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Wednesday November 12

08:16
Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift...

Walmart has revealed its sales for Black Friday, and a number of Apple products will see price cuts paired with free gift cards, including iPads and iPhones, while steep discounts will be offered on some Beats products.

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08:10
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers ad server down

This is the server that serves up ads for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BBC.com, The Guardian, lots of other big names. Big money at risk here, bad day for folks at DoubleClick.
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08:04
Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced plans to open source .NET, the company's software framework that primarily runs on Windows, and release it on GitHub. Furthermore, Microsoft also unveiled plans to take .NET cross-platform by targeting both Mac OS X and Linux. In the next release, Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux. Microsoft is also making Visual Studio free for small teams. ...

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08:02
Pew survey on public perceptions of privacy

The Pew Research Center did an extensive survey on public perceptions of privacy and security in the so called post-Snowden era. There are a lot of interesting takeaways in the report.
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08:00
Monument Valley update brings new levels

One of my favorite iOS games of 2014, Monument Valley (US$3.99), has been updated to version 2.0 with all new levels. The beautiful, intriguing puzzler features a young hero who you must guide through several levels of changing, mind-bending...

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08:00
Beats launches Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones. The unit is based on the original Solo2 headphones released earlier this year, but sports Bluetooth for pairing with devices up to 30 feet away. Buttons on the ear cups let users control volume and playback, and even answer phone calls....

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07:48
iOS 8 adoption hits 56%

iOS 8 adoption is now at 56%, iOS 7 at 40%.
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07:26
Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth...

The most popular headphones sold by Apple's Beats, the Solo2, were given an upgrade on Wednesday, with a newly revealed model offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity priced at $299.95.

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07:25
Beats announces Solo2 wireless headphones as first...

Following our exclusive report of FCC documents revealing that Beats was working on a new pair of headphones, the accessory maker this morning has announced its brand new Solo2 wireless headphones as its first new product since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year. The headphones are set to launch in the United States this month at Apple Stores and select retailers for $299.95....

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07:11
Researchers Shine Spotlight on OS X/iOS Masque Attack


Researchers at FireEye on Monday made public the existence of the Masque Attack, which threatens iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Masque Attack exploits a flaw in Apple's OSes that allows the replacement of one app by another so long as both apps use the same bundle identifier. All apps, except those preinstalled on iOS, such as Mobile Safari, can be replaced. The fake apps can access the original app's local data, including log-in tokens. Among other things, they let attackers log into and loot victims' bank accounts.

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07:07
Los Angeles building could become Apple mini-campus

Apple has leased a major portion of the Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles, a new rumor claims. The building measures 1.1 million square feet, and currently has several shops on the ground floor and a manufacturer above. Apple has allegedly signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet; the rumor, from an anonymous source, further suggests that Apple may turn the building into miniature campus with offices, residences, and an Apple Store. A portion of the campus might even been dedicated to selling Beats products.......

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07:04
Wal-Mart posts Black Friday deals, offers gift cards...


You may not love their corporate policies, wages or the fact that you can’t use Apple Pay at their stores yet, but they’ve begun offering some decent deals.
Per MacRumors, retailer Wal-Mart today posted its Black Friday ad, revealing a number of deals on various Apple and Beats products for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The announcement follows the reveal of Black Friday ads from Best Buy and Target, which contained a number of deals on iPads, iPhones, and more.
Starting at 6 PM on November 27, Wal-Mart is offering the original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini for US$199 which also comes with a US$30...

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07:00
Netflix for iOS updated with 1080p video support for...

Netflix on Tuesday rolled out an iOS update with a number of enhancements for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, chief among them 1080p video support for the iPhone 6 Plus. Further, the app has been optimized to take advantage of the larger screens on...

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06:58
News: AnandTech analysis reveals iPad Air 2 A8X GPU...

A new analysis by AnandTech of the A8X’s GPU used in Apple’s new iPad Air 2 has revealed some surprising details regarding the new chip’s design and performance. While AnandTech initially thought that that GPU was based on Imagination’s PowerVR GX6650 – a 6-cluster GPU that currently represents the largest of Imagination’s GPU designs – additional investigation reveals that the GPU design has likely been customized…

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06:44
Microsoft releases Office 14.4.6 update


On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 update. The update, a 114 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:
- This update fixes critical issues.
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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06:32
Daily Deal: Enter to win a Gold iPad Air 2 + a Gold...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a chance to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6 in our Golden Apple Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 16GB gold iPad Air 2 and a 16GB gold iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you…

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06:30
Flipop is a colorful memory game with gratifying...

Flipop is a game that puts your memory to the test. The tiles unleash a world of color that's flipped over and hidden until you tap two matching colors and rack up points. They drop out of the grid when matched, leaving room for coins and other...

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06:30
AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.

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06:28
Analysis of A8X chip shows eight core design, other...


There may be more to Apple’s A8X processor than was originally thought.
Per 9to5Mac, further analysis of the processor by AnandTech showed that initial guesses as to the GPU specification of the Apple A8X chip, exclusively available in the iPad Air 2, were wrong. In fact, the chip uses a unique 8 cluster design. AnandTech describes the discovery as “even better than I thought”. Although the customizations are limited, this represents a big step for the company as it is now dabbling in both custom CPU and GPU engineering, even if the leap over generally-available components in this instance is small.
Effectively, Apple has engineered a way to stick two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on the...

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06:25
Square chip-and-signature cardreaders available for...

It may not yet be practical for micro businesses to fork out for the expensive NFC payment terminals needed for Apple Pay, but Square is ensuring that they will at least be all set for the shift to chip-and-signature cards next year.
As of October 2015, any retailer without a chip-and-signature reader will bear the risk of fraudulent transactions, giving them a strong incentive to update their cardreaders. Fortunately, with Square, it’s not an expensive shift: the iPhone reader will cost just $29 – the cheapest on the market – while the Chip Card Accessory for the Square Stand iPad terminal costs $39.
It will be interesting to see whether Square is later able to develop a low-cost NFC reader to support contactless cards and Apple Pay, but in the meantime both chip-and-signature products are available for pre-order now, with delivery...

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06:05
Apple Device Enrollment Program adds resold devices...

Apple has expanded its Device Enrollment Program to support devices bought through authorized resellers and carriers, and to cover a total of 26 regions. The DEP simplifies centralized setup and management of iOS and OS X devices, something critical for mass deployments. Businesses and schools can setup administrative accounts and management servers, and even have user profiles and configurations ready the moment someone activates their device....

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06:00
Judge allows class action suit against Apple over...

Judge Lucy Koh -- who you might remember from her time officiating Apple and Samsung's patent trials -- ruled on Tuesday that a class action lawsuit against Apple over missing text messages can proceed.

The problem at issue arises when iPhone users...

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05:49
Flashlight alpha app for Mac could show us the...

Spotlight, the search tool built into OS X, got a lot smarter in Yosemite – but one developer thinks it could go a whole lot further. He’s developed Flashlight, an app that extends the capabilities of Spotlight to include weather animations and Wolfram Alpha searches.
More interestingly, he’s intending it to act as an unofficial API other developers can use to add functionality to Spotlight … 
Developer Nate Parrot says that the software is at a very early stage, but does demonstrate the potential.

Flashlight is an unofficial Spotlight API that allows you to programmatically process queries and add additional...

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05:45
3 Tips to Make 1Password Even More Powerful

The subject of today's Quick Tip, 1Password, is by far Melissa Holt's favorite third-party program. Here she'll walk us through three of her favorite tricks for using it. Did you know that you can add a one-click, autofill-your-login-immediately bookmark into your browser with 1Password? Or that there's a keyboard shortcut that means "fill my login in on this page"? Well, now you do, so for all the details, come on in.

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05:41
MacBook Pro Retina cable dock

Bracket is a Kickstarter for a cable dock, specific to the MacBook Pro Retina. I really like this concept, hope it succeeds. You had me at aluminium.
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05:37
Roundup: The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8

One long standing criticism of iOS has been its lack of support for third party keyboards, but with the introduction of iOS 8, developers are now allowed to build custom keyboards that can be used on both iPhone and iPad.

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05:30
Get motivated to get moving with Movn

Movn: Simple Pedometer & Movement Goal Coach wants to help you become more active. All of us have decided at some point to increase our daily activity by taking a long walk, or jogging, or riding a bicycle, or yoga, or any number of activities. But...

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04:56
The real usable space of an iOS device

Kirk McElhearn did an experiment, doing a clean install iOS 8 on a 16 GB iPad mini (first generation). After the install (which includes Apple’s recommended apps), he’s left with just over 8 GB of usable space.
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04:45
FCC chairman rejects President's call for Title...

Speaking before a series of Silicon Valley company representatives, US Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler has refuted President Obama's call for Title II legislation of cable companies and strict net neutrality. The chairman, when asked about the President's declaration, was reminding people that the FCC doesn't answer to the president, with the statement that "I am an independent agency."...

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04:42
Box for iPhone app gets Touch ID support and new...

Box for iPhone and iPad – an app designed to allow convenient access to more than 100 document types in the cloud – has been updated to allow unlocking via Touch ID and given a bunch of new features designed to make it easier to use.
Touch ID support should make a big difference to heavy users, who the company says typically use the app 50 times a day.
A Notification Center widget makes Box significantly more convenient, allowing you to view recent files and add new notes. A new Favorites feature allows fast access to frequently-needed files without having to load them into the app first.
What’s New in Version 3.5.0

  • Now use Box from your Today view in Notification Center to quickly and easily create Box Notes, view recent documents and more (requires iOS 8)
  • Use your fingerprint to unlock the Box app at the touch of the home button with Touch ID (compatible devices only, requires iOS 8)
  • Add...
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04:33
Hands On: Dungeon of the Endless (OS X, Windows)

Newcomer roguelike dungeon-defense game, Dungeon of the Endless by Amplitude Studios, was released to Steam in late October. Promising to be a challenging game, we took a look at Dungeon of the Endless to see what it really had to offer. Like most roguelikes, Dungeon of the Endless is a pretty difficult game. Players are essentially told just enough to get them started, and then left to figure out the rest on their own. The whole situation mostly revolves around playing, dying, reworking the strategy, playing again, and probably dying again. That doesn't mean that the game isn't any fun -- the......

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04:23
Briefly: Adidas Photo Print app in US, GiffGaff...

Adidas is letting US sneaker enthusiasts customize a pair of shoes with a mobile app, something it has offered in Europe for a few months already. Pocket-Lint reports the Photo Print app for Android and iOS can take an image from the user's smartphone and apply it to a pair of ZX Flux sneakers. The custom shoes take between four and six weeks to ship, priced at $110....

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04:07
US-China trade deal set to reduce manufacturing...

President Obama and President Xi Jinping in Beijing (photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)
A trade agreement reached between the U.S. and China looks set to reduce Apple’s manufacturing costs by removing import tariffs on components imported into the country.
Apple uses components from a number of countries around the world, notably Korea and Japan, which are imported into China for the assembly of iPhones, iPads and Macs. China currently imposes import tariffs on these components. The new deal would allow companies like Apple, Microsoft and HP to bring components into China free from these charges … 
The WSJ reports...

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04:00
Fix This App: Writer Pro

We spend a lot of time with mobile apps. We know what we like and what we don’t—sometimes within the very same app. Our Fix This App series takes a closer look at a mobile offering that’s not without some flaws and tries to nudge it a little closer to perfection.
Writer Pro is great... if you’re willing to play by its rules. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:41
Neato Adds Note Taking to iOS 8’s Notification Center

Neato pushes the limits of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets to create an innovative way to take notes. It’s a little clumsy, but its limitations may be outweighed by how easy it is to access in Notification Center. 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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03:25
Apple surprises with A8X GPU, uses exclusive ‘semi-...


New chip analysis of the A8X powering the iPad Air 2 has revealed that it is even more powerful than it initially appeared.
Further analysis by AnandTech showed that initial guesses as to the GPU specification of the Apple A8X chip, exclusively available in the iPad Air 2, were wrong. In fact, the chip uses a unique 8 cluster design. AnandTech describes the discovery as “even better than I thought”. Although the customizations are limited, this represents a big step for the company as it is now dabbling in both custom CPU and GPU engineering, even if the leap over generally-available components in this instance is small.
Effectively, Apple has engineered a way to stick two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on the same die. A die shot sourced by AnandTech confirmed this theory, although the...

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00:47
Walmart’s Black Friday Apple deals revealed: iPad...

From 9to5Toys.com:

It is definitely November. Three days in a row we’ve shared different blockbuster Black Friday ads: Monday was Target, yesterday was Best Buy, and now we have Walmart.
Walmart’s holiday deals often standout from a pricing and spectacle perspective. As seen in the lead image for this article, Walmart is planning three separate sales events for Black Friday 2014: November 28th...

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Tuesday November 11

22:59
Apple rumored to turn huge downtown LA building into...

A new rumor claims Apple has leased a large part of the Broadway Trade Center, a five-story, 1.1 million-square-foot building located in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., and is looking to convert the space into a mini campus complete with Apple Store.

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21:41
Innovative new Type Nine keyboard for iOS 8 takes...


Gather round, children, and let Grandpa Beasley tell you a story about the olden days. Long before these newfangled iPhones and Androids existed, most people didn’t have full keyboards on their cell phones, unless they were using a BlackBerry (but that’s a story for another time). In order to type out our text messages, we had to use “T9″ keyboards that required you to press the numbers on the dialpad a few times to select each letter individually.
And now, youngin’s, you, too, can experience all of the fun and frustration of ye olde keyboards right on your iPhone. All you have to do is log into the App Store and download one of those fancy “app” things you’re all so keen on. It’s called Type Nine,...

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21:14
Flagship Apple Store and office space rumored for...


Apple may be preparing to move into the historic Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles according to the latest rumor from ifo Apple Store. The company has reportedly leased the building for use as office space as well as a retail outlet.
Additionally, the report claims that some of that office space will be dedicated to the recently acquired Beats by Dre, which took up residence in a brand new Culver City facility earlier this summer.
The five-story structure was built in 1908 and boasts 1.1 million square feet of floor space. Apple would be a prime candidate for the space as the city continues a ten-year initiative to “Bring Back Broadway” by reviving the...

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20:10
UBS raises AAPL target to $125, cites iPhone 6 Plus...

Financial analyst Steve Milunovich from UBS has raised that firm's target price on Apple stock by $10, to $125, based on a survey showing strong demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in China and other countries. Polling some 4,000 respondents across the US, UK, Italy and mainland China, Milunovich found strong demand for the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in all the countries, but particularly in China. The 64GB model appeared to be the most popular choice among potential buyers, which included a third who are current Samsung phone owners.......

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19:28
Apple's iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption...

Adoption numbers for Apple's iOS 8 are leisurely plodding along, with the latest statistics showing 56 percent of users are now running the latest operating system nearly two months after launch.

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18:43
Quirky and GE unveil new suite of affordable smart...

Smart home technology startup Quirky, in partnership with GE, on Tuesday introduced a new line of economical smart home products that works together with its Wink hub and app ecosystem to control everything from HVAC to garage doors.

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18:19
AAPL closes at new high, closes in on split-adjusted...

Apple's stock closed at a new "all-time" high today, settling at $109.70 per share after an intra-day high of $109.75 -- breaking the record set just over a week ago. The company, now valued at $643.37 billion -- more than a third more than the next most valuable publicly-traded company -- may be within sight of besting its own split- and buyback-adjusted all-time high and market capitalization records, which would currently be around $113.86 per share and $667.77 billion, respectively....

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Slow Fast Slow [iPhone;...

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17:49
Apple Could Turn to Alibaba for Apple Pay in China

An Alibaba executive claimed on Tuesday that his company was in discussions with Apple about cooperating on a mobile payment solution for the Chinese market. Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said in an interview that the two companies were talking without claiming they were close to a deal.

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17:00
Drone Video Shows Progress at Apple’s Spaceship HQ

Construction of Apple's so-called Spaceship HP-or Apple Campus 2.0, as Apple calls it-is really progressing. New drone footage posted to YouTube in the form of a trailer with a dramatic soundtrack, shows just how far the massive building has come. The foundation of the outer ring have been laid, and structural walls abound. Check it out.

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16:40
Cult Comedy Classics: 4 Movies for $29.99

We're trying something new for today's daily deal, a bundle of four movies for $29.99. Our friends at Stack Social put together a deal with NBC Universal for Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Those are all great movies (IMO), and our deal is through Flixster, one of Ultraviolet's services, and that's part of what makes this an experiment for us: it's a great deal, but we don't know if you're interested in a service like Ultraviolet, so let's find out! With this deal, you get HD versions of the movies (no special features), and you can download them or stream them. Flixster works on Macs, PCs, iPhone, iPads, and iPod touches, as well as some high end Android devices. There are also flixster apps on Roku, some TVs, and some Blu-ray players.

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16:33
How to Fix Safari Push Notifications in Yosemite


If you’ve visited any of the 9to5 sites in Safari on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or 10.10 Yosemite since early 2014, you may have opted into website push notifications. Powered by PushUp Notifications, which integrates closely with WordPress, 9to5mac alone has over 400,000 subscribers receiving breaking Apple news the moment a hot story is published. On a busy news day, we’re delivering over 2 million unique notifications.
Unfortunately, the underlying Safari Push Notifications service on Apple’s end has some bugs on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. PushUp is reporting that many ...

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16:25
XSAN and 4K video editing

Forums: HardwareI currently have an Apple Xsan 3 deployment using Mavericks Mac Mini MDC Atto Thunderlink to FC,  Promise 610f RAID with a JBOD and a Qlogic 5602FC 4GB switch.
I was originally looking to simply upgrade my storage as our editors are working in ProRes422 in Final Cut ProX without any issues. As our Promise RAIDs were going out of warrantly, I felt comfortable replacing the RAID and building a new volume on new RAID hardware. But then... I was told in the middle of 2015 we will need to be able to edit 4K.  I did some Googling and see there is a wide variety of 4K formats. I am currently trying to nail down the format they will be using. I am also trying to nail down how many streams, I will need to feed to our edit stations. 
Has anyone worked with 4K on an Apple Xsan? I am a bit confused on the requirements... from what I have read 4Gb FC is not going to...

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16:11
Best Buy to offer deals on iPad Air 2, Macs for...

The "doorbuster" deals for Best Buy's Black Friday event have been published, and reveal that the chain will offer discounts on various Apple products, among other items. Of particular interest is a $100 discount on all models of the new iPad Air 2, reducing the entry-level model's price to just $400 but also applying to all other capacities, including the Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Macs, iPods, iTunes gift cards and even Beats headphones will also see discounts....

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16:00
Is Apple about to offer higher quality music...

For quite some time, a portion of Apple's customers have wanted higher quality audio files from the iTunes Store. Apple uses AAC coding for the iTunes Store, which is lossy, but a shade better than standard MP3 files. Competitors are now pushing...

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15:40
Overcast 1.1 adds CarPlay, iPad layout and landscape...



Overcast 1.1 is out now, bringing several big improvements to the podcast client. The update adds rotation support for the iPhone, which is particularly helpful for people with car docks that enforce landscape device orientation. Arment tastefully uses popovers for the playback settings, a UI element that is generally underused on the iPhone.
For iPad, the app is now truly optimized for the larger canvas, making liberal use of split views and modal sheets. Given that Overcast prides itself on a clean appearance, a native iPad UI for navigation...

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15:26
FCC pushing submission, vote on proposed net...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won't be holding a vote on net neutrality during its December meeting, as the agency says it needs more time to consider the options. The announcement comes only a day after US President Barack Obama offered the FCC support to reclassify broadband and other wireless Internet services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934....

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15:13
Apple's Device Enrollment Program extended to...

Apple on Tuesday announced businesses and educational institutions can now use the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with devices purchased through Apple Authorized Resellers, while support for the service has been extended to include 26 countries.

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15:06
Apple deals: Macs as low as $769

This week at Apple's online store find low prices on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been dropped by $130 to $769. Priced at $799, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....

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15:05
Firefox Develops a Case of Selective Amnesia


Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy. "Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity," explained Firefox Vice President Johnathan Nightingale. "Instead of asking a lot of complex technical questions, Forget asks you only one: How much do you want to forget? Once you tell Firefox you want to forget the last five minutes, or two hours, or 24 hours, it takes care of the rest."

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15:04
DealNN: monitors, printers and more

This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else....

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15:00
The iPhone apps you'll never get to use

The App Store has a ridiculous number of apps, but there are some iOS applications that you'll never get a chance to use unless you find yourself employed by Apple. The apps range from a basic space flight game used to check accelerometer function to...

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14:01
Apple expands Device Enrollment Program for iOS...

Apple is today expanding its Device Enrollment Program, its service for business and education customers deploying and managing large fleets of iOS and Mac devices, to new countries. It’s also opening up the program to third-party resellers. 
Apple updated its webpages for the Device Enrollment Program today for both education and business customers to include the new changes. The program is now available to customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, ...

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14:00
It's time for another iPhone 6 case roundup and...

The initial trickle of cases designed for the iPhone 6 and especially for the iPhone 6 Plus has turned into a torrent, and we've received a pile of cases and other protective accessories to review over the past month. For TUAW readers, that means...

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13:47
Power User Secret Tips: Invert Colors Instantly

Another useful tip Kelly collected at MacTech Conference comes from Tad Johnson of JAMF Software. He's partial to using inverted colors on his computer sometimes, and explained how to do it with a keystroke.

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13:46
Netflix for iOS update brings support for iOS 8,...

Netflix on Tuesday issued an update for its iOS app, bringing full compatibility with Apple's latest iOS 8 operating system and 1080p playback for the new iPhone 6 Plus.

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13:34
Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Lost Text...

Judge Lucy Koh, the same Judge overseeing Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent infringement legal fight, gave the green light to a lawsuit over text messages that never made it to smartphone owners who switched away from the iPhone. The lawsuit alleges Apple should have told customers text messages wouldn't be delivered if they dumped their iPhone for an Android-based smartphone.The Mac Observer Spin: People are willing to file lawsuits over most anything, including lost text messages. Maybe lawsuits over OS X Yosemite being too flat will be next. That said, if the bug that blocked texts from current iPhone owners to former iPhone owners does cross California's unfair competition laws, then Apple needs to be held accountable, regardless of how ridiculous the case seems.

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13:33
News: Apple patents crowdsourced mapping of cellular...

Apple was recently granted a patent on monitoring cellular network conditions to help identify network dead spots. U.S. Patent No. 8,886,178 describes a “Location-based profile” designed to help cellular carriers and device makers collect crowdsourced information on localized areas where network problems such as dropped calls occur. The patent describes using device-based location services to allow individual iOS devices to automatically…

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13:29
News: Netflix update adds 1080p streaming for iPhone...

Netflix has released an update to its eponymous streaming app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, adding support for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. The update notably adds full 1080p HD streaming for the iPhone 6 Plus, which natively supports a 1920x1080 standard resolution. The update also notes full support for iOS 8 and improvements for Chromecast users. [via 9to5Mac]

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13:16
Netflix updated for iOS 8, adds 1080p video playback...

Netflix updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 7.0 today adding optimization for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced in September. The updated version of Netflix shows more content like titles and genres as well as previews of movies and TV shows when browsing for something to watch. In addition to optimizing the Netflix app for iPhone 6 users, Netflix says the new version of its app will now offer video playback in 1080p, full HD, for users with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.
The larger iPhone 6 Plus model features a resolution of 1920×1080, the same resolution as 1080p HDTVs, so Netflix users can now enjoy the same experience from the living room on the 5.5-inch iPhone display. (The 4.7-inch iPhone 6...

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13:15
iMessage deactivation problems earn Apple a federal...

Andrew Cunningham

When Adrienne Moore switched from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 earlier this year, problems with iMessage prohibited her new phone from getting text messages sent to her number. She filed a lawsuit in May, and Reuters reports that US District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that the suit will move forward.
Apple acknowledged earlier this year that there was a "server-side bug" causing trouble for customers attempting to leave iMessage and deregister their numbers. If your number is still in Apple's system, iMessages sent to you could appear to senders as if they've been delivered even though the recipient hasn't actually gotten them.
Moore claims...

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Instagram expands Explore tab, adds editing for...

Instagram has released a new update which expands the Explore tab within the app along with finally introducing much needed editing features for captions. While the image sharing service is known for its quick app and powerful photo filter options,...

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12:45
Firefox Continues its Privacy Crusade, Adds Forget...

Mozilla's Firefox browser has been on an very explicit crusade for user privacy for a long time. On November 10th, Mozilla punctuated that commitment by releasing Firefox 33.1 with, notably, a privacy tour and a Forget Button. John Martellaro, a big fan of Firefox, explains how he feels about it.

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12:32
Judge allows lawsuit over missing text messages to...

Days after Apple provided a Web tool to allow ex-iPhone users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, a California judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Apple for "hijacking" users' ability to receive text messages can proceed.

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12:30
Apple will face lawsuit over undelivered text...

 

A  U.S. District judge has decided that Apple will have to face a US federal lawsuit over complaints that it prevented users from receiving text messages after switching from iPhone to Android, according to a report from Reuters.
The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, claims that Apple interfered with the plaintiff’s Verizon wireless service by not informing customers that switching to an Android device could interfere with sending and receiving messages.
The problem exists with how Apple’s messaging app handles the switch from its iPhone to iPhone iMessaging...

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12:20
Games, more channels added to Chromecast app roster

The latest wave of Chromecast additions includes a number of family-friendly games, Google has revealed. In time for the holidays, the streaming HDMI dongle now has a wider selection of games available to play, using smartphones and tablets as the main interface, alongside two more channels for streaming movies and TV shows....

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12:13
Handoff and Continuity: What if they don't...

Handoff and Continuity are the biggest gee-whiz features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The ability to start composing an email, view a web page, or work on a document on one device, then switch to another, could actually merit the use of the word “magical,” which Apple has applied to a number of its new products.
Except when it doesn’t work.
In the month Yosemite has been out, I’ve gone through an arduous process to get Handoff, Continuity, and even AirDrop to work. While the features work most of the time, they don’t always work, and still not on all of my devices. The exceptions so far have been phone calls and SMS forwarding, which worked from the beginning—when...

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9to5Toys Last Call: Sony memory cards up to 60% off...

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12:00
GoPix is a clever, but limited slide movie maker for...

GoPix ($1.99) is a just-released iOS slide show app for users on Instagram. It's a good illustration of the trade-offs between making something easy to use or having more creative control.

GoPix is very, very easy to use. You begin by selecting up...

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11:40
USPS Employees, Retirees, Customers Exposed in Hack...


Hackers siphoned off data from United States Postal Service servers for more than eight months before being detected, the USPS said. Personal data -- including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, and emergency contact information -- was stolen. "More than 800,000 employees and some retirees are impacted ... all that receive a Postal Service paycheck," said USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer. That includes the Postmaster General.

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11:40
Apple must face lawsuit over iMessage's lost...

Apple will have to face a lawsuit charging that it didn't warn people they would lose text messages if they switched away from the iPhone, US District Judge Lucy Koh has ordered. The plaintiff in the case, Adrienne Moore, says that iOS' poor handling of text messages interfered with her contract with Verizon, which she kept after switching from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 in April. Koh argues that Moore has the right to show that Apple disrupted the contract and broke California's unfair competition law, and that she doesn't have to claim an "absolute right to receive every text message......

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11:37
Hands on: Worldly (iOS)

Geography isn't terribly easy subject for most, what with there being almost 200 different countries in the world. Rote memorization can become tedious at best and frustrating at worst, deterring even the most studious of people. Worldly, an app by developer Supergonk, aims to help players learn more about the world around them by making geography a game instead of a chore....

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11:30
News: Lawsuit against Apple over unsent text...

A lawsuit filed last May against Apple regarding lost text messages will be allowed to proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh stated that Apple will be required to face Adrienne Moore’s complaint that iMessage interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless, which serviced her Samsung Galaxy S5 after switching from an iPhone 4. Although Apple acknowledged the issue in May, it did not come up with a viable solution until this…

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11:27
Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Presto Vivace sends a report from the Australian Financial Review on how Apple uses a holding company based in Luxembourg to avoid taxes on its iTunes revenue. Quoting: The 2011 accounts for iTunes Sàrl [the holding company] give the first inside view of how Apple accounts for its growing earnings from digital content. They are part of a massive leak of Luxembourg tax documents uncovered in an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Remarkably, the accounts show Luxembourg has been more effective in extracting tax from iTunes than Ireland has with much larger Apple sales. Turnover for iTunes Sàrl exploded from €353 million ($508 million) in 2009 to €2.05 billion in 2013. Secret appendices to the 2011 accounts break down some of Apple’s costs. It shows that Apple takes a third of iTunes’ revenues as its gross profit margin. The 2011 figures showed that a flat 50 per cent of this gross profit was paid in intercompany charges. (Followup on a...

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11:13
First Look: Logitech Keys-to-Go For iPad

Embracing the reality that iPad body designs may vary considerably in size from year to year and screen to screen, Logitech has released Keys-to-Go for iPad ($70), a device-agnostic red, blue, or black Bluetooth keyboard that feels as if it was plucked right out of the earlier FabricSkin keyboard case. Spill- and dirt-resistant, the nearly flat, matte-textured typing surface has all of the iOS-specific function keys you'd expect above the numbers,…

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11:11
Apple continues exploring location-based security...

A pair of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday could hint at the company's plans for future user-facing features for its Macs and iOS devices, including a more granular control system for display brightness based on ambient light and security features that shift based on the device's location.

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11:06
WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for...

AppleInsider:

Mac and iOS users are protected from viruses and malware by default unless the user bypasses their security systems, by jailbreaking an iOS device; by disabling the protections of Mac OS X’s GateKeeper; or by choosing to “Trust” app installs that iOS identifies as being from an “Untrusted App Developer.” Here’s how those systems work, and how users can avoid being tricked into turning off their own security.

Short version? Don’t be stupid.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:01
New ad designs for Apple Watch

I never really thought about this, but advertisers must be wondering what to do when the watch comes out.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Image editors, a menu bar...

Sight and soundThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps is all about sights and sounds, with software that will make your photos gorgeous, keep you sane in a noisy environment, and entertain you with some music.DeltaCAD 8.0.8Midnight Software’s $40 DeltaCad (Mac App Store Link) is an inexpensive but featureful design software that lets you create highly precise technical drawings for everything from mechanical parts to your next dwelling.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Mr. Coffee just released an iPhone-controllable...

The list of "Things That We Probably Don't Need Smart Versions Of But We Got Them Anyway" gets a little bit longer today with the announcement and release of the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker, an iPhone-controllable appliance that lets you initiate...

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10:51
∞ Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Whether you know this as Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, it’s a time to give thanks to all those who fought or died for our freedom and to all of those who still serve in the Armed Forces. Thank you to both of my grandfathers.

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10:30
Daily Deals for November 11, 2014

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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10:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-11

Net Neutrality became an even hotter topic yesterday, and there's a new security threat targeting the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about President Obama's stance on Net Neutrality, plus they take a look at Masque Attack and what it means for iPhone and iPad users.

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10:07
News: Nautilus announces HealthKit integration

Fitness company Nautilus has announced that it is officially adding support for iOS 8 HealthKit to its Bowflex Max Trainer and Nautilus 616 products, allowing users to send workout data directly to iOS 8’s new Health app. The Bowflex Max Trainer will be getting HealthKit integration this month, with the Nautilus 616 Cardio series following “closely.” These Nautilus workout machines use Bluetooth Smart technology to transfer workout…

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10:00
Spotify paid over $2B in royalties, CEO responds to...

Spotify has responded to claims by singer Taylor Swift that the service does not pay music producers enough, by revealing it has paid more than two billion dollars in music royalties. A blog post by CEO Daniel Ek following the removal of Swift's music from the service and a further attack in an interview also notes Swift was on track to receive $6 million in streaming revenues for this year alone....

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10:00
For some, Apple Pay is an accessibility tool

Apple has long been a champion of making technology more accessible to the differently abled. From iOS support of Bluetooth braile displays to full screen magnification on both iOS and OS X, there are no shortage of examples which demonstrate Apple's...

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09:33
9 questions about network neutrality you were too...

Vox:

President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he supports taking strong measures to protect network neutrality. The announcement was not terribly surprising — Obama has long been an avowed supporter of network neutrality. But this is the first time Obama has proposed a specific legal strategy for protecting network neutrality. And his comments will raise the profile of what was already the most contentious policy debate in the technology world.

If you’re just tuning in now, it can seem a little overwhelming. What is network neutrality? What’s “reclassification?” And why have people been arguing so angrily for so long? Here’s an explanation that starts from the very beginning.

This is an important issue but sadly one the vast majority of internet users don’t know or don’t care enough about.
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09:30
Voice Jam Studio offers professional vocal looping,...

Voice Jam Studio is a powerful vocal recorder for iPad with dozens of professional effects, looping, fine tuning and even video recording so you're able to produce high quality audio and get creative with the process. The app includes four tracks to...

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09:28
Apple & Cupertino share updated Campus 2 aerial...

Following our latest drone video that we shared over the weekend, the City of Cupertino has posted an updated, official aerial shot from Apple showing progress at Apple’s under construction Campus 2.
The image shows Apple is making progress on the foundation and early stages of building construction as the company prepares to finish work on street utilities, earthwork and demolition.
Apple is still on track to complete the project by the end of 2016, according to the City of Cupertino’s...

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09:12
News: Apple Pay: 1% of Whole Foods transactions,...

With only three weeks since the launch of Apple’s new mobile payments service, Whole Foods has reported that it has processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions – about 1% of the retailers total transactions in the same time period, according to calculations by Mike Dudas, former mobile commerce lead at Google and PayPal. Apple also appears to be moving ahead in establishing an Apple Pay partnership with Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba, as noted…

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09:03
Video: Tim Cook speaks at WSJD Live about Apple...

Last month’s WSJD Live conference in tony Laguna Beach, CA, was a hot ticket. You could take a drone selfie with Rupert Murdoch, maybe troll an Apple exec with AirDrop, and of course listen to fascinating talks and interviews with some of the biggest names in technology, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.I wasn’t there, and chances you weren’t there either, but until we can finally weasel our way in, at least there is finally video. The Wall Street Journal posted the entire 34-minute video of Tim Cook’s Q&A with WSJ editor-in-chief Gerard Baker....

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09:01
UBS ups Apple price target to $125 after survey...

The results of a recent global survey of prospective smartphone buyers conducted by UBS forecast a favorable share of iPhone 6 Plus sales and strong demand in China, prompting the investment firm to raise its price target.

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08:54
First Look: Belkin/Jarden Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart...

In the future, sentient robots will so pamper their owners that the very idea of manually brewing your own coffee will be laughable. Until then, Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions have come up with an interim option to let you "brew coffee from your bed." The Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Coffeemaker ($250) leverages Belkin's WeMo home automation technology to let you wirelessly control the time your coffee is brewed. After a reasonably simple Wi-Fi pairing…

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