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Thursday December 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

boost from United Airlines,

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

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

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

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

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09:30
Power View interactive visualizations and...

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

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



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

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09:17
OmniFocus 2.0.4

Maintenance release for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 72.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:10
Apple CEO Tim Cook wins 'Person of the Year...

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

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

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

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09:02
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3

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

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

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

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09:00
Visio webcast December 16—tips and tricks for...

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

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

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09:00
Checkmark 2.5 adds Today widget, more

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:00
Microsoft acquires app testing platform HockeyApp

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

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

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

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

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07:38
NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

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

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

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

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

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

As he travels,...

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07:29
Plundered Pirate Bay May Be Back in Business


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

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

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

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07:23
Microsoft debuts six new MSN apps for iOS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:00
Flickr Find: A real classic

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

As pointed out by Cole, the be...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:09
How to manage your iCloud storage and backups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:45
OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
Refresh OS X CRLs

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

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

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

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04:38
ScreenFlow 5: Record Mac and iOS Screens

You might think that capturing video from a screen and editing it into something usable is a niche task, but it’s invaluable when demonstrating how to do something on a computer or iOS device. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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03:30
Five apps to help with your holiday shopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday December 10

22:56
Sony Pictures strikes back against hacker hijackers

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

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

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

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21:49
Hands On: FlipBelt

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

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

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

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

Version 4.5.12:

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

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

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

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21:30
OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013...

OWC Announces Industry’s First SSD Upgrade for 2013 Mac Pro
Other World Computing (OWC) announced their 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD DIY upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro. The new Aura SSD for Mac Pro "delivers the capacity and performance Mac Pro users need for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo, and graphics. OWC’s new Aura SSDs for Mac Pro 2013 transfers speeds up to 730 MB/s and it is engineered for Mac so there is no extra software or hacks needed.
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20:52
BitTorrent technology comes to web browsers with...

BitTorrent, for good or ill, was a giant step for pushing data out to clients. While it's most often associated with piracy, it has many practical applications on the correct side of the law. The transfer technology is allowing the company to look in new directions -- such as chat clients and commerce -- but its now looking to additional avenues like web browsing with "Project Maelstrom."...

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20:44
Google News in Spain to be shut down next week

The Google Europe Blog this week released an update on the status of Google News in Spain. Richard Gingras, Head of Google News, informed readers that Google News will be shut off for them next week, before a new law takes effect in January. Gingras writes this law requires publishers to charge search providers a licensing fee for any content visible on the search website (including headlines), "whether they want to or not."...

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20:41
Alsoft Releases DiskWarrior 5

Aloft's DiskWarrior is the powerful disk repair and recover tool for OS X. Having been around since long before OS X, techs and users have learned to use and rely on the simple interface that does a lot.
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20:01
Grab a big iOS App designer bundle (MSRP: over $1000...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Specials.9to5toys.com is running a **special** on an iOS app designer bundle that up and coming iOS app designers will likely want to take advantage of.  This is an “NYOP bundle”, meaning that people can name their own price to get 2 courses (Learn Mobile Web Design Using Bootstrap & Learn To Build Cross Platform Apps). Or, if you beat the average price, you’ll get the entire bundle (7 courses & assets). This evening that is only a few bucks plus 10% goes to charity of your choice...

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19:54
LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.

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19:17
Electronic payment gateway Charge Anywhere...

In a statement, electronic payment gateway provider Charge Anywhere, LLC announced it discovered "malware that had not been previously detected by any anti-virus program" in their system. The discovery was made after an unnamed party requested the company investigate some unauthorized transactions that appeared to be made legitimately....

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18:52
Nokia Here appears on Google Play, iOS version on...

Nokia's Here maps for Android is no longer just for Samsung smartphones and tablets, with Nokia making it available to other Android devices on Google Play, without the need to side load the app. At the same time as the Android expansion, the company has revealed its upcoming Here release for iOS will be slightly later than initially believed, with a version for Apple devices set to arrive in early 2015....

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18:41
Apple Will Begin Selling LTE iPad Air 2 and iPad...

Apple has announced that it will begin selling LTE versions of both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in China beginning this week. Previously, only the Wi-Fi versions of Apple's newest tablets were available in the country. Apple® today announced that models of iPad Air™ 2 and iPad mini™ 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.The cellular iPad Air 2 models are available at 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. The iPad mini 3 is...

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18:25
How Linux Works Is an OS Mechanic's Mainstay


How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know offers an unglamorous view of the Linux OS. It takes readers behind the GUI into the bowels of command line operations. This second edition of Brian Ward's classic Linux reference book is completely revised, and it offers something for every Linux user. Ward drills down to the technical specifics that developers need -- but he also peels back the onion layers gently enough for Linux tinkerers to know what happens when they do stuff with the operating system -- and why.

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18:12
Apple announces availability of iPad Air 2 and iPad...

Apple announced today that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be coming to China “starting this week.” One single model will support all of China’s iPad carriers. The tablets are already available on Apple’s Chinese web store and are expected to ship within about a day.

The pricing for the iPad 2 WLAN models comes in at 3,588 RMB for 16GB, 4,288 RMB for 64GB, or 4,988 RMB for 128 GB, while the cellular versions will run for 4,488 RMB for 16GB, 5,188 RMB for 64GB, or 5,888 RMB for 128GB.
The iPad mini 3 will cost shoppers 2,888 RMB for 16GB of storage, 3,588 RMB for the 64GB...

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18:04
Manufacturers lobby opposes possible Title II...

The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and leaders in Congress to oppose the possible, and much more strict, proposals for Internet regulation as put forth by the FCC. The letter, which claims that the current standard of net neutrality "severely threaten continuing growth," functions as a rebuttal to a similar letter from the opposite point of view sent last May by over 100 tech companies, who argued that net neutrality was the only option that would protect Internet growth and well-being.......

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18:00
Snapchat updates with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support...

Once you've upgraded to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, using apps that don't take advantage of the full large screen can be aggravating, especially if one of those apps is an image service like Snapchat. Thankfully, Snapchat users no longer must suffer with...

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17:54
ACM 284: Facebook Rants and Apple’s Amazing Growth

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks Apple CEO Tim Cook is off base with his philosophy on relationships with customers, so Jeff and Bryan call him to task for missing the point Mr. Cook was really making. They also look at Apple's growing R&D efforts outside of the United States and what that means for the company's future and us.

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17:52
Apple debuts cellular LTE-equipped iPad Air 2 and...

Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

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17:36
Apple fighting media request for 'pale, weak...

Apple is opposing a media request to the court hearing the lawsuit between audio software maker Real and Apple that seeks to release a video deposition made by Steve Jobs, near the end of his life, on behalf of the case. The iPhone maker is opposing the request, saying that the video was part of witness testimony and not entered into evidence, and therefore can't be released as that would constitute a recording of a portion of the trial, which has not allowed cameras or video....

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17:25
How Uber vets drivers

This is an interesting read. I’ll admit, I expected there to be more of a smoking gun in the story, but I can see why the DAs want Uber to stop saying they have the “safest rides on the road.”∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:02
Morgan Stanley fined $4M for allowing rogue Apple...

Investment bank Morgan Stanley on Wednesday agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $4 million in fines for violating the market access rule when it allowed a rogue trader to fraudulently purchase some $1 billion of Apple stock in 2012.

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Line Runner 2 [iOS Univ...

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16:48
Heineken Christmas Tree

It’s simply beautiful.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:43
United to equip 23,000 flight attendants with the...

United Airlines today announced the carrier will equip its flight attendants with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, putting important safety and service information at flight attendants’ fingertips while enhancing their ability to meet customers’ needs.The airline will begin distribution to its more than 23,000 mainline flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015. Upon introduction, the devices will have the ability to handle most onboard retail transactions and will enable access to company email, united.com and the company’s Intranet as well as policies and procedures manuals.Future enhancements include replacing the flight attendants’ printed safety manual with an electronic version on their iPhones and providing real-time reporting and improved follow-up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs. Additionally, United plans to develop a number of customer-focused tools for the device.United also renewed the iPad program it started in 2011 with the iPad Air 2. Great moves from United....

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16:00
Grovemade's beautiful handcrafted Walnut iPhone...

Grovemade makes some amazing cases and accessories out of wood, and we've covered a few of them before. Recently, a Walnut iPhone Case for iPhone 6 (US$99) came into the TUAW Labs for our inspection, and it's a gorgeous piece of work. Check out this ...

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15:56
23,000 United Airlines Attendants will officially...

The Apple – United Airlines partnership has certainly shone this year. In March the introduced in-flight movie service exclusively for Apple devices. Then we posted a report covering some of the new iPad Bars United is setting up that also covers iPad menus in their restaurants at several airports with many on the way. Today, United Airlines announced they will be will equipping its flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus ...

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15:44
Giveaway: win 1 of 10 "Tunes Cleaner" Mac...

One common problem that anyone who uses iTunes extensively will face is clutter. This could be remedied by painstakingly going through and organizing files manually, or specialized software can be used. Enter stage right, the "Tunes Cleaner" App for OS X. MacNN recently got our hands on a review copy to see if it was worth the price, and late last week we published our hands-on review. We also got 10 redemption codes to give away to our readers, find out more below....

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15:30
Learn soccer tactics and strategies with The False 9

Soccer continues to grow in popularity in the United States especially amongst the younger generation. But I have found that very few Americans really know much about the tactics that big time teams use during their games. We all know about shotguns,...

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15:00
Readdle's PDF Office: Powerful PDF form...

When it comes to productivity apps for iOS, probably no developer does the job better than Ukraine-based Readdle. Over the years we've watched in awe as they've cranked out some amazing apps like PDF Expert, Scanner Pro, Documents, and Calendars. Whi...

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14:45
Is the U.S. Ready for Cuddle Finder Apps in the App...

Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.

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14:30
United Airlines providing iPhone 6 Plus to more than...

The iPhone 6 Plus has been dominating the phablet market since its release, but thanks to United Airlines the device is about to become omnipresent on certain flights. Today United announced they will be equipping more than 23,000 flight attendants w...

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14:27
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 65-inch 1080p LED HDTV $699,...

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:

LG 65″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $699 w/ free in-store pick up (Reg. $900)

Relive your favorite classic video games with the ...

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14:15
7 Great Christmas Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

There are lots of fun things to do at Christmas. Celebrate, do a countdown timer, read about Charlie Brown's Christmas, track Santa's progress in flight and bake cookies, to name a few. John Martellaro has put together a nice collection of iOS apps to help you get organized, celebrate and eat!

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14:09
Review: OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 (OS X, Windows)

Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. As this interest begins to develop into a hobby, inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite, with apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, it is far from the only option out there. The real question is, can any of the competition stand up to the quality that Adobe has become renown for providing? O......

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14:04
Register for the GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway (in Time...

We have a killer giveaway through our friends at Stack Social. It's for the GoPro Hero4 camera, the newest GoPro model. It will film in 1080p at 120 fps, 2.7K at 50 fps, and 4K at 30 fps. Come on, that's incredible! It can capture 12 megapixel stills at 30 fps, has a more powerful processor than previous models, and is generally-speaking bad-ass. To register, all you have to do is sign up to receive email notifications of TMO deals. Easy. Plus, the winner will be picked on December 15th so that the GoPro Hero4 can be delivered by Christmas. Good luck!

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14:00
Lync for Windows Phone update—more settings for...

Barak Manor and Jamie Stark are product managers on the Lync team.
An exciting update for the Lync for Windows Phone is now available, part of our ongoing, frequent releases for mobile clients. This time we’re reorganizing the settings dedicated to voice calls, making it super easy to know and control which network will be used for phone calls.
Before, you had only two options for voice calls, configured with the “Require Wi-Fi for VoIP” setting. Now that we’ve refined and renamed the two Wi-Fi options and added the Cellular option, you have three clearly defined options to choose from, each with its own advantages.

  • VoIP always—The device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, the device will defer to the 3G/4G data plan and the Lync voice calls will be initiated over that connection.
    This option is perfect for those of you who always want to have the richest...
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14:00
Roomlia for iPhone offers nice travel booking options

As Carl Sagan once said, "There are billions and billions of travel apps in the App Store." I'm paraphrasing, but you get the sentiment. Giants like Kayak (which I love) and Travelocity are quite visible while others get less attention. Today I want ...

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13:56
Apple Stores to support Sprint's Easy Pay,...

People wanting to take advantage of Sprint's Easy Pay or iPhone for Life financing and leasing options should soon be able to do it at an Apple Store, a report says. Training is currently said to be underway, and some stores may in fact be ready to process the plans today. Neither option is available through Apple's website, but previously, shoppers angling for one of them had to order elsewhere....

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13:43
The stimulating history of coffee: why you hear this...

Slate:You don’t speak Turkish. You don’t speak Finnish. You don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese. None of these languages is remotely related to English. In fact, none of these languages are even in the same language family. Yet you can recognize, within the two quick syllables of kah-vay, ka-vee, and ka-fay, the word you know as coffee.I am always fascinated by where words come from and their commonalities. I’d never thought about why “coffee” is so similar around the world and in so many different languages.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:38
Amplified: “I was in a bar somewhere”

Jim and Shawn talk about three months with an iPhone 6 Plus, Apple lawsuits, Apple’s Best of 2014 and connecting instruments to an iPad!∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:30
Just Get 10: Merging Madness

Just Get 10 is a number puzzle game where players combine similar numbers until they reach 10. For instance, three ones next to each other get added together and make a block labeled two. Players continue to make these groupings until they reach the ...

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13:19
United Airlines to equip 23,000 flight attendants...

United Airlines has signed a deal with Apple that will see it equip over 23,000 flight attendants with the iPhone 6 Plus in 2015, according to an announcement. The phones will initially let attendants process onboard transactions, as well as access United email, the airline's intranet, and internal safety, service, and policy information. Distribution of the phones is expected to begin in the second quarter....

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13:08
United Airlines buys iPhone 6 Plus for all its...

United Airlines announced today that its more than 23,000 flight attendants will soon be carrying the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus for company use and servicing customers. The airline says it will be rolling out Apple’s phablet to its flight attendants starting next year during the second quarter and be used for onboard retail transactions, accessing company email and the airline’s website and internal network, and viewing airline manuals for policies and procedures.
United Airlines says deploying the iPhone 6 Plus to its flight attendant staff will allow the airline to replace paper safety manuals in the...

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13:00
Reviews: OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 (OS X, Windows)

Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. As this interest begins to develop into a hobby, inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite ......

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13:00
Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color...

Exposure (US$1.99) is a slick iOS app that lets you selective apply effects to your photos. Of course the app also lets you globally apply an effect too, like sepia tint or black and white effects, but the nice feature here is the ability to use your...

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12:53
iDevices talks working w/ Apple to fast track...

Apple introduced HomeKit during its WWDC Keynote presentation last June. Since then we’ve heard HomeKit-enabled chips are on the move, but you still can’t buy a HomeKit-certified device. They are on the way, however, as Apple just started accepting product plans from manufacturers following a yearly summit for companies in its Made-for-iPhone program.
iDevices, maker of the iGrill, is hoping it’ll help push HomeKit into the mainstream. Since early last year, the Connecticut-based company has invested over 10 million dollars into HomeKit development and has been closely working with Apple to create...

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12:33
United Airlines to Equip Flight Attendants With...

United Airlines today announced that it plans to distribute Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus to more than 23,000 of its flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015. The phones will be able to handle "most onboard retail transactions" such as food and drink purchases, and will allow flight attendants to access their email, the United.com website, the United Airlines Intranet, plus policies and procedures manuals. "We are thrilled to make this investment in our flight attendants," said Sam Risoli, United's senior vice president of inflight services. "iPhone 6 Plus will enable them to deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them to better serve our customers."In the future, the iPhone 6 Plus devices used by flight attendants will replace printed safety manuals with electronic versions, allowing for real-time reporting and access to aircraft cabin issues and repairs...

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12:20
United Airlines to deploy Apple's iPhone 6 Plus...

United Airlines on Wednesday announced that it will equip more than 23,000 flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus next year, allowing them to handle onboard transactions as well as accessing company email and other internal information.

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12:15
The paranoid person’s guide to a complete Mac backup

Macworld:I’m somewhat paranoid about backing up my data files. And by “somewhat paranoid,” I mean “petrified.” If you’re not of a similar mindset, you should be. Consider what it would mean to lose some irreplaceable photos, for instance. Or the please-let-me-keep-my-job presentation that you’ve been pulling together for months. Or your financial data. Being paranoid in every waking hour isn’t a great way to get through life, but when it comes to backing up your data it’s nearly impossible to go too far.I’m constantly on people to have, make and verify their backups. As a victim of not having a backup in the past, I know the pain losing important data can cause. I’m doing this for your own good....

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11:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Great golfing

Great golfingThis week’s roundup of accessories includes a new way to make sure that you’re getting everything you can out of your golf game. Plus—batteries, speakers, stands, and more.ArccosHere’s an iOS accessory for serious golfers: The $400 Arccos system attaches a sensor to each of your clubs, then uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to relay data about every part of your game back to an app on your iPhone. The makers say: “Arccos will enable you to make smarter choices right on the course, so you can have your best game, every game.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:53
Instagram celebrates 300 million users with verified...

Instagram has always been beloved by photographers, selfie-takers, and latte lovers, but now we can put its popularity in context: Instagram officially has more fans than Twitter.The photo-sharing network has 300 million monthly active users compared to Twitter’s 284 million, despite the real-time news platform’s bigger profile. Of course, Twitter would argue it has a larger footprint than just monthly active users—CEO Dick Costolo has said the network reaches an additional 500 million unique visitors each month who never log into the network.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:01
Sprint ‘iPhone for Life’ & ‘Easy Pay’ leasing/...

Apple SVP Retail Angela Ahrendts
With the introduction of new iPhone financing options from wireless carriers, Apple has steadily been adding support in its stores for the latest payment options allowing customers to get an iPhone without paying the full price or even the $199 and up contract price.
Apple already supports financing plans from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile either online, in its retail stores, or both, and 9to5Mac has learned that Apple is preparing to soon offer Sprint’s iPhone financing and leasing plans as well with support rolling out at some stores as soon as today.
Under the additional payment options, Sprint customers shopping at Apple...

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12:00
In Apple iTunes trial, media companies seek video of...


Apple founder Steve Jobs came back from the dead in the iTunes antitrust trial on Friday, speaking for more than 20 minutes to jurors through his videotaped deposition.
Now three big media companies want to access that video and make it public. Bloomberg, The Associated Press, and CNN intervened in the iTunes case seeking access to the video. Apple has opposed their motion, while the plaintiffs, a class of eight million consumers as well as iPod resellers, took no position.

Jobs was on medical leave at the time of the 2011 deposition and was in frail health. Questioned by plaintiffs' lawyers, he spoke about his recollection of RealNetworks and how their music DRM system interacted with iTunes. A transcript of the deposition (PDF) has been public since October.
...

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12:00
Want a pair of 1st gen iPhones? Fork over $30,000

The original iPhone is a bit of a rarity these days thanks to its age and the number of units that have undoubtedly been smashed, dropped, or plopped into a toilet, so finding a working one will cost you. Finding a sealed box with one of Apple's firs...

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11:45
Apple Online Store Gains New Toys Ahead of the...

As of this week, Apple has begun offering several new toys in its online Apple Store, including a Barbie from Mattel, a Skylanders game, and a WowWee Robot. The new online-only additions come just ahead of the holiday season and mark Apple's continued efforts to bolster its products aimed at younger children. The most curious new toy offered in the online Apple Store is a Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll from Mattel. Sold for $49.95, the Barbie is the first doll that Apple has ever sold and at first glance, appears out of place in the online store. The Barbie is a standard Barbie doll, but it is designed to be used alongside a free app [Direct Link] on the iPad that allows children to create customized clothes on printable fabric sheets. To start,...

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11:42
iOS 8.2 beta 2 seeds to developers

Apple has begun seeding a second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, build 12D445d. The first beta, build 12D436, was released on November 18th. As of this writing there don't appear to be any feature changes, suggesting the new beta is mostly intended to eliminate bugs....

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11:01
T-Mobile offers cheaper family plans, other deals in...


The wireless carrier price wars continue.
And maybe you can use it to your advantage.
Per Macworld, T-Mobile is rolling out yet another limited-time offer on wireless service, this time bringing the cost of unlimited data way down for families.
The carrier is now charging US$100 per month for two lines with unlimited 4G LTE data, down from a regular price of US$140 per month. Additional lines cost US$40 per month—same as before—and subscribers can have up to 10 total lines at this price.

There is just one catch: To get the US$100 per month base price, everyone on the plan must have unlimited data. For subscribers who can get by with less, T-Mobile is also bringing back an earlier promotion that provided 2.5 GB of 4G LTE...

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11:00
Indian Court Bans Xiaomi Smartphones over Ericsson...

A technology site noted last month that "The biggest factors that keep Chinese smartphone makers out of the West – and even developed countries in Asia like South Korea and Japan – are carrier subsidies, patents, and cultural stigma." Today we learned just how true that statement was. With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they set their eyes on their next market target: India. Today that plan was dealt a blow. The Indian High Court has banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country.

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11:00
How to disable iPhone cellular calls on iPad and Mac

If I ever meet Cult of Mac's Rob LeFebvre in person, I'm going to buy him a beer (or coffee). Why? He had a little "how to" article on the site today that answered a question one of my friends had asked the other day, so now I don't have to do any re...

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10:57
Blackphone to Peddle a Few Good Apps


Blackphone on Tuesday announced plans to open an app store for privacy-focused applications to run on its secure smartphone. The store is expected to launch in January.
The Blackphone runs PrivatOS, a modified version of Android 4.4.2 that comes bundled with tools that encrypt phone calls, texts, emails and Internet browsing. The app store will feature curated apps selected for their protection of users' security and privacy. The PrivatOS update scheduled for early 2015 will come with several preloaded apps.

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10:51
Twitter clients in 2014: An exploration of Tweetbot...

MacStories:I’ve spent weeks comparing features and changing apps to understand the kind of experience they want to promote. But implementation details and design differences aside, I also kept wondering the same question: was the real Twitter different from the third-party clients I used for three years?I use Tweetbot on iOS but am always interested in reading what others think of the other major iOS Twitter clients.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:45
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing...

Apple has updated iOS 8 to restore missing ringtones that had been purchased from the iTunes Store. Since there are no other fixes of note, don’t rush to install the update. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:43
Square merchants in the US post sales of $100M in a...

Small businesses using Square's popular iPhone- and iPad-connected credit card readers combined to sell more than $100 million worth of goods and services in a single day, the company announced on Wednesday.

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10:38
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-10

Apps to help iPhone-toting snuggle buddies find each other are showing up on Apple's App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and safety implications of the cuddle apps, plus they dive into the problems Apple is making by forcing iOS app developers to remove key features from their products.

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10:30
The strategies and challenges involved in developing...

WWDC 2014 was unquestionably one of the best Apple events in years. While there were no hardware announcements, developers and Apple enthusiasts at large were treated to a two hour event chock-full of surprises, not the least of which was the introdu...

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10:24
Briefly: Alipay adds TouchID support, Shazam 8.2.0...

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has updated its Alipay app for iPhone and iPad today, now including support for TouchID. Mobile payments made with an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can now be verified with a fingerprint instead of a password, similar to Apple Pay. Apple CEO Tim cook indicated in October that he and Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma would be discussing the potential for a partnership, with speculation at that time focused on Apple Pay and Alipay integration on Alibaba, Taobao and Tmall....

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10:18
News: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released the second beta of iOS 8.2 to registered developers, following up on the first 8.2 beta released with the debut of WatchKit last month. The latest beta features a build number of 12D445d and appears to contain mostly minor tweaks and fixes, particularly focused on enhancements to WatchKit as developers prepare apps for next year’s debut of the Apple Watch....

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10:10
Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 2 to developers

Apple on Wednesday released the second beta iOS version 8.2, bringing additional support for the new WatchKit SDK and fixing a number of issues related to international languages.

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10:00
Bose triumphantly returns to Apple Store, Apple...

After unceremoniously culling Bose products from Apple Stores around the globe a couple of months back, the popular audio brand has snuck back into Apple's good graces just in time for the last weeks of holiday shopping. Recent reports claim that App...

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09:56
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 2 for developers

Apple has just released the second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, for testing, as an over-the-air update.  The beta can also be downloaded from Apple’s developer site. iOS 8.2 includes WatchKit, so developers can create apps and Glances for Apple Watch. You can read about how such apps work with our previous coverage of the WatchKit APIsApple released the first beta of iOS 8.2 a few weeks ago.

The latest update, which brings the build number from 12D436 to 12D445d, follows yesterday’s...

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09:52
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, approximately three weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta. The beta, build 12D445d, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 2 with WatchKit. According to the release notes, iOS 8.2 beta 2 includes fixes for keyboards that may not appear in Safari, Maps, or other third-party apps in iOS simulator and it offers Siri support for Singapore English. Several WatchKit fixes are bundled in as well, repairing a bug that caused notifications to fail to open an app, an issue that caused WatchKit apps to stop working in iOS 8 simulator, and more. iOS 8.2 includes the WatchKit SDK, allowing developers to create apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple's upcoming wearable device ahead of its 2015 launch....

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09:02
Apple and IBM reveal 10 iOS apps that aim to change...

The way banks, airlines, wireless carriers, and even governments do business could soon change if Apple and IBM have anything to say about it. The two companies now have 10 apps designed to streamline business operations behind the scenes, which may lead to better service for the rest of us.
The new apps are the first wave in a lineup that’s expected to include up to 100 iOS apps for business. IBM is firmly entrenched in enterprise, while Apple’s presence in the halls of giant corporations has been largely unofficial, in the form of employees using their personal iPhones to send company emails. So the two companies partnered up in July to bring their complementary strengths to businesses on iOS....

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09:48
Hands On: Landscape (OS X)

If your work or personal situation is anything like Chilton Webb's -- a freelance web developer, and head of Conjurebunny Software -- you may have wanted for an app that simplifies the process of web design, with specific attention paid to working on one webpage at a time, as opposed to an entire site. Conjurebunny's Landscape for OS X aims to provide tools "that can quickly assemble complicated webpages, without confining the artist to a template or a limited design," in a freeform style that is also responsive on all platforms. Currently priced at $40, Landscape purports to be at once easy a......

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09:45
Alipay updated w/ Touch ID amid talk of potential...



Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the Wall Street Journal: Digital conference in October, claimed that he would be entering discussions with Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba, about a potential partnership with the Chinese e-commerce company. It was speculated at the time that any partnership would likely be centered upon the integration of Apple Pay and Alipay for mobile payments on Alibaba, Taobao and Tmall.
Amid the speculation, China Daily was first to report that Alibaba has updated its...

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09:42
Nokia confirms Here maps will return to iOS next year

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Wednesday announced that it would bring its Here mapping service --?which has not appeared in native form on Apple devices in nearly a year --?back to iOS with a new standalone app in early 2015.

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09:41
9to5 Guide: the best iPad, iPhone + MacBook battery...


Earlier this week, I walked through a great collection of iPad, iPhone, and Mac products that I’d strongly recommend. Today, I’m here to help you choose an excellent spare battery for any portable Apple device. You can trust me because I’ve been testing Apple batteries for over a decade, conducting hours-long tests to learn how each new Apple device consumes power, and how quickly each battery replenishes a given device. If you want to learn more about why I’m recommending the specific batteries below, I discuss key factors worth considering at the bottom of this guide.

Top iPhone Batteries
There are two types of spare...

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09:30
Daily Deals for December 10, 2014, featuring GoPro...

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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09:28
Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge...

UnknowingFool writes: In the Apple DRM lawsuit, the last plaintiff in the case has been disqualified. However, due to the number of potential consumers affected, the judge has denied Apple's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs' lawyers will have to find a qualified plaintiff. To recap, the suit lost both plaintiffs in the last week when Apple reported to the judge that their iPods were not eligible (iPods must be purchased between Sept 2006 and May 2009). The first plaintiff withdrew when all her iPods were found to be outside the time period. The second plaintiff produced one iPod that was not eligible but two others that were eligible; however, Apple challenged the two eligible ones as the plaintiff could not prove she purchased them. They were purchased by her ex-husband's law firm. Since one of the suit's main claims was that the price of the iPod was raised due to Apple's actions, it was important to establish that she purchased them. At the heart of the case is that Apple's use...

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09:26
Uber sued by Los Angeles, San Francisco over fares,...

Uber is being sued by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, for unlawful business practices. The District Attorneys of both cities claim the cab company is misrepresenting how effective its driver background checks are to its users, as well as including fare calculations and other fees that have not been approved by the state itself....

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09:08
Facebook bringing ‘Trending’ section to iOS,...

Facebook introduced a new “Trending” section on the web in January to display trending stories that are frequently shared and discussed on the social network. Today, the company announced that it has improved this feature by organizing trending topics into five categories so that it’s easier for people to explore stories from different sources.
More importantly, Facebook is bringing the “Trending” section to mobile devices, including all of the improvements to the web version, with support for Android and the web rolling out today and iOS coming soon. The new experience is currently only available to Facebook users in the United States, although other countries are coming soon.
“The feed below the new sections will continue to display relevant posts...

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09:05
iPhone Apps: Slacker Radio, Instagram, RunKeeper
09:00
Microsoft Virtual Academy course—Office 365 identity...

The Office 365 Team has developed a new course focused on identity management, featured within Microsoft Virtual Academy.  The course titled, Office 365 identity management, includes seven 45-90 minute modules. Watch these modules to learn about user and identity management concepts, examine the available options, and explore how to configure and manage user identities.
In identity management, it is important to provide users with a seamless user authentication and profile through directory synchronization. This course looks at options for directory synchronization using Active Directory and third party identities.
Course instructors are experts in the topic and include ​Paul Andrew, senior technical product manager, Samuel Devasahayam, principal program manager, Nasos Kladakis, senior technical product manager, Dave Pae, senior product manager, Jono Luk...

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09:00
What happens when 9 Excel power users come to...

Excel is a tool that means different things to many different people. And with the app available for the PC, Mac, web and even your phones and tablets, the ways in which Excel is being used is expanding like crazy. So it is important for our team to continuously learn from our diverse customers. In November, we decided to try a new way of engaging with some of our most dedicated power users, modelers and analysts in the financial industry.
Through a year-long partnership with the ModelOff Financial Services World Championship, we reached out to nine financial professionals who use Excel creatively to solve complex financial problems and invited them to travel from across the world for a few days in our house … Redmond, WA. By the end of the trip, the participants had walked the halls where we design, development and test the product, brainstormed new ideas for us to consider in next product versions and gave first hand...

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09:00
The Sway philosophy

Chris Pratley is the partner director of engineering for the Sway team.
Since announcing Sway on October 1st, we’ve heard from thousands of you who signed up to join the Sway Preview. We’re thrilled that so many of you see the benefit of Sway in your own life. We also know that many of you want to understand more about why we developed Sway. In this post, I’ll take you through more of the background behind Sway and the philosophy behind the product.
Why did we develop Sway?
Sway comes from the Microsoft Office team. Many of the people on the team have worked on productivity software for years. We have deep experience in how people get stuff done, what they are trying to achieve, what matters to them and how work and content creation in particular has evolved over time. Over the years we have improved our core applications, making them easier to use, more powerful, more connected to the internet, available on mobile devices, etc. Our core applications like...

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09:00
What’s new in Office Online—featuring Insights for...

The Office Online team has been busy adding integration across Microsoft Cloud services and extending the capabilities of what you can do with Office in your favorite browser.  A number of powerful features have either been rolled out recently or are beginning to roll out now. If you haven’t used Office Online in a while, here are a few updates we’ve built and implemented based on your feedback.
Insights for Office
Imagine you came across something new in a document that you are working on and want to find out more. What if you could find the information you want without disrupting your flow and without having to open a new tab in your browser to do a search? With Insights for Office, you can bring the information you want right into Word Online, in a seamlessly integrated experience that lets you learn and explore as you are working on your documents in your OneDrive.
When you right-click on a word and select Insights, Office Online understands...

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09:00
Manufacturing productivity in the cloud—TE...

Today’s post was written by David Ark senior director of Infrastructure Solutions for TE Connectivity.
At TE Connectivity (TE), creating and strengthening connections is what we do. Our products protect connections, enhance the flow of connections, and literally connect one thing to another. Our goal is to deliver an extraordinary experience to our customers and those who use their products. We are a global leader in innovation with more than 18,000 patents and four straight years on the Thomson Reuters list of Top 100 Global Innovators. You’ll find our products in the things you depend on every day, such as cars, appliances, medical devices, computers and many other electronics devices.
Our Digital Workplace initiative is designed to make TE an attractive place to work, and a key component is Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. In the past, we were challenged with mismatched...

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
T-mobile announces new $100 plan with 2-lines and...

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced that it was adding two cellular plans designed for families who are looking to save money on multiple lines. Both plans are available starting today for a limited amount of time.

The new Unlimited 4G LTE family plan off...

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08:58
Synaptics First out of the Gate with Biometric ID...

Last month we posted a report titled "Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC's" The report covered three distinct trends coming to PCs next year which included the cable-less PC, 3D cameras and fingerprint ID to replace passwords to start your PC and beyond. Apple's Touch ID that has now been implemented on the latest iPhones and iPads is coming to future MacBooks too, according to one of Apple's patent filings. Today, however, it's Synaptics new SecurePad that takes the lead in bringing biometric ID to notebooks.

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08:50
FBI: No evidence of North Korea involvement in Sony...

The assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's cyber division Joe Demarest has declared that North Korea doesn't appear to be the instigator of the Sony Pictures attack. Speaking at a cybersecurity conference, the chief said that despite the attack package being compiled in Korean "there is no attribution to North Korea at this point."...

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08:24
Business time: Apple and IBM’s partnership yields...

The first wave of iPhones and iPads in the workplace got there because users brought them in, and now Apple is trying to capitalize on the "bring your own device" phenomenon by offering the kinds of things IT managers like: support, manageability, and Serious Business Apps. Those are the kinds of things that the company's partnership with IBM is about.
Today Apple and IBM announced the first wave of business-friendly apps to spring from this partnership—these will generally be of little interest to consumers, but they do give us some idea of the kinds of things IBM is doing for Apple. The list includes apps for pilots and flight crews, bankers, insurance agents, caseworkers, law enforcement, retail managers and...

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08:20
Time's Person of the Year honor goes to '...

Apple's chief executive was among those spurned by Time Magazine on Wednesday as the publication announced that the 2014 Person of the Year edition will not feature a single person, but instead pay homage to the healthcare workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

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08:04
Korean Press Delights in Apple Losing Warranty...

A Korean report published today was shown to be delighted in seeing Apple losing a lawsuit over warranty service. They viewed the victory as a firm response to Apple's arrogance.

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08:00
Apple and IBM kick off their partnership with suite...

Apple and IBM today announced the first business-oriented apps built exclusively for the iPhone and iPad. The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are designed from the ground up for businesses, providing a secure operating environment, analytics and int...

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07:49
Autopano Giga 3.7 - Stitch multiple images. (Demo)

Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images. Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:

  • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
  • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
  • Use the Preview mode to get an instant visualization of your final panorama, before even rendering it. You can keep this mode on when you use all the tools of the panorama editor.
  • Manually remove the ghosts in the overlapping areas in an instant thanks to the Mask tool. Also very useful to remove the tripod, or get rid of anything in your panorama (Autopano Giga only).

Version 3.7 (371):...

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07:42
iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Finds a New Plaintiff

The class action lawsuit alleging Apple used monopoly power to block competitors from getting into the mobile music market is back on track with a new plaintiff. After Apple showed the previous three plaintiffs hadn't purchased iPods during the time frame specified in the lawsuit, attorneys scrambled to find a replacement, and that turned out to be a 65 year old ice dancer from Boston.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple wants to win this case on merits, not technicalities. Depending on the outcome of the trial next week, we'll know if that was a smart move.

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07:39
NSA's Auroragold Mining Operation


The United States National Security Agency, which is known for monitoring landline, Web and cellphone communications worldwide, reportedly also targets wireless carriers. Documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA has monitored more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators worldwide since 2010, in a covert operation named "Auroragold." Those intercepted communications help the NSA hack into phone networks.

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07:38
Gazelle's $20 cash bonus on working iPad trade-...

Readers who recently purchased a new iPad still have a few hours to lock in an extra $20 cash bonus on the payout value for their old models from Gazelle.

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07:33
AAPL spending almost all its US cash reserves on...

Analysis by Above Avalon‘s Neil Cybart suggests that Apple is unlikely to accelerate the pace of its stock buyback program as it is already spending almost all of its available US cash stockpile on share dividends and buybacks.
Out of $155B of cash, only $18B is available in the U.S., with the rest sitting in international subsidiaries unable to be sent back unless repatriation tax is paid […] Apple is essentially taking most, if not all, of its free cash flow from U.S. operations and piling it into share buyback.
Cybart does some number-crunching to suggest that Apple is likely to buy back around $30B worth of stock next year, though acknowledges that new product lines like the Apple Watch make it difficult...

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07:30
Daily Deal: The GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the chance to win a new GoPro Hero4 Black to capture all of your adventures in stunning Ultra-HD! This tiny, insanely durable camera provides some seriously impressive guts, and features an incredible 4K30 resolution.  To enter, simply sign up for iLounge Deals at the link below; the lucky winner will be chosen on December 15th, 2014.

Enter The GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway Now!...

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07:22
Apple holiday ship times improve for iPhone 6,...


You may be able to have that Apple device you want to give as a present arrive in time for Christmas.
Per AppleInsider, it appears Apple’s supply chain is making significant progress in catching up with demand, as all non-128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models now show ship-by times of three to five days, while 5K Retina iMacs are listed as ready to ship in one to two weeks.
A quick check with the Online Apple Store confirms 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions in all colors are available to ship in 3-5 business days. Interestingly, all 128GB variants are showing slower 7 to 10 day ship-by dates, suggesting a shortage of high-capacity memory modules.

Certain models are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Store...

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07:00
How to pick the best photo editor for your life

Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors, and it’s difficult to tell which is the right
one for your needs.
If you’re already using iPhoto or Aperture, stick with those programs until Photos is released in 2015—it may be all you need. If you’re willing to
pay for more features, here are all the big (and subtle) differences between today’s top image editors to help you choose the software that’s best for you.

iPhoto
This image database and non-destructive editor will be replaced by a new app named Photos in 2015, though it’s still one of the easiest places to import,
manage, correct, and share your photos. Instead of editing your originals, it stores your edit requests in a database, so you can always revert to your
original. It works on a variety of file formats, including raw, and its Adjust panel lets you adjust exposure, color temperature,...

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07:15
Holiday Gift Guide for the techies in your life -...

The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs about you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying) then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week,, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!...

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07:14
Check out Apple and IBM’s new enterprise iOS apps (...

After first announcing a major partnership earlier this year, Apple and IBM unveiled today a list of new enterprise apps focused on various industries including retail, government, banking, travel, and more. This is the first glimpse of what the collaboration between Apple and IBM actually looks like, and below you can see exactly what these enterprise apps look like and what they do for their respective industry. Check out each app name and description below (click for full size):

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07:07
PC makers may beat Apple to the punch with new...

While Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensors remain limited to the latest iPhone and iPad models and have yet to appear in any Mac hardware, Synaptics announced on Wednesday that its new SecurePad fingerprint scanning hardware is now available to notebook PC makers.

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07:06
Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95 - 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 39.0.2171.95:

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

Download Now

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07:04
Bose products return to online, retail Apple stores

Bose products have returned to Apple's online store and retail chain, reports say. These include products like SoundLink III and SoundLink Mini speakers, and the QuietComfort 20i earbuds. Bose hardware vanished from the online store on October 17th, and went missing from retail around the same time or shortly thereafter....

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07:00
Apple fires back hard at news organizations for...

As anticipated, Apple has taken an extremely strong stance against a request from three news organizations to see the release of a videotaped deposition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The deposition itself was conducted in April of 2011, a few month...

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06:56
IBM's First Wave of MobileFirst iOS Solutions...

Last month we posted a report titled "The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule." Today, Apple and IBM published a press release stating that "Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. Philip Schiller ...

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06:55
Shazam for iOS updated w/ redesigned music player,...

Shazam for iOS received a major update on Wednesday with a redesigned home screen and music player for more conveniently keeping up to date with the latest artists you have identified, finding out what songs friends are listening to and accessing the latest Shazam charts. A brand new Shazam.com was also launched with a Hall of Fame for artists and other new features.
Shazam’s revamped mobile app has an all-new “Play All” button that lets you listen to full playlists across Shazam, including Charts, your Shazams and Recommended songs. Moreover, the apps have gained deeper Spotify integration with the ability for subscribers of the streaming music service to listen to full tracks directly in the...

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06:52
LastPass matches Dashlane with automated password...

After password manager Dashlane grabbed the limelight yesterday with an automated password changer for 50 top US websites, LastPass has hit back with its own version of the same feature. However, while LastPass supports more sites, it falls short of the Dashlane offering by forcing you to change one password at a time, rather than doing all supported sites en-mass, and not yet supporting sites that employ two-factor authentication.

We’re excited to announce that the Auto-Password Change feature we released to our Pre-Build Team last week is now available for all users in beta. LastPass can now change passwords for you, automatically. We’re releasing this feature for free to all our users, on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (starting with version 3.1.70) […]
Auto-...

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06:36
Apple and IBM Introduce Ten Business-Focused '...

Following a partnership announced over the summer, Apple and IBM have today introduced the first in a line of mobile business apps that target a wide range of industries and businesses. Dubbed "IBM MobileFirst for iOS", the suite of ten apps hopes to "bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users." With the initial batch including apps focused on the finance, air-travel, and banking industries, IBM also confirmed a few clients including Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte will support the MobileFirst program starting today. “What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business—smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president,...

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06:32
Apple TV gets new channels, YouTube channel gets new...

Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories:Apple TV yesterday received four more channels, with UFC, The Scene, Fusion and Dailymotion joining the dozens of other channels available on the device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
News: First wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps...

Apple has announced the first group of enterprise apps born out of the landmark Apple-IBM partnership. Targeted at enterprise organizations in the banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, government and airline industries, IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are designed to strengthen the role of the iPad and iPhone for use in large-scale business applications. The first IBM clients with MobileFirst solutions include Citi,…

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06:20
Apple's discontinued iPod classic commands...

Three months after its official demise, Apple's iPod Classic --?the last model to come packing a high-capacity spinning drive --?remains popular on marketplace sites like eBay, with buyers willing to pay hundreds of dollars extra to get one.

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06:18
Sound Studio 4.7.3 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac.Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities. Any audio project. Completed with ease.

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.

Version 4.7 (4.7.3): Note: The demo version is currently at 4.7.3. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 4.7.

  • Changed how multi-track selection works. Now, you...

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06:15
∞ Apple and IBM deliver first wave of apps from new...

The apps are vertical in nature, targeting specific industries such as travel, banking, and insurance. They are built with a combination of IBM’s vertical savvy and Apple design skills.

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06:06
Apple and IBM Roll Out MobileFirst Apps for iPhone,...

Apple and IBM launched the first round of IBM MobileFirst apps for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. The apps are part of the business collaboration between the two companies to help push iOS solutions deeper into the enterprise market.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and IBM are in a strong position to be able to own the enterprise-level mobile device market, and it's clear that's exactly what they want to do. Good luck competing with that, Microsoft.

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06:00
xACT 2.35 - Audio compression toolkit. (Free)

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.Version 2.35:

  • Fixed CD extraction bug introduced in OS X 10.10
  • Upgraded flac to v1.3.1
  • OS...

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06:00
Boston ice dancer selected as new plaintiff in iPod...

A 65-year-old amateur ice dancer is the new plaintiff in the class action lawsuit filed against Apple, reports the Wall Street Journal. Barbara Bennet was flown into Oakland California and appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Following intervi...

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05:59
Parable of the polygons

Interesting visualization tool. You start with a mix of triangles and squares. There are rules that determine whether a shape is happy or not, based on the neighboring shapes being the same type (bias). Hard to explain, but spend a minute stepping through each scenario and you’ll see the point of the exercise.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
Apple & IBM announce first batch of MobileFirst...

Following an announcement earlier this year that Apple was teaming up with IBM to deliver a number of enterprise solutions, today Apple has officially announced the first wave of iOS apps being released through the partnership. As part of IBM’s “MobileFirst for iOS,” Apple and IBM today announced 10 new apps designed specifically for businesses including banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines.

“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s best technology with the smartest data and...

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05:55
TaiG jailbreak almost instantly updated for iOS 8.1....

Prominent jailbreakers i0n1c and iH8sn0w had strongly suggested that yesterday’s release of iOS 8.1.2 wouldn’t block the TaiG jailbreak, and this has now been confirmed: the latest version is available just a day after the iOS update.
The jailbreak supports all devices capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 6/Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
It’s Windows-only for now, with a Mac version promised later. The Pangu team released an OS X tool for its own jailbreak last month.
Via...

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05:45
IBM & Apple reveal first iOS apps in enterprise...

Apple and IBM on Wednesday unveiled a wide range of "MobileFirst" applications targeted toward businesses, representing the first results of the enterprise-focused partnership between both companies.

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05:42
Facebook plans a warning system for embarrassing pics

Wired:Let’s say you’re out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook.Facebook is exploring AI to detect and respond to this behavior.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Alibaba's Alipay Rolls out Update to Mobile App...

A new Chinese report today confirms that Alipay, the e-payment arm of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, rolled out on Tuesday the latest version of its mobile application, which allows iPhone users to make mobile payments using Touch ID instead of passwords.

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See How Long The Active User Has Logged In On A Mac

The following will grab you an integer of the number of hours an active user has logged into a computer:
user=$( ls -l /dev/console | awk '{ print $3 }' ) ; ac users $user | awk '{ print $2 }'

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iPod Classics are hot gift item as surprise holiday...

Apple kept making the iPod Classic for much longer than many expected, but when it finally called time over lack of components there were still plenty of people who wanted one. The Guardian reports that some iPod Classics are now selling for up to four times the original price.

Versions of the 160GB Classic – which can hold around 40,000 songs – are being sold as new via Amazon for up to £670. More than 3,000 of the models – the seventh, final version came out in 2010 – have been sold on eBay since the Classic was retired in October, most...

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