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Hands On: Evernote Scannable (iOS)

It's not often that software makes you laugh -- at least, not for good reasons. The new Evernote Scannable, however, is so fast at scanning documents that on our very first go, we failed to get our thumb out of the way quickly enough, and it scanned that. We really did laugh at this big, fuzzy thumb -- and were then delighted, and surprised, and genuinely impressed with what happened next. Evernote Scannable removed our thumb from the image. Automatically....

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Most iPhone 6/6 Plus models now 'in stock...

Almost all models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now listed as "in stock" -- shipping immediately -- at Apple's US online store, after months of constrained supply versus demand. Those units should also be available for in-store pickup. The one exception to the newfound proliferation is the recently-introduced unlocked SIM-free iPhone 6 Plus, which has a one-day wait for online orders....

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Roundup: The best Apple-friendly gadgets seen at day...

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is now in the books, and AppleInsider offers a summary of some of the best Apple-compatible accessories we spied on the show floor on the third and final day in Las Vegas, including Lightning-connected headphones, more home automation accessories, and even a smart plant sensor.

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Hands On: Pixelmator for iPad (iOS)

Pixelmator for Mac is not Photoshop -- but it might as well be, for how those image editing features that it does have are powerful, and easy to use. It also might as well be for the majority of people who aren't full-time PS professionals. If your work needs Adobe Photoshop, then you know it -- and can make the decision about paying the modest subscription cost to use it. Pixelmator handles an ever-growing number of the most common image tasks that most people need, and we are particularly fans of the separate iPad version, which has recently been updated. Today, we're taking a look at that i......

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iOS 8: Changing the Contacts in the App Switcher

Today, Melissa Holt is going to tell us how to change up which contacts appear when we double-click the Home button on an iPhone running iOS 8. Wanna see folks you've recently contacted? Would you prefer your favorite people to show up there? Come read this Quick Tip, and you'll be getting in touch with your friends and family even more efficiently.

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Apple catches up with iPhone 6 demand, US online...

Consumers in the United States will no longer face a backlog when purchasing an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Apple's online store, as supplies of the popular smartphones appear to have reached parity with demand nearly four months after their release.

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Minimum iOS App Store price rises to $1.19 in Canada...

Apple's previously announced App Store price adjustments took effect on schedule on Friday, representing a slight increase in the minimum possible price for applications in the European Union, the U.K., Canada and Norway.

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ISPs react to Wheeler plans for Title II regulation

Yesterday at CES FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, sat down for an interview with CEA Presedent Gary Shapiro in which he all but confirmed that the proposal to be submitted to the Commission on February 5 and voted on February 25 will adopt Title II of the Communications Act as a basis for securing net neutrality. Today, a number of the big carriers have released statements expressing displeasure....

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Hands On: Gamevice iOS game controller

When Apple first announced it would be bringing game controller support to iOS 8, the news was met with much excitement. However, months started to pass and no one seemed to really be interested in creating a quality controller. Wikipad is hoping to change that with Gamevice, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad mini. We got a chance to get an early look at the upcoming iPad controller at a private suite during CES and went away with a very positive opinion....

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Briefly: HTC Re Camera YouTube streaming, UK soccer...

HTC has added the ability to stream from its Re Camera to YouTube. An app update for the camera will enable the live streaming to the video service while it is paired to a smartphone, with users able to sign into their YouTube account from within the app to create public and private live streams. While Android users can download the update from today via Google Play, iOS users will have to wait until later this quarter to be able to stream from the action camera....

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CES: Griffin Technology brings reversible USB plug,...

While long-time accessory maker Griffin Technology had a few items to show off at this year's Consumer Electronics show, one of the most popular with onlookers there was one of its smallest -- a new Lightning-to-USB cable that featured a redesigned Type A plug that could be inserted in either orientation, just like Apple's Lightning connectors. The company says the new cable will be marketed as officially Made for iPhone (MFi) devices, but the new USB connector has not yet been certified as authorized....

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Pointers: AirDrop files from iOS to OS X

Editor's note: welcome to the first installment of Pointers, a new weekly column that offers tips and tricks for getting more out of your Mac or iOS device -- or, in this case, both. Check back each Thursday for a new useful technique designed to demystify, declutter or de-stress you -- and hopefully add some delight as well.When you know what's happening, AirDrop is as convenient and simple as Apple made you think it would be. You can transfer anything from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac (or vice versa), without emailing or messaging, without any concern for how many items you can send, with......

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First look: Lucis' NuBryte cloud-connected...

After unveiling its upcoming NuBryte cloud-connected smart home console last year, Lucis Technologies brought a working model to the showroom floor at CES, demoing the console's automated lighting and security features.

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Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS with minor...

On Thursday, Apple updated its productivity apps for OS X and iOS -- previous sold together under the banner "iWorks" -- with no specified improvements or features other than the usual "bug fixes and stability improvements tag." Keynote for OS X has been update to version 6.5.2, with Pages at v5.5.2, and Numbers at version 3.5.2. The three corresponding iOS apps are all updated to v2.5.2. The update may also reflect some changes made in recent updates of Yosemite and iOS 8, or hint at some security fixes....

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Cogito watches promise notifications on standard...

We quickly stopped by the Cogito booth at this year's CES to check out a smartwatch range that promises to deliver simple Bluetooth notifications while using a standard button watch battery. It should last for months, Cogito promises, and when it does run out, users can simply throw it out and replace it rather than recharge it....

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Briefly: New Evernote Scannable, Omni Productivity...

Evernote has released a new scanning app today, including the ability to scan a document automatically upon launching the app. The app will locate the document in the camera's field of view, and sharpen the image of contents in view of the iOS device. Scans can be uploaded to iCloud or shared via AirDrop, text message or email. Business cards scanned by Evernote Scramble, the app can associate the information with the contact's LinkedIn account. Evernote Scramble is free to download....

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First look: Philips shows off Lightning-connected...

At its CES booth this year, Philips showed off its Fidelio M2L headphones, which hold the title as the world's first the world's first Lightning-connected headphones.

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Lawsuit over faulty MacBook logic boards dismissed

US District Court Judge William Alsup has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple filed in San Francisco that alleged the company made, sold and knew about defective logic boards for its MacBook line of computers from mid-2010 onwards, but did nothing to correct the issue. The judge said that the plaintiffs had failed to prove that Apple misrepresented the equipment, and noted that in both of the two men's complaints about the failed motherboards that they had been able to use their computers normally for up to two years....

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Briefly: Plex adds one-click iTunes import,...

Personal media sharing and playing platform Plex has announced the upcoming release of an update to its software. Featuring new music features, Plex users will soon be able to import existing iTunes libraries in a one-click process. Gracenote is partnering with Plex to add file recognition and simplify tagging, and a new partnership with Vevo will roll out a feature that will match music videos with songs in a user's music library. The newest version is due to arrive in the coming weeks....

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Anti-privacy bill CISPA to be re-introduced in 2015

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill that, if signed into law, allows for the sharing of Internet traffic information purportedly to allow for the investigation of threats to the security of networks and "cybercrime." The bill failed in both 2012 and 2013, amid concerns of "broad language" and threats to privacy, but Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) plans to reintroduce the controversial bill this Friday....

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over allegedly faulty Apple...

A California judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit claiming Apple sold MacBooks to customers knowing the laptops contained defective logic boards and would fail within two years.

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Hands-on: Elgato Eve smart home modules and Avea...

Earlier this week, Elgato announced a new smart home product ecosystem called Eve. The company brought a few Eve modules, as well as other devices, set for imminent release to CES, offering AppleInsider a first-hand look.

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Kelly’s Brother Brings Elvis to Life in New...

Normally a commercial wouldn't be a big deal around TMO Towers, but I've applied for an exception so I can tell you guys about this one. It's a State Farm Insurance ad, and it is a bit different than the ones that feature classic Saturday Night Live characters. This ad was released today, Elvis Presley's 80th birthday, and features a variety of Elvises including my younger brother. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just tell you that he's the one who brings it home. It's a 30 second ad, so click on through and amuse yourself. Maybe if it's popular enough my brother will have a steady gig Elvising for State Farm ads. Enjoy!

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First look: Parrot's CarPlay-ready RNB6 head...

Accessory maker parrot expanded its lineup of iOS-connected products at CES with the award-winning RNB6 CarPlay-enabled head unit and H2O standalone plant sensor/automated watering device.

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Nextivity Promises to Boost Cell Signals without AT...

Bad cell signals don't have to mean the end of your conversations, and now devices like AT&T's MicroCell aren't the only option for getting your calls through. Nextivity showed The Mac Observer its Cel-Fi at CES 2015, and instead of relying on your broadband Internet connection, it deconstructs weak cell signals and rebuilds them into stronger and usable signals. The Cel-Fi can take a poor 1-bar connection and turn it into a solid 3-bar signal without simply boosting a crappy connection that isn't any better than the original weak signal it comes from. Nextivity supports GSM-based services like AT&T and T-Mobile, but its planned LTE voice support means Verizon customers will have some hope for better signals soon, too. Cel-Fi costs about US$500, but may be free depending on whether or not your carrier offers it as a loyalty incentive....

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10 Mac Apps for $10

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a deal called the 10-For-$10 Mac App Bundle. As the name suggests, you get ten Mac apps and it's going to cose you ten bucks. It includes, Disk Map, MenuTab Pro for Facebook, NotesTab Pro, CopyClip 2, Privacy Protector, Share Bucket, StatsBar, StockTab, Slerts for Gmail, and InstaReel for Instagram. There's additional information on all of these apps on the deal list, and it's good for another 5 days.

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Why Dr. Mac Thinks Redundant Backups are Essential

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus ended his last column with words that couldnât have been more prescient: âI sleep better knowing that my data will survive almost any eventuality. So will you.â A few days after that he walked into my office to find an alarming onscreen alert: "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Thank heaven for Data Rescue.

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Apple updates French website over magazine killings

Apple on Thursday updated its French website with a black "armband" and the phrase "Je suis Charlie" in sympathy over the terrorist attack and murder of cartoonists from the satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo, which also killed at least one police officer. The attackers were allegedly offended by the publication's routine attacks on extremist elements of the Islamic faith, although the publications also regularly exposed hypocrisy and provoked offense among other religious followers as well....

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Apple updates French website to show support for...

Following a horrific attack on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead, Apple on Thursday added to its official regional website a full-width black banner reading "Je suis Charlie."

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Apple Hires HP Veteran for Corporate Sales, But it...

Apple has a long and sometimes unpleasant history of hiring sales executives from other companies in the hopes that the new guy will have the magic mojo to make everything right. Now Apple has brought in a new HP veteran to sell to large corporations. Things will probably go as they have in the past: not very well.

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You Lights Are Your WiFi Network with Sengled’s Boost

LAS VEGAS -- Sengled thinks your lights should do more than simply illuminate rooms, so they packed a WiFi signal extender into their LED Boost bulb. The Boost packs a Wifi network extender into the bulb base, so you can get your signal to reach farther without needing to give up power outlets or take up shelf space with extra Basestations. Sengled also showed us their other LED smartbulbs at CES 2015 with built-in cameras, speakers for your audio system, and more. The Boost costs US$49.99.

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Apple Inc. stock leaps nearly 4 percent in first...

After being pushed downward across the first week of 2015, Apple's stock surged $4.14 today to close at $111.89, adding over $24.27 billion to the company's market capitalization.

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Apple hires former HP exec to handle enterprise sales

Apple has hired on a former HP executive, John Solomon, to help with enterprise sales, sources say. The people note that his exact position and duties are unclear, but the hiring is said to be core to the company's newfound rush to reach enterprise customers. Solomon may also allegedly be involved in international Apple Watch sales -- specifically in the Asia-Pacific market -- but some of the sources say this is unlikely....

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Bass Egg’s Verb Turns Your Table into a Speaker

LAS VEGAS -- It's easy to find Bluetooth products that turn solid surfaces-like your desk-into a speaker. Finding one that sounds really good is a harder task, but Bass Egg thinks it has that covered with its new Verb. The Verb vibrates to bounce air off hard surfaces that converts to sound waves, making your wood, metal, stone, or glass surfaces act as omnidirectional speakers. It's anodized aluminum body holds up under abuse, the audio range it offers goes beyond what we've heard from competing products. The Bass Egg Verb is priced at US$99.95, and the crew we spoke with at CES 2015 told us that soon you'll be able to gang them up for stereo audio, too.

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Kensington shows off KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus case for...

Accessory maker Kensington has announced a new case for the iPad Air 2, the KeyFolio Thin X3 Plus. While including a Bluetooth keyboard, its most notable feature may actually be a built-in 4,500mAh battery. Via USB this lets users fully charge an iPhone two or three times, or an iPad up to 50 percent. A free iOS app tracks how much battery power is left....

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Samsung’s Ultrafast, Low Power SSD Possibly Headed...

Samsung has announced the SM951, a PCIe based SSD that's exceptionally small, capable of 2.2 GB/s reads (PCIe 3), is 80 x 22 mm and weighs just 6 grams. In standby mode, it consumes only 2 mW and could allow a notebook computer to sleep for months. It's rumored to be slated for the new MacBooks.

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Apple hires former HP executive to boost corporate...

Apple is pushing harder to sell hardware to enterprise and government markets, and has bolstered those efforts with the hire of a longtime executive at PC maker Hewlett-Packard, it was revealed on Thursday.

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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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Friday January 9

06:39
Roundup: The best Apple-friendly gadgets seen at day...

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is now in the books, and AppleInsider offers a summary of some of the best Apple-compatible accessories we spied on the show floor on the third and final day in Las Vegas, including Lightning-connected headphones, more home automation accessories, and even a smart plant sensor.

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06:23
Free label templates for Pages for Mac released

Worldlabel.com has released a large collection of free label templates for download for the word processor Pages, which works on Apple Mac computers.
The collection includes address, shipping, CD, DVD, mailing and other types of labels and sizes. Also included are templates for general labeling needs like filing, storage and many other application.
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06:19
How an indie developer makes a living on the App...

The developer of HoursTracker shares his numbers and his story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Apple joins in solidarity with Je Suis Charlie

Apple adds Je Suis Charlie banner to their French language web site.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS

Apple has updated its iWork apps for Mac OS X and iOS. Those apps are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
In the update notes, Apple only says that the upgrades offer "bug fixes and stability improvement. Keynote for OS X has been update to version 6.5.2, with Pages at 5.5.2, and Numbers at 3.5.2. The three iOS apps have all been revved to version 2.5.2.
The Mac versions can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. The iOS versions can be found at the Apple App Store.

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06:00
Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging Apple knowingly...

With class action suits against Apple seemingly initiated every few weeks, it's easy to keep track of what's happening where. That said, you might recall a suit recently levied against Apple alleging that the company purposefully sold MacBook Pros ci...

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05:56
The daily routines of famous creative people

Follow the link to an interactive page listing a number of historic figures along with their daily regimen. It might sound dull, but it is fascinating, especially if you have an interest in history or design.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
Apple catches up with iPhone 6 demand, US online...

Consumers in the United States will no longer face a backlog when purchasing an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Apple's online store, as supplies of the popular smartphones appear to have reached parity with demand nearly four months after their release.

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05:30
Recall where the fox buried the eggs with Chicken...

Chicken Recall is a free game that requires good memory and concentration. In an typically peaceful green pasture, a fox comes along and steals the chicken's eggs. As part of the game, it buries them in various piles, which expand into larger rows an...

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05:17
Minimum iOS App Store price rises to $1.19 in Canada...

Apple's previously announced App Store price adjustments took effect on schedule on Friday, representing a slight increase in the minimum possible price for applications in the European Union, the U.K., Canada and Norway.

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04:58
AppDelete for Mac OS X revved to version 4.1.5

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.5 fixes an outstanding bug in the registration system that could cause a user to register multiple times, and fixes several bugs that could occur when using the Genius feature.
AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available.

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04:49
California Court Dismisses Class Action lawsuit over...

In May 2014 we posted a report titled "A Class Action Lawsuit is launched against Apple over Faulty MacBook Logic Boards." The Class action filed on behalf of Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles covered ten areas of law. Yesterday U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the plaintiffs had failed to show that Apple made affirmative misrepresentations and the case dismissed.

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04:47
Kool Tools: Griffin Twenty audio amplifier

Griffin Technology has rolled out a redesigned version of their Twenty digital audio amplifier. The new Twenty connects to your speakers and streams music from any handheld Bluetooth-enabled device, giving you the convenience of streaming music throughout the home or office wirelessly.
Named for its 20 watts per channel, Twenty provides volume through non-powered speakers for any home or office. It boasts high-end AAC / aptX audio streaming digital codecs. Twenty also connects direct plug-in connections from your computer, tuner, home theater, turntable, or other audio source.
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04:46
Higher European app store pricing takes effect in...

Apple has increased the prices of apps in all countries in the European Union in line with the email sent to developers a couple of days ago. Apple has made the move in response to shifts in currency exchange rates and varying tax rules.
Prices are also being increased in Norway and Russia, though Icelandic residents will see a price cut … 
The cost of the cheapest apps in the UK have increased from £0.69 ($1.04) to £0.79 ($1.19). In mainland Europe, most countries seem to be seeing an increase from €0.89 ($1.05) to €0.99 ($1.17), but Czech prices increased to €1.14 ($1.35) – crossing the...

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04:43
Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 1

In the first part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses working around her own temporary visual impairments, as well as the challenges faced by those she knows. 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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04:13
Tunnelblick 3.5beta04 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta). (...

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information. To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service. Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.Version 3.5beta04 (4198):

  • Security Update: Includes OpenSSL 1.0.1k. See...

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04:07
Flash-based array market more than just a flash in...

The storage industry continues to evolve and the flash-based array market – including all-flash arrays (AFAs) and hybrid flash arrays (HFAs) – is showing explosive growth. According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC.com), the emergence of more robust offerings that can handle a wide range of increasingly complex workloads helped drive the worldwide flash-based array market to US$11.3 billion in 2014.
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04:06
Fake Apple Watch at CES for $27 as sketchy report...

We noted a couple of days ago that you didn’t have to look far at CES to find the Apple Watch knock-offs, but for those desperate enough to pretend they have one some two months before it’s even launched, they don’t have to dig very deep into their pockets. Mashable’s Karissa Bell was able to buy one for the grand sum of $27.
It even works, kind of. Bell reports that it did, after a few attempts, pair to her iPhone 6 and allow her to make phone calls and play music through the watch. She said that it looks almost like the real thing – “for about three seconds.” Looking at the photo, I think she’s exaggerating by about two-and-a-half seconds … ...

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04:03
Data Recovery for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

321Soft has introduced Data Recovery 5.5 ( http://www.321soft.com/macdatarecovery.html ), an update to the data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some small bug fixes and performance tweaks.
321Soft Data Recovery helps users recover data from Mac disks, external or internal hard drives, memory cards, or storage media. Version 5.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
321Soft Data Recovery is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$99.95. Version 5.5 is a free update for registered users.

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03:43
Samsung May Have Just Landed Apple Watch Chip Orders

Today supply chain rumors are flying high claiming that Samsung has landed Apple Watch chip orders.

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01:53
Samsung Supposedly Wins Orders to Produce Apple...

Samsung has won the orders to produce Apple's S1 system-in-a-package for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. The S1 produced by Samsung will combine multiple components including the processor, mobile DRAM, NAND flash, and other chips into one package. A report in November shared similar information, noting that Apple would be relying heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components. Namely, Apple was said to be concerned about NAND flash, with its cheaper and slower TLC (triple-level cell) flash memory for larger-capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models said to be the source of crashing issues. Those issues, along with Samsung's competitive prices, were said to be the primary reasons in bringing Apple back to negotiations with the South Korean company. Apple is said to be...

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01:03
Apple's Online Store in U.S. Now Listing All...

Apple's Online Store in the U.S. is now listing all capacities and colors of iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers as in stock, with the company now appearing to have now achieved supply and demand balance. The SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also showing an avaliability of 1 business day. Last month, shipping estimates for the 16/64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus improved drastically, with estimates improving to 3 to 5 days in early December and jumping to 1 to 3 day and 1 day estimates later in the month. The larger-capacity 128GB devices were...

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Thursday January 8

22:58
Top smart home and HomeKit tech of CES 2015 (Video)


There’s a very clear message delivered on the CES 2015 show floor: Smart home tech is definitely a thing. There is a ton of tech/accessories being showcased at CES that are designed to make your home life easier through connectivity. We’ve roamed the show floor searching high and low to bring you a roundup of some of the best smart home tech that was announced…

Most of the smart home tech that we’ve seen is controlled via apps that are available for iOS and Android, but there were a few that also featured integration with Apple HomeKit which...

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21:58
First look: Lucis' NuBryte cloud-connected...

After unveiling its upcoming NuBryte cloud-connected smart home console last year, Lucis Technologies brought a working model to the showroom floor at CES, demoing the console's automated lighting and security features.

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19:45
Canadians are about to see higher prices in the App...

Dear Canadian readers of TUAW, if you were waiting to buy something in the App Store you might want to do it in the next day. The Vancouver Sun is reporting that software developers were recently sent an email from Apple informing them of impending p...

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19:33
Bands from Minneapolis

Er, acts, bands, whatever…

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19:21
Apple Pages 5.5.2 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.Version 5.5.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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19:20
Apple Numbers 3.5.2 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.Version 3.5.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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19:02
Apple Keynote 6.5.2 - Apple's presentation...

Apple Keynote makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. Powerful tools and dazzling effects bring your ideas to life. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint.Version 6.5.2:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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19:02
First look: Philips shows off Lightning-connected...

At its CES booth this year, Philips showed off its Fidelio M2L headphones, which hold the title as the world's first the world's first Lightning-connected headphones.

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19:00
Garmin Express 3.2.28.0 - Manage your Garmin devices...

Garmin Express is your essential tool for managing your Garmin devices. Update maps, golf courses and device software. You can even register your device.

  • Update maps
  • Update software
  • Register your device
  • Back up, restore, and transfer favorites
  • Install free voices and vehicles
  • Download product manuals

Version 3.2.28.0:

  • Added Connect IQ Store support
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • High-speed Internet access (Not for use with dial-up, mobile, or satellite connections)

Download Now

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18:41
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Apple over MacBook...

A district judge dismissed a lawsuit against Apple today in which the plaintiffs alleged that the company had willingly sold MacBooks with logic boards that were known to fail after two years. The judge said that Benedict Verceles and Uriel Marcus failed to show that Apple knew the boards were defective.
The plaintiffs have made a few big claims, including an assertion that Tim Cook was notified about the defective logic boards and did nothing to fix the issue. The judge said that since both plaintiffs were able to use their computers without issue for at least a year and a half, there was no reason to believe the boards were defective.

The complainants will have until January 22nd to amend their suit if they...

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18:23
Pressure mounts on Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

I really like Mayer, but I’m not sure she can turn things around quickly enough for the critics.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:15
Apple wins dismissal MacBook lawsuit

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, failed to show that Apple made “affirmative misrepresentations,” despite citing online complaints and Apple marketing statements calling the laptops “state of the art” or the “most advanced” on the market.People have to stop these bullshit lawsuits.∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:08
Chinese Company Hyperdon Sold Fake Apple Watches at...

While Apple is rumored to be aiming for March as the launch month for the Apple Watch, Chinese company Hyperdon was at CES selling fake versions of the new Apple product called Smart Watch, according to Mashable. Fake Apple Watch known as the Hyperdon Smart Watch. Image via MashableThe watch's screen only displays when it's turned on, and many of its icons are blatant ripoffs of Apple designs. The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call.Mashable was able to purchase the watch for $27. It comes with a pedometer, stopwatch, alarm and a feature referred to as "Anti lost", which Mashable estimated could be used to alert a user to when the watch is out of Bluetooth range. The...

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18:04
CES 2015: Pinć VR headset for iPhone 6 hands-on and...

A few months ago, we visited Toronto-based Cordon Labs for some hands-on time with the work-in-progress Pinć VR headset case for the iPhone 6 and Android-based smartphones. Fast forward to CES 2015 and we’ve once again had a few minutes to check out a new and improved prototype of the headset, now 20% slimmer and closer to becoming an accessory that could actually be pocketable without protruding through your pants. Read ahead for my first impressions of the Pinć and a brief overview of where I think it is headed.
Despite not having a booth on the CES show floor, Pinć is actually one of the cooler products here in Las Vegas. While some VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR have rather large...

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18:00
What a Way to Begin the Year

The first week of January set a new record for the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. New Year’s Day marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. Your incredible apps generated over $10 billion for you and your peers last year, and to date, developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. See the full press release.

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18:00
What a Way to Begin the Year

The first week of January set a new record for the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. New Year’s Day marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. Your incredible apps generated over $10 billion for you and your peers last year, and to date, developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games. See the full press release.

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17:37
CES 2015: Beeline shows off iPhone 6 case w/...

Whether you are a snowboarder hitting the slopes or a college student going out on the town for drinks, a new case shown off at the Venetian resort in Las Vegas during CES 2015 will help ensure that you stay connected with your iPhone in all situations.
Beeline, as it is called, is a multi-layered protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that features a 30-inch retractable Kevlar cord and durable carabiner that can be attached to anything from your belt loop to a backpack.
Beeline is designed by an outdoorsman for the outdoorsman. The case is primarily marketed towards snowboarders, skiers and those who spend a lot of time outdoors, but it can also prove useful for those who might have had one too many drinks and end up leaving their iPhone behind at a bar — something that...

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17:33
Judge dismisses lawsuit over allegedly faulty Apple...

A California judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit claiming Apple sold MacBooks to customers knowing the laptops contained defective logic boards and would fail within two years.

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17:05
Linuxy Hopes and Dreams for an Inferno-Free 2015


It's the dawn of a new year here in the Linux blogosphere, and that means the power is in our hands to make 2015 a better year than the last one was. At least in theory, the Systemd Inferno possibly, could be extinguished over these next 12 months; Devuan could thrive -- or not; and Linux in general could see its best year yet. What actually will happen? That, of course, is the subject of more than a few musings -- on TechRepublic, at ITworld, and among the tequila-fueled masses.

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17:04
Everyone’s favorite sadistic artificial intelligence...


You all remember Carrot, right? The sadistic, sarcastic artificial intelligence that powers a series of productivity and fitness applications? Well, Carrot’s back with a few new tricks up her sleeve (and possibly some deadly neurotoxin, but who knows?) in a brand new calorie-tracking app called Carrot Hunger.
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17:00
Test driving the ClamCase Pro keyboard case for iPad...

With the arrival of the iPad Air 2 last fall, many case manufacturers went back to the drawing board to produce new products that would accommodate the slightly thinner tablet. One of the favorite keyboard cases for those of us here at TUAW has alway...

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16:49
Hands-on: Elgato Eve smart home modules and Avea...

Earlier this week, Elgato announced a new smart home product ecosystem called Eve. The company brought a few Eve modules, as well as other devices, set for imminent release to CES, offering AppleInsider a first-hand look.

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16:19
First look: Parrot's CarPlay-ready RNB6 head...

Accessory maker parrot expanded its lineup of iOS-connected products at CES with the award-winning RNB6 CarPlay-enabled head unit and H2O standalone plant sensor/automated watering device.

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16:00
How many jobs has Apple helped create in the United...

Apple currently has 66,000 employees working directly for them in the United States, but beyond that direct employment how much impact has the company from Cupertino had on American job growth? Thanks to a report from Apple we now have an idea, and t...

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15:38
CES 2015: Standzout Bandstand is an all-in-one...

While the Apple Watch is still a few months away from release, a handful of accessory makers at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have introduced new accessories for the upcoming smartwatch. Standzout is one of the frontrunners in the space with its new Bandstand charging dock for the Apple Watch. Read ahead for my first impressions of the prototype shown off at CES 2015 this week.
Bandstand features a pivoting platform that holds the Apple Watch and can be easily adjusted for an optimal viewing experience from any angle. A built-in LED light with adjustable brightness makes it easy...

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15:32
On Charging the Purported USB-Only MacBook

Tons of feedback from readers regarding how a USB-only MacBook might charge. I’ve collected a bunch of them from Twitter here. Among the recurring ideas:

  • iPads don’t have MagSafe, and generally aren’t used while charging, so maybe this new MacBook is supposed to work like an iPad, unplugged. Possible, I suppose, but I think this train of logic would lead one to argue that Apple should stop making MacBooks and everyone should just use iPads. The whole point of MacBooks and iPads being separate devices with completely different form factors is that people use them for different tasks, and in different environments. iPads are usually held in hand,1 lessening the need for MagSafe protection. Plus, even if this new MacBook has absolutely staggering...
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15:29
Self-Driving Concept Cars Impress at CES


CEO Mark Fields on Wednesday took the stage at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas and said that Ford Motor is focusing on bringing autonomous automobiles to the masses. Although Ford may not be the first company to produce a self-driving car, it could be the first to deliver one outside of the luxury category, he said in his keynote address. Fields further suggested that fully autonomous cars could hit the streets, if not fill the highways, as early as 2020 -- even if they aren't coming from Ford.

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15:00
Apple updates French website in show of solidarity...

Following the terrorist attack against the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Apple has updated its French homepage with a black banner is a sign of solidarity. The banner reads "Je Suis Charlie" which translated in English means "I am Charlie....

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14:33
Apple updates French website to show support for...

Following a horrific attack on satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead, Apple on Thursday added to its official regional website a full-width black banner reading "Je suis Charlie."

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14:32
First OSX Bootkit Revealed

Trailrunner7 writes A vulnerability at the heart of Apple's Mac OS X systems—one thus far only partially addressed by Apple—opens the door to the installation of malicious firmware bootkits that resist cleanup and give hackers persistent, stealthy control over a compromised Mac. The research is the work of a reverse engineering hobbyist and security researcher named Trammel Hudson, who gave a talk at the recent 31C3 event in Hamburg, Germany, during which he described an attack he called Thunderstrike. Thunderstrike is a Mac OS X bootkit delivered either through direct access to the Apple hardware (at the manufacturer or in transport), or via a Thunderbolt-connected peripheral device; the latter attack vector exposes vulnerable systems to Evil Maid attacks, or state-sponsored attacks where laptops are confiscated and examined in airports or border crossings, for example. Hudson's bootkit takes advantage of a vulnerability in how Apple computers deal with peripheral devices...

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14:30
Hunt Hardcore works for beginning and experienced...

Hunt Hardcore offers a variety of social media type features that allows hunters with all levels of experience to share their adventures and seek help to become better hunters. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later and requires users to re...

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14:15
Harman debuts touchscreen-free CarPlay solution,...

Demonstrating how Apple’s CarPlay will be integrated into upcoming budget vehicles, Harman has shown the Integrated Essentials Cockpit, a new OEM solution that does away with direct touchscreen interaction in favor of a steering wheel-mounted touchpad. The Integrated Essentials Cockpit does away with the currently popular center console-mounted screen, instead bringing Apple’s CarPlay interface directly into the dashboard behind the steering wheel.
Unusually, the CarPlay UI then sits between a left-side speedometer and a right-side tachometer, below a bar with a thermometer and above a fuel gauge and odometer. More pictures and details are below.


What’s different about this particular CarPlay system is the complete lack of...

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14:00
Daily Deals for January 8, 2014, featuring deep...

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

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

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13:47
Apple Inc. stock leaps nearly 4 percent in first...

After being pushed downward across the first week of 2015, Apple's stock surged $4.14 today to close at $111.89, adding over $24.27 billion to the company's market capitalization.

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13:34
Apple updates France website to show support for...


Apple has updated its website for France with a black banner across the bottom of the homepage to recognize the Charlie Hebdo French satirical newspaper. The phrase “Je Suis Charlie” (meaning “I am Charlie) has become a message of support for the newspaper in the aftermath of an attack on the newspaper’s headquarters in Paris.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Charlie Hebdo ...

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13:00
FIle sharing with both Mac and PC

Forums: Active StorageTags: FIle sharing Mac and PC shareCan I use a mac mini with either regular mac os or mac server software ato ct as a server connected to an Active Storage raid so that both mac and windows computers can share files on the Active Storage unit- If so, do I need a mac server on the mac mini, or just regular os ?

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13:00
Airmail updates a popular Apple Mail alternative

While Apple Mail for OS X is in widespread use and generally popular, it hasn't stopped developers from coming out with competing products that add to or extend the Apple Mail feature set.

Postbox and Mail Pilot are a couple of good options, and Air...

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12:49
Rumor: Apple could switch to OLED units for next-gen...


The rumors that Apple will switch from LCDs to thinner, brighter, more power-efficient OLED displays in its iPhones are as old as time. Per 9to5Mac, the latest is a report seemingly originating on Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun cited by GforGames via a Chinese site.
Earlier reports from back in November that Foxconn was building a new US$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...

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12:32
August Connect hub now available for pre-order


This could be useful for home automation.
The August Connect hub, which controls the August Smart Lock via Bluetooth, allows you to remotely unlock or lock your door for guests, immediately know if someone has entered or left your home and automatically locks your door, removing this uncertainty.

The unit is now available for pre-order with the August Connect hub retailing for US$49.99 and the August Smart Lock retailing for US$249.99.
If you have two cents to hurl in on this, please let us know what’s on your mind in the comments.

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12:30
Video: iPhone and Manything app team up to catch...

Have an old iPhone or iPad laying around? You might want to turn it into a security camera for your home, as several folks have done recently using the free Manything home security webcam app. The developer alerted us to a recent TV news clip showing...

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12:29
Apple hires former HP executive to boost corporate...

Apple is pushing harder to sell hardware to enterprise and government markets, and has bolstered those efforts with the hire of a longtime executive at PC maker Hewlett-Packard, it was revealed on Thursday.

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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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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

Download Now

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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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