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Thursday December 4

06:33
Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec...


Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.
Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.
“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the...

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06:28
British government proposes 25% Google tax

New York Times:As some in Europe call for multinational companies to pay more taxes, Britain on Wednesday proposed a new 25 percent tax on the local profits of international companies, including tech giants like Google that use complicated structures to reduce their tax burden.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:27
iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Says Apple Deleted Rival’s...

The class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations for locking the iPod to the iTunes Store is claiming the company intentionally deleted competitor's music from the media player and didn't tell users. Apple's response: it was a necessary security measure.

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06:23
Belkin releases new iPad keyboards

Belkin has released new keyboards for the iPad Air 2: the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard (pictured) and the QODE Ultimate Keyboard ($129.99). Both are designed specifically for the iPad Air 2 and are available exclusively at AT&T and Belkin.com.
Designed for users who want both a protective case and a keyboard, but not always at the same time, the US$149.99 QODE Ultimate Pro features a detachable back case that makes it simple to remove from the keyboard, says Ana Hory, the director of product management for Belkin’s QODE keyboard business.
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06:16
Are you a robot? The next generation of CAPCHA

Google is building what it hopes is a much less annoying replacement for CAPCHA, the mechanism that tests to see whether you are a bot or a human.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
Apple exploring VR gaming, user interfaces via...


It’s the job postings that show where Apple’s going next.
Per 9to5Mac, following a series of job listings that indicated that Apple was looking to hire app engineers to build virtual reality experiences and “cinematic user interfaces” for future Apple products, some new details have surfaced. Apple has several new job listings on its website that give us more details about what it plans for virtual reality including a big focus on gaming. One job listing, for instance, is looking for a Game Engineer with experience in virtual reality and the latest game engines to “develop software combining state-of-the-art physics-based world simulation, visuals and Virtual Reality to enable Apple’s development of...

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06:09
Spotify offers three months of Premium for just $0....

Spotify Premium gives you no ads, offline listening, on-demand listening even on mobile and better sound quality, and normally costs $9.99. So to get three months for just $0.99 sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true.
Unfortunately, it pretty much is. While the deal is there for new users, anyone who has ever subscribed to Premium or Unlimited isn’t eligible, and nor is anyone who has ever taken a one-month free trial of Premium. So, er, just about anyone who likes Spotify, then.
Still, if you do have friends who’ve never taken...

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06:00
Bringing more search and more intelligence to Sway

From the beginning, Sway has aimed to help people easily create and share fantastic content that looks great on any device. Today, we’re thrilled to start bringing the intelligence of Bing Image Search into Sway Preview. These features allow you to search for content, review any applicable license terms, as well as expand Sway’s intelligent assistance to help you with content searches. It’s now easier than ever for you to use Sway to express your ideas using a variety of multimedia.
More search
Currently in Sway Preview it is easy to collect your content from a variety of cloud-connected sources already built right into Sway. Simply navigate to a source, tap or click your content, and then drag and drop it into your Sway. It’s what being part of the ‘cloud’ really means. We’ve already seen a great response to the built-in sources we started with, which include OneDrive, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and your device’s local storage.
We also...

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06:00
Starbucks beta trials new order-ahead feature in...

Starbucks is shaking up the retail world with a new order-ahead feature that allows customers to order their favorite latte using their iPhone before they arrive at their local Starbucks. According to Wired, the new ordering tab will be available to ...

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05:55
Apple's Future Mass Transit Commute App comes...

Apple was busy in the summer of 2013 acquiring several mass transit app companies such as HopStop, Locationary and most notably Embark that had a great app for customizing trips in your city or in a new city you're visiting. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their future mass transit "Commute App" that's in the works.

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05:54
Apple accused of deleting rivals’ songs from users’...

The iTunes antitrust trial started on Tuesday and the mud is definitely slinging.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:38
Cinematica for Mac OS X revved to version 2.3

Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.3, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file.
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05:30
Bond. James Bond.

Bond is back. More importantly, Daniel Craig is back. The new Bond movie has been announced, and I am excited!∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Some users of Mumu Chat Room want more than just...

Mumu Chat Room brings a familiar concept from the '90s and early '00s to your modern-day iPhone and iPad. That concept is chat rooms - being able to join an online room full of strangers and chat away, typically about a specific topic designated to t...

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05:00
Iran Raises Its Cyberfist to the World


Iran, which for decades has locked horns with the U.S., is emerging as a cyberwarfare power that's threatening the world, Cylance warned in its Operation Cleaver report, released Tuesday. Cylance has been tracking one team of roughly 20 hackers called "Tarh Andishan," which means "thinkers" or "innovators" in Farsi. The group is suspected to be Iranian. The team "displays an evolved skillset and uses a complex infrastructure to perform attacks of espionage, theft, and the potential destruction of control systems and networks," Cylance claimed.

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04:58
Take another nostalgic trip back to the 90s as Tomb...

If you ever get a hankering for a wander down gaming memory lane, the classic 90s game Tomb Raider II is back – as an iPhone game. The original Tomb Raider was also released as an iPhone game last year.
Square Enix says that the game is optimized for iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus.

The multi award winning classic action adventure game from the glorious days of the 90s is back again in Tomb Raider II for iOS users this year!
The unstoppable Lara Croft is back in Tomb Raider II. Join Lara in her quest for the Dagger of Xian, reputed to possess the power of the dragon. But beware, Lara is not the only one in search of the dagger! Warrior Monks and crazed cult members plot against you as you travel from the remote mountain peaks of Tibet, the canals of Venice and to the bottom of the sea.

Tomb Raider II is available on iTunes for $1.99,...

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04:55
Testimony: Apple's security patches 'blew...

Day two of the Real versus Apple trial over Apple's FairPlay DRM and anti-trust actions potentially taken by the Cupertino manufactured ended somewhat yesterday, after hyperbole from both legal teams. Real's attorney Patrick Coughlin claimed that Apple gave users the "worst possible experience" and would "blow up" music stored in unauthorized stores when iTunes users to restore to factory settings when it detected content from the Real Music store. Apple defended itself, saying that the obtuse warning that iTunes gave when detecting hacked files didn't need to be more specific, and it was only......

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04:50
SuperSync for Mac OS X gets improved network security

SuperSync (http://www.supersync.com/) -- Mac OS X compatible software that acts as a music collection’s central hub, retrieving, organizing, and syncing all music and movie files across machines and disk drives in order to create one consistent, complete music library -- has been updated to version 6.1.
The upgrade adds improved network security and Mac OS X support. Users can now visually compare, access, sync, and merge iTunes libraries including music, audio files, video files, podcasts, and playlists across multiple Macintosh, Windows, NAS, iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices.
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04:22
Apple mass transit system for Maps detailed in new...

A pair of patent filings uncovered on Thursday reveal what could be Apple's answer to mass transit mapping, a highly requested feature since Google Maps was replaced in iOS by the first-party Apple Maps in 2012.

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04:20
Apple invents a Laser Beam Mapping System for...

On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a unique laser beam mapping invention. A future mapping application for an iDevice like an iPhone will use a laser sensor and laser beam to gather measurements of a room that includes shapes, distances, attributes of environmental objects and volume...

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04:11
LTE handset shipments expected to soar to nearly 680...

ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) estimates that 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014. Furthermore, ABI Research estimates that the total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by end 2019, demonstrating the need for infrastructure and spectrum to support the stellar growth in the industry.
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04:11
LTE handset shipments expected to soar to nearly 680...

ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) estimates that 676 million 4G LTE handsets will be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014. Furthermore, ABI Research estimates that the total number of LTE connected devices shipped worldwide will exceed 1.89 billion units by end 2019, demonstrating the need for infrastructure and spectrum to support the stellar growth in the industry.
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04:08
Broadband modem market sees another decline

Mobile broadband modems and hotspot router shipments fell 17% year-over-year in 2013 to nearly 87 million units and Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) expects the modem market to decline yet further by another 24% by year-end 2014, while the market’s value has halved since 2010.
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04:08
Broadband modem market sees another decline

Mobile broadband modems and hotspot router shipments fell 17% year-over-year in 2013 to nearly 87 million units and Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) expects the modem market to decline yet further by another 24% by year-end 2014, while the market’s value has halved since 2010.
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04:08
Verizon testing reuse of 3G network frequencies for...

Verizon has started the process of expanding the bandwidth of its LTE networks, at the expense of 3G, according to a report. The carrier is apparently testing out spectrum in the 1980-1990MHz range typically used by its CDMA and 3G EV-DO networks for LTE purposes, with parts of Cleveland and Manhattan allegedly being the main locations for Verizon's 4G experimentation....

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04:00
Are the recent free Star Wars games worth your time...

Until recently, the top Star Wars game available on the App Store was the cute and undeniably charming Tiny Death Star, an official spinoff of the immensely popular Tiny Tower that made a building management simulation feel light and breezy. But Disney suddenly pulled the game in October, leaving a potential void for Star Wars fans seeking a worthwhile free-to-play iPhone or iPad experience.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:01
Samsung appeal against Apple’s $930M award for...

The latest court battle between Apple and Samsung begins today, with Samsung appealing against the $930M it was ordered to pay Apple for patent infringement in the first trial between the two companies. Samsung is arguing that the amount awarded was “excessive and unwarranted.”
It’s of course not the first time that the sum awarded has been disputed. Apple was initially awarded $1B in damages, with $450M of that later cut and a retrial required to determine a revised sum. The retrial awarded Apple $290M instead for that element of the case, giving Apple a revised total award of $930M … ...

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03:48
Taco HTML Edit 3.0.9 - Full-featured HTML and PHP...

Taco HTML Edit is a full-featured HTML editor and PHP editor. As an HTML editor, Taco HTML Edit empowers its users to rapidly create their own Web sites. It is designed exclusively for OS X and has many advanced features, including spell checking, live browser previewing, PHP previewing, syntax checking, and much more. For OS X 10.7 or later, Taco HTML Edit supports Autosave, Versions, Resume, and Full Screen. Taco HTML Edit includes a free 30-day trial. The Component Library, featured in Taco HTML Edit, allows you to select one of 24 components, customize it, and insert it into an HTML document. From Slideshows to Pie Charts, from Accordion Controls to Scrollable Tables, the Component Library has the widgets that Web designers have often wanted to add to Web pages, but until now have been very encumbering. The Component Library revolutionizes how Web designers create Web pages.Version 3.0.9:

  • Fixes a freeze on OS X 10.10 Yosemite that...

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02:26
Apple Files their Tenth Smart Pen Patent of the Year

On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new stylus invention relating to an advanced signal detection and demodulation architecture. For a company that supposedly has no interest in a stylus it's amazing that this year alone they've applied for ten new patents covering this type of device. It's evident that Apple has plans of introducing a next-gen smart pen at some point in the future. It's just a matter of time.

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Wednesday December 3

23:27
pointeur laser

Forums: NetworkingTags: laser pointeurover-the-counter pointeurs laser sont que la pointe de la lance photonique. Pour 400 $ et d'une connexion Internet, vous pourriez être l'heureux propriétaire d'un milliwatt 1250, classe 4 Arctic Laser »assez fort pour percer des trous, des ballons de la pop, et déclencher des incendies à travers la pièce.» (FYI: Ces lasers ne doivent pas être exploités sans lunettes de sécurité et un respect salutaire pour brûlures de la rétine. aussi, méfiez-vous de la scène rave Moscou.) puissantlaser.com

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21:48
Anti-discrimination bill in Alabama named after...

An effort by the only openly-gay legislator in Alabama to make progress on an anti-discrimination bill got a boost on Wednesday -- after some initial confusion -- when Apple endorsed the effort by Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) to name the bill after CEO Tim Cook, who has championed equality and civil rights issues and recently identified himself as gay. Cook is said to be "honored" by the naming, which might allow the bill to progress after years of being stalled on the state house floor....

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21:35
Hands On: Quick Backup Contacts

It's not uncommon for users to have multiple devices in their household. Many people have a smartphone, tablet, and at least one computer. Keeping track of contacts can be a hassle if a user frequently changes devices, or adds contacts on one device and not another. Even with the help of iCloud, contacts are too important not to have a separate backup, particularly if users need to move contacts between platforms. With Quick Backup Contacts, users can create those backup files easily....

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21:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook to be namesake of Alabama anti-...

Following initial hesitation on the part of Apple, an Alabama state representative is moving forward with plans to name a proposed anti-discrimination bill after CEO Tim Cook after receiving full support from the company this week.

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20:59
Arq 4.7.5 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes. Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget. Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives. Arq compresses and...

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20:55
Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute With the New...

Third-party keyboards like Swype and Fleksy promise to make typing on iPhones and iPads faster with features like predictive text and swiping, but new third-party keyboard NinType goes even further, combining taps, swipes, and shortcuts to allow users to type more than 100 words per minute. Created by app developer Yose Widjaja, NinType's magic comes from its ability to support two-handed swipe-based gestures for spelling out words. Using two thumbs, it's possible to use a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly. The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference. NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that's designed to walk users through all...

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20:35
f.lux 34.3 - Adjusts the color of your display based...

f.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good - they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or 3 a.m., you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better. Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.Version 34.3:

  • Fixes a tiny (but annoying) bug that would occasionally disable f.lux briefly at midnight if you had "sleep in on weekends" turned on.
  • OS X 10.6 or later...

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20:25
Alabama state representative to name anti-...

Alabama state representative Patricia Todd announced today that her upcoming anti-discrimination bill will be named after Tim Cook. Todd plans to introduce the bill, which would prevent the government from discriminating in its hiring practices based on points such as sexual orientation, in March.
Initially Todd received pushback from Apple on the naming of the bill, with Apple saying that Cook would probably not want his named attached to a sensitive piece of legislation. After a few days, however, the company informed her that “Tim was honored to hear that State Rep. Todd wanted to name an antidiscrimination bill after him.”

Todd has said she hopes Cook will eventually be able to come speak to the...

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20:23
iTunes Connect shutting down for holidays between...

Apple has sent an email to registered developers on Wednesday to inform them that iTunes Connect will be shutting down for the holidays from December 22 to December 29. During this time, developers will be unable to submit new apps, app updates or in-app purchases to appear on the App Store. Access to iTunes Connect, Application Loader, iTunes Connect for iOS and making changes to TestFlight Beta Testing will also be unavailable as a whole.
It has become a routine occurrence for iTunes Connect to shut down during the holidays, presumably giving some Apple employees a much deserved break during the festive season. Most developers are well aware of the holiday break by now, so it is likely that we’ll see a barrage of new apps and holiday sales on the App Store in the days leading up to December 22.
Apple assures developers...

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20:14
AT&T given permission to 'intervene'...

Chanute, a small Kansas town with a population near 9,000, is seeking to expand its current municipal fiber in order offer broadband services to its residents. To do so, the town must abide by a law from 1947 to seek permission from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to sell bonds for the funds to build out the infrastructure. However, AT&T holds concerns over the potential effects the municipal service will have on the area, large enough that the company asked for permission to intervene into the proceedings.......

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19:26
Alabama anti-discrimination bill to be named after...

Reuters:An anti-discrimination bill championed by Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker will bear the name of Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook, a native of the state who came out as gay in October. Democratic state Representative Patricia Todd said on Wednesday the technology giant was initially hesitant about having Cook’s name on her bill but later embraced the idea.Very happy to see Apple changed their mind regarding this. The bill won’t pass though.∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:10
Apple already has 41 percent of phablet market with...

In less than eight weeks, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has already grabbed a 41 percent share of all US "phablet" (5.5 inches or larger in display size) sales, and is continuing to struggle to meet demand. A new study published by Kantar World Panel reveals that, despite much more publicity, phablets continue to make up only a small minority of smartphone sales -- but the category is growing fast. The finding is another blow for the struggling Samsung, whose Galaxy Note phablets now account for only five percent of such sales in the US, and only eight percent of phablets in China....

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18:54
SoHo Apple Store to host Fall Out Boy’s Patrick...

Apple has announced through its official @AppStore Twitter account that Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump will be performing at the SoHo Apple Store tomorrow. As part of the company’s Apps for (Red) campaign, Stump will also talk about how he incorporates GarageBand into his creative process. The event begins at 8 PM.
Last month Apple kicked off a campaign that brought many of the most popular iOS apps together with the (PRODUCT)RED organization to raise money for the fight against AIDS. The company...

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18:34
Apple to hold in-store Apps for (RED) event with...

Apple on Wednesday announced a special live music event featuring Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, who will be performing and talking about Apple's GarageBand app as part of the company's Apps for (RED) AIDS initiative.

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18:14
Opponents of Comcast, Time Warner Cable merger form...

A new opposition group emerged today to declare war on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, stressing the negative effects such a deal would present to cable and Internet markets, competition and consumers. The Stop Mega Comcast Coalition proposes in a manifesto that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reject the merger....

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

MAPS.ME – Offline Map w...

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17:44
Apple admits it deleted songs purchased through...

Today’s continuing testimony in the iTunes antitrust lawsuit has revealed that the company deleted music that had been purchased through competing stores like Real Player from iPods. Users weren’t notified that any music would be deleted by updating their music players.

The deletions occurred between 2007 and 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. Whenever a user tried to sync an iPod with iTunes, it would check for music from other sources. If any was detected, iTunes would error out until users restored their iPods to factory...

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17:14
Apple accused of deleting songs from iPods without...

During in-court proceedings of Apple's iPod/iTunes antitrust lawsuit on Wednesday, plaintiffs' lawyers claimed Apple surreptitiously deleted songs not purchased through the iTunes Music Store from users' iPods.

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17:00
Jimmy Iovine named one of GQ's Men of the Year...

Jimmy Iovine joined Apple during the $3 billion acquisition of Beats earlier this year, the largest purchase in Apple's history. Needless to say, it's been a good year for Iovine. Now the mogul has been named one of GQ's Men of the Year and in his in...

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17:00
Pearl Mirror Compact and USB Charger

Sanho is a company that made a splash in the Apple world a few years ago when they started selling HyperJuice portable power banks for Mac laptops. The company's latest endeavor has quite a story behind it: The Pearl Compact Mirror & Battery. It's what it sounds like, a battery charger and makeup compact mirror in one. This device is currently on Indiegogo because a spurious DMCA claim was sent to Kickstarter, who pulled the project down without any investigation or communication with the people behind the campaign. Soon after that suspension, the person who filed the DMCA takedown offered to remove it for a 50% share of the project. After no reply from Kickstarter, the project moved to Indiegogo where it has not only met its goal, but because it did so rapidly, the initial funding has been released which means there's a guarantee to get one before Christmas. As a woman who carries a mirror and a battery pack individually, I really love the idea of two in one so I can carry one...

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16:54
Banks, Credit Unions continue adding support for...

Apple Pay, the iPhone maker's new system for mobile payments secured by Touch ID technology, has gained more acceptance as banks and credit unions continue to add support for it. Specifically, two new credit unions -- L&N Federal Credit Union and UW Credit Union -- are now allowing their cards to be used with Apple Pay, and M&T Bank has authorized its small business debit cards to be compatible with the system. A host of other institutions have already announced they will be supporting Apple Pay soon....

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16:40
Apple Secretly Deleted iPod Owners' Songs...

Between 2007 and 2009, Apple stealthily deleted content that iPod owners had downloaded from rival music services, reports The Wall Street Journal. The information came to light during an ongoing class action iPod lawsuit that Apple is fighting in court this week, where the Cupertino company is accused of having violated antitrust law by locking its original iPods to the iTunes ecosystem. According to plaintiff attorney Patrick Coughlin, a user who downloaded music from a competing music service to iTunes and then tried to sync the content to an iPod would receive a nondescript error message. The vague message would advise the iPod owner to restore the device to its factory settings, deleting the music that had been downloaded from a rival service and preventing it from being played....

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16:38
Google Works on Making CAPTCHA Less Painful for...

Google is a major force in the world of CAPTCHA, providing a CAPTCHA API used in websites all over, including online commerce sites, feedback forms, Bitcoin faucets (oy ve, but these have made me a CAPTCHA expert), and others. The company announced a new API Wednesday called "CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" that is intended to make the process of proving you're human less painful. (Check out the video below the fold.)

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16:36
Starbucks for iOS adds in-app ordering for Portland...


The official Starbucks app for iOS has gotten an over-the-air update that enabled the ability to place an order right from the app, but only for users in Portland, Oregon. Users will now be able to create an order and pay for it directly from their phones, and find their coffee waiting for them at the counter when they arrive.

To start using the new ordering feature, just open up the app and look for the new “Order” tab on the main...

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16:30
BOLLS: Roll with this simple obstacle challenge

Players navigate a ball through an ever-changing course of obstacles based on their environment such as wood or glass in BOLLS. The longer players can keep the ball from hitting an obstacle, the harder the game gets which in turn means a higher score...

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16:25
JMP raises Apple price target to $150 on '...

Analyst Alex Gauna of JMP Securities has raised his price target for Apple from $135 to $150, predicting an "explosive" quarter for the company based on "exceptionally strong" demand seen in both China and the United States.

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16:19
Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Retina iMac ship times...

It appears Apple's supply chain is making significant progress in catching up with demand, as all non-128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models now show ship-by times of three to five days, while 5K Retina iMacs are listed as ready to ship in one to two weeks.

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16:10
ACM 283: Apple’s Ebook Conspiracy Appeal and a Plea...

Apple is headed back to court to appeal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it orchestrated a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of books, and Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on what Apple did, Judge Cote's ruling, and the book industry. They also have something to say about music file formats and the lack of Apple Lossless as an iTunes Store option.

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16:00
Lightweight Loplin Hood designed to shade your...

Whether you're tired of having those other people in the Starbucks sneaking a peek at your MacBook screen or just don't like the glare and reflections that you get sometimes, a team from Germany has a possible solution for you on Kickstarter. Called ...

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15:35
Apple Pay adds issuers L&N Federal Credit Union...

In the weeks following Apple Pay's debut alongside iOS 8, more financial partners are signing on to the mobile and digital payments service, with Wednesday bringing L&N Federal Credit Union, UW Credit Union and M&T Bank into the fold.

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15:30
Tell everyone what you want for Christmas with...

Without wishlists, your holidays will be full of gifts that you don't like but are forced to say that you love so that you don't offend your loved ones. Instalist, free in the App Store, attempts to avoid holiday gift-giving debacles. You pick the it...

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15:28
Retina iMac and iPhone 6 shipping times improve...

Shipping times for the new 27″ iMac with 5K Retina Display have improved from 2-3 weeks yesterday to just 1-2 weeks today. It’s a small improvement, but it’s certainly better than nothing with the holidays right around the corner.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also saw a drop in shipping times. Many models saw improved shipping times at the end of last month, but now almost all color, size, model, and carrier combinations are available to ship in just 3-5 days. The only exceptions to this are the 128 GB versions, which are all limited to the 7-10 day range.
The iPhone 6 Plus has...

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15:21
Google creating new versions of products...

Starting next year Google is will be tinkering with new versions of some of its most popular products. While the search giant often experiments with its services and various consumer offerings, the upcoming venture is a little different. Instead of improving or completely changing existing products, the company is going to create specific versions for children ages 12 and younger....

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15:00
Klipsch Reference R6i headphones: A sound stocking...

Your holiday gift-giving might include an iPhone or iPod touch for your favorite person, but do you really want them to listen to music through the standard Apple earbuds? Klipsch has been making speakers since 1946 - when I was in college back in th...

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14:52
Apple updates OS X Safari for Mountain Lion,...

On Wednesday, Apple released minor updates to Safari for the current and two most recent OS X versions. Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.5) users will see an update to Safari v6.2.1, Mavericks (10.9.x) users will see Safari 7.1.1 available for update, and Yosemite users (10.10) will get Safari 8.0.1. The releases share a variety of bug and security fixes, and add the ability to import usernames and passwords from Firefox....

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14:52
The iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle: $34.99

If you're active, clumsy, or both, you may need serious protection for your iPhone 6-today's deal will help you with that. It's called the iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle, and it starts with the Slim Armor CS hard case (gunmetal color). This case for your iPhone 6 uses a cushion of air for extra shock absorption, and is designed to have a slim footprint. The bundle also has the GLAS.tR SLIM screen protector and the LCD Cleaner Set for keeping it clean. Retail on this package is $85, but you can get it through our deal for $34.99.

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14:44
Photographer Doug Menuez Narrates a Brief Video of...

A few weeks back photos from documentary photographer Doug Menuez were released and presented on several tech sites. Today the BBC released a short video ..

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14:41
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve to 3 to 5...

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have seen significant improvement, with many models in the online Apple Store now carrying a shipping estimate of 3 to 5 days in the United States. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in all colors and from all carriers in 16 and 64GB configurations now ship within 3 to 5 days, while the more constrained 128GB versions ship within 7 to 10 days. Though the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have been severely constrained since their September debut, Apple has been working hard to improve supplies. The company has reportedly delayed mass production on the iPad Pro to focus on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, a move that's bolstered available supply. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stock...

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14:41
Apple rolls out Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 with...

Apple on Wednesday pushed out a batch of updates for its flagship Safari Web browser with security patches, fixes for iCloud issues and improvements like the ability to import data from Firefox.

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14:25
How to Change the Font in Messages in Yosemite

If you’re unhappy with the thin Helvetica text in Messages in Yosemite, particularly for your white-on-blue bubbles, read on for the trick to bringing back at least some of the configurability that Messages previously enjoyed. 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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14:25
Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

snydeq writes Angry support queries citing problems with mystery iOS apps has led InfoWorld's Simon Phipps to discover the existence of several scamware apps in Apple's App Store. "If you're a scammer looking to make a fast buck, it appears that [Apple's App Store] process can be defeated," Phipps reports. "The questions originated from a support link for a $2.99 app in Apple's iTunes Store," which pointed angry customers to the Apache OpenOffice community, which doesn't even have an iOS app. The app in question, Quickoffice Pro, "simply displays a gray screen with the word Tap. When you tap the screen, the app exits." Further investigation has uncovered two other scam apps thus far. ...

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14:22
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 3

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
FAME has announced D-Cubes. It's a $1.99 puzzle game in which you must swap the colored cubes so that their sum equals the number of a silver cube and complete each face as fast as possible.
Residents of greater San Diego are invited to connect with their community through Rocket, a new social network for urban discovery from Team Rocket. With the free app, users can get photographic insights into what's happening in their city and where the best local hotspots are.
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14:18
Jimmy Iovine details Beats pitch to Apple, more in...

In a wide-ranging interview for GQ's "Men of the Year" segment for 2014, music mogul Jimmy Iovine recounts new behind-the-scenes details on Apple's buyout of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, a process he said took years.

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14:16
Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE...

Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of mobile-phone chips, earns more than 60 percent of its profits from businesses licensing its patented wireless technology, collecting $30.5 billion in licensing fees over the past five years. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a professional association that is the world's largest association of technical professionals, is holding a crucial vote this...

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14:15
Apple releases Safari updates for OS X Yosemite,...

Apple has released a small patch for the three most recent versions of Safari running on OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. The new versions are 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1, respectively.
The updated builds include fixes for features like WebGL graphics running on Macs with Retina displays, and problems with iCloud Keychain and syncing of browsing history. There is also a new option for importing saved usernames and passwords from the Firefox browser.
You can download the updates from the Software Update tab of the Mac App Store. There are no standalone installers, as Safari is now bundled with OS X.Filed under: Apps Tagged: Firefox, icloud, Safari, update...

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14:10
Apple Releases Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1

Apple today released Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks and a Safari 6.2.1 for older versions of OS X. The release comes nearly three weeks after the Safari betas were first seeded to developers. The new Safari builds can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite requires OS X 10.10 or 10.10.1, while Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks requires OS X 10.9.5 and Safari 6.2.1 for OS X Mountain Lion requires OS X 10.8.5. According to the release notes, Safari 8.0.1 fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices without iCloud Drive turned on, fixes an issue preventing saved passwords from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain, improves WebGL graphics performance on Retina displays, and allows users to import usernames and passwords from Firefox. Recent Mac and iOS Blog...

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14:00
iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 41% of Q4 U.S. "...

Apple has been struggling to keep up with demand for the iPhone 6 Plus ever since it was released on September 19. While that demand might be frustrating for users waiting to get their devices, it's proven to be very good news for Apple's sales. How ...

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13:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Fine design, fine...

Fine design, fine materialsThis week’s roundup brings you MacBook sleeves and carrying cases designed by Michael Kors and made from fine Italian leather. We’ve spared no expense to bring you the finest Mac accessories!AECraftThe $220 Flow Pockets / Natural is a MacBook sleeve made of South African Merlino wool and Norwegian vegetable-tanned leather—it features a main pocket for the computer, plus a couple of outside pockets for your iPhone, documents, and other necessaries.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:40
News: Iovine told Apple it had ‘a hole in music’...

Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine was recently profiled in GQ as one of the publication’s “Men of the Year,” where he provided some additional commentary on Apple’s acquisition of his company. Iovine explains that he approached Apple more than two years ago, telling them that he wanted to work for “Steve’s company” and nobody else, as he believed them to be a company capable of of understanding popular culture.…

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13:39
Beats' Iovine actively pursued takeover by Apple

Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine actively chased after this year's $3 billion acquisition by Apple, a new GQ interview reveals. Iovine explains that Apple was the only company he wanted to work for, and that his argument to Apple executives was that Beats would fill a critical gap. "I know you have a hole in music right now; let me plug it," he said. The pursuit is said to have taken about two years....

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13:36
PCI Geomatics releases Python Scripts for use in...

PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has released customized Python scripts to be used in conjunction with the company’s latest release of Geomatica.
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13:35
Cricket Communications pays government back $2.1M in...

AT&T's budget wireless brand Cricket Communications agreed to pay back more than $2.1 million in charges stemming from government-related wiretaps and pen registers. In a statement from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California it was said the company is settling in order to bring an end to the allegations that it overcharged the government for services and facilities tied to electronic surveillance for three years....

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13:30
Lose fewer balls with Golf Ball Finder

Under the rules of golf, a lost ball means you take a one shot penalty and go back to the spot you hit the shot from and play a second ball. All that takes time and frustrates your playing partners. If you are like me and my playing companions we for...

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13:27
First Look: JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio

JBL's Horizon ($100) is a new Bluetooth clock radio, a rarity from the company. Horizon is mostly circular with a flat base, featuring a mirrored center that digitally displays the time and date, with the speaker surrounding it. On top are the audio controls and alarm functions — two separate alarms can be set on Horizon. JBL is playing up the clock radio's ambient light feature, which gradually brightens to wake you gently as your alarm time draws closer. Also included on the speaker are two 1-Amp USB outputs for charging devices, and an FM antenna can be plugged in for radio listening. Horizon comes in black and white, and should be released in January; we'll have a full review in the near future.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:20
About the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari 7.1.1, and Safari 6.2.1.

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13:15
More banks add Apple Pay support: L&N Federal...

After adding support for several new banks last month, Apple today updated its list of supported banks and card types with the addition of L&N Federal Credit Union, UW Credit Union, and new card types for others.
Apple’s newly updated list also now includes support for small business debit cards through M&T Bank.
Apple has been adding support for many additional banks in the weeks since launching Apple Pay in October with a handful of initial partners. Last month it added...

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13:00
Zen Shopping is a full featured and capable shopping...

For many, the holidays mean shopping, and that prompts a hunt for deals. Fortunately, you can use apps to keep you fully informed and speed you along on your shopping journey.

Zen Shopping (free) is a solid entry in the growing field of shopping app...

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12:50
Huawei: Nobody Made Money in Windows Phone

A new report out from Sina Tech out of China today delivered bad news for Microsoft. According to their report "Chinese tech giant Huawei has said neither they nor any company ever made money producing Microsoft's Windows phones." Ouch, that's a zinger.

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12:40
Why Apple Really Has to Build its Own UHDTV

There's been a division of thinking in the past about Apple and a next generation TV experience. Will Apple simply introduce a new Apple TV, just another black box? Or will Apple make its own UHDTV? Some recent evidence suggests that Apple will make an actual TV.

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12:38
New Apple jobs hint at interest in virtual reality...

Apple is seriously invested in developing VR-based gaming and/or interfaces, new job listings suggest. One calls for a game engineer with experience not just in VR but the latest game engines, with the purpose of creating software "combining state-of-the-art physics-based world simulation, visuals and Virtual Reality to enable Apple's development of next-generation product." Another listing asks for an app engineer familiar with the Oculus Rift VR headset as well as the Leap Motion gesture controller....

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12:30
Test your knowledge of just about anything with...

Thinking is a fresh brain game that puts every individual mind to a fun test in a number of ways and categories. Not only are there two completely separate tests for kids and adults to level the playing field, but also a regular daily quiz and party ...

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12:18
"Huge" iPhone 6 sales drive iOS to 40%...

During the last 12 days of Q3 2014, Apple "experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6," reported Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel, enabling iOS to reach or exceed 40 percent market share in Australia, U.S., U.K. and Japan.

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12:14
Stuck for Holiday gift ideas for the technophile? We...

Gift hunting can prove to be difficult, especially if you're trying to find something for a gadget lover or general tech enthusiast. Not because there are no options, but that there are so many, even when narrowing down your scope to tech accessories. To help with the gifting season stress, we've compiled some great suggestions for surprising your friends and loved ones....

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12:00
Google's Chromecast trumps Apple TV in...

Despite being available for half a decade longer than Google's magical streaming stick, Apple TV has now been officially unseated from the second place position on a survey of streaming media customers by the diminutive Chromecast. According to a new...

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11:38
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch...

Two of the most powerful leaders in technology and politics got together in the nation's capital earlier this week, as Apple chief Tim Cook met with incoming Senate President pro tempore Orrin Hatch -- a major Silicon Valley supporter --?on Tuesday.

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11:37
iOS devices accounted for 78% of Cyber Monday mobile...

Revenues from online shopping on “Cyber Monday” surged 15.4 percent higher than last year, setting a new all time peak in U.S. ecommerce, with online mobile sales overwhelmingly driven by customers wielding Apple devices.This doesn’t really surprise me that much. People seem to be very comfortable using their iOS devices for many things, including purchasing items from a variety of stores. This is something I see that sets Apple apart from its competitors—people have confidence in its products, which leads to confidence in doing other tasks, like shopping.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
Jimmy Iovine to Apple: 'You Have a Hole in...

Beats co-founder, music mogul, and Apple employee Jimmy Iovine was named as one of GQ's Men of the Year, and in an interview with the magazine, he unveiled some details on his efforts to establish a partnership with Apple, which famously led to the $3 billion acquisition that was Apple's biggest purchase ever. According to Iovine, who had an ongoing relationship with Steve Jobs, he worked hard to persuade Apple to purchase Beats because it was the only company that he wanted to work for. He also believed he had a lot to bring to the company, telling Apple execs that he would "plug" Apple's "hole in music," referring to the company's lack of presence in the streaming music arena. Jimmy Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr. Dre and Eddy CueI convinced them that they had to buy this company. I said, "I don't want to work for anybody else...

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11:30
Daily Deals for December 3, 2014, featuring Hot...

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

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

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11:26
OWC ships 1TB Aura 6G SSD upgrade for MacBook Pros

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC Aura SSD specifically developed for upgrading the capacity and speed of 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Display.
It delivers peak transfer rates up to 555/530 MB/s read/write for high-speed production, audio, film, photo and graphic workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC. It's engineered for the Mac, so no extra software or hacks is needed.
The Aura SSD is built for do-it-yourself installation and comes with step-by-step install videos. Also, you can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive.
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11:21
MacMate updates its cloud service packages

MacMate (http://www.macmate.me), a cloud service for Mac users, has announced three major updates and releases to their package: Web Builder Live, Wordpress M3, as well as increasing features across all the packages.
Along with the launch of Web Builder Live and Wordpress M3, MacMate have beefed up all three packages with extra features, and more cloud space. Web Builder Live is included free on all MacMate packages. Now everyone can create a free website. MacMate Lite now features: Web Builder Live, Galleries, Cloud disk, Email and Filesharing.
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11:20
Airbus captures five $300m A350 jetliners flying...

Petapixel:This September, Airbus took to the skies to capture photos of five of its massive test and development A350–900s. The photo shoot was meant to celebrate the certification of the company’s latest twin-engine, wide-body jetliner. It was also probably one of the most expensive photo shoots we’ve ever come across. At a cool $300 million for each of the five A350–900s, the cost of the subjects alone totals $1.5 billion dollars.Any five element photo shoot is complicated. An airborne photo shoot is a thousand times more complicated. Doing it with five massive, quarter of a million-pound aircraft is utterly remarkable. Great video....

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11:06
Apple’s Eddie Cue talks about ebook price fixing case

Eddy Cue:“We feel we have to fight for the truth,” says Cue. “Luckily, Tim feels exactly like I do,” he continues, referring to Apple CEO Tim Cook, “which is: You have to fight for your principles no matter what. Because it’s just not right.”Preach it, brother. I agree.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Watch Steve Wozniak demo hotel keyless entry with...

Starwood Hotels has service called Starwood Preferred Guests which gives perks to people regularly frequent the chain. One of those perks is an iPhone app while allows members to book stays and then use their phone as a key to unlock their room. Memb...

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10:59
Review: Evollve Ozobot

We first saw Evollve's Ozobot ($50) at CES 2014, but we honestly weren't very excited. The tiny robot is designed to follow lines across a surface — a digital line on an iPad, or a line drawn on any piece of paper. But there's more to it than just that: Ozobot also reads the color of a line, and changes colors to blue, green, or red. Switching between these colors, users can input codes for the bot to follow. For instance, a short blue-green-blue dot combo means "turbo," while blue-red-green means "turn right." More advanced codes on digital screens use altering color combinations. Essentially, Ozobot lets users experiment with basic programming by way of a small robot. Two apps have been released so far for Ozobot. While one Ozobot retails for $50, we tested the $100 double pack, which includes both white and black Ozobots.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:52
Apple is working on VR gaming & user interfaces...

Following our discovery that Apple was looking to hire app engineers to build virtual reality experiences, new job listings give us more insight into its interest in building VR gaming experiences and “cinematic user interfaces” for future Apple products.

Play a part in the next revolution in user experience by delivering cinematic user interfaces and simplifying human interface in fundamental ways. Build a team to develop new user interaction solutions, while working on innovative products… This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing.
Apple has several new job listings on its website that give us more details about what it plans for virtual reality...

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10:50
HP's New EliteBooks Target Enterprise Sweet Spot


HP on Tuesday unveiled the EliteBook Folio 1020, a new family of business-oriented notebook PCs it claims are the thinnest and lightest in the industry so far. The HP EliteBook 1020 and the ultra-lightweight HP EliteBook 1020 Special Edition both offer an ultrathin form factor measuring just 15.7mm, and they are designed with enterprise mobility in mind. The Special Edition version uses a blend of magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fiber to achieve a weight of only 2.2 lbs. Both offer up to 9 hours of battery life and sport a 12.5-inch display.

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10:49
Pennsylvania school district uses Apple donation to...

The board for Pennsylvania's Steel Valley School District has voted to use a $291,791 donation from Apple CEO Tim Cook to buy iPads for district students, and train teachers on the technology, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The donation was announced in September in honor of Bill Campbell, a former member of Apple's board of directors. The cash was only accepted this week however, and the iPads won't be formally deployed until the 2015-2016 school year....

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10:45
Motions of kayaking and canoeing recorded through...

Colossal:Ontario-based photographer Stephen Orlando is fascinated with human movement and uses programmable LED light sticks attached to kayak paddles, people, racquets, and other objects to translate that movement into photographic light paintings.As I photographer myself, from an artistic point of view, these photos are fascinating. But the technical aspect of capturing the images in this way are equally interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:41
Building a safer Twitter

Twitter:In our continuing effort to make your Twitter experience safer, we’re enhancing our in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block”.This issue is a giant hairball for Twitter but one that has been long overdue for them to address. I’m looking forward to seeing this rolled out. I’m not looking forward to seeing how it will inevitably be abused.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:38
Bezos defends Amazon’s lack of profits

I really like Amazon and Bezos for that matter. I hate the way the company continues to say how good it is without providing any kind of numbers to back it up. As much as I like them, the criticism is well founded.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
A look behind the scenes at the ultimate gift for...

Tech Republic:Jonathan Zufi decided to take some of his thousands of photos of Apple products and collect them into a giant, self-published coffee table book. The result was Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple, a 350-page tome filled with gorgeous pictures of products from Apple’s 30-year history.I don’t think it’s the ultimate gift (a working Apple I would be), but I have this book and it is gorgeous. It would certainly make a great gift for any Apple fan.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
License to spy

Medium:Every day tens of thousands of high-speed optical recognition cameras silently snap digital photos of plates, capturing in milliseconds an image of each tag and sometimes the driver as well. They are difficult to see if you’re not looking for them, but the sleek devices can be found clamped to patrol cars and the vehicles of debt chasers as well as mounted along streets and highways and in parking garages and shopping centers. A single reader, once activated, works furiously without assistance, capturing thousands of plate scans per shift. But there are bugs.We are being spied on in ways we don’t imagine, for reasons we can’t fathom and by “authorities” with little to no oversight.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Amazingly Captures 41% of...

With just about a month's worth of data on iPhone sales, Kantar reports that the iPhone 6 Plus has captured 41% of “phablet” sales—sales of smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches and larger. Phablet sales currently represent 10% of overall smartphone sales, up from 2% for the same period last year.

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10:30
Firefox may be coming soon to an iOS device near you

Remember Firefox? The browser is still surprisingly popular, with about 13 percent of the global browser market last month compared to Internet Explorer's 59 percent and Safari's relatively small 6 percent share. Well, you may soon be able to browse ...

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10:25
CIA admits role in ousting David Lee Roth from Van...

The documents reveal that the agency worked behind the scenes for years, beginning after the release of the disco-inflected “Push Comes To Shove” single in 1981…HAHAHAHA“The last thing we wanted was to have another ‘Panama’ on our hands,” he added.LOL!“That being said, none of us could possibly have foreseen that For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge would indirectly result from our actions,” he added, solemnly shaking his head.This is just classic. I love The Onion.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:24
Apple working on ways to make the iPhone more...

Apple may have invented an app, or at least a preventative measure that may eventually be built into future iPhones to make them more shatter-proof, notes MarketWatch.
The company has been granted a patent for a mechanism that will reorient the phone in a freefall, which may keep the glass in your iPhone from shattering or cracking, as well as shielding other electronic components such as the camera lens. Patent number 8,903,519 is for a “protective mechanism for an electronic device."
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10:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-03

The new Mac mini is something of a disappointment, Apple's Thunderbolt display is long in the tooth, and some of the company's apps are becoming frustration points. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss the current state of Apple's product development, where they see problems, and more.

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10:00
A real Pokemon game on iOS is not out of the question

Despite Nintendo's awkward stance on apps -- essentially claiming they won't support smartphones and tablets, then slowly warming up to the idea -- the company's independently operated Pokemon brand has been much more accepting of smart device trend....

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09:51
Bluetooth 4.2 specification announced

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification. Key updates in 4.2 improve privacy and increase speed, and a soon-to-be ratified profile will enable IP connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 opens up new opportunities for developers, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and the industry to build a better user experience for consumers while creating use cases never before imagined.
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09:30
Old Steve Jobs emails resurface as part of iPod...

It's hard to believe that in 2014, we're still talking about the iPod as a monopoly. Hell, it's strange that we're even talking about the iPod at all. But thanks to a slow winding judicial process, a class action suit against Apple stemming from its ...

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09:26
Apple Donates $291K towards Pittsburgh's School...

Yesterday we reported that the FBI raided L.A. Unified and removed documents related to the ill-fated "iPads-for-all Project. The former L.A. schools Superintendent John Deasy acknowledged that the project was an expensive draw from bond funds. But he said there was no other way to pay for what he called a civil rights imperative — to provide low-income students equal access to technology in the nation's second-largest school system. Today, the negative news about the ill-fated "iPads-for-all" fades a little with the news that Apple is openly supporting another iPad project to support kids in Pittsburgh schools.

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09:13
New UK tax targets multinationals using overseas tax...

British Chancellor George Osborne has announced a 25 percent tax on "profits generated by multinationals from economic activity here in the UK which they then artificially shift out of the country," the BBC reports. The move is forecast to generate an extra £1 billion in tax revenue over the next five years, on top of £4 billion pulled in from cracking down on tax breaks for banks. Both predictions are disputed by the Office for Budget Responsibility, which suggests that the situation is too complex to pin down definite numbers.......

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09:09
Apple Stores now sell these iPhone app-enabled...

Over the last week or two Apple Stores started stocking these new app-enabled Christmas lights from Lumenplay both online and in retail stores. Similar to other app-controlled lighting systems, Lumenplay comes as string lights perfect for Christmas trees or outdoor decorations as we move into the holiday season, opposed to the traditional lightbulbs from Philips and others.
The lights work over...

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09:00
Microsoft Virtual Academy course—Office 365...

The Office 365 Team has developed a new course focused on performance management, featured within Microsoft Virtual Academy. The course titled, Office 365 performance management, includes eleven 45-90 minute modules covering topics like testing, troubleshooting, firewall configuration and best practices.
Course instructors are experts in the topic and include Paul Andrew, senior technical product manager; Joshua Maher, senior content developer; Alice Appleton, business planner; Zach Rosenfield, principal PM lead; Ed Fisher, senior consultant; Paul Collinge, senior premier field engineer,  Philip Newman , senior program manager
Watch this course to learn how you can plan for great performance for a new deployment and manage performance post deployment of Office 365....

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09:00
Welcome to the new OneNote in Education blog!

Today’s post was written by Mike Tholfsen, program manager for the OneNote team.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural entry for the OneNote in Education blog!  With the growing momentum of OneNote in education, we wanted to start this blog to have a dialog with the education community, as well as share ideas, resources, and gather feedback from teachers, students and faculty.  We also hope to point to examples of unique ways educators and students use OneNote in education.  There are also so many of you out there with great stories to tell and share.  We plan on having regular guest writers, including teachers, faculty, principals, heads of school, students, partners and a host of others who are doing amazing things with OneNote in education and the classroom.
In addition to the education space, there are great things happening in eLearning, corporate training and on-boarding, which we will discuss on this blog.  Many companies, including Microsoft, are...

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09:00
Viral Vine video reveals the celebrity torment of...

First known selfie, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839

There is little doubt that 2010 was a pivotal year for the selfie -- Apple introduced the iPhone 4 with its stellar front-facing camera and popular filter photography app Instagram made its grand...

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08:58
Intel Signs Multiyear Deal with Luxottica for Smart...

On Monday we reported that Intel processors will power Google Glass in 2015. The Wall Street Journal's Alistair Barr had noted that Intel had missed the entire shift to smartphones and tablets and is going full tilt to not miss the wearables and Internet of Things revolution. The announcement that Google Glass would be shifting processors from Texas Instruments to Intel was only the beginning. Today Intel is announcing yet another deal for powering a different smart glass product.

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08:45
How to get Upgrade Pricing for Smile’s PDFpen 2 for...

PDFpen 2 for the iPhone and iPad is out, and the new version adds support for storing documents on iCloud Drive, adds an iOS 8 interface, and is now a Universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. PDFpen 2 is a PDF editor you can use when you're away from your computer, and the clever people at Smile figured out how to give its customers an upgrade price option even though that isn't something Apple supports through the App Store.

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08:32
Pennsylvania school district to buy iPads with $291K...

The board of Pennsylvania's Steel Valley School District has officially voted to use a $291,791 donation from Apple chief Tim Cook --?made by Cook in honor of former Apple board member Bill Campbell --?to purchase iPads for each of the district's students and train teachers on how to take advantage of the technology.

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08:08
Firefox is headed to iOS, browser restrictions be...

After years of vowing not to bring Firefox to the iPhone and iPad, Mozilla is changing its tune—and is presumably willing to work with Apple’s rules.“We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS,” Mozilla Release Manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter. TechCrunch believes he was paraphrasing Jonathan Nightingale, Mozilla’s Vice President for Firefox, who revealed the plans during an internal company event.Mozilla isn’t a complete stranger to iOS. Four years ago, the organization released Firefox Home, which synced bookmarks and tabs from other devices but was not a full-fledged browser. Mozilla shut down the app in 2012. While Mozilla now lets users sync their tabs and bookmarks with an online login, iOS users have been left out, potentially making Mozilla less attractive as a whole....

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08:21
Apps: Arq, HoudahGeo, Cocktail
08:20
25 Amusing Lorem Ipsum Generators
08:16
Garage Series: A developer’s view of transitioning...

This week long-time developer and VP of Product, Ryan Duguid from Nintex describes what it took to make the shift going from full trust code to the apps for Office model. He explains the architectural changes, integration with other cloud services and platforms as well as how the development and servicing model has evolved for Nintex. Ryan also demonstrates the Nintex Workflow app for Office 365 and how it compares it to the on premises version.

Jeremy: We’ve done quite a few shows describing what the apps for Office model is, the differences between existing models, and what’s...

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08:15
Pegatron may Gain Orders for 50% of the 2015 4.7...

A new report from China states that a rumor has surfaced that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron could get as much as 50% of Apple's next generation 4.7 inch iPhone 6S orders in 2015 as Apple continues to diversify its supply risk.

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08:11
So what the fuck is Google+ for anyway?

This is quite an article from former Google+ UX designer, Chris Messina.[Via BGR]∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:10
Bluetooth 4.2 to Bring Direct Internet Connectivity...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification, which promises enhanced privacy measures, increased speed of data transfers, and an update that will allow Bluetooth Smart sensors to directly access the Internet. The group emphasizes connected home scenarios as being able to take the most advantage of Bluetooth 4.2's new direct Internet access feature, promising low-power connectivity using the standard and with IPv6 support available by year's end. “Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for...

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08:02
Dropbox for Business API officially announced for...

Dropbox today officially announced its Dropbox for Business API allowing corporate IT systems to integrate the cloud-syncing platform for businesses into their own solutions. Dropbox says its newly announced Business API (application programming interface) will let developers take advantage of “team-level functionality”  and corporate partners to further integrate Dropbox for Business into their own systems. Specifically, the Dropbox for Business API will provide the following benefits for partners:

  • eDiscovery & legal hold: Integrations with services like Guidance and Nuix enable secure search, as well as the ability to collect and preserve electronically stored information (ESI) in Dropbox for Business...
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08:00
Apple loses App Store trademark appeal in Australia

Apple was handed a setback in Australia on Wednesday when a Federal Court judge rejected Apple's appeal as the company tries to trademark the term "app store" in the country. The news of the rejection was first reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.
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07:54
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Utah Senator Orrin...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's stay in DC on Tuesday involved meeting Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, the latter's office has confirmed. Hatch is the chairman of the Republican Party's High-Tech Task Force, and has been supporting a number of tech-related agendas. One of these involves addressing patent trolls -- patent-holding firms that make their income solely through licensing deals and lawsuits. Hatch backed a Senate patent reform effort this year, and may well bring the issue up again in 2015....

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07:31
New products, "innovative services" lead...

British banking giant Barclays this week raised its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $120, saying that increased customer demand for larger-screened iPhones and iPads, the introduction of the Apple Watch, and the unveiling of new services like Apple Pay could significantly expand the company's margins.

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07:19
Daily Deal: Get a Lifetime of Unlimited Mobile...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a lifetime subscription to IDrive mobile backup for only $10 – almost 80% off the normal price. Providing a cross-platform backup solution for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, iDrive allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events, and more from up to five devices. Backups are secured with 256-bit AES encryption, and you can even restore data between different platforms…

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07:14
UK corporate tax crackdown potentially impacts Apple...

Covent Garden, London – one of the largest Apple Stores in the world
New corporate tax measures aimed at preventing multinational companies making profits in the UK and then shifting them overseas where they incur lower taxes could potentially impact a number of tech companies, including Apple, Google and Amazon.
The British government announced a new 25% tax on profits generated in the UK and then “artificially shifted” overseas, reports the BBC … 
Chancellor George Osborne announced the new tax as part of the government’s Autumn Statement, an annual review of spending and taxation, specifically mentioning the tech sector, though not naming particular companies.

Some of the largest companies in the world,...

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07:14
LA Schools New Headache: FBI Seizes Documents in...

The FBI paid an unscheduled visit to the Los Angeles Unified School District this week to sieze documents related to an iPad deal that went south. Agents left with 20 boxes filled with documents linked to the contract bidding process, Apple, and Pearson.

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07:10
Russian Lawmaker Prepares Bill Banning all MPs from...

Europe's RT network reported late yesterday that a leftist Russian lawmaker has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services. What is with Russia's paranoia over the iPhone? In early July we reported that Apple could get dragged into Russia's new Internet Bill. Then in late July ...

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07:00
LA Unified School District under investigation for...

The Los Angeles Unified school district (LAUSD) may be in hot water over its failed iPad pilot project, reports the LA Times. A federal grand jury subpoenaed LAUSD documents relating to the bidding process for the US$1.3 billion initiative to equip f...

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06:58
Mozilla at work on Firefox browser for iOS

An iOS version of Firefox is in progress, according to comments by two Mozilla managers. On Tuesday, a Firefox project manager, Lukas Blakk, wrote on Twitter that "We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS;" it's believed that he was quoting Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale at an internal Mozilla event in Portland. The company's manager of data science, Matthew Ruttley, later tweeted a photo from the event showing a slide with an iPhone 6, captioned by Ruttley with "Firefox for iOS!! Let's do this!!!"......

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06:57
News: Bluetooth SIG announces Bluetooth 4.2

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially announced the adoption of Blueooth 4.2. The new specification provides privacy, security, speed, and reliability improvements, with data transfer rates up to 2.5 times faster than previous versions, and reduced battery consumption. The new specification also includes an upcoming Internet Protocol Smart Profile (IPSP), expected to be ratified by year-end, which will extend Bluetooth to provide…

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06:56
Boom 2 for OS X ready for Yosemite

Global Delight has released Boom 2, an upgrade of the system-wide Mac audio app. The new version is especially for OS X Yosemite, comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to the type of Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls and audio effects.
Boom 2 introduces advanced equalizers with Frequency Constrain controls, audio personalization by customizing the sound output according to the Mac type, intelligent file audio boosting and system-wide volume boosting. It can also take advantage of Yosemite's Dark Mode.
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06:53
Cybersecurity Threats 2015: More Espionage, More...


Cyberspies will flourish and hackers will target Apple devices more often in 2015.
Until now, Russia, China and the United States have dominated the cyberespionage scene, but their success will start to attract new players to the practice. "We can expect some of the developing economies -- countries forecasted for high economic growth -- to engage in these activities to protect their growth status," said Carl Leonard, a senior manager at Websense Security Labs.

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06:47
Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Technology With Senator...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with at least one U.S. senator to discuss technology policy during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week, reports The Hill. According to the report, Cook sat down with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. Cook apparently met with Hatch to discuss the senator's innovation agenda for the upcoming 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene in January 2015. The pro-research and innovation plan addresses several critical technology issues including patent trolls, company trade secrets, and more. Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, laid out a plan to...

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06:45
Sprint launches new promotion, offers to halve the...


Sometimes competition is a good thing.
Per Re/code, Sprint unveiled an aggressive new price promotion Tuesday that it claims will halve the bills of customers who defect from AT&T and Verizon in the latest salvo of an increasingly bitter price war.
Under the terms of the deal, which kicks off Friday, a customer can bring a current AT&T or Verizon bill to a Sprint store and store representatives will set up a new plan that is half of the service portion of that bill (the cost of calls, texting and data). In addition to that service cost, though, customers have to buy an unsubsidized device, either up front, through installments or using one of Sprint’s new leasing plans.
Sprint will also pay up to US$350 in early termination fees or...

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06:44
News: Mozilla planning to release Firefox for iOS

A version of Mozilla’s Firefox for iOS looks to be in the works, according to a new tweet from Mozilla Release Manager Lukas Blakk. Mozilla had previously stated that Firefox would not be coming to iOS unless Apple permitted its web engine to be used, rather than the WebKit engine currently required by Apple. But with a new CEO at the helm, Mozilla’s position in this regard may be softening. We need to be where our users are so we're…

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06:39
Bluetooth 4.2 stops eavesdroppers, increases data...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.
“Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening...

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06:32
Firefox could be headed to iOS devices in the near...


At long last, Firefox may be headed to your iOS device.
Per 9to5Mac and TechCrunch, Mozilla, the developers of the Firefox web browser, may be headed in a new direction under the leadership of new chief executive Chris Beard.
With rapidly declining market share in the web browser race since Google Chrome was released in late 2008, Mozilla appears set on capturing the hundreds of millions of iOS users with a Mobile Safari alternative. “We need to be where our users are,” Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk tweeted this afternoon. “So we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”

Mozilla has routinely expressed disinterest in...

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06:22
Steve Jobs' Snarky Testimony Takes Center Stage...

Apple this week is battling a decade-old class-action lawsuit by iPod owners angry that their media players were locked to Apple's iTunes ecosystem. Key pieces of evidence in the trial include email conversations among Apple executives and a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, both of which were made public for the first time this week as part of the court proceedings. According to CNN Money and Reuters, the question-and-answer session with Steve Jobs focused on Apple's response to RealNetworks and its Harmony music service. In 2004, RealNetworks created this competing music service...

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06:13
Thwarting Twitter’s Upcoming Data Collection

Twitter’s recent announcement that it will scan and analyze your installed iOS apps may explain the mystery of why the company has turned against third-party developers. Josh Centers explains how to keep your app information from Twitter’s prying eyes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:00
The character of what we buy on Black Friday/Cyber...

That's the word from data analysts at Localytics. Data they collected over the last few days makes clear that the days of lining up for those Black Friday sales is gone. With major retailers like Walmart and Amazon starting their deals a full week be...

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06:00
Mac: DigiDNA iMazing

It was only five months ago that we were impressed by DigiDNA’s DiskAid, which went past Apple’s iTunes with the ability to back up individual iOS apps, including settings and files — to keep or transfer to other devices — as well as completely clone one iOS device to another. Now DiskAid has become iMazing ($30), as what would have been DiskAid 7.1 is now iMazing 1.1. Redesigned with an iTunes 12-style UI, iMazing boasts complete iOS 8 compatibility, super-simple backups, and the ability to navigate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s hidden file system without the use of jailbreaks or other hacks. That means it’s capable of some really neat tricks that users in need of iOS device file management or recovery tools will really appreciate.
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06:00
Apple's ban hammer on Notification widgets now...

Apple is continuing to police the App Store, removing apps that run afoul of its policies governing the use of the new notification widgets. The latest app to catch the attention of App Store reviewers is note-taking app Drafts by Agile Tortoise.

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05:57
Airfoil 4.8.11

Adds support for capturing Phone Relay audio from FaceTime on Yosemite. ($25 new, free update, 15.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:56
Downcast 1.1.3

Maintenance release fixes several niggling issues in the podcatchter app. ($4.99 new, free update, 20.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:56
Lightroom 5.7

Adds integrated utility for importing Aperture and iPhoto libraries. ($9.99 monthly subscription, free update for subscribers, 528 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:43
OS X: Removing Adware with AdwareMedic

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to find and remove adware on your Mac using a great little utility called AdwareMedic. So if you're constantly seeing bizarre pop-up ads or if your home page is now some Russian promo site for Viagra, this should help!

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05:41
Trademark Confusion: While Apple's App Store...

It's being reported today that the Australia's Federal Court has rejected Apple's appeal to trademark the term "app store," despite it being accepted in Europe and Canada.

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05:35
Ben’s holiday gift guide: a mix of the fun and the...

Choosing holiday gifts for the techies in your life isn’t always easy, so we’ve put together a series of gift guides to give you plenty of ideas. These include category guides, like making musicsmart home and in-car, as well as across personal recommendations from the rest of the 9to5Mac team – with more to follow.
For my personal guide, I’ve opted for a mix of the fun and the functional – ranging from action cams and drones to backup drives. Mix-and-match to the personalities of your lucky gift recipients as appropriate … ...

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05:03
∞ Donald Sherman orders a pizza using a talking...

Speech synthesis has come a long way since 1974, but I am still amazed at just how good it was in this video. More interesting is the question, is there a pizza place out there with the patience to fulfill this order? Great video.

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04:59
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference...

Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments.
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04:57
Cloud gaming to reach 'inflection point'...

A large installed base of cloud gaming capable devices, big brand names entering the cloud gaming market, and improving network performance will drive cloud gaming to new heights in 2015, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com). The report notes that:
° PlayStation Now and NVIDIA Grid Game Streaming Service will reach nearly 30 million devices by year-end 2014 and will grow 500% to almost 150 million by year-end 2015.
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04:56
The free MacPaint program hidden inside your Mac

All this time and I never knew that there was a MacPaint-like program hidden inside Preview.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:42
CS Odessa announces marketing infographics...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced an infographics addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is now available in the Business Infographics Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The new Marketing Infographics Solution includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils that support many professional ways to show marketing data at a glance. The new section contains design infographics tools to illustrate business documents and presentations.
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04:40
L.A. school district responds to iPad initiative...
03:55
Keep your brain sharp with these five iOS apps

Do you have trouble concentrating? Do you forget where you put your keys; have difficulty recalling words; find it hard to remember names? If so, join the club. We all have problems with memory and cognitive acuity. But as we age, these problems can increase, and some app developers have stepped in to help us train our brains. These companies—which use words like “neuroplasticity” to discuss the science behind these apps—claim that you can “improve your brain health,” “improve focus, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, math skills,” and “train memory, attention, and more.” 
A word of caution: publications like Nature and Scientific American are skeptical of these claims, and a BBC study of 13,000...

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04:12
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It offers improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure, updated Automator actions, and updated Help files.
Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) also adds compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera. Finally, it fixes compatibility issues with Boom.
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04:01
Recommended Reading: 'Javascript for Kids'

JavaScript is the programming language of the Web — and it's the perfect first programming language for kids because it runs in any web browser.
To this end, No Starch Press has published "JavaScript for Kids" (http://tinyurl.com/po4da4a). The 336-page, US$34.95 book is designed to hook young readers on coding with its collection of fun programs, patient explanations, and adorable illustrations.
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03:56
Apple loses appeal, cannot trademark ‘App Store’ in...

An Australian court has rejected Apple’s appeal against the country’s refusal to allow it to trademark the term ‘App Store,’ reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Registrar of Trade Marks refused registration of Apple’s “app store” trademark in March last year because it was too descriptive. Apple then appealed this decision in the Federal Court.
On Wednesday, Justice Yates ruled that Apple’s appeal be dismissed and that it pay the court costs of the Registrar of Trade Marks.

The ruling means that Apple is free to continue to use the name, but it cannot prevent other companies from doing the same. The court ruled that consumers understood that the term App Store referred to any online source of apps for any platform, and therefore there was no danger of consumers being misled into thinking they were buying apps...

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03:54
OnyX 2.9.1 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.9.1:

  • Bug corrected when deleting the recent items
  • Turning off/turning on the virtual memory function corrected
  • DNS Cache correctly cleared now
  • Deleting the Internet Cache improved
  • Deleting the logs improved
  • Progress bar improved
  • Displaying the info corrected and improved
  • New version integrated 3.8.7.2 of sqlite3
  • Checking SMART Status temporarily disabled
  • Miscellaneous minor corrections
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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03:49
Jean Béliveau, N.H.L. great and ambassador for...

Before Lemieux, before Gretzky, there was Jean Béliveau. A sad day for hockey, a sad day for Canada.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:22
Hands-on with Alpine's excellent iLX-007...

I demoed Alpine’s CarPlay-equipped aftermarket stereo, the iLX–007, in sunny Santa Monica, literally next door to the Hotel California. Yup, the place from the Eagles song, where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.” And that’s an apt location to try out this stereo, which, unlike the Pioneer AVIC–8000NEX, is CarPlay only, and thus iPhone-only. You could check out any other phones you like, but you could never leave your iPhone—unless you want to reduce your $800 CarPlay unit to a lowly AM/FM radio.To read this article in full...

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02:03
A Better Finder Rename 9.43 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files. A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key. The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback. A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. Photographers use the advanced sequence...

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01:44
Mozilla reportedly planning return to iOS with...

After steering clear of Apple's iOS for well over a year, developer Mozilla is said to be working on a flagship Firefox Web browser that may soon make an appearance on iPhones and iPads.

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00:09
Apple loses appeal on 'App Store'...

On Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, a court ruled against Apple in an appeal by the iPhone maker to overturn a previous ruling that denied the company a trademark on the term "app store," despite the fact that Apple had clearly invented the term back in 2008. The fundamental problem Apple has had in trying to secure a trademark on the term is two-fold: the word "app" as short for "application" had been coined far earlier by others, and the burgeoning popularity of the phrase almost from the get-go has turned it into a generic description.......

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Tuesday December 2

22:46
“Do they still exist?” Steve Jobs takes jabs at Real...

The ten-year-old lawsuit over whether Apple violated antitrust law by locking the iPod to its own iTunes software has finally gone to trial. In its first day before a jury, the case has yielded several new emails between Apple executives as well as a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, which was recorded in 2011 shortly before he died.
In the video, according to Reuters, Jobs was asked if he had heard of Real Networks, the company behind the RealPlayer software Apple had blocked from working with the iPod. Jobs took a quick jab at the music distribution rival and asked, “Do they still exist?”
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21:58
Apple dominates mobile online shopping at 78 percent...

A new study that monitored US holiday shopping from mobile devices between Thanksgiving through to Cyber Monday showed results exactly in line with similar surveys from last summer, noting that Apple iOS devices accounted for about 78 percent of orders, with Android accounting for only 21.6 percent of online sales from mobile devices. Analytics firm Custora noted the consistency between holiday and non-holiday buying patterns, with iOS and Android showing the same respective percentages last summer as well....

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21:30
FCC Commissioner asks Netflix to answer ISP fast...

A commissioner from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is asking Netflix to answer allegations that it is touting net neutrality in one hand, while constructing Internet fast lanes with another by December 16. Commissioner Ajit Pai issued a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, asking that the company reply to allegations that its development of Open Connect and decision to forego membership in the Streaming Video Alliance is actually helping tip the scales in its favor....

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21:25
Steve Jobs' video testimony and emails revealed...

A video deposition from Steve Jobs recorded as evidence in a long-running iPod/iTunes antitrust lawsuit was shown for the first time in court on Tuesday, revealing not only Jobs' thoughts on the case, but also a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a former Apple run by its cofounder.

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21:00
Swift Performance

With all the excitement around Apple's new Swift programming language we were curious whether Swift is suitable for compute-intensive code, or whether it's still necessary to "drop down" into a lower-level language like C or C++.

To find out we ported three Geekbench 3 workloads from C++ to Swift: Mandelbrot, FFT, and GEMM. These three workloads offer different performance characteristics:

  • Mandelbrot is compute bound.
  • GEMM is memory bound and sequentially accesses large arrays in small blocks.
  • FFT is memory bound and irregularly accesses large arrays.

The source code for the Swift implementations is available on GitHub.

We built both the C++ and Swift workloads with Xcode 6.1. For the Swift workloads we used the -Ofast -Ounchecked optimization flags, enabled SSE4...

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20:59
Firefox 34.0.5 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

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

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

Version 34.0.5:

  • New
    • Default search engine changed to Yahoo! for North America
    • Default search engine changed to Yandex for Belarusian, Kazakh, and Russian locales
    • Improved search bar (en-US only)
    • Firefox...

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20:11
Preparing for “Chip-and-PIN” cards in the United...

The New York Times:The technology, which has a microchip in the card and requires consumers to enter a PIN at checkout, has been required in Europe and some countries elsewhere for about a decade. Now, Americans retailers and banks are preparing for the wide release of the technology, in a wholesale security upgrade that will cost billions of dollars. The change will start next year and is expected to take several years to complete.It can’t happen fast enough. Most of the rest of the world is already protected by this tech.∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:06
Playing with fire to shoot a new burning log video

The Globe and Mail:The first Shaw Fire log – Canada’s answer to what had been a sensation in New York since the 1960s – dates back to 1986; a way to broadcast content on a round-the-clock channel in Edmonton so employees could take Christmas off. Every year, Shaw’s vice-president of community programming invited his employees to his house for a party, and they taped a new fire log, which ran on a continuous loop over the holiday. It caught on elsewhere.I’d be embarrassed to tell you how often this video plays on my TV during the holidays. Thanks to Lesley for the story link.∞...

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20:03
Briefly: Dropbox 3.6; Google Play Books, Movies and...

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, now available through iTunes. Dropbox allows users to store files and folders within 2GB of free cloud storage upon sign-up, and can be shared with other as links instead of attachments. Dropbox v3.6 now includes the ability to rename files and folders. Files now have a More Actions button accessible with viewing files and folders. Office documents can be edited, and then save them back to Dropbox....

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19:30
Los Angeles USD visited by FBI over iPad contract,...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visited the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Monday in relation to an investigation of its botched iPad program. The Common Core Technology Project attempted to bring iPads to each student in the 47 schools in the district, but drew scrutiny based to the manner the district handled the implementation under former Superintendent John Deasy....

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18:35
GTAT Creditors Want to Question Apple Senior Vice...

Some of GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) creditors want to question Jeff Williams, Senior Vice President of Operations at Apple. While Apple is also a creditor of GTAT, this other group is seeking proof that a settlement proposal between Apple and GTAT is in the best interests of GTAT. Apple has so far refused to make Mr. Williams available.

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18:30
FBI seizes 20 boxes of documents on LAUSD iPad...


On Monday morning, the FBI seized 20 boxes of documents pertaining to a $1.3 billion iPad program from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), according to the Los Angeles Times. The program, which was intended to give iPads to every student, teacher, and campus administrator of the nation’s second-largest school district, has met with many catastrophic difficulties, and this latest federal investigation led the new superintendent of the school system to shelve the project indefinitely on Tuesday.
The program first hit a bump in the road back in 2013 when a number of students “hacked” the iPads—which is to say they deleted profile information that designated the user as a student...

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Russian lawmaker calls for ban on iPhone for...

A member of the center-left Fair Russia party and State Duma lawmaker is proposing a bill that would recommend that all Russian parliament members stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from foreign eavesdropping, based primarily on what appears to be a false report that the Russian military has done the same. The Defense Ministry has since denied the report from the newspaper Izvestia, but the bill has again opened the question of whether foreign-made smartphones and tablets are secure....

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PDFpen 2 embraces iOS 8

Use your iPad or iPhone to highlight and draw freehand on a PDF, sign a contract, make corrections, fill out an application, make comments on a presentation and much more.A great app from a great company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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House Communications subcommittee delays FCC, net...

The US House of Representative Communications and Technology subcommittee announced it is pushing back its hearing over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed net neutrality rules. Initially, the hearing was set to take place on December 10, but the delay pushing the review into an undisclosed time in 2015....

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Apple loses appeal for 'App Store'...

An Australian court on Wednesday local time tossed Apple's appeal of a prior ruling that found the "app store" moniker not available for trademark because the term is too descriptive.

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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

An anonymous reader writes: The Los Angeles Unified School District had a bold (and expensive) plan to outfit its students with top-of-the-line technology: its 650,000 students will be given Apple iPads to use for school work. The cost? $1 billion. Unfortunately for them, the project has been plagued with problems. Now, the FBI has seized 20 boxes of documents regarding the district's procurement practices and confirmed an investigation. "Hundreds of students initially given the iPads last school year found ways to bypass security installations, downloading games and freely surfing the Web. Teachers complained they were not properly trained to instruct students with the new technology. And questions were raised after emails were disclosed showing that then-Superintendent John Deasy had been in communication with vendors Apple and Pearson before the contracts were put to bid."...

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L.A. School District Officially Ends $1.3 Billion...

The Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) today officially ended a 1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, reports the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD superintendent Ramon C. Cortines clarified that the district was not going to use "the original iPad contract" anymore. "We're not going to use the original iPad contract anymore," Cortines said Tuesday. "I think there have been too many innuendos, rumors, etc., and based on my reading of a great deal of material over Thanksgiving, I came to this conclusion. "As CEO and steward of a billion-dollar operation, I have to make sure things are done properly so they are not questioned."Cortines' official statement comes just a day after the FBI seized 20 boxes of documents from the L.A. school district as part of...

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16:45
Line 6 Mobile POD for iOS updated

I really like Line 6 gear and software. This is one of my go-to apps for iOS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:31
Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s...

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.

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