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Thursday January 8

12:22
Apple hires former HP exec to boost corporate sales

Adding to its list of recent hires, Apple has tapped a former Hewlett-Packard executive to tackle sales of its products to corporations. According to Re/code, John Solomon left his former leadership role at HP to start his new position at Apple and may be involved with international sales of the upcoming Apple Watch in the future.
Solomon’s LinkedIn profile points to a long career with HP, most recently serving as SVP of Printing & Personal Systems then General Manager of HP’s...

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12:00
CES 2015: ADAM wearable monitors asthma via app

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma affects over 25 million adults and children in the US alone, and is responsible for 14.2 million physician visits each year as well as 1.8 million emergency care visits. With that hu...

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11:49
Pella unveils iOS-compatible home automation...

Pella Windows and Doors is at CES this week, showing off its new Insynctive family of smart home products, bringing iOS connectivity to sensors for doors, shades, blinds, garages and more.

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11:39
EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile...

schwit1 writes The EFF launched a new app that will make it easier for people to take action on digital rights issues using their phone. The app allows folks to connect to their action center quickly and easily, using a variety of mobile devices. Sadly, though, they had to leave out Apple devices and the folks who use them. Why? Because they could not agree to the terms in Apple's Developer Agreement and Apple's DRM requirements. ...

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11:30
iOS users are still huge porn lovers

A new end-of-the-year report by one of the web's most popular adult sites shows that iOS users are still totally in love with watching porn on the go. According to Pornhub's traffic data (SFW, I promise), over 40% of the visits coming from a mobile o...

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11:14
Confessions of a smartphone thief

CNET:Smartphones are a top choice for today’s street criminals, especially teenagers. In the year ending in June 2013, nearly two-thirds of robberies by minors in San Francisco involved cell phones, according to the city’s public defender. Government officials have called the trend an epidemic. One in 10 smartphone owners in the United States have had their phone stolen. More than 3 million were pilfered in 2013, nearly double the number nabbed the year before.A reminder to always be aware of your surroundings and how you use your iOS device, or any device for that matter, while out in public. I’m always intensely aware of how I use my iPhone, iPad and DSLR while out and about.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:06
App Store Rings in 2015 with New Records

The first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store. Apple customers worldwide spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a breakthrough 2014, in which billings rose 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. “This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.”

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11:02
Lightning-connected headphones proliferate with new...

Six months after Apple first announced a program that would allow headphone manufacturers to connect their cans directly to an iOS device's Lightning port, the first models to take full advantage of the Lightning port's capabilities are being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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11:00
Sway for iPhone is available more broadly

Editor’s Note: Sway for iPhone is currently rolling out to the App Stores in the U.S. and other markets listed below. If you don’t see it yet, please check back soon.
Sway is reimagining what it means to be productive in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. It’s an intelligent app that helps you easily pull together, format and share your content in a way that’s expressive and interactive. We’re making progress during Sway Preview by learning and adapting to feedback from customers and improving the product together.
We’ve also been hard at work testing how to best optimize Sway’s new authoring experience for people who want to quickly and easily create polished, interactive content from their mobile devices. We initially released Sway for...

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11:00
2015 ushers in new App Store records

The lights are wound and tossed in the garage, the tree is headed for the landfill, and it's time to get down to business for the year... but not before Apple raves about how much money it made during the holidays! The company is celebrating a massiv...

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10:51
Kepler-438b and 442b: Are These the Planets We'...


Astronomers have discovered eight new potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system, including two that are the most similar to Earth of any discovered so far. First identified by NASA's Kepler mission, all eight of the planets are located in their distant suns' "habitable zone," or the region where liquid water might exist on the surface of an orbiting planet. Only two of them, however, are likely made of rock, like Earth. Kepler-438b is just 12 percent bigger than Earth in diameter and has a 70 percent chance of being rocky.

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10:41
Upcoming Ultra-Thin 12-Inch MacBook Air Design...

Following a set of artist renditions that gave fans a basic look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air earlier this week, well-known 3D modeler and designer Martin Hajek has created a set of realistic renderings of the unannounced notebook on his blog. Hajek follows details found in previous reports of the machine, creating the model with an edge-to-edge keyboard relocating the on-board speakers to grilles above the keyboard. Though the display will be 12 inches diagonally, the new MacBook Air will keep roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model thanks to slightly narrower bezels surrounding the screen. Apple's further attempt to thin out the next generation of...

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10:40
Apple boosts prices in App Store for Canadians due...

Vancouver Sun:Get your 99 cent apps while you can, iPhone and iPad users. Apple will soon hike the prices in its App Store for Canadian customers, according to an email sent to software developers. The email, sent out on Wednesday, said the unspecified price increase in Canada, Norway and European Union countries would take effect within 36 hours. Apple said foreign exchange rates were triggering the increase in Canada.I wonder how it’s going to affect sales? The 99 cent price point is generally thought of as a no brainer but even a small increase in the price sensitive App Store can significantly lower sales.∞ Read this on The Loop...

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10:30
Lingopal 44 is your own personal foreign language...

Lingopal 44 is a language translation app that acts as a travel companion. Rather than just automatically translate any words or phrases you type in the app, it provides a lengthy, categorized list of common words and phrases to listen to and use on ...

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10:21
China buys more iPhones than the US for first time...

Tech in Asia:Fresh research from UBS estimates Apple sold 69.3 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2014, setting an all-time record for the company. China accounts for more than a third of those shipments. A delayed release for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China doesn’t seem to have put much of a dent in the devices’ sales figures, which don’t even account for grey market units brought in from Hong Kong and other countries.As (easily) predicted by many. And it will only increase from here going forward. China is the new centre of Apple’s iPhone sales.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Finish to-do list manager updated to version 3.0,...


Apple Design Award-winning to-do list manager Finish was updated to version 3.0 today, and while the new version doesn’t introduce any additional functionality to the app, it will enable several existing features for even more users. In the previous version of the app, limits were placed on which features were available for free, with a $1.99 in-app purchase unlocking the rest.
With today’s update, Finish has gone fully free. The in-app “Finish More” purchase has been removed and the entire feature set is available for all users to take advantage of. App designer Ryan Orbuch says he’s hoping the change will allow more high school students to get things done.
You can grab Finish...

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10:00
Finish goes completely free with version 3.0

Task management app Finish (our full review here) has been updated to version 3.0, which removes all in-app purchases. Now Finish is completely free for all users, so everyone can schedule more than ten tasks, enable the "bother me" notifications and...

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09:30
Photo of supposed 'iPad Pro' mold prompts...

An image circling the Web on Thursday purports to show a piece of production tooling for Apple's rumored "iPad Pro," though there is scant evidence to back up the assertions. In fact, the part depicted appears more likely to be designed for Apple's Smart Cover than a forthcoming iPad.

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09:30
Snowmen? No -- just people waiting in line at an...

Photo credit: @buckedplatypus

That picture above? Well, you might think it's a bunch of snowmen in a line. That's pretty close to the truth, as it's a line of snow-covered people waiting in the dark in Sapporo, Japan early in the morning of January ...

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09:25
ChronoAgent 1.5

Adds Internet connectivity, Notification Center support, and volume white listing. ($15 new, free update, 9.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:14
∞ Apple’s record-breaking start to 2015

Apple on Thursday said it set a new record during the first week of January as customers purchased nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. What’s more, New Years Day 2015 was the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. [...]

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09:12
Apple Celebrates Successful Year with Record-...

App Store customers worldwide set a new record in the first week of 2015, Apple announced today. According to the company, customers spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases in the first week of January, with New Year's Day marking the biggest day ever for App Store sales. As noted by Apple, this opening salvo for 2015 follows in the footsteps of a successful 2014 that saw billings rise 50 percent to generate over $10 billion in app revenue for developers, pushing total developer earnings since the App Store's inception to over $25 billion. The steady climb of user acceptance for iOS 8, along with the strong success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and App Store specials like the (Product) RED Holiday Campaign,...

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09:03
9to5Toys Lunch Break: DJI Quadcopter $379, Canon...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount $379 shipped (Reg. $479)

Canon Wireless Photo All-in-One Inkjet Printer w/ AirPrint + Adobe...

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09:00
Rail solutions provider gets everyone on board...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Rick Smith, vice president of global IT at Wabtec Corporation.
Some people think that technology advancements in the rail industry stopped with the diesel engine, but in fact, we are constantly pushing the technology envelope. At Wabtec, we use emerging technologies in the products and services that we offer our customers to reinvent railways so that they match modern needs. For instance, our technology is at the core of a new system being deployed across the United States for improving the safe operation of freight and passenger trains. The system, called the Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS), uses GPS, data from track signals and switches, and train dynamics modelling to predictively determine safe operating parameters. If an unsafe situation is anticipated, the system will warn the train operators and, if...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 028 on Cordova...

In this episode Jeremy Thake speaks to Abhishek Kumar and Suresh Jayabalan from the Visual Studio team responsible for Apache Cordova development in Visual Studio.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP28_Cordova.mp3
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09:00
Quest for “the Holy Grail of education”

As we mentioned when we kicked off this blog, we intend to regularly host guests from the education world.  Today’s inaugural guest blogger is Rob Baker, an education innovator from Cincinnati Country Day School.  Rob has been a passionate champion of the transformational power of OneNote in education since the beginning, and we wanted him to be the first guest to share his story.
Today’s post was written by Robert Baker, OneNote educational consultant and director of technology at the Cincinnati Country Day School.
The OneNote blog post on October 7th, which officially introduced the OneNote Class Notebook Creator app, began with a quote from me that sums up what OneNote is, “…a framework for teaching and learning.” But OneNote is so much more than that and I am excited to share my journey with you to help introduce, inspire and innovate. Given a second choice of which quote of mine should be used to...

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09:00
Chinese authorities arrest thieves who dug hole into...

There is no shortage of stories involving enterprising and boneheaded criminals coming up with all sorts of schemes to steal valuable Apple merchandise. From low-rent smash and grabs to Mission Impossible style heists involving thieves rappeling down...

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08:54
Apple: Creating jobs through innovation

Apple:Tim Cook: “We’re proud to create 1M+ US jobs in all 50 states and ring in another record-breaking year for developers globally.” iOS developers were paid at the average rate of $28 million/day in 2014. $25 billion dollars cumulative has been paid to developers.Little bit of well deserved back patting from Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:49
2014 App Store Sales has set a new Milestone at $15...

Apple has stated that total billings from paid apps and purchases made within apps for its mobile devices rose 50% last year ...

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08:42
Games you can play in your browser

The Internet Archive:The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable.I never had a computer that could play any of these games but I recognize many of the names as classics of the genre.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:18
Has technology killed the jewelry industry?

Pacific Standard:It’s no secret in the jewelry industry that retail demand for fine jewelry is slipping. As Forbes reports, the demand for gold jewelry has dropped 30 percent since last year, and continues to fall. Even diamond behemoth De Beers had to admit in their 2014 Insight Report that “retailers have faced pressures from a weak economic environment and strong competition from branded luxury goods and experiential categories, as well as the low-price models of e-commerce companies.” Simply put: There are better things to spend money on, often at better prices, than jewelry.Interesting premise. While I’m sure there are many contributing factors, I wonder how much the “rise of the machine” has contributed to this decline....

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08:15
Manufacturing Mold for 'iPad Pro' Rear...

A user on China's Weibo microblogging site today posted a new photo (via Letem svetem Applem) simply labeled "iPad Pro". The photo shows what appears to be a mold for the rear shell of Apple's rumored larger tablet with a display in the range of 12-13 inches, although it is unclear whether this mold is supposed to be for an actual iPad Pro shell or for a dummy unit such as the one that surfaced in a photo last May. Few details can be discerned from the relatively poor quality photo, although it does appear to show faint details that could represent an Apple logo in the center and perhaps a rear camera feature in a corner. Exact size is also unknown, but it certainly appears larger than an iPad Air. The relatively simple design of the mold suggests this may be an...

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08:12
Apple announces new App Store records, says New Year...

Apple shared new numbers for the App Store today announcing that last week set a new record for App Store billings. According to the company, customers have spent almost $500 million dollars through app and in-app purchases over the App Store. In addition to the company’s App Store record announcement, Apple has presented a new microsite focused on its job creation efforts.

Apple described its previous year as record breaking for the App Store noting a 50% increase in billings, developers earning more than $10 million collectively from revenue, and $25 million cumulatively earned from app sales in total.
The company now says its App...

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08:12
Apple's App Store generated over $10 billion in...

Apple on Thursday touted the success of its App Store, revealing that the digital storefront saw billings rise 50 percent last year, generating over $10 billion in revenue for developers.

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08:00
iPod shuffle stocks are dwindling

Apple fans looking for the diminutive 2 GB iPod shuffle (US$49.00) may have to wait a while to get one, as stocks at both the online Apple Store and brick-and-mortar Apple retail outlets are running low. Currently the online store is showing a 7 to 1...

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07:24
Twocanoes brings Beacon solutions to NRF 2015

Twocanoes Labs (www.twocanoes.com) is launching their full line of Bleu Proximity Beacon Solutions at the National Retail Federation Expo in New York Jan. 11-13, 2015.
Among their new products will be the Bleu Station 300 Series, an all weather battery powered hardware beacon. Twocanoes is also rolling out new security bracket accessories to physically secure their Series 100 and 200 beacons.
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07:22
Patent Brief: Apple Adds Multimedia to Future...

On January 8, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a little more of their work on their recently granted patent regarding a future digital newspaper or periodical.

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07:17
Latest Duet Display for iPad update alleviates...

Following a somewhat rocky, high-profile debut, the makers of Duet Display --?an app that allows users to press their iPad into service as a secondary display for their Mac --?have rolled out an impressive update that narrows the gap between a Duet-connected iPad and a traditional monitor.

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07:13
Will Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air Use One Port...


There is a hot new MacBook Air rumor that's got the tech press all in a flutter, and get this: It's not about a long-awaited Retina display for the MacBook Air. Instead, the rumor claims that Apple's redesigned MacBook Air will be remarkably smaller, with a 12-inch screen -- and just one port. The new MacBook Air design reportedly will drop the current MacBook Air's USB 3 ports, as well as do away with the SDXC card slot, Thunderbolt port, and MagSafe 2 charging connection. The replacement? A single USB Type-C port.

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07:10
Privates ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SweetP Productions has introduced Privatus 3.0, an update of the cookie management product for Mac OS X.
Privatus removes all tracking cookies, and unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac, automatically. Version 3.0 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Death by 1000 cuts

Aside from the usual terrible supply chain sources and analyst BS, which is almost always wrong, is another type of Apple rumor that's almost always right: leaks from within the company. And it looks like the ratbag employee(s) within Apple leaking c...

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06:54
Latest rumor of OLED displays in iPhones inspired by...

There are always rumors around that Apple is planning to switch from LCD to thinner, brighter, more power-efficient OLED displays in its iPhones. The latest is a report seemingly originating on Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun cited by GforGames via a Chinese site … So take it with the usual large pinch of salt.
Bloomberg reported back in November that Foxconn was building a new $2.6B display factory whose output would be exclusively devoted to Apple. The headline was quickly changed to remove the reference to Apple, though the piece still strongly hinted at Apple being the sole client. This latest report says that the factory in question will be making only OLED displays.
It’s worth noting that, even if the factory is indeed making displays only for Apple, and even if all those...

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06:43
Philips Unveils Lightning-Based Fidelio NC1L Noise...

Philips today added to its lineup of Lightning-equipped headphones with the new Fidelio NC1L. Similar to its predecessor the Fidelio M2L, the NC1L headphones use a 24-bit digital to analog converter to provide high-quality audio playback. As detailed by The Verge, the Fidelio NC1L headphones plug directly into the Lightning port, providing a direct digital connection to the phone and a power supply for the headphone's onboard noise cancellation technology. The Lightning connector power allows Philips to provide a valuable feature like noise cancellation without requiring the additional bulk of a battery. Digital Trends went hands-on with a prototype of the new headphones and found they offered solid performance.As for the performance, our initial audition of the cans...

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06:36
Roundup: The best Apple ecosystem electronics...

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas, Nev., and AppleInsider offers a roundup of some of the best Apple-compatible devices we've spied at the event, including a unique car heads-up display, reversible USB plug Lightning cables, an iOS-connected asthma monitor, and more.

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06:26
One of Apple's Technical Touch ID Patents comes...

On Jan 8, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals certain aspects of the technology behind fingerprint sensors that measure fingerprint patterning ...

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06:18
QuarkXPress 2015 to support PDF/X-4 print output

This March Quark Software will roll out QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing professionals.
In addition to features already announced, including new 64-bit architecture and the top 10 most user-requested features, QuarkXPress 2015 will support PDF/X-4 output, the latest standard that allows better, faster printing. QuarkXPress 2015 will also continue to be sold as a perpetual license.
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06:06
How Lego became the Apple of toys

Fast Company:In the last 10 years, Lego has grown into nothing less than the Apple of toys: a profit-generating, design-driven miracle built around premium, intuitive, highly covetable hardware that fans can’t get enough of.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:01
Acorn 4.5.3 - Bitmap image editor. (Demo)

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using the...

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06:00
A Glympse Into Where You’re At

When you’re flying, you might find that you’d like to let someone know here and there where you’re at. For example, someone who’s supposed to pick you up at the airport. Or someone who you’re supposed to visit when you arrive at your destination. So there’s a pretty cool new tool called Glympse. Using Glimpse, you can send an invite to someone you’d like to see your travel times; these are known as glympses.


Once you send an invite, your friends can click the link and see down to the minute stats of when you’ll be at your destination. And they can keep the screen open for as long as they wish.

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05:52
Apple gives 2M more consumers access to Apple Pay...

Eight new financial institutions have officially joined Apple's nascent mobile payments initiative, bringing the total number of participating banks and credit unions to 39 less than three months after the service's debut.

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05:14
Apple Patent Points to a Possible Future 3D Camera...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that shows that they're updating their 3D invention. The additions are key and in sync with a newly discovered patent in Europe regarding a 3D camera.

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05:03
Roost smart 9V battery turns your dumb smoke alarms...

The plethora of smart home devices at CES makes it clear that home automation is an idea whose time has finally come. It seems there’s almost no household device now that can’t be controlled by, or at least communicate with, an iPhone.
The only downside is the expense of having to replace your perfectly good dumb devices with smart versions. This is the problem the Roost Smart Battery set out to solve, a WiFi-enabled 9v battery allowing your existing smoke alarm to send alerts to your iPhone when it’s triggered, so you get alerted even if the alarm is at the other end of the house or you’re away from home … ...

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04:59
Younger 'Smart Home' audiences...

Younger home and apartment dwellers are a surprising new buyer of appliance insurance because of the technology now embedded in everyday appliances. Why? Insurance today is designed for replacement, not repair.
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04:28
Little Snitch 3.5.1 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data. Control your network Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.Version 3.5.1:

  • Refined appearance in configuration UI to better match the look of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Improved user experience when a connection attempt was automatically confirmed after a timeout.
  • Fixed an issue causing a first time installation of Little Snitch to hang under rare circumstances when attempting to...

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04:28
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

Spike Software has announced Audio Switcher 2.0.5, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.0.5 offers the ability to exclude devices from the menu and the Levels and Defaults preferences tabs.
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04:23
Harman and Philips announce noise-cancelling...

Harman JBL Reflect Aware left, Philips Fidelio NC1L right
Noise-cancelling headphones are great, but they do have one big drawback: noise-cancellation requires power, giving you yet another device to charge. Harman and Philips have each removed that pain-point, announcing noise-cancelling devices with a Lightning connector instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack, drawing their power from the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The Harman JBL Reflect Aware are earphones aimed at sports use, allowing you to choose the level of noise-cancellation – handy for times when you are on the street and want to retain some awareness of things like traffic noise. They come in at a reasonably wallet-friendly $149. Harman has them at CES, but no word...

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04:22
Kool Tools: LaCie Rugged RAID

LaCie's (www.lacie.com) US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive.
The Rugged RAID is also the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC. It features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s.
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04:18
Autopano Giga 4.0 - Stitch multiple images (beta). (...

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

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

Version 4.0 (400B3):...

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03:43
Sound Studio 4.7.7 - Robust audio recording and...

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

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

Version 4.7.7:

  • Bug fixes with saving AAC format files, with Automator Actions, and with crashing on launch on OS X 10.6.
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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03:13
AppDelete 4.1.5 - Delete your unwanted apps and...

AppDelete is an uninstaller for Macs that will remove not only applications but also widgets, preference panes, plugins, and screensavers along with their associated files. Without AppDelete these associated items will be left behind to take up space and potentially cause issues. There are several ways to activate AppDelete:

  • Drag items onto main window
  • Drag items onto dock
  • Select items through menu
  • Right-click to use AppDelete workflow
  • Throw items in trash

There are several actions to take with AppDelete:

  • Delete the items
  • Log only the items
  • Archive the items to a .ZIP file for safekeeping or reinstallation at a later date.
  • Use Orphans feature to search and delete orphaned files

The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will...

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App Store price hikes confirmed for Canada, Norway,...

Apple has sent an email to developers notifying them of App Store price hikes in Canada, Norway, and the European Union, according to the Vancouver Sun. The company blames the change on foreign exchange rates. It has not, however, said by how much prices will go up....

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Pella unveils iOS-compatible home automation...

Pella Windows and Doors is at CES this week, showing off its new Insynctive family of smart home products, bringing iOS connectivity to sensors for doors, shades, blinds, garages and more.

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iOS 8: View Siri’s Identified Songs History

Today we're going to cover how to ask Siri what music is playing, and then we'll show you where to find the history of what you've previously identified. No more will you have to try to remember that funky-cool song from three days ago, because your iPhone can tell you what it was! Melissa Holt is going to go over it all in this Quick Tip.

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Briefly: New Ion Air LP Bluetooth turntable,...

Ion Audio has announced its new Air LP Bluetooth turntable, currently being showcased at CES this week. Capable of converting analog records into digital files on one's computer, Air LP connects to a Mac or PC with its included USB cable. The turntable streams audio wirelessly to Bluetooth compatible speakers, and includes "EZ Vinyl and Tape Converter" software for the audio conversion via USB. The player includes an Auto-Stop button, and can play (as well as convert) 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records. Available RCA outputs include connection for stereo and headphones. Expected to ship in March,......

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Lightning-connected headphones proliferate with new...

Six months after Apple first announced a program that would allow headphone manufacturers to connect their cans directly to an iOS device's Lightning port, the first models to take full advantage of the Lightning port's capabilities are being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-08: CES, Smart Homes...

The Mac Observer is on the ground at the Internation Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and we found some more interesting products to talk about. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer their perspective from the outside on the show, plus Jeff shares some more fun stuff he found, and they take a look at home automation, too.

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Philips intros Fidelio NC1L noise-cancelling...

Philips has announced a new set of Lightning headphones, the Fidelio NC1Ls. As with the company's previous Lightning hardware, the NC1Ls include their own 24-bit digital-to-analog converter. New though is active noise cancellation, based on inverting the input from four integrated microphones. Unlike most noise-cancelling headphones, the NC1Ls run on the power of the device they're connected to, eliminating the need for built-in or replaceable batteries....

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Apple’s App Store Paid Out More Than $10 Billion to...

Apple today released 2014 numbers for the companyâs App Store, revealing that more than $10 billion in revenue was paid out to developers during the year, a record that brings the cumulative total to $25 billion since the storeâs launch in 2008.

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Photo of supposed 'iPad Pro' mold prompts...

An image circling the Web on Thursday purports to show a piece of production tooling for Apple's rumored "iPad Pro," though there is scant evidence to back up the assertions. In fact, the part depicted appears more likely to be designed for Apple's Smart Cover than a forthcoming iPad.

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App Store generated $10 billion for developers in...

Apple has released some updated statistics for the App Store, revealing that billings rose 50 percent in 2014, generating over $10 billion in revenue for developers. The store has produced roughly $25 billion for developers since its inception in 2008. Apple adds that the first week of January set a new record for billings, totaling almost half a billion dollars in combined app and in-app purchase numbers; New Year's Day in particular is said to have Apple's best day ever for app sales....

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About Half of All Macs Are Now Running OS X Yosemite...

OS X Yosemite has reached a 50 percent adoption rate, less than 3 months after its release. This makes Yosemite the fastest growing version of OS X ever, and puts it well ahead of the pace of its predecessors, OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion.

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Apple's App Store generated over $10 billion in...

Apple on Thursday touted the success of its App Store, revealing that the digital storefront saw billings rise 50 percent last year, generating over $10 billion in revenue for developers.

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Apple confirms recent Apple Pay bank expansion

Via its official list, Apple has confirmed this week's addition of eight new banks to Apple Pay. The new institutions include Security Service Federal Credit Union, Customers Bank, Consumers Credit Union, Virginia Credit Union, Cyprus Federal Credit Union, Fairwinds Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union, and Partners Federal Credit Union. Of those, the most important may be SSFCU, Partners, and Customers....

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Latest Duet Display for iPad update alleviates...

Following a somewhat rocky, high-profile debut, the makers of Duet Display --?an app that allows users to press their iPad into service as a secondary display for their Mac --?have rolled out an impressive update that narrows the gap between a Duet-connected iPad and a traditional monitor.

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iPod shuffle stocks run low at Apple's online...

Stock of the iPod shuffle is drying up at both Apple's online store and its retail outlets, sources say, something backed up by checks. The company is reportedly warning retail workers that Shuffle supplies will be low for an unspecified amount of time, such that shoppers looking to buy the product should be redirected to the online store. Even then, the US site is listing Shuffles as shipping in seven to 10 days, well beyond the 24-hour window quoted for the iPod touch or nano....

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Don’t Wait Until March, Pick Up a Fake Apple Watch...

The world is waiting to experience Apple Watch, but Chinese knock-off companies can't just sit around doing nothing until March. On display at CES are the finest fake Apple Watches money can buy, and you can pick one of these monstrosities up for just $35.

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Roundup: The best Apple ecosystem electronics...

The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas, Nev., and AppleInsider offers a roundup of some of the best Apple-compatible devices we've spied at the event, including a unique car heads-up display, reversible USB plug Lightning cables, an iOS-connected asthma monitor, and more.

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iPod Shuffle Stock Dwindles at Apple Retail and...

Those looking to spend Christmas money on a new iPod shuffle may have to wait a few days to pick one up. Appleâs diminutive iPod is out of stock at many Apple Retail Stores, and shows a 7-10 business day shipping delay at Appleâs online store, with no word on when supply will improve.

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Apple gives 2M more consumers access to Apple Pay...

Eight new financial institutions have officially joined Apple's nascent mobile payments initiative, bringing the total number of participating banks and credit unions to 39 less than three months after the service's debut.

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Don’t Download this OS X Themed North Korean...

North Korea has its own operating system, a custom version of Linux called 'Red Star' that's been skinned to look just like OS X. Thanks to a recent leak, you can now download and install Red Star yourself, although we wouldn't recommend it. Instead, why not check out these screenshots?

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Samsung Warns Investors of Fourth Quarter Profit...

Low margins and increasingly stiff competition have finally caught up with Samsung, the largest Android-based device producer in terms of shipments. The Korean firm Thursday released âpreliminary earnings guidanceâ for its December quarter, warning investors of a significant decline in profits and revenue year-over-year.

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Samsung warns investors of continued slide in...

Samsung Electronics has released "preliminary earnings guidance" for the December quarter, calling for revenues of around 52T KRW ($47B) and operating profits of about 5.2T KRW ($4.73B), a profit decline of 37 percent compared to the year-ago quarter.

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Hands On: MindNode mind-mapping software

Mind maps are those doodles when you scribble down the name of a topic, then write down anything you can think of to do with it, then start making connections. It is amazing how you can sometimes only spot that this idea and that problem go together when you see them both on the page. If you're the sort of person who prefers to think and plan in lists, you've probably ignored mind maps entirely. You may be right: mind maps do not suit everyone, but give them a go -- and in particular try MindNode for iOS. While it's also on the Mac, MindNode is particularly good on iPads and its new release ha......

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Internet Archive casts saving throw, resurrects 2,...

Last November, the Internet Archive debuted their new service, The Internet Arcade, where over 900 arcade titles from the 1980's and 90's were hosted for free play over a web browser. Today the service topped itself, expanding the the Software Library to include 2,300 MS-DOS-era games, available through the EM-DOSbox in-browser emulator....

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talks Title II Net...

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President Gary Shapiro sat down for a "Super Session" with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and asked what had changed in his world since they spoke at the conference in 2013. "Oh, nothing," deadpanned Wheeler, prompting laughter from the audience, "it's all exactly the same." As the discussion went on, Wheeler's responses to questions seem to be confirming earlier reports that the Commission is strongly leaning towards adopting some level of Communications Act Title II as a base for ensuring Net Neutrality, as urged by President Obama......

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Hands-on: Up-mobile inductive charging system for...

Standing apart from a glut of iOS accessory makers at CES this year was Exelium, with its Up-mobile inductive charging system for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and Ultra, a startup that showed off a new iOS-connected UV monitor.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation skips iOS version of...

Internet advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a new app today, allowing Android users an easy way to access its action center and get involved. As part of the announcement, the organization explained there would not be a similar app for iOS, citing issues with the Apple developer agreement. Some elements of the disputed agreement have been around since 2010....

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ViewSonic reveals Ultra HD 4K displays, new...

Yesterday at CES, ViewSonic released its newest line-up of products. On hand for demonstrations at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas are new 4K displays, "price-competitive" digital projectors, Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solutions, and commercial-grade digital signage displays. Included in the announcements was a new 3,200-lumen projector; 27- and 28-inch 4K monitors; a curved 34-inch LED and 27-inch gaming monitor, and some large-format signage displays....

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First look: Fitbit expands range with Charge, pulse-...

Fitbit introduced its latest fitness tracking devices at CES in the Charge, heart rate-sensing Charge HR band and Surge "fitness super watch," the latter of which features standalone GPS tracking capabilities.

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T-Mobile releases Q4, 2014 numbers with jump of 8.3...

Last month, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a number of predictions about the coming year in a humorous (and almost entirely swearing-free) Christmas video. Now that 2015 is here, T-Mobile's Q4 2014 and full-year 2014 numbers have been released, showing a net total of 8.3 million new customers for 2014 -- with 2.1 million of those joining the "un-carrier" in the final quarter....

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First Look: Apple Mac mini (Late 2014)

Apple kept its Mac mini fans waiting around two years between updates, and recently it finally gave the mini a refresh. While not a full redesign as some had hoped, the new model finally brought with it Intel's fourth generation "Haswell" Core-series processors. Apple also took the opportunity to introduce a new cheaper low-end model, but opted to drop the server option that was powered by a quad-core chip, and make some other less welcome changes including soldering the RAM and making the hard drive almost impossible to access. Despite these changes, is it still worth considering the Mac mini......

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First look: SenseHUD turns your iPhone into a...

Unveiled at CES, SenseHUD is portable device that promises to transform your smartphone into an automotive heads-up display, offering an aftermarket alternative to expensive preinstalled car navigation systems.

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Apple: iOS 8 hits 68 percent adoption across iPhones...

Apple updated its developer portal on Wednesday with new statistics on its current mobile operating system, iOS 8. Adoption for the system is up to 68 percent across both iPhones and iPads, up eight percent from approximately six weeks ago. As would be expected, older versions thus continue a decline in popularity, with iOS 7 losing six percentage points and dropping to 29 percent, while iOS 6 and all earlier versions are essentially down to just devices that can not be upgraded beyond that point, holding around four percent share (a drop of one percent from the last report).......

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First look: ADAM iOS-connected asthma monitor

The Automated Device for Asthma Management, or ADAM, by Health Care Originals is a unique iOS-connected medical device that aims to provide users with a complete solution for managing their asthma.

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Apple to raise App Store prices in EU and Canada,...

In a note sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple announced an imminent prices increase for Canada, Norway and all countries in the European Union, as well as an undisclosed change in app cost for Russian customers.

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After Intel spent billions to subsidize 40M Android...

Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion over the last two years while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android tablet makers agreeing to use the chipmaker's Atom mobile x86 processors. Microsoft's new Office for Android won't run on any of them.

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Apple issues fourth developer beta of OS X 10.10.2

On Wednesday, Apple released a new build of the forthcoming 10.10.2 maintenance update to developers and testers. The new version, 14C94b, indicates few new binaries since the previous developer build (14C81f) issued nearly a month ago, and could hint that the patch update is nearing release. Testers are again asked to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver, the latter two areas of which were added in the last developer build. Apple has also released the build for previously-signed up public beta testers....

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Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta with focus on...

Apple on Wednesday issued a new beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.2 maintenance update, once again asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Mail and VoiceOver alongside general system compatibility testing.

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Apple's iOS 8 now on 68% of devices as...

According to the latest statistics from Apple, distribution of company's iOS 8 mobile operating continues to plod along and is now installed on 68 percent of iPhones and iPads registered to the iOS App Store.

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Mayday! Deep Space Combines Old and New School Gaming

Virtually everyone plays a game on their iPhone. And those of a particular vintage appreciate how different games are today than when you played in fear of being eaten by a Grue. We have now arrived at the perfect intersection of both these things: Mayday! Deep Space, a new game much in the style of the old-school text adventure, but this time you control the character using voice commands. It's US$2.99 from iTunes And so far it's the most fun I've had playing a game since Monument Valley. Via Silicon Florist we find out more about the creation of this game, including interviews with the creators. I haven't played for very long yet, but I am completely hooked. I should point out that unless you're known for randomly shouting out directions, this may not be the best choice for killing time in line at the grocery store....

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CES: Wacom unveils Cintiq 27QHD, 27QHD touch,...

Wacom has added more items to its Cintiq and Cintiq Companion ranges for artists and designers. The Cintiq 27QHD and 27QHD touch are pen displays with 27-inch screens, while the Cintiq Companion 2 is a revamped version of the company's standalone Windows tablet, which can also be used as a pen display when connected to a PC or Mac....

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Griffin shows off $30 Lightning cable with...

At CES this week, Griffin Technology took the wraps off a new USB-to-Lightning cable with a twist -- the USB Type A plug can be inserted in either orientation, just like Apple's own Lightning connector.

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Hands On: Papers, Please (iPad)

Some games are defined by their medium, and Papers, Please ($8) may actually be one of the best examples. It was obviously built with a mouse and keyboard in mind -- and there's no possible way you could port it to consoles (except maybe the Wii U), since playing it with a conventional gamepad would be a nightmarish ordeal. It does, however, turn out to work surprisingly well with the iPad's touchscreen, which could even be the preferable platform, depending on your tastes....

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How the Apple Watch Should Handle Apple Pay

With NFC, but without Touch ID, it's not very clear right now how the Apple Watch will handle Apple Pay. Here's how John Martellaro would like it to work.

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August iPhone-connected lock unveils new remote...

Owners of the Yves Behar-designed August Smart Lock now have the option to control the device from their iPhone even when they're out of the house thanks to the new August Connect accessory announced by the company at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

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Apple hires on new fashion, biomedical execs

Apple has hired three more executives, apparently with the aim of helping Apple Watch development. One of these is Jacob Jordan, formerly the director of Louis Vuitton's ready-to-wear collection for men. Jordan quietly joined Apple in October, and is now said to be the company's director of Product Merchandising for the Special Projects team, which has been working on the Watch for years. Apple has picked up a number of people from the fashion industry in the run-up to the Watch's launch -- most notably former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who has taken over as Apple's latest retail head.......

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-07: CES, Tenacious D...

The Mac Observer is on the ground at the Internation Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, and we found even more cool and interesting products to talk about. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about seeing Tenacious D, fitness tech gear, foodie tech, robot dinosaurs, and more.

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iTunes Special: All 23 Bond Films in HD for $99.99

From Apple: "The James Bond films have given us five decades of explosive action and captivating international intrigue. For the first time digitally, you can now own the entire iconic series - from Dr. No to Skyfall - in Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection. This essential bundle is available for a limited-time price until January 12." The average price here is US$4.35 per movie. Moneypenny would be very pleased. Again ... January 12 is the drop dead date for this offer. Plus, see Kelly Guimont's CSF for more on the upcoming Bond movie (#24) "SPECTRE" due to be released in November this year.

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Hands-on: Inside Henge Docks' motorized...

At its stand at CES, Apple-centric accessory maker Henge Docks offered AppleInsider an inside look at its upcoming Horizontal MacBook Pro Dock, revealing a motorized interface and circuit boards feeding a plethora of ports.

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Briefly: Phiaton's 'Active Lifestyle...

Phiaton has introduced new noise-cancelling headphones and wireless earphones this week at CES. The BT 330 NC is a compact, on-ear headphone that is aimed at travellers who seek a lightweight and compact device. Its noise-cancellation technology cancels low frequency noise (under 1kHz) by up to 95 percent. Its "Everplay-X" feature allows users to continue listening even if the battery charge runs out, and 40mm drivers offer emphasis on a wide frequency range....

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Hands On: A Better Finder Attributes 5 (OS X)

It's probably a sign that we are just one bad decision away from being evil crime lords but we looked at this and all thought exactly the same thing. You could use this software to change the dates on contracts to 90 years ago and claim to have invented Boeing. Or, on a slightly smaller scale, we could've told our college professors that of course we started this report at the start of the semester. That really is the kind of thing we can do with A Better Finder Attributes 5 -- ABFA from now on, please -- but it's intended more for the kind of fine and morally upstanding person that you are.......

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Speed up a New Mac Pro by 10x with a RAM Disk

Over at TekRevue, Jim Tanous has revisited the use of a RAM disk on two new Macs, a 2013 Mac Pro and a 2014 MacBook Pro. He reports that, "The 2013 Mac Pro features extremely fast PCIe-based flash storage, but itâs no competition for the speed of a 32GB RAM Disk. The internal flash storage hits around 1,200MB/s reads and just shy of 800MB/s writes, but the RAM Disk peaks at 4,800MB/s reads and 5,100MB/s writes. 5.1 Gigabytes per second. Nice." Of course, the RAM disk eats into the available RAM so it's geard for specialized applications that can really use the boost. But it's also volatile, so reboot or lose power and it goes poof. Even so, check out TekRevue's tantalizing tutorial and amazing benchmark tests.

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AT&T follows T-Mobile with new 'Rollover...

Mega-carrier AT&T is the latest U.S. wireless provider to turn to mobile data as a market differentiator, introducing a new "Rollover Data" program that allows subscribers to stockpile unused megabytes much like older plans that included rollover calling minutes.

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AT&T follows T-Mobile in offering rollover data...

AT&T is adding a Rollover Data scheme to its price plans, allowing customers to use up unused data allowances from their plan the following month. The announcement comes in response to T-Mobile, which launched its own Data Stash rollover scheme a few weeks ago, though at first glance it appears AT&T's version is slightly limited in comparison to its competition....

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Following T-Mobile’s Lead, AT&T Announces...

Shortly after T-Mobile announced that they would let customers rollover unused mobile data, AT&T has struck back with their own data rollover plan. But don't celebrate too quickly, AT&T customers. There's a huge caveat that comes with AT&T's announcement.

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UBS data suggests Apple sold 69M iPhones in...

The latest research from UBS has prompted the firm to advise investors that it believes Apple sold a massive 69 million iPhones in the just-concluded December quarter -- a sum that would obliterate the company's previous all-time record.

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iOS-connected robotic printers and Thunderbolt...

The second day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brought a fresh round of announcements sure to intrigue Apple fans, including an update on the world's first iOS-connected robotic printer and a selection of new data storage devices.

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Reach79 case claims to boost signal for iPhone 6, 6...

A company called Antenna79 has launched the Reach79, a case claimed to boost cellular signals for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The key is an embedded gold-plated antenna layer, allegedly CETECOM-tested to improve signal strength by an average of 1.6 times, peaking at twice normal levels. Antenna79 suggests this can result not only in better coverage but faster downloads and improved battery life, since a phone doesn't have to struggle as much to find a connection....

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iOS 8 Adoption Nears 70 Percent, Still Trails iOS 7’...

Apple this week updated its App Store Distribution report, revealing that iOS 8 adoption among current Apple devices has continued to grow, reaching 68 percent as of January 5. Thatâs an 8 percent increase from the last update, but still well behind the pace set by iOS 7 during its first three months in 2013.

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LifeProof announces fre Power waterproof battery...

Otterbox-owned LifeProof has announced the fre Power, a battery case for the iPhone 6. The product supplies 2,600mAh of power, said to double an iPhone's regular life. More significantly, however, the case safeguards against water, drops, and dust/snow, partly through its shell but also via a built-in screen protector....

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Apple unwraps second retail store in China with...

In the midst of a major retail expansion across China, Apple continues to make progress on its latest flagship outlet in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, recently breaking down the scaffolding surrounding the new store's dramatic cylindrical entrance.

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Apple’s Share of New Smartphone Sales Grew Worldwide...

Appleâs worldwide share of smartphone sales surged in most countries for the three months ending November 2014, compared to a year earlier, according to data released Wednesday from research firm Kantar Worldpanel. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus helped Apple grow its share of smartphone sales in every country measured except for Japan.

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Hands On: Air Scanner (iOS)

Say you need to share something with a group of people, either in a meeting or on campus, but you don't have a document camera to project the image. Instead of passing around documents, photos, or items for people to look at one-by-one, what if you could simply broadcast the images over LAN? It's a surprisingly simple solution to a common problem. That's exactly what Air Scanner, by Qrayon, does....

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Upcoming Chongqing Apple Store copies design of...

Apple's next store in Chongqing, China, will feature a smaller glass cylinder nevertheless mimicking the design of the company's flagship outlet in Shanghai, photos show. Construction workers this week dismantled a steel structure that was concealing the 30-foot-tall cylinder, which in turn tops a staircase leading to the actual store. Another similarity with Shanghai is that the Chongqing store is based in a plaza and surrounded by taller structures....

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Monster Sues Beats, Alleging ‘Sham’ Transaction that...

Recent Apple acquisition Beats is facing another lawsuit, this time from Monster. The suit alleges that Beats executives Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre orchestrated a 'sham' transaction to cut Monster, the original manufacturer of the headphoens, out of millions in profits when Apple aquired the company.

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With Filming to Begin this Month, Steve Jobs Biopic...

Actress Perla Haney-Jardine has reportedly been cast to play the role of Steve Jobsâs daughter Lisa in the upcoming biopic about the late Apple co-founder. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says that the role of Jobs's daughter will be pivotal to the film, calling Lisa Jobs the story's "heroine."

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Wednesday January 7

21:21
Final Draft 9.0.5 - Industry-leading screenwriting...

Final Draft allows you to use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules - Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.Version 9.0.5:

  • Clickable ScriptNotes for easy editing
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite bug fixes
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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19:54
iPod Shuffle Shipping Times Worsen as Retail Stores...

Supplies of Apple's lowest priced iPod, the $49 iPod shuffle, are temporarily dwindling as shipping times on Apple's website drop to 7 - 10 days and Apple Retail Stores run out of stock around the country, reports 9to5Mac. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPod Shuffle are dwindling across Apple’s physical retail and online channels. In fact, Apple has warned its retail employees that Shuffle supplies will be short for an unspecified period of time and that customers seeking to buy a Shuffle via a retail store should be directed to Apple’s online store.The other two iPod lines, the nano and touch, aren't seeing the same dwindling of supplies as they both display 24 hour shipping times and are available now in most of Apple's retail stores. It's unclear why the shuffle is seeing supply problems, but one possibility is that Apple is seeing a temporary...

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19:28
Amplified: “Are you alright or did someone stab you?”

Jim and Shawn talk about Apple’s 2014, Amplitube and guitars!Sponsored by Audible (Visit the link to get a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership), Squarespace (Use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off), and Yosemite by Cocoa Conference (Visit the link to learn more about this conference for Apple...

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19:04
iPod shuffle supplies mysteriously dwindle in stores...

“Ships to Store” indicates store has no units in stock
If you’re trying to buy Apple’s cheapest iPod, the $49 screen-less Shuffle, you may be in for a difficult shopping trip. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPod Shuffle are dwindling across Apple’s physical retail and online channels. In fact, Apple has warned its retail employees that Shuffle supplies will be short for an unspecified period of time and that customers seeking to buy a Shuffle via a retail store should be directed to Apple’s online store…


But that, too, might not be so helpful. According to Apple’s official online store, the iPod shuffle...

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18:22
Apple to widen pre-release iOS testing by roping in...


Apple will begin providing select retail store employees access to upcoming versions of iOS in order to widen its pre-release testing program, according to multiple sources. The program will begin in the near-future with an upcoming iOS release, perhaps version 8.2, which is slated to be released alongside the Apple Watch

This new program will mark Apple’s first expansion of pre-release iOS version testing beyond developers and employees within the walls of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. For the past few Mac OS X releases, Apple has ...

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17:42
About AT&T’s rollover data

Sounds great, but…You have to hate it when the first words of something you expect to be good end in “but.”∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:00
Happy 12th Birthday, Safari!

Kids just grow up so quickly... On January 7, 2003, Steve Jobs announced at Macworld San Francisco that Apple had developed its own web browser called Safari. On that day, the first beta version was released. Apple based Safari 1 on its internal fork...

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16:33
Kindle sales have ‘disappeared’

Waterstones has admitted that sales of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader had “disappeared” after seeing higher demand for physical books.The UK’s largest book retailing chain, which teamed up with Amazon in 2012 to sell the Kindle in its stores, saw sales of physical books rise 5pc in December, at the expense of the popular e-reader.Kindle sales had “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, Waterstones said.I’ll be honest, I don’t know how to explain this shift in sales. While I think it’s good that people are buying physical books, I think it’s way too early to say that e-books are dead.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:26
Yosemite Conference

With seventeen of the most amazing people in the Apple community—some developers, but most not—Yosemite is a conference for the Apple community. Our speakers are some of the best and most-loved writers, designers, philosophers, and developers working in the Apple ecosystem.I’ll be speaking at CocoaConf’s Yosemite Conference this year. I’m really excited about the line-up of speakers and meeting the attendees. I hope to see you there!∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:23
EFF takes issue with Apple’s developer agreement,...


EFF app for Android
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released an app for Android devices, but announced today that it has no plans to bring the software to Apple’s iOS platform. The reason, the organization said, is that it simply cannot agree to Apple’s developer agreement.
The EFF specifically called out six points in the document that it took issue with, although it noted that there were even more problems it didn’t have the space to mention. The complaints aren’t new—many of them date back to 2010—but it seems the...

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16:04
The best cases for the new iPad Air 2 & iPad...



Yesterday we kicked off our running list of the best iPhone cases on show at CES 2015, and today we’ve started collecting the new and interesting iPad cases we’ve run into at the show. Some of the notables include a new case from AT&T that gives Wi-Fi only iPads access to LTE data in addition to a battery pack and microSD slot, and a new folio case from Incipio that adds a small display for smartwatch-like notifications without opening the...

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16:00
OhMiBod's Bluetooth "massager" has a...

Smartphone and smartwatch technology makes are our lives easier but sometimes gets in the way of human relationships. Thanks to OhMiBod's Bluetooth "personal massager" your smart Apple devices might just help you keep your relationship closer than ev...

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15:39
iHome debuts speakers, headphones, iPhone + iPad...

Just ahead of Disney’s release of Cinderella, the highly anticipated live action movie version of the classic 1950 animated film, Apple accessory maker iHome today took the wraps off of a collection of elaborate new iPad and iPhone accessories.

(Photo credit: Benjamin Hendel)
The star of the collection is this model replica of the new Cinderella Golden Coach, which is currently on display at DisneyWorld in Orlando, FL. iHome’s upcoming version is called the Carriage Bluetooth Speaker, a highly intricate, sub-$70 version with a mesh, globe-shaped speaker in the center. As our photos show, the level of detail in the Golden Coach is really impressive, including faceted gold that almost looks bejeweled.

iHome has also developed a pair of Cinderella headphones, complete with a jeweled blue butterfly on the side – key to the movie – and noise isolating earbuds with blue jeweled sides and fabric...

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15:25
9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro late 2013...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display 2.4GHz/4GB/128GB (late 2013) $1,000 w/ MIR (Reg. $1,300)

Seagate 5TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 External...

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15:00
Waltr surfaces, allows users to copy previously...


This could be helpful.
Recently, a new app called Waltr surfaced. The app works as an alternative to iTunes to copy media onto your device, except that it transcodes files so that they play on the iDevice using the native Videos and Music apps. You no longer have to worry about file formats, including MKV and FLAC, and deal with errors saying that this format isn’t supported, or (if you use a third-party media player app) deal with files that have been copied failing to play, or playing only the video and not the audio.
Since the video is transcoded and played using the native Videos app, you can be sure that it will play back smoothly (rather than choppily), and that you won’t consume any more battery on the iDevice.

In addition, Waltr lets you drop a directory and transcode all files in that folder and in subfolders.
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15:00
These USB to Lightning charging cables are AWESOME

No, I'm not being overly effusive about a USB to Lightning charging cable; I'm just referring to the brand name for a line of accessories. Awesome Cables used crowdfunding and some design smarts to create charging cables that are a bit different from...

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14:27
Apple informs developers of additional app pricing...


Apple has sent an email to developers informing them of upcoming changes to app pricing in Canada, the European Union, Norway, Iceland, and Russia. These changes, which take effect later this week, are not the same as the recent change to country-specific VAT rates, and impact a wider range of markets.
The pricing updates are being implemented to accommodate changing tax and currency exchange rates. Prices will go up for customers in all of the affected countries except Iceland, which will see a decrease. Russia’s prices will “change,” according to the email, but there aren’t any additional details on what that...

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14:14
Apple Watch knockoffs for Android on show at CES 2015



No, this isn’t the Apple Watch. But it appears there has been enough time between Apple’s unveiling for smaller accessory makers to prepare offerings inspired by the device in time for CES.
This product comes from a Synergy technologies showcasing their products on the CES 2015 show floor, and does a pretty good job of knocking off the Apple Watch both with its hardware and UI.
Apple Watch isn’t out yet, but it’s already influencing the look of new smartwatches hitting the market. Yesterday we reported that Apple is likely planning to launch the device in March with...

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14:13
MailOnline CEO Verbally bombed all Apple Watch...

MailOnline is the world's biggest English language newspaper website. In June the company announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joined the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President and COO. Jon is a CNBC contributor to Squawk Alley, the network's technology and...

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14:00
Monument Valley dev sees app piracy a bit differently

Monument Valley was one of the biggest mobile titles of 2014, and that's a pretty big deal given that the game carried a premium price tag. On Monday, developer Ustwo revealed that just 5% of Monument Valley downloads on Android -- and 40% on iOS -- ...

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13:56
Virtual Reality Makes Leaps and Bounds at CES 2015


Samsung this week unveiled its Milk VR platform for its Gear VR headset at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, but it was far from alone in ramping up the virtual reality action at the show. HP introduced the Zvr Virtual Reality Display, and Razer rolled out its Android-based OSVR. Not to be outdone by these upstart efforts, Oculus gave a peak at its Rift controller. Meanwhile, 3DHead, which is the product of Alki David's Anakando Media Group, made its official debut. It has been dubbed the "Oculus Rift Killer."

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13:45
Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C94b to...

Apple today seeded a fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, nearly four weeks after the previous beta release. The interval between seeds was slightly longer than usual for recent updates, presumably due to the holiday pause. The new beta, build 14C94b, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Apple continues to ask developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Wi-Fi in particular has been an issue for some OS X Yosemite users since the operating system's October launch, and OS X 10.10.1 released in November failed to resolve all of those problems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet...

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13:42
Apple releases new pre-release OS X Yosemite 10.10.2...

Apple has released an updated build of the pre-release OS X 10.10.2 software update. The new build, 14C94b, continues to focus on fixes for WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver. The update is available through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for users on the pre-release version of OS X Yosemite; as with previous pre-release builds, the update does require a reboot and comes in at 561MB. We’ll check out the new build and update with any notable changes.
The latest OS X 10.10.2 build follows build 14C81h released in December to some following build 14C81f to pre-release testers.
Apple ...

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13:34
Apple's iCloud Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

A non-practicing entity by the name of Hall Data Sync Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iCloud.

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13:20
CES: Seagate floats out Personal Cloud devices

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Seagate has unveiled two new storage products for the home: the Seagate Personal Cloud and the Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay. They're designed to "provide the accessibility of cloud storage with the peace of mind that content is stored safely at home."
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13:19
CES: Samson launches a Meteorite (sound capture...

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samson (http://www.samsontech.com) has unveiled the US$39.99 Meteorite, an universal solution for capturing high-quality recordings on your computer.
It's designed for podcasting, creating audio for YouTube videos and recording music on your favorite software or apps. It's also build to improve your ability to communicate with friends, family and business associates on programs like Skype, FaceTime and other VoIP software.
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13:18
CES: Divoom rolls out 'weatherized' speaker

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Divooom has released the Voombox-Party speaker. It includes a built-in subwoofer with dual passive radiators and five drivers that feature two-inch, full-range drivers, one three-inch subwoofer and dual passive radiators.
The Voombox-Party delivers 20 watts of sounds. Created with the latest Near Field Communication (NFC), the speaker pairs with NFC-enabled devices by lightly tapping the devices together. Additionally, the speaker doubles as a speakerphone, allowing users to take make and take calls.
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13:00
World’s first (known) bootkit for OS X can...


Securing Macs against stealthy malware infections could get more complicated thanks to a new proof-of-concept exploit that allows attackers with brief physical access to covertly replace the firmware of most machines built since 2011.
Once installed, the bootkit—that is, malware that replaces the firmware that is normally used to boot Macs—can control the system from the very first instruction. That allows the malware to bypass firmware passwords, passwords users enter to decrypt hard drives and to preinstall backdoors in the operating system before it starts running. Because it's independent of the operating system and hard drive, it will survive both reformatting and OS reinstallation. And since it replaces the digital signature Apple uses to ensure only authorized firmware runs on Macs, there are few viable ways to disinfect infected boot systems. The proof-of-concept is the first of its kind on the OS X platform. While there are no known...

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13:00
CES 2015: LifeProof and Scosche say it's OK to...

A couple of announcements out of Las Vegas seem to be telling those of us with iOS devices that it's going to be OK to play in the water this year. Both LifeProof and Scosche have announced new waterproof goodies at CES 2015 that promise to provide p...

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12:41
The real story behind the Fire Phone debacle and...

Fast Company:Introduced with grand ambitions last summer, the Fire Phone is widely seen as a fiasco. Originally priced at $199 and intended as an iPhone competitor, it now sells for 99 cents, and Amazon has taken a $170 million write-down largely attributable to unsold Fire Phone inventory. Yet Bezos finally answers the question with the kind of reasoning that investors, customers, and pundits have come to expect from him: Amazon is going to pour more resources into its phone. Defending the Fire Phone as a “bold bet,” Bezos argues that it’s “going to take many iterations” and “some number of years” to get it right.I don’t think the Fire Phone will be around in two years....

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12:37
This

Gruber summed up my feelings on the MacBook Air.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:01
$20 billion in iPhone sales

Whatever, the reasons, my mind keeps going back to the number — approximately $20 billion dollars of iPhones — roughly 34 percent of Apple’s total sales for the three months ending December 31, 2014. It explains everything about the company, its priorities and why it is starting to show signs of wear and tear across its other product lines.Om brings up a good point—Apple’s focus is, and has been, on the iPhone for quite a while. Let’s not forget the record Mac sales over that period of time, though. Perhaps it’s the halo effect, but the Mac is doing better than ever.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Interactive Apple Watch demo gives users a feel for...

The developers behind iOS news app Pipes have released an interactive Apple Watch demo online that allows users and developers to take parts of the interface for a test run before the device launches to the public.
The demo features a replica of the device’s home screen as well as the ability to launch any app you see listed. Many of the apps provide only a static image, but a few have more interactive bits, such as the Instagram mockup that allows you to swipe through a few photos, or the Music app that enables playback of Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.”
...

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C94b) Now Available

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12:00
Video: The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh...

On January 7, 1997, Apple announced a completely revolutionary -- for the time -- Mac called the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). The US$7,499 TAM celebrated the 20th anniversary of Apple's founding and was the first desktop Mac to use features...

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11:52
Graphene based Batteries Could Charge an iPhone in...

The top tech need on the mind of most Americans isn’t sharper televisions, smarter watches; its better batteries.

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11:40
The best iPad, iPhone + Mac accessories at the 2015...

There are thousands of new Apple accessories at the 2015 CES – so many that it’s hard sometimes to separate what’s truly cool from everything else. Starting with HomeKit-integrated accessories, here’s our running list of the best new iPad, iPhone, and Mac products 9to5Mac has seen at the show. We’ll be updating this article throughout the show with additional excellent picks.

The Apple HomeKit-compatible (and Siri-controllable) Incipio Direct Wireless Smart Outlet and Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter deserve their “smart” name for one big reason: at $25 each, you aren’t getting ripped off adding iOS and voice control to your home lights and wall outlets. Anyone can afford to make a house or apartment smarter with these.

Peace of mind has value, and the biggest concerns for iPhone...

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11:30
AT&T offering roll over data starting January 25...

Sometimes it's easy to think back to the glory days of unlimited data on mobile plans and mourn the loss. Light a solitary candle to place in a window in memory of watching X-Files on your phone in the park for hours without overages. Those days are ...

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11:20
The latest gadgets from CES 2015 to bring HomeKit...



At WWDC 2014, Apple first announced HomeKit which it describes as a “framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories” around your home, and we’re starting to see the first HomeKit-enabled accessories announced. HomeKit is especially interesting as smart devices that use it can be controlled by Siri commands like “turn off the lights” or “lock the front door” and actions can even be grouped together. Below you’ll find our running list of the...

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11:03
NY district attorney says Apple’s encryption policy...

Bloomberg reports that a Manhattan District Attorney is challenging recent moves by Apple, Google and other tech companies by suggesting government pass laws that prevent mobile devices from being ‘sealed off from law enforcement.’” In an interview this week, the government official called it “an issue of public safety.”
Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) should be legally required to give police access to customer data necessary to investigate crimes, New York County’s top prosecutor said… Federal and state governments should consider passing laws that forbid smartphones, tablets and other such devices from being “sealed off from law enforcement,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said today...

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11:00
This app notification is a new breed of obnoxious

If you're a frequent downloader of apps, you've probably found plenty that needlessly pester you with useless notifications. From "Rate me!" pleas to self-promotion, these incessant interruptions are often intermixed with notifications you actually c...

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10:20
Q4 iPhone Sales Estimates Point to between 67-71...

According to InvestCorrectly, current sell-side average analyst's estimates appear to be in the 64 to 65 million range for iPhone sales in calendar Q4, AAPL's Q1. However, using the UBS Evidence Lab Phone Monitor is raising its first quarter estimate for iPhone sales to 70.9 million units.

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10:05
PushPal 2.2 - Mirror Android notifications and send...

PushPal is a OS X client for Pushbullet, which automatically shows you all of your phone's notifications right on your computer. This means you can see who's calling or read text messages even if your phone is on silent or in another room. Never miss another phone call or text message again while using your computer! PushPal also makes it easy to send pictures, files, links, and more to your devices and even to friends, through Pushbullet. Sending things with PushPal and Pushbullet is the easiest way to share things between your devices:

  • Push a link to your phone by just right-clicking on it on your computer. You can then go right to the link by tapping on the notification.
  • Send pictures and other files to your phone wirelessly from your computer and open them right from the notification. No more digging things out of your email inbox or Dropbox.
  • Send any address over to your phone so you can get right into Maps instead of having to...

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10:04
Apple makes key biomedical & fashion industry...

Apple Watch at Colette
Apple has picked up a few new hires and advisors to assist its growing Watch team ahead of the Apple Watch launch currently on track for March. Among them, Apple has recently hired another executive from the fashion industry, this time from Louis Vuitton, in addition to two new hires from the medical industry.
Jacob Jordan, previously based in Paris as Louis Vuitton’s director of the company’s men’s ready to wear collection, joined Apple in October and since confirmed the move on his LinkedIn page. Jordan now serves as Director of Product Merchandising on Apple’s Special Projects team in Cupertino, likely working alongside other fashion executives Apple has hired to assist in preparing for the upcoming Apple Watch launch. Prior to the...

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10:00
Custom Keyboard for iOS gives your keyboard a...

With all of the new iOS 8 keyboard apps, we're seeing new functions, languages and features. Custom Keyboard (US$0.99) gives the standard iOS keyboard a completely new look based on what you want. It's appearing in the App Store today.

Custom Keyboa...

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09:38
Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit Relating to...

Nevada's Adaptive Data has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of Bluetooth in a manner ...

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09:00
Support corner webcast—basics of SharePoint Online...

Join us Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET for a discussion on the basics of SharePoint Online documents and libraries: creating and managing libraries, documents, configuring library settings and common troubleshooting scenarios for these and other associated topics.
Presenters—Rory Lenertz is a technical readiness engineer focusing on SharePoint Online.  Rory has been working with SharePoint Online for over four years with an emphasis on Knowledge Base articles and support readiness materials and Brian Bishop, also a technical readiness engineer. He’s worked for Microsoft since 2006 as a support engineer and content creator. His current focus is building SharePoint readiness training and documentation.
Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and...

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09:00
CES 2015: OWC's Envoy Pro mini brings SSD...

While flash "thumb drives" are convenient, cheap and come in a variety of capacities, they don't exactly thrill users with their speed. Other World Computing yesterday announced the Envoy Pro mini, a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SSD drive in the form factor of...

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08:26
Enroll Devices Into Bushel

To manage a device from Bushel, it must first be added to your Bushel. The technical whiz-bang name for that process is Enrollment. We currently provide 3 ways to enroll devices into your Bushel. All three are available on the Enrollment page when you’re logged into Bushel.

The first and best way to enroll devices into your Bushel is an Apple program called the Device Enrollment Program, or DEP for short. DEP is a way of tying devices to your Bushel so that they cannot be removed from the device, even if the device is wiped. Other than through DEP,  all enrollment into your Bushel is optional on the devices and so devices can be unenrolled at will. DEP requires an actual DEP account with Apple, which you can sign up for at https://deploy.apple...

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08:20
iWatermark goes live, allows for visible, invisible...


On Monday, Plum Amazing, LLC release iWatermark, an iOS app designed to create and use subtle visible or even invisible watermarks to protect photos and videos.
A watermark can subtly display, no matter where your photo goes, that it’s yours. Visible watermarks can be used to add your email, url, a personal message, your signature, QR-codes or fun graphics. Invisible watermarks, like the unique Metadata and Steganographic ones in iWatermark, can be used to add metadata or steganographic information like your name, link to your business and copyright info to any photo.

iWatermark features seven watermark types (five visible, two invisible), easy access database of personal and public watermarks, 262 fonts for your text watermarks, a signature scanner to import your signature or other graphic as a watermark, live preview and adjusting of effects like scale, opacity, font, color, tint...

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08:15
Opinion: Does the minimalist 12-inch MacBook Air...

While we’ve been expecting the 12-inch MacBook Air for quite some time and some of the details have long been rumored, the design exclusively revealed in Mark Gurman’s report has raised eyebrows throughout the tech world. Especially the most dramatic element: the reduction of the ports to just one multifunction USB-C socket, a headphone socket and a pair of microphones.
The $64,000 questions are: will this ruthlessly cut-down approach prove workable—and is this a design unique to this one machine, or does it represent the future of all MacBooks … ?
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08:11
AT&T Announces New Limited Data Rollover Feature...

Following T-Mobile's recently announced "Data Stash" program allowing customers to roll over unused data to subsequent months, AT&T today announced it will launch a similar data program later this month. The new feature will be available at no additional charge to the 50 million users on the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans. "Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers," said Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value...

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08:00
Introducing boards in Office Delve—a new way to...

As Office Delve continues to roll out to Office 365 business customers, we love hearing about how people are using this new, innovative experience to discover and explore content that’s relevant to the work they and their teams are doing. Using Office Graph, an intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to content and interactions occurring in Office 365, Delve helps you get back to pertinent documents, discover relevant content that has been shared with you, and search for information related to subjects you care about.
Now, we are taking the next step by making it easier to organize all the valuable content that gets surfaced in Delve. We are excited to introduce a new feature in Delve called boards that help you organize content, so it’s readily accessible and easy to share with others.
In Delve, you can use boards to group together and share related documents. For example...

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08:00
Apple gains smartphone market share; iOS 8 adoption...

While we'll all be waiting until January 27 to hear exactly how Apple fared financially in the last calendar quarter of 2014 (Q1 FY 2015), it appears that very strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus led to gains in market share for iOS in a n...

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07:57
Rumor: 2015 12-inch MacBook Air to undergo radical...


If the rumors are true, the body for the 2015 MacBook Air is about to go through a radical change. Per 9to5Mac, sources within Apple have stated that the new design will change standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display.
The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced...

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07:56
iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS...

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page. With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base. Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has...

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07:56
AT&T follows T-Mobile’s lead w/ new shareable...

AT&T announced today a new plan feature for its mobile share value customers: shareable rollover data. The carrier says more than 50 million subscribers will automatically gain the benefit when it kicks off at the end of the month on January 25th. If this news sounds familiar, that’s likely because competing wireless provider T-Mobile became the first of the big four national carriers to offer rollover data with its “data stash” feature announced last month alongside a free 10GB data promo. Here’s how AT&T says its version of rollover data works:

  • All levels of AT&T Mobile Share Value plan customers...
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07:47
Marco’s regret

Marco Arment was the voice behind the “Apple has lost the functional high ground” blog post that has gone viral over the past few days.With the benefit of hindsight, Marco updated his post with a link to “What it’s like to be popular for a day”:You might think this is a dream come true for a blogger, but it’s horrible.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:47
Is Apple's Radical Universal Connector Ready...

Back in October 2013, Apple filed for a patent regarding a radical new connector that could replace the standard USB, HDMI ...

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07:41
External Link: All You Need to Know about CES 2015

Philip Michaels, writing for Six Colors, has penned a hilarious guide to CES 2015, summarizing everything you need to look out for. According to Michaels, we can expect Sony to publicly apologize to North Korea, Tim Cook to hold an incognito press conference outside a strip club, and actor Michael Chiklis (the Thing in recent Fantastic Four movies) to make awkward Internet of Things jokes. Of course, you can also expect the usual assortment of lust-inducing products that will never see the light of day. 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-...

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07:03
Just Mobile shows super-thin Lightning LED cable,...


Up until recently, Apple accessory makers were unable to make Lightning cables with plugs as thin as Apple’s — they were required to use thicker plugs that sometimes had problems connecting to cases. At the 2015 CES, Just Mobile showed AluCable LED ($25), which uses newer Apple connectors to create the thinnest metal-jacketed Lightning cable yet, removing case compatibility issues while adding metallic style. Markedly improved over the prior AluCable at the same price, the new gold version matches the latest iPhone and iPad colors, as well.
The USB plug notably has a MagSafe-style LED built in that shifts color to indicate charging status...

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06:53
Strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sales Lead to Smartphone...

The latest smartphone sales data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech highlights good news for Apple on the strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with Apple gaining share year-over-year in every country surveyed except for Japan. The report, focusing on the September-November 2014 period, points out that Android market share dropped in most European markets and saw its first decline in the U.S. since September 2013. In the surveyed period, Apple reached 42.5 percent of UK sales, up 12.2 percentage points from the same time in 2013. In the U.S., the Cupertino-based company's share of smartphone sales grew 4.3 points to reach 47.4 percent of the market, an unsurprising performance given the strong early sales of the company's latest iPhones. More data from Apple...

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06:49
Fingerprint Theft Just a Shutter Click Away


Ever since smartphone makers started incorporating fingerprint scanners as a means of unlocking mobile phones, the Chaos Computer Club has attacked the technology with vigor. Not long after Apple added Touch ID to its iPhones, the German hackers demonstrated how to lift prints from a surface and create a flexible pad containing the print that could be used to break into a phone. Now the CCC hacker known as "Starbug" has used digital photography to perform the same trick without lifting any prints at all.

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06:47
Apple says iOS 8 now on 68% of iPhones and iPads

Apple has shared its latest App Store Distribution Data on iOS 8 adoption to report that some version of its current mobile operating system is installed on 68% of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Apple tracks the rate of iOS 8 adoption based on devices accessing the App Store with the current data being captured on January 5th, 2015.
The new iOS 8 adoption percentage jumps 8 points since late November when Apple reported that 60% of devices were using iOS 8 with incremental jumps between then and now.
For comparison, analytics company...

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06:32
CES: LifeProof announces waterproof battery case for...

LifeProof (www.lifeproof.com) has announced a waterproof battery case for the iPhone 6 and the LifeActiv universal accessory line. The LifeProof fre is a "four-proof" case, designed for maximum protection against water, drops, dust and snow.
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06:30
Stay Focused provides focus stacking on your iPhone

(Image by Muhammad Mahdi Karim CC BY-SA 3.0)

Stay Focused (free with in-app purchases) is an interesting app that does a very complex function for photographers called Focus Stacking. You take a series of photos, from 2 to 100, with different focus ...

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06:22
iOS 8 adoption now up to 68 percent

Apple updated their iOS adoption pie chart on Monday.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:20
Apple's iPhone 6 Grows Market Share Globally,...

In July we reported that the iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain and more surprisingly that iPhone users accounted for close to 50% of the country's web traffic. Today, new data shows that Apple's new iPhone 6 models have boosted iPhone sales to ....

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06:04
Reach79 unveils signal strength-boosting smartphone...

Reach79 has released a smartphone case that can improve a device’s signal strength up to 2X, optimizing performance and resulting in better communications.
CEO David Vigil says Reach79 cases have been tested at CETECOM, a CTIA accredited test facility, and verified to improve a phone’s signal strength by an average of 1.6X, with peak performance of over 2X. He adds that, while user experience may vary depending on device, carrier, and location, consumers can expect to see several benefits from Reach79, including: 
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05:49
The year’s best user interface animations

Beautiful Pixels posted their annual look at the best user interface animations from apps and the web. My favorite, from Lush for iPhone, is below. So very delicious.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:41
Monster sues Beats Electronics and founders for fraud

Wall Street Journal:In a complaint filed in Superior Court in San Mateo County, Calif., Monster said Beats “fraudulently acquired” the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones through a “sham transaction” with HTC, which agreed to purchase a 51% stake in Beats for $300 million in 2011.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Gear up to go racing with Tracktivity

If you are an auto racing fan or an enthusiast who likes to me more involved that just watching races, you should check out Tracktivity. This free universal app runs on iOS 7.1 or later and will help you be better informed and keep up to speed on the...

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MTR 5.0.0 - The Mac's oldest and smartest DVD-...

MTR (was MacTheRipper)--the Mac's oldest and smartest DVD-backup app--is now greater than ever.

  • MTR -- the complete toolbox, not a one-trick, point-and-click extractor
  • Four Extraction Modes: the ISO image, Rip&Rebuild (RnR) for VTS-level editing, Main Feature, and the specialized Batch Title Extraction. In addition, there are five error-correction modes. Edit bad cells before the rip--not afterwards--with RnR. (There's always another way to peel this grape!)
  • For challenging discs, a stand-alone application DVDProbe, for deeper analysis before (not during) extraction. Available in all Extraction modes.
  • Multiple, simultaneous extractions with chained DVD drives. Each extraction with its own Mode, settings, and save location. (This feature requires at least 2GB of the machine memory.)
  • A top-to-bottom rewrite of the entire application code for maximum efficiency.
  • User Guide Videos...

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