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Tuesday January 6

13:00
CES 2015: Braven announces Fuse audio mixer, luxury...

One company is really making a splash at CES this year, and that company is Braven. Yesterday we gave you the news about three new speaker lines from the accessories manufacturer. Today, the press release flood continued with news of the US$99.99 Fus...

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12:34
Apple Watch launch expected in March, retail...


Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, and sources familiar with the product’s development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March. Apple previously said that the wearable product will ship in “early 2015,” while Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts got a bit more specific by telling employees that the launch will occur in the “spring,” after the Chinese New Year…

Several sources tell us that Apple is planning an extensive testing program to familiarize Apple Retail Store employees with the new product category. One or two representatives from many Apple Stores...

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12:30
Daily Deals for January 6, 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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12:26
CES15: Parrot RBN6 puts both Carplay and Android...


Parrot sells some good stuff and this might be worth looking into.
The Parrot RNB6 allows users to effortlessly switch back and forth between the competing operating systems coming to market: Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s Carplay. Just connect your phone, push a button, and all your apps are pushed to the dashboard, where you can interact with them using voice controls and generally stay a little safer on the road.

The RNB6 features a 7-inch 720p “IPS Pro” touchscreen, along with a 4 x 55-watt audio amplifier and a wired wide-angle 1080p dash cam (with “Super HDR”). The device runs on a slightly customized version of Android 5.0 that offers media playback, navigation, telephony, dash cam, air control, parking assistance and onboard diagnostics (for tire pressure, parking sensors, air conditioning and more); as well as voice control for some of these features.
Final pricing...

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12:00
Mophie expands Juice Pack line for iPhone 6


Accessory maker Mophie announced that it’s expanding its popular line of Juice Pack battery packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to The Verge, as of today, three new battery packs are up for preorder starting at US$99, and each will provide upward of 60 percent extra battery life.
The new lineup starts with the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6, which effectively doubles the iPhone 6′s already decent battery life. The Juice Pack Plus adds 120 percent extra battery life. The Juice Pack for the 6 Plus adds a meager 60 percent battery, but that shouldn’t bother most since the 6 Plus can already last more than a full day on a single charge after reasonable use. All three also come with bumpers inside the case to prevent damage upon impact. We’re not...

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12:00
You can now buy a SIM-free iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the...

Say you want a brand new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but you're worried about getting stuck in another long term relationship with mobile carrier. Previously your only option was purchasing an unlocked iPhone from T-Mobile, but as of today you have options. ...

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11:59
Braven announces $99 Fuse wireless audio mixer that...

There are a lot of audio mixers and DJ controllers on the market specifically for iPad and iPhone users, but so far most require you to run cables or dock your device in a rather large unit. The latest option that we got a chance to try during CES today is Braven’s new Fuse Bluetooth audio mixer, a lightweight wireless option that lets you connect two audio sources and your output all through Bluetooth:
BRAVEN unveils the BRAVEN Fuse, a wireless Bluetooth® portable audio mixer that fades and mixes multiple audio streams for mashup sessions on-the-go.  Designed to liven any gathering, the BRAVEN Fuse allows users to create custom tracks and splice songs between multiple devices.
As for what’s included on the mixer, you’ll find volume, low, mid, and...

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11:57
The best letter ever written

An 86-year-old woman wrote this to her bank manager. Priceless.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:40
The best RSS reader for OS X

Stephen Hackett has a look at a dozen RSS readers for OS X and while the winner is no surprise, it’s a great read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:34
Pioneer unveils its improved NEX in-dash receivers...

Pioneer was first to bring CarPlay to the market without requiring you to buy a new car, and at CES 2015 today the company announced the second generation of its CarPlay-enabled NEX in-dash receivers. The latest Pioneer NEX displays all support CarPlay and start at $700 with 6.2-inch and 7-inch resistive and capacitive touch displays.
The specific models of Pioneer’s latest NEX in-dash receivers include AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, AVIC-6100NEX, AVIC-5100NEX and AVH-4100NEX.
Pioneer’s flagship model, the AVIC-...

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11:17
Apple’s next major Mac revealed: the radically new...


Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display. Sources within Apple, who have used internal prototype versions of the upcoming computer, have provided in-depth details about the machine, and our exclusive artist renditions of the revamped MacBook Air provide the first close look at Apple’s first major step in mobile Mac computing since the Retina MacBook Pro launch in 2012.

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11:00
You've been using an awful lot of shopping apps...

Year-end mobile use statistics are usually pretty predictable, at least in terms of overall growth -- Spoiler Alert: It goes up every year -- but 2014 was actually somewhat surprising, if Yahoo's Flurry analytics is to be believed. According to the c...

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10:50
Incipio announces Trestle iPhone 6 Plus case to ‘...

Incipio is showing off its latest at CES this week and one new product that we just got a first look at is its new Trestle case for iPhone 6 Plus. The company is taking full advantage of the controversy over rare instances of the iPhone 6 Plus bending under pressure and incorporating the “Defend against the bend” slogan into the product’s marketing.
We’re not too sure that Apple will be all that pleased that a popular case manufacturer is playing into the bending controversy, but perhaps it will work for Incipio when customers worried about bending see the branding in stores.
Incipio says the new Trestle case for iPhone 6 is a reinforced protective case “...

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10:07
Kenwood introduces its first aftermarket CarPlay...

Kenwood announced today at CES 2015 its first entry into the aftermarket CarPlay space with its new DDX9902S multimedia receiver. Kenwood’s announcement follows the roll out of competing aftermarket CarPlay head units from both Pioneer, which was first to bring CarPlay to the market and Alpine, which built a dedicated CarPlay display. In addition to supporting CarPlay, Kenwood says its DDX9902S display will support Google’s Android Auto feature in the same unit.Specific details about Kenwood’s new CarPlay-supporting DDX9902S multimedia receiver are not yet...

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10:03
Google Outs Unpatched Windows 8.1 Kernel Flaw


Microsoft got a fiery start to 2015 when Google last week publicized a kernel vulnerability in Windows 8.1 Update. Google Project Zero's James Forshaw, who discovered the flaw, ranked it as a high-severity issue. Although Forshaw reported it to Microsoft last September, the company had not yet fixed the problem when Google published it. The vulnerability lets people falsely pose as administrators. Microsoft's tardiness could be due to "anything from competing internal priorities to lost emails," said Bromium security researcher Jared DeMott.

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10:00
These people think an iPhone 6 costs upwards of $7,...

iPhones aren't cheap -- that's always been one of the sticking points for anyone debating between a bargain-priced Android smartphone and one of Apple's handsets -- but they sure as heck don't cost anywhere near what these Price Is Right contestants ...

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09:45
The top 50 cities to see in your lifetime

Huffington Post:From the great ancient capitals to the modern cities of Asia, the Americas, and beyond, here are the 50 cities you must see during your lifetime.Out of the 50, I really only want to visit 23 of the listed cities. I’ve been to 11 so far.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
CES 2015: Energous WattUp wireless charging

"Wireless charging" for Apple devices at this point usually consists of wrapping your iPhone or iPad in a special case or attaching a special dongle to the Lightning port and then placing the device on some sort of inductive charging pad (the Qi char...

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08:41
Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units


It’s not cheap, but it’s unlocked and nifty.
Per AppleInsider, the Apple Store has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at unsubsidized prices, offering customers the ability to purchase without a T-Mobile SIM card.
In the U.S., customers have been able to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from day one, but it would ship with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. Starting Tuesday, the Apple Store began offering a SIM-free option starting at the same US$649 price for the entry-level 16-gigabyte iPhone 6.

The new unlocked iPhone 6 model is identified as A1586, while the iPhone 6 Plus is model A1524. They are compatible with carriers around the world, and for U.S. customers can be activated on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint.
The new phones are actually different than the T-Mobile unlocked handsets, which are identified as model A1549...

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08:36
Perla Haney-Jardine to play Steve Jobs’ daughter in...


Actress Perla Haney-Jardine has been picked to play the daughter of Steve Jobs in Universal’s upcoming biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Per the report, Haney-Jardine will play Lisa Jobs in the film following prior roles in Spider-Man 3 from 2007, Untraceable in 2008, and Kill Bill: Volume 2 in 2004.
Natalie Portman was previously...

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08:28
Apple reports falling iTunes Music Store numbers in...


iTunes Music Store downloads are falling.
And the numbers aren’t pretty.
According to VentureBeat, in a securities filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple reported declining iTunes Music Store numbers.
“Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases,” the company wrote. “This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.”

The news is not exactly a shocker. After all, industry figures show subscription streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are growing in popularity while digital downloads are declining. In addition, competing...

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08:10
Google Nest picks up additional collaboration...


Google’s Nest project is starting to get some promising collaboration partners.
Per CNET, Nest has been tacking on product partners since its initial developer program announcement last June. With several big-name integrations already secured — Dropcam, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool — this open-software-collaboration, dubbed “Works with Nest,” appears to have caught on.
August, LG, Philips Hue and UniKey have all just been inducted into Works with Nest and the related integrations are available right now.

So, if you happen to have a Nest Learning Thermostat and an August Smart Lock, you can pair them so that unlocking or locking your door automatically kicks your thermostat into either Home or Away mode (similarly, the UniKey Kevo Smart Lock knows who is home as well as their...

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08:04
CES 2015: Moshi launches chic new AirPlay speaker...


Although Apple’s AirPlay wireless speaker technology has pretty much faded out of public view, there are still companies producing new designs to support the standard. Moshi today announced Spatia, a particularly attractive design combining respectable speakers, amplifiers, and fancy external materials including metallic and fabric accents. Standard AirPlay features such as lossless audio streaming and router-free Wi-Fi Direct are included, enabling Spatia to operate independently or on an existing Wi-Fi network.
The all-in-one system contains twin 1-inch tweeters, two 2.75-inch drivers, and a 4-inch downward-firing subwoofer, notably in a housing with a stand that keeps all of the speakers floating above the surface of a table. Moshi hasn’t compromised on the audio processing hardware, either,...

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08:00
CES 2015: AT&T announces 4G LTE Modio Smartcase...

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini, and now you're regretting the fact that you can't work or play while away from Wi-Fi networks. Regrets, begone! At CES 2015, AT&T today announced the new Modio Smartcase, which is essentially an iPad cas...

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07:20
Gogoro: The Little Electric Scooter That Could?


Gogoro on Monday took to the stage at CES to unveil a zero-emissions electric scooter. The Smartscooter is designed to be powered by batteries available via subscription from a network of vending machines in urban areas around the world. Equipped with 30 onboard sensors, cloud connectivity and an integrated mobile app, the Gogoro Smartscooter allows users to take advantage of features such as adaptive throttle control and customized regenerative braking, receive detailed scooter diagnostics -- and find the closest battery-vending GoStation.

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07:00
iSmartAlarm rolls out new devices and features

I looked at the iSmartAlarm system last year and found it really useful and easy to install. I appreciated that, unlike most security systems, there was no subscription or recurring charges. Buy the gear, add more devices if you want them, and you're...

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06:35
Apple Pay adds support for 8 new card issuers/banks

Apple’s list of supported banks and card issuers for Apple Pay is growing again today with the addition of 8 new banks and credit unions, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The full list of newly supported card issuers includes:
Security Service Federal Credit Union
Consumers Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
Cyprus Federal Credit Union
Fairwinds Credit Union
Mountain America Credit Union
Partners Federal Credit Union
Customers Bank
The new card issuers added today follow latest additions, Fremont Bank & NIH Federal Credit Union, added last month. Apple continues to roll out support monthly for additional banks as it works to add the more...

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06:31
External Link: Why David Sparks is Quitting Family...

Attorney, author, blogger, and podcaster David Sparks has given up on Apple’s new Family Sharing feature. Sparks has outlined several reasons for the decision, including the fact that in-app purchases and iTunes Match were not included in Family Sharing, some apps refused to update, and his family experienced disappearing playlists while Family Sharing was enabled. 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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06:27
External Link: How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac...

If you’re curious about the upcoming Windows 10, Peter Cohen of iMore details how to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac for free using the VirtualBox virtualization software. Cohen doesn’t recommend installing Windows 10 under Boot Camp yet, since it’s not officially supported. 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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06:20
Yahoo Mail iOS app now lets you track packages,...

Yahoo has released an updated version of its Yahoo Mail app for iPhone and with it comes the ability to track packages for online purchases without leaving the app. The feature arrives as the latest addition in Yahoo’s mission to integrate some of its other key services— news, weather, magazines— as features in its Mail app.
The package tracking feature works for online purchases through a long list of popular retailers (but not all) and appears in the app’s Today view:
Tracking online shopping purchases can be tricky. To make your life a little bit easier, we’re adding package notifications to the latest release of the Yahoo Mail app for iOS in the U.S. Now, you can view and track shipped packages in the “Yahoo Today” section of the app from sites including Amazon, eBay, Zappos, Target, Best Buy, Macys.com and more. We’ll notify you when your package has shipped, when it’s...

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06:00
Storage space and affinities

Forums: TroubleshootingHello,
we've got 75tb XSAN with one volume consisted of three storage pools. We've got three folders (i will name them here folderone, foldertwo and folderthree) where each folder has its own affinity. I will name pools storageone, storagetwo and storagethree here.
Storagethree has 21TB of space. Folderthree has affinity tied to this storage pool. Two days ago there was 4TB of space left on storagethree pool. After deleting more than half data from folderthree freed space in XSAN admin hasn't changed.
Ive seen threads here on this forum where people have experienced similar issues, but i wasn't able to figure whats going on still after reading them.
If free space on storagethree pool hits 0 will people be able to write to that folder?
How to fix this issue if this is an issue at all?
Thanks in advance!

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06:00
Apple software quality and the "sprint system...

A recent post from developer Marco Arment kickstarted a whirlwind of debate regarding the current state of Apple software. The gist of Arment's piece is that Apple has unfortunately worked its way into a position where marketing is given too much def...

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06:00
Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:37
∞ iPhone developer pays off his parents’ house

iPhone developer Joseph Riquelme (AKA, Joey Trombone) took the money he made from his popular iOS video editing app, Videoshop, and put it to good use. Watch the video. Fantastic!

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05:37
Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:33
iPad-controlled wireless power system charges...

While some have been disappointed that Apple hasn’t yet incorporated wireless charging technology into its devices, charging pads are really almost as clunky as wires: you still have wires going to the pads, and you have to put your device in a specific place to charge them. What we really want is true wireless charging, where power is beamed directly to the device through the air.
Which is exactly what Energous has been demonstrating at CES with a system it calls WattUp, reports Engadget.

WattUp […] works using a mix of RF, Bluetooth and a lot of patent-pending technology. The transmitter is where most of the magic happens. It communicates with and locates compatible devices using low-energy Bluetooth. Once they’ve established contact with a device, they send out focused RF signals on the same bands as WiFi that are then absorbed and converted into DC power by a...

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05:17
FlickSurfer lets you search Netflix based on IMDB,...

One gripe I have about Netflix is the lack of any sort of sophisticated search mechanism. FlickSurfer is a web site that lets you search the Netflix database, guided by movie rankings on Netflix itself, IMDB, and RottenTomatoes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Incipio unveils new three new pieces of HomeKit-...

Incipio today unveiled a new lineup of iOS- and HomeKit-compatible automation tools during the Consumer Electronics Show. The three new pieces of tech will be available in stores in Q2 2015.
The first two items on the list are very similar: the Direct Wireless Smart Outlet and the Direct Wireless Smart Power strip. Both provide users with the ability to activate and control electric devices from a smartphone using the upcoming Incipio Direct app.

The third device announced today is the Direct Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter, which allows users to control their lights from the Incipio Direct smartphone application, providing the ability to create customized scenes and quickly set multiple lights at once.

All three products are HomeKit-compatible, which means they’ll also be able to be controlled through Siri....

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05:00
Pepcom highlights: Yantouch’s Daisy lamp, Zolt’s...


A MagSafe charger smaller than Apple’s but made by a third-party? Ruggedized rubber hard drives from a company known for Mac-matching aluminum enclosures? Synchronized stereo speakers with color-shifting mood lights for your bedroom? Yes, the annual pre-CES Pepcom event took place in Las Vegas last night, and these were just a few of the products we spotted on the floor. Read on for more details…


You may or may not believe that Zolt will be able to deliver on its promise of a $20 MagSafe adapter for its new 70-watt Laptop Charger Plus ($100), which it says is the smallest 13″ MacBook Pro/Air-capable charger around, and ships with a cable/...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and moreThis week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.Case-MateThe Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:40
On leaving the Mac App Store

Last May, Cabel Sasser, co-founder of Panic, announced that the team was pulling Coda, their highly regarded web development tool, from the Mac App Store, primarily due to sandboxing issues.Yesterday, they published the results of this experiment.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:54
Google Hangouts iOS app updated with intelligent...

Google has updated its text, video and voice messaging app Hangouts, adding all the new features added to the Android version last month – including intelligent, one-tap location sharing.
Google promised that it would be building more intelligence into the app, and the new location-sharing feature is the first step along that path. The app automatically detects when a contact in a text chat asks where you are, and allows you to share your location with a single tap … 
Version 2.5.0 also allows you to add your phone number to allow friends to find you more easily, and to import your phone contacts into the app. Status messages allow you to share what you’re up to or how you’re feeling, you can access SMS...

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02:36
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6...

As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online. Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $749.
Unlocked iPhones can be activated for use any carrier, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile. Apple usually launches unlocked models of their phones a couple of months after normal debut, but this year it seems slightly delayed. This may reflect continued strong demand (and hence, low supply) of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus generation. Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship in 3 – 5 business days. For comparison, most subsidised options ship in 1 business day.
...

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00:15
Cool

Forums: TroubleshootingCoolest site of all. - Green Water Technologies

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00:15
Server

Forums: NetworkingWhat is the best OS for server? -Green Water Technologies

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Monday January 5

22:19
CES 2015: Olloclip debuts 2X telephoto lens + CPL...

Having released an updated iPhone 6/6 Plus version of its popular 4-in-1 Lens late last year, Olloclip arrived at the 2015 CES with two important new items to show: a new iPhone 6/6 Plus version of its previously excellent Telephoto and Circular Polarizing Lens for iPhone 5/5s, and completely redesigned versions of its lens accessory-compatible cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Separately, Seek Thermal – maker of the $200 Seek Thermal Camera reviewed on 9to5Mac last month – has just shown a second version of the temperature-sensitive camera that’s set to be released in the next few months. Currently unpriced but planned to...

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20:14
OtterBox unveils durable, 2600mAh Resurgence power...

OtterBox has today revealed its Resurgence power case for the iPhone 6 at CES 2015. The company made its first foray into the iPhone power case market with the Resurgence for iPhone 5/5s, so it only seems fitting for the company to continue iterating on the case. OtterBox touts that the Resurgence for iPhone 6 doubles the battery life of the smartphone, while also offering military grade drop protection.

The Resurgence case packs 2600mAh of battery power and utilizes an auto-stop functionality that automatically turns off the case once the device has reached a full charge. The case is made up of a polycarbonate material that improves impact resistance and makes the device better protected for drops and...

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18:42
CES 2015: Avi-on shows sub-$60, next-gen smart home...

How often is merely showing up with a working lightbulb enough to attract a crowd? At a dimly-lit event held tonight by the Bluetooth SIG ahead of the 2015 CES, Avi-on demonstrated such modest magic using an early implementation of Bluetooth mesh wireless connectivity.
The company’s upcoming Bluetooth light switches ($30-$35), light dimmers ($40), and lightbulbs ($20) will be the backbone of an upcoming home lighting system from General Electric, and promise to eliminate the need for in-wall light switch wiring.



You can conceivably mount...

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18:37
Xsan 4 - Volumes not appearing in Server app after...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan 4I'm running Xsan 4 and here is my issue. I've been having issues with my open directory settings in that I was unable to make any changes, I believe something became corrupted in some way. In any case, failover to my backup MDC was not working properly and I could not successfully add new profiles to clients as it would not authenticate. I had to destroy and recreate my open directory config on my primary MDC (I did archive everything). When I turned Xsan back on in Server app, the SAN volume mounted on the primary MDC, but the all of the data in the Server app is blank. It shows the connection as active, but shows that no volumes are configured, and also shows no servers.
So, the volume mounted on the primary MDC and it mounts...

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17:00
Duet Display turns your iOS device into the second...

Working with a second screen provides a number of obvious benefits from increased screen real estate to providing different spaces for working and reference materials. A second screen can dramatically improve productivity, especially for laptop users...

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16:43
∞ The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh Experience

Max Piantoni presents an exploration of the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh and the rare Experience CD that accompanied the machine’s release. Including a lengthy and hard to find 1997 interview with Jony Ive.Max did a nice job with this.

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16:30
Apple Q1 2015 earnings call on tap for January 27

Apple today announced that the next quarterly earnings call will be held at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. This, of course, will be the call at which results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 (October 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014) ...

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16:10
CES 2015: iHome debuts HomeKit SmartPlugs, Flask...


Every year, top-ranked Apple speaker maker iHome comes to CES with an impressive array of new products — including something to show off Apple’s latest technology — and it isn’t disappointing at the 2015 CES. In an advance briefing before the show officially opened, iHome revealed its first Apple HomeKit product, SmartPlug ($40), as well as some daring new speaker and headphone designs…

…like the first speaker we’ve seen hidden inside a beautiful drinking flask. It’s called Flask, and comes in coat pocket- ($50) and home bar-sized ($100) versions. Even the smaller version sounds really good given its size, and the flask cap twists to adjust the volume. All that’s missing is the ability to actually hold fluids. Read on for more.
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16:00
CES 2015: Narrative Clip 2 adds wide angle lens, Wi-...

One of the more intriguing items I reviewed in 2014 was the Narrative Clip, a tiny clip-on "lifelogging" camera designed to take a photo every 30 seconds hands-free. The idea, as you'll get from reading that review, is that there are often situations...

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15:59
Sling TV, the new way to stream ESPN over the...

Vox:We’re getting closer to the point where you can cancel your cable subscription and still continue to enjoy all your favorite cable TV shows. Today at the Consumer Electronic Show, the satellite TV company Dish announced the next step in that direction. Sling TV is a service that lets you watch cable TV channels over the internet. Crucially, the Sling TV lineup includes ESPN, the nation’s most popular cable channel and a must-have for sports fans. And unlike some other streaming services, you can sign up for it without getting a conventional cable subscription.Is this of interest to you cordcutters?∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:51
Volkswagen confirms plans to launch CarPlay support...

Volkswagen, at CES 2015, has finally announced what it plans to do with both CarPlay and Android Auto. The German auto manufacturer has confirmed that it will begin shipping cars with CarPlay capabilities later this year in its 2016 models. We reported back July of last year that Volkswagen and Apple were in talks to bring CarPlay to VW’s 2016 models.

CarPlay will run on Volkswagen’s MIB II dash electronics in the United States and Europe. Volkswagen will also make its MirrorLink software available later this year. Android Auto and CarPlay support will be launched under the company’s App-Connect label.
Volkswagen was one of the biggest holdouts when...

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15:45
Advertisers to get a glimpse of Apple Watch promise...

Reuters:At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobile-marketing firm TapSense plans to release an Apple Watch ad-buying service. The service will provide a first glimpse of how businesses can serve up ads on the watch, even though the gadget will not be available until later this year. At issue: the same qualities that render the watch exciting to Madison Avenue, such as the ability to detect customers approaching a store and to zap an ad directly to their wrists, also risk alienating those customers.Before any one panics and screams about ads on the Apple Watch (oh, too late – they already are), keep in mind this is a “service” being offered to developers to include in their apps and there is no indication that Apple will allow such functionality. And, even if Apple does, I can promise you it will be an entirely opt-in process. Apple is not going to allow developers to push ads at you without your permission....

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15:36
Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.To read this...

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15:24
HP Debuts 2 Wee Desktop PCs


HP on Monday announced two tiny desktop PCs, the Pavilion Mini and the Stream Mini, to be demoed at the International CES being held Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas.
Both will be available in the United States via HP's website on Jan. 14 and from select retailers on Feb. 8. A keyboard and mouse will be bundled with each of the devices. Pricing for the Pavilion Mini starts at $320 and for the Stream Mini at $180. Both run Windows 8.1. Many mini-PC purchasers want a dedicated machine to connect to a TV for streaming online content.

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15:06
Apple schedules Q1 2015 earnings call livestream for...

Apple has just announced its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call will take place on January 27 to report earnings for the three months ending in December of last year.
As always, Apple will be hosting a conference call with investors and press and will also live stream audio from the call on its website.
Last quarter, at its Q4 2014 earnings call, Apple announced revenue of $42.1b with sales of 39m iPhones, 12.3m iPads, and 5.5m Macs. At the time, Apple provided  guidance between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion for its upcoming Q1FY15 quarter.
Year-over-year, Apple will be looking to beat its Q1 2014 report that included $57.6b in revenue on sales of 51m iPhones, 26m iPads, 4.8m Macs, and 6m iPods. As is the case every year, quarter to quarter the company should see a bump in earnings helped significantly by a rush of ...

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15:00
CES 2015: ZAGG announces new iPhone accessories,...

ZAGG announced some new products at CES 2015 today, two of which are designed to improve your interactions with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or other "phablet".

First, the ZAGG Speaker Case is an innovative protective case that adds a removable blueto...

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14:30
Watergate helped create the PBS NewsHour

The history of the PBS NewsHour can be traced back to the Watergate hearings.Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer covered the 1973 hearings for PBS. In 1975 MacNeil began anchoring The Robert MacNeil Report which soon evolved into the 30-minute MacNeil/Lehrer Report.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:23
Being original

Om Malik:How to find originality in a “networked society” is on my mind, because I have recently come across three individuals who have been original for such a long time. During a conversation for my new art project, Pi.co, Frank Clegg, a US-based bag maker put it best when he said, “If I make something different, then I don’t really have any competition. Either people like what I do, or they don’t like what I do.” Such a simple statement, but so hard to implement, because many find such comfort from hiding in the herd.This is exactly how I see Apple. They make products that we don’t always know we need—people are going to like them or they won’t. Either way, it’s going to be different.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:01
ExtraBITS for 5 January 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, we have news about Apple halting online sales in Russia, a theoretical redesign of the venerable Get Info window, and a DIY project for identifying unsecured Wi-Fi networks with a hobbit sword. Plus, you can listen to Adam and Tonya talk about tech journalism and Josh Centers discuss App Store inconsistencies and the future of the Apple TV. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:00
CES 2015: Braven rolls out new 805, Balance, and BRV...

And now, let's take a break from the connected devices news from CES 2015 with an announcement of three new Bluetooth speakers from Braven.

The company, which is known for some pretty decent Bluetooth speakers, announced three models - the 805, Bala...

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13:38
Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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13:30
Is Apple's quality slipping?

Over the weekend, amidst the noise of CES news seeping from Vegas, founding Tumblr CTO and Overcast developer Marco Arment voiced a concern I have been stressing over for some time. Titled "Apple has lost the functional high ground," it cuts straight...

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13:00
CES 2015: Elgato Eve line joins the parade of...

When Apple's HomeKit framework was announced back in June of 2014, many tech pundits speculated that the first product announcements would happen at CES 2015. Sure enough, we're hearing about a number of HomeKit-enabled devices, the latest being from...

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12:57
∞ Best news bloopers of 2014

I’m easily entertained, but I love these.

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12:36
iDevices unveils first HomeKit-enabled plug dubbed ‘...

iPhone and iPad users have eagerly awaited news in the HomeKit-connected product space since Apple announced the feature at WWDC 2014, and CES 2015 means we’re seeing a flood of new consumer electronics coming to market including the very first devices compatible with Apple’s smart home feature. The new iDevices Switch is described as “the world’s first HomeKit-enabled plug,” which allows you to control connected appliances using Siri.
Specifically, the iDevices Switch is a Bluetooth and WiFi-connected plug that interfaces between your wall outlet and the appliance want to connect;...

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12:33
Apple shares updated aerial image showing Campus 2...

Just after sharing our latest drone flyover video of Apple’s under construction “Campus 2” in Cupertino this weekend (this time in 4K), Apple today shared an updated aerial shot of the campus.
The shot shows early progress being made on the structure of the main building and other buildings on the campus as well as earthwork and greenery on the surrounding property.
The City of Cupertino’s website, which tracks construction and traffic updates related to the Campus 2 project for locals hasn’t changed the project schedule that still calls for building construction to wrap up by the end of 2016.
Apple has recently opened a number of smaller satellite offices in Sweden, Seattle,...

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12:32
Introduction to CSS colors

Jacob Gube covers the six ways to declare colors in CSS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
In 2011, Gartner made this hilarious prediction...

It's 2015, which means that every analyst that said "By 2015...." in the past decade needs a fact check. Let's start with this delicious little nugget from the soothsayers at Gartner, shall we? According to Gartner's 2011 report, which aimed to forec...

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12:00
CES 2015: Kwikset Kevo smart lock gains remote...

A number of new products for the connected home are being announced at CES 2015, but it's somewhat of a surprise to hear about existing products receiving a significant upgrade. The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Smart Lock (which TUAW reviewed in April of 2...

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11:30
CES 2015: iDevices Switch brings HomeKit and Siri to...

It's amazing how quickly things change. Just less than a year ago at the last Macworld/iWorld, I gave a talk about "giving Siri arms and legs" - in other words, being able to use Apple's intelligent assistant to control your surroundings by voice. To...

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11:18
∞ If there’s one app that impressed me in 2014…

One app that continued to impress and fascinate me in 2014 was Storehouse. Mark Kawano and his team have done a great job with the service and app.

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11:10
The Loop sponsorships available for 2015

I hope everyone had a great holiday. The new year is here and it’s time to get back to work. If you would like to get your product or service in front of the good looking, intelligent readers of The Loop, now is your chance to book. I’ve opened up the first two months of 2015 on the sponsorship page. If there’s a week that you would like to book later in the year, just get in touch....

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11:00
Daily Deals for January 5, 2015, Last chance on 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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10:59
Mac Podcast Client Showdown: Native Clients vs. Web...

Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares two podcast client approaches for Mac users: native apps such as Instacast and Downcast versus Web-based apps such as Pocket Casts and Overcast. Which is right for you? 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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10:27
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include OS X NTP Security Update (Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion), BBEdit 11.0.2, Paprika 2.1.2, Airfoil 4.8.12, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.3.1, Evernote 6.0.5, GraphicConverter 9.5, Mellel 3.3.7, Typinator 6.3.1, Pixelmator 3.3.1, Mailplane 3.3.4, and LaunchBar 6.1.6. 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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10:18
Elon Musk AMA tonight, 9p EST

Have a question for the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX? Here’s your chance to ask Elon Musk directly.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:12
The TidBITS Wishlist for Apple in 2015

As the new year dawns, we have some ideas about where we’d like to see Apple devote its attention in 2015. 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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10:11
9to5Mac’s CES 2015 sponsor Qardio offers first look...


It’s that time of year again: CES, the mega-event in Las Vegas where every company except Apple releases its upcoming product roadmap. 9to5 has six people on the ground this year, and we’re covering big ticket items, as well as searching for the sort of hidden gold nuggets only the massive CES can deliver.
Qardio, maker of award-winning, smartphone-connected healthcare accessories including the already-available QardioArm wireless blood pressure monitor, was nice enough to sponsor us this year. And we’ve just had a chance to see two seriously smart new products it’s releasing in the spring, as well as its software platform for...

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10:00
Steve Jobs' supervillain yacht is chilling in...

The massive yacht Steve Jobs helped design -- and which launched a year after his passing -- was recently (?) spotted looking like an amphibious Apple Store off the coast of Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. The new photos show the ship, n...

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09:34
CES 2015: Smart watches and fitness trackers...



While Apple is set to release its Watch sometime early this year, CES 2015 is already packed with smartwatches with a range of focuses including fitness, fashion, and utility. We already saw Withings show off its colorful and affordable Activité Pop smartwatch with 8 month battery life, and others including Misfit, Garmin, Magellan, First Alert and more also have something for your wrist to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Check out the latest below:...

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09:27
Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a...

mrspoonsi writes Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post, he writes, "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future." Arment was CTO at Tumblr, before he left to start Instapaper. "Apple has completely lost the functional high ground," says Arment. "'It just works' was never completely true, but I don't think the list of qualifiers and asterisks has ever been longer." He blames Apple prioritizing marketing for the problems with Apple's software. Apple wants to have new software releases each year as a marketing hook, but the annual cycles of updating Apple's software are leading to too many bugs and problems, he says: I suspect the rapid decline of Apple's software is a sign that marketing has a bit too much power at Apple today: the marketing priority of having major new releases every year is clearly impossible...

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09:22
Zagg announces iPhone 6 Speaker Case w/ detachable...

Zagg, the company behind many of our favorite Bluetooth keyboards and cases, today announced its latest creation, the ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 with detachable Bluetooth speaker. Not only that, but the case also packs in an 1800mAh backup battery, which the company says will get you approximately “8 hours of additional talk time, and can be shared with a friend.”
The new Speaker Case from Zagg comes alongside two other CES product announcements from the company: Zagg Pocket ($69), an almost full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that folds into a pocketable 9” X 2.5” X .5” rectangle, and...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: OtterBox iPhone 6/Plus cases $...

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.
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09:00
CES 2015: Ultimate Ears announces the MegaBoom

Ultimate Ears has added the MegaBoom (US$299.99) to its line-up of truly portable Bluetooth speakers, alongside the Boom and Mini Boom.

Last year I reviewed the UE Boom and found it to be the best all-round portable Bluetooth speaker I had the pleas...

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08:19
Google Cast for audio is an AirPlay competitor for...

Google today announced Google Cast for audio, which the company says takes advantage of Chromecast tech to send audio to third-party hardware like speakers, A/V receivers, and sound bars. The feature will allow users to tap a “cast” button from within music and radio apps on Android, iOS and the web to stream audio to Google Cast enabled speakers.
Google announced support for a number of music services that will work with the new Google Cast for audio feature including Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, and TuneIn. Google has...

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08:04
Purported “iPad Pro” render image shows additional...


There’s got to be some truth in here somewhere.
Per AppleInsider, a new picture from French web site Nowhereelse.fr, claims to show part of the schematic for a so-called “iPad Pro, complete with a speaker grille space at the top of the device next to the lock button, suggesting Apple’s larger tablet could include a more powerful speaker array.
The image, said to be captured from a Foxconn factory, was released Sunday evening. The report states that a person claiming to be a Foxconn factory worker captured the image, which represents an alleged 3D rendering of the anticipated device.

The image appears to show the upper right corner...

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08:00
CES 2015: Toshiba's iPhone dongle is crazy fast

Toshiba is shooting for AirDrop lovers with a new wireless transfer accessory that can send data between iOS devices faster than ever before. The tiny little dongle has a maximum throughput of 375Mbps and can transfer upwards of 100MB between iOS gad...

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07:39
iBeacon manual goes into the wild, appears on FCC...


Apple probably didn’t intend to have its iBeacon design go into the wild.
Still, it’s an interesting piece of hardware.
Per 9to5Mac, a user manual designed for developers detailing the iBeacon hardware has become available via the FCC web site and visible via appadvice.com.
The Apple iBeacon mounts to a wall with a standard screw. There is an LED on the underside of the unit, which reports battery condition and general status. Although there is no mention of battery life, it probably lasts several months (Bluetooth Low Energy doesn’t drain much power) and can be recharged via micro-USB.

A switch on the side device allows it to be...

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07:11
Security researcher demonstrates Thunderbolt...


As great as Thunderbolt is, there are vulnerabilities to consider.
Per 9to5Mac, a security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.
Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the hard drive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock firmware.

Apple has already implemented an...

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07:10
The gadget for the person who has everything: the...

We know that health gadgets and apps are the new black, but you have to wonder whether things might be getting just a little out of hand when the latest one to appear on crowdfunding site Indiegogo is essentially a hi-tech way to determine whether your breath smells …
Ok, the Breathometer Mint is a little more than that, measuring your hydration level too, and the company behind it is keen to point out that the breath analysis can be an early pointer to risks to your teeth as well as your social standing.
Breath analysis specialists Breathometer says the device measures Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercapthan and Hydrogen Disulfide levels in parts per billion to determine whether you may have dental problems.

“Changes or trends in your breath quality can tell you a lot about whether your oral hygiene program is adequate, or if you need to do more,” says...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Should not be treated as hard...

Even more evidence that the 'iPhone 6s mini' is coming this year (BGR)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent at best

BGR plays fast and loose with the definition of the word "evidence" by citing analyst projections and guesswork over t...

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06:46
Apple’s marketing aims given priority over software...

Apple is now so focused on marketing-driven goals that its software quality has “taken a nosedive” in the last few years, argues a blog post by Instapaper creator and former Tumblr lead developer Marco Arment.
[OS X is] riddled with embarrassing bugs and fundamental regressions [and] I fear that Apple’s leadership doesn’t realize quite how badly and deeply their software flaws have damaged their reputation
People are sticking with OS X not because they love it, he suggests, but because Windows is worse and desktop Linux is too much hassle.
The issue, believes Arment, is that Apple is so focused on releasing a major new version of OS X each year that it is making it impossible for engineering teams to maintain quality.

We don’t need major OS releases every year. We don’t need each OS release...

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06:34
External Link: Josh Centers Talks App Store Rules...

Managing Editor Josh Centers again joined the Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s recent App Store inconsistencies, as well as the future of the iPad and Apple TV. 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
CES: Oh, the Amazing Things You Will See


Writing a CES teaser is a bit difficult because I actually know a great deal about what will be announced, but I can't share the details because I'm bound by a variety of ironclad nondisclosure agreements. However, I can comment in general about the product categories you are going to see opened up at the show, and I have to say you'd better lock up your wallet because much of this is cool and you'll likely want it. Fortunately, given how broke we generally are after the holidays, most of this won't be showing up for months.

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06:00
CES 2015: SuperTooth announces multiroom Bluetooth...

SuperTooth, makers of Bluetooth accessories, like the SuperTooth HD speakerphone, has announced the Multiroom System. With up to five speakers connected by Bluetooth and controlled by an app for iOS or Mac, the Multiroom System streams music or any o...

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