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Thursday November 13

12:05
Retina iMac shipping times slip to 2-3 weeks

Shipping times for stock models of the Retina iMac have stretched out to between two to three weeks at Apple's US online store. The computer was initially promised in three to five business days when it was launched last month, but soon slipped into a seven- to 10-day window. With the latest delay, it may be a final opportunity to have a computer shipped in time for Christmas. Built-to-order systems may take longer....

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12:00
Spotify CEO pens blogpost on Taylor Swift and the...

Last week, Taylor Swift abruptly removed all of her music from Spotify, a significant move considering that Swift's latest album 1989 has been perched at the top of the charts since its release two weeks ago. In explaining the decision, Swift told...

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12:00
Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6....

Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6.2.1 beta Now Available

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12:00
Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6....

Safari 8.0.1 beta, Safari 7.1.1 beta, and Safari 6.2.1 beta Now Available

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11:57
Tinderbox 6.1.1 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs. Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet. When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.Version 6.1.1:

  • Polishes and refines the advances of Tinderbox Six
  • OS X 10.8 or later

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11:52
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

The new album is available today—great to see Dave Grohl making some new music.
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11:51
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones

Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."

The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.
With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.

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11:45
Review: Lunatik Seismik for iPhone 6

As in the last version of Seismik, Lunatik cleverly includes ringer switch protection on the frame by using a switch that can be moved toward or away from a user. Much of Seismik’s appeal will come from its unique truss design. This time around, the back is translucent from the top to the bottom of the frame, revealing more of the phone. It’s a sleek look, but the frame does add a bit more bulk to the sides of a phone when compared to…

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11:41
Samsung responds to Apple's Continuity with its...

Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple's Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called "Flow," intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.

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11:40
U.S. Government Warns iOS Users About 'Masque...

The United States government today issued a bulletin warning iPhone and iPad users about the recent "Masque Attack" vulnerability, a security flaw that first surfaced on Monday of this week, reports Reuters. Masque Attack is a vulnerability that can allow malicious third-party iOS apps to masquerade as legitimate apps via iOS enterprise provision profiles. Written by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams, the bulletin outlines how Masque Attack spreads -- luring users to install an untrusted app through a phishing link -- and what a malicious app is capable of doing.An app installed on an iOS device using this technique may: -Mimic the original app's...

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11:30
Sunrise calendar, Things productivity apps updated

Sunrise calendar has always been a 3rd choice for me, behind Apple's and Readdle's excellent Calendars 5 (I use Fantastical + BusyCal on my Mac). But after hearing a lot of smart people rave about Sunrise, I've decided to give it a try. Lucky for me,...

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11:10
Apple’s highest-ever market cap is now 2/3rds of the...

As we reported last month, Apple’s stock price has continued to climb repeatedly reaching all-time highs since its 7-1 stock split earlier this year. The company’s stock has been on the rise today as well putting Apple’s market capitalization on track to close at its highest point ever. Previously, Apple’s highest market cap at close was $658.15 billion at the end of September 19th, 2012, and today Apple’s market cap has climbed to nearly two-thirds of a trillion dollars at $663.20 billion during trading....

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10:15
The Week in iOS Apps: Taylor Swift fans are gonna...

The Week in iOS Apps: Players gonna play, play, playThis week’s roundup of new and improved apps brings an offering from the one and only Taylor Swift. If you’re not a fan, well, you know what to do: Shake it off.American Express Unstaged: Taylor Swift ExperienceOur prediction for this Taylor Swift app for iOS? Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, but Swift fans gonna play, play, play, play, play with this offering for hours at a time. Haters take note: It’s actually kind of artsy and cool, featuring “an immersive journey with intertwined storylines, multiple rooms and dozens of hidden interactive features waiting to be unlocked and explored.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Kenu Stance compact tripod holds your iPhone, opens...

What's better than a little tripod for your iPhone? A little tripod for your iPhone that doubles as a bottle opener! That's the idea behind the innovative Kenu Stance ($29.95), a new product from the accessory manufacturer that also produces the...

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10:56
Notice: Mac OS X Hints is now a read-only site

We respect its storied history, and value the contributions of its many readers, but we can no longer support it at the level it deserves. There’s a wealth of great information here that many will find useful, so we've elected to maintain it in a read-only form. Thanks for your many years of attention and everything you've done to make the site such a valuable resource.

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10:53
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user...

Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.
The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.
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10:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-13

It's copycat day on Daily Observations. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how YouTube's new Music Key service fits into the streaming music market against competitors like Spotify, Beats Music and iTunes Radio, plus they take a look at Samsung's just announced Continuity clone Flow.

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10:42
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters

StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).
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10:41
Sony's PlayStation Vue will stream live &...

The newly unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service from Sony is set to launch this month on the company's home game consoles, but shortly thereafter will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad.

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10:13
Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch Retina iMac Slip to 2...

Supplies of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display have been slowly dwindling ahead of the holidays, and as of this week, shipping estimates for both standard and custom configurations have slipped to two to three weeks. At launch on October 16, shipping estimates were briefly at a day before slipping to 3 to 5 days, later moving to 7 to 10 days before slipping again on Monday. The base Retina iMac, with a 3.5GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB fusion drive, is in stock at many retail Apple Stores around the country and can be picked up same day, but when ordered from the online store, it carries the same two to three week shipping estimate as all custom configurations. While Retina iMacs ordered from the online Apple Store may not arrive until December, some Apple resellers...

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10:12
iOS users should beware a 'Masque Attack'

A malware technique labeled "Masque Attack" allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. It affects OS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.
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10:05
Apple drops support for third-party SSDs in Yosemite

If you're using running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD, then upgrading to OS X Yosemite "will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs," reports ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxltm).
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10:00
From Inside the Cloud—How do we monitor and...

Matt Swann is a principal software engineer for Office 365 and Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager for Office 365.
In our last post, From Inside the Cloud: What does Microsoft do to prepare for emerging security threats to Office 365?, we looked at the Red team’s activities and what goes into our “Assume Breach” approach for preparing for emerging security threats to Office 365.
The rigor and discipline required to testing ourselves continuously to keep your data safe within the service, is by nature an operation of tremendous scale especially when you consider the terabytes (TB) of data flowing daily through the service.
And it’s the Blue team’s job, to literally find that potential needle in the haystack of activity that may signify anomalous behavior and to then take action. Which is what we explain this week’s episode of From Inside the Cloud.

To achieve this scale...

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10:00
Sony is bringing TV streaming to iPad with...

The TV streaming wars are about to find their way to the iPad thanks to Sony. The company announced today its first true push into the television streaming realm with PlayStation Vue, a service that will bring streaming content to PlayStation devices...

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09:57
Apple stock hits new high

Apple stock jumped nearly 2% to 113.45, a new high, in morning trading on the stock market today, reports Investors.com (http://tinyurl.com/qd7rnvr). In late-morning trading Thursday, Apple stock was trading just below that intraday high.
Apple analysts generally are bullish about the company's prospects for the holiday shopping season, given the company's refreshed lineup of iPhones and iPad, the article adds. This is also the first Christmas with premium headphone maker Beats Electronics under Apple ownership.

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09:48
Apple's Tim Cook ranks #2 on Fortune...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed second place on Fortune's Businessperson of the Year list for 2014. In awarding the position, the publication says that it's "becoming increasingly clear that Tim Cook knows what he's doing" in the wake of losing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011. "The company's stock is at an all-time high. Booming sales of larger iPhones and renewed enthusiasm for Mac computers are making up for slowing growth in iPads. The coming Apple Watch and the already released Apple Pay service show that Apple remains an innovator - even under a CEO known more for operational prowess t......

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09:36
Staples begins accepting Apple Pay at 1,400 locations

With Apple Pay seemingly off to a great start, the number of retail outlets where customers can use Apple's mobile payment platform is already expanding. Yesterday, reports surfaced indicating that 1,400 Staples locations are now accepting payment...

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09:32
Apple's Market Capitalization Sets First New...

Apple's market capitalization reached a record high today, breaking the $660 billion mark to sit in the range of $662-664 billion for much of the day's trading so far. The new high breaks a previous closing record of $658.15 billion set on September 19, 2012 and intraday high of nearly $661 billion reached two days later. Market capitalization measures the market value of a business and is calculated by multiplying the stock price by the number of available shares. Apple comfortably leads all U.S. companies in market capitalization, with its closest competitors being Microsoft and Exxon, which have market capitalizations of just over $400 billion each. Fourth-place Google falls sits at roughly $370 billion. While Apple's share price has been...

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09:23
SanDisk releases flash drive for the iPhone, iPad

SanDisk Corp. has announced the iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB Flash Drive designed specifically for iPhone and iPad.
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09:14
Amazon and Hachette battle ends amicably with e-book...

The dispute between publisher Hachette and Amazon seems to have concluded. Both companies have announced that a deal has been struck, with Hachette being able to set prices on e-books that it sells. Other specific terms of the deal have not yet been made public, and will not likely ever face public scrutiny outside the publishing industry....

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09:10
Jonathan Ive Talks Design, Failure, and More in...

Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior VP of Design, made a rare public appearance at the Design Museum in London yesterday (via Cult of Mac). At the event, he discussed everything from his view on the future of design to his opinions on failure with museum director Deyan Sudjic.We shouldn’t be afraid to fail - if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it.The talk with Sudjic also included a roomful of up-and-coming design students, with Ive offering additional perspective on the design process and rejection."The best ideas start as conversations. A small change at the beginning of the design process defines an entirely different product at the end. At the start of the process the idea...

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09:10
SanDisk launches portable storage drive with built-...

SanDisk on Thursday announced the new iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB flash drive designed specifically for Apple's iPhone and iPad, featuring a dedicated Lightning connector for transferring files on the go.

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09:03
Review: RooCase Origami Case for iPad Air 2

Origami keeps the iPad Air 2 secured in its shell with a snap, providing a small lip over the front of the device for a bit of added protection. While some may prefer a removable cover, many folio-style iPad cases don’t offer the functionality of Origami’s folding multi-angle stand cover. The cover works well as a stand, and the magnetic clasp activates the iPad Air 2 sleep/wake function without fail. No buttons are covered, and while…

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09:00
Excel Power Map—November update for Office 365  

Last month we focused on quality improvements for Excel Power Map, shipping more fixes than in any previous monthly release. This month we’re continuing to make fixes but we’ve also added a nice convenience feature. You can now play a tour directly from any scene, instead of always having to start playing a tour from the beginning. This is super helpful when you’re editing a tour and want to see how the changes you’ve made to a scene will appear. No more starting from the beginning and fast forwarding through to the scene you just changed. To use this feature, simply hover over a scene in the Tour Editor and click the Play button that appears. More updates coming next month. Enjoy!

Power Map is part of several analytics and...

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09:00
AT&T will give you $50 to upgrade to a new iPhone

If you're an AT&T subscriber and needed a little extra bit of incentive to convince you that now is a good time to dive into the iPhone 6 waters, AT&T is offering a $50 bill credit to anyone who upgrades an existing line to an iPhone 5s, 5c, 6, or 6...

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08:50
Fortune somehow names Tim Cook #2 Businessperson of...


Fortune has somehow named Google CEO Larry Page its 2014 Business person of the Year beating out rival Apple CEO Tim Cook who earns the number 2 spot (despite stock prices) on Fortune’s list of 50 executives.
Nearly four years into his tenure, Page has shown himself to be the world’s most daring CEO. His fabled “moonshots” now launch with regularity. Any one of them could change the lives of billions and help Google to remain at the top of the technology heap for generations. Improbably, Page has built his factory of the future while keeping Google’s multi-billion dollar business humming and positioning the...

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08:45
Samsung Innovates Again, Copies Apple’s Continuity

Samsung announced a new feature for its Android-toting customers on Wednesday called Flow that shows its innovation skills haven't changed because it looks a lot like Apple's Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Flow lets users jump from smartphone to tablet to computer, and continue to work on the same documents, view photos, handle email messages, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Even if Samsung came up with the idea and implementation for Flow without taking any cues from Apple, the company has a reputation for copying the efforts of its competitors. That's exactly how Flow comes across, too.

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08:44
Active Storage and UPS intelligence

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Active StorageAPCHi,
Has anyone set up a system with Active Storage who listens to APC UPS? I want to Active Storage to shutdown after a while when it get's to hot in the server room. (we had some airco issues in the past).
I can't seem to get it working with the serial cable (communication what so ever) so I tried it with a shell script through PowerChute.
What I did was i've setup the Mac's running on the APC with PowerChute, I can configure then to shutdown at a certain time or run a shell script. The last server to go down will run this shell script sending a "activeadmin --device his_ipaddress --password his_password shutdown...

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08:27
Apps: LaunchBar, MarsEdit, Totals
08:11
Mac: Epson WorkForce DS-520 Scanner

While modern personal computers and the Internet at large have reduced the amount of paper in most of our lives, they haven’t ushered in the “paperless society” that many predicted they would. At the end of the day, if you want a paperless office, sometimes you still need to take matters into your own hands. Enter the Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner ($400), a high-powered sheet-fed scanner designed to help you get control…

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08:10
SanDisk iXpand builds Lightning connector into USB...

SanDisk has today introduced the iXpand, a new USB flash drive aimed at iOS devices. Unlike most it incorporates a secondary Lightning connector, allowing owners to plug it directly into an iPhone or iPad. A companion app can be toggled to automatically backup photos and videos from a device's Camera Roll. The app can moreover stream music and videos directly from the drive; compatible movie formats include AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV, and WMV....

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08:00
Portlandia's Fred Armisen narrates Ann Droyd...

Children's author David Milgrim is back again with another modern adaption of a classic book. Written under his clever pseudonym "Ann Droyd," Milgrim this time uses the classic "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff as inspiration for...

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07:57
∞ Build your own Apple I from scratch

I love to build stuff, especially if it involves circuit boards and solder. I’ve made my share of guitar interfaces (some of which actually do what they are supposed to!) and gadgets of all stripes.

In the video below, Ben Heck from Element 14 talks you through the first part of the process of building a working Apple I computer, complete with peekable, pokable ROM. Part 2 is scheduled to be released Friday night, November 14th.

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07:47
Rumor: Chipmakers gearing up production of Apple...


Apple may have begun ramping up production of the Apple Watch for release in the relatively near future.
Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, while Apple has yet to provide a specific launch date for the Apple Watch, leaving its early 2015 timeframe and internal memo revealing a spring launch after Chinese New Year as the only information to go by in terms of a release date, chipmakers in Apple’s overseas supply chain are reportedly gearing up to begin production of the Apple Watch. The report, citing industry sources, claims that between 30 to 40 million units of the upcoming wearable device have been ordered.

A previous supply chain rumor claimed that Apple supplier Quanta Computer would begin Apple Watch...

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07:47
Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More...

Nerval's Lobster writes With the debut of Android 5.0 (also known as Lollipop, in keeping with Google's habit of naming each major OS upgrade after a dessert), it's worth taking a moment to break down how the latest version of Google's mobile operating system matches up against Apple's iOS 8. After years of battle, the two are remarkably similar. So while nobody would ever confuse Android and iOS, both Google and Apple seem determined to go "flatter" (and more brightly colored) than ever. Whether or not you agree with their choices, they're the cutting edge of mobile UX design. The perpetual tit-for-tat over features has reached a climax of sorts with Lollipop and iOS 8: both offer their own version of an NFC-powered e-wallet (Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet), a health app (Apple's Health app vs. Google Fit), car-dashboard control (Android Auto vs. CarPlay), and home automation. That's not to say that the operating systems are mirror images of one another, but in terms of aesthetics...

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07:45
Initial Apple Watch Production Set for 30-40 Million...

Today DigiTimes is reporting that chip suppliers involved in the Apple Watch supply chain are gearing up to start production for the upcoming wearable device. The initial production target is larger than what the entire smartwatch market was forecast to do in 2014 and never did.

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07:45
7 Lessons Learned From Interviewing 100+ App...

If you’ve ever considered making a living via the App Store, this is worth a read.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:45
FCC Chair Asserts Independence in Net Neutrality...


FCC Tom Wheeler has responded to the White House's proposal for Net neutrality rules by reasserting his agency's independence in a meeting with executives of Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies following President Obama's Monday call to action. The president urged the FCC to ensure Net neutrality by interpreting Title II of the Telecommunications Act to govern ISPs. While Wheeler's response is viewed in some quarters as a challenge to the president, the FCC has said that Wheeler is taking the president's comments under advisement.

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07:40
Apple Now Offering Apple Rewards Visa

Barclaycard has partnered with Apple for a new credit card that offers Apple Store gift card rewards, limited-time free financing at the Apple Store, and an EMV chip. 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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07:40
Staples and Radio Shack to Offer Modest Black Friday...

Customers looking for discounts on Apple products this Black Friday have two more retailers to add to their shopping lists -- Staples and Radio Shack. Black Friday discount website BFads recently published leaked sales flyers from both retailers in advance of the biggest shopping day of the year. Staples is offering discounts on a variety of Apple gear, including $80 off the 16GB iPad Air WiFi ($319), $60 off the Retina iPad mini 2 ($239), $70 off the iPad with Retina Display ($279) and $20 off the Apple TV ($79). The office supplier also is taking 10 percent off all Beats by Dr Dre headphones and 15 percent off all iTunes gift cards of $50 or more. As an added bonus, customers with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can save time during checkout by...

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07:36
Staples turns on Apple Pay support ahead of Black...

9to5mac:

Staples shared in an announcement today that it is now accepting Apple Pay transactions at its “over 1,200 stores” in the United States for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.

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07:33
Jony Ive outlines his three key tips for designers...

UX designer Joseph Shaffery shared some quotes from a talk Apple’s design head Jony Ive gave to an audience of designers last night at London’s Design Museum – together with his take on the three top tips a designer should take away from the evening … 
Shaffery said that the three key take-outs from the evening were:

  • Learn how to care
  • Learn how to focus
  • Be prepared to screw up and throw things away

On caring, Ive said that failing to care enough about the work you are doing is personally offensive.

What we make testifies who we are. People can sense care and can...

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07:33
Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch...

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

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07:31
∞ Apple iMac commercial from 1998

Though this ad is old, the feel is more in line with some of the more modern spots, using fewer words and more auditory cues.

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07:30
Rumor: Apple beginning to court enterprise markets...


Remember how Apple seemed like a second class citizen in the business and enterprise world?
That might be about to change.
According to Reuters, Apple is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.
Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.
Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders...

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07:28
iFFmpeg 5.0.7 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 5.0.7: Note: iFFmpeg 5 is a free upgrade for all iFFmpeg 4 registered users.

  • Fixed H265 Main Profile preset.
  • Fixed editing the H264 'Preset' option.
  • You can not export anymore to images, merge, make iso while encoding is in progress.
  • Added 'Remove Preset' button in the Presets Manager.
  • Added preference option 'Play Audio Notification' when finished.
  • Fixed issue when setting the GOP size to 1.
  • Fixed issue when using custom encode options.
  • Improved creating FFmpeg commandlines.
  • It is now again possible to use -maxrate and -bufsize with -crf settings.
  • Setting a...

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07:25
Review: Moshi iGlaze Armour for iPhone 6 Plus and...

iGlaze Armour is a pretty straightforward case, with equally straightforward pros and cons. We like the metallic look of the back, but we’re never fond about companies leaving cutouts to reveal the Apple logo. And while the case is sturdy and thin — it’s important not to add much bulk to the larger iPhone 6 Plus — we don’t like the feel of the button coverage, which is vague and will have you pushing harder than is necessary.…

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07:24
Review: MaxUpgrades 512GB SSD for 2012 Retina...

Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro laptop computers are impressive, from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price -- upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors have popped up to partially address the situation, among them, MaxUpgrades. The company has recently introduced an aftermarket way to expand 2012 iMac and Retina MacBook Pro computer SSD storage to 1TB, and we've been living with......

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07:23
State of the union on Apple and Google maps

Molly Wood, writing for the New York Times, digs into the good and bad of Apple and Google maps. I add my own take.
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07:09
Kool Tools; Star Walk 5 Stars Astronomy Guide

Vito Technology's (http://vitotechnology.com/) Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide for iOS has been upgraded to 7.0.4. The augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky is now ready for iOS 8.
What's more, a new new stargazing widget that tells you about the upcoming visible celestial events with respect to user's location, current phase of the moon, time of sunset and sunrise, and even alerts to the closest iridium flares.
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07:00
Review: Kenu Stance is a must-have miniature iPhone...

The Stance compact tripod, Kenu’s latest accessory for iPhone, is one of my favorite gadgets I’ve tried out lately. It’s a tiny, pocketable stand for holding up your iPhone during video recording, FaceTime calling, and more. The Kenu Stance attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch by connecting to the Lightning port where you charge your phone, and it locks in securely for standing up iPhone in either landscape or portrait orientation. Check out my hands-on with the Kenu Stance below…
Spec wise, Kenu says the Stance is the size of a “Wrigley’s 5 pack of gum” and weighs in at 1.02 ounces. For reference, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 weighs 4.55 ounces while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus weighs 6.07...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Honestly

Pegatron Reportedly Boosting iPhone 6 Production, Adding iPhone 6 Plus to Meet Strong Demand (MacRumors)

Source: Japanese website

Chance it's true: 30 percent

Reports like this are rather difficult to take seriously since they're never actually...

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07:00
Reviews: MaxUpgrades 512GB Retina MacBook Pro SSD

Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro laptop computers are impressive, dating back from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the non-Retina previous models, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price -- upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors ha ......

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06:58
CleanMyMac 2.3.2 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac 2 lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 2.3.2: What's new:

  • CleanMyMac Knowledge Base updated to version 1.23.

Bugs fixed:

  • Fixed a common crash on OS X 10.10 Yosemite, triggered by wrong size attributes from Spotlight.
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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06:42
Chipmakers on verge of parts production for Apple...

Apple chip suppliers are almost ready to begin production of components for the Apple Watch, industry sources claim. The sources add that based on the first batch of orders, Apple could be planning to churn out 30 to 40 million watches. Even if parts production begins shortly however, it may still be a few months before final assembly begins; Apple is only due to ship the product early next year, possibly by Valentine's Day....

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06:40
Samsung’s not done with its ‘me too’ act yet:...

Not content with being a ‘fast follower’ of HealthKit and HomeKit with its Digital Health and Smart Home platforms, and iBeacon with its Proximity Service, Samsung has just announced a Continuity clone, Flow.

People today use multiple devices in their daily activities: phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, TVs, and more. But the way we work is still device-centric. We still use one application, within one device, with data that is tied to that application and device.
Samsung Flow is a platform that enables developers to create seamless transitions across...

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06:38
LaunchBar 6.1.5 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name. You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately. Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.Version 6.1.5:

  • Added support for third-party sharing services (accessible via Actions indexing rule).
  • Automatic formatting of displayed phone numbers (same format as in Contacts.app).
  • Fixed an...

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06:31
YouTube Joins the Streaming Music Market with Music...

Google owned YouTube is throwing its hat into the streaming music market with a new service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription-based service, which launches as a beta on November 17, promises ad-free music and videos through the YouTube website and in the company's iOS and Android apps.The Mac Observer Spin: YouTube has brand recognition, and it's music and videos will be ad-free for Music Key subscribers. Considering Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and other streaming music services have already drawn in so many subscribers, YouTube may have a hard time finding a place to fit into the market.

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06:20
SuperTab is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version adds a Download Manager and support for Mac OS X Yosemite
Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.
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06:17
TA14-317A: Apple iOS "Masque Attack"...

Original release date: November 13, 2014
Systems Affected
iOS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.
Overview
A technique labeled “Masque Attack” allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances.
Description
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers.[1] This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.  This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same “bundle identifier” as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected...

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06:13
Shares of Apple reach new all-time high, break...

Apple stock is currently trading at its all-time highest levels, putting the company at its highest-ever market capitalization level of more than $659 billion Thursday morning [updated].

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06:10
External Link: The War Between Amazon and Hachette...

Online retailer Amazon and book publisher Hachette have been embroiled in a bitter contract dispute this year, which has made Hachette titles difficult to buy from Amazon. Now the two have reached an agreement, which is said to please both sides. Hachette will get to set its own book prices at Amazon, but it will be financially incentivized to keep those prices low. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:09
Better Finder Attributes ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Publicspace.net has updated its A Better Finder Attributes utility (http://tinyurl.com/ana4k) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.28. The new version features a major user interface refresh for Mac OS X Yosemite.
A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.95; business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.

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06:09
Daily Deal: Get the Limefuel Lite LP200X Battery...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Limefuel Lite LP200X USB Battery Pack for only $34.99. Equipped with 20,000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel is designed for portability, weighing only 15 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, or…

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06:00
SanDisk iXpand Flash: Bring extra storage to your...

As much as we all love our iOS devices, there's something that some Android and Windows Phone devices usually have that would be really nice to have on an iPhone or iPad - expandable storage. Some of those devices have an SD, mini-SD, or micro-SD...

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05:59
SanDisk launches Made-for-iPhone ‘iXpand’ USB flash...

SanDisk is today launching a new Made-for-iPhone/iPad product called iXpand that integrates a Lightning connector into a traditional USB Flash Drive device. Like similar products that have recently started hitting the market, the iXpand makes it easier to transfer content between iOS devices and computers with standard USB ports by including Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector in addition to a traditional USB plug.
Sure most of us can easily transfer content over the cloud these days, but that...

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05:56
Activision’s ‘Call of Duty: Heroes’ freemium iOS app...

Activision has officially launched Call of Duty: Heroes, its 3D combat strategy game for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike the companion app for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launched earlier this month, this latest offering is a full standalone game like Strike Team.
While the basic game is free to play, you might want to take note of the cost of the optional in-app purchases before you get hooked: these range from $9.99 to a frightening $99.99 … 
The game is a Clash of the Clans style strategy game, but lets you take control of familiar heroes from Call of Duty console games,...

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05:45
Staples Black Friday: Use Apple Pay & save 20%...

From 9to5Toys.com:
iPads. Apple TV. iTunes gift cards. Staples has some blockbuster Apple deals in its recently leaked ad. And unlike Black Friday deals from Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and others, they accept Apple Pay! Doors will open on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm until 10pm, and on Black Friday starting at 6am. You’ll be able to make all your Staples Black Friday purchases with your Apple Pay-enabled iPhone, as well. Below we...

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05:42
Has Apple Changed their Patent Strategy?

It's hard to say if Apple engineering teams are just in a bit of a lull or if Apple's battle with Samsung has gotten them paranoid, but Apple's great ideas in the form of patent filings are far and few between lately in comparison to years past. Today the US Patent Office published a great number of Apple patents that are basically technical inventions. One covers a new liquid metal invention, another about ceramics with sapphire or zirconia, and yet another about ...

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05:30
Improve your hunting chances with Hunt Predictor

Experienced hunters have a better chance of being successful because of that experience, Over time and lots of actual hunting they learn about the impact of wind, temperature, sun and moon times, and location. Now you can gain some of that same...

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05:00
Review: mPact Glass Extreme Screen Protection for...


Ever since I can remember I’ve installed a screen film on the front of my iPhone. I’m rough on my electronics and iPhone screens take a lot of abuse.
My iPhone is a tool and I treat it like the utility that it is. While it’s a rather expensive (and fragile) tool, it gets tossed into some of the most treacherous places on the planet (pockets, bags, cup holders) and mine gets handled by one of the most unpredictable forces known to mankind – children.
I’ve always gravitated toward Japanese PET films – made from a PolyEthylene Terephthalate resin – from Zagg, and most recently Power Support, until my colleague Rob Parker (a film and video pro) introduced me to glass screen protectors a few years back. The benefit is that glass screen protection doesn’t affect screen sensitivity nor image quality....

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05:00
Startup Profiles

The profiles command in Yosemite (and Mavericks for that matter), can configure profiles to install at the next boot, rather than immediately. Use the -s to define a startup profile and take note that if it fails, the profile will attempt to install at each subsequent reboot until installed. To use the command, simply add a -s then the -F for the profile and the -f to automatically confirm, as follows (and I like to throw in a -v usually for good measure):
profiles -s -F /Profiles/SuperAwesome.mobileconfig -f -v
And that’s it. Nice and easy and you now have profiles that only activate when a computer is started up.

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04:54
EditShare announces Flow 3.2

EditShare has announced version 3.2 of Flow, the company’s media asset management platform.
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04:35
Hands On: The Great Photo App (iOS)

Let's face it, photography is daunting. With a slew of vocabulary that is less than user-friendly and an ever-increasing amount of gadgetry attempt to master, it's not exactly something one can jump right into. However, The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is aiming to make sense of all photography has to offer, and pass this information on to the user with Apple's handhelds as the teacher....

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04:08
Strategy Analytics: 25% of households have Wi-Fi

Over 450 million households worldwide currently have Wi-Fi networks set up in 2014, a 5% increase from 2013 according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com)
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03:57
Rdio matches Spotify’s family deal of $5/month for...

Streaming music service Rdio has reduced the price of its family membership plans to match the deal Spotify announced last month of half-price subscriptions for additional family members. This means the first member pays the standard $10/month fee while up to four extra family members get their own account for $5/month.
Rdio has offered family memberships for several years now, but this price reduction brings the service into line with Spotify. As with Spotify, each family member gets their own playlists, keeping things tidy – especially now that you can listen to Rdio in your car thanks to CarPlay support.

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to...

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02:56
Apple patent reveals method of attaching sapphire...

While rumors that Apple would incorporate sapphire into its latest iPhone 6 flagship handset failed to materialize, the company is continuing work on such a solution, according to a patent application uncovered on Thursday.

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02:19
Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.Arek Dreyer has very generously donated an e-book version of his and Kevin White’s “Managing Apple Devices” which we will give to one lucky attendee of the meeting.This book is a comprehensive guide to deploying and maintaining Apple devices and in a world of rapidly evolving tech such as MDM, VPP and DEP is essential reading.You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/I hope to see you there,Marcus.About...

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00:07
XCOM: Enemy Within expansion comes to iOS as...

One year after its PC release, the XCOM game expansion known as Enemy Within has arrived on iOS as a standalone "sequel" to the OS X game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. While the Mac version of the game allows players to add-on the Enemy Within expansion as an in-app purchase, there has been no iOS version of Enemy Unknown, necessitating the move to a standalone app for the iOS port of Enemy Within....

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Wednesday November 12

23:56
Apple Watch chip suppliers rumored to start...

A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims chip manufacturers responsible for supplying silicon for the upcoming Apple Watch are ramping toward production ahead of an expected early 2015 launch.

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23:51
Google to launch YouTube Music Key subscription...


Google today announced that it will be launching its YouTube Music Key subscription music service next week.
The service will be available on personal computers as well as smartphones running Google’s Android operating system to start. Beginning November 17, 2014 users will be able to listen to music without ads on the YouTube site. On smartphones, they will be able to play music in the background while they browse in other mobile apps, and store music for offline playback.

The service will be available free for the first six months, but by invitation only. It will then be offered for a promotional lifetime price of US$7....

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23:14
Snapchat cracks down on third-party app use, prompts...

Ephemeral picture messaging service Snapchat said this week that it's cracking down on the use of third-party applications. The move comes a month after a database of photos originating from Snapchat was leaked online, reportedly coming from a third-party service that allowed users circumvent the self-destructing feature of the platform....

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22:12
Report claims chip suppliers are preparing to ramp...

Apple has yet to provide a specific launch date for the Apple Watch, leaving its early 2015 timeframe and internal memo revealing a spring launch after Chinese New Year as the only information to go by in terms of a release date. A new report by Taiwan-based DigiTimes, however, suggests that the Apple Watch could launch sooner rather than later next year.
According to DigiTimes, which has a hit-and-miss track record at reporting on Apple’s future product plans,...

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21:58
LaunchBar 6.1.5

Maintenance release with a number of bug fixes for the keyboard-based launcher. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 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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21:32
2K brings XCOM: Enemy Unknown expansion ‘Enemy...




2K games, maker of BioShock and XCOM have released a new “expansion” for the popular XCOM: Enemy Unknown titled Enemy Within...

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21:25
Apple Watch Chipmakers Said to Be Gearing Up...

Chip suppliers within the Apple Watch supply chain have begun "gearing up" to start production for Apple's new device, according to a new report from Digitimes. Chip orders are estimated to be around 30 - 40 million units for a debut in early 2015. Digitimes had previously reported, prior to Apple's September 9 event, that the device was at the engineering verification test stage and needed to complete product verification testing before entering mass production. It appears that the Apple Watch has now passed that milestone and is beginning to enter mass production for its debut in early 2015. Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts had previously revealed that the device would debut in Spring...

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21:20
AT&T Next offers $50 credit to iPhone upgraders...

Until the end of the year, AT&T is offering a $50 bill credit when current subscribers upgrade to a new iPhone under Next program. Buyers who get a new iPhone from either the online or retail Apple Stores under AT&T's Next installment payment plan (and keep the line active for at least 45 days after doing so) will see a $50 bill credit"within three billing cycles," according to the terms of the deal. The carrier is reserving the right to end the promotion prematurely, though its expected to stay in place through 2014.......

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19:50
YouTube for iOS updated with new music dashboard, ‘...


YouTube has updated its iOS app with support for a new music-focused view of the dashboard. The new screen features the most popular music videos and artists on YouTube, genre-specific charts, and curated playlists.
The new version also introduces a music playback option called “YouTube Mix” that allows users to create an iTunes Radio-like randomized playlist based on a song or artist.
Earlier today YouTube debuted a related service called YouTube Music Key that...

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19:03
Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and...

dkatana writes Microsoft's licensing scheme, the high cost of support and difficult management of devices are the key factors making schools drop Windows for better alternatives as iPads and Chromebooks. Google is making a dent in the education market with Chromebooks. The internet giant has been promoting the use of Chrome OS with specific tools for schools to manage the devices, their apps and users. Its Chromebooks for Education program is helping schools deploy large numbers of devices with an easy management system. While Google is successful with Chromebooks as school laptops the clear winner on tablets is Apple. iPads are a the preferred platform for schools deploying tablets as digital learning devices. ...

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18:17
AT&T could shelve gigabit fiber investments over...

During an analyst conference on Wednesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the company is considering putting a hold on its build-out of gigabit fiber networks for select cities in the US until a decision is made on net neutrality rules. The company announced in April that it would be bringing high-speed fiber to 100 cities and municipalities....

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17:56
DJI announces Inspire prosumer drone with 4K video...

At a press event on San Francisco's Treasure Island, drone vendor DJI unveiled its new prosumer-class Inspire drone with 4K video capabilities and announced a new Software Development Kit to allow third party developers to write apps that work with its flagship Phantom 2 Vision flying cameras.

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17:47
Samsung Invents their Oddest Bendable Smartphone Yet

In September Samsung introduced their new Galaxy Note Edge that has a distinct curve on one side of its display which fulfilled a 2013 patent application that our Patently Mobile site covered. To date, Samsung has many patents on record regarding possible future smartphones with varying styled bendable and foldable displays. In one of Samsung's latest bendable device/display inventions, they go far beyond a mere bent edge to the entire device being able to be bent if not rolled to extremes. While it could be ...

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17:45
The US Government's Tenuous Relationship With...


The amount of open source software used by the U.S. government might well be one of the biggest secrets in Washington. Not even purveyors of FOSS, as in free and open source software, know the extent of federal agency adoption of nonproprietary software. Some in the Beltway Loop contend that open source is very prevalent. Others suggest that open source is avoided because its code is exposed for anyone to see. One thing seems very sure, however. Most government agencies cling to well-known commercial software for desktop services.

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17:14
Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker...

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition....

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17:00
Apple's Joswiak takes blame for iOS 8.0.1 snafu...

An interview of Apple's VP of iPhone, iPod and iOS Produce Marketing Greg Jozwiak conducted last month at a Re/code conference has been posted online. In the 34-minute session, "Joz" defended the company's quality-control procedures even in the face of some recent minor -- and one major -- software snafus for the mobile platform. The talk also covered many of Joz's responsibilities, including Apple Pay, the new Apple SIM, iOS and more....

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17:00
Live Weather Forecast app adds weather radio and HD...

Even with lots of weather apps to choose from, including excellent free apps from Apple and Yahoo, I'm always interested to see something new come along in the weather category that has a unique feature set. Live Weather Forecast (US$0.99) is a...

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16:40
ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality,...

Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

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16:32
AT&T extends $50 credit for iPhone upgrades...

AT&T is running an unadvertised promotion that gives a $50 bill credit to current subscribers purchasing a new iPhone from the Apple Store as an upgrade under the carrier's Next program.

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16:11
Rosetta Plants 1st Human Kiss on a Comet


The European Space Agency's 1.4 billion-euros Rosetta mission on Wednesday achieved a first for humankind by successfully landing its Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, the lander's fate hangs in the balance following a tense descent and the apparent failure of several key anchoring systems. "We are extremely relieved to be safely on the surface of the comet, especially given the extra challenges that we faced with the health of the lander," said Stephan Ulamec, Philae Lander Manager, following news of the probe's safe arrival.

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16:04
6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.

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16:00
Behold the beauty of the Macintosh Programmer's...

Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW to most people who remember it, was a software development tool for the classic Mac OS. It was invaluable for developers looking to build applications for System 1-7.6 and Mac OS 8 and 9, but it had charms...

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15:30
YouTube announces "YouTube Music Key"...

YouTube has announced the details of its own paid subscription music service, YouTube Music Key, via Billboard. YouTube Music Key allows users to stream videos ad-free and offline for US$9.99 a month after an initial promotion price of $7.99. User...

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15:04
Full video of Apple exec Greg Joswiak's Code/...

The full version of Greg "Joz" Joswiak's October interview with Re/code has been posted online, with the Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing discussing the iOS 8.0.1 snafu and Apple Pay, among other topics.

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15:00
A hands-on look at Logitech's Keys-To-Go...

So you want a keyboard to use occasionally with your iPad, but you don't want a keyboard case. Up to this point, that meant that you usually had to buy an Apple Wireless Keyboard (US$69) or something similar to drop into your iPad bag. Logitech,...

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14:30
Little Warlock School: King of castle management

Build a school of wizardry, recruit students to defend it against enemy attacks, and train those students to become the best wizards they can be in Little Warlock School. A mix of real time strategy elements blend with traditional resource management...

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14:28
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 3 for Mac,...

CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw Office 3 (http://tinyurl.com/nsnf9ny), the next generation of its business/productivity suite that features three integrated products: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and ConceptDraw PROJECT for, respectively, diagramming, mind mapping, and project management.
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14:26
DIYers! Belkin WeMo ‘Maker’ brings smartphone remote...


At this point, we are all familiar with the Belkin WeMo line of products. They’ve been empowering consumers with smartphone-connected home automation products for some time now, from light switches to its newly released coffee maker.
While the WeMo line performs a number of simple tasks, it has not necessarily provided the level of open source capabilities that some consumers long for. Today,...

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14:16
12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Production Rumored...

Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and that the time needed for component yield and assembly to improve will push back production until 2Q 2015. Earlier this year, a report from Bloomberg suggested the iPad Pro might be released in early 2015, but an October report from The Wall Street Journal indicated Apple had delayed its planned December mass production of the tablet in order to focus its attention on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, leaving a potential iPad Pro release date up in the air. ...

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14:15
Daily Deals for November 12, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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14:04
KGI: iPad Pro pushed back again to Q2 2015, Q1 to...

The latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will delay its expected launch of a 12.9 (or 12.2)-inch iPad ‘Pro’ as it predicts a 50% decline for iPad shipments heading into next year. Specifically, KGI thinks Apple will sell just under 10 million units in Q1 2015 following a busy holiday season in the last quarter of this year. That would be a 54.5% drop from quarter to quarter with KGI predicting 21 million iPad units sold during the Q4 2014 Holiday quarter:
We forecast iPad shipments will fall 54.5% QoQ to 9.8mn units in 1Q15, given a lack of new applications, tablet market saturation and slow season… We...

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14:00
You can now use a T9 keyboard on iOS, just like you...

Anyone who used a cell phone for texting prior to the smartphone revolution knows how wonderfully magical typing out a message using just ten buttons can be. Once you got used to it and mastered its sometimes peculiar ways, typing in the T9 could be...

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13:59
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Executive headphones $170...

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

Beats by Dr. Dre Executive over-ear headphones (silver) $170 shipped (orig. $300)

Rosewill 200Mbps Powerline AV Wall-Plug Adapter Starter Kit $10 shipped (orig...

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13:56
YouTube Music Key launched in beta with offline...

YouTube has launched its often-rumored music service, just one day after a report claims it struck a major deal with independent record labels. YouTube Music Key is a subscription-based streaming service which offers advertising-free viewing of music videos on YouTube itself, as well as a few other features only paid subscribers will receive....

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13:38
Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro'...

While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.

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13:35
Staples turns on Apple Pay support at its retail...

Staples shared in an announcement today that it is now accepting Apple Pay transactions at its “over 1,200 stores” in the United States for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Apple Pay, of course, will also be available for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s users starting next year when paired with the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple included Staples in its list of retail partners when announcing its secure mobile payment service, although Apple noted that support would be “coming later this year” from the retailer as it was available in time for last month’s launch.
Staples has, however, supported Apple Pay for online purchases through its iPhone app allowing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to make purchases with the Touch ID...

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13:30
AppleCare+ Cost for Phones, iPads - Do You Win or...

AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.

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13:30
Citibank's Deborah Hopkins talks to Bloomberg...

Citibank's chief innovation officer Deborah Hopkins recently sat down with Bloomberg TV's Emily Chang to discuss Citi's investment in mobile payment options like Square and Apple Pay. The Apple Pay portion of the interview begins at 1:54 seconds in...

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13:23
iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

When I first heard about Appleâs 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!

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13:20
Review: Sol Republic Punk Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Punk is only one letter away from “puck,” and like many smaller speakers, Sol Republic’s offering does resemble a hockey puck — albeit a square puck. It’s about 3.5” across, and about 1.5” deep. A chrome Sol logo stands out on the grille of the rubberized speaker with volume controls, a play/pause button, a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on one of the speaker’s sides. Bluetooth pairing is quick…

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13:17
Staples outlets begin accepting Apple Pay

Business supply chain Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay at all of its 1,400 US retail locations, according to an announcement. Retail shoppers must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company has also begun accepting Apple Pay through its iOS app, however, where people with an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 can also make purchases....

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13:07
Forums: memory leak in Messages?

Today in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "turtle777" was bashing their head against the wall trying to figure out why the Messages app seems to have sprung a memory leak which took up more than 50GB, and brought his iMac to a halt. Forum Regular "imdipped" was trying to figure out how to get rid of their Master Boot Record formatting, and do a clean install of Mavericks....

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13:00
Google Inbox is a handy way to optimize your Gmail...

Google's recently launched Inbox mail app for iOS is still in its public beta phase, but after using it for a few weeks it's obvious the app is on its way to becoming something special. That is, if you're in the app's target demographic. For the...

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12:50
You just can’t make this shit up about Samsung

Samsung is now reviewing its own products. I guess paying off bloggers and forum posters wasn’t direct enough for them.
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12:50
How to Capture Screenshots to the Clipboard in OS X

Kelly picked up all kinds of screenshot tips at MacTech last week. Today's comes from Greg Neagle who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. You might have heard of it.

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12:49
FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong...

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.

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12:40
Staples Begins Accepting Apple Pay in Retail Stores

As of today, popular office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple's Apple Pay payments service in its retail stores across the United States, according to information shared with MacRumors.Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. In Staples over 1,400 stores in the United States, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability.When Apple Pay was first announced, Staples was listed as one of the retailers implementing in-store support for the payments service "later this year" along with Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Walt Disney World. Staples has been an eager Apple Pay partner, initially promising support for the service back in September. The...

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12:32
What one entrepreneur learned from working for Steve...

Inc:

Imagine going to work for Steve Jobs as a recent college graduate. That’s what happened to Mark Tacchi, who dropped out of graduate school in 1993 to take a job at NeXT, the computer company Jobs founded after being forced out of Apple.

In time, Apple acquired NeXT in a deal that put Jobs back at Apple’s helm. Tacchi spent a total of four years at NeXT and Apple, and he learned a lot about how to run a business, and how not to.

Jobs had a (deserved) reputation as a tyrant but he also taught many in Silicon Valley how to serve the customer.
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12:30
Meet other fans for the big game with Best Bars

Your favorite team has a big game coming up and you need to find out where other fans will be gathering to watch. Best Bars, a free universal app that requires iOS 6.0 or later should provide you with some good ideas.

The app offers a list of...

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12:30
New Square Reader scans both chip- and stripe-based...

Retail payment service Square has opened up preorders for a new version of the Square Reader, designed to scan chip-based credit and debit cards. It supports older stripe-based cards as well, and the company is promising end-to-end encryption, as well as active tamper detection. It's compatible with iOS and Android, requiring only the appropriate apps and an account with Square for paying service fees....

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12:24
Full video from Apple VP Greg Joswiak’s Code/Mobile...

Apple VP Greg Joswiak via Re/Code
Apple VP of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak appeared at Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference last month where he discussed various topics including Apple Pay and iOS 8.0.1’s botched rollout, and today Re/code has shared the complete video footage of that interview. During the discussion, Joswiak talked about the upcoming Apple Watch and other smartwatches, Apple’s approach to marketshare and why you shouldn’t expect a low quality phone from Apple, and more. We’ve embedded the video interview below.Previously,...

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12:24
Samsung unveils 'Project Beyond,' a new...

Samsung surprised on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new device dubbed "Project Beyond," a unique 360-degree camera that captures the world around it in three dimensions, allowing content to be created for its forthcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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12:22
Full Video of Apple VP Greg Joswiak Discussing iOS 8...

In late October, Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg at the site's inaugural Code Conference, answering questions about iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. While we initially covered the interview when it took place, Re/code has now posted the full video footage of Joswiak's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching for Apple enthusiasts. Your browser does not support iframes. During the interview, Joswiak apologized for the iOS 8.0.1 bug that bricked many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, commented on the Apple Pay situation with Rite Aid and CVS, and hinted at possible Apple Watch pricing. Joswiak's...

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12:08
Pro Tools begins new software licensing

On October 10, 2014, Avid announced that new Pro Tools and Pro Tools | HD Software purchases, upgrades and crossgrades will include 12 months of upcoming features—such as future cloud collaboration capabilities—as well as a support plan. Even better, customers who buy/upgrade and activate to Pro Tools 11 by December 31, 2014 will receive extended coverage through March 2016.

The only thing that could throw a wrench into this is that audio pros tend to find a version of software that works and stick with it. Upgrading studio hardware and software can be a dangerous proposition when you have clients that want to record music. We’ll see.
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11:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Make your gloves...

Love your glovesWinter is coming: Are your gloves ready to operate your iPhone in the cold, cold weather? If not, this week's roundup has a product just for you.PhotojojoGloves with fingertips made to interact with iOS touchscreens have been around forever, but they can't replace your favorite, stylish gloves. Why not give them an upgrade? Tonic Touch is a $20 kit that lets you convert your old-school analog gloves into digital marvels ready to play with any touchscreen you have available.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight: Keeping tabs on alarms...

The newest connected device I'm writing about is also one of the most unique ones I have had the pleasure to test. Leeo (US$99) is billed as a Smart Alert Nightlight, a device that you plug into a wall socket where it keeps tabs on any beeps coming...

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12:00
Use your Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yammer 

Today’s post was written by Jay Sethna, product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Today marks an important milestone with the release of Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, a feature allowing users to access Yammer with their Office 365 credentials and to work across Office 365 applications with ease.
How it works
As users sign in to Yammer, they will be redirected to your organization’s Office 365 log in page. After entering their email address and password, they’ll notice the Office 365 suite navigation bar (pictured below) at the top of their Yammer network. With a single click, users can quickly toggle between Yammer, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint and more to get work done.
This feature gives users one less password to manage and a seamless online entry point to all Office 365 apps.

Office 365 suite navigation bar and Yammer...

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11:56
Twitter says improvements to Direct Messages coming...

Twitter today shared a few details about its plans for the social network in 2015 including some new features around video, improvements to communicating with Direct Messages on the service, and changes to the timeline to help keep up with relevant content.
In the video department, Twitter announced that it plans to integrate native video capturing and sharing into the service with a rollout slated sometime during the first half of 2015. The new feature will include the ability to “record, edit and share” video without leaving the Twitter. Thus far, the social network has focused its video efforts on Vine, the video sharing social network it acquired and launched early last year.
In addition to the promise of native video features, Twitter...

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11:55
Field Notes: Ambition

I love Field Notes notebooks. I have two with me in my bag wherever I go.
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11:50
Hands On: TunesFlow (iOS)

Listening to music is a very personal thing for most people. As a whole, we generally tend to think of our music collection as an extension of ourselves. Music fanatics often tend to demand a lot out of their personal music players, allowing them the ability to customize their experience fully, from playlists to organization to artwork and beyond. TunesFlow, by Hector Ricardo Garcia Peña, aims to meet and exceed the needs of the average music enthusiast....

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11:46
[Sponsor] Igloo

A lot of intranets suck. Content is stale, search is poor and nobody logs in. So, you revert back to email to share files and provide status updates.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s built using the social apps you know and love, can match your brand’s look and feel and works across devices.
It’s everything you need to work better together, in one easy-to-use, cloud platform that you configure. No technical expertise required.

Still need convincing? Watch this video on how to free your IT guy from SharePoint.

Or, sign up now to start building your intranet at igloosoftware.com/df.

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11:42
Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w...

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.
An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously...

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11:38
Garage Series: Power BI and Excel takes on El Clásico

This week the Garage Series comes from Barcelona, Spain on the heels of TechEd Europe. In this demo-packed show Jeremy puts the advanced analytics and visuals in Excel and Power BI to the test to expose data patterns within past matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. By combining historical El Clásico and player data, outside forces like temperature, humidity and moon phases, Jeremy tries to predict the outcomes and puts these predictions to the test among fans in Barcelona.

Last November we invited Michael Tejedor to the Garage to give a first look at Power BI. This week, we hit the road again and while at TechEd Barcelona, and we decided to put Power BI to the test and see if we could combine multiple data sources and use the visualization engines in Excel and Power BI in an attempt to predict the outcome of El Clásico after hearing from fans of both clubs.  The nice thing with a scenario like this is that detailed...

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11:29
Amplified: I Put My Disco Pants Away

Jim and Shawn talk about the Amazon Echo, how we communicate and left handed guitarists!

Sponsored by Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off) and Animoto (Visit the link and use the code AMPLIFIED for 10% off a new Pro Annual subscription).
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11:26
Office supply retailer Staples now accepting Apple...

Staples on Wednesday began accepting Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at all of its retail stores in the U.S., joining the growing list or retailers accepting Apple's tap-to-pay checkout service.

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11:26
Apple job listing hints at new Maps-related web...

A new job listing posted by Apple shows that the company is working to bring its in-house Maps app, currently only available as native apps for iOS and Mac OS X, to the web.
The position for a “Maps Web Developer” is seeking an individual experienced in “creating beautiful and responsive user interfaces” with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. The developer will work with Apple’s teams on web implementations of its mapping technology. Specifically, Apple says the individual’s role will be to “help make maps work seamlessly on the web” and build “client- side web development for maps-related experiences.”
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11:24
Mac: Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand

While the iMac provides one of the most unobtrusive configurations you can find in a desktop computer, users with more than a few peripherals striving for a clutter-free workspace will definitely appreciate Satechi’s new F3 Smart Monitor Stand ($45). Designed to support the iMac while fitting in with the general aesthetic, the F3 goes beyond the average stand, providing a four-port USB 3.0 hub beneath the monitor for quickly and easily connecting…

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11:19
Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription...

Search giant Google on Wednesday announced YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that will allow users to stream music from the popular video sharing site without ads, play music in the background, and access playlists offline.

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09:38
Apple’s iMessage workaround arrives too late to...

Apple finally offered an easy solution this week to people who wanted a way out of iMessage
purgatory after switching from iPhone to Android. But that workaround won’t help the company in an ongoing legal dispute: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh
decided Monday that Apple must respond to a class-action suit about the iMessage foul-up in a California court.
Adrienne Moore, a former iPhone 4 owner who then switched to a Samsung Galaxy S5, claims that Apple interfered with her Verizon Wireless contract by
failing to let her know that texts sent as iMessages from her contacts using iPhones wouldn’t be delivered to her new Android device. Koh is allowing the
suit to proceed so Moore can try to prove that Apple violated a California law against unfair competition by holding the messages hostage....

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11:00
Apple reportedly eying new flagship store location...

ifoAppleStore, which traditionally has a pretty solid track record when it comes to monitoring Apple's retail initiatives, reports that Apple might have its eye on a gargantuan new retail space for a flagship store in the Los Angeles area. The space...

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10:53
Microsoft Makes Lumia 535 Its Own


Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Lumia 535 -- the first smartphone under its own brand since it completed its acquisition of Nokia in April. Microsoft is marketing the 535 as its "5x5x5" smartphone package. It has a 5-inch screen and 5-MP front- and rear-facing cameras. Microsoft will offer both single-SIM and double-SIM versions. Both will be 3G phones, preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update. Denim, codenamed "Debian Red" during development, is the latest firmware for Lumia handsets.

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10:47
YouTube Announces 'YouTube Music Key'...

YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing. Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app. Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister service,...

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10:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.

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10:36
Apple's A8X uses semi-custom eight-core...

The A8X chip in the iPad Air 2 uses a semi-custom graphics component, a new report illustrates. Apple has typically used off-the-shelf GPUs from PowerVR creators Imagination Technologies in the past. In the case of the A8X, though, Apple has combined a pair of Imagination's quad-core GX6450s....

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10:31
Square begins taking preorders for new chip card...

As the U.S. credit card industry prepares for an upcoming switch to new cards with secure EMV chips, popular transaction provider Square is preparing to help retailers through the change, and is now accepting preorders for its new chip card-compatible readers.

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10:30
Daily Deal: The Mega Dropbox Pro Giveaway

We have a bonus giveaway today in iLounge Deals, in which we’re offering a chance for one lucky winner to get a three-year subscription to Dropbox Pro. Recently upgraded to include 1TB of cloud storage space, Dropbox Pro provides a great way to store your data in the cloud and keep in it sync across multiple PCs and Macs and accessible from your iPhone or iPad. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our…

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10:25
Large-Screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Less Popular With...

The larger-screened iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been less popular with Android switchers than analysts initially predicted, according to new data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). A survey revealed that fewer iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform in 2014 compared to the number of buyers who switched from Android to an iPhone in 2013. In 2014, 12 percent of iPhone buyers reported formerly owning an Android phone, while 23 percent reported being former Android customers in 2013. The launch of the iPhone 5s also saw a higher number of customers coming from BlackBerry and Windows Devices. "The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners." said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80% of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65% after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in September 2013....

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10:05
Landing on a comet, 317 million miles from home

The New York Times:

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander has touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Amazing pictures. Amazing achievement.
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10:01
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Google Nexus 6 – Full...


It’s not always the easiest task to compare an iOS device with one running Android. Most people choose one platform or another as a personal preference or an investment into the ecosystem that provides what they need. Today we’re comparing the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There are benefits to each side, but which one is right for you?
We’re going to be comparing the design, specifications, features, and camera performance between these two flagship phablets. If you’re looking for more, check out 9to5Google’s Nexus 6 review and our iPhone 6/Plus review. There may not be a clear...

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10:00
Continuous Innovation Makes Office 365 the Clear...

The technology industry runs on innovation: new products, new features, and new ideas. Innovation is the arena in which technology companies compete in their never-ending quest to offer products and services that are better, faster, and more secure.
Our commitment to innovation and delighting customers has been a hallmark of Microsoft Office since we introduced the very first version of the productivity suite. Since then, our non-stop innovation has enabled us to far outpace competitors such as Google, who suggests their Google Apps for Work are “good enough for most people,” including those who rely on the rich, full-featured experience of Office 365 (Could that be one reason why the annual Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Innovators” study recognized Microsoft as a leading Software innovator again this year while Google was recognized only for Search?).
Over the past year, Microsoft developers and engineers have introduced a stunning...

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10:00
Apple: iOS 8 now on 56% of all devices

That didn't take long. As of Monday, November 10, 2014, just 54 days after the initial release of iOS 8 on September 17, Apple is reporting that 56 percent of all iOS devices are now running the new operating system.

That makes a total of almost 96...

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09:45
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless...

Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.
Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.
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08:42
Beats' first new headphones under Apple combine...

Beats has announced its first new headphones since being acquired by Apple in May, though it's unlikely that Apple had much influence on the product.The Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones can connect to a phone or tablet from up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth. And when the 12-hour battery on the wireless connection runs out, users can plug in an included cable to keep listening.According to Mashable, the Solo 2 Wireless headphones have the same sound drivers as the Solo 2 wired headphones, which launched in May. But while the wired version uses buttons on the cable to adjust volume, control music playback and answer phone calls, the Wireless headphones include those controls on the ear cups....

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09:30
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock...

HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.
JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.
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09:30
Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth...

Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May.

"We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless...

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09:29
The Zone of Interest: A Novel

I don’t post about books very often, but I was listening to a CBC podcast called Writers and Company, where they interviewed the author, Martin Amis, and was very impressed. I’m going to buy this one.
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09:28
Walmart plans price cuts, gift cards for Apple items...

Walmart will be including Apple products in three different US Black Friday sales "events," the retailer has announced. The first event, actually scheduled for November 27 starting at 6PM local time, will include a 16GB non-Retina first-gen Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199 ($50 less than Apple's price), bundled with a $30 gift card. Customers also be able to buy a set of Beats Wireless headphones for $149, $130 below normal retail price....

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09:13
iPad Air 2's A8X Chip Includes Semi-Custom...

New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from AnandTech revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought. Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner workings of the iPad Air 2 in the days following its launch, but a new image of the A8X die provided to AnandTech reveals the layout of the Apple-designed chip. The die photo shows the A8X includes eight-core graphics, even larger than the 6-core GX6650 graphics from Imagination Technologies previously assumed to be in the chip.To get right...

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09:00
Project webcast November 18—Leveraging Scrum/Agile...

Some people say that Microsoft Project cannot be used outside of a Waterfall schedule approach.  This is absolutely NOT true.  In fact, most of the best scheduling approaches leverage iterative activities, such as Scrum or Agile Planning incorporated into their project.
This seminar will address key steps, for building an Agile schedule, addressing pros and cons to Scrum features and approaches, while blending a schedule to address the tactical agile needs, while still providing rollup and time boxed reporting to stakeholders.
This lively and example-driven webinar should help all who attend understand how they too can build agile, iterative schedules and address the need for having a good schedule that also helps to map, track and report activities, features, story points, backlogs all within Project.
Presented by Tim Runcie of Advisicon.
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09:00
Office 2013 updated authentication enabling Multi-...

Later this month we will release an update to the Office 2013 Windows client applications that enables new authentication flows, including support for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). These new authentication flows are enabled by the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). The update for ADAL based authentication will be disabled by default for all users of Office 2013 Windows clients, and the previous sign in authentication stack based on the Microsoft Online Sign-In Assistant will continue to be used by default. The updated authentication features will be available in private preview starting with the November 2014 update. This blog post talks about the new features that are enabled by the ADAL sign-in authentication stack and when you should consider enabling that stack. 
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09:00
Overglide is a game for your iOS notification screen

The "Today" pane of Apple's Notification Center is meant to provide useful, at-a-glance information. That doesn't mean we can't stick a game in there.

Check out Overglide (US$0.99), a new game widget for iOS 8. You've got to pilot your paper...

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08:57
Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized...

Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

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08:51
Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to...

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.

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08:48
Briefly: Boom 2 Beta; MBS Xojo, Real Studio plug-ins...

Global Delight has released the beta version of its re-engineered audio boosting app, Boom. (You can check out our review of Boom from last month here.) Boom 2 introduces an ability to adapt and adjust to accommodate the type of Mac being used, attempting to intuit a suitable volume output depending on the device. Support for 64-bit architecture is included, and users can switch between 10 band and advanced equalizer controls. Depending on the audio file, Boom 2 can recommend the type of 'boosting' to apply for best optimization. Those interested in trying out the Boom 2's beta version can su......

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08:35
Here's the latest Bird's Eye Video of...

An iMovie Production: In late August we posted our first video of a drone flying over Apple's Spaceship headquarters site that's now under construction. It gave us a feeling that we were flying with a massive swarm of killer bees, as the drone's mechanics were audibly captured. This latest video of the construction site shows us the steady progress being...

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08:30
King is praying that soda will revive Candy Crush

Candy Crush Saga has made publisher King a lot of money since its release in 2012, but those days have passed. Seeing strong competition from other free-to-play games, King's third quarter results were dire, with revenues down 17 percent since the...

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08:28
News: Beats introduces Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre has announced the first new product in its lineup since the company was acquired by Apple last spring. The Solo2 Wireless ($300) on-ear headphones add wireless Bluetooth capabilities to the popular Solo2 headphones. It's noted that the new Wireless headphones offer the same sound and design as the original Solo2. Users can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the side. The…

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08:22
AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality...

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.The Mac Observer Spin: On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.

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08:16
Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift...

Walmart has revealed its sales for Black Friday, and a number of Apple products will see price cuts paired with free gift cards, including iPads and iPhones, while steep discounts will be offered on some Beats products.

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08:10
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers ad server down

This is the server that serves up ads for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BBC.com, The Guardian, lots of other big names. Big money at risk here, bad day for folks at DoubleClick.
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08:04
Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced plans to open source .NET, the company's software framework that primarily runs on Windows, and release it on GitHub. Furthermore, Microsoft also unveiled plans to take .NET cross-platform by targeting both Mac OS X and Linux. In the next release, Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux. Microsoft is also making Visual Studio free for small teams. ...

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08:02
Pew survey on public perceptions of privacy

The Pew Research Center did an extensive survey on public perceptions of privacy and security in the so called post-Snowden era. There are a lot of interesting takeaways in the report.
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08:00
Beats launches Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones. The unit is based on the original Solo2 headphones released earlier this year, but sports Bluetooth for pairing with devices up to 30 feet away. Buttons on the ear cups let users control volume and playback, and even answer phone calls....

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08:00
Monument Valley update brings new levels

One of my favorite iOS games of 2014, Monument Valley (US$3.99), has been updated to version 2.0 with all new levels. The beautiful, intriguing puzzler features a young hero who you must guide through several levels of changing, mind-bending...

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07:57
Apple Likely to Adopt Next-Gen Flash Memory for 2015...

It was reported yesterday that Samsung, the world's largest memory chip maker by revenue, resumed supplying its memory chips to Apple for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earlier this year, after ties were cut during the peak of the two rivals' court battles over copyright infringement. Today we learn about the giant leap coming to next generation NAND flash that is based on the new UFS 2.0 standard. Apple's next generation iDevices that are on the drawing board for late 2015 are likely to adopt this powerful new NAND flash memory.

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07:56
Apple Reportedly Eyeing Los Angeles' Historic...

Apple may open a new retail store and corporate campus in downtown Los Angeles, according to a report in Downtown LA Examiner (via ifoAppleStore). The new location would be situated in the historic Broadway Trade Center, which opened in 1908 as Hamburger's Department Store and occupies almost a full city block. Apple's expansion in Los Angeles would be part of a 10-year-long "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative that has been working to revitalize the downtown district by attracting high-profile retailers and other businesses to the area. According to the report's sources, Apple has signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet of space in the Broadway building.Rumors swirling are Apple Corp will have a...

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07:51
Labels & Addresses 1.6.9 - Powerful label and...

Labels & Addresses is a home and office tool for printing all sorts of labels, envelopes, inventory labels, and price tags. Merge-printing capability makes the program a great tool for holiday seasons by helping users to design and print multiple greeting envelopes and postcards with automatically substitutable addresses and postal barcodes. Quick video tour of Labels & Addresses available. Key features:

  • Change text content of a label from external list at printing;
  • Address merge printing makes it possible to automatically substitute addresses and postal barcodes for every label or envelope being printed;
  • Automatically create and print numerous barcodes from an external data list;
  • Import address information from Apple Address Book, Numbers, MS Excel, MS Entourage, Now Contact, FileMaker, vCards, or tab-...

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07:48
iOS 8 adoption hits 56%

iOS 8 adoption is now at 56%, iOS 7 at 40%.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:26
Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth...

The most popular headphones sold by Apple's Beats, the Solo2, were given an upgrade on Wednesday, with a newly revealed model offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity priced at $299.95.

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07:25
Beats announces Solo2 wireless headphones as first...

Following our exclusive report of FCC documents revealing that Beats was working on a new pair of headphones, the accessory maker this morning has announced its brand new Solo2 wireless headphones as its first new product since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year. The headphones are set to launch in the United States this month at Apple Stores and select retailers for $299.95....

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07:21
Apple-owned Beats Electronics Introduces New $300...

Following the appearance of a regulatory filing last week, Beats Electronics today announced the launch of its new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product release since Apple's acquisition of Beats officially closed. The new headphones are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones introduced the day after the Apple-Beats deal was announced. Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the...

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