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Tuesday November 10

Day One in Depth, an iBook from The Sweet Setup

If you are a fan of the Day One journaling app for OS X and iOS, check out this iBook from Shawn Blanc of The Sweet Setup. Terrific job!∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple releases tvOS 9.0.1 update, offers bug fixes,...

The general consensus about the fourth-generation Apple TV seems to be that it’s a cool piece of hardware, it’s capable of a lot, but it’s got some bugs to work out.
Apple appears to be underway in squashing some of the aforementioned bugs.
On Monday, Apple released its tvOS 9.0.1 update. The update, which can be snagged by going through the Apple TV’s settings, going into System selecting Software Updates, currently includes no release notes, nor does it add requested support for Bluetooth keyboards or Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without losing all your data.

Even so, a number of users have...

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Killer Deals: Free Apple SuperDrive and 25-100% off...

Lowest Prices Anywhere: For the next 6 days, grab a Free AppleSuper Drive plus 25% to 100% off AppleCare extended protection plans on all of Apple's latest 13- &15-inch MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.

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Hollywood effects for medical simulators

Boston Children's Hospital teamed up with Hollywood special effects artists to create lifelike simulators to train surgeons on complex, high-stakes operations.

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DODOcase taking orders for Multi-Angle for iPad Pro

San Francisco-based DODOcase has been making beautiful bound cases for iPads since day one, so it's no surprise that the company has just announced the Multi-Angle for iPad Pro (US$79.95). 

The company's signature iPad cases have always used a wood tray to hold the iPad, but the company realized that the larger size of the iPad Pro would make the case too thick and heavy, so they've moved to a polymer tray now. The result is a rather skinny case, just 0.625 inches thick. 

For those of you who are going with the Apple Pencil when you get your iPad Pro, there's also an elastic loop to secure the Pencil or any other stylus you use. Of course, all of the DODOcase designs come with a wrap-around elastic to keep the case closed in transit.

The Multi-Angle for iPad Pro comes in four distinct color combinations: black/charcoal, slate/...

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Tim Cook interview: The Telegraph

Tim Cook is in London to promote the pending release of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. This post focuses on The Telegraph interview and thoughts on replacing a desktop/laptop experience with the iPad Pro.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Is Apple killing Black Friday or just outsourcing it...

One of the things Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts said in her interview with Fast Company‘s Rick Tetzei is that Apple had made the decision to back away from Black Friday sales because “being good to your employees will always be good for business.”
Rather than extending store hours for Black Friday events, or just turning the stores into even more crowded places during what has increasingly turned into Black November rather than just Black Friday, Ahrendts decided to give staff a break. That’s great and should be applauded but why not just do an online sale? Do the computers need the time off too?
Even more curious, Apple, who controls US retailer pricing, seems to be letting every US retailer knock huge amounts off of all Apple products...

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Retro iPhone 6s / 6s Plus both classy and pricy

Does anyone have $1,699 they can lend me? If so, I'm going to run right out and spend it on a frivolous purchase, but one that's incredibly cool. The ColorWare iPhone 6s Retro ($1,599) and iPhone 6s Plus Retro ($1,699) harken back to the days of the beige case and color logo of the Apple IIe.

These are a limited edition run; ColorWare is making only 25 of each and they'll be individually numbered. These aren't just cases; ColorWare actually works on the exterior of each device, making something that's not only functional but a work of art.

I think if I were Steve Wozniak, I'd have one of these already. The phones ship in about 3 to 4 weeks and would make a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite tech blogger...

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Former Mercedes R&D chief leaves Apple after...

After just over a year at Apple, former Mercedes R&D chief Johann Jungwirth left the company earlier this month to join Volkswagen AG as the new ‘Head of Digital Transformation’. Even though his official title at Apple was “Director of Mac Systems Engineering”, the executive was rumored to be working on the company’s electric car codenamed “Project Titan” due to his extensive automotive background and the timing of the hire, which was followed by several other engineering hires with experience in the auto industry.Jungwirth is joining Volkswagen amid the “DieselGate” scandal which is...

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The WatchStand Charging Dock is a great Apple Watch...

There are several cool docking stations for the Apple Watch, but the Griffin WatchStand Powered Charging Station has an advantage in that it works with both the Apple smartwatch and an iPhone. It’s a new, powered version of Griffin’s WatchStand Charging Dock, which was released earlier this year. 

It's a dock that lets you showcase the Apple Watch and iPhone’s good looks while they’re charging thanks to two USB ports. The ebony pedestal looks classy on a desk, nightstand, or tabletop and allows you to power up the smart watch in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Conveniently, it works with all types of Apple Watch bands (from the Sport model to semi-flexible ones), as well as any iPhone with a Lightning port. 

The WatchStand houses the MagSafe charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch (there's no cable included with the Griffin product). To get started you...

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NSA Keeps Some Security Bugs Under Its Hat

The U.S. National Security Agency is getting a collective side-eye after posting what it characterized as proactive information: the fact that it discloses 91 percent of security vulnerabilities that pass through its internal review process. While the agency appears pleased with its newfound transparency, it's being called out en masse for the things it's not reporting -- primarily, the other 9 percent of vulnerabilities. In fact, the NSA's revelations have raised far more questions than they've answered.

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How to move a Photos library to an external drive

Since many modern Macs come with limited internal storage, it can be handy to move space-consuming items like your OS X Photos library to an external drive. Thankfully, it’s easy to do this. Quit the app, attach an external drive to your Mac, and then:

Make a copy of the Photos Library by dragging it from the startup volume on your Mac’s hard drive to the external drive.

When the library is copied, hold down the Option key and launch Photos.

When you see the above message pop up, click on delete incomplete items.

In the Photos app, go to Preferences and under General, click Use as System Photo Library.

Then go to System Preferences > iCloud > Photos > Options, Select iCloud Photo Library to turn that back on.

Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.

Voila. That’s all there is to it.


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Evel Knievel for Apple TV: perform the stunts, don’t...

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel was a world famous daredevil who attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a canyon jump across Snake River Canyon (which failed) on a steam-powered rocket. During his career he suffered more than 433 bone fractures, earning him the dubious honor in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime.”

If you’ve ever wanted to try his stunts but have no interest in matching his bone fracturing record, Barnstorm Games’ $1.99 Evel Knievel game ( for the new Apple TV is probably as close as you can safely get. As Evel, you’ll jump rattlesnakes and lions while you work your way up to Knievel’s 13 London buses and the famed fountain jump in Las Vegas.

You’ll use the Siri Remote to negotiate a series of obstacles...

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Monday November 9

Postseason heroes, villains and ghosts
Zetterberg lifts Pink Wings in direction of 3-1 earn...
China to clamp down on Internet music platforms in...

China this week announced plans to ratchet up its Internet policing policies and will soon impose strict rules that require online music service providers -- which as of September includes Apple -- to filter out "harmful" content prior to streaming.

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UK surveillance bill could bring ‘very dire...

The Guardian:Apple’s chief executive has sharply criticised surveillance powers proposed by the British government, warning that allowing spies a backdoor route into citizens’ communications could have “very dire consequences”. “You can just look around and see all the data breaches that are going on. These things are becoming more frequent,” Cook told the Daily Telegraph. “They can not only result in privacy breaches but also security issues. We believe very strongly in end-to-end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails. “Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”The proposed UK law would require ISPs and phone companies to keep records that would track every website visited for a year. The authorities would not need a warrant to access...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts on where the company is...

Fast Company:At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president for retail and online stores, discussed the customer experience beyond selling products, uniting Apple’s online and offline stores, and her experience as one of the top executives at the world’s most valuable company.I love these talks Apple execs give that allow us a little bit of insight into their thinking. And maybe these kinds of events can put to rest the meme that Ahrendts isn’t “involved” or “public” enough.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Time Warner Cable's Roku TV test starts in NYC...

We've been telling you about Time Warner Cable's plan to test streaming TV for its internet-only customers since before it was officially announced, but now customers can actually sign up for it. If having a cable box is part of what you hated abou...

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∞ iPad Pro ad – “A Great Big Universe”

Apple:There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale.Apple’s new ad for the iPad Pro. Damn that thing looks huge.

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VLC now looking for beta testers for its upcoming...

Just a week after Plex released its official app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, popular media player VLC has today announced that it is looking for beta testers for its app. Details on the app’s features are still sparse, but we can only assume that it will let you play all sorts of media formats on the device.

The VLC team originally teased its tvOS app back in September, offering up very few details other than confirmation that it was in fact coming. On iOS, VLC allows playback of a variety of different file formats. Files can be played from services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, iTunes, GDrive, and more. It’s likely that the tvOS client will support many, if not all, of the same services as its iOS and Mac companions, making it a powerhouse of an app for...

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'Painless' dental cavity procedure regrows...

When a dentist says the word "cavity" a lot of people sweat thinking about painful injections and relentless drilling. But scientists in Britain have developed a new procedure dubbed EAER, or "Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralisation," that...

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This awesome DIY railgun fires rounds with 27,000...

Used to be that if you wanted to fire off a few high-velocity rounds with an electromagnetic railgun, you'd have to land a commission aboard the USS Ponce. That is, until YouTuber Ziggy Zee went ahead and built one from scratch -- no 3D printing re...

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What's on your HDTV: 'Fallout 4',...

This week's big release is Fallout 4, which takes gamers back to its familiar post-apocalyptic setting. There's also a new StarCraft II entry with Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on Xbox platforms. Netflix has a new series f...

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Review: Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K...

A 27-inch 5K iMac is no longer a novelty, but 2015's model is an upgrade bound to satisfy most Mac users -- though Apple did, strangely, decide to hold back on certain key advancements.

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Fandango for iOS updated with Apple Pay integration

Popular movie ticket service Fandango has today updated its iOS with a highly requested feature. Bumping the app to version 7.1, Fandango for iOS has added support for Apple’s mobile payment solution, Apple Pay.
Fandango’s Apple Pay integration works just the same as it does with other third-party. When you go to purchase a ticket, you can now choose Apple Pay as a checkout option, significantly expediting the process.
Fandango’s addition of Apple Pay comes just a week after the iOS App Store added a new Shopping category to showcase apps like Fandango. Fandango’s support for Apple Pay has been a long time coming. Apple and Fandango have seemingly had a solid relationship thus far. Fandango powers database powers Siri’s support for movie times and reviews, so...

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Angela Ahrendts offers deep dive into Apple retail,...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, speaking at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on Monday, pulled back the curtain on Apple Store, revealing a few interesting tidbits about the company's current operating philosophy and future goals.

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New wireless earbuds conform to your ears in 60...

Finding the right earphones is tricky business. Your options are basically limitless and everybody has their own favorite brand or shape. The only problem is, where half the world might love a particular kind the other half could hate it. Startup R...

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Doctors breach the blood-brain barrier for the first...

Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective membrane specially designed to only allow very specific molecules access to our grey matter while keeping everything else out -- regardless of whether they're invading foreign bodies or potentially life...

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The Week in iPad Cases: DODOcase's latest book-...

... plus, the leather Sena Vettra for the iPad Pro, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a sling pack from Incase, a messenger bag from Brenthaven, and more fashion-forward picks.Acme MadeThe Skinny Cover (iPad mini & mini 2, iPad Air & Air 2; $40) sports a water-resistant cover that doubles as a stand for viewing or typing in landscape orientation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple goes to space in first iPad Pro ad, touts...

Ahead of Apple's iPad Pro preorder kickoff on Wednesday, the company released a new TV spot highlighting the advantages of a gigantic touchscreen, including split screen views in iOS 9 and Apple Pencil markup support.

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The first iPad Pro ad explores the universe on a 12....

By Friday the public will be able to get its collective hands on the new iPad Pro. Apple's first ad for the new device was released on YouTube this afternoon and will be featured during Monday Night Football this evening. 

The music, by the way, is "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes.

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EPA plans more real-world emissions tests in light...

Car makers like Volkswagen should have an even tougher time cheating on emissions tests than they first thought. The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that it'll include considerably more real-world diesel emissions tests as part of its...

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Apple debuts new iPad Pro ad ‘A Great Big Universe’...

Ahead of the device’s availability on Wednesday, Apple today has shared the first video advertisement for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In a video entitled “A Great Big Universe” shared on its YouTube channel, Apple shows of the benefits of the device’s larger form factor, as well as apps that are optimized for it.

The ad is heavily focused on the galaxy and using the iPad Pro to explore it with apps like Sky Guide Pro and Star Walk. Apple also shows off the split-screen multitasking capability of the device, as well as using the Apple Pencil to annotate maps and images. “Introducing the biggest iPad ever,” is how Apple wraps up the ad before simply displaying “iPad Pro.”
There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s the...

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Latest Xcode update fixes critical Interface Builder...

Apple pushed out a batch of bug fixes with the latest version of its Xcode development software on Monday, addressing critical issues discovered in Interface Builder, debugging and user interface testing.

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts talks her relationship w/...

Ahead of her appearance at Bloomberg’s ‘Year Ahead’ business summit tomorrow, Apple’s SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has today made an appearance at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York City. Ahrendts sat down with Fast Company Editor at Large Rick Tetzei to discuss her role at Apple since joining the company in 2014…

Ahrendts first noted that when she originally joined Apple, she spent the first 6 months on the job visiting the company’s retail locations in 40 markets and listening to the thoughts and opinions of retail employees. Ahrendts said that more than...

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Facebook must stop tracking non-users in Belgium, or...

If you thought Facebook was already in hot water for its web tracking, you haven't seen anything yet. A Belgian court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop violating the country's privacy law by following non-users with a web cookie. If it doesn't,...

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Hangouts video calls are getting a quality boost

Google isn't giving up in its bid to improve Hangouts' call quality any time soon. It just introduced a redesigned web calling experience that, on top of a simpler interface, improves quality across the board. Video chats should not only look bette...

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BlackBerry's Priv Puzzles the Tech World

BlackBerry on Friday released its Priv smartphone, its first Android-based device. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop slider is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and an Adreno 418 GPU. It's stocked with 3 GB of low-power RAM and 32 GB of storage. There's an 18-MP shooter on its backside and a 2-MP chat cam on its face. BlackBerry tactfully denied the existence of the device, with CEO John Chen famously saying that the company wouldn't release an Android-based device unless it found a way to secure it properly.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9...

Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.7, OmniFocus 2.3.1, Postbox 4.0.8, Voila 3.9.2, Evernote 6.2, and TextExpander 5.1.3. 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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ExtraBITS for 9 November 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Managing Editor Josh Centers weighs in on the Apple TV with the MacJury, we explain why the FBI won’t help you with ransomware, and Microsoft severely limits its OneDrive cloud storage service. 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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Apple releases Xcode 7.1.1 w/ fixes for critical...

Three weeks after the release of Xcode 7.1 to developers, Apple today has released Xcode 7.1.1 to the Mac App Store. The update brings about a handful of under-the-hood fixes relating to the new features added with the more significant 7.1 update last month.
Apple says that Xcode 7.1.1 improves the overall stability of the app, making for an improved developer experience. Apple also says the update fixes “critical issues” in the Interface Builder, debugging, and UI testing.
Last month, Xcode 7.1 added support for the new Apple TV’s tvOS, as well as storyboard support for 3D Touch gestures, a new workflow to add a devices for development and testing, and a handful of other minor changes.
Xcode 7.1.1 is available now from the Mac App Store.
Filed under: Developers...

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Tim Cook hints at new health product, touts iPad Pro...

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his press tour in support of the upcoming iPad Pro on Monday, touting the tablet's workstation and media consumption capabilities in an interview, but also dropped a hint about potential work on a health product unrelated to Apple Watch.

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AWT News Update: November 9, 2015

Today in Apple news on the AWT News Update:

  • Facebook Messenger will soon be getting facial recognition and the ability to nag you to send your friends pictures of themselves
  • The horror...the horror. An iPhone 6s and the tire of a Ducati pocket bike meet.
  • There's a working Apple /// Plus for sale on eBay. Put in your bid to buy a piece of history!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 9, 2015. Our sponsor this week has been Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 9, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Takeoff360 has announced Takeoff360 1.0. The free private jet chartering app lets you book charter flights directly from your iOS devices. Takeoff360 compares rates for various types of charter jets, with no subscription or initiation fees. No subscription is required.

RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro. It’s a $7.99 a tool designed to help musicians of all kinds improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game and has been around since the early days of the first...

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Tim Cook and Eddy Cue talking up iPad Pro before it...

Image via The Independent

Concurrent with the announcement today by Apple that the iPad Pro will be available for order on November 11 and in stores on November 13, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue have been making the rounds and getting the PR engine revved up for the release.

Cook was in London today, visiting educational software vendor Touchpress and talking to The Independent. Cook told The Independent that the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is the first real replacement for the sketch pad, and even commented that the Pencil isn't a stylus:

“Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the...

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Tesla Model S owner turns on Autopilot mode and then...

BGR:Once Tesla rolled out its new Autopilot software a few weeks ago, it wasn’t long before we started seeing videos of Model S owners engaging in some downright foolish and dangerous behavior. Say what you will about the guy shaving in the Model S while zooming down the Autobahn, at least he had the good sense to stay in the driver’s seat.This is idiotic – not only on the part of the driver but also on the part of Tesla. It’s completely irresponsible to put this software out in the wild without proper controls in place.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Never download software from software download sites

Macworld:You may not need to read this column for yourself, but read it nonetheless and help those with less wariness take better heed: Don’t download software for OS X from anywhere but the developer’s own website or Apple. Period. But the experience last week of a user noticing that a download of Skype from MacUpdate was wrapped in an installer that contained adware and trialware reminds me to run the flag up the pole again to remind folks who weren’t aware—and to ask all of you who understand the issue to help your friends, colleagues, and family avoid these risks.We old-timers remember the days of lots of sites to download software. Sadly, those days are long gone. Tell your friends and family about this article and warn them about downloading software from any place other than the Mac App Store or the developer’s own web site....

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New Apple TV gets its first software update, tvOS 9....

The new Apple TV is already getting an update.
On Monday, Apple released the first software update for tvOS, version 9.0.1. Fourth-generation Apple TV owners can manually download and install the over-the-air update through the Settings app by going into System and Software Updates. If you have enabled your new Apple TV to get automatic updates, your set-top box will get the new software update...automatically. 

The release of tvOS 9.0.1 was first reported by 9to5Mac, which notes the lack of new features that this update brings to the Apple TV. There are no 9.0.1 release notes included, meaning that the update is most likely meant to improve performance and get rid of any bugs that plagued the initial release. According to 9to5Mac, tvOS 9.0.1 still doesn’t support Bluetooth keyboards nor Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without...

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Early Black Friday ads from Target, Staples, Sam’s...

Believe it or not, we’re only a little over two weeks away from Black Friday. Over at 9to5Toys we’ve been tracking a steady stream of Black Friday ad leaks, reveals, and news since last month. While we haven’t seen every retailers’ deals yet, we have seen enough to get a good idea of what types of discounts top Apple products will be getting this holiday season:

There’s no shortage of iPad Air 2 deals. Most notably, Staples will be offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $374, while Sam’s Club...

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Shadowy group linked to Apple's 'Project...

A mysterious California company believed to be used to mask the development of Apple's rumored electric car has been spotted at an automotive industry conference, strengthening the ties between the self-styled "market research" firm and vehicle manufacturing.

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Tag Heuer debuts first Swiss luxury Android Wear...

Tag Heuer debuted the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected on Monday, the first Android smartwatch from a Swiss watchmaker. In development for a year, it started with one instruction to the designers.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ‘Photo Magic’ feature...

A new feature in Facebook Messenger is now rolling out that scans photos added to your camera roll in search of your Facebook friends, and suggests that you send them to the people it finds. It’s a pretty nifty feature, if you feel comfortable with Facebook looking at every single photo you take on your device and constantly processing data on the friends you’re hanging out with…
When you first enable the feature, Messenger will go searching for a recent photo on your phone that contains a Facebook friend to show you how it works. After this, you’ll notice that a notification will pop up on your phone within seconds of taking a photo telling you to send it to friends that Facebook sees within. In the current version for Android, you...

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Xbox Gamers Get to Replay 104 Older Titles on Xbox...

Microsoft on Monday announced that 104 catalog titles for the Xbox 360 will be fully compatible and playable on its "new" Xbox One video game system, which hit store shelves two years ago. The list of Xbox One backward-compatible games includes notable hits such as the complete Gears of Wars catalog, Assassin's Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands and Castle Crashers, among many others. These games will be playable on the Xbox One beginning on Nov. 12.

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Where to buy Apple’s new, larger iPad Pro this week

When the iPad Pro goes on sale later this week, Apple won’t be the only retailer carrying the massive new tablet. Ordering from may be the most convenient way to ensure your new iPad is delivered on day one, but Apple Stores and authorized resellers including select carriers will be selling the iPad Pro as well. Here’s what we know so far:
While we haven’t heard from every major US carrier just yet, two major carriers have already confirmed that they will be offering the iPad Pro when it goes on sale later this week.
Unlike the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, only the highest storage capacity model of the iPad Pro will be available with built-in...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he travels with just an iPad...

On a tour to promote this week's launch of the iPad Pro, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the new 12.9-inch tablet, as well as the iPhone, paired with an Apple Watch, are the only products he is traveling with.

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Samson's little Go Mic Direct offers good sound...

Last week Apple World Today took a look at the Samson Meteorite, a small ball-shaped USB microphone that did a surprisingly good job of capturing sound in our review. This week we're looking at an even smaller USB microphone from Samson -- the Go Mic Direct ($64.99 MSRP, available for $29.99 from Amazon affiliate link). Why would someone plug one of these into a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when that device already has a built-in mic? Well, the Go Mic Direct supposedly works with Samson's Sound Deck Software to provide noise cancellation, which is usually helpful if you're recording in a noisy environment.


The design of the Go Mic Direct is actually quite interesting: the microphone itself is on a swivel mount on a tiny L-shaped stand with a push-...

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tvOS 9.0.1 update for Apple TV is released

Apple today released the first software update for tvOS, taking the 4th-generation Apple tv to version 9.0.1. Apple didn't supply release notes for the update, so it's unknown for sure what was in it. Generally early updates of this type include "bug fixes and performance enhancements."

If you're not thrilled about installing the software update because of how long it used to take the first-though-third generation Apple TVs -- which didn't run tvOS -- to update, take heart. Users are reporting that the entire process takes less than five minutes.

Just open Settings on the Apple TV and the update is available for download and installation. The next "point release" of tvOS is expected soon, as tvOS 9.1 has been released in beta form to registered developers. 

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Lytro's VR Camera System Promises Unprecedented...

Lytro last week announced its Immerge concept, a virtual reality camera system that promises to plop people right in the center of an experience the company calls "six degrees of freedom." Lytro's Immerge harnesses the potential of light field technology, the same tech behind the clandestine Magic Leap augmented reality headset. Light field enables Immerge to capture data from all points, and viewpoints, inside any given volume of space, the company said.

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TAG Heuer unveils $1,500 'Connected'...

The Swiss watch industry fired its first significant shot across the Apple Watch's bow with the Monday revelation of TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch, sporting a classic design, a titanium case, and a $1,500 price tag.

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First software update for the new 4th-gen Apple TV...

Apple on Monday pushed its first software update for tvOS, bumping the operating system which sits at the heart of the 4th-generation Apple TV to version 9.0.1.

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Three Highlights from MacTech Conference 2015

Adam reports on MacTech Conference 2015, focusing on a new external storage solution, an application that anyone managing projects should investigate, and the trend toward proactive support. 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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EU regulators may issue decision on Ireland/Apple...

Ireland’s finance minister thinks European Union regulators will issue a decision on the country's tax deal with Apple before the end of 2015, which could force the Cupertino, California-based company to pay a hefty amount of back taxes, notes Reuters.

The European Commission (EU) has already ordered Dutch authorities to recover up to 30 million euros (about US$32.23 million) from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg to do the same with Fiat Chrysler for their tax deals.

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. At 12.5...

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Apps that Reveal the Apple TV’s Potential

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores the first wave of Apple TV apps to see how things are shaping up, what works, and what doesn’t. 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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Paragon’s NTFS for Mac updated to version 14, adds...

It doesn’t make the news every day, but it’s a useful app to have on hand.
Paragon Software’s NTFS, which allows full OS X read and write access to NTFS volumes, has just hit version 14.
The new version introduces new volume management functions for NTFS volumes, and it supports all versions of NTFS. Paragon has no limit for the file or partition sizes it can handle, and the software supports NTFS functions such as resource forks, reading and writing hardlinks, symlinks, and file permissions.

Paragon says that its transfer rate for file operations on NTFS partitions is “just as good” as for operations on native HFS partitions, and that users won’t need...

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Apple announces iPad Pro availability via online...

Well, this is straight from the equine’s mouth.
Late last week, Apple announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The 12.9-inch tablet will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.
The iPad Pro retails for US$799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at US$1,079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan.

The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, will also be available for sale on Wednesday, November 11th. The Apple Pencil will retail for US$99 and...

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You can buy Apple's iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and...

Apple took the wraps off its long-rumored super-sized tablet, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, back in September, but would only say its release would happen sometime in November. The company announced today that the Pro will go on sale this Wednesday online only, but will arrive in stores “later this week” (usually Apple code for Friday).
The Pro starts at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model and goes all the way up to $1079 for a 128GB version with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The tablet comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The tablet will be available in 40 countries at launch, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Russia.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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∞ VIDEO: Eddy Cue talks about the iPad Pro

As part of his exclusive interview with CNN Money, Apple’s Eddy Cue gives his take on the iPad Pro.

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Universal drops Steve Jobs movie from thousands of...

Tepid interest from moviegoers has led Universal to pull the Danny Boyle-helmed film chronicling the life of Apple's late cofounder from more than 2,000 theaters, leaving the picture on only a few hundred domestic screens.

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Online iPad Pro orders start Wednesday, devices...

Enlarge / Big iPads all in a row. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has officially announced that the new iPad Pro and its accessories will go on sale this Wednesday, November 11. Online orders can be placed Wednesday, and the tablet will arrive in stores "later this week" (this usually means Friday).
The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the accessories, Apple obviously intends the iPad Pro to be a...

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iPad Pro Goes on Sale This Week

Apple’s big iPad Pro goes on sale Wednesday, along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories. 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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External Link: The MacJury Judges the New Apple TV

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined Bart Busschots, Jeff Gamet, and host Chuck Joiner for a special session of the MacJury on the MacVoices podcast to evaluate the new Apple TV, including its launch, the Siri Remote, and apps. The verdict? It has a number of rough edges, but is still an improvement over the old model. 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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iPad Pro: Order online Wednesday, in stores later...

Apple’s press release and a thought on specific timing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Here’s how to get coverage for your app or product

Got an app or product and want coverage in the blogosphere? Allyson Kazmucha pulled together a column telling you what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. Pass this along.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Aurora HDR brings high-dynamic range photography to...

Your eyes can see a lot more than your camera sensor can, and high-dynamic range photography, or HDR, is a popular technique that attempts to overcome those limitations by bringing out detail in both the light and dark areas of a photo. HDR is especially popular for travel photos, like landscapes, but getting it right can take careful shooting and skillful editing. To help photographers of all skill levels achieve flexible HDR results, Macphun tapped HDR photographer and Stuck In Customs founder Trey Ratcliff to co-develop a new app called Aurora HDR.
“It was as tight a collaboration as we can have short of his putting fingers on the keyboard,” Kevin LaRue, Macphun’s vice president told Macworld. “Trey has been involved with the naming conventions, the workflow, and the order of tools on the right-hand side of the interface.” In addition, the software will sport signature custom presets and textures straight out of Ratcliff’s shop....

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FarmAway! game for the Apple TV will grow on you

FarmAway! from Futureplay Games is a farming app in which players tap and swipe to cultivate cute animals, crops and virtual riches. The game plays on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It’s also one of the first games released for the fourth generation Apple TV, and it’s that platform on which I tested it.

FarmAway!’s visuals and sound effects are polished and cartoonishly (that’s not a criticism) vibrant. Gameplay is simple: the more advanced your farming/crop growing strategy, the more money you’ll rack in. You’ll need to upgrade the farm, discover new plants and animals, and exchange harvests at the market for special seeds that boosts your next harvest season. Farm buildings can be upgraded for profit boosts with diamonds gained for free by leveling up or purchased with in-app purchases (parents, be warned).

You can also control the weather. Make it rain and make the...

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But, Apple, I don’t want to sync ALL my photos with...

I’m a big fan of Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. However, there’s one feature it lacks that I really want: the ability for the app NOT to sync certain photos and/or folders to iCloud.

iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for Mac OS X, it’s now available on the Mac. It lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud. 

However, it’s the “all” part I don’t like. I want the ability to only sync select photos to my iCloud Photo Library. Hopefully, Apple has something like this in the works for the future.

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You'll want to lug the ChugPlug along with your...

You'll want to lug Lenmar Enterprises' $159.99 ChugPlug with you when you travel. It's a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro that provides up to four extra hours of juice for the former and three for the latter. 

The ChugPlug is the same height and weight of Apple’s 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power brick. Previous portable battery/charging solutions such as the Sanho HyperJuice meant you had to do a bit of hacking on Apple's power plug. Not with this baby; the Lenmar gadget plugs into your laptop's power adapter. Your MacBook's power brick attaches to the right side of the Chug Plug. It charges the external battery pack even as you use your laptop.

The ChugPlug has over-charge protection, but you should unplug it once it's fully juiced up. Leaving it, or any battery plugged in after it has completely charged, can...

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New numbers show Apple continues to crush Samsung in...

Analytics firm comScore just released their latest mobile sector numbers and, in a nutshell, Apple continues eating Samsung’s lunch in terms of market share.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple's iPad Pro available to order Wednesday,...

Apple on Monday announced that its new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will officially go on sale on Wednesday, allowing early adopters to get their hands on the jumbo-sized tablet later this week.

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Siri beats out Google Now and Cortana in survey,...

A survey in which Siri, Google Now and Cortana users were asked to rate their satisfaction with their respective intelligent assistants found that Siri got the highest scores, with 81% of users declaring themselves satisfied compared to 68% for Google Now and just 57% for Cortana.
Survey participants were also asked to try out seven different requests and report on how well their service performed, as well as to note how many times they were asked follow-up questions. Siri had the lowest percentage of incorrect answers, and also asked fewer follow-up questions before it was able to carry out the task or answer the question.
Siri is definitely a feature that polarises users – some (like me) extremely...

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Apple’s 12.9 inch iPad Pro goes on sale Wednesday in...

As we reported last week, Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The ‘epic’ 12.9 inch device will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.
The iPad Pro costs $799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at $1079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan …

The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus accessory, will also be available from Wednesday, November 11th. In the US, Apple Pencil costs $99...

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Fantastic look back at the original iPod release

Natasha Vargas-Cooper did a great job pulling together a Reddit-unearthed MacRumors thread from the day the iPod was released, a video of Steve Jobs pitching the iPod at a music event back in 2001, and the very first iPod commercial.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Why Tablets Are Tanking

Boy, we really have gone full circle on tablets -- and not just once. Back when the Windows tablets first came to market, a whole bunch of us predicted it wouldn't be long before they replaced all of the notebooks. I don't think they even made it to 10 percent before the tablet market collapsed, and the pre-existing forms reclaimed their shares. Then the iPad launched, and a whole bunch of new folks claimed that tablets were the future and laptops were dead. Now Apple is reporting a year-over-year decline at 20 percent. What happened?

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Know your Apple Watch notification icons – round or...

Scroll through your Apple Watch notifications. Notice that sometimes the icon attached to each notification is square, sometimes it’s round.Mac Kungfu explains why.∞ Read this on The Loop

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TAG Heuer launching $1500 smartwatch today, claims “...

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced that its Android Wear-based Carrera Connected smartwatch, launching today in New York, will have “almost the same functions as an Apple Watch.”
TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver told Le Matin Dimanche that he didn’t want to reveal too much ahead of today’s official unveiling, which takes place at 11am ET … 

Our watch will have almost the same features as an Apple Watch, but I don’t want to say too much.

The watch, which is based on the company’s traditional Carrera watch (above right), is made from titanium and will offer a choice of...

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∞ The very first iPhone commercial

This teaser spot ran during the 2007 Oscars, promoting the iPhone’s June release. I remember this like it was yesterday.

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Here’s everything Siri can do on Apple TV

Not sure this is everything Siri can do, but this is a solid list.∞ Read this on The Loop

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The AfterPad review of Apple TV games

The folks at AfterPad pulled together a solid list of their favorite Apple TV games, along with reviews of each one.Very helpful.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The quasi-impossibility of...

Every successful company, at some point or another, faces the dreaded moment where their existing business model no longer works, where the world has changed around them and they need to pivot or die.Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for MondayNote, lays out some notable examples. Great read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Pinterest adds visual search tool to iOS app – can...

If you’ve ever been browsing Pinterest and spotted a lamp you really like in a shot of someone’s living room, or a bag you love in a street shot, the iOS app now has a tool designed to help. Just tap the search tool in the corner of the photo, highlight the object of interest and the app will search its product database to try to identify it … 
Pinterest says that it has so far indexed a billion of the 50 billion images posted to the service, and in time aims to index them all.
While the new feature will be useful to users, it’s of course also designed to help the company monetise the platform. It added Buyable Pins back in June, together with...

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ClamXav 2.8.7

Improves recognition of the Time Capsule data volume and Recovery HD. ($29.95 new, free update, 21.4 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Macphun announces Aurora HDR app for high dynamic...

Macphun creates a lot of photography apps for Mac, and today the company announced a new member of its complete line of software. Aurora HDR (US$39.99 intro price, $49.99 afterward) will be available on the Mac App Store starting on November 19. A Pro edition is available for pre-order now; Aurora HDR Pro has an introductory price of $89.99 (normal price $99.99), and pre-orders can be made from and

If you recognize that last web address, then you're obviously one of the many fans of Trey Ratcliff. Ratliff is considered to be one of the world's leading experts in high dynamic range (HDR) photography and has been working with Macphun for the past year to bring what he considers to be "the ultimate HDR software" to market. 


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OmniFocus 2.3.1

Fixes several bugs for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 25.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Sunday November 8

Lowest Prices Ever: 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz,...

For the next 4 days, B&H Photo and AI have teamed up to offer the lowest prices ever on Apple's early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 8GB, 256GB) at $1,349 ($150 off) and Mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.8GHz, 16GB 1TB M370X) for $2,849.00 ($350 off). Also $100 off iMac 4Ks and 5Ks with no sales tax outside NY.

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Postbox 4.0.8

Makes several improvements to the popular email client. ($15 new, free update, 25.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Apple wins dismissal of suit over retail worker bag...

Bloomberg:Apple Inc. persuaded a judge to throw out a lawsuit by employees of the company’s retail stores in California seeking back pay for time spent in “demoralizing” security searches when they left work for the day. The ruling by a San Francisco federal judge Saturday releases the company from having to compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts.I’m sure this is very disappointing to the workers. Having worked in this kind of environment, it is not a fun thing to have to do, especially during a rush. You can waste a lot of time waiting for a security droid to check bags. But the writing was on the wall last year when the Supreme Court ruled against Amazon employees in a similar case....

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International Space Station turns 15

The ISS has been continually orbiting the earth for 15 years and astronauts have conducted thousands of experiments on it.

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