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Wednesday December 3

01:44
Mozilla reportedly planning return to iOS with...

After steering clear of Apple's iOS for well over a year, developer Mozilla is said to be working on a flagship Firefox Web browser that may soon make an appearance on iPhones and iPads.

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00:09
Apple loses appeal on 'App Store'...

On Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, a court ruled against Apple in an appeal by the iPhone maker to overturn a previous ruling that denied the company a trademark on the term "app store," despite the fact that Apple had clearly invented the term back in 2008. The fundamental problem Apple has had in trying to secure a trademark on the term is two-fold: the word "app" as short for "application" had been coined far earlier by others, and the burgeoning popularity of the phrase almost from the get-go has turned it into a generic description.......

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Tuesday December 2

22:46
“Do they still exist?” Steve Jobs takes jabs at Real...

The ten-year-old lawsuit over whether Apple violated antitrust law by locking the iPod to its own iTunes software has finally gone to trial. In its first day before a jury, the case has yielded several new emails between Apple executives as well as a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, which was recorded in 2011 shortly before he died.
In the video, according to Reuters, Jobs was asked if he had heard of Real Networks, the company behind the RealPlayer software Apple had blocked from working with the iPod. Jobs took a quick jab at the music distribution rival and asked, “Do they still exist?”
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21:58
Apple dominates mobile online shopping at 78 percent...

A new study that monitored US holiday shopping from mobile devices between Thanksgiving through to Cyber Monday showed results exactly in line with similar surveys from last summer, noting that Apple iOS devices accounted for about 78 percent of orders, with Android accounting for only 21.6 percent of online sales from mobile devices. Analytics firm Custora noted the consistency between holiday and non-holiday buying patterns, with iOS and Android showing the same respective percentages last summer as well....

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21:30
FCC Commissioner asks Netflix to answer ISP fast...

A commissioner from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is asking Netflix to answer allegations that it is touting net neutrality in one hand, while constructing Internet fast lanes with another by December 16. Commissioner Ajit Pai issued a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, asking that the company reply to allegations that its development of Open Connect and decision to forego membership in the Streaming Video Alliance is actually helping tip the scales in its favor....

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21:25
Steve Jobs' video testimony and emails revealed...

A video deposition from Steve Jobs recorded as evidence in a long-running iPod/iTunes antitrust lawsuit was shown for the first time in court on Tuesday, revealing not only Jobs' thoughts on the case, but also a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a former Apple run by its cofounder.

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21:00
Swift Performance

With all the excitement around Apple's new Swift programming language we were curious whether Swift is suitable for compute-intensive code, or whether it's still necessary to "drop down" into a lower-level language like C or C++.

To find out we ported three Geekbench 3 workloads from C++ to Swift: Mandelbrot, FFT, and GEMM. These three workloads offer different performance characteristics:

  • Mandelbrot is compute bound.
  • GEMM is memory bound and sequentially accesses large arrays in small blocks.
  • FFT is memory bound and irregularly accesses large arrays.

The source code for the Swift implementations is available on GitHub.

We built both the C++ and Swift workloads with Xcode 6.1. For the Swift workloads we used the -Ofast -Ounchecked optimization flags, enabled SSE4...

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20:11
Preparing for “Chip-and-PIN” cards in the United...

The New York Times:The technology, which has a microchip in the card and requires consumers to enter a PIN at checkout, has been required in Europe and some countries elsewhere for about a decade. Now, Americans retailers and banks are preparing for the wide release of the technology, in a wholesale security upgrade that will cost billions of dollars. The change will start next year and is expected to take several years to complete.It can’t happen fast enough. Most of the rest of the world is already protected by this tech.∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:06
Playing with fire to shoot a new burning log video

The Globe and Mail:The first Shaw Fire log – Canada’s answer to what had been a sensation in New York since the 1960s – dates back to 1986; a way to broadcast content on a round-the-clock channel in Edmonton so employees could take Christmas off. Every year, Shaw’s vice-president of community programming invited his employees to his house for a party, and they taped a new fire log, which ran on a continuous loop over the holiday. It caught on elsewhere.I’d be embarrassed to tell you how often this video plays on my TV during the holidays. Thanks to Lesley for the story link.∞...

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20:03
Briefly: Dropbox 3.6; Google Play Books, Movies and...

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, now available through iTunes. Dropbox allows users to store files and folders within 2GB of free cloud storage upon sign-up, and can be shared with other as links instead of attachments. Dropbox v3.6 now includes the ability to rename files and folders. Files now have a More Actions button accessible with viewing files and folders. Office documents can be edited, and then save them back to Dropbox....

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19:30
Los Angeles USD visited by FBI over iPad contract,...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) visited the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on Monday in relation to an investigation of its botched iPad program. The Common Core Technology Project attempted to bring iPads to each student in the 47 schools in the district, but drew scrutiny based to the manner the district handled the implementation under former Superintendent John Deasy....

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18:35
GTAT Creditors Want to Question Apple Senior Vice...

Some of GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) creditors want to question Jeff Williams, Senior Vice President of Operations at Apple. While Apple is also a creditor of GTAT, this other group is seeking proof that a settlement proposal between Apple and GTAT is in the best interests of GTAT. Apple has so far refused to make Mr. Williams available.

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18:30
FBI seizes 20 boxes of documents on LAUSD iPad...


On Monday morning, the FBI seized 20 boxes of documents pertaining to a $1.3 billion iPad program from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), according to the Los Angeles Times. The program, which was intended to give iPads to every student, teacher, and campus administrator of the nation’s second-largest school district, has met with many catastrophic difficulties, and this latest federal investigation led the new superintendent of the school system to shelve the project indefinitely on Tuesday.
The program first hit a bump in the road back in 2013 when a number of students “hacked” the iPads—which is to say they deleted profile information that designated the user as a student...

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17:49
Russian lawmaker calls for ban on iPhone for...

A member of the center-left Fair Russia party and State Duma lawmaker is proposing a bill that would recommend that all Russian parliament members stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from foreign eavesdropping, based primarily on what appears to be a false report that the Russian military has done the same. The Defense Ministry has since denied the report from the newspaper Izvestia, but the bill has again opened the question of whether foreign-made smartphones and tablets are secure....

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17:47
PDFpen 2 embraces iOS 8

Use your iPad or iPhone to highlight and draw freehand on a PDF, sign a contract, make corrections, fill out an application, make comments on a presentation and much more.A great app from a great company.∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:03
House Communications subcommittee delays FCC, net...

The US House of Representative Communications and Technology subcommittee announced it is pushing back its hearing over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed net neutrality rules. Initially, the hearing was set to take place on December 10, but the delay pushing the review into an undisclosed time in 2015....

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16:58
Apple loses appeal for 'App Store'...

An Australian court on Wednesday local time tossed Apple's appeal of a prior ruling that found the "app store" moniker not available for trademark because the term is too descriptive.

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16:57
FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

An anonymous reader writes: The Los Angeles Unified School District had a bold (and expensive) plan to outfit its students with top-of-the-line technology: its 650,000 students will be given Apple iPads to use for school work. The cost? $1 billion. Unfortunately for them, the project has been plagued with problems. Now, the FBI has seized 20 boxes of documents regarding the district's procurement practices and confirmed an investigation. "Hundreds of students initially given the iPads last school year found ways to bypass security installations, downloading games and freely surfing the Web. Teachers complained they were not properly trained to instruct students with the new technology. And questions were raised after emails were disclosed showing that then-Superintendent John Deasy had been in communication with vendors Apple and Pearson before the contracts were put to bid."...

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16:45
Line 6 Mobile POD for iOS updated

I really like Line 6 gear and software. This is one of my go-to apps for iOS.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:31
Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s...

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.

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16:25
How to Have Santa Siri Turn On Your Christmas Lights

It's good to have Christmas lights you can control with your phone. It's better to have Santa do it for you. Kelly breaks down how to set up this bit of Christmas magic and wow the family by having Santa at your beck and call.

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16:20
LA Unified School District brings ‘iPads for All’...

Earlier this year the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that it would be suspending its “iPad for All” program after it ran into an array of problems. Things started off optimistically in July 2013 when the district announced that it would give 640,000 students iPads for school.
A few crafty students figured out a way to bypass the built-in restrictions on the devices, then the district realized that it may have...

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16:02
Mozilla confirms Firefox for iOS to be released in...

For over four years, Mozilla has expressed that it has no interest in porting its Firefox web browser to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Under the leadership of new chief executive Chris Beard, however, that mindset appears to have changed, as TechCrunch reports that Mozilla has recognized a need to release Firefox for iOS in the future.
With rapidly declining market share in the web browser race since Google Chrome was released in late 2008, Mozilla appears set on capturing the hundreds of millions of iOS users with a Mobile Safari alternative. “We need to be where our users...

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16:00
Russian police need help hacking the iPhone, will...

It's been a rough day for the iPhone in Russia; A large, iPhone-style tribute to Steve Jobs is being sold off because Tim Cook is gay, a lawmaker is calling for a ban on iPhones amongst government officials, and now a law enforcement agency in the co...

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15:57
You Can Program Lights on the White House Christmas...

Google's Made With Code initiative has unveiled its latest project, Holiday Lights. Made with Code is a project from Google to help encourage girls to explore coding and development, which is an initiative I have a well-documented soft spot for as well. This new project uses Blockly to create and animate a pattern for the lights seen during the National Christmas Tree Lighting this year. You can see the basics of the tree and how your choices of color and animation will look, then you can save your pattern. It's a fun way to learn a bit about code and maybe see your pattern used live! As a person who has spent more time than I care to admit on trying to program the lights at my house, my biggest concern here is how to get my hands on the code so I can do this in my front yard.

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15:50
Apple issues minor updates to Final Cut Pro, Xcode

On Tuesday, Apple updated both its leading video-editing program, Final Cut Pro X, and its Xcode development environment in order to address some recent bugs. FCP X version 10.1.4 also picks up a few minor features, primarily in the form of new support for video formats. Xcode has been bumped to version 6.1.1 in order to fix a SourceKit crash when using Swift....

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15:38
Apple patent explores Gorilla Glass 4, “fall sensor...


Gorilla Glass 4 and a new motion sensor might be the thing that saves your iOS devices from nicks, dents and scratches in the future.
Per Macworld and Forbes, Apple has recently published a patent that covers a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” that would use a motion sensor to tell the processor when your phone is in a freefall. The processor would then “alter the center of mass of the electronic device” so your phone wouldn’t fall on its most sensitive parts like the screen or camera.

“The protective mechanism may vary the angular momentum and/or orientation of the...

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15:33
Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile...

Today's deal allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more on up to five mobile devices. The service is called iDrive, and it provides client-side 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key. Better yet, you can backup from one device and restore to another-and that's a cross-platform feature. Backup from iOS and restore to Android or Windows Phone, and vice versa. Through our deal, this is a $10.

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15:20
9to5Toys Last Call: Canon laser printer $40, iPad...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Canon LBP6200d Monochrome Laser Printer: $40 shipped (Orig. $170)
Apple iPad mini Smart Covers...

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15:16
LAUSD officially ends 'iPads-for-all'...

Ramon Cortines, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, on Tuesday announced the official termination of a plan to equip local schools with $1.3 billion worth of Apple iPads, a project fostered by his predecessor last year.

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15:12
Drafts iOS widget to be removed as Apple decides...

It seems Apple has ordered yet another developer to make changes to his app’s Notification Center widget even after it was approved for sale and adopted by countless users. Previously the company’s indecisiveness on the purpose of widgets led to an app called Launcher being pulled from sale, and a similar fate was almost met by the popular pCalc widget until Apple changed its mind (again).
The widget in question today was created by developer Greg Pierce and is part of the popular note-taking app Drafts. The app allowed users to create new entries in the app by pressing a button in the widget, which then opened the app’s composer (in the app, of course).
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15:00
Test driving Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express...

A number of other Apple-related websites have announced the release of Elgato's Thunderbolt 2 dock today; here at TUAW, we'll be doing a full hands-on review of the Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99) as well as a giveaway of our review ...

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14:59
Telltale Games releases first episode of Game of...

Fans of George R.R. Martin's epic A Song of Ice and Fire series and the associated television show on HBO now have a new way to experience Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series hit Steam for OS X and PC today, bringing the California-based studio's narrative touch involving choice and consequence to Westeros....

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14:43
Google's Chromecast usurps Apple TV in...

Cheap streaming media players like Google's Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV are gobbling up marketshare from streaming device heavyweights Apple and Roku, with Apple TV dropping its long-held second place spot to the Internet search giant's latest attempt on the living room.

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14:27
High Court Hears Arguments in Facebook Threat Case


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in Elonis v. United States, also known as "the Facebook threat case." At the center of the case are a number of threats posted in the form of rap lyrics to a Facebook page created by Anthony Elonis. The targets of the threats were his estranged wife and an FBI agent. Elonis was convicted on four of five counts of making threatening statements in violation of federal law.
Elonis' attorneys appealed that conviction, saying the wrong standard was used to prosecute him.

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14:21
Final Cut Pro updated with additional import/export...

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro with support for native import, editing, and export of MXF video files, along with the capability to edit video encoded with Panasonic’s AVC-LongG codec. Several issues are fixed in this update as well, including problems importing certain clips from specific cameras, App Nap stopping long import operations, and errors in handling of 240fps video.
Xcode was also update with fixes for common SourceKit crashes when using the new Swift language. The full change logs for both apps are included below:

Final Cut Pro change notes:

What’s New in Version 10.1.4
• Native MXF...

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14:13
Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.1.4 and Xcode 6.1.1...

Apple on Tuesday updated its pro-level video editing app Final Cut Pro with minor feature additions and bug fixes, while the latest Xcode release addresses crashing issues experienced when coding in Swift.

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14:00
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

iMapMe - Always remembe...

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13:59
Apple's Eddy Cue explains his side of the e-...
13:56
Chinese smartphone maker claims Apple copied iPhone...

Chinese smartphone maker Digione is claiming Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus copy the design of its own smartphone line.
Macworld reports that the company published a letter online yesterday that was originally sent to Apple back in September in order to make them aware that the latest iPhones might infringe on a patent it was granted in July by China’s State Intellectual Property Office.
Digione’s device is sold under its 100+...

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13:50
Feature: Wizards of the Coast kills iOS D&D play...

For tabletop gaming enthusiasts, the partnership between Dungeons & Dragons purveyor Wizards of the Coast and Trapdoor Technologies became something to get excited over. The duo was supposed to create to a suite of iOS tools for Dungeons & Dragons "next" edition, later rebranded to be the fifth edition (5E). Essentially, the suite would contain everything a player might need to craft D&D 5E adventures for a band of players, pushing much of the math and record-keeping behind the scenes. However, just prior to release, Wizards of the Coast killed the partnership, for reasons it only knows for su......

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13:40
Apple on trial: Were iTunes updates really an anti-...


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Apple iTunes DRM trial underway in federal court here will come down to whether jurors see the code Apple added to iTunes as good or bad. The plaintiffs, representing a class of about 8 million consumers as well as large retailers, are seeking $351 million in damages.
Plaintiffs' lawyer Bonnie Sweeney kicked off her opening statements describing Apple showing off its new Nano in 2006.
"It had twice the storage capacity and came in five different colors," she said. "But what Apple didn't tell its customers is that the code that came with the new Nano also contained the 'Keybag Verification Code.' That code did not make the Nano faster or improve its sound quality… it didn't make it sleeker or cooler. Instead, what that did is prevent customers who had legally purchased songs from a competitor from playing their songs on their iPod."
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13:22
Valve sets its gaze on Twitch, launches Steam...

Valve launched a new feature for its Steam gaming platform today that aims to make live streaming gameplay a little easier than the widely used Twitch. Steam Broadcasting is currently available as a beta feature, allowing users to hop into a stream to watch their friends play a quick game or watch public broadcasts through the community hubs....

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13:15
GT Advanced creditors ask for deposition by Apple...

A committee of bondholders and unsecured creditors for GT Advanced have asked for Apple's senior VP of Operations, Jeff Williams, to be made available for a "short, half-day deposition," according to the Wall Street Journal. The request was made through a Monday filing with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire. The committee states that "it is clear that Williams played an important, substantial and hands-on role in managing the relationship between GTAT and Apple in connection with the matters that are directly relevant to the Apple settlement motion."......

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13:10
∞ For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

From 1984.

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13:07
Volkswagen’s 300 MPG car

If the XL1 was equipped with an 18 gallon fuel tank, and you did all highway driving, you could fill it up with an oil change and when the next change was due you could change the oil and keep driving without filling up for and additional 2,400 miles. But it comes with a much smaller fuel tank, because if it could go that long on a single tank chances are the fuel would foul before it got used. The tank is only 2.6 gallons to prevent fuel age related problems from happening. So fill ups are cheap.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:01
Steve Jobs testimony appears on first day of Apple...

In the first day of testimony in the anti-trust Apple versus Real Networks trial, the promised pre-recorded testimony from Steve Jobs was trotted out by both the plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys. When queried about the threat from Real, and what Apple's response should be in 2004 Jobs said that the statement should say that "we are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod." At stake in the trial is $350 million, as well as other anti-trust actions that may be applied against the Cupertino manufacturer.......

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13:00
Apple releases humorous ad showcasing Voice Text...

One of the unsung features of IOS 8 is the new Voice Text feature, which allows you to send quick voice messages via text. Experience the joy of leaving a voice mail without the threat of someone actually answering when you call. All jokes aside, Voi...

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12:57
AC/DC Rock or Bust available for download

The band’s latest album is out and on iTunes for purchase and download. I pre-ordered it and I’m enjoying most of the songs so far.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:46
Apple's iOS devices accounted for 78% of record...

Revenues from online shopping on "Cyber Monday" surged 15.4 percent higher than last year, setting a new all time peak in U.S. ecommerce, with online mobile sales overwhelmingly driven by customers wielding Apple devices.

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12:31
Chinese phone maker claims iPhone 6 design may...

A Chinese smartphone maker, Digione, is claiming that the iPhone 6 may violate a phone design patent. The patent was submitted to China's State Intellectual Property Office in January, and approved in July. On Monday the company took to Sina Weibo to post proof that it sent a letter to Apple in September, notifying it about the issue and suggesting that "a communication with goodwill would contribute to solving potential legal disputes." So far Apple appears to be remaining silent....

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12:05
For a Big Company, Apple Lets Too Much Fall Through...

Apple is indeed an awesome and wealthy company, on track to become the first one valued at a trillion dollars. But the heritage of Apple is also concentrated power in a small executive team, and that means too much falls through the cracks.

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12:01
Did North Korea Get the Last Laugh Against Sony?


Upwards of 1.2 million people reportedly have used pirate sites to download Brad Pitt's unreleased World War II drama Fury. That was one of five films hackers leaked onto the Web following an attack on Sony Pictures' network last week. Sony has called in the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Coincidentally -- or perhaps not -- the FBI on Monday warned U.S. businesses that hackers recently penetrated several companies' networks with a particularly damaging form of malware. It's rumored that the hack was launched by North Korea.

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12:00
Eddy Cue: Apple didn't settle e-book antitrust...

Going head to head with the DOJ over antitrust allegations has been nothing short of a headache for Apple. If you recall, Apple was taken to task for allegedly conspiring with publishers to artificially inflate the price of e-books across the board. ...

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11:47
Forums: iMac useless after setting login password

One Fresh-Faced Recruit reported some troubling news about his iMac recently in the MacNN forums. He said that after changing security preferences to "require log-in upon start-up" they were unable to log into his system, and a solution has yet to be found. Yesterday another Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums looking for help trying to figure out why the tab, caps lock and eject keys stopped working on their keyboard....

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11:45
Apple deals: Mac mini as low as $419

Right now Apple's online store is freshly stocked with a wide selection of refurbished Mac minis. They start at $419 for the refurbished Mac mini from October 2012 with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. For just a little bit more, $509, is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive....

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11:39
Review: Skech Crystal for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...

We've recently received a number of cases from Skech for the iPhone 6, including Crystal ($20), Hard Rubber ($30), and Ice ($30), plus Crystal for iPhone 6 Plus, which is the same price as the iPhone 6 edition. Crystal is a thin, transparent case with flexible sides and a hard back. Hard Rubber is a hard shell slider case with a soft touch feel, and Ice is a co-molded one-piece rubber and plastic case somewhat similar to Skech's Glow, winner of our award for Best iPhone 5/5s case of 2014.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:36
Pandora for iOS gets a new look in beta, American...

Starting Tuesday, some users of popular streaming radio app Pandora began seeing a beta preview of a new user interface on their iPhone. Plus, American Express cardholders can now view their account information using Touch ID.

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11:35
The App Store rule even Apple ignores

Marco nailed this one.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
Daily Deals for December 2, featuring the NYOP Mac...

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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11:28
A peek at Pico

Om Malik:“Pico” is a prefix in the metric system denoting one-trillionth. It is also a small corner of the ever-growing web where I keep a record of my conversations with interesting people. Some are famous, some are young. Some are unknown, and some are wise and old. These conversations are not about technology. Instead, they are about transformation through technology as observed by those who are living through it.Typically, these are the types of stories I enjoy reading the most.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:27
GT Advanced creditors request deposition of Apple...

Following a report late last month that creditors of bankrupt sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies won a court order to get a look at sensitive Apple documents, now GT’s creditors are requesting a deposition of Apple executive Jeff Williams. The Wall Street Journal reports:
In a Monday filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire, GT’s official committee of unsecured creditors and a group of bondholders said Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams should be made available for a “short, half-day deposition.”
Williams is Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations and according to Apple’s bio...

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11:15
News: Apple SVP Cue on iBookstore conspiracy appeal...

An interview published by Fortune today suggests that Apple is unrepentant over the allegedly conspiratorial launch of the iBookstore in 2010, as Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue and CEO Tim Cook “feel we have to fight for the truth” by appealing a 2013 ruling that Apple had illegally fixed digital book prices in violation of the Sherman Act. According to Cue, who led Apple’s negotiations with publishers, Apple wrestled with a number of…

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11:00
iWatermark+

The Essential Watermarking App for Professionals, Business and Personal Use. A new breed of iOS 8 app that works as a standalone app or photo editing extension. As an extension it can be used directly/quickly from within Apple’s Photos and other apps.There’s versions for iPad, iPhone, Mac and other platforms too.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Writing, cycling, timing, and...

Writing, cycling, timing, and keeping fitThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a great collection of everything you need to keep tabs on your physical activity, your writing work, and the time you spend at your keyboard.Artful 1.0.5Christopher Tomkins-Tinch’s $5 Artful (Mac App Store Link) puts the world’s most beautiful paintings right at your fingertips.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Apple's Eddy Cue defends actions in e-book...

In a new interview with Fortune, Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- Eddy Cue -- defends his company and his own actions as they relate to the ongoing e-book price-fixing scandal. Apple is hoping to overturn a verdict that found it guilty of conspiring with publishers to drive up prices; if it fails to win the appeal, the company will owe $450 million in damages and legal fees. Cue insists that the company is continuing to fight the verdict on principle. "We feel we have to fight for the truth," he says. "Luckily, [CEO] Tim [Cook] feels exactly like I do, which is: You have......

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11:00
Buy the Steve Jobs monument that was too gay for...

The iPhone-esque Steve Jobs tribute statue that was unceremoniously dismantled in the wake of Tim Cook's public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation is now up for sale in Russia. The statue, which was originally erected in 2011, was designed to ...

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10:30
Russian lawmaker thinks the iPhone is stealing state...

A Russian lawmaker -- yes, the same Russia that was recently implicated in a malware scheme to infect the U.S. power grid -- is calling for a ban on iPhones and iPads amongst members of parliament. Dmitry Gorovtsov of the Fair Russia party recently t...

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10:26
iFixit shares ‘iPad Air internals’ wallpaper for...

We’ve already seen them rip open the iPad Air and more recently the even thinner iPad Air 2, and by going somewhere no ordinary iPad owner would ever dream of going, iFixi has shared high-resolution wallpapers of what exists underneath the surface of our displays.
Below you can view and download wallpapers of the internals of iPad Air with LTE (1), the iPad Air with WiFi-only (2), the iPad Air with LTE zoomed back to reveal more (3), and the iPad Air with WiFi-only zoomed back to reveal more (4).

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10:23
Think Retro: Apple's Adjustable Keyboard harks...

You’ll recognize the picture above if you’re a Mac user of a certain vintage (does secret Vintage Mac User handshake), but anyone who came to Apple this century is probably looking at it with more questions than answers. Is it broken? What is with that space bar? And, possibly, oh my gosh, were Macs really ever that beige?
It’s a keyboard of course; the Apple Adjustable Keyboard. And it doesn’t have to look quite so alarming. It’s hinged at the top so you can if you like have it completely straight:

…or pull it apart so it’s angled. Why? Ergonomics. Formal touch typists—by which I mean typists for whom typing is the major focus of their job, not typists who wear pinstripes and address people by their surnames—were taught that the correct way to type was to always have their fingers resting lightly on the “home keys,” keeping the hands still and stretching and curling the fingers to reach the other keys. That’s why to this day keyboards have...

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-02

Remember the iPod? There's a antitrust class action lawsuit that does, and it's finally getting its day in court. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on the case, talk about a very cool levitating speaker, and they take a side trip into the audio world to talk about the Leslie Speaker.

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10:07
RadioShack suffering widespread iPhone shortages

RadioShack outlets across the US are suffering from extremely low iPhone stock, despite the critical holiday shopping season, according to Seeking Alpha. Most models aren't on shelves, and in many cases stores lack any iPhones to speak of, forcing people to use a "Ship to Store" option that takes several days. RadioShack doesn't sell the iPhone on its website, which simply directs iPhone shoppers to physical outlets....

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10:00
Zac’s holiday gift guide – a little something for...

Most of my favorite gift picks this year fall into the category of using the iPhone and iPad on the road so I already shared my favorite gift items for road warriors including CarPlay in-dash receivers and more. The Mac, though, is less transit-friendly when it comes to gifts unless you’re looking for a power adapter for charging in the car, so below I’ve collected some more Mac-friendly gift picks as well as a few analog options and more. Catch up with the rest of 9to5Mac’s holiday gift guides for more ideas and...

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10:00
Star Wars kitty loves the iPad preview of 'The...

Named after Hoth's ice cave predators, Wampa the kitty loves Star Wars videos, especially the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which recently made its online debut. What better way to show Wampa the latest clip than on the household iPad, al...

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09:56
How Apple’s new patent could keep your phone’s...

We’ve all been there: Your iPhone slips from your grasp or jumps from your pocket, and instead of landing on its case-ensconced back, it hits the ground face first. The once pristine screen is now covered in hairline cracks.You can pay Apple out of pocket to replace the glass or turn to a third-party repair shop for a cheaper fix. Corning’s forthcoming Gorilla Glass 4 is designed to prevent smartphone screens from shattering on impact, though it won’t offer perfect protection from damage. But Apple has its own screen protection strategy in mind, if a new patent granted Tuesday is any indication.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:55
Apple versus Real DRM antitrust trial testimony...

The Apple versus Real anti-trust trial centering around Apple's use of FairPlay DRM to block other music stores has begun, as expected. Lawyers for the complainants continue to claim that changes in iTunes blocking other companies' music stores from functioning on the iPod allowed Apple to raise prices. Real's attorneys seek $350 million in damages in the long-postponed suit that dates back nearly a decade. The trial, expected to last three weeks, is being held in the Oakland, CA federal courts....

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Algoriddim and djay(RED) [Sponsor]

Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads on iOS, has partnered with the AppStore and (RED) to bring you an exclusive (PRODUCT)RED version of djay. Available for a limited time only, djay 2 for iPhone and iPad contains a free (djay)RED skin as well as an exclusive (djay)RED sample pack available via In-App Purchase. From now through December 7, 100% of the proceeds when buying djay 2 or any of the (djay)RED In-App Purchases go to (RED)’s fight against AIDS.Stand with Algoriddim, App Store, and (RED) to fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION.Get djay 2 on the App Store today: Mix Tracks. Save Lives....

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09:38
Name your own price Mac software bundle

Make your days more productive with this bundle of awesome Mac apps! Name your own price for Paperless, Data Backup 3 and Pixa, and if you pay more than the average price you’ll receive all the apps in the bundle plus an e-learning course that’ll teach you to master them all.Looking at the page, the average price is pretty low for these 10 apps.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:35
Sprint pledges to cut bills in half for switching...

Sprint is stepping up its efforts to pull customers away from other carriers after its double data promotion ended, by offering to halve their bills instead. The aggressive promotion offers to provide customers on AT&T and Verizon a subscription at half the cost of its competitors, while still providing unlimited voice minutes, unlimited texts, and an equivalent amount of data to their old plan....

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09:29
Eddy Cue discusses Apple’s ongoing ebooks litigation...

Apple SVP Eddy Cue with Beats founders Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine
In a new interview with Fortune, Apple’s SVP of Internet and Software Services Eddy Cue opened up about Apple’s ongoing ebooks litigation ahead of the company’s December 15th appearance before a federal appeals court. Apple formally appealed the ebooks antitrust ruling earlier this year after a judge ruled in favor of the Department of Justice in 2013 claiming that Apple conspired with ebook publishers to raise prices.
“We feel we have to fight for the truth,” says Cue. “Luckily, Tim feels exactly like I do,” he continues, referring to...

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09:11
Amex Mobile iPhone app adds easy account login w/...

American Express updated its Amex Mobile app today with one notable new feature: the ability to login into your account using Touch ID.
Log-in securely with the same user ID and Password you use on americanexpress.com. And now, enjoy quicker access with Touch ID, available for supported devices with iOS 8.
The new features utilizes Apple’s Touch ID finger print sensor, which in iOS 8 was opened to third-party apps for logins after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases. For that reason the new feature is only supported on devices with TouchID running iOS 8. Devices with Touch ID include iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 Plus, and iPad mini 3. 
The updated Amex Mobile app, version 4.6.4, is available on the App Store...

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09:00
UBS finds smartwatch interest is on the rise,...

MacRumors reports that a recent survey conducted by UBS indicates that overall interest in the smartwatch market is on the rise, a trend likely influenced by the upcoming release of the Apple Watch.

In a survey sent out to 4,000 people across five c...

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08:36
FBI warns of severe malware attack, likely used in...

Not specifically naming any names, the FBI has warned that a major cyberattack has taken place against US businesses in the last two weeks. The advisory, likely given in the wake of the enormous Sony breach, gave some details about the tools used in the assault, and gave advice to the businesses on how to respond to the package, which included informing the FBI....

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08:28
External Link: The App Store Rule Apple Ignores

The App Store has a number of rules that Apple stringently enforces, but as developer Marco Arment points out, there’s one it outright ignores: the ban against using push notifications for promotional purposes. Apple itself violated this rule during its Apps for RED campaign, sending a push notification to iOS users from the App Store app to announce it. 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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Sprint announces ‘Cut Your Bill in Half’ promo for...

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure teasing the new promotion
Sprint today announced a new campaign to attract wireless customers from competitors AT&T and Verizon with aggressively priced plans and an offer to help pay switching fees. Under the new promotion, which Sprint’s recently appointed CEO Marcelo Claure previously teased, the wireless carrier will offer to match Verizon and AT&T plans at half the cost for customers switching to Sprint.
Sprint says the ‘Cut Your Bill in Half Event’ will kick off this Friday, December 5th, both in its retail stores and online through...

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News: Report: MacBook-sized “iPad Air Plus” planned...

Speculation as to the actual size of a larger next-generation iPad is continuing, as a report from Japanese magazine Mac Fan (via MacOtakara) purports to offer specifics as to the device’s dimensions and features. A schematic suggests a design nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, only with a larger 12.2” screen and a total of four speakers spread across the top and bottom of the tablet for orientation-agnostic stereo sound. Mac Fan claims…

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Apple's Eddy Cue speaks out on iBooks price...

Days before an appeals court will revisit Apple's iBooks price fixing case, the head of the company's digital content business has spoken out on why Apple continues to fight the government's antitrust allegations, calling it a "fight for the truth."

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08:00
7-year-old boy cleverly thwarts Apple's iPhone...

Matthew Green, cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins, knows all about iPhone security and apparently so does his 7-year-old son, Harrison. According to CNN Money, the child was able to bypass Apple's Touch ID security measures and access Angry Bird...

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07:54
Canaccord Raises AAPL Target on Demand for High-...

Demand for Apple's recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still high, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is raising his target price for the company's stock from US$120 up to $135. That demand is targeted mostly at the higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, which he says offer higher profit margins.The Mac Observer Spin: Consumers were clearly ready for bigger screen and higher capacity iPhones, and that demand doesn't seem to be letting up. It's looking like Apple will be able to sell iPhones as fast is it can make them through the holiday buying season.

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07:35
Journalist-Tracking Uber Exec Gets Vague Hand Slap


Uber has disciplined a company executive accused of using an internal tool to track a journalist's whereabouts, it said. The company offered no details about the nature of that reprimand, however, or about the possibility of taking similar action against another executive who publicly suggested the possibility of targeting journalists with a smear campaign. Attention focused on Mohrer last month when a reporter accused him of using an internal tool called "God View" to look up her travel data as she made her way to a meeting with him.

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07:30
Flickr Find: A penny for his thoughts

As captured by Flickr member Sam, Rex obviously is pleased with his new nerdy sticker from Steekly, but what else is he watching on his Mac that is making him grin with that great big dino smile. The finer moments in Jurassic Park, maybe?

Did you kn...

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07:15
Briefly: Realmac Typed release, Pixelegg's Elk...

Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of Typed. Typed uses Markdown, the widely-used standard for writing on the web, making it easy to create online content without needing to know HTML. The app exports text in HTML, RTF and PDF formats. Typed features running word counts, a full-screen writing mode, full HTML preview, and a "zen mode" that has what the company calls "calming zen soundtracks" playing in the background. Typed is available for $20 from the Realmac Software website, and requires OS X Mavericks or newer.......

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07:07
Mock-up video surfaces of possible, larger next-gen...


They have a mock up video of the possible larger, next-gen iPad.
Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, YouTube user Canoopsy has created a video showing how an iPad Air Plus with those dimensions would measure up to Apple’s other devices including the company’s current iPads, iPhones and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Some reports have noted that the larger iPad would carry a 12.9-inch display, however it’s also been suggested that Apple will opt for a 12.2-inch screen. A 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus is of course shown to be much bigger than Apple’s current line of iPhones and bigger than the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2, as it even approaches the display size of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The iPad Air Plus is said to also...

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07:00
Dropbox adds file/folder renaming and Office...

Dropbox updated its iOS app with several new features, including the long-awaited ability to rename files and folders. There's also a new "edit" option that allows users to edit Office documents in Microsoft's Office for iOS apps and then save them b...

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06:52
SwiftKey enables Stephen Hawking to communicate...

SwiftKey announced on Tuesday that it has collaborated with Intel on an ambitious project for the past two years: improving the communication system of Stephen Hawking. The custom keyboard maker makes it easier for the well-known scientist, who has motor neurone disease, to predict full words, based on a small sensor activated by a muscle in his cheek.
SwiftKey has integrated its technology into Hawking’s communication system to provide him with tailored predictions and autocorrections, citing that the scientist’s mistakes are much different than those of the average smartphone user. Hawking is an accurate and precise speller, whereas many users of the keyboard are sending fast, sloppy texts or tweets.
Hawking is...

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06:50
Apple co-founder to star in technology-based reality...


You may not be a fan of reality television, but what if a show had Woz in it?
Per Gizmodo, engineer, philanthropist, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo contributor Steve Wozniak is teaming up with Mythbusters’ Kari Byron for an upcoming reality show called “The Woz”.
The show will feature Woz testing futuristic gadgets hands-on. The press release says it “introduces the audience to facilities where science fiction is quickly becoming reality.”

That’s all that’s known so far and reporters are reaching out to producers and and Steve Wozniak alike himself for more information. It’s unknown when or where it will air (it looks like they pitched it to Discovery already) but this pedigree should be pretty nifty.
As always, let us know what you make of this...

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06:46
As Apple still struggles to meet iPhone 6 demand,...

Investment firm Canaccord Genuity raised its price target on shares of Apple to $135 on Tuesday, citing its latest survey showing supply constraints for the higher-capacity iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, signaling higher average selling prices and greater profits for the company's handset division.

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06:35
Daily Deal: The iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle, $34.99

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a Spigen iPhone 6 CS Armor Bundle for only $34.99 – almost 60% off the normal price. Incorporating an ultra-protective case, GLAS.tR screen guard, and LCD cleaner, this bundle gives you everything you need to keep your iPhone 6 safe and sound. The Slim Armor CS hard case uses Air Cushion Technology to provide maximum protection with shock absorption while not bulking up the iPhone 6. The GLAS.tR…

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06:34
Cook visits Georgetown Apple Store; new Toledo...

(Updated with Portland store revamp) As a part of the company's World AIDS Day promotions yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise visit to the Georgetown Apple Store in Washington, DC. He posted photos of the event on Twitter, which also show him meeting with Deborah Dugan, the CEO of anti-AIDS organization (RED). In a tweet of her own, Dugan thanks Apple for feeding over $75 million to (RED) since 2006, through specially-branded accessories and iPods. Apple doesn't offer (RED)-branded Macs, iPhones, or iPads....

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06:30
Was Apple’s iPod DRM illegal? Starting today, a jury...


The Free Software Foundation launched an anti-DRM campaign in 2006 called "defective by design." Apple's iPod was immediately a focus. Free Software Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO—This morning, Apple will begin a duel over claims that it used copy-protection schemes known as "digital rights management," or DRM, to illegally manipulate the market for iPods. The lawsuit, filed nearly 10 years ago, puts some legal firepower behind activists' claims that the copy-protection DRM is "defective by design."
Lawyers representing a class of nearly eight million consumers will put their case to a jury of eight men and women in an Oakland federal courtroom. The plaintiffs say that Apple's "FairPlay" system "locked in" its customers, making...

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