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Friday December 19

06:31
News: Cook ‘deeply offended’ by BBC allegations

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by allegations in a new BBC documentary regarding Apple’s handling of workers at its Chinese suppliers, The Telegraph reports. In a BBC investigative report which aired last night, BBC’s Panorama revealed poor treatment of workers and a breach of working hour standards, after sending undercover reporters into factories run by Apple supplier Pegatron located on the outskirts of…

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06:22
Design for People Kickstarter book campaign shows...


If you could kick in a few Kickstarter shekels, it could lead to a really interesting book.
We’ve just been informed that Mac user Scott Stowell is looking to complete a book about design and computers called “Design for People”, which discusses design from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

The Kickstarter video looks interesting and, at present, the campaign is less than US$6,000 away from meeting its US$50,000 goal.
Take a gander and if you want to check out the larger project, head over to designforpeople.com and see what you think.

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06:18
Watch ABC app for Apple TV gets full episodes for...

Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on the Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities....

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06:11
McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Ohio, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.The Mac Observer Spin: McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.

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06:08
∞ Samsung’s clever, original use of impressionist...

Samsung’s new ad campaign sure looks familiar.

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06:01
Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

Apple Mail was a disaster in early versions of Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is out, is everything hunky-dory again? Joe Kissell discusses what’s new in Mail — both good and bad. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:00
EyeEm's new Open Edit feature shows you how...

When it comes to photo sharing apps there are plenty of options available that will allow you to filter and modify your images. Companies have to set themselves apart. EyeEm's new 5.0 update for its mobile app isn't just looking to give you options f...

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05:54
Six Colors lists their favorite iOS games

Jason Snell and Dan Moren of Six Colors put together a list of their favorite iOS games. The usual suspects are there, but there are plenty of games that were new to me. A nice little list.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Tim Cook “deeply offended” by BBC allegations of...

In a letter to UK staff, Tim Cook is said to have been “deeply offended” by allegations made in a BBC undercover documentary that Apple had broken promises over the working conditions in Pegatron’s iPhone factories in China, reports the Telegraph.

In an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.
“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” he continued. “Let me tell you,...

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05:46
Apple slams BBC report on suppliers, says provided...

A corporate memo sent out by Apple executive Jeff Williams reveals that both he and Chief Executive Tim Cook are "deeply offended" by a report that aired on the BBC, alleging poor treatment of workers by an Apple supplier in the Far East.

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05:35
Apple addresses allegations made in BBC documentary...

The Telegraph:The BBC’s Panorama programme sent undercover reporters to Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai, where it claims to have uncovered poor treatment of workers and a breach of standards on workers’ hours.In an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December...

If Apple can build enough units to satisfy consumer demand, it could sell as many as 67 million iPhones this quarter, crushing the company's previous all-time sales record, according to a new survey conducted by Morgan Stanley.

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05:10
Interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo designer...

Nothing earth-shattering in this interview, but interesting to get to know the decision maker behind Mario, Zelda, and Amiibo, the NFC-based technology that is emerging as a core part of Nintendo’s future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
Should Apple double the RAM in next year’s iPhones...

2 x 1GB RAM in iPad Air 2 shown in orange (ifixit.com)
A Taiwanese financial news site...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Multi-functional and...

Multi-functional and elegant designs for everyoneThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has a focus on versatility. These cases can carry your credit cards, provide a comfortable way to watch movies, and more. Plus, of course, we included a selection of classy cases for everyday use.AppleAlthough this isn't a new case, it's worth a mention—especially as we approach the holidays. Apple's Leather Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $45 to $49) is a hard-shell case with a premium leather upgrade. The case features a soft microfiber lining that cushions your iPhone, and sports a raised bezel to prevent scratches to your screen when placed face-down on a flat surface.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear tha...

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04:53
Wristband notices when you fall asleep and records...

Two teenagers built this. Heck of an idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:24
An interface exploration for the Apple TV

The Apple TV interface is designed to move one object at a time. Press the right arrow key on your remote, move to the next movie in your list.Radu Dutzan had an idea for a more direct interface (think mouse instead of arrow keys) and built this conceptual prototype using an iPhone and AirPlay.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:21
Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens;...

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has updated its iPad app to offer instant translation of webpages, and the ability to display trending stories and the image of the day in the Notification Center. The app could previously translate via a Safari extension, but can now do so within the app.
The iPhone app also got a visual refresh, with a swipe-up ‘popular now’ tab at the bottom and the ability to swipe through a choice of background images for the app’s homescreen.
Bing and Yahoo are both reportedly making a bid to become the default search engine for iOS when Google’s contract expires next year.
Both iPhone and...

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04:12
Samsung shutting down ChatOn cross-platform...

Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn messaging service in the next few months, the manufacturer has announced. The cross-platform messaging service will go dark on February 1 for the majority of users around the world, though apparently users in the United States could have access to the service for a little while longer than everyone else....

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04:08
Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)

Perhaps you don't know it yet, but you are already in one of the two camps over how Apple refuses to allow Flash to work on iPads. If you doubt this because you haven't even heard of the issue, then you're in the half of the population that has simply never noticed the problem. If you do know it and you're reading this because you know it, then you are getting this problem a lot -- and you have been searching forever for a solution. Photon Flash Player for iPad is a solution. It's a web browser, like Safari, but it comes with the ability to play Flash -- and you pay for that, in how its other......

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04:00
You Should Play: Micromon is the best Pokémon knock-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.If you love Pokémon, you’ll also love Pocket Trend’s Micromon—because it’s practically the same game.Micromon is an adventure game in which you use “Micromons,” or “micro monsters” (instead of “Pokémon,” or “pocket monsters”) to battle other characters and players. You—a newly minted Micromon tamer—travel throughout the world of Pixekai catching Micromons, training them, and battling gym leaders—er, Legion members—to collect certificates that prove your skill. To read this...

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03:04
Uber agrees with Portland council to suspend service...

Uber is putting a stop to its app-based taxi service in Portland, just two weeks after it launched. The Wall Street Journal reports the company made an agreement with the city to put a hold on the service for a three-month period, while the two parties negotiate and create a regulatory framework that allows ridesharing services to coexist with existing cab companies and other transportation options....

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01:41
Google posts response to leaked Sony 'Project...

In the past weeks, quite a lot has been revealed about Sony's role in ongoing anti-piracy efforts due to the leak of emails as part of the fallout of the North Korean-based GOP attack on the studio. In a post on Thursday on the Google Public Policy Blog, Kent Walker, Google SVP and general counsel, outlined even more leaks that describe a combined and carefully planned effort by Sony and five other studios that began this year to provide funding and legal support for the MPAA's efforts to court State Attorney Generals and target Google directly.......

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01:13
Hottest Apple products see improved supply for final...

In the past month, shipping times have been variable for some of Apple's most in-demand products. However, ship dates for the two new iPhone models, the 6 and 6 Plus -- along with the recently-introduced Retina 5K iMac -- have dropped just ahead of the final push of gift-buying for the holiday season. Both online ship times and same-day in-store pickup schedules have improved....

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00:06
Misfortune Cookie exploit endangers 12 million...

Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk....

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Thursday December 18

23:37
Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to...


Apple has today informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so widely in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products. 

Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that apps have increased in price by nearly 100% this year in Russia, roughly in line with foreign exchange rate changes. As of...

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23:03
Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)

Apple's professional photo manager, Aperture, had its advantages over its biggest rival, Adobe Lightroom -- and it is a shame the former been dropped (to be replaced with a new app, Photos for Mac, early next year). One thing Aperture was really good at was adding photos - so much so that we tended to do it over and over. Just not intentionally. One thing it was bad at, by contrast, was helping you find duplicates -- so a big photo library quickly became an unmanageably enormous one. Snapselect intends to fix this for users of Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto -- and anyone who has tried to handle p......

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21:18
Analysis: Title II regulation, with forbearance, the...

Since President Barack Obama voiced his support for reclassification of ISPs as utilities, there has been much debate back and forth, and back again on the topic of "Title II" regulation of carriers. Would it be the dystopian nightmare anti-government zealots and the carriers proclaim, or would it provide a golden utopia of progress for consumers and American businesses alike?...

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21:16
Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg to play Andy...

Michael Stuhlbarg in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
More casting news regarding the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic now being produced by Universal Pictures has come to light in yet another set of leaked Sony emails. According to Deadline, Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg has been selected to play Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team.
Apart from Stuhlbarg, several other casting...

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19:14
Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way


Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled. "That caught a lot of people by surprise," said Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes. Docker is an open platform for building, shipping and running distributed applications.

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18:45
White House encourages US telecommunications to...

In a fact sheet released on Wednesday, the White House has outlined some of the ways normalization of relations with Cuba will impact trade and travel. The document covers not only how many cigars Americans can bring home with them from trips to the island nation, but encouraged telecommunications companies to improve the Cuban people's connection to the rest of the world....

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17:56
WATCH ABC Apple TV channel update brings full...

In an update to its WATCH ABC app for Apple TV, ABC is allowing access to full-length episodes one week after they air, even to users who do not log in with TV provider credentials.

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17:22
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day,...

Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices as the Online Apple Store on Thursday shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations, 1 to 3 days for iPhone 6 and immediate availability for the Retina 5K iMac.

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17:10
Hands On: Supreme Ruler (Steam for OS X, Windows)

War games may have originated from the need to boost military logistics and planning, but they have since become popular with civilian gamers. Risk and Chess are two popular war games most people are familiar with, as are Civilization and Hearts of Iron. How does newcomer Supreme Ruler Ultimate, by Battlegoat Studios, stack up to the classics?...

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17:09
BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker...

The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.

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17:00
ClipDis: Letting movie clips do your messaging for...

ClipDis for iOS (free) is about as different from the typical messaging app as you can imagine. You type your text, and the app replaces every word you type with a clip from a popular movie. You can then save the clip to your camera roll, send to Fac...

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16:56
Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese...

mrspoonsi writes with the findings of an investigation into working conditions at a factory that makes Apple products. Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I...

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16:28
Minecraft Players Will Get to Shape the Game's...


Mojang has partnered with Telltale Games to create a brand new Minecraft game that will be narrative-driven. Dubbed "Minecraft: Story Mode," the series will be set in the world of Minecraft, but it will feature an original story that combines new characters with familiar themes and is driven by player choice. It will be a separate standalone product. "We're not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail," said Mojang spokesperson Owen Hill. "It will be a cool game."

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16:22
Watch ABC for Apple TV updated with the ability to...

ABC issued an update to its Watch ABC channel on the Apple TV today. The channel now allows all users to watch the latest episodes of their favorite shows, without the need to login through a cable provider, as was previously required.
Of course, you won’t be able to jump in and start watching the newest episode the day after it airs. As was the case with the previous version of the channel, episodes are only made available one week after they’ve aired.

The update also introduces a new continuous play mode similar to the one...

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16:06
New USB thumb drive-sized device can take over...

A new USB microcontroller -- roughly the size of a small thumb drive -- has been demonstrated as a proof-of-concept device that leverages a serious and unfixable vulnerability in USB easily take over and install malware on any unlocked computer. Though it requires physical access or tricking the user into inserting the controller into a USB port, the device has worrying implications for any computer left unattended for more than a minute -- the time it takes for the device to gain admin access, change network settings, install a backdoor and remove any obvious sign of intrusion.......

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16:00
Capturing New York City's "Holiday Wonders...

Truth NYC is a digital PR agency based around, you guessed it, New York City. This year they were tasked with creating a holiday video campaign for a luxury skincare brand. To meet that goal they picked up a powerful video shooting tool: the iPhone 6...

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15:30
Heyday goes 2.0, adds sharing, locking via Touch ID...

About a month ago I wrote a review of Heyday, a free personal journal app that captures location and photo information and turns it into a wonderful day by day photo journal of your life. I love the app, but wondered "where can they go from here?" Th...

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15:20
Save 96% on The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift...

80 hours of video training and 24 in-depth courses. This is a massive bundle of iOS 8 developer training courses for Apple's new Swift language. Bought separately, the retail price is US$2,956, but through our deal you can get the whole shebang for $99. Boom! Over the course of the training, you'll build 70 different apps, watch more than 1,000 videos, learn how to upload to the App Store, and learn fundamentals on app design itself. This would make a great gift for someone in your life who wants to learn how to program, too.

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15:17
Apple CEO Tim Cook gives 'substantial' sum...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently decided to publicly announce he is "proud to be gay," has made a "substantial" donation to a cause promoting gay rights in the U.S. South, including his home state of Alabama.

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15:12
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards via email 15%...

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:

$100 iTunes gift card for $85 w/ email delivery from PayPal (15% savings)

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 iPhone...

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15:00
AudioFlood's waterproof iPod is a swimmer'...

Swimming in an incredible form of exercises, especially as you age, but there's one problem for people like myself who use exercise time to work through podcasts and records you'd like to check out. Namely, it's really difficult to listen to music un...

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14:30
The App Store Year in Review in one infographic

Apple Sliced is a online service that tracks the price of every sale made in the App Store. It's a solid resource for locating daily sales and popular apps. They've just released an interesting infographic that takes a look at prices and activity acr...

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14:30
Apple Job Posting Suggests Worldwide Expansion of...

Apple Pay has been a huge success in the United States. The mobile payment purchase is supported by credit cards used for 90 percent of purchases. Now, thanks to a job posting that's been spotted, it seems Apple is ready to expand Apple Pay into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

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14:18
Undercover video shows alleged worker rights...

Apple is once again in the crosshairs of a major media outlet over supposed worker rights abuse, this time with supplier Pegatron caught on undercover video questionable treatment of workers at an iPhone 6 factory.

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14:06
Amazon’s Prime Now same-day delivery service arrives...

Amazon has launched a new service called Prime Now which, as its title suggests, hopes to bring products from Amazon to your door faster than ever. The service currently offers “tens of thousands” of items spanning a wide variety of categories, is available now in parts of Manhattan for Amazon Prime members, and users have the option of going with either one or two hour delivery.

Getting your items within one hour of them being ordered costs $7.99, but two hour delivery–which allows you to select any two-hour period between 6 AM and midnight–is completely free (besides the cost of Prime, of course). To get started using the service, Amazon says you need to download the Prime Now app from the App Store, log in with your existing Amazon Prime account...

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14:00
With systems down, Sony employees turn to iPhones...

With Sony still struggling to recover from having its entire computer system hacked, our sister site TechCrunch recently spoke to a Sony employee about the current state of affairs within the company.

Still today, many of Sony's affected internal co...

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13:53
Cook makes 'generous' donation to LGBT...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "generous personal financial investment" in Project One America, an LGBT rights effort run by the Human Rights Campaign, according to an announcement. Project One is concentrated on securing marriage and nondiscrimination rights for LGBT people in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. HRC says it's interested in "tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most." The organization also lauds Cook for being the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, calling it a "clear and powerful message" about it being acceptable to......

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13:40
Adobe Illustrator Line & Photoshop Sketch iPad...


Adobe updated two of its creative iPad apps today with new features and additional Bluetooth stylus support. Both Illustrator Line and Photoshop Sketch were updated to version 2.1 and picked up support for FiftyThree’s Pencil Bluetooth stylus and...

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13:30
The crapification of great iOS apps

I love physics-based games, and Fish Out Of Water by Halfbrick Studios is one of the best. Well, I should say it was one of the best, and for well over a year it brought a smile to my face on a daily basis. Today, it's simply not the same game it was...

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13:00
Procreate now available in a convenient pocket size

Procreate (US$5.99) has long been the go-to app for artists wanting to use their iPad as a digital canvas. Today there's a new version of the app available for those who want the ultimate portable art studio - Procreate Pocket ($2.99) for iPhone.

Op...

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12:59
Lyft, Seamless & Amazon Instant Video add iPhone...

A trio of popular apps --?Amazon Instant Video, Lyft and Seamless -- all gained native-resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Thursday, joining a number of others also updated this week. In addition, JetBlue airlines added Touch ID logins for TrueBlue members, while SwiftKey is providing users with a free, festive holiday keyboard theme.

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12:50
Siri founder Adam Cheyer tells the story of its...

While the video is at times technical and “in the weeds” it is a great overview of the creation of Siri that I hadn’t yet seen.  Mixed in are anecdotes about Apple, Steve Jobs and other players that made the technology happen.
Walking backward in time, Adam discussed the technical history of Siri as well as how the vision of virtual personal assistants evolved over time. He wowed the audience with a video from 1987 on a concept from Apple where predicted a Siri like device 24 years in the future and was only off by 2 weeks.
The talk is from the Listen 2014 Conference given last month. Cheyer left Apple in late 2012 and has started work on a new Startup
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12:49
Hands On: Habits Pro (iOS)

They say it takes 21 days to make a good habit or break a bad one, which seems simple enough. Logically, most people should be able to clear the three week hurdle with little effort. However, most of us can get a little absent-minded, especially when we get busy. That's why Habits Pro, by Track & Share Apps, exists -- to help people stay on task in their quest for self-improvement....

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12:31
McDonald’s increases sales by beaming offers to...

McDonald’s is testing Bluetooth beacon-based offers in at least some of its locations as it pilots beacon platform Piper that works with both iOS devices using Apple’s iBeacon framework and other mobile devices.
Piper announced today that it’s testing its beacon platform in McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia and pushing deals out to users that download its mobile app that sends location-based offers when users come in contact with its beacons.
While the initial pilot is limited to McDonald’s locations across Columbus, the...

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12:30
Daily Deals for December 18, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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12:19
Amazon announces Prime Now service for parts of...


If you’re in the heart of New York City and can’t get your Amazon order fast enough, this is for you.
Amazon has just announced a 1-hour delivery service in the form of Prime Now, exclusive to Prime members. The service currently limited to select areas of Manhattan and users can choose 1-hr delivery forUS $7.99 or select a 2-hr window for free.

The Amazon Prime Now app is available for iOS and offers bike messenger position tracking.
The app requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

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12:15
The Week in iOS Apps: The latest from Google, MSN,...

The latest from Google, MSN, and moreSome of the biggest names in the computer industry have new or fresh iOS apps available this week. Read on!Email+This $3 app is supposed to make email on your iOS device a frictionless experience—if you don’t sign in, the app will automatically use your iOS email address for sending and receiving. It integrates with other apps, letting you send information from Maps and Safari, and even lets you attach GIFs with a built-in Giphy search. It bundles together with the new Group Text+ app for just $4.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:10
Tim Cook makes personal donation to LGBT equality...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a “generous personal financial investment” in Project One America, an LGBT equality campaign focused on three Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin announced the donation on the civil rights organization’s blog today.
When Tim first learned about HRC’s Project One America – our bold, comprehensive campaign to dramatically advance equality for LGBT Americans in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi – he said, “I’m in.” Thanks to his generous personal financial investment in the program, together we will move the needle forward at the local and state level, tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most.
In announcing the Apple CEO’s personal donation to Project One America, the HRC also praised...

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12:03
Apple rejects conclusions of BBC expose showing...

Ahead of the airing of a Panorama documentary on the subject, the BBC has published a web piece revealing the outcomes of its investigation into Apple's supply chain. The network went undercover and charges that promises to protect the rights of workers were "routinely broken." In particular the BBC found violations of standards for work hours, ID cards, dormitories, meetings, and underage labor at Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai....

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12:00
News: BBC investigative report claims Apple fails to...

Apple has not lived up to its commitment to improve working conditions in its Chinese suppliers’ factories, according to a new undercover BBC investigation. In a documentary scheduled to air tonight, titled “Apple’s Broken Promises,” BBC Panorama shows what conditions inside a Chinese iPhone 6 production line are really like. The investigation found standards being breached at Pegatron factories on everything from workers’…

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12:00
FlowVella: The presentation app formerly known as...

What's the difference between Flowboard and Flipboard? If you're the creators of Flowboard - a presentation creation app -apparently the app name isn't different enough from Flipboard, the story aggregation app. A trademark court found Flowboard to b...

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11:58
Unedited footage of a bear…Wait, what?

From Kottke.org:Following in the footsteps of Too Many Cooks is Unedited Footage of a Bear. It aired for the first time on Adult Swim this week in their 4am infomercial slot. It starts off as a nature thing with a bear which is interrupted by a fake infomercial and then. Gets. WEIRD.First things first, weird does not even begin to describe this experience. I found it riveting and, more importantly, disturbing. So don’t watch this if you are not in a safe place, personally, and I wouldn’t share this with kids. But if you feel up to it, dig in.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:48
Experts Forecast the End of Privacy as We Know It


Privacy's future appears muddy at best, judging from a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More than 2,500 Internet experts and analysts were narrowly divided on whether policy makers and technology innovators would create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025. Fifty-five percent didn't believe a structure to protect privacy would be in place; 45 percent believed such a structure would be created.

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11:47
Third iOS 8.2 beta brings back blood glucose tracking

Apple has begun seeding a third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers. Significantly the code restores blood glucose tracking in the Health app, which was temporarily disabled earlier this year due to confusion caused by the app displaying data in mg/dL but accepting data from devices using mmol/L as well. In the new software, users can toggle between mg/dL or mmol/L....

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Hal Leonard PlayAlong has wealth of interactive...

Hal Leonard PlayAlong is an interactive sheet music app that provides powerful tools for learning, playing and recording a wide variety of music. Everything from Adele to Frank Sinatra to the Frozen soundtrack is available in the integrated Sheet Mus...

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The Story Behind Apple’s ‘The Song’ Commercial (...

I love Apple's new spot called "The Song." It was released on Sunday, and on Wednesday Apple published a behind-the-scenes video called "The Story Behind 'The Song.'" It explains the concept evident in the commercial-a young woman finds a a record of a love song her grandmother made for her grandfather. She then takes that recording, which was made in a Voice-O-Graph booth , and adds guitar and vocals to turn it into a duet. More interestingly, however, the video also shows how Apple worked with Third Man Records-the label owned by Jack White-to make the video. The actress who played the grandmother in the late 40s recorded the song used in the commercial on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph owned by Third Man Records. That same booth was filmed for the commercial, too. Check it out-it's very cool.

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11:05
Mac: Algoriddim djay Pro

Algoriddim’s djay app has pretty much set the standard for digital DJ’ing, having debuted for the Mac back in 2006 and then of course, it later morphed into impressive iPad and iPhone versions. Now, however, Algoriddim has taken its flagship app to the next level with djay Pro ($50), a landmark update and redesign that brings the Mac version more in-line with the highly popular iOS versions, while aiming to take advantage of the full power available on the latest Mac platforms and build a user interface that is powerful enough for pros, yet accessible enough for the average consumer. The new version, rewritten as a native 64-bit application, provides a 60fps graphics engine and is optimized for the Retina Displays on the MacBook Pros and new iMacs. A $50 price tag is the 40 percent-off launch price for an unestablished amount of time.
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11:02
iOS 8.2 brings back blood glucose tracking, explains...



In addition to supporting WatchKit and the Apple Watch, the iOS 8.2 software update will re-introduce some previously removed features in Apple’s Health app on iOS 8 as well as provide some feature enhancements. As discovered in the latest iOS 8.2 beta for developers, Apple is reintroducing support for blood glucose tracking through the iOS 8 Health app after an issue with which unit of...

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11:00
Jimmy Fallon gifts his audience with iPads

Everybody in the studio audience last night for NBC's Tonight Show got a little something last night from host Jimmy Fallon: a sparkling new iPad Air 2.

Fallon is a huge fan of Apple products, with a MacBook on his set desk and iPad doo-wop duets wi...

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10:54
Apple says ‘no other company doing as much’ in...

Ahead of a BBC special exploring work conditions in Apple’s supply chain airing tonight, BBC.com today published a story revealing the results of its investigation. The news outlet went undercover into Apple’s supply chain and claims “Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely broken” while citing a number of workplace violations:
It found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories…Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai… One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in...

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10:49
djay Pro hits the decks with huge OS X update


Much of the innovation in DJ software has centered on mobile over the past couple of years. The white-hot iOS market has exploded with DJ software lead by Algoriddim‘s revolutionary djay app for iPhone and iPad, which have changed the way DJs play music live.
In additional to its popular iOS apps Algoriddim also offers djay for OS X (first launched in 2006) that today got a major reboot as djay Pro ($49.99,...

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10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-18

You can't buy an iPhone in Russia today because Apple isn't cool with the wildly fluctuating ruble. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision and what impact that has on the company and consumers, plus they take a detour into Sony's decision to not release "The Interview," and they touch on Netflix's decision to not offer movies for offline viewing.

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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 8.2 to registered developers, featuring a build number of 12D5452a. As with other recent versions, the latest beta appears to be primarily focused on fixes and enhancements to WatchKit to allow developers to continue preparing their apps for next year’s debut of the Apple Watch....

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10:06
Jimmy Fallon gives out iPad Air 2 to Tonight Show...

On Wednesday's episode of the Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon gave away an iPad Air 2 to every member of the studio audience. The segment (below) was part of a week-long series of giveaways. It wasn't identified which models people were getting, although NBC may have opted to give people 16GB Wi-Fi versions, given the costs involved. Even at that bottom tier, the tablet costs $499....

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10:03
Yahoo iOS app adds local news, comments, & new...


Yahoo announced an update to its Yahoo iOS app today that adds local news, commenting, and UI tweaks to the company’s app for accessing news and other Yahoo services.
Want to know more about what’s going on around you? Today we’re bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App. As you move around the country, you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your area.
In addition to local news stories for users in the US, readers now have the ability to comment on articles:
“Now, you can engage with other Yahoo App readers and react...

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10:00
A novel smartphone case that should never touch your...

YouTube member curtisnstacey created a novel smartphone case that requires you to push your phone into a ballon as it is deflating. It's a clever trick that will allow the balloon to fold itself over your phone, forming a protective cover.

Though in...

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09:55
Apple releases third beta of iOS 8.2 with latest...

Developers on Thursday were supplied with a new beta of iOS 8.2 as well as Xcode 6.2, providing the latest updates to Apple's WatchKit tools for creating Apple Watch apps.

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09:53
Family Sharing is convenient, but comes with its own...

UPDATE: This article originally omitted discussing how location sharing
can be selectively disabled for members of a Family Sharing
group, and has been updated to include that.
No Mac is an island, and every iPad is part of the main. But Apple has, for many years, had trouble with letting a group of allied people—let’s call them a “family”—make best used of shared devices and shared digital purchases. Family Sharing is the latest attempt by Apple to facilitate families’ sharing (if not caring).
It comes with a hidden curse, though: Families that share together can have all their devices wiped together and all track each other’s locations, regardless of one’s age. One could argue these are good things when you’ve chosen to opt into Family Sharing and location sharing. But, as your faithful writer keeps stressing, you have to know the risks in order to evaluate them....

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09:50
Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers

Apple today released the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers for testing. The first iOS 8.2 beta was previously released alongside WatchKit to allow developers to test app functionality ahead of the upcoming Apple Watch release while the second release went out last week. We’ll update with any significant changes found in the latest iOS 8.2 beta release.
- The update is currently rolling out over-the-air to testers running previous versions of the iOS 8.2...

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09:39
Algoriddim djay Pro comes to Mac, TurboTax debuts...

Popular music tool djay Pro has made the leap from iOS to OS X with a new app on the Mac App Store, competing with the likes of Traktor. In addition, TurboTax on Thursday introduced an all-new iOS app ahead of tax season, allowing taxpayers to conveniently file wherever they are.

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09:35
9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases...


iPads need stands. Whether you’re watching videos, long-form typing, or making FaceTime calls, it’s a chore to hold the iPad upright for extended blocks of time. To address that need, Apple launched the first iPad with regular and keyboard docks, but quickly gave up on them in favor of simpler folding lids called Smart Covers.

If you’re looking for an iPad stand or dock, you can do better than that. We know because we’ve tested lots of options for Apple’s tablets. Following up on our guide to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus docks, we’re looking today at the very best of what’s out there for every iPad, covering four broad categories: simple portable stands, simple desktop stands, cases with integrated stands,...

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09:30
SwiftKey gets into the holiday spirit with a free...

By now you should have completely abandoned the iOS default keyboard in favor of one of the many fantastic third-party options available -- if you haven't, what is wrong with you? -- and if SwiftKey is your weapon of choice you'll find that an app up...

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09:24
Jawbone delays shipping Up3 fitness tracker until...

Jawbone will be missing out on the bump in revenues from holiday sales of its new flagship product entirely, it has been reported. The Up3, launched at the start of November and originally set to ship before the end of the year, will instead be delayed to early next year, thanks to delays caused by a number of manufacturing issues....

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09:00
Apple raised more than $20 million in holiday...

Apple raised more than US$20 million in its recent Product (RED) holiday campaign, reports Re/code citing an internal email that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to employees.

"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more t...

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08:40
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic Field ($100) is a stereo audio/video field microphone that plugs directly into the Lightning port of an iOS device. Though it looks a lot like IK's previous iRig Mic Cast, that accessory was designed specifically for voice recordings. iRig Mic Field can handle stereo-quality audio or video recordings, including field and music recordings. The pocket-sized microphone can rotate 90 degrees for easy recording in portrait or landscape mode. We'll have a full review in the near future.{/exp:char_limit}

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Amazon Prime Now offers one-hour deliveries in...

After experimenting with same-day deliveries in a number of cities, Amazon is now increasing the speed of delivery for some customers with the launch of Prime Now. The new service, launching in Manhattan today, will let Prime subscribers place orders for thousands of essential items, and receive the delivery on their doorstep in an hour or less....

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djay Pro for Mac brings four decks, Spotify, high-...

Algoriddim has launched djay Pro, a new Mac edition of its typically iOS-based DJ software. In its new incarnation the app supports up to four simultaneous decks, rather than two, and can draw music not just from a local iTunes library but from Spotify, thanks to a partnership with the streaming music service. It also exploits Retina displays and multi-core 64-bit processors; on a 12-core Mac Pro, the app can handle up to 24 processing threads at once for track analysis....

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08:29
iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures

Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.

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08:17
Apple's holiday push for AIDS-fighting...

Apple’s past Black Friday deals were never anything major—usually small discounts that covered sales tax and not much else. For last year’s annual shopping holiday, the company moved to free gift cards with purchase, and this year was more of the same. But this past Black Friday, your purchases also raised money for the AIDS-fighting nonprofit (RED) and The Global Fund—more than $20 million in total.In an email to Apple employees first reported by Re/code, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has raised more than $100 million for (RED) since first partnering with the Bono-led nonprofit in 2006. Apple donated a percentage of (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards that were handed out with select Black Friday purchases, and on Cyber Monday (which...

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08:00
Judge denies request to release video of Steve Jobs...

Just one day after Apple emerged victorious in its iPod antitrust lawsuit, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that there was no overwhelming "public interest" in releasing videotaped deposition testimony of Steve Jobs taken a few months before his pa...

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Watch Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Oprah Moment’, gifting The...

Alongside Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon has become the voice of the iPhone 6 with Apple releasing a continuous series of ads featuring both entertainers. Fallon also sits behind a MacBook on the set of The Tonight Show on NBC, something that he brought over from his time hosting Late Night on NBC.
Now Fallon’s Tonight Show is giving the gift of Apple, specifically to the studio audience from last night’s taping as each attendee was gifted with a brand new iPad Air 2 as part of this week’s holiday gift giveaway segment. See the clip above (and wish you were there!) …
(We know Hulu works in a very limited number of countries and will post the YouTube clip when available.)Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged:...

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07:22
Job listing points to global Apple Pay growth,...

(Updated with Chinese job listing) A new job listing indicates that Apple is actively working on expanding Apple Pay worldwide, beginning with Europe. The company is seeking an Apple Pay intern who will work with a London-based team. The listing states that Apple Pay is "set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa," and that the London group will collaborate with "issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe."...

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07:08
Apple seeks Shanghai-based Apple Pay engineer ahead...

Apple is gearing up for the global expansion of its tap-to-pay mobile wallet service, Apple Pay, with new hires sought to fill positions avialable around the world, including in China.

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