TV users in Australia are receiving new content today with the launch of Cricket.com.au on the platform. Cricket Australia, the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia, made the announcement today noting that the channel will be free and offer the “latest videos as well as highlights from the archive.”

Cricket Australia on Apple TV will give fans free and immediate access to the latest news and features, extended highlights from every day of international cricket played in Australia this summer, as well as rare footage from the archives that showcase some of Australia’s most famous cricketing clashes… Cricket fans will also enjoy unique feature videos that go behind the scenes of Australian cricket and get closer to current stars and legends, like Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist. Fans will also find cricket...

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07:18
Google Domains enters public beta


This could come in handy.
According to VentureBeat, Google on Tuesday announced that Google Domains, the company’s domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company’s home country, other countries still have to wait – you can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country.
Google Domains first went into testing in June 2014, with the goal of helping businesses not just get online, but to build a proper online presence. To pull this off, Google partnered with website building providers Shopify, Squarespace,...

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07:15
Apple Diversifies Chip Orders for iOS Device and...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has frequently offered accurate information on Apple's product plans based on supply chain information, has released a new report outlining his expectations for the company's chips over the next several years. Kuo highlights a diversified supplier lineup for Apple's A-series chips used in its iOS devices, with TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries all contributing to production. Kuo sees the 2015 chip breakdown with the A9 chip destined for this year's iPhones being shared by Samsung and GlobalFoundries, while TSMC handles the A9X that would be used in iPad models. That split is projected to flip in 2016, with TSMC handling the A10 iPhone chips and Samsung being responsible for A10X iPad chips. Perhaps most enticingly, Kuo projects that Apple could begin launching ARM-based Macs in the next year or two based on its custom chip designs.Apple may launch Mac products that use own AP in next 1-2 years. This prediction is based on the...

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07:09
Details surface about Apple Watch companion app,...


It never hurts to have a companion.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.
Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.

A new clock face feature called Monogram has been added as a complication (a background detail you can choose to enable or disable). Like a real monogram, this feature will allow users to include a virtual, embedded stamp of 1-4 letters – typically...

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07:00
Apple granted patent for GoPro style wearable camera

Apple in 2014 filed over 2,000 patents which, together, encompass a dizzying array of technologies and futuristic ideas. And while many of the patents granted to Apple will never see the light of day and aren't worth much of a mention, some are certa...

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06:50
Google Chrome 39.0.2171.99 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 39.0.2171.99:

  • This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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06:42
∞ Seaboard’s wildly innovative piano keyboard

This keyboard was introduced about a year ago, but I saw it for the first time yesterday. This is a novel interface, in much the same way as the Chapman Stick. I love outlying technology like this.

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06:42
Apple partners with Miami-based marketing firm to...

Apple continues to work behind the scenes to grow its struggling iAd platform, with its latest efforts focused on improving the service in Latin America.

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06:40
Samsung Introduces a Cheap Tizen OS Driven Phone in...

Almost a year ago we reported on Samsung's embarrassing misstep trying to introduce their Tizen OS with Docomo jumping off the Tizen bandwagon at the last moment and instead focused on Apple's iPhone. In September Samsung vowed to advance Tizen OS in smartphones, wearables and beyond yet once again in December embarrassingly dropped the ball ...

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06:35
Bringing audio source switching to the menu bar

Nice tip from Peter Cohen shows you how to bring your volume control to the menu bar and, more importantly, switch between audio inputs with a single click.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
∞ A car key embedded in your watch

Imagine if a standard emerged that allowed Apple to embed your specific car key in your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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06:30
Skype for iPhone updated with UI improvements,...


Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Skype for iPhone today, version 5.9, which brings enhancements to the user interface making communicating faster and easier. The latest version adds contact suggestions to the dial pad when entering a number making the process of finding the right person to dial quicker. The update also adds shortcuts for starting video or audio calls from Skype’s chat picker window.
In addition to introducing the latest Skype for iPhone user interface improvements, Microsoft announced a limited pre-release program for testing early versions of Skype in exchange for sharing feedback and...

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06:22
Apple patents next generation, GoPro-like wearable...

Yesterday, Apple was granted a patent for a Digital camera system having remote control. GoPro stock drops about 15%.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:16
Google rolling out major update to Google Translate...

Google has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a new version of its Google Translate iOS app, with two significant enhancements.
First, it is replacing the existing camera-based text translation with the far slicker Word Lens system. Google acquired Word Lens back in May of last year with this upgrade in mind. If you haven’t ever tried it, this was the app that brought home to me the truth of the Arthur C Clarke saying that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The near-instant augmented reality translation of signs and menus from any one of French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish–without needing an Internet connection–still makes me boggle every time I...

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06:05
Apple sues Ericsson for LTE wireless tech patents

Apple is suing Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, arguing that the company's patents aren't essential to overarching industry standards, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/lqjqcty).
Currently, the two companies have a license agreement that covers many of Ericsson's allegedly standard-essential patents. The agreement was signed in 2008 soon after Apple launched the iPhone, according to the court filing.
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06:00
So, how "engaged" are you with your apps?

That's a question app marketing platform Localytics was interested in, and they have provided some enlightening answers in a recent report.

The firm defines "engaged" as using the same app 10 or more times per month. The percentage of apps meeting t...

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05:50
Review: Harman Kardon’s Soho Wireless is a luxury...


I wasn’t a fan of Harman Kardon’s Soho headphones when they debuted a year ago, but the reason was unusual: they were seriously uncomfortable. Soho was a much smaller, wired version of Harman’s gigantic Bluetooth wireless headphone BT, notably using relatively tiny 30mm speakers instead of the 40mm drivers found in BT and many rivals, including Beats’ Solo 2 and...

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05:50
Five Apple logins remain unprotected by two-factor...

More than four months after Tim Cook promised emailed login alerts and the reintroduction of two-factor authentication in the wake of the high-profile celebrity iCloud hacks, five Apple logins remain unprotected by the system. Hackers of NY founder Dani Grant used videos to demonstrate each of the vulnerabilities in a blog post.
Grant showed that two-factor authentication isn’t needed when using an unknown Mac to login to iMessage, iTunes, FaceTime, the App Store or Apple...

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05:29
No Agreement between Apple and Ericsson Leads to...

Last month we reported that the Indian High Court had banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country. In that case it was Ericsson who brought a lawsuit against them regarding Essential Patents. Today it's being reported that Apple and Ericsson are suing each other ...

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05:22
External Link: British Prime Minister Challenges...

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is seeking reelection for his government, wants encrypted messaging services to give British intelligence access to online conversations. In the name of preventing terrorism, Cameron is proposing banning services like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Snapchat unless they comply. “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not,’” Cameron said. For those wondering, Cameron’s proposed back door requirement does not appear to contradict the European Union directive on privacy and electronic communications, which “does not affect the ability of Member States to carry out lawful interception of electronic communications.” 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...

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04:58
Market goes crazy over spurious Apple action camera...

We’ve cautioned many times that Apple patents a huge number of inventions that will never see the light of day. Last year alone, the company was awarded 2,566 ‘utility’ patents–those covering actual technologies, rather than mere designs. The fact that Apple has patented something tells us absolutely nothing about its future product line.
But that didn’t stop traders going crazy yesterday over a patent awarded for a...

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04:31
Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW dominate ADAS market

According to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and BMW continue to comprise the top three players in the consumer Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) market. They outperform competitors either in terms of the degree and significance of their innovation, or in how effectively they make their systems available to consumers – sometimes in both, according to the research group.
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04:30
MoneyWiz for Mac OS X adds worldwide online banking...

SilverWiz has announced MoneyWiz 2.0 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 130 improvements and worldwide online banking integration.
MoneyWiz can now connect to more than 2,200 financial institutions in 41 countries. It's personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more.
It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later and normally costs US$49.99. However, you can buy it for 50% off until mid-February. It's available at the M

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04:29
Survey of Apple Watch purchase intentions suggests...

A Credit Suisse survey of iPhone 6/Plus owners found that 18% of them would ‘definitely’ buy an Apple Watch, with a further 11% saying they would probably buy the upcoming smartwatch, reports Business Insider.
A general rule of thumb when interpreting purchase intention claims is to count only those who say they will ‘definitely’ buy (some of them won’t, but that’s balanced out by the fact that some of the ‘probably’ and ‘maybe’ categories will). That would suggest around 35M sales in the first year … 
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04:25
Data Creator for Mac OS X gets faster algorithm for...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Creator, a Mac OS X tool that can create sample tables (rows and columns) fill them with pseudo-random proper content (rows of content) with a single click, to version 1.4. The upgrade provides a faster algorithm for records creation.
It also offers: better handling of creation of a higher number of records in a single command; improved more informative progress toolbar for longer operations; and more commands to add, delete and set number of records.
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04:17
Kool Tools: the Gum Plus

If you need to provide your iPhone with some extra juice, you should chew on the Gum Plus (http://www.xtand.net/products/show/productid/9) from Just Mobile.
Not literally, of course. Just chew on the thought of getting one. The Gum Plus is a little charger that looks cool and holds a charge for a long time. It packs e 4,400mAh of power and 1,000mA of output. The gang at Just Mobile say it can charge your iPhone up to four times and juice the Apple smartphone to 90% in an hour. It offers 38 hours of talk time, 90 hours of music or 26 hours of video. 
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04:16
CS Odessa announces Education Infographics Solution...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced its Education Infographics Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The solution contains 11 libraries of vector stencils for design elements of diagrams, charts, maps, pictures, and typography.
You can use the solution to create infographics that can be used to communicate education and statics-derived messages at a glance. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10.
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03:40
Thunderbird 31.4 - Email client from Mozilla. (Free)

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla. Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.Version 31.4: Fixed

  • The previous issues with Japanese Mac builds have now been fixed, and Thunderbird will no longer need to be run in 32-bit mode.
  • Installing extensions within Thunderbird no longer requires download and installing as a file
  • Security fixes
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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03:34
Firefox 35 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox for Mac offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. The Web, as it's meant to be experienced Features:

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.

Version 35: New

  • Firefox Hello with new rooms-based conversations model
  • New search UI improved and enabled for more locales
  • Access the Firefox Marketplace from the Tools menu and optional toolbar button
  • Built-in support for...

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Apple, Google Submit New Settlement in Employee...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have submitted a new settlement proposal in the class action lawsuit alleging they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to not poach employees from each other. The new settlement follows Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of an earlier US$325 million offer she felt was too low.The Mac Observer Spin: It's very clear Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe want the antipoaching lawsuit to go away and they're willing to pay to make that happen. This isn't a question of if they're offering more money in the settlement proposal, but instead is a question of how much.

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Yosemite: Using Spotlight for Conversions

Spotlight has long been incredibly useful for finding files, performing mathematical calculations, defining words, and so on. But under Yosemite, we can use this handy-dandy search feature as a conversion tool, as well. Melissa Holt's got all the details in today's Quick Tip.

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iOS 8.2 Offers First Glimpse of ‘Apple Watch...

Apple is working on a companion app for Apple Watch that will help users manage the device from their iPhone or iPad. Mark Gurman posted images of the app at 9to5Mac, and those images show an app that allows users to reorder the apps on their Apple Watch, manage settings, control fitness tracking, and manage accessbility functions. Another interesting tidbit is that users will only be able to use Apple Watch for Apple Pay transactions if they have entered their passcode or fingerprint on their iPhone after they place the Apple Watch on their wrist. If the Apple Watch is removed, Apple Pay will not be accessible. Check out the full article for more screenshots.

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Apple’s Mac Stomps PC Industry with 18.9% Growth and...

Apple has once again stomped on the PC industry, posting 18.9 percent year over year growth in the December quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. With 5.75 million Macs sold during the quarter, Apple retained its #5 global ranking with 7.1 percent market share.

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Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with ElevateTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.
A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.
Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet caseThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.BandolierThe Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

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HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

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Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.To read this...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and moreThis week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.Case-MateThe Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to...

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Apple Watch reportedly set to ship in the U.S. by...

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch back in September, its official launch date was set as the oh-so-vague “Spring 2015.” Now, we have our first guess as to what that launch date could actually look like. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch is set to ship in the U.S. by the end of March, with Apple Store retail training scheduled for mid February.According to the report, Apple will be sending representatives from Apple Stores to Apple’s offices in Cupertino or Austin, Texas to learn about the Watch, which will better prepare store employees for when the Watch arrives. In addition, the report states that Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, battery life, and inductive charging mechanism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple’s next MacBook could be a 12-inch MacBook Air

If 9to5Mac’s latest findings are true, than Apple’s biggest product of the year could be the MacBook Air. (You know, right behind the Apple Watch.) According to early reports, Apple has completely redesigned the MacBook Air, ditching the full-sized USB port, MagSafe connector, and SD card slots for something entirely different.9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman writes: “The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.”...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for budgeting, social...

Budgeting, social media, podcasts, and entertainmentThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps comes with a great selection of everything you need to start the new year the right way, from helping you stick with your resolutions, to keeping track of what’s happening in your social media circles—with a little entertainment thrown in for good measure.Current 1.0.2If you love your social media but can’t stand Facebook’s web-based experience, AppDen’s $2 Current (Mac App Store Link) is probably worth a good look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers, writing...

Speakers, writing slates and more from CESThis week's roundup of accessories is 100-percent full of items on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Bluetooth speakers? We got 'em. And a few other gizmos, too.808We found a couple of new Bluetooth wireless speakers from this company at CES. The $60 XS “features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and an efficient 12 hours of rechargeable battery life,” while the $60 NRG GLO (pictured) is shaped like an energy drink can and features a “Glow” mode that adds mood lighting to the beat of your music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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Only 68 percent of iPhones and iPads are running iOS...

Apple shared its latest data on iOS 8 adoption on Wednesday, showing that 68 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches are currently running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple tracks iOS adoption by looking devices that access the App Store, and marking which version of iOS is running on each of those devices.The latest App Store Distribution data was collected on January 5. Besides iOS 8 data, it shows that 29 percent of devices are still running iOS 7, and 4 percent are still clutching to iOS 6 or earlier for dear life. Apple’s last iOS adoption data was from November 2014, which showed 60 percent of devices had upgraded to iOS 8. An 8 percent uptick in two months time is pretty slow, especially considering the sales boost that Apple must have seen during the holiday season.To...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Square Cash's latest...

Fitness, phone calls, and fun!This week's roundup brings you apps for all kinds of activities—spooky sci-fi games, staying in touch with the outside world, and getting into shape.Air Camera+This $3 app, which streams video live from your iPhone to your TV through your Apple TV, has added some new features. Now you can add even more effects on the fly, including Bloom FX and 3D, while 3D offers two different modes: cyan/red with matching glasses or side-by-side. Plus, users can now record their stream in three different formats—HD, VGA, or normal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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App Store broke its sales record on New Year’s Day

Appy New Year! (Sorry, I had to.) Apple announced that January 1, 2015 was “the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history,” with customers spending nearly half a million dollars on both apps and in-app purchases on that day alone. 
Apple’s press release, which came out on Thursday, went on to boast of record-breaking sales in 2014 as well. App Store sales rose 50 percent in 2014—and that’s just in paid apps and in-app purchases, not including free apps and upgrades—and generated more than $10 billion in revenue for developers. 
Taking a look back, 2014 was an awesome year for apps. Macworld’s favorite apps of the year really show the range of what came out: Apps that take advantage of Apple Pay and easy checkout, HealthKit apps that communicate...

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Sensor-equipped Bluetooth yoga SmartMat helps with...

LAS VEGAS—Yoga isn’t easy. The best way to practice and improve is obviously taking classes at a studio, or even working with an instructor one-on-one. But that isn’t practical for a lot of people, so we have apps, DVDs, and streaming classes through YogaGlo. Now a new sensor-packed yoga mat called SmartMat can provide real-time coaching and personalized stats and routines with the help of a mobile app.
The SmartMat has 21,000 piezoelectric sensors spanning the entire length of the yoga mat. It pairs to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth, and there’s even a slot at the top of the mat that acts as a stand for your device. It charges with regular USB, with each charge lasting about 6 hours, enough for a few sessions—unless you’re a marathon yoga nut. But otherwise, the latex-free mat looks and feels just like a standard yoga mat, and even rolls up....

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Four apps (and some audio recordings) to help you...

We live in a stressful world, and, more and more, we’re solicited by our work all day long, thanks to our devices that keep us connected by phone, email, and text messages before and after working hours. It can be hard to relax and to get a good night’s sleep, if you’ve got a lot going on. Fortunately, these same devices can help us calm down and catch some shut-eye. Here are four apps—and some audio recordings—that can help you do stay calm, and sleep better. (Pro tip: The Macworld editors will definitely be using these this weekend to unwind after CES.)Relax your breath 

Breathing Zone helps you slow down your breathing, providing quick relaxation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: More power, better...

More power, better reception, and enhanced soundThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a variety of battery-powered options for longer talking time, better signal for fewer dropped calls, and improved sound for watching videos and making calls.Carte BlancheThe Coque (iPhone 6; $30) spices up your handset with a simple—yet fashionable—design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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An iPod, a phone, an Internet communicator: Apple...

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo, and I was there. I was managing editor at Mac|Life at the time, and it was only my second Steve Jobs keynote. I even took notes on paper, with a pen, since we weren't live-blogging—and for the record, those notes prove that I absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker, for Steve's ruse about the iPhone being three products, an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. I still remember the giddy sense of excitement that rippled through Moscone as he demonstrated the new device (the call to Starbucks was especially delightful), like it just happened yesterday. Eight years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the iPhone has made such a huge impact on my life that it's hard to remember the time before it....

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Standzout's Bandstand begins the onslaught of...

LAS VEGAS—The Apple Watch wasn’t at International CES—well, not officially anyway, although Mashable’s Karissa Bell actually purchased a Chinese ripoff—but I did stumble across what might be the first third-party accessory designed for it.
In a quiet corner of the North Hall, Standzout showed off the Bandstand, an aluminum stand for the Apple Watch, slightly reminiscent of an iMac’s stand, only thicker to accommodate three USB ports tucked away under the bottom. Your Apple Watch connects to its included inductive charger, which rests in a cutout on top of the Bandstand and plugs into one of the USB ports. So don’t think of this stand as an extra charger for your watch, but rather as a place to keep the charger plugged in,...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Cool keyboards and lots of...

Cool keyboards and lots of standsThis week’s round up of new iPad cases brings you all kinds of interesting solutions that help you leave your laptop at home—and quite a few options for watching movies or video chatting.ESRThe Yippee (iPad Air 2; $13) is made from a translucent, scratch-resistant material that doesn’t hide your iPad's industrial features, and has a front cover that mimics Apple's Smart Cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Instagram fixes flaw that let people see your...

Instagram’s approach to privacy is nothing like the piecemeal strategy used by parent company Facebook. On the photo-sharing service, your privacy settings are limited to public and private—or at least that’s what we thought. Instagram just fixed a bug that let people see your private photos if they had once been public.
Quartz discovered the flaw and asked Instagram about it, prompting the Friday fix. Before the hole was patched, if you shared web links to your photos when your account was public and then decided to go private, those links would still lead to publicly viewable images. The hole was only exploitable on the web, not in Instagram’s iOS and Android apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Think Retro: Open Apple, closed Apple

You can date an Apple user as accurately as a botanist counting rings to date a tree, and you don’t even have to cut them in half first.
What you do is work out what they call the Mac’s secondary modifier key. This is trickier to do than you might think, as evidenced by how I had to come up with that awkward description rather than name it myself and so skew your response.
To a modern Mac user, you see, it’s the Alt key. To a more seasoned veteran, it’s Option, and to the true keepers of the flame, it’s the Closed Apple key.
It’s always fun, incidentally, watching people get one-upped when they try to pull the Mac old-timer card. You know the kind of thing I mean; someone posts to a forum saying that while they know how to type an acute accent on a Mac by tapping Alt-E, they’d like to know how to get an umlaut. The reply comes that they should tap Alt-U, and by the way it’s not actually called the Alt key, it’s called Option. But then, as sure as night follows day...

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Train for a marathon like a pro with these apps

Want to run a marathon? There’s an app for that! Just kidding—if only it were that easy, right? While there’s no single app that can absolutely take you from lazy couch potato to marathon finisher, there are several apps that can help you in your quest to run the absurd distance of 26.2 miles. Because marathons are so taxing, even the most seasoned runners still need to train—constantly.I am not a distance runner, but fitness expert, personal trainer, and endurance athlete Crystal Hadnott—who has run 12 full marathons and more than 50 half marathons since 2006— absolutely is. Here are the apps she uses to help her stay motivated, on track, and in marathon-running shape.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app lands on iOS

Google Chrome has a lot of fancy features built-in or available through extensions. One of those awesome additions is Chrome Remote Desktop—but until this week, the feature was limited to computers running the Chrome browser itself or Android devices. Now, however, iOS users can get in on the remote desktop action as well.
Google recently rolled out a Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS that is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. Although it will work on any Apple device, Google says the app is optimized for the iPhones 5, 6, and 6 Plus....

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Apple patent reveals plans for a GoPro competitor

GoPro shareholders are panicking after Apple’s patent application for a wearable camera was approved. One look at Apple’s plans shows why—the application details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple criticized GoPro in a patent filing for wearable cameras.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened to motorcycles and surfboards. The patent also details plans for waterproofing so an iPhone could be used to take underwater snapshots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Leaked screenshots offer first look at Apple Watch...

We already knew you can’t use an Apple Watch without an iPhone, but 9to5Mac just uncovered screenshots of an Apple Watch “Companion” app for iOS that will manage the apps on your Apple Watch and how it interacts with your iPhone.
Just like you can tweak your iPhone’s home screen by tethering to your Mac and dragging icons around in iTunes, you’ll be able to move icons around in the Companion app to reorder them on your Apple Watch. The Companion app will also let you slap a fancy monogram on your watch’s face, or even enable a red dot on the top of the watch’s screen when a sniper has you in his sights you have unread notifications....

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SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter for $34.99

Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, âexpertâ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an inexpensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing.

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Leak details 'Companion' iPhone app for...

A new report claims to have exposed the contents of the official iPhone app for the Apple Watch. Said to be dubbed "Companion" within Apple, the app manages Watch apps and device settings, in addition to handling the Bluetooth pairing process. Users can, for instance, organize the layout of apps on their Watch's homescreen via a simulated version of that interface....

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Belkin to Add HomeKit to WeMo ‘in Very Near Future’

One of the most popular home automation ecosystems is WeMo, an easy way to control things in your home using your mobile device. Belkin, makers of WeMo, have finally issued a statement about HomeKit compatibility: Much like winter, HomeKit compatibility is coming.

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Bluetooth SIG promotes Apple's Joakim Linde to...

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) has announced several appointments within its board of directors, including the promotion of Apple's Joakim Linde to secretary. Linde has been with the SIG for some time, but his new role may give him -- and Apple -- more influence over the direction of the Bluetooth standard. At Apple, he serves as a senior wireless architect....

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Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo......

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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai......

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BuQu Battery Case for iPhone 6 - Easy to Install and...

The iPhone 6 PowerArmour battery case from BuQu offers a lightweight, easy to use, battery case for the iPhone 6. In spite of the weight 3.7 ounces (91 grams) it provides days of back up power with a 2800 mAh capacity. The matte finish makes for a solid grip. A special mechanism makes it very easy to attach and remove.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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Goodbye Free on iTunes: Apple Stops its Weekly Song...

The free song of the week promotion Apple offered through the iTunes Store for years went from a big badge to a small text link, and now is gone completely. Searching for free songs doesn't turn up anything, either, and comments in Apple's own forums claim Free on iTunes-at least for music-has officially come to an end.

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Apple Watch Internal Hardware Might Be Upgradeable...

The Apple community of observers has been in a quandary. How can Apple sell a luxury Apple Watch with expectations of enduring beauty and yet continue to upgrade its capabilities with new models without annoying the purchaser? One solution would be to make the just the inside electronics replaceable.

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-13: Lesbian Emoji,...

Racial and sexual diversity isn't nearly as prevalent in emoji as you might think, but that can change. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of racial and sexual diversity in the emoji pictograph library, and how Apple can play a role in changing that. They also talk about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for government access to our encrypted messages and the importance of preserving our privacy.

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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Tuesday January 13

23:58
Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty...

Apple has filed suit against Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and argues that the Swedish company's patents are not essential to overarching industry standards.

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23:23
How

Forums: TroubleshootingHow can you fix printer sharing issues? - Marla Ahlgrimm

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23:23
Kind

Forums: NetworkingBeing kind gains more followers than a bossy one. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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21:52
Apple takes Ericsson to court over LTE patents,...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Ericsson over the licensing fees for technology patents related to LTE wireless connectivity, Reuters reported today. According to Apple, the company has not infringed any of the patents in question, which it says are not essential to the LTE networking standard.
Ericsson calculates its royalty fees based on the price of a complete handset rather than only the component that integrates the patented technology.

Ericsson agreed to license these patents to Apple way back in 2008 just after the launch of the original iPhone, which didn’t even have 3G connectivity.
Should a court decide that Ericsson’s patents are in fact essential to the LTE standard, Apple says it...

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18:09
Loving Linux in a Touchscreen World


Well it was a fairly quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, as much of the mainstream tech world staggered directly out of their New Year's revelries and into the halls of CES.
Not that Linux didn't have a presence at the gargantuan show, mind you. It was there, all right -- not just in phones but in TVs, smartwatches and cars, to name just a few examples. Still, there was no denying that the mega-event left things a little more peaceful than usual for those of us who chose to stay put in the Linux blogosphere.

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18:04
[Sponsor] BiteMyApple.co

Chris, the founder of BiteMyApple.co, has an impressive lineup of more than 50 products currently on sale, all former Kickstarter success stories. Bitemyapple.co just recently crossed $1,000,000 in sales, helping Kickstarter creators gain traction in the retail space.

The retail site offers a wide range of accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. “The goal behind BiteMyApple.co is to be exclusive in helping you find the greatest designs that stormed through Kickstarter,” adds Chris. “With so many incredible projects in campaign-mode right now, the product pool is endless, as are the possibilities.”

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17:58
Apple reaches deal with employees in lawsuit over...

Apple has reached a deal with its employees over do-not-hire policies that workers claim prevented them from getting higher-paying jobs at competing companies. Judge Lucy Koh previously rejected an offer to the tune of $324 million that the plaintiff in the case said was too low.
Today’s settlement is presumably for much more money than the original, since the plaintiff has accepted it, but the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Judge Koh said that the prior offer should have been closer to $380 million.
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17:55
Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-...

According to a court filing on Tuesday, both Apple and Google have agreed to new terms to settle a class action lawsuit alleging artificial suppression of wages through cross-company anti-poaching measures.

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17:18
Positive Grid starts a new hardware beta program for...

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS for iOS and Mac, have started a new beta program targeted to guitar players that want to help shape the future of the company’s hardware products. I love the products this company puts out.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:52
Siri Improvements

I’ve noticed over the past year that Siri is getting faster — both at parsing spoken input and returning results. I use iOS’s voice-to-text dictation feature on a near-daily basis, and it’s especially noticeable there. I’ve been using a Moto X running Android 5.0 the past few weeks, so today I did a side-by-side comparison between Siri and Android’s Google Now, asking both the simple question, “What temperature is it outside?” Both phones were on the same Wi-Fi network. Siri was consistently as fast or faster. I made a video that shows them in pretty much a dead heat.

My point here isn’t “Siri is better than Google Now”, or even “Siri is as good as Google Now”. Once you get past the superficial level, they’re different enough that it’s hard to make a blanket one-is-better-than-the-other comparison. I’d even agree that Google Now is better at many complex queries, and, further, that “What’s the temperature?” is a very simple question...

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16:35
Apple brings 2TB Mac mini configuration back to...

After a brief hiatus, Apple's high-capacity 2TB Mac mini has returned to the Online Apple Store on Tuesday, but is once again reserved as a configuration option on the most expensive $999 model.

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16:09
Apple expands iAds sales into Latin America w/...

Apple is once again expanding its iAd efforts today with the announcement of an exclusive reseller of ads in Latin America following an expansion late last year into new countries while opening up the platform to a number of third-party resellers.
Like the handful of mostly US-based ad companies selling iAds that were announced in November, Internet Media Services (IMS) will act as Apple’s exclusive partner selling ad inventory across iOS apps to customers in Latin America.
In addition, Apple has this week confirmed it’s allowing campaigns to be purchased with non-US credit cards for the first time through its own iAd Workbench platform.

IMS Internet Media Services (IMS) today announced Apple has...

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15:59
Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reassigned to Apple a Kodak patent covering a mobile remote control camera system, reports of which supposedly catalyzed a 12-percent drop in shares of action cam maker GoPro.

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15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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03:42
Think Retro: Open Apple, closed Apple

You can date an Apple user as accurately as a botanist counting rings to date a tree, and you don’t even have to cut them in half first.
What you do is work out what they call the Mac’s secondary modifier key. This is trickier to do than you might think, as evidenced by how I had to come up with that awkward description rather than name it myself and so skew your response.
To a modern Mac user, you see, it’s the Alt key. To a more seasoned veteran, it’s Option, and to the true keepers of the flame, it’s the Closed Apple key.
It’s always fun, incidentally, watching people get one-upped when they try to pull the Mac old-timer card. You know the kind of thing I mean; someone posts to a forum saying that while they know how to type an acute accent on a Mac by tapping Alt-E, they’d like to know how to get an umlaut. The reply comes that they should tap Alt-U, and by the way it’s not actually called the Alt key, it’s called Option. But then, as sure as night follows day...

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06:00
Train for a marathon like a pro with these apps

Want to run a marathon? There’s an app for that! Just kidding—if only it were that easy, right? While there’s no single app that can absolutely take you from lazy couch potato to marathon finisher, there are several apps that can help you in your quest to run the absurd distance of 26.2 miles. Because marathons are so taxing, even the most seasoned runners still need to train—constantly.I am not a distance runner, but fitness expert, personal trainer, and endurance athlete Crystal Hadnott—who has run 12 full marathons and more than 50 half marathons since 2006— absolutely is. Here are the apps she uses to help her stay motivated, on track, and in marathon-running shape.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:57
Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app lands on iOS

Google Chrome has a lot of fancy features built-in or available through extensions. One of those awesome additions is Chrome Remote Desktop—but until this week, the feature was limited to computers running the Chrome browser itself or Android devices. Now, however, iOS users can get in on the remote desktop action as well.
Google recently rolled out a Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS that is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. Although it will work on any Apple device, Google says the app is optimized for the iPhones 5, 6, and 6 Plus....

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13:52
Apple patent reveals plans for a GoPro competitor

GoPro shareholders are panicking after Apple’s patent application for a wearable camera was approved. One look at Apple’s plans shows why—the application details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple criticized GoPro in a patent filing for wearable cameras.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened to motorcycles and surfboards. The patent also details plans for waterproofing so an iPhone could be used to take underwater snapshots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:08
Leaked screenshots offer first look at Apple Watch...

We already knew you can’t use an Apple Watch without an iPhone, but 9to5Mac just uncovered screenshots of an Apple Watch “Companion” app for iOS that will manage the apps on your Apple Watch and how it interacts with your iPhone.
Just like you can tweak your iPhone’s home screen by tethering to your Mac and dragging icons around in iTunes, you’ll be able to move icons around in the Companion app to reorder them on your Apple Watch. The Companion app will also let you slap a fancy monogram on your watch’s face, or even enable a red dot on the top of the watch’s screen when a sniper has you in his sights you have unread notifications....

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15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Sleep better, keep your Mac...

Sleep better, keep your Mac awake, and fix your Wi-FiThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps has a little something for everyone, from software that helps you sleep to software that helps you prevent your Mac from sleeping.Appsomnia 1.1Don’t you hate it when you’re watching a video and your Mac goes to sleep? AppPlunger’s $1 Appsomnia (Mac App Store Link) takes care of that problem by preventing power savings from kicking in on command.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:10
Newest iOS 8.2 beta spills the beans on more Apple...

iOS 8.2 will be the first version to officially support the Apple Watch, and so each new developer beta is being carefully scrutinized for any hints about what the watch will do or what its interface will look like. Yesterday, the company released iOS 8.2 beta 4, and users quickly noticed a reference to an Apple Watch companion app in the Bluetooth settings. Today, 9to5Mac has dug deeper and shown us some of what that companion app will be able to do.
For starters, users will be able to customize the watch's home screen from their phones, using a mockup UI not unlike the one used in iTunes to customize an iPhone or iPad's home screen. The Stocks app, at least, will be able to display a single stock persistently on your watch face, and one assumes that something like this could be opened up to other apps in the future as well....

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15:00
CURVED/labs-Mac concept brings the original Mac up...

What you see in the image above is not a real Mac, which is a bit of a pity because a lot of Mac fans would buy one in a heartbeat. Instead, it's a concept worked up by German tech site Curved that takes the original friendly "toaster" Mac design and...

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14:57
2TB Mac mini quietly made its return over Christmas...


Following the launch of the current Mac mini in October of last fall, we noted that Apple had removed an option to purchase the entry-level Mac with 2TB of storage. It appears Apple has listened to feedback, and now users can, once again, buy a Mac mini with 2TB of storage. According to our digging into web archives, the 2TB option returned for the priciest Mac mini model in mid-December, right around the Christmas holidays. The 2TB Fusion Drive upgrade costs a $100 more than the 1TB drive, and it requires the machine to be built-to-order. Thanks, Bartosz for the initial find. 
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14:50
Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

mpicpp points out a report that Apple has been awarded a broad patent for gesture control of a computer interface (8,933,876). The company inherited the patent after their acquisition of motion-sensor company PrimeSense in 2013. (PrimeSense's technology is used in Microsoft's Kinect gesture control system.) Here's the patent's abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3D user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state....

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14:44
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young was also treated for cancer...

While his treatment for dementia would ultimately pull him from the band he started, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was also treated for cancer and a heart condition after than band’s last tour. So sad.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:34
The Convoluted Trail Linking North Korea to Sony


FBI Director James Comey has "very high confidence" that North Korea was behind last November's cyberattack on Sony, he said at a cybersecurity forum held last week at Fordham University. The attack resulted in large amounts of intellectual property, confidential communications and employee data being posted on the Internet for public view. New evidence of the link includes documentation of the hackers' failure to cover their tracks with proxy servers on several occasions, Comey said.

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14:30
Air Race Speed: Futuristic jet racing with stellar...

Air Race Speed is a high-speed jet racing game with a futuristic theme. Travel through 36 different tracks in what looks like some sort advanced science lab or factory using one of nine vehicles. Compete with yourself to beat your own high score each...

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14:00
The magical disappearing MacBook Air

Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air already owns the "sleek and sexy" high end of the market, but it could theoretically be so much thinner... if not for those pesky USB, Thunderbolt and MagSafe ports. That may be why the laptop hardware rumor du jour has...

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13:34
Apple Watch iPhone Companion App Reveals New Details...

Apple's latest iOS 8.2 beta includes a reference to an Apple Watch companion app that will be installed on the iPhone to give users a way to access settings on their Apple Watch devices, and a new report from 9to5Mac using code created by developer Steven Troughton-Smith (which can be found on Github), details some of the functionality that can be found in the upcoming app and in the Apple Watch. Called the Apple Watch "Companion," the app is described as housing both settings for the Apple Watch itself and settings for various Apple Watch applications. As we learned from the WatchKit SDK included in...

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13:34
Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app

Mark Gurman has certainly been on a roll lately. If true, this is an incredible amount of integration between the Apple Watch and the iPhone.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Improve your ski trip by using Ski Nation

We are right in the middle of the ski season and I am sure lots of you are planning ski vacations, ski weekends, or just a day or two on the slopes. Ski Nation will make that planning easier for you and provide you with live information directly from...

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13:08
Official BlackBerry account tweets from an iPhone
13:00
Sacrificing logic and profits at the altar of...

Evan Williams, who helped co-found both Twitter and Medium, recently wrote an excellent piece articulating the futility and shortsightedness of using one-dimensional metrics to ascribe success or failure to Internet companies.

Williams elegantly lay...

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12:44
Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app revealed w/ new...



Yesterday, we reported that the latest iOS 8.2 beta reveals that an Apple Watch application for the iPhone is in the works. Now, we have some more details. Within Apple, the application is currently called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the...

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12:42
LG's WebOS: 3rd Time's the Charm?


LG turned up at last week's CES with a smartwatch that apparently runs webOS.
LG used the watch to unlock an Audi at the show. "LG has never officially confirmed that we were planning a webOS smartwatch," said company spokesperson Ken Hong. "I think that is speculation based on the watch that Audi announced here at CES, which we developed but have not finalized the OS for." LG makes no mention of the wearable on its site, but the smartwatch reportedly has a dialer, a messages app, music functionality, a calendar, email and a health app.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo......

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12:31
Amazon signs Woody Allen to half hour series deal

First Amazon scores big with Transparent, their series that picked up a Best Comedy Golden Globe as well as a nod to Jeffrey Tambor for Best Actor. And now they’ve signed Woody Allen to produce an as yet untitled half hour series.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
In 2012, Kevin Durant explained how to pass the time...

We don't write about Kevin Durant a lot at TUAW, but we're fans. He's an Olympic gold medalist, NBA All-Star, hero to millions, and a staggering talent on the court. Durant is also gives charming interviews, like this one from 2012 where he was asked...

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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai......

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12:22
jAlbum Pro 12.4 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families. jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.Version 12.4: Note:...

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12:22
Cohen’s look at DiskWarrior 5

Like my good friend Peter Cohen, Disk Warrior 5 has always been my go-to utility for fixing my Mac.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:20
jAlbum 12.4 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.Version 12.4: Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from our "More download options" page (http://jalbum.net/software/download/all-systems) News and...

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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12:00
CARROT Hunger: Better health through insults and...

It's that time of year when people are already breaking their New Year's Resolutions to lose weight. Well, it helps if you have someone - or something - yelling at you to watch your calories and get off your keister. For me, the just-released CARROT ...

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11:44
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 4 SDK, reveals Apple...


It’s the beta seeds that show the cool stuff coming down the pipe.
Per Bidness Etc, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, revealing new details about the upcoming Apple Watch. The new iOS 8.2 beta 4 build, numbered 12D5461b, includes WatchKit support. In addition to this, website traffic data from multiple sources, have also suggested that Apple is looking to expand its iOS beta testing program to include a wider pool of users; this move reflect’s the company’s aim to improve the quality of feedback and to have the iOS 8 system running smoothly with some of the company’s new ambitious products such as Apple Pay or the Apple Watch.
There have been reports of some Apple employees already testing out iOS 8.3 and iOS 9.

When Apple...

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11:30
Daily Deals for January 13, 2015, featuring the $35...

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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11:00
CBS relaunches its news app for iOS

CBS has added features and done some cosmetic cleanup of its free CBS News app. The universal app adds live streaming from CBSN, the network's recently launched 24/7 live streaming feed.

Other changes are a completely new design, with more images an...

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

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10:22
PDFpenPro 7 adds iCloud Drive and exporting to Word...

The list of features in this app is just incredible. I love the guys at Smile Software and the apps they make.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:06
PDFpen Pro 7 supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive sharing

Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has released PDFpenPro 7, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X.
The upgrade features the ability to proofread and edit the OCR text layer and export to Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats, all with an interface updated for OS X Yosemite.What's more, PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 support document sharing via iCloud Drive.
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10:00
Look at this tiny iOS keyboard, just look at it

iOS-compatible Bluetooth keyboards are a dime a dozen these days, and it's hard to get excited about any kind of new typing accessory when so many of them look like direct clones of each other. The TextBlade is -- as its creator WayTools describes --...

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09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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09:40
Bluetooth SIG Board appoints new officers including...

The Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors today announced the appointment of new officers including current board member Joakim Linde, a Sr. Wireless Architect at Apple, appointed as Secretary of the board. Linde joins other new officers appointed today including Toby Nixon of Microsoft as Chairman and Magnus Olsson of Ericsson AB as Vice-chairman.
Linde takes over Toby Nixon’s role as secretary as Nixon becomes Chairman of the board, while the previous Vice Chairman, James Rutledge of Lenovo, is no longer listed as a board member. The previous Chairman, Svein-Egil Nielsen of Nordic Semiconductor, is still listed as a board member following the new appointments.

“The Bluetooth SIG encourages its members to work together for the betterment of Bluetooth® wireless technology—a wireless solution uniquely poised to serve as the backbone of the...

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09:33
9to5Toys Last Call: 5′ MFi Lightning cable $7,...

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:
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09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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09:20
Review: Incipio’s steel-pinned Trestle case makes...


Finding supposedly major flaws in new Apple products has become an expected part of the early review process — it’s now assumed that there will be a new “-gate” every year, legitimate or not. For the iPhone 6 Plus, the issue was “Bendgate,” as early adopters found that the 7.1mm-thin metal phone could be warped if sat upon or flexed in strong hands. Citing only a small number of complaints, Apple deemed Bendgate a non-issue, and sources dismissed claims that Apple had tweaked the design after initial release to strengthen its internal structure. But Apple Stores also ...

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09:18
Thunderstrike proof-of-concept attack serious, but...

TidBITS:To take over a Mac, the attacker needs physical access. He then plugs in Thunderstrike-enabled hardware — a modified Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet dongle in the demo — and reboots the Mac, triggering the process that replaces the firmware with malicious code. That’s it. While all Macs are technically vulnerable to the Thunderstrike attack, few readers face any immediate risk. The attack is highly targeted — someone needs both physical access to your Mac and time to reboot it and reinstall the firmware.As always when it comes to Macs and security, Rich Mogull is my go-to guy. He writes well and clearly about the subject and I trust his opinion and advice.∞ Read this on...

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09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

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09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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09:06
Daniel Wickham’s epic Twitter attack on world...

The Sydney Morning Herald:One student has spoken up against the world leaders with poor human rights records who took it upon themselves to march for free speech following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks. In a series of tweets, London School of Economics student Daniel Wickham attacked some of the world leaders for attending the rally despite restricting press freedom in their own countries.Good for him. When I first saw the photo of the world leaders, I thought it looked like just another photo op. Wickham shows it was also incredibly hypocritical.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:02
How Amazon tricks you into thinking it always has...

Re/code:The study of Amazon’s pricing uncovered some interesting tactics. First, Amazon doesn’t have the lowest prices across the board, which may not surprise industry insiders but might surprise Amazon shoppers. Instead, according to Boomerang’s analysis, Amazon identifies the most popular products on its site and consistently prices them under the competition.A good reminder to not assume Amazon has the best prices and to always shop around.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Samsung to Launch the Galaxy A7 to Compete against...

According to a Yonhap report, Samsung on Tuesday revealed their plans to launch its slimmest smartphone later this month at home and in major emerging countries to bolster low-end sector amid the rise of Chinese rivals eating into its shares. That translates to being rivals such as Xiaomi – not Apple and the the higher end iPhone 6.

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09:00
San Francisco's One Stockton Street Apple Store...

Those of you who follow Twitter and Instagram were probably chuckling yesterday afternoon when folks in San Francisco started sending out images of a huge fountain next to the Apple Store at One Stockton Street. Twitter user @its__amandaaa (Amanda Ho...

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08:30
After 11 years, iTunes "Single Of The Week...

BusinessInsider is reporting that Apple is ending its longstanding "Single Of The Week" promotion after 11 years. As the name implies, Apple, for 11 years on end, promoted a new song every week that iTunes users could download for free.

No free son...

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08:26
Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook...


There might be a kernel of truth here.
Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, Apple will begin production of its 12-inch MacBook Air in the first quarter of 2015, as production ramps at manufacturer Quanta. The device is expected to be razor-thin with just one USB Type C port doubling as both power and connectivity.
The price point of this device is not yet known. Interestingly, Digitimes reports that the device will usurp the 11-inch Air in the lineup, perhaps suggesting that the 12-inch Air will be in the same ballpark as far as price is concerned.

Due to landing orders for both the 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch, expected in March, Quanta will hire an additional 30,000 people according to the...

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08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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08:04
Appreviewtimes.com provides crowdsourced estimate of...


If you’re a developer, this is pretty interesting.
Shiny Development’s recently-launched appreviewtimes.com has begun tracking review times for both the iOS and Mac App Store using data crowdsourced from iOS and Mac developers.
While the site’s data is not official Apple data and is based on anecdotal data gathered from people posting their latest review times on Twitter and App.net using the #macreviewtime or #iosreviewtime hash tags, it is a public effort to obtain more accurate review times.

To contribute data, just post to Twitter or App.net with the time it took for your last app review and include one of the hash tags along with a number of days. Just the hash tag and “X days” is all that is needed at a minimum but including the app name/link is also good.
Users can also include the “Waiting for Review”...

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08:00
Federal Review Blames Lack of Resources and Planning...

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education has found the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion "iPad-for-all" education initiative, announced in the summer of 2013, had been "plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms," reports the Los Angeles Times. The iPad initiative was officially canceled last month amidst an investigation by the FBI focusing on the relationship between Apple executives and former LAUSD superintendent John Deasy. The investigation was sparked by claims the bidding for the deal had been altered to favor Apple and Pearson, the higher-education company providing content for...

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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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Wednesday December 31

15:30
Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with ElevateTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday January 2

12:26
Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.
A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:30
Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.
Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:...

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Monday January 5

05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet caseThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.BandolierThe Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

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11:30
HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

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13:38
Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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15:36
Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.To read this...

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Tuesday January 6

05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and moreThis week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.Case-MateThe Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:37
Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:20
Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to...

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13:45
Apple Watch reportedly set to ship in the U.S. by...

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch back in September, its official launch date was set as the oh-so-vague “Spring 2015.” Now, we have our first guess as to what that launch date could actually look like. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch is set to ship in the U.S. by the end of March, with Apple Store retail training scheduled for mid February.According to the report, Apple will be sending representatives from Apple Stores to Apple’s offices in Cupertino or Austin, Texas to learn about the Watch, which will better prepare store employees for when the Watch arrives. In addition, the report states that Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, battery life, and inductive charging mechanism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:31
Apple’s next MacBook could be a 12-inch MacBook Air

If 9to5Mac’s latest findings are true, than Apple’s biggest product of the year could be the MacBook Air. (You know, right behind the Apple Watch.) According to early reports, Apple has completely redesigned the MacBook Air, ditching the full-sized USB port, MagSafe connector, and SD card slots for something entirely different.9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman writes: “The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.”...

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for budgeting, social...

Budgeting, social media, podcasts, and entertainmentThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps comes with a great selection of everything you need to start the new year the right way, from helping you stick with your resolutions, to keeping track of what’s happening in your social media circles—with a little entertainment thrown in for good measure.Current 1.0.2If you love your social media but can’t stand Facebook’s web-based experience, AppDen’s $2 Current (Mac App Store Link) is probably worth a good look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:15
SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

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Wednesday January 7

04:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers, writing...

Speakers, writing slates and more from CESThis week's roundup of accessories is 100-percent full of items on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Bluetooth speakers? We got 'em. And a few other gizmos, too.808We found a couple of new Bluetooth wireless speakers from this company at CES. The $60 XS “features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and an efficient 12 hours of rechargeable battery life,” while the $60 NRG GLO (pictured) is shaped like an energy drink can and features a “Glow” mode that adds mood lighting to the beat of your music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:00
BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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12:50
Only 68 percent of iPhones and iPads are running iOS...

Apple shared its latest data on iOS 8 adoption on Wednesday, showing that 68 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches are currently running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple tracks iOS adoption by looking devices that access the App Store, and marking which version of iOS is running on each of those devices.The latest App Store Distribution data was collected on January 5. Besides iOS 8 data, it shows that 29 percent of devices are still running iOS 7, and 4 percent are still clutching to iOS 6 or earlier for dear life. Apple’s last iOS adoption data was from November 2014, which showed 60 percent of devices had upgraded to iOS 8. An 8 percent uptick in two months time is pretty slow, especially considering the sales boost that Apple must have seen during the holiday season.To...

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Thursday January 8

14:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Square Cash's latest...

Fitness, phone calls, and fun!This week's roundup brings you apps for all kinds of activities—spooky sci-fi games, staying in touch with the outside world, and getting into shape.Air Camera+This $3 app, which streams video live from your iPhone to your TV through your Apple TV, has added some new features. Now you can add even more effects on the fly, including Bloom FX and 3D, while 3D offers two different modes: cyan/red with matching glasses or side-by-side. Plus, users can now record their stream in three different formats—HD, VGA, or normal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:10
App Store broke its sales record on New Year’s Day

Appy New Year! (Sorry, I had to.) Apple announced that January 1, 2015 was “the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history,” with customers spending nearly half a million dollars on both apps and in-app purchases on that day alone. 
Apple’s press release, which came out on Thursday, went on to boast of record-breaking sales in 2014 as well. App Store sales rose 50 percent in 2014—and that’s just in paid apps and in-app purchases, not including free apps and upgrades—and generated more than $10 billion in revenue for developers. 
Taking a look back, 2014 was an awesome year for apps. Macworld’s favorite apps of the year really show the range of what came out: Apps that take advantage of Apple Pay and easy checkout, HealthKit apps that communicate...

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16:25
Sensor-equipped Bluetooth yoga SmartMat helps with...

LAS VEGAS—Yoga isn’t easy. The best way to practice and improve is obviously taking classes at a studio, or even working with an instructor one-on-one. But that isn’t practical for a lot of people, so we have apps, DVDs, and streaming classes through YogaGlo. Now a new sensor-packed yoga mat called SmartMat can provide real-time coaching and personalized stats and routines with the help of a mobile app.
The SmartMat has 21,000 piezoelectric sensors spanning the entire length of the yoga mat. It pairs to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth, and there’s even a slot at the top of the mat that acts as a stand for your device. It charges with regular USB, with each charge lasting about 6 hours, enough for a few sessions—unless you’re a marathon yoga nut. But otherwise, the latex-free mat looks and feels just like a standard yoga mat, and even rolls up....

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Friday January 9

05:00
Four apps (and some audio recordings) to help you...

We live in a stressful world, and, more and more, we’re solicited by our work all day long, thanks to our devices that keep us connected by phone, email, and text messages before and after working hours. It can be hard to relax and to get a good night’s sleep, if you’ve got a lot going on. Fortunately, these same devices can help us calm down and catch some shut-eye. Here are four apps—and some audio recordings—that can help you do stay calm, and sleep better. (Pro tip: The Macworld editors will definitely be using these this weekend to unwind after CES.)Relax your breath 

Breathing Zone helps you slow down your breathing, providing quick relaxation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More power, better...

More power, better reception, and enhanced soundThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a variety of battery-powered options for longer talking time, better signal for fewer dropped calls, and improved sound for watching videos and making calls.Carte BlancheThe Coque (iPhone 6; $30) spices up your handset with a simple—yet fashionable—design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:02
An iPod, a phone, an Internet communicator: Apple...

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo, and I was there. I was managing editor at Mac|Life at the time, and it was only my second Steve Jobs keynote. I even took notes on paper, with a pen, since we weren't live-blogging—and for the record, those notes prove that I absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker, for Steve's ruse about the iPhone being three products, an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. I still remember the giddy sense of excitement that rippled through Moscone as he demonstrated the new device (the call to Starbucks was especially delightful), like it just happened yesterday. Eight years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the iPhone has made such a huge impact on my life that it's hard to remember the time before it....

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16:31
Standzout's Bandstand begins the onslaught of...

LAS VEGAS—The Apple Watch wasn’t at International CES—well, not officially anyway, although Mashable’s Karissa Bell actually purchased a Chinese ripoff—but I did stumble across what might be the first third-party accessory designed for it.
In a quiet corner of the North Hall, Standzout showed off the Bandstand, an aluminum stand for the Apple Watch, slightly reminiscent of an iMac’s stand, only thicker to accommodate three USB ports tucked away under the bottom. Your Apple Watch connects to its included inductive charger, which rests in a cutout on top of the Bandstand and plugs into one of the USB ports. So don’t think of this stand as an extra charger for your watch, but rather as a place to keep the charger plugged in,...

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Saturday January 10

06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Cool keyboards and lots of...

Cool keyboards and lots of standsThis week’s round up of new iPad cases brings you all kinds of interesting solutions that help you leave your laptop at home—and quite a few options for watching movies or video chatting.ESRThe Yippee (iPad Air 2; $13) is made from a translucent, scratch-resistant material that doesn’t hide your iPad's industrial features, and has a front cover that mimics Apple's Smart Cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Monday January 12

09:35
Instagram fixes flaw that let people see your...

Instagram’s approach to privacy is nothing like the piecemeal strategy used by parent company Facebook. On the photo-sharing service, your privacy settings are limited to public and private—or at least that’s what we thought. Instagram just fixed a bug that let people see your private photos if they had once been public.
Quartz discovered the flaw and asked Instagram about it, prompting the Friday fix. Before the hole was patched, if you shared web links to your photos when your account was public and then decided to go private, those links would still lead to publicly viewable images. The hole was only exploitable on the web, not in Instagram’s iOS and Android apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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