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Friday December 5

13:00
Big cats take center stage in this illustrated...

OS X Mavericks and Yosemite broke the mold with their naming conventions, referencing California landmarks instead of the big cats that dominated the previous OS X titles. To celebrate OS X and last month's big Yosemite launch, Git-Tower has created ...

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12:47
Gift guide: The best leather cases & wallets for...

I prefer leather, wallet-style iPhone cases, and if you’re reading this you’re likely on the hunt for one as well. I’ve had a lot of cases arriving for review this time of the year following the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, so below I’ve put together my thoughts on the best leather wallet cases around (and in some cases vegan leather), to guide you through your purchase and show you some of my favorites after going hands-on. 

Nodus Access Case |
It might have some competition for the top spot for craftsmanship and high-quality materials—that honor goes to Pad & Quill hands down—but it was my favorite case in terms of form and function for everyday use. It is, however, handcrafted from full grain Italian leathers with micro-fibre lining and an inside pocket with enough room for a couple cards or...

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12:45
Line prepares to globally launch mobile payments...

Japanese messaging service Line is preparing to globally launch a mobile payments service for iOS and Android in the near future. Line Pay, a service which has already launched in its native Japan in October, will allow its users to register payment details within the app, using their account to pay for Line stickers and other items from the Line store, as well as other online retailers and physical locations....

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12:34
Orion's Test Flight Triumph Fuels Mars Hopes


NASA's Orion spacecraft on Friday successfully completed its first test flight, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California at 8:29 a.m. PST after orbiting the Earth twice in roughly four and a half hours. Orion traveled some 60,000 miles during the mission and journeyed 3,600 miles into space -- 15 times more distant than the International Space Station and farther than any ship designed to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years. The mission is a critical step in NASA's journey to Mars.

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12:30
Apple sets its sights on India with plans for 500...

People in the U.S. and Europe might not be able to walk into a coffee shop without seeing a half dozen iDevices being tapped on, but Apple's gadgets aren't quite as widespread in India. According to Times of India, Apple is hoping to push further int...

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12:28
Real versus Apple plaintiff may lack status, Apple...

Following the revelation that the two plaintiffs in the ongoing iPod DRM lawsuit may have bought their iPods too late or too early, one of them has withdrawn, reports the New York Times. Melanie Tucker bought one iPod in 2005, and an iPod touch in 2010. The suit only addresses iPods bought between September 12th, 2006 and March 31st, 2009....

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12:20
Facebook gives Slingshot a second try with some...

Images your friends can view for 24 hours. Photo filters. Looping videos. Facebook’s ephemeral photo-messaging app Slingshot is taking a few familiar features from other well-loved services (Snapchat, Instagram, Vine) to boost its appeal.Slingshot wasn’t exactly catching on with anyone with its send-to-view approach to messaging. Version 2.0 is a complete revamp: Instead of a private messaging premise that requires you to send (or “sling”) a shot to a friend before you can open the message they sent you (which was so annoying), Slingshot now lets you take a snap of your day that everyone can see for 24 hours. The makeover has been compared to Snapchat Stories, a similar approach that’s been incredibly popular with users and brands. You can still send a private message by replying or reacting to a story, but Slingshot’s emphasis is no longer on individual conversations....

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12:00
Mel's 2014 holiday gift ideas

My assignment: Suggest gifts for family, friends and even yourself. My list is things I use and adore, or things I want to buy. I'll offer some thoughts on hardware and software. Let's get right to it.

Prop 'n Go iPad stand

I bought a new iPad Air ...

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11:52
Five fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

TidBITS:OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite has been out for a bit now and while it is working fine for many people, there are still a variety of complaints making the rounds on the Internet. Here then is a collection of five problems and solutions (or at least workarounds) that we’ve either experienced or had reported to us.Not all of these will be applicable to everyone but some might help speed things up for you.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:45
Daily Deals for December 5, 2014, featuring the Best...

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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11:44
Mark Zuckerberg calls Apple CEO Tim Cook's view...

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had harsh words for those --?including Apple CEO Tim Cook --?who have called the social network's ad-supported business model bad for consumers, saying that such comments are "ridiculous."

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11:12
Apple adds 9 new Flyover locations to Maps,...

Apple has today added 9 new locations to its Flyover feature in Maps (via MacRumors), including three in France, a landmark in Sweden, one in New Zealand, two in Arizona, and a couple more United States landmarks in Wyoming and Arkansas. Flyover allows users pinch to zoom and pan around high resolution views of more than a hundred different landmarks, and today’s additions bring the total number of supported locations up to 101.

Flyover has been around since the botched introduction of Apple’s built-in-house mapping service, but the app has gradually improved over the course of its lifetime. With iOS 8, Apple...

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11:01
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Last year’s release of iTunes 11 made it clear that Apple wanted to take its venerable media player and iOS device management tool toward a new and different user interface, eschewing the old sidebar view in favor of a new, full-screen view that focused primarily on the media content, and leaned strongly toward arranging things in visual grids. While the design changes met with some negative reviews, particularly from long-time iTunes users,…

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11:00
White House photographer uses iPhone 6 to catch...

Christmas at the White House means a whole lot of camera flashes, poses, and smiles, and that usually means plenty of fancy camera equipment. For one seasoned photographer, Apple's iPhone is the tool of choice this year. As Time reports, photographer...

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10:54
Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming...

An anonymous reader writes: Scott Rosenberg, author of Dreaming in Code dissects Apple's Swift, Google's Go, and other new languages — why they were created, what makes them different, and what they bring (or not) to programmers. "In very specific ways, both Go and Swift exemplify and embody the essences of the companies that built them: the server farm vs. the personal device; the open Web vs. the App Store; a cross-platform world vs. a company town. Of all the divides that distinguish programming languages—compiled or interpreted? static vs. dynamic variable typing? memory-managed/garbage-collected or not?—these might be the ones that matter most today." ...

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10:50
Briefly: Sonos 5.2, Pandora interface update for iOS...

Wireless speaker system producer Sonos has released a beta software update, bringing the latest version to 5.2. Featuring new sound enhancement for its Playbar speaker, the update improves the soundstage using stereo imaging, and also includes improvements to the EQ and volume balance....

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10:35
Plaintiff withdrawn in iPod antitrust lawsuit

One of the two named plaintiffs in the long-running class-action lawsuit over Apple's FairPlay DRM was withdrawn on Friday by their attorneys, just one day after the revelation that neither plaintiff may be a member of the class they represent.

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10:30
Chance’s holiday gift guide: the products I use...


I’ve already broken down the best gifts for students this holiday season, but now it’s time to talk about the best gifts for all the Apple lovers in your life. These are most of the products that I use on a daily basis. Whether I use them on-the-go, while working, or pretty much 24/7, these are some of the best products that have earned a coveted spot in my daily routine.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100M3
There’s no doubting that the iPhone 6 has an amazing camera, probably the best smartphone camera there is, but in some instances, you just need something a little better and a little more powerful. That’s why I invested in the Sony Cyber-shot RX100M3...

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10:28
US division of TD Bank readying Apple Pay support...

The US division of TD Bank is aiming at a mid-December launch of Apple Pay support, a source says. The company is reportedly training workers on both Apple Pay and tokenized Visa transactions. That training is scheduled to end late next week, in time for a launch currently targeted around December 18th. To verify cards the company is expected to use a system similar to that of institutions like Bank of America, which have people call their bank after adding a card through Passbook....

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-05

Apple is planning on spending US$161 million on a theater in its new space ship campus. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think that theater will include and how you go about spending that much money. John also has some insight on how companies decide when you need to sign for an Apple Pay purchase.

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10:00
Happy birthday to us! Ten years of TUAW

On this date in 2004, a new website devoted to Apple officially went live. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - at that time a property of Weblogs, Inc. - had two bloggers at that point, Laurie Duncan and Barb Dybwad. The co-founders of Weblogs, Inc....

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09:50
Apple asks court to dismiss iTunes DRM case after...

Apple is asking a California U.S. District Court to dismiss the class-action case accusing the company of violating antitrust laws.Apple’s attorneys argue that the two plaintiffs in the case over iTunes DRM, who represent about 8 million iPod owners, don’t have standing to sue Apple because they didn’t even own affected iPod models, according to a motion for dismissal filed Friday.Apple asked Melanie Tucker on Thursday to produce proof that she purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009, before Apple ended use of DRM in iTunes. Tucker and co-plaintiff Marianna Rosen claim Apple prevented songs from rival music services from playing on iPods with firmware updates in iTunes 7.0 and 7.4. Tucker’s attorneys confirmed that she didn’t purchase iPods covered within the class, and removed her from the plaintiff list on Thursday.To read this article in full or to...

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09:35
Must-have iPhone, iPad, & Apple Pay apps for...

Shopping this year through iPhone and iPad apps is significantly more convenient thanks to Apple Pay and Touch ID. The latest iPhones and iPads allow you to avoid the arduous process of re-entering your credit card information each time at checkout and instead pay for your purchase with the touch of your finger.
Hopefully our holiday gift guides are steering you in the right direction for what to buy this year, especially with guides focused on using your iPhone and iPad in the carmaking music with Apple devices, ...

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09:07
Killer Deal: Free Apple SuperDrive and the lowest...

In yet another holiday deal that only AppleInsider can deliver, we've teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple USB SuperDrive (for using CDs/DVDs) to every customer who purchases a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare. These bundles offer the absolute lowest prices anywhere, even before the SuperDrive is thrown in.

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09:03
Watch a 100-year-old, 28.5-liter engine scream to...

Popular Mechanics:What a lovely video. What a delicate and sentimental homage to an elder statesmen of the land speed wars. What a beautiful, pastoral day, perfect for rolling out a… What uh…. What are they doing with the…. DEAR LORD. IT RUNS.It’s called “The Beast of Turin” and it looks and sounds like the car Satan would drive. Thanks very much to Glenn Ramsey for the link.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Apple hosting Hour of Code workshops for Computer...

Next week, Apple is hosting workshops and other special events at local retail Apple Stores to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The highlight of the initiative is the Hour of Code workshop, which is a free one-hour lesson introducing comput...

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08:54
New Foxconn robots too imprecise for Apple products...

Foxconn's new assembly robots are proving too imprecise to manufacture Apple products, claims Chinese site Jiemian. First-generation robots have been assigned tasks involving larger components and tightening screws. The robots are said to have an accuracy of 0.05mm however, beyond the 0.02mm threshold demanded for Apple hardware....

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08:53
The invention of the Slinky

Priceonomics:To counterbalance its simplicity, the Slinky has an utterly complex backstory. The toy has dealt with a slew of uncanny circumstances — an inventor who fled to South America to join a religious cult, a seven-figure debt, a mind-boggling reemergence under unlikely leadership — and has somehow managed to persevere with very little redesign.I don’t know how popular the Slinky is outside of Canada and the US but is there anyone who didn’t get one of these for a gift at some point? And how long did it take you (or your rotten little brothers) to break it?∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:32
Eddy Cue on DRM: It was Necessary to Swing Record...

Apple didn't want copy protection on music, but was forced into it to swing deals with record labels. That's the official word from Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services during his testimony at a class action lawsuit over the iPod's closed ecosystem.The Mac Observer Spin: It's no secret Apple didn't want to use copy protection for iTunes songs. That requirement from the record labels led to the headache this lawsuit has become. Considering there may not actually be a plaintiff in the case, however, that headache may come to a very abrupt end.

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08:27
Forums: Mac OS X 11

Mac OS X 10 has only been officially available for a few months now, but MacNN forum goers are already looking to the future and discussing what they would like to see in Mac OS X 11. Earlier today when Forum Regular "michael180" ran into a puzzling problem with Apple Mail not being able to send an image file that was 31megs they turned to the forums looking for some advice....

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08:25
Apple deals: MacBook Pros from $929

Apple's online store is currently offering a vast selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models starting at $929. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $170 to $929. A $240 discount drops the cost on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,159....

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08:24
Mail To Self: An iOS 8 share-sheet extension that...

Dan Frakes:A couple months back, I tweeted that the iOS 8 share-sheet extension I really wanted was one that would let me send myself an email—in other words, to share the current thing via email, but to have the resulting email message pre-addressed to me.Like Dan, I do this frequently on iOS and have been using and liking this little extension.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:17
Apple seeds second OS X 10./10/2 Yosemite beta, asks...


If you’re still having Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite, there may be some hope on the way.
Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, two weeks after seeing the first 10.10.2 beta and two and a half weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.
The new beta, build 14C78c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.

Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.
In the...

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08:17
Ergotron Lets Mac Users Stand and Deliver

If you want to stand while working on your Mac, Ergotron provides clamp-to-a-desk workstations marketed directly to the Apple crowd. However, these setups have some stability issues. 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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08:00
Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code...


Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.
Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts.

Code.org is the non-profit behind the Hour of Code movement, and is working with a number of corporations to organize this year’s movement. The group has funding from Microsoft and others, and has a...

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08:00
Spotfy promotion offers users 3 month premium...

With the rumor mill suggesting that Apple will bundle the Beats Music app into iOS early next year, the battle for music streaming supremacy will soon kick into high gear. As it stands now, there's no denying that Spotify, with 50 million active user...

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07:42
Five Fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Complaints are inevitable with any new release of OS X, and Yosemite has been garnering its fair share. Here are a few solutions and workarounds for problems we’ve experienced or seen reported. 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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07:34
Hawking Sounds Alarm Over AI's End Game


Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind's demise, according to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. "Once humans develop [full] artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate," he said. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Hawking and futurist Ray Kurzweil "all share a vision of autonomous artificial intelligence that ... we mere humans can't keep up with," said Dan Miller, founder and lead analyst with Opus Research.

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07:33
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus captures Christmas at the...

The iPhone continues to make inroads into the world of professional photography, with one White House cameraman selecting Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus as his weapon of choice when chronicling the unveiling of this year's Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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07:26
Daily Deal: Best Stocking Stuffers under $50

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of great stocking stuffers for friends and family that won’t break your budget. iPhone users on to the go will enjoy the sleek Bluetooth earpiece ($17.99), a stylish and unobtrusive accessory for making and receiving calls. For the music lover, we have the AViiQ Concert Series tangle-free earphones ($16.99), with great noise isolation and finely tuned, powerful drivers. Help your friends and family keep…

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07:19
Mark Zuckerberg describes Tim Cook’s views on ad-...

In an interview with TIME, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described Tim Cook’s comments on ad-supported businesses as “ridiculous,” and suggested that Apple’s products are over-priced.
Zuckerberg was referring to comments Cook made back in September about Apple’s approach to security and privacy, when Cook said:

A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. 

While Cook was taking a shot at Google without specifically naming the company, the comment could apply equally well to Facebook, which has the same need to monetize its subscribers … ...

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07:00
The French pay tribute to The Red Balloon in this...

French telecom company Orange has released a charming new ad for the iPhone 6 which puts a spin on the classic short film, The Red Balloon. While the advertisement raises questions about how exactly every stranger in France has each other's number, i...

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06:57
Apple begins hiring retail positions in Brussels...

(RED) Apple Store logo
As it continues to expand its global reach through its retail stores, Apple has begun recruiting for Apple Store-specific positions in Brussels through job listings posted online. As MacGeneration points out, the upcoming Apple Store opening in the capital city will mark Apple’s first retail location in Belgium.
Currently Apple lists a total of six job listings targeted for Brussels with retail...

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06:51
New Bill Will Block Government from Mandating Back...

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a new bill this week that would block government agencies from forcing companies to install back doors into their devices and data storage services to give investigators quick access to user data. The bill, dubbed the Secure Data Act, would effectively shut down efforts by the FBI and other agencies to require fundamentally unsecure encryption systems so they could more easily sift through the information on our smartphones and in our email accounts.

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06:39
Popular Instapaper app for offline reading updated...

Instapaper, the handy app that lets you grab content from the web and other apps for offline reading later, has been updated with support for the Handoff feature introduced as part of iOS 8.

Device handoff support: Start reading on one device, and pick up exactly where you left off on another device!

Version 6.1 of the app also has an improved save function, allowing you to save content directly to a particular folder, and allows you to enable a counter which displays a badge with the number of saved articles when viewing the app’s icon on the homescreen.
Instapaper is a free app, but saving content from compatible third-party apps requires a premium subscription costing $29.99 a year or $2.99 a month.
If you haven’t yet gotten to grips...

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06:37
Apple looks to establish 500 new resellers in India

Although no first-party stores are expected anytime soon, Apple is nevertheless engaging in a major retail expansion in India, according to a Times of India source. In coming months the company is expected to help establish 500 new resellers, particularly in smaller cities such as Amritsar, Pathankot, Moga, Coimbatore, Trichy, Nagpur, and Nasik. At the moment Apple's strength is in bigger cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai, and even then it's a relatively marginal brand in the country....

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06:25
News: Apple expanding into India with 500 ‘iOS’...

Apple is reportedly planning to open 500 ‘iOS’ retail stores in India, according to The Economic Times. While Apple has had a presence in India since 2011, it has not been a “mainline” brand there, and has relied exclusively on two major distributors and a collection of independent authorized resellers. This new initiative would see the company opening a large number of its own stores, albeit in the smaller 300-600-square foot…

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06:05
Facebook’s crusade to reach every human on the planet

Time’s Lev Grossman, writes about Mark Zuckerberg’s relentless quest to get every human on the planet online and on Facebook.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Ugly Christmas sweaters sink to new low thanks to...

If you are going to wear an ugly christmas sweater, you might well take it to the extremes with one of Digital Dudz' iPhone-enabled versions. The hideous sweaters double the ugly by allowing you to insert your phone into the holiday decoration. Fire ...

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05:49
OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

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05:45
Single question survey: How do you sync your iOS...

Kirk McElhearn put up a page with a single question survey. If you would, please take a minute to click over to this page and answer the question. Once the results are known, Kirk will post them and so will we. Thanks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Pipes brings powerful push notifications to...

Pipes is a customizable news reader for iPhone and iPad that allows users to select categories and topics of news and read through only what appeals to them. The app aggregates news from a variety of sources and delivers them to your home feed based ...

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05:28
The holidays arrive on iTunes Radio, with ten...

For those worried that they might not get quite enough Christmas music this month from coffee shops, stores, bars and just about everywhere else in existence, iTunes Radio has you covered. Apple yesterday added a whole collection of new stations to its streaming music service, each of them playing Christmas music and nothing but Christmas music.
The ten (yes, ten) stations range from Classical Holiday to Country Holiday. As ever with iTunes Radio, the stations play ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers, while others get ads (including visual ads) every few tracks after an earlier ad-free day courtesy of Verizon.
If you’re keen on minimizing your exposure to holiday music, however, you can stay out of the stores and do most of your shopping online thanks to the links...

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05:12
An illustrated history of Mac OS X
05:00
You Should Play: The Banner Saga delivers epic role-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.It’s the end of the world as the fantasy inhabitants of The Banner Saga know it, and to be quite honest, they’re not feeling so great. The sun suddenly stopped moving in the sky, the terrifying and towering humanoid Dredge beings have begun appearing more rapidly, and everything by and large has fallen into disarray. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:58
Apple class action suit falls apart

BBC:Lawyers for Apple have raised a last-minute challenge saying new evidence suggested that the two women named as plaintiffs may not have purchased iPod models covered by the lawsuit.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:56
Apple planning to support 500 Apple resellers in...

An Apple Premium Reseller store in India
Times of India has put numbers on its earlier claim that Apple was planning to open a collection of iOS-centric stores in India. It now says that Apple plans to support 500 new resellers in the country as part of a major expansion program into smaller towns and cities, where Samsung currently dominates.
Apple reportedly sold a million iPhones in India in the 12 months to September 2014, helped in part by a cheaper 8GB version of the iPhone 5c, and is said to expect sales to treble in the following 12 months following the rollout of the iPhone 6...

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04:42
Hands On: Heavy Metal Thunder gamebook (iOS)

Choose-your-own-adventure games are cropping up all over the app store these days, and it's become apparent that there is a market for text-based adventure on iOS. One of these games is Heavy Metal Thunder by Cubus Games. The game, which has won a Pocket Gamer silver award, is an adaptation of a book by sci-fi novel writer Kyle B. Stiff. How well does it make the transition to interactive fiction?...

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04:11
Apple questions whether iPod class action suit can...

Just as it looked like the iPod-related class action suit against Apple was getting interesting, Eddy Cue arguing that competing music stores had effectively hacked the iPod, it now seems the case is in danger of collapsing.
Apple’s lawyers have written to the judge to say there is no evidence that either of the two plaintiffs owned iPods during the time affected by Apple’s action to remove non-iTunes songs from iPods … 
The NYT reports that Apple had checked the serial numbers of the iPods owned...

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03:44
5 privacy fixes your Facebook News Feed needs by New...

It seems like Facebook is constantly adding new settings or changing old ones. Sometimes it’s under the guise of simplifying your options, like with the
new Privacy Basics walk-through. Other times it’s because new kinds of ads are coming and Facebook wants you to be prepared. So there’s no better time than
the present to update your privacy permissions than the present. Let’s face it: You’re not going to remember to check on your Facebook settings once the
chaos of holiday parties and New Year’s resolutions takes hold.

A friendly blue dinosaur will walk you through the privacy basics if you only have a few minutes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:32
Sony breach leaked personal details of 47,000...

The Sony Pictures data breach may be bigger than originally believed, as reports claim a lot more people than the 6,000 employees have been affected. Personal data including Social Security numbers for more than 47,000 current and former employees were apparently involved in the leak, including information relating to famous celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Rebel Wilson....

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02:04
Apple partners in India to reportedly expand...

A report on Friday claims Apple has tentatively agreed to a proposed retail expansion in India that will see 500 new reseller storefronts pop up in underserved regions of the country.

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Thursday December 4

23:27
Apple flips switch on holiday-themed iTunes Radio...

Apple on Thursday activated a number of curated iTunes Radio stations playing nothing but Christmas tunes for the holidays, including tailored genre-specific track lists ranging from children's sing-alongs to Latin.

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22:51
Legal snag may bring halt to 10-year-old Apple vs...

A 10-year-long lawsuit between Apple and Real in which the latter accuses the iPhone maker of deliberately altering its software solely to block Real's hack of Apple's FairPlay DRM software might be terminated over a previously-undiscovered legal issue found by Apple attorneys. Apple has informed the court that neither of the two women who represent the class of affected plaintiffs were, in fact, affected by the accused software change -- as they bought their iPods either before or after the software in question was in force.......

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20:44
Apple seeds second 10.10.2 beta to developers;...

On Thursday - exactly two weeks after the first OS X 10.10.2 beta - Apple updated developers with a second beta, build 14C78c. The primary focus from the previous beta, Wi-Fi stability and connectivity, continues to be the requested center of testing. Specifically, Apple is asking developers to test recent changes made to Wi-Fi interaction. While the first update, 10.10.1, fixed a number of issues users were having with Wi-Fi and Mail issues, some users continue to report problems with Wi-Fi stability....

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20:02
Sen. Wyden introduces bill to block mandated...

A new Senate bill was introduced on December 4 that aims to halt one channel of government intrusion into electronic devices and software. Privacy and technology supporter Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled the Secure Data Act, which he drafted to cut off recent attempts by officials to change laws and render new private encryption and device trends obsolete in the name of government access....

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19:00
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

Night Vision (True nigh...

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18:55
Apple to expand crowd-sourced data for iOS, OS X...

Apple is now looking for a "Community Client Software Engineer" and data analyst to join its Maps team, apparently to expand its use of crowdsourced data for Maps in iOS and OS X to both make improvements in location accuracy as well as possibly improve reporting on traffic conditions. While the Maps app already has options for users to report problems they may find, the job posting suggests that Apple may ask for users to voluntarily send in more information, either automatically or manually, to improve Maps....

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18:20
Puzzle GNU/Linux: Integrated Pieces Create an...


Puzzle GNU/Linux is a strange OS distribution that shows the value of open source ingenuity. It is built around a hybrid desktop that is highly customizable. You might get the impression when you start using it that the desktop environment is a new creation. That would not be completely accurate. Puzzle's user interface is not new. What developer Roberto Pagliaro does with Puzzle GNU/Linux's desktop environment is provide a new approach to controlling the user interface. Puzzle GNU/Linux combines elements from Openbox, Kodi and KDE.

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17:46
Apple’s iPod Class Action Suit May Lack Actual...

Apple has introduced a massive wrinkled in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.

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17:30
Mozilla, Way Late to the Game, Finally Decides to...

Mozilla’s then-CEO Gary Kovacs in April 2013:

One of the most interesting things he spoke about today was why
Firefox has not been released on iOS while Google has offered its
Chrome browser on iOS for some time. He confirmed earlier reports
that Apple was blocking its submission due to Mozilla wanting to
use a different web engine.

“iOS has a policy, generally speaking, where you have to use their
web engine,” Kovacs said. “Our web engine is different. … I would
love to see far more energy behind iOS. We refuse to make the
policy switch.”

Mozilla VP Jonathan Nightingale, earlier this week:

We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.

(...

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17:22
Hands On: Tunes Cleaner (OS X)

An iTunes library is rarely the most neat and tidy area of one's files -- especially if you've amassed your music from a mixture of ripped and online sources. Enter Leawo's Tunes Cleaner for Mac, which aims to get your library into an organized, structured state with little user intervention. Priced at $20 on the App Store and starting at $40 on Leavo's site, the question is: is a straightened-out iTunes worth the cash?...

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17:16
Amplified: Getty Lee Ruined Rush

Jim and Shawn talk about drum loops, Home Screen apps, the CIA and David Lee Roth! Sponsored by Backblaze (Visit the link for a free trial and then it’s just $5/month per computer for unlimited backup, and it backs up fast) and lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/thebeard and get a FREE 10-day trial where you can access all of their 2,400+ courses)....

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17:14
Apple Spending $161 Million on Theater Inside...

Apple is spending US$161 million just to build a new theater inside its in-progress "Spaceship" headquarter, or Apple Campus 2. BuildZoom uncovered this Apple factoid through building permits filed with the City of Cupertino.

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17:00
Eddy Cue testifies: Apple once contemplated...

With Apple's iPod class action lawsuit underway, Apple executive Eddy Cue took to the stand today and testified about Apple's implementation of DRM on iTunes music files back in the mid-2000s. Recall that the current suit alleges that Apple actively ...

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16:32
Bluetooth SIG updates specification to 4.2, focuses...

This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that it adopted a new version of the Bluetooth core specification. The newest Bluetooth 4.2 update comes a year after 4.1 was adopted, which laid the groundwork for better Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, less LTE interference, improved data transfers and device reconnection. However, Bluetooth 4.2 adds more user-friendly features, such as increased speed, privacy and Internet connectivity....

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16:30
Apple Stores hosting free coding workshops December...

Apple has announced plans to participate in the second annual Hour of Code, a special event that seeks to inspire and educate students to enter the world of coding. To celebrate the event Apple will be providing free one-hour coding workshops in thei...

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16:27
The Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch Holiday...

Our friends at Stack Social have brought special pricing for the holidays for the Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch. It includes 30 hours of video tutorials that show you how to design iOS apps using Sketch design software. You'll learn how to use Sketch, tips on workflow, understanding the role of plugins, practice designing by mimicking popular icons and apps, and more. Normally our deal pricing on this bundle is $89 (retail is $499), but for a few more days you can get it for $49.

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16:13
New James Bond (And A Couple Other Movies But Mostly...

It's been a banner week in Movies Kelly Likes. First off, the new Star Wars trailer. Soon after, the (inevitable?) George Lucas Special Edition. Today we got the trailer for Terminator: Genisys, which stars Emilia Clarke (Dany Targaryen) as Sarah Connor and looks awesome, but that's not even the big news of the day. Today's big news is BOND24 which now has a title and a cast. It's called SPECTRE and comes out November 6. For those new to the Bond series, SPECTRE is all caps because it's an acronym for SPecial Executive Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is run by a fellow named Blofeld, whom you may remember as the cat-petting inspiration for Dr Evil. Well you will probably forget that now because Christoph Waltz has joined the cast, and it's likely he'll be playing Blofeld (I don't know for sure, but who else could he be?). There is, of course, a new Aston Martin for Bond to drive. Drive/demolish, potayto/potahto. Did I mention the cast also includes Dave...

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16:12
Apple SVP Eddy Cue testifies in Real trial, defends...

Day three of the Real vs. Apple trial over allegations that Apple deliberately blocked rival stores' DRM music files on the iPod (a potential antitrust violation) continued today with testimony from Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet software and services and the executive in charge of the iTunes Store. Cue was on the stand for hours, going through an explanation of why the original iTunes Store had to have digital rights management in the first place, how Apple developed its FairPlay wrapper, and why it chose not to license FairPlay to others....

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16:09
iPhone 6 rivals by Samsung, LG, HTC suffering delays...

Qualcomm's upcoming 64-bit Snapdragon chips designed to power new high end Android flagship phones including the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and HTC One M9 are reportedly running into new issues that threaten to further delay any real competition to Apple's iPhone 6 juggernaut.

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16:09
Apple Campus 2 to boast $161M auditorium, $74M...

Newly unearthed building permits discovered this week reveal a bit more about Apple's plans for its Campus 2 facility, with the company earmarking $161 million for an auditorium and $74 million for an employee gym.

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16:00
Acme Made Charge Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a...

I've got to admit that whenever I hear the name "Acme Made", I think of those Acme products in the Road Runner cartoons. But instead of making anvils and other products of questionable utility, San Francisco design house Acme Made produces some very ...

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15:43
Apple issues second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta with...

Apple on Thursday pushed out a new beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite maintenance update, asking developers to focus on changes made to Wi-Fi assets.

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15:34
Apple seeds new beta of OS X 10.10.2, highlights...

Apple has seeded a new build of the OS X Yosemite beta to AppleSeed users and developers. The seed notes for build 14C78c say that testers should focus on Wi-Fi connectivity, indicating that Apple has done some work in that area to resolve outstanding issues.
The update comes in at about 470 MB and is available now in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. It should be available shortly on the OS X Developer Center as well.Filed under: Mac Tagged: ...

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15:30
Wickr adds a Mac client to its free ultra-secure...

I took a look at Wickr for iOS more than a year ago. It offered free and extremely secure messaging between others with the Wickr app. At the time of the review, I longed for a Mac client, and now one has just been released. It has all the features o...

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15:19
Antitrust lawsuit against Apple's iPod, iTunes...

In what could prove to be a major development in a class-action lawsuit involving Apple's iPod and iTunes, new court documents filed on Thursday reveal Apple is questioning whether a class even exists.

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15:00
Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard: Not really for...

We get a lot of Bluetooth keyboards to test here at the TUAW Labs, but very few of those come with a built-in trackpad. Today I'm looking at the Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard (available on Amazon for about US$65), a very compact all-in-one key...

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14:30
Daily Deals for December 4, 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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14:28
Apple planning to spend $161 million on its own...

Permit image via BuildZoom
By now you’ve probably heard about Apple’s ambitious new “spaceship” campus, which will serve as the company’s new headquarters once completed. While some details of the facility haven’t been revealed to the public, a new building permit uncovered by BuildZoom has given us an idea of how much money Apple will be spending on its new in-house auditorium.
The...

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14:17
9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone car/desk mount $11...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
iOttie Easy Flex 2 Car/Desk Mount for iPhone 6 and other smartphones $11 Prime shipped (Orig. $23)
WD Elements 2TB Portable HD:...

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14:16
Apple's Eddy Cue says early success of iPod,...

Testifying in an antitrust lawsuit on Thursday, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the initial success of iPod and iTunes was reliant on digital rights management due to an onslaught of attempts from hackers to crack the ecosystem.

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14:09
Eddy Cue on Fairplay DRM use: “If a hack happened,...

Despite a trend of declining sales, the iPod has been in the news again this week as Apple defends itself against a class action suit over antitrust issues and DRM complaints with iTunes. After emails and a video deposition from Steve Jobs resurfaced some of the late Apple co-founder’s snark, testimony from Apple SVP of Internet and Software Services Eddy Cue went into the company’s history with DRM and the iPod…
The Verge...

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14:00
This is what a 12-story fall will do to your iPhone 6

Aside from the first week torture test videos that always accompany the release of a new iPhone, it's rare that we get to see one of Apple's smartphones undergo the type of real-world durability trial that a fall from a tall building can offer. That'...

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13:31
Samsung lawyers insist products didn't violate...

The lower court made a mistake when it said that Samsung infringed design and trade dress patents with its smartphones, lawyers for the former party argued during the first day of appealing Apple's $930 million trial win. One attorney, Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, noted that that the targeted Samsung phones didn't carry Apple logos, didn't have Home buttons similar to an iPhone, and also had speaker slots in different locations than Apple products. "Apple was awarded Samsung's total profits on those phones, which was absurd," she added, though Samsung's claims on tot......

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13:30
When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it...

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.

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13:00
Instapaper for iOS adds device handoff support and...

One of the major frustrations of using a service like Instapaper to read long articles is sometimes you've got to switch devices. Maybe your phone battery is dying or you simply don't want to read tiny text on your phone anymore, but switching back t...

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13:00
FCC restarts clock for Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced December 3 that it is restarting the informal "shot clocks" in the review of the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable and $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV proposed mergers. As the FCC is now allowing parties to review confidential information once again, it restarted the pleading cycles with new deadlines for each merger....

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12:56
News: Apple hiring to expand Maps crowdsourcing

A new job posting on Apple’s web site suggests that the company is looking to expand upon certain features in the iOS Maps application for “crowdsourcing improvements to the Maps experience.” The job opening, for a “Maps Community Client Software Engineer,” appears to be primarily focused on the user interface and architecture for the “Report a Problem” feature in the iOS Maps app, but also interestingly notes…

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12:54
Square releases Caviar restaurant delivery app, Tomb...

Two interesting new apps hit the App Store recently, as payments company Square unveiled a new app for its Caviar restaurant delivery service, while game studio Square Enix brought another classic game to Apple's portables with Tomb Raider II.

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