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Tuesday December 9

09:35
Samsung Offers Cool Gear VR Headset but Content Is...


Samsung on Monday began offering what may best be described as the "alpha version" of its Gear VR headset, developed by Oculus, in the U.S. This Gear VR Innovator Edition works with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and is priced at $200. The headset comes with sample gaming and experiential content such as the dungeon exploration adventure HeroBound and the multiplayer space shooter game Anshar Wars. These and various 3D 360-degree video content apps can be downloaded from the Oculus app store.

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09:30
If you play this iOS game in public people will...

If you want to get some seriously peculiar stares from strangers you could do jumping jacks in a coffee shop, break dance in a grocery store, or, if you want to streamline your efforts, just play Yyaah! in any public place. Putting a clever -- if a b...

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09:29
Confirmed: Bose speakers returning to Apple Stores...

It looks like Apple will indeed be cashing in on Bose speakers and headphones sales in time for the remainder of the holiday shopping season. Yesterday rumors surfaced that Apple was readying its retail stores to carry Bose products once again, and today 9to5Mac has confirmed that Bose products, including the very popular SoundLink III/ Mini Bluetooth speakers, will once again be sold by Apple alongside its Beats-branded speakers and headphones that it...

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09:26
$20 million worth of classic cars, forgotten in a...

Artcurial Motorcars:The Collectors’ Car Department at Artcurial has discovered 60 collectors’ automobiles, all major marques dating from the early days of the motor car through to the 1970s. Found following fifty years of lying dormant, the Baillon collection will be sold by Artcurial Motorcars in the first part of the traditional sale at Retromobile Salon, on 6 February 2015, in Paris. These motor cars have been tucked away in a property in the West of France, under makeshift corrugated iron shelters and in various outbuildings.One of the cars, a Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spyders, is one of only 60 ever built. Another, a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sport Frua, is one of just three ever built.Next time you drive past a barn, take a peak inside – you never know what you’ll see....

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09:21
Vitamin-R 2.20 - Personal productivity tool (beta...

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition. The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements. Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc. Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small...

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09:00
OneNote Class Notebook Creator updated with top...

“The OneNote Class Notebook Creator can literally ‘blow your mind’ as an
educator with its potential in schools.”
Kevin Sait, head of IT strategy for Wymondham High Academy Trust in Norfolk England, kevinsait.wordpress.com.
Since the launch of the OneNote Class Notebook Creator just over two months ago, many schools like St. Thomas School have begun using OneNote class notebooks in their classrooms as framework for teaching and learning. Based on their feedback, the app has been updated with the ability to add more teachers to the class notebook, localization in...

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09:00
Excel Power Map–December update for Office 365

Last month we shipped a great time saving feature—playing a tour directly from any scene. This month we’ve improved Geocoding performance, made the Auto Fit feature for custom maps more accurate, and added another popularly requested feature as well—a quick way to select all items when filtering.
When we shipped Filtering back in September, we got a lot of positive feedback, as well as several new requests. One common request was to make it easier to select all of the items in the filter search results. Well now you can, just click the (Select All Search Results) check box and we’ll select not only the visible items for you but also the ones that are cut off because you have too many results. This is a very convenient way to explore your data through filtering by slowly narrowing it down.
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09:00
New Document Inspector features for Excel,...

Steve Kraynak is a program manager for the Office team.
Beginning with the November and December 2014 updates for Microsoft Office 2013 and 2010, several enhancements are being added to the Document Inspector, also known as the “Check for Issues” tool in Excel, PowerPoint and Word. The Document Inspector helps you to prepare your documents, presentations, or workbooks for publishing and sharing by checking for items that may contain hidden or private information. In some cases, it will remove such items from your document, in other cases it alerts you even if it can’t automatically remove the items. For more information about the Document Inspector, read about it on Office.com, where there are articles explaining how it works in Excel,...

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09:00
PSA: Don't lose your Apple ID recovery key if...

Apple's two-factor authentication may protect you from a hacking attack, but the extra layer of security has one major "gotcha" that could trip you up. As related by The Next Web's Owen Williams, the security feature uses a recovery key that you shou...

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08:57
The Netherlands’ beloved racist Christmas tradition

All Day:Christmas isn’t just about family, feasts, presents, and charity—Christmas in the Netherlands, Belgium, and a few other places round there is also about this odd form of play-acting that the international community has more or less agreed is hugely racially offensive.I first heard of this tradition many years ago when asking around about other cultures and other countries traditions. A Dutch-born listener to my podcast told me about “Zwarte Piet”. Of course, I didn’t believe them. There’s no way the people of the Netherlands, who Canadians have always had wonderful relations with due to shared history, could be such racists.Oh, but they can. And they literally revel in it.∞ Read...

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08:51
Apple wins patent for 3D iPhone UI w/ motion...


Apple was today awarded a patent for touch-free, motion sensing gestures within 3D GUI concepts just as the company reassigns a patent related to 3D mapping technologies that it picked up through its acquisition of PrimeSense.
We first told you about Apple’s patent application for a “Sensor...

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08:47
Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.

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08:42
Natalie Portman passes on Lisa Jobs role in upcoming...


Maybe they’ll find someone better, but she could have been good in this.
According to Variety, after beginning discussions to join “Jobs” before the Thanksgiving break, actress Natalie Portman has parted ways with the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic.
“Jobs” currently stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak with Danny Boyle directing. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing.
The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.

Production is expected to start in the spring and while sources don’t have an exact reason why Portman passed, other than news probably breaking before the...

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08:30
Obtrusive ads, lackluster design limit Bear Hunt...

Bear Hunt is a simple time killer in which you're given a slingshot to target bears nearby in the forest. As they walk by or potentially attack, pull the sling back to hit them with a boulder. The game features a few modes like classic and time race,...

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08:16
Apple TV update adds UFC, Fusion, DailyMotion, other...


There shall be new channels available for your Apple TV.
Per AppleInsider, Google on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned YouTube app for the Apple TV with a number of new features, while Apple simultaneously added four additional channels to its lineup, including one from popular mixed martial arts league UFC.
In addition to a refreshed user interface, the new YouTube app also adds functionality long missing from its Apple TV incarnation. Users can now subscribe to a channel directly from the their Apple TV and the app’s search function now uses a find-as-you-type configuration for faster searching.

YouTube also brought their personalized recommendations to the latest version, allowing users to browse new content based...

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08:12
Apple prepares Japanese R&D center, Brooklyn...

Apple is in the process of establishing a research and development facility in Japan, according to the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The disclosure was made in a campaign speech ahead of Sunday's general election. Abe didn't offer any more details except to say it should be "formally announced soon," and rank with Apple's largest R&D centers in Asia. The company has been establishing new offices across the world in the past couple of years, growing R&D beyond the confines of its Cupertino headquarters....

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08:08
Grappling with the culture of free in Napster’s...

Terrific article, partnered with the video below. Clearly, the culture of free is at the soul of many new business models. As you craft your business plan, you must consider the possibility that someone out there will do the same thing for free.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:01
MacFamilyTree 7.3.2 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs. Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.Version 7.3.2:

  • Stability improvements using FamilySearch...

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08:00
Apple iPod class action trial to continue...

Apple's iPod class action lawsuit will be allowed to continue without a plaintiff, reports the Associated Press. The suit took an unusual turn this week when all existing plaintiffs were disqualified for not owning an iPod covered by the suit.

The l...

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07:57
Apps: OmniFocus, Hazel, Tower
07:49
Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.235 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 16.0.0.235:

  • Addresses stability and security issues
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later

Download Now

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07:49
Apple TV gets overhauled YouTube app, adds new...

Google on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned YouTube app for the Apple TV with a number of new features, while Apple simultaneously added four additional channels to its lineup, including one from popular mixed martial arts league UFC.

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07:48
Gift guide: Premium headphones & earphones for...

Apple makes great phones, tablets and computers; earphones not so much. The ones that come free with the iPhone look attractive, but they’re pretty much worth what you pay for them when it comes to sound quality.
Great sound, though, doesn’t come cheap, which is why a pair of premium headphones or earphones can make the perfect gift for someone who loves their music but perhaps doesn’t have the budget to really splash out on themselves.
If you’re buying for a musician, check out the more studio-oriented recommendations in our music gift guide. For those who will mostly use their headphones while on the move, read on … 
One of the most visible trends of the past few years has been the growth of popularity of headphones, rather than...

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07:44
News: Apple TV adds Dailymotion, Fusion, The Scene,...

Apple TV has added four more channels to its lineup, including Dailymotion, Fusion, The Scene, and UFC.TV. For the first time, the new channel icons are now marked “New” on the Apple TV’s home screen. Dailymotion offers video content similarly to its website, Fusion is a channel featuring content from the Fusion TV network, The Scene is a Conde Nast channel offering short videos from a number of its publications, and UFC.TV is a…

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07:34
Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

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07:27
YouTube Apple TV App Updated With Streamlined...

As noted by Re/code, YouTube today updated its app for the Apple TV, improving its appearance and expanding the content available to stream. With this update, the Apple TV version catches up to the Xbox, PlayStation and other similar streaming devices. Besides a refreshed design, the new YouTube Apple TV update adds features such as personalized recommendations, channel subscriptions and predictive search. It also now supports all YouTube content, including music videos, vlogs and even advertisements. The new YouTube experience should be rolling out today for all Apple TV owners. It follows several recent notable updates that added new channels such as today's addition of UFC.TV, The Scene, Fusion, and Dailymotion, as well as earlier additions of...

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07:24
Apple Adds New Apple TV Channels for UFC, The Scene...

Apple today added four new channels to its Apple TV set-top box, further expanding the variety of content available on the device. The new additions include ultimate fighting channel UFC.TV, digital video shorts channel The Scene, news and pop culture channel Fusion, and video sharing site Dailymotion. UFC.TV offers access to a variety of Ultimate Fighting Championship content, including free and paid video. Users can subscribe to the service's Fight Pass premium offering with a 6-month membership priced at $54.99 or a 12-month membership at $99.99. Users can also access archived pay-per-view content, although some pay-per-view content is unavailable in many countries due to regional restrictions. The Scene offers digital shorts from a variety of Condé Nast media brands, including ABC News, Epicurious, Forbes, GQ, PBS, The New Yorker, The...

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07:09
Apple TV adds revamped YouTube app (with ads), new...

Apple TV is receiving a flurry of new channels today. Most prominently is a brand new YouTube app, to bring the client up-to-date with some of the other platforms. The new app reflects the design of other set-top box clients, with easier access to subscriptions and search functions. Unfortunately, this YouTube update also means that Apple TV users will start seeing ads for the first time on the platform. Naturally, some users will be disappointed by this addition — it is not possible to opt out of the update.
Aside from YouTube, Apple TV is also getting four new channels added to its channel offerings. Rolling today are channels for Conde Nast’s ‘The Scene’, ‘Fusion’, Dailymotion (a YouTube clone from France) and UFC for premium subscription fighting and martial arts content.
 Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS...

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07:07
Daily Deal: HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander w/...

Looking for an easy way to add a bit of extra storage to your MacBook? Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up the HyperDrive for MacBook – a really simple way to expand your MacBook storage using just a microSD memory card. HyperDrive is a plug-and-play microSD adapter that sits completely flush with your SD memory card slot, and even includes an aluminum cap that matches that MacBook finish, so it will sit virtually invisibly inside your…

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07:05
Major News Outlets Seek Permission to Share Steve...

Some of the last known video of Steve Jobs, from the deposition tape that was played in court last Friday, may be made public as a group of lawyers representing CNN, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press filed a motion earlier this week to have it released (via CNET). Up until now, both Apple and the plaintiffs in the case have asked the court to consider the video "regular testimony," which would prevent it from being shown outside the court walls. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has not yet sealed the evidence, however, leaving open the possibility of the video being made publicly available. Representing all three media outlets, attorney Thomas Burke cited public interest as a major argument for releasing the video."Given the substantial public interest in the...

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07:02
Apple, Amazon refuse to disclose federal diversity...

Apple and Amazon are two noteworthy holdouts among major technology companies refusing to share their EEO-1 diversity data with the media, says USA Today. US businesses submit an annual EEO-1 form to the federal government, detailing the racial, ethnic, and gender lines of their workforces. While resistance to sharing that data has been common for years, in recent months, more and more companies have been bowing to pressure. Facebook, eBay, Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have made their EEO-1s public; Intel has been disclosing its data for a decade.......

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07:00
Apple to Build Cutting Edge R&D Center in Japan

Apple's iPhone and iPad have done exceedingly well in Japan. The latest iPhone 6 is still the number one phone in Japan trouncing Samsung's Galaxy offerings. So it's not all that surprising to hear from Japan's Jiji news service that Japan's Prime Minister ....

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07:00
Tim Cook makes TIME's shortlist for 2014 "...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made the shortlist for TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year, joining seven other candidates from across the social, political, and entertainment sectors of the world. TIME is recognizing Cook for both his business and social...

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06:55
Apple Opening Advanced R&D Center in Yokohama,...

Apple announced on Tuesday that it will be opening a new research and development center in Japan, reports The Wall Street Journal. The announcement followed a statement by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who revealed earlier today that Apple was eyeing Japan for its research expansion. Abe relayed the information about Apple while campaigning in Tokyo, stating that Apple planned to "conduct the most advanced research and development in Japan." Abe went on to describe the facility as being "among the largest in Asia." Apple confirmed these R&D plans in a statement released to the media."We’re excited to expand our operations in Japan with a new technical development center in Yokohama which will create dozens of new jobs," Apple said in a statement. Apple did not reveal on how it will use the future Yokohama site or how much it is investing in the facility. The...

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06:50
Dashlane password manager can now automatically...

Password managers are a great way to have strong, unique passwords for each website you access – but vital as it is these days, there’s no denying that it’s a chore to change them. Dashlane, a Mac and Windows password manager app, aims to take away the pain by doing it for you automatically across 50 top US websites like Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, PayPal, WordPress and Twitter.
Importantly, the app can even cope with sites that employ two-factor authentication to login or change a password, prompting you for the code when required … 
In a WSJ review,...

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06:42
Apple to add 7th NYC store next year with new...

Brooklyn will reportedly become the third of New York City's five boroughs to house an Apple retail store, with the Cupertino company expected to open a 20,000 square foot outlet there in April of next year.

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06:32
News: Report: Bose products returning to Apple...

Bose products might be making a return to Apple Stores, according to a new report from French blog iGen.fr. A report earlier this fall speculated that Apple’s acquisition of Beats may have caused the company to end its retail relationship with Bose, possibly due to the exclusive deal between Bose and the NFL that prohibited players form wearing other branded headphones during televised interviews. This latest report suggests that Apple and Bose…

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06:24
Capture One Pro 8.0.2.33 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow. With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.Version 8.0.2.33: Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. OS Support

  • Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Bug Fixes...

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06:16
Judge in iPod Antitrust Case: Find a New Plaintiff

The years-old antitrust class action lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally locked competitors out of the iPod to control the portable media player market will continue, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales ruled the final plaintiff in the case hadn't purchased an iPod during the necessary time frame, then gave attorneys until Tuesday to find new plaintiffs.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how much time attorneys had to find solid plaintiffs for their case, you'd think they could've done better than putting someone on the stand with an iPod bought with the legal firm's credit card. They'll most likely find replacement plaintiffs in time for the case to move forward, but you can bet Apple will look at each purchase closely to make sure they're legit.

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06:04
Brooklyn finally getting an Apple Store, expected to...

After many years of speculation, the NY Post reports that Brooklyn is finally getting its first Apple Store, expected to open in April of next year. The above render shows what the building is expected to look like once renovations are complete.

The tech-products powerhouse has signed a long-term lease for a 20,000-square-foot store at 247 Bedford Ave. at the corner of North 3rd Street, brokerage community sources definitively revealed.

This will make the opening around five years since then Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz made a video plea direct to Steve Jobs … ...

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05:20
Bop.fm delivers almost ad-free, a la carte music...

In 2013, Bop.fm quietly launched a Web service that promised “free legit music you can share with anyone.” Now it’s taking that model to the mobile space.
On Tuesday, the company announced the launch of its first iOS app, allowing fans on either the iPhone or the iPad to listen to virtually song they wish, for free.
So how can the company pull this off without licensing fees? For now, through a loophoole with YouTube, which has struck deals with Vevo for licensed music. (Because of this loophole, Bop.fm became a breeding ground for bootlegs, like Soundcloud and Grooveshark.) But Bop.fm is much more than just a YouTube portal—it aggregates every streaming service you belong to, so that if Spotify has a song that Rdio doesn’t, you can listen to it without switching apps. Users can connect their YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, Deezer, Xbox Music, and Rhapsody accounts, and play back a song from any of those services....

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06:00
Check Active Directory Status On Windows

When scripting, sanity check logging takes way more time that actions. Before binding to an Active Directory domain, you should verify that your system isn’t currently a member of an Active Directory domain. After binding, you should also check that settings are as expected. Use the get-addomain commandlet to do so:
Get-ADDomain
To be more specific about a given domain:
PS C:\> Get-ADDomain -Identity krypted.com

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06:00
Fit Brains Trainer: Keeping your grey matter in shape

While a lot of us are at least making the attempt to keep our bodies in shape, not so many people think about keeping their brains fit. That's the idea behind a recent app from Rosetta Stone Canada called Fit Brains Trainer (free with in-app purchase...

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05:46
Hazel 3.3.3 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications. Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.Version 3.3.3: User interface changes:

  • Fixed error/crash when editing rules with a custom attribute on the left hand side of a condition.
  • Fixed script input attributes that are Spotlight attributes not being saved properly.
  • Fixed incorrectly showing the options...

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05:32
Major news outlets seek permission to broadcast...

Three major news organizations have filed a motion to release footage of a deposition from Steve Jobs shown in court last week, citing "substantial public interest" in rare footage of the late Apple co-founder.

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05:32
Apple and Amazon refuse to make full federal...

From Apple’s diversity microsite
Although Apple published its own employee diversity report back in August, USA Today reports that the company has refused to make public the full data from its federal diversity filing. While companies are required to file this information annually in a form known as EEO-1, they are not legally obliged to make the data public.

Facebook, eBay, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn are among the technology companies that have made public their EEO-1s […]
Chief among the companies that decided not to disclose their EEO-1s were Microsoft, Twitter, Apple and Amazon.

When USA Today pressed the matter, Twitter released its filing and Microsoft agreed to do so...

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05:30
Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie on a Nightmare Losing...

There was great interest in the Apple community when Aaron Sorkin began pumping up his new project about the biopic of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs. Not many enjoyed the rushed "Jobs" movie that starred Ashton Kutcher, so there was a gap to fill. Sorkin later talked about writing the Steve Jobs character. Yet the main characters that were initially cast for the movie are by and large dropping out. For three of the top actors to drop out of this film in such short order, there must be something terrible ...

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05:30
Better swing and lower scores with Golf Training Guru

You will find plenty of apps available claiming to be the best way to improve your golf game and end up with lower scores. Golf Training Guru is another one of those apps. The app is free right now under a "Special Launch Pricing Limited Offer" and r...

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05:24
OmniFocus 2.0.4 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more. OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.Version 2.0.4:

  • Localizations -- Localized OmniFocus in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. OmniFocus Help and related documents are not yet localized.
  • Fixed an issue where changing the focus wouldn't immediately refresh the task list in some perspectives.
  • Switching to a built-in perspective will now reset the current search just like switching to a custom perspective does. This means that switching to a...

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05:17
Adobe Reader 11.0.10 - View PDF documents. (Free)

Adobe Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.Version 11.0.10:

  • This release provides system requirement enhancements, mitigation for security issues, improved overall stability, bug fixes, and feature enhancements.
  • OS X 10.5.8 or later

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05:10
News organizations fight to release Steve Jobs...

CNET:Some of the last video footage taken of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs shown in antitrust court last week may see the light of day after lawyers representing the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN filed a motion with the court to have it released.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:06
Adobe Acrobat Pro 11.0.10 - Powerful PDF editor. (...

Adobe Acrobat allows users to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely. Unify a wide range of content in a single organized PDF Portfolio. Collaborate through electronic document reviews. Create and manage dynamic forms. And help protect sensitive information.Version 11.0.10:

  • This update provides system requirement enhancements, mitigation for security issues, improved overall stability, bug fixes, and feature enhancements.
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

Download Now

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05:00
Hackers Derail Sony's PlayStation Network


Still reeling from a cyberintrusion that exposed massive amounts of personnel data from its entertainment division on the Internet, Sony was attacked again over the weekend. This time, hackers disrupted the company's PlayStation Network. However, unlike the foray against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is still under investigation, the company quickly recovered from the PSN attack and had the network up and running by Monday morning. A group calling itself the "Lizard Squad" has claimed responsibility for what appears to be a DDoS attack.

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04:53
The huge, unseen operation behind the accuracy of...

Wired brings a fascinating look inside the Google Maps operation.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:30
Think Retro: Why the cute and quirky eMate was Apple...

It’s not that I don’t like Apple’s current hardware and software, but I fondly recall the days when its computers were suffused with a chirpy, cheerful
personality. Today’s slabs of aluminum and black glass are powerful, desirable, and elegant, but you could also call them austere, anodyne—perhaps even
unfriendly.
It’s a world away from the Apple of the ’80s and ’90s. Then there was a playfulness—a playfulness that shaded almost into anarchy—in things as dull as
error messages, even in flagship software. True, this was not always welcome, nor to everyone’s taste—Exhibit A: Clippy—which is probably why the practice died out as software became more professional.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:36
Apple Granted 33 Patents Today Covering a 3D iPhone...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's live 3D user interface designed for iDevices like the iPhone. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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04:24
Apple to build major new R&D facility in Japan,...

Apple is on the verge of announcing a 'cutting-edge' new research and development center located in Japan, the nation's prime minister revealed on Tuesday.

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04:24
Dropbox 3.0.3 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 3.0.3:

  • Fixes rare issue that would cause infinite sync for some files.
  • Rewrite of the Windows and Linux UI... This UI rewrite helps us fix a large number of issues/glitches you have reported over the years, improve performance, support high DPI on Windows, a new setup wizard on Linux, and more!
  • File identifiers... File identifiers enable Dropbox to detect when files have been moved and renamed. In the future we'll be able to use this to improve...

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04:23
PSA: Make sure you have a recovery key for your...

If, like me, you skipped over the recovery key step when switching on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, thinking that having the password plus a trusted device was sufficient, you’ll want to correct that.
TheNextWeb‘s Owen Williams recently found that if someone tries to hack your account, and you get locked out, there’s no way back in without a recovery key.
While Apple states on its website that a new recovery key can be generated so long as you know your password and have access to one of your trusted devices, this is not true once the account is locked. No recovery key, no access. No amount of pleading by Williams would persuade Apple to help. Apple...

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04:21
Kool Tools: Tempo PCI Express SSD card

Sonnet Technologies' Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage.
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04:07
Live video broadcasting will be the new 'selfie...

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new "selfie" and recommends that product managers start creating a "visual" strategy straight away to accommodate this trend.
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04:07
Live video broadcasting will be the new 'selfie...

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new "selfie" and recommends that product managers start creating a "visual" strategy straight away to accommodate this trend.
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04:02
IN-SRC releases FrontLog 1.1.1 for Mac OS X

IN-SRC has announced FrontLog 1.1.1 (www.thefrontlog.com), an update to their task management tool for Mac OS X.
Designed for collaboration, it helps users organize their tasks through the use of logbooks. Logbooks can be easily shared, assigned and updated between other team members as well as synched across both iOS and OS X devices.
The free version of FrontLog is best for small teams and has 300M storage. For larger teams and storage, FrontLog has upgraded Standard and Pro logbook plans available. The app is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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03:42
Review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is the first Apple desktop computer to sport one of Apple's vaunted Retina displays. Although it has taken some time for the technology to make its way to the larger display format, the wait has been worth it. While introducing a Retina display on the iMac may not be the biggest surprise, Apple certainly raised some eyebrows when it revealed the price. In delivering its latest high-performance all-in-one computer with state-of-the-art display for $2499, it has also managed to redefine the value equation in the segment. Read on in our full review of the iMa......

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03:18
Apple's first patent reassignment from...

Apple on Tuesday was assigned patent rights to a projection-based 3D mapping solution won from its acquisition of Israeli company PrimeSense, suggesting the company is moving forward on development of advanced body gesture control for Mac, Apple TV and possibly iOS.

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03:00
Reviews: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is the first Apple desktop computer to sport one of Apple's vaunted Retina displays. Although it has taken some time for the technology to make its way to the larger display format, the wait has been worth it. While introducing ......

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02:59
Apple Wins a 3D Mapping Laser Beam Projector System...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's lens array projector for integration into a future iDevice for 3D mapping and beyond.

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Monday December 8

23:11
Last plaintiff in iTunes antitrust lawsuit...

In the latest twist in the iPod antitrust lawsuit that has already given us a deposition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and details about Apple’s deal with record labels to sell music in the iTunes Store, a judge ruled on Monday that the trial will continue even though there are no plaintiffs left.
Yes, you read that correctly. Every single plaintiff in the case has been disqualified. Marianna Rosen, the last complainant standing, was...

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22:32
Losing Two-Factor Recovery Key Could Permanently...

In March 2013, Apple introduced two-factor authentication to provide additional security for Apple IDs. It expanded the feature to several new countries earlier this year and introduced it to the company's iCloud.com website this September. This was after CEO Tim Cook promised to broaden use of its two-factor authentication system in the wake of a hacking incident that saw several celebrities' iCloud accounts hacked. The system requires a user to have a second "trusted" device that is used to verify a user's identity in addition to an extra security code called the "Recovery Key". However, in a...

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21:57
Apple request for dismissal in Real-iPod trial denied

Judge Gonzales Rogers has ruled against an Apple request to dismiss the 10-year-long lawsuit by audio software maker Real, but has not denied that the case may soon be without a valid plaintiff. Following the dropout of the first of two women named in the original case, more evidence was presented in court today that the remaining plaintiff, Marianna Rosen, is also not qualified by virtue of not having directly bought an iPod in the relevant time window with her own funds....

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21:43
Hands On: Machines at War 3 (Windows, OS X)

Real Time Strategy (RTS) games are a typical mainstay of the desktop computer, with the genre largely failing to make the transition to consoles and gaming systems due to a lack of finesse with controls. Machines at War 3 from Isotope 244 is primarily a computer-based RTS which unusually headed to iOS devices shortly after launch. Is the desktop version of Machines at War 3 at the same level as other RTS heavyweights, despite building with a tablet interface in mind?...

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19:42
Review: Beacon Audio Blazar Bluetooth speaker

Generally, when someone thinks of high quality sound their mind doesn't immediately go toward portable speakers. An even less likely candidate would be any Bluetooth audio device, but Beacon Audio undertook the noble goal of changing consumers' skepticism. It set out to clear the name of Bluetooth speakers everywhere by creating a high-quality speaker. Beacon Audio took the Blazar to Kickstarter because it believed in the product, only for consumers to show their craving for a better portable speaker by raising $300,000. Clearly, the public had spoken, but is the crowd's decision to back anoth......

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19:17
Facebook Pages Manager update introduces redesigned...


Facebook has updated its standalone Pages Manager app with a revamped UI for the iPad. The new design brings a tabbed sidebar that allows quick access to features like notifications and messages. The app also gained bug fixes.
You can get Facebook Pages Manager for free on the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 12.0
• New design updated for iPad, faster access to messages, notifications, and insights
• Bug fixes and performance updatesFiled under: Apps Tagged:...

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18:59
Leading Android site recommends iPad Air 2 for Xmas

A top Android fan site, Android Police, has published its annual gift guide, with staff members recommending (and sometimes dissing) various top-flight models of Android phones and phablets. For straight-up tablets, however, the site picked the iPad Air 2 as its top pick over the expected Nexus 9 or Nvidia's Shield tablet. The surprise choice, said Senior Editor David Ruddock, was because "the Air 2 is reliable, predictable, and very fast," adding that the iPad "has been the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled."......

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18:00
Reviews: Beacon Audio Blazar Bluetooth speaker

Generally, when someone thinks of high quality sound their mind doesn't immediately go toward portable speakers. An even less likely candidate would be any Bluetooth audio device, but Beacon Audio undertook the noble goal of changing consumers' skepticism. It set out to clear the name of Bluetooth speakers everywhere by creating a high-quality speaker. Beacon Audio took the ......

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17:53
Why do we hate Uber?

What a great question. I know people that hate Uber, but I’m not convinced they actually know why. I think it’s probably the company’s business practices and the fact they have been creepy, more than anything.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:34
Plaintiffs in the iPod/iTunes anti-trust case are...

For fuck sakes, the plaintiffs didn’t even own eligible iPods to bring the $350 million lawsuit.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:25
'iPod iTunes' anti-trust lawsuit may lose...

During court proceedings in iTunes lawsuit on Monday, new evidence presented by Apple revealed the case's sole remaining plaintiff may not have purchased iPods eligible for action.

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17:08
Rumor: Bose products set to return to Apple Stores

A French enthusiast site has reported, citing anonymous sources, that Apple will soon return Bose products back to the shelves of the iPhone maker's brick-and-mortar Apple Stores following a two-month fallout in which Bose products were removed. The move was originally thought to be in response to a lawsuit Bose filed against Beats, its rival in headphones, or possibly a unilateral move by Apple to reduce competing products in its stores now that it owns Beats, but the truth of the matter has yet to emerge....

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17:00
Daily Deals for December 8, 2014, featuring the 10...

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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16:48
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meh.com — a classic daily deal site.

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16:35
Natalie Portman declines role in Steve Jobs biopic

It appears another big-name actor has passed on the opportunity to work on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, as Natalie Portman is no longer in talks to play the female lead.

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16:33
Apple Pay Stars in MasterCard Promotion with Gwen...

MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.

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16:23
Leaked Sony data indicates falling revenue forecasts...

DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”
New information discovered in the Sony Pictures data dump indicates that the loss of Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role in the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic may have contributed to the decision to give the movie to Universal Pictures. According to Fusion, the film’s revenue projections dropped by a whopping 25% after Leo dropped out.
Soon reports...

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16:23
Natalie Portman Passes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve...

Just a couple weeks after it was revealed that Natalie Portman was in talks to play an unspecified part in Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, Variety is reporting that the actress has decided to pass on the movie, though it's unclear why. Other actresses are already meeting with filmmakers over the potential role, and the film is still on track to begin filming in the Spring of 2015. The film is rumored to have several female parts, including Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan, and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Image via Deadline The trade magazine also notes that X-Men: Days of Future past star Michael Fassbender will star as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen will...

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16:02
Steve Wozniak on engineering the first Apple...

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talked to Bloomberg about his role in designing the company’s first computers and starting a technological revolution. In the video above, he also discusses Apple’s humble beginnings in Steve Jobs’ garage, the gilded one-millionth Apple II, and his love for engineering.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Woz ...

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16:00
iTunes Connect Holiday Shutdown

As a reminder, iTunes Connect will shut down December 22-29 for the winter holidays. If you plan to schedule app releases or price changes to to take place during this time, make sure these changes are scheduled, submitted, and approved by December 18. Users who are currently testing or have been invited to test your pre-release apps with TestFlight will not be affected. Sales and Trends reports will also remain available through the Autoingestion tool.

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16:00
iTunes Connect Holiday Shutdown

As a reminder, iTunes Connect will shut down December 22-29 for the winter holidays. If you plan to schedule app releases or price changes to to take place during this time, make sure these changes are scheduled, submitted, and approved by December 18. Users who are currently testing or have been invited to test your pre-release apps with TestFlight will not be affected. Sales and Trends reports will also remain available through the Autoingestion tool.

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16:00
Music Center lets you select music from your lock...

Music Center (free) is a very cool little app that lets you see your iOS music library from your lock screen or inside any app. It's a notification center widget, and it works quite well. You load the app, and you can select lists by song, album, art...

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15:59
Android site recommends iPad for Christmas

Yes, I am breaking the gift guide by putting this here. Why? Because as you’ll notice, none of us recommended the Nexus 9 (edit: Cameron recommended it, but don’t listen to him), because it’s not exactly great. In fact, I’d argue no Android tablet is. The Shield Tablet is a lot of bang for your buck, but the screen kind of sucks and the battery life isn’t spectacular (standby is bad in particular) and it’s heavy, thick, and kinda ugly.Much respect Android Police people.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:56
Briefly: Vimeo accepts 4K video, YouTube copyrighted...

Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format....

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15:51
7 rules for creating gorgeous UI

As a user, when sites put text on an image, I like the blur or using the out-of-focus techniques. I always feel like contrast makes the text much easier to read, which makes my interaction with the site or app much better.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:45
When Apple Pay requires a signature

An interesting post from John Martellaro. I’ve wondered about this myself after using Apple Pay recently. Sometimes, I need to sign, while other times they just wave me on without any other interaction.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:31
White House Holiday decorations shot with an iPhone 6

Photographer Brooks Kraft has been covering the White House since 2000, and over the years, he’s had plenty of opportunities to document the unveiling of Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This year, however, he decided to mix things up a bit — and shot the event with Apple’s new iPhone 6.Great story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
ROTO: Simply Addictive

Guiding a ball to a finish flag by timing jumps from one rotating circle to another is the core gameplay feature of ROTO. While navigating a maze of rotatory platforms filled with hazards, such as spiky saw blades, players have to collect stars which...

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15:21
HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander plus 8GB MicroSD...

We have a great deal for you on HyperDrive, the device that allows you to turn your 13-inch MacBook Air's memory card slot into a microSD memory card. It's also available for a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the things I like most about it is that when plugged in, it sits flush against your MacBook's body. It's a great way to expand your MacBook's storage because it supports any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card up to 128GB. This deal includes an 8GB microSD card, and it normally retails for $40. Through our deal, it's $29.99, making it a great gift for you or a loved on.

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15:20
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 8

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Box of Frogs Media has published Roobarb & Custard: When Custard was Grounded. Actress Tamsin Greig injects her unique narrative for this US$3.99 Roobarb and Custard app book.
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15:20
Hands On: Swype alternate keyboard (iOS, Android,...

Most people have gotten used to texting and typing on their iPads and iPhones, and chances are, they're good at it. However, it's undeniable that the standard thumb-texting can be pretty slow. On top of that, texting tends to grow tiresome in this manner as the conversation becomes more involved. Of course a user can always revert to hunt-and-peck typing with an index finger, but that leads to slower typing or reliance on predictive text, which can produce unintentionally-hilarious mis-types. Swype by Nuance has come up with a clever solution to help us text and type faster and longer, with le......

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15:16
Apple Retail Celebrates Computer Science Education...

Interested in learning the basics of coding? Apple retail locations will have a variety of events in different stores. Should you be interested and not near an Apple Store, Kelly has a few alternate suggestions for you or your family who might like an introduction to programming.

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15:06
Apple Store to restart Bose product sales after...

A fresh rumor on Monday claims Bose products will make a return to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar stores as soon as next week after they were quietly removed from shelves some two months ago.

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15:02
Is the Galaxy Gear VR just another Borrowed Apple...

Today a CNN video report pointed out Samsung's Gear VR glasses. The Samsung representative, around the 40 second mark of that video, states that "We have created smartphone powered virtual reality. Transforms that flat 2D map of content that we've always had, into the rounded 3D globe content we've always dreamed of." Yet the basic hardware approach that they've taken was really first invented by Apple all the way back to 2010. So how original is Samsung's VR Glasses concept? – Not very.

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15:02
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 34.0, Boom 2.0, Airfoil 4.8.11, Downcast 1.1.5, Lightroom 5.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3, and PopChar X 7.0. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:01
ExtraBITS for 8 December 2014

The bad news in this installment of ExtraBITS is that Apple has forced the removal of a key feature of Transmit iOS, despite not following its own App Store rules in another situation. The good news is that the company is offering free programming tutorials for kids in its stores this week. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:00
Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air...

The transformation of the iPad Air into the iPad Air 2 forced case manufacturers to go back to the drawing board, but that's not always a bad thing. With each iteration of case, the product usually gets better. That's the situation with Belkin's Qode...

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14:57
BIAS Desktop users get new amp models

The tone-creation possibilities are now virtually infinite with BIAS. Download artists’ signature amps, or try out the latest and most popular matched amp models created by your fellow guitarists.The new version of BIAS Desktop really is amazing. You can match a real amp using the software and then recall it whenever you want. The company made some new amp match models available to download from within the app.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:50
Bushel Launching Mac/iOS Device Management - Get...

Smaller organizations may not have dedicated IT staff for mobile deployment, or the bandwidth to take on such a project. JAMF is fixing to resolve that for smaller organizations with a new product called Bushel. Find out more about this invite-only pilot program, and get your own invitation.

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14:45
John Martellaro Talks Apple and UHDTV on Tech Night...

Appearing this week on the Tech Night Owl LIVE is John Martellaro, the irrepressible Senior Editor for Analysis & Reviews at The Mac Observer. John discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini, Apple's tardiness in updating its display line and more.

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14:45
Panic Inc. forced by Apple to drop non-FTP file...

Transmit for iOS, a wonderful FTP app we've covered before, has released a new update today that fixes a few bugs and removes a big feature, the ability to send files from the app to other services including iCloud, Box, Documents, Dropbox, Transmit,...

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14:35
PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 2: Professional...

PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps. Import and export documents via iCloud Drive, making it easy to share cloud-based documents not just with the Mac, but with other apps on an iPad or iPhone. Use AirDrop to quickly send documents to other devices. PDFpen 2 supports palm and wrist protection when writing and highlighting. Documents can be secured with a password. Number pages automatically, including Bates numbering. All this and more make PDFpen 2 the perfect solution for all of your mobile PDF editing needs....

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14:33
Bose products reportedly set to return to Apple...

Earier this year Bose and Apple had a bit of a falling out when the former decided to block NFL players from wearing Beats headphones while on camera, then fined players who violated the rule. Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine said at the time that the ban actually served Beats by providing a bit of free publicity.
Apple apparently didn’t agree, and retaliated by pulling all Bose products from its store shelves in October. Around that time the two companies were also duking it out in a patent lawsuit, though they...

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14:27
NetSpot 2.4.582 - Wireless survey tool. (Free)

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook. NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better. NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc. You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your network and you are ready...

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14:25
Bose Products Could Be Returning to Apple Store...

Back in October, Apple removed all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail stores around the world, but it appears the company may be planning to reintroduce Bose products to store shelves in the near future. According to a source that spoke to French Apple website iGen.fr [Google Translate], some Apple retail stores have begun receiving shipments of Bose products with orders to put the products back on store shelves next week. It was not clear why Apple removed Bose products from its retail stores, but the decision did follow...

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14:21
Transmit iOS forced to remove “upload to iCloud...

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected” — but oddly that page says nothing about iCloud Drive or appropriate uses for iCloud Drive.I really don’t understand some of these decisions.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:17
Samsung is going straight to hell

During an appearance before a U.S. appeals court on Thursday, lawyers for Samsung sought to have vacated the $930 million judgement awarded to Apple earlier this year in a landmark patent infringement lawsuit, saying the sum was “absurd.”No, what’s absurd is that Samsung made so much money from copying Apple’s design. The judgement against Samsung should have been much more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:12
Despicable Me Minions in CSS

This is great, I love it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:12
Transmit for iOS restricted from using iCloud Drive...

In its latest puzzling App Store policy assertion, Apple has reportedly blocked Panic from adding the standard iOS Share Sheet to its Transmit file transfer app due to an unwritten policy that "forbids apps from uploading content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself."

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14:00
Orion spacecraft powered by single-core processor...

NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully completed its first test flight last week and is poised to herald a new era in manned spaceflight, opening the door to deep space flights. While the project is breaking new ground, it is doing so on the back of tr...

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13:59
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead...

Apple Watch at Colette
We’ve already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace.
9to5Mac has now learned from internal hiring documents that Apple is recruiting retail candidates this month with “a fashion or luxury background” suggesting Apple is preparing to deliver some changes to its retail stores in time for the Apple Watch’s early 2015 debut. With former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts leading Apple’s retail efforts and the Apple Watch set to transform the Apple Store into a jewelry store, what could a potential...

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13:57
Apple policy breaks all share sheet uploads in Panic...

The latest version of Transmit for iOS has lost all share sheet-based uploads because of an Apple policy regarding iCloud Drive, says developer Panic. Until now the FTP app has exploited iOS 8's Extensibility functions to let people upload files to several storage services, such as iCloud Drive or Dropbox. Panic explains that it was informed that an app can't upload content to iCloud Drive unless a file was created within the app itself; the developer insists that there is nothing about iCloud Drive in Apple's iOS Data Storage Guidelines.......

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13:37
Leading Android fansite recommends Apple Inc iPad...

Android Police named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among "Android devices" for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."

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13:30
Aim to add up number tiles perfectly with Funb3rs

Hey, look! It's a game with numbers that doesn't build off of the same concepts as Threes and 2048. Funb3rs is a multiplayer title with the objective being to gather all the numbers on the grid that add up to equal the number at the top. Glide your f...

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13:16
Panic’s Transmit App no longer allowed to ‘send’...

In a blog post today, Mac/iOS developer Panic explained why a recent version of its venerable Transmit FTP/File transfer app no longer uploads to iCloud, and it turns out, other services:
Transmit iOS 1.1.1 is out, fixing a few bugs in our surprisingly powerful file management app for your iPhone or iPad.
Also, at Apple’s request, we had to remove the ability to “Send” files to other services, including iCloud Drive.
In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected...

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13:15
Typo avoids BlackBerry lawsuit by releasing a new...

The original Typo keyboard case was a dream come true for many BlackBerry users who had converted to iPhone: a case which brought the tactile keyboard of your beloved old device to the best cell phone on the market. Then BlackBerry sued, and the Typo...

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13:11
Tim Cook selected as finalist for 2014 Time Person...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight finalists in the running for Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine has announced. Cook was previously a candidate for the title in 2012, when Time lauded him for taking over from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011. In 2014 the CEO is being credited as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and for overseeing the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Apple Pay, and still-unreleased Apple Watch....

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13:07
Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides for iOS add new...

Google announced today that it’s rolling out updates to its Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps that add a few new editing features and enhanced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support.

  • Support for viewing and editing text in tables in the Docs app
  • Ability to insert, move, resize and rotate text boxes, shapes and lines in the Slides app
  • Enhanced support for iPhone 6/6+ (all apps)
  • General fixes and performance improvements (all apps)

All of the updates are available from the App Store now for the iOS versions of Docs, Slides, and Sheets (links below). In addition to support for vieing and editing text in tables, the Docs app also adds several new accessibility features.
A full list of new features for each app below:
Google Docs version 1.1.6: ...

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13:06
Hockey fans toss 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice...

Mashable:The Calgary Hitmen held their 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, which allowed fans to throw 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice in a heartwarming and entertaining display of charity. The bears, which are bagged prior to tossing, are gathered up by the team and donated to more than 60 charities for the holiday season.The Hitmen do this every year and it’s heartwarming and funny every time I see it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
FastCustomer can help get you out of customer...

FastCustomer is a free iOS app that has been around for awhile, but just got a recent update. The app has a list of 3,000 frequently called companies and can break through the endless phone trees and frustration of being on hold for customer service....

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12:53
Tim Cook Nominated for TIME's 2014 Person of...

TIME today posted its shortlist of people who are being considered for the publication's annual "Person of the Year" award, and Tim Cook is once again on the nomination list. TIME is recognizing Cook for the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and his recent decision to come out as gay. Back in late October, Tim Cook made the bold move of announcing his sexual orientation in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that his decision was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." Alongside Tim Cook, other nominees include the Ferguson protestors, the Ebola caregivers, Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region Masoud Barzani, and...

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12:46
If you can't make or receive calls on your...

You might not be able to make or receive calls on your iPhone if you have certain settings turned on, if your software isn't up to date, or if there's a problem with your network. These steps can help.

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12:45
OS X: How to Capture an Amazing Amount of Mac Info...

UNIX veterans who are new to the Mac may not realize the wealth of system information that Apple's BSD UNIX (Darwin) provides from the command line. This could come in handy for programmers who, when writing scripts, need critical system information in a form that can be captured and parsed.

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12:30
Chinese internet regulator gets private look at...

Want a private, behind-closed-doors glimpse at Apple's new smartwatch, complete with a guided tour by Tim Cook himself? It's easy! You just have to be China's Cyberspace Administration minister, and how hard could that really be? Ok, so it's probably...

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12:29
Video Gamers Recall 'Father' Ralph Baer...


Ralph H. Baer, the father of the home video game, died Saturday at 92. Baer invented the Odyssey video game system and co-invented the electronic game Simon. While working as a military contractor for Sanders Associates in the '60s, Baer began to explore the possibility of creating a video game system that could be played on the television. The result of his work was the "Brown Box," a prototype created in 1968, which eventually led to the Magnavox Odyssey, considered the first true home gaming console.

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12:26
Jeremy’s holiday gift guide: Mac, iPhone & iPad...

My first post for 9to5Mac is on a topic near and dear to my heart: best-of-breed Apple products and accessories. Why should you trust me? I’ve been a professional product reviewer for 23 years and an Apple user for 28 years. Last week, I finished an 11-year stint running the editorial side of iLounge, the leading Apple product review site, where I tested literally thousands of Apple accessories from every major company on the planet. Readers have praised my reviews as accurate and insightful, and I always put my readers’ needs first when testing new products.

I just joined 9to5Mac as Senior Editor, focusing on product reviews, so I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks with you today! One important thing you should know is this: even though I’ve tried the fanciest gear on the market for the past decade, I don’t...

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12:25
Apple Forces Transmit to Remove Send to iCloud Drive...

Panic's file management app Transmit made its way to iOS with the launch of iOS 8, bringing several useful capabilities that took advantage of iOS features, including "Extensibility" options that let any app upload files to a server using Transmit and a "Send" feature that let files be shared to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive. As of last week, the function that let files be sent to Dropbox or iCloud Drive was removed from Transmit, at the request of Apple. As Panic explains in a blog post, Apple has asked the company to remove the "Send" feature from Transmit because Apple's rules state that apps cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless content was created in the app itself.In short, we're told that while Transmit iOS...

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12:17
Keep TidBITS Publishing in 2015: Become a TidBITS...

Learn how you can help keep TidBITS vibrant and relevant in the face of ever-increasing costs for writing, editing, development, and hosting. We have some perks for you in return! 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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12:15
MasterCard rolls out new Apple Pay commercial...

MasterCard today posted a new video touting the fact that iPhone 6 users who make Apple Pay transactions will find themselves eligible for the company's "priceless surprises" promotion, a sweepstakes that bestows unsuspecting customers with some pret...

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12:13
Typo returns with redesigned Typo2 keyboard for...

The creators of the Typo keyboard case have returned with a new model, the Typo2. The accessory has been redesigned not only to accommodate the iPhone 6, but to avoid the legal troubles the company has encountered with BlackBerry. Although a lawsuit is still pending, BlackBerry won a sales injunction against the first-generation case....

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12:00
Elevate - Brain Training and Threes! distinguished...

Apple this weekend announced the winners in its Best of 2014 in the iTunes Store. The annual awards highlights the best apps, music, movies and books from the just ending year. Winners in the App Store include Elevate - Brain Training, which won App ...

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11:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook among eight finalists for Time...

Time revealed on Monday that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is once again one of its finalists for the magazine's "Person of the Year" award, joining the likes of Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Russian President Vladmir Putin, pop star Taylor Swift, Ebola caregivers, and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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11:32
Tim Cook nominated Time Person of the Year finalist...

Time has posted its Finalists for Person of the Year today and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook it on the list. Time credits the Alabama native for introducing a number of new products as well as coming out as the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.
Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.
Other nominees (that don’t necessarily conform to “person” moniker) include:

  • The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.
  • The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the lives...
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11:30
Best Buy discounts the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 in $50...

If you missed the big Black Friday sales on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, you now have another chance to score one of Apple's latest iPad models at a significant discount. Best Buy kicked off a new promotion on Sunday that takes up to $100 off the ...

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11:18
MasterCard, Gwen Stefani tout 'Priceless...

Apple's mobile payment partners continued their marketing onslaught on Monday as MasterCard, the world's second-largest credit card provider, released a new 30-second television ad featuring Apple Pay and female rocker Gwen Stefani.

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11:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-08

John Martellaro thinks it's time for Apple to step up its iPad game, or risk losing market share. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not that's a serious issue, and John shares what he thinks Apple should do to lock in the iPad's long term success.

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11:10
Green Monday Deals: $29 Lumia 520, Nikon D7000,...

The trudge to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is over, and now there is a slight sales lull as retailers prepare for the Christmas onslaught. Welcome to Monday Deals, the secondary deals post running until the end of the year where we find the best online deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, deals are active and priced correctly at the time of publication, but this may change when viewing this post at a later time, so check before purchasing....

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11:05
Devuan: Unto Us a Fork Is Born


Well, it happened. We knew it was possible; the signs were all there -- but more than a few of us were still holding out hope. "Things will surely get better," we thought. Then the news came. The rumored Debian fork has now become real, and its name is "Devuan." Dev-what, you may say? Well, the developers have an answer ready: "Devuan is spelled in Italian and it is pronounced just like 'DevOne' in English," they explain. So there you go. "I hate the name; I love the idea," said Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza.

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11:00
Audio Switcher adds support for Yosemite's Dark...

Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.4 offers improved support for Mac OS X Yosemite's Dark Mode, a new menu bar icon and a menu option for opening the System Sound Preferences applet.
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11:00
Apple kicks off new "Change is in the Air...

Apple on Sunday released a new advertising campaign highlighting the iPad Air 2. Unlike the earlier "YouVerse" ads that focused on one person, the new "Change is in the Air" campaign provides a montage of all the different ways people are using the i...

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10:51
Apple supporting Hour of Code project

Apple is supporting the Hour of Code project by offering lessons at its Apple Stores around the world.
The Hour of Code is a week-long event that runs in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week from Dec. 8-14. Go to http://code.org for more info.
Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Their vision "is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science."

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10:38
Review: SwitchEasy Rave for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus...

SwitchEasy's Rave for iPhone 6 ($25) and iPhone 6 Plus ($30) is a folio case with a cushioned back. Though there's no wallet functionality, Rave does have full button coverage and port protection, which makes it somewhat interesting. Wrap ($40) is another case that seems like a bit of a mishmash — it's a faux-leather folio that wraps around the iPhone 6 Plus. The case leaves the top of the phone exposed, and though Wrap lacks volume control coverage, it does cover the sleep/wake button, oddly. Both cases have kickstand functionality.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:30
Former Global Operations manager Paul Devine...

Former Apple Global Operations manager Paul Devine was sentenced last week to one year in prison following his guilty plea on charges of money laundering, conspiracy and wire fraud. He also must repay $4.5 million for crimes against his employer Appl...

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10:11
∞ Apple’s Best of 2014

Apple on Monday released its list of the best and most downloaded music, apps, TV shows, movies and books from its stores. There are certainly some great apps and music in this year’s, along with some surprises, like the top selling album being “Frozen.” [...]

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10:08
'Change' TV spot promotes wide variety of...

Apple has begun airing a new TV ad (below) for the iPad Air 2, dubbed "Change." The spot showcases numerous different uses for the tablet, some relatively conventional but others more creative or exotic. Accompanying the ad is a new microsite featuring the song in the ad -- "Who Needs You" by The Orwells -- along with the apps depicted in each shot....

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10:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Apple files motion ...

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09:45
English politician caught playing Candy Crush for...

Candy Crush Saga is addictive, so addictive in fact that it can keep lawmakers from doing the job taxpayers pay them to do. According to The Sun, MP Nigel Mills was rocking a long Candy Crush play session during a meeting regarding pensions and insur...

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09:42
Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine...


The lesson learned is not to mess with Apple’s legal department and don’t sell inside information about upcoming Apple products.
Per MacRumors and the Associated Press, former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine will face a year in prison and a hefty US$4.5 million fine for leaking secrets of the company to various accessory manufacturers in exchange for kickbacks.
The sentencing comes over three years after Devine pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy in relation to the leaking of Apple secrets. At the time, Devine faced a possible twenty-year sentencing over the fraud and money laundering counts.

Devine was Apple’...

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09:42
DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of BeLight Software’s...

If you want to create a holiday card, flyer, or brochure, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Printworks print design software. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:37
MasterCard debuts new ad spot starring Apple Pay and...

MasterCard is out with its latest “Priceless Surprises” ad featuring Apple Pay with the help of artist Gwen Stefani. Like its previous World Series promotions, which put Apple Pay front and center, the new 30-second spot shows cardholders using the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay to checkout for purchases and being rewarded with various offers like golf trips, handbags, and concert tickets. The chance to meet Stefani is also on offer with her latest single, “Spark The Fire”, set as the ad’s soundtrack.
From MasterCard’s announcement of the...

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09:30
Video: How to build a replica of the classic 1984...

We recently told you about YouTube user Isaac Ray and his wonderful Lego animation videos thanks to a tutorial he shot demonstrating how to make a Lego Apple iMac. Now Ray is back with another brand new Apple creation, a Lego replica of the original ...

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09:25
MasterCard Teams up with Gwen Stefani to Promote...

Grammy Award-winner Gwen Stefani is taking control of the Priceless Surprises launcher to help surprise cardholders every time they swipe, dip, tap or click with their MasterCard ... sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay.

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09:23
Tim Cook demoed Apple Watch for Chinese officials on...

Tim Cook shows China’s top internet regulator Lu Wei the Apple Watch
Apple CEO Tim Cook alongside Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and other tech executives recently met with China’s Cyberspace Administration ministerLu Wei while the government official was in the US, according to a report from China’s government-run china.com.cn (via Bloomberg).
The website published the photos above showing Cook and Zuckerberg with Chinese officials, but it didn’t disclose any details regarding the reason behind the meetings. In one photo, however, Cook appears to be show Chinese officials the Apple Watch, while the translated report from...

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08:34
Apple joins Code.org's education push with a...

Apple is joining in on Computer Science Education Week with coding workshops and special events in its retail stores.On December 11, U.S. Apple Stores will hold an “Hour of Code” workshop, aimed at teaching children the basics of computer programming. Availability is limited, however, and participants will need to sign up through Apple's website. (Additional events are happening at schools and other institutions around the country, and online tutorials are available as well.)Apple is also holding special events at several of its larger Apple Stores around the world. Visitors to the Apple Store in New York's SoHo district, for instance, can listen to Hopscotch CEO Jocelyn Leavitt on December 10, and TouchPress co-founder Theodore Gray is scheduled to speak at Apple's Chicago store on December 8. For those who can't make it, Apple has curated a...

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08:42
Threes!, Elevate, and Taylor Swift dominate iTunes...

Apple’s annual Best of iTunes list is the least controversial year-end retrospective, but that’s OK: This year’s winning apps, songs, TV shows, and movies are sure to please every friend and relative who finds an iTunes gift card from you in their stocking or mail box for the holidays.Not surprisingly, Apple named blockbuster hit Threes! the top game of the year. Macworld staffers were just as obsessed with Threes! as Apple—we even compiled some tips to help you conquer this puzzler. Leo’s Fortune was Apple’s runner-up in the category. Monument Valley, Hitman GO, XCOM: Enemy Within, Rules!, Farmville 2: Country Escape, Micromon, and Crazy Taxi City Rush also made the list of best games of the year....

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09:07
Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch to Chinese Internet...

China's minister of the Cyberspace Administration recently sat down with Tim Cook for a meeting that included discussion about the Apple Watch and Chinese security concerns, reports China.com.cn (via Bloomberg Businessweek). Lu's visit to the U.S. also included meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cook was photographed showing off his wrist watch to Internet Information Officer Lu Wei, who is holding the device in his hand. Though the device is not identified in the source photo, it certainly appears to be the Apple Watch with white Sport Band frequently worn by Cook, and a translation of...

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09:01
Dimebag Darrell and Eddie Van Halen

Darrell asked Eddie to make him a replica of his famous black and yellow striped guitar a few months before he died.When Van Halen arrived at the viewing, he had the guitar, but it wasn’t what Rita expected. He brought his original 1979 Bumblebee Charvel Hybrid VH2 to be placed inside Dimebag’s casket and buried along with him.Much respect to Dime and Eddie.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Office Lens gets you networking—scan business cards...

Today’s post was written by Greg Akselrod program manager on the OneNote team.
Did you know that in the U.S. alone, over 10 billion business cards are printed each year and 88 percent of business cards exchanged are thrown out within a week? Here on the OneNote team, we’re always looking for ways to help you be more efficient, and today we’re launching a new feature to help you digitize all those business cards.
Scan business cards with Office Lens
You’ve already been able to scan documents and whiteboards with Office Lens, and now you can scan business cards in its new Business Card mode! Using technology from Microsoft Research, when you take a picture of a business card with Office Lens for Windows Phone and save it to OneNote, it will automatically recognize the card’s contact information and format it nicely into your OneNote...

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09:00
Strengthening our multi-state competitive advantage...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Steven White, chief information officer for Brock & Scott
When I joined Brock & Scott a year ago, the firm had come through a sustained growth phase, expanding from its two founders in 1998 to more than 935 employees in 17 locations across seven states in the southeastern United States. We developed a reputation for our work for some of the United States’ largest banks. There are few firms that have our multistate footprint and the ability to serve our clients across a large geographic region is one of our competitive advantages.
However, to improve that competitive advantage, we needed to maintain the same high level of expertise and service across all our offices. So one of my early priorities as CIO was to help Brock & Scott implement a common set of business productivity tools that would foster a...

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09:00
Cook meets with chairman of China's State...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Lu Wei -- the chairman of China's State Internet Information Office -- during the latter's recent trip to the US, reports say. Lu is also said to have met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. It's unclear what Lu discussed with the executives....

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09:00
Last Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Habits Pro - Organizer ...

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08:58
Andy Ihnatko: I laugh at your piddling “5K” display

Andy Ihnatko had the chance to visit the war room at NASA Goddard’s space weather lab. Take a look at this picture he snapped of what he calls “the single greatest browser tab ever rendered”. Then read on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:55
External Link: Apple Hobbles Transmit iOS

Apple’s inscrutable policies have hobbled yet another great iOS app. Transmit iOS 1.1.1 can no longer send documents to other services due to Apple demanding that developer Panic remove the option to send a file to iCloud Drive. The problem is that iCloud Drive is built into the sharing sheet — with no way to remove just that option — so Panic had to disable the Send feature entirely. Apple told Panic that only content created inside an app can be uploaded to iCloud Drive, though no specific rule states that. 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...

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08:50
MasterCard Teams Up With Gwen Stefani to Promote...

In the latest phase of its Priceless Surprises promotion that rewards cardholders for simply using their credit and debit cards, MasterCard is partnering with Gwen Stefani to offer private performances, unique experiences, and other surprises for customers. The campaign comes with a new ad featuring Apple Pay and Stefani's new single, "Spark the Fire." To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a “Surprise launcher,” sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani’s new song, Spark The Fire. Surprises include everything from handbags and golf experiences to concert tickets, and even a chance to hang out with Gwen Stefani herself. The spot, directed by Sophie Muller of Wondros, exemplifies...

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08:45
You won't believe the fast fingers of this iPad...

Faced with limitations due to his living arrangements, drummer and YouTube user Appleman has made the best of his situation, opting to use GarageBand and other apps on an iPad and iPhone 6 Plus to lay down some spectacular tracks. Especially impressi...

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08:30
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Acme Made Charge Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a Kicks...

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08:15
In China, faux homeless iPhone owners busted for...

Here's a tip for the would-be panhandler: don't flash your new iPhone in public if you're looking for contributions. According to a report by China's Xinhua news agency, a foursome of supposed vagrants was busted by local police in the Chongqing Muni...

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08:13
iPhone Apps: Monument Valley, Knock, Transmit iOS
08:00
In video taped deposition, Steve Jobs talks DRM and...

Six months before he passed away, Steve Jobs sat down for a videotaped deposition to answer questions connected to Apple's ongoing iPod antitrust class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Apple improperly enacted measures to render songs downloa...

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08:00
Apple's new "spaceship" campus to...

As construction on Apple's brand new "spaceship" campus continues, we've gotten random updates here and there. Now, thanks to BuildZoom, additional tidbits about the building's interior have emerged.

According to two building permits granted to Appl...

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07:59
iTunes Store Best of 2014: Pixelmator, Monument...

Apple's 2014 Best Of list for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore is out, and this year the best-of-the-best includes Pixelmator and Monument Valley for the iPad, and the blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The best artist of the year was BeyoncÃ, and the best TV show was Fargo.

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07:57
Former Apple exec sentenced to 1 year in prison for...

Former Apple supply manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to a year in prison -- and repaying $4.5 million -- for accepting kickbacks, says the Associated Press. Devine actually pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering in 2011, but wasn't handed a sentence by a San Jose federal court until last week. No explanation for the delay has been given....

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07:53
Twitter to beef up reporting, blocking features


You’re about to get more controls for your Twitter account.
Last Tuesday, Twitter issued a blog post stating that the company would be enhancing its in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block.”
Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response...

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07:49
Apple manager gets year in jail, $4.5m fine for...

Onetime Apple supply manager Paul Shin Devine will spend a year in prison and repay $4.5 million for selling Apple's secrets to suppliers, the AP reports. Devine, who worked at Apple from 2005 until his arrest in August of 2010, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering—and could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.
Working with Singapore resident Andrew Ang, Devine was accused of selling confidential information to companies that hoped to become Apple suppliers, and to suppliers trying to negotiate better deals with the company. Winning an Apple contract can be a make-or-break moment for a supplier, as we saw in the recent dust-up between...

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07:31
FCC releases report on millions of smartphone thefts...


In a quick note on Twitter, the FCC reported that 59 percent of robberies in San Francisco involved theft of a smartphone. The report also stated that in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had smartphones stolen, up 93 percent from 1.6M in 2012.
In addition, only 22 percent of smartphone users installed software that can locate their phone, while 46 percent of robberies in New York in 2013 involved smartphones.

It’s a fairly lengthy report, but it might be good to read.
Beyond that, just be careful out there with your iOS or Android device, be sure to back it up either to the cloud or your Mac or PC, install tracking software on it and make sure its familiar weight is on you before you walk into a new place.

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07:30
Judge rules that banks can sue Target over credit...

A judge last week ruled that banks will be allowed to sue Target for negligence stemming from the retailer's gargantuan credit card breach from December of 2013. Nearly a year ago, Target disclosed that hackers, over a two and a half week period, mad...

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07:08
China's cyberspace minister meets Apple CEO Tim...

With Silicon Valley still at odds with the Chinese government, executives from Apple, Facebook, and Amazon played host to Lu Wei, the chairman of China's State Internet Information Office, during the Asian politician's recent trip to the U.S.

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07:04
An iPod Moment Is About to Make Your PC Obsolete


I was at Dell's thin client briefing earlier this week at its new facility in California's Silicon Valley, and it clearly is feeling very confident, in light of HP's plan to split its company. There really have been only two major players in the thin client space for a few years, and they are HP and Dell, but since thin clients require both a specialized client focus and unique servers, splitting HP along those lines would seem to make its offering obsolete. The idea of a computing appliance has been attractive for a long time.

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07:00
Enable AutoAdminLogon For Windows Deployments

There are 3 registry keys that admins in the Windows world use to enable automatic logins, often required for deployments that require a logged in user to setup user environments, such as configuring app deployments as part of a mass deployment.
The required keys in the registry are:
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon’ -Name DefaultUserName -Value “Krypted\Administrator”
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon’ -Name DefaultPassword -Value pass
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon’ -Name AutoAdminLogon -Value 1
Once set as above the administrator on the domain krypted will automatically authenticate with a password of pass. To put this into a powershell script:
PS C:\> New-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon’ -Name AutoAdminLogon -Value 1
PS C:\> New-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: A tale of three rumor blogs

Occasionally it's instructive to take a look at how various rumor blogs react to the same rumor... such as the recent rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone model in 2015.

Unlikely supply-chain rumor suggests a new 4-inch iPhone model next year (9to5 Mac)

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06:59
iTunes Best of 2014 list mixes mainstream, lesser-...

Apple has introduced its annual Best of 2014 list at the iTunes Store, promoting content in different media categories. The top iPad app, for instance, is Pixelmator, the image editing app Apple also highlighted during its recent press event for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The top iPad game is Monument Valley, an Apple Design Award winner from WWDC....

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06:55
Daily Deal: Save over 50% on the 10ft MFi-Certified...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a ten-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your 10-foot Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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06:54
Former Apple exec sentenced for conspiracy

A former Apple exec who sold some of the company's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay US$4.5 million for his crimes, reports the AP (http://tinyurl.com/m8y4x4v).
Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office announced Devine's penalty Friday, but declined to explain the reason for the lengthy delay in his sentencing. Devine faced up to 20 years in prison.

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06:51
Yahoo will unveil a suite of dev tools for mobile...

Yahoo announced today that it will be hosting its first ever developer conference, The Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference, early next year in February. Yahoo confirmed it plans to use the event to unveil a new suite of developer tools for mobile apps that will “help developers better understand their users and improve, grow and monetize their apps.”
Today, Americans spend more time on their smartphones than watching TV – making the mobile experience, and the job of mobile developers, more important than ever. Join us as we announce a suite of tools that will help mobile developers better understand their users and improve, grow and monetize their apps… Breakout sessions will help developers solve some of the biggest issues they’re facing in today’s crowded app market.
Yahoo didn’t give many clues regarding what exactly those tools will include, but it did say ...

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06:46
News: Former Apple exec receives one-year prison...

Former Apple global supply manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to one year in prison for selling confidential information to Asian suppliers that they were able to use to negotiate more favorable deals with the company, the Associated Press reports. Devine pled guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering three years ago, agreeing at the time to give up around $2.28 million in money and property. While the charges carried a potential…

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06:27
Apple Continues Beefing Up Digital Audio Expertise...

Apple is continuing to expand its digital audio expertise with the recent addition of digital signal processing (DSP) expert Dana Massie to its team as an SoC Audio Architect. Massie has over 30 years of extensive experience working with DSP hardware and software architecture with high-profile companies such as Audience and Waves, as well as prior brief stints at Apple and NeXT. While at Audience for the past nine years, Massie was the Director of DSP chip architecture, focused on developing "the most advanced audio processing algorithms available for speech enhancement." Massie also formerly worked at Apple starting in 2002 as the manager of audio hardware. In his year-long stint, Massie was responsible for the audio input/output system on Apple desktops and notebooks. Apple and Audience have a history of working together, with Apple licensing Audience's voice processing technology to use in its iPhone 4 and 4s...

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06:23
Austin Mann’s gift guide for iPhone photographers

An excellent, curated list of gifts for the iPhone photographer, put together by one of the best.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:19
Tower 2.1.3 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git. Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily. Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history. Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • many powerful drag-and-...

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06:16
∞ The coming fragmentation of web video

On the emerging disruption of YouTube’s dominant hold on video content. What’s coming next?

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06:15
News: Apple announces iTunes Best of 2014

Apple has announced its Best of 2014 picks on iTunes, a list that chooses the best content selected by Apple’s iTunes Editorial team in each of the various sections of the App Store. Apple’s 2014 App of the Year was Elevate - Brain Training (free) by Elevate, with Instagram’s Hyperlapse (free) coming in as runner-up. Other notable runners up for Apps include Yahoo News Digest (free), SwiftKey Keyboard (free), 1Password (free), and…

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06:10
Paul Shin Devine gets a Year in Jail, $4.5M Fine for...

Paul Shin Devine, the former mid-level Apple manager who took over a million dollars in kickbacks for leaking confidential company plans to Asian parts suppliers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and must repay $4.5 million. He was arrested in 2010 and ultimately plead guilty to federal conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud charges.

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06:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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05:57
Ex-Apple supply chain manager fined, sentenced to 1...

Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine --?who ran afoul of the law in 2010 for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers --?has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $4.5 million for his role in the conspiracy.

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