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Friday November 28

10:23
DealNN: iPad mini for $250, 4K monitor for $700, more

At Staples.com get the Space Gray iPad mini with Wi-Fi on sale for $199. That's a savings of $50 off the regular price of $250, and the best price we have seen on this configuration by more than $20. This iPad features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera, built-in Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage. Included is Apple's one year limited warranty on parts and labor....

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10:18
Apple Black Friday Deals Include Gift Cards for Macs...

Apple's Black Friday deals are out, and this year the iPhone, iPad and Mac maker is sticking with gift cards as incentives to buy - a plan the company first used last year. This year, however, those gift card incentives are limited Apple's own products, including Beats headphones.

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10:00
Apple's Black Friday gift card promotion now...

Apple's Black Friday sale is now live with the company offering a Product(RED) iTunes gift card for each eligible purchase. Gift card amounts range from $25 to $100 depending on the items being purchased. The promotion is available in both Apple's re...

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09:56
Apple CarPlay vs Google Android Auto — full...


Apple and Google are back at it again and attempting to bring a safe and friendly mobile experience to your car. Android Auto and CarPlay are the two company’s re-imagining of mobile user interfaces for the car and both are gearing up for a major rollout over the next year.
Each system is designed to work with its respective native mobile platform, but there are differences between the two that may appeal to different people. Today we’re comparing Apple’s CarPlay to Google’s...

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09:46
Rounding up the best (remaining) Apple iPad Air and...

While deals on Apple's iPad lineup where aplenty in the week leading up to Black Friday, most of those offers have since dried up due to a shortage of inventory. Fortunately, if you know where to look, significant discounts and availability are still able to be had. Here's where and how.

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09:39
9to5Toys Black Friday: Sabrent 10-port USB charger $...

Last USB charger you’ll need: Sabrent 10-Port USB Desktop Charger: $20 (orig. $45)

Best Buy Black Friday Mac deals: MacBooks/iMacs up to $200 offmore

Made in America Black Friday Deals: This is Ground, Spool Dock, DODOcase, more

Anki Drive Starter Kit, iOS-controlled killer robot car racing game ...

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09:04
Nintendo patent hints at official Game Boy emulator...

TechCrunch points to a newly published patent filed by Nintendo that shows the company is interested in bringing Game Boy titles to mobile devices through emulation technology. Many emulators exist online to mimic old consoles and allow gamers to play back catalogs of games converted to ROM files on Macs and PCs, and Nintendo could possibly do the same to officially bring titles to mobile devices without much heavy lifting in terms of rewriting the games:
A software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform such as GAME BOY.RTM., GAME BOY COLOR.RTM. and/or GAME BOY ADVANCE.RTM. on a low-capability target platform (e.g., a seat-...

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08:18
Rounding up the best Apple MacBook, iMac, Mac mini...

With the 2014 shopping season now "officially" in full swing, finalized Apple Black Friday deals are now live. We've curated the creme of the crop in this roundup that highlights up to $300 off MacBook Airs, up to $600 off MacBook Pros, up to $200 off iMacs, and up to $600 off Mac Pros.

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07:18
Critically acclaimed console game ‘Oddworld Stranger...

Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath first debuted on the original Xbox in 2005 to praise from critics and today the game has officially arrived for iOS devices with some new additions and enhancements specifically for the smaller screens.
Developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, Stranger’s Wrath is the latest installment in the franchise despite being first released on the original Xbox almost 10 years ago. The title foregoes the side scrolling puzzler gameplay that made the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and follow up games in the series popular when released on PlayStation in the late 90’s. Instead, Stranger’s Wrath is half first-person shooter, half third-person platformed with lots of the usual Oddworld exploration and theatrical soundtrack.


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06:20
IBM analytics show that iOS dominates online...

Android might have the sheer weight of numbers, but when it comes to ecommerce, it’s iPhone and iPad owners retailers want to attract. Online shopping data compiled from Thanksgiving shopping yesterday showed that despite iOS devices in the US being outnumbered almost two-to-one by Android, it’s iOS devices that dominate online purchasing.
iOS accounted for a quarter of online purchases, compared to less than 7% for Android devices. Average order value was also higher, at $118.57 compared to Android’s $95.25 … 
The data was compiled by IBM’s Digital Analytics unit, which reported that overall mobile purchasing was up 25...

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06:05
Forums: MBP vs. Air and Siri fails continue

This week in the MacNN forums there was much conversing early in the week, however with the holiday approaching things quickly quieted down. Forum goers continue to add opinions on which new Mac is the best to purchase; MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. New tales of Siri fails continue to be added to the conversation in the thread titled "Siri fails."...

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06:00
Apple Deals: refurbished Macs from $769 and iPads...

Today at Apple's online store save on refurbished Macs as low as $769 and iPads from $309. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage is available for $769 after a $130 discount. Priced at $309 after a $70 discount is the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for AT&T and 16GB of storage....

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05:29
How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs...

While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday in favor of offering iTunes Gift Cards, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad or Mac of choice.

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05:00
Black Friday Deal: Take 10% off anything in iLounge...

Black Friday is here, and so is today’s Black Friday iLounge Deal! For today only, you can get 10% off anything in the iLounge Deals store. We’re still offering great deals on popular products like The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 with Aerial Camera, the Limefuel LP200X 20,000 mAh Battery Pack, and the 10’ MFi-Certified Lightning Cable, but for today, you can get an even better price on these items and anything else in our ilounge Deals…

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05:00
WWI's March on Technologies


When the "Guns of August" began firing 100 years ago, few expected it to be a long war, and fewer still expected it to be a "World War." However, the "Great War," as it was known to contemporaries, in fact was destined to become the First World War -- and it truly was the first modern war. Today it is easy to look back at the Second World War for providing great technical advancements. It ushered in the atomic bomb, jet aircraft and even Silly Putty; however, the First World War also was a war of great technological advances.

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04:19
MIT looks back at Steve Jobs patents, including the...

Steve Jobs may have passed away more than three years ago, but he is still having patents awarded today as applications work their way through the system and old patents are renewed with updates. MIT Technology Review notes that of the 458 patents credited to Jobs, almost a third of them have been awarded since his death in October 2011.

Since his death in 2011 from pancreatic cancer, the former Apple CEO has won 141 patents. That’s more than most inventors win during their lifetimes.

His patent documents act as a record of Apple’s history, says the site … 
The very first patent...

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03:14
Apple’s Black Friday deals in effect, (PRODUCT)RED...


Today’s the day for both decent deals as well as that Apple (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift card you’ve been dreaming of.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple is now offering a one-day-only deal on its products for Black Friday. Customers who purchase qualifying Apple products will receive a (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift card valued from US$25 to US$100 depending on the product.

Below you’ll find a full list of the qualifying products for each denomination:
iPod touch – US$25
iPod nano – US$25
Apple TV – US$25
Select Beats by Dre headphones – US$25
Any iPad – US$50
Any Mac – US$100
Apple is also donating the proceeds from many specially-marked iOS apps to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS until December 7th.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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03:00
You Should Play: TwoDots brings a much-needed twist...

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.
Need a game that will keep you entertained and challenged for hours? Let me help you connect the dots—TwoDots, that is. TwoDots is a dot-connecting game reminiscent of more traditional match-three games (think Candy Crush and Bejeweled), but with a twist: instead of matching tiles, you’re connecting dots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:32
XSAN: No visible Luns

Forums: TroubleshootingHello I have XSAN with 4 MacPro's. Two of them are MDC and two clients. Suddenly the volumes disappeared from one of the clients. I checked on one of the mdc and the volumes were visible but in Xsan admin there was a message No visible luns. I turned off all computers and turned on just one of the mdc. Immediately i get a message that the system see some volumes that are not readable and offer me to initiliaze them. Xsan admin no does not see any luns and no volumes are mounted. The LUN are visible in disk utility.
Can you help? What is going on? Can I get my volumes back?

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Thursday November 27

23:50
Black Friday: $200 gift bundles with the purchase of...

Right now at PowerMax.com get close to $200 worth of accessories with the purchase of select in-stock standard configuration new Mac from their online store. Three different bundles are available....

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22:55
Briefly: NewerTech's new Screen Armor for...

NewerTech has introduced an update to its line of Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor, now available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Featuring military grade, triple-layer protection, the self-adhesive layer requires no water or other liquids for easy, bubble-free installation. the screen protector is compatible with cases, and includes a lifetime limited warranty. Regularly priced at $20 for iPhone 6 and at $25 for iPhone 6 Plus, the Impact X-orbing Screen Armor for the latest iPhones can be ordered through NewerTech. An instant rebate, which can be applied upon ordering at the time of this writing,......

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21:38
Apple Black Friday 2014

Until midnight tonight (November 28) Apple is giving away Product (RED) gift cards ranging from $25 up to $100 with the purchase of qualified products from Apple's Online Store as well as retail locations.

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21:37
Apple’s Black Friday deals are now live: get a $25-...

As we noted earlier this week, Apple is now offering a one-day-only deal on its products for Black Friday. Customers who purchase qualifying Apple products will receive a (PRODUCT)RED iTunes gift card valued from $25 to $100 depending on the product.
Below you’ll find a full list of the qualifying products for each denomination:

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21:31
Apple's Black Friday offer: iTunes Store gift...

Buy a gift, get a gift, and Apple will give a gift to the Global Fund—the Black Friday sale is on at the Apple Store. Apple’s one-day-only deals don’t save you any cash, but you do get a PRODUCT(RED) iTunes gift card with purchase, and Apple makes a donation too.
Buying an iPad or iPhone gets you a $50 gift card, while iPods and the Apple TV come with $25 gift cards—and so do Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and speakers. Mac buyers can get a $100 gift card when purchasing an iMac, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.

It’s worth noting that these are iTunes Store gift cards, not Apple Store gift cards. You can use them for apps (the App Store’s own RED promotion is still going on through December 7), as well as music, movies, audiobooks, iBooks, in-app purchases, and so on—but not a new iPhone.To read this...

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21:05
Apple's Black Friday 2014 event

As the clock strikes midnight, and Black Friday officially begins, we wanted to get things started right away, so we have rounded up a selection of items from Apple's Black Friday sale. This year Apple has combined their Black Friday promotion with the World AIDS day promo announced earlier this week. With qualified purchases, customers will receive Product (RED) gift cards on everything from iPhones and iPads to iPods and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones....

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17:44
Briefly: Three trials same-day delivery, Slingbox...

British carrier Three is starting to offer same-day delivery for smartphone orders, within central London, saving customers from going to a store. The trial will allow customers to order a Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 6 from the carrier from Monday to Friday between 7am and 3pm at "selected London postcodes," reports Engadget, with customers paying £15 ($23.50) for the privilege....

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16:46
Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on...

Exclusive: In a deal that only AppleInsider can deliver, we've teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare. These bundles are the most heavily discounted bundles available anywhere, even before the Apple TV is thrown in. There's never been a better time to buy a new Mac.

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16:00
iWork ’14 review: Still waiting for that great leap...


When Apple released the 2013 edition of the productivity suite formerly known as iWork, it represented a radical departure from iWork '09 and earlier versions. The "iWork" moniker disappeared along with upfront costs for many, and those were only two of the 2013 update's many changes. Things only move forward from there as the 2014 iteration doesn't backtrack, so those hoping for the old iWork to rise from the ashes will be disappointed.
However, Apple isn't plowing full steam ahead in the new direction either. This year's updates don't break much—if any—new ground. Rather, they add refinements, and version numbers reflect this: on the Mac, Keynote is now version 6.5, Pages 5.5, and Numbers 3.5 (up from 6.2.2, 5.2.2, and 3.2.2, respectively). And while "...

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15:19
Where to find the best Black Friday deals on Apple...


There’s some good Black Friday deals out there if you’re willing to brave the crowds. And if you’re feeling less than completely brave, there’s some good online savings to be had as well.
The cool cats at MacRumors have compiled a terrific Black Friday roundup page, complete with savings from brick and mortar stores such as Apple, Target, Walmart, MacMall, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Staples, Radio Shack and Toys ‘R Us as well as online outfits like Twelve South, Speck, Apogee, Sonos, Karma and others.
Apple is offering a number of discounts tomorrow (Black Friday) in store and online, click through for the details…

This year’s Apple Black Friday sale includes gift cards ranging from $25-$100 with the following hardware purchases:

  • iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c ($50 gift...
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14:41
Obama signs E-Label Act, allows manufacturers to...

The backs of smartphones will become slightly better looking, after a bill concerning the labeling of electronic devices has been signed into law by President Obama. The E-Label Act, created by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), will allow manufacturers to leave off a large amount of the logos and other regulatory iconography from the device itself....

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14:35
Giveaway: Win a Skrillex X UE Boom Bluetooth speaker!

This next prize we are sure anybody would be very thankful to receive. Last week Ultimate Ears released the latest addition to their lineup, the custom designed Skrillex Edition UE Boom. Ultimate Ears teamed up with Skrillex and asked him to create custom artwork for their award-winning Boom speaker. What they created is a speaker that combines high-end sound quality with a twist of rave-culture style....

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14:09
Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Frankie70 (803801) writes Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of iPhone 6's selling point. But the iPhone 6 was released without the sapphire screen. GT Advanced Technologies, the small company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, declared bankruptcy a month later. Recent documents from GT's bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. GT said that to save costs, Apple decided not to install backup power supplies, and multiple outages ruined whole batches of sapphire. The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it. In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using "bait-and-switch" tactics, and said the terms of the deal were "onerous and massively one-sided."...

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14:09
Pre-Black Friday: best SSDs at the lowest prices

This year for Black Friday there will surely be heaps of discounts on solid state storage devices, with many of those deals showing up online already. Right now Newegg has the Corsair 240GB Force LS Series internal solid state drive on sale for $115. That's already a discount of 50 percent off the list price and a $30 rebate card drops the price further to $85. Just that alone makes this the best price out there by nearly $50. Use coupon code 'NAFVC10' and checkout with Visa Checkout to bag an additional $10 in savings.......

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13:55
Daily Deal: Get the Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps…

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12:54
Upcoming port brings CarPlay to iPhone/iPad without...

Developer Adam Bell has published a preview of his latest project that attempts to allow CarPlay, Apple’s iOS feature usually reserved for in-car entertainment systems, to run directly on iOS devices.
Bell notes in a post that the port of CarPlay running on top of SpringBoard is “buggy at the moment,” but published the video and images above and below showing it running on an iPad and an iPhone 6. Bell confirmed the port is still in the early stages, but said it will be a free and open source project.
In addition to iPad (pictured above and in the video below), the developer posted the screenshot below showing the port running on an iPhone 6:
Also for...

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11:50
Giveaway: win a ScreenGuardz HD Impact screen...

Mmmm…mmmm. That turkey sure does smell good. You know what would go really good with that turkey? More prizes. Up next we have a BodyGuardz: ScreenGuardz HD Impact screen protector to give away to one lucky reader so you can guard your iPhone with the ultimate in device protection....

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11:45
Mac: Aspyr Media Civilization: Beyond Earth

Fans of the venerable Civilization franchise have something extra to be thankful for today as the highly anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth ($37) lands on the Mac. Currently available at a special launch price on the Mac App Store, the new sci-fi themed chapter takes Civilization players to the final frontier where they must tame a new world and write the next chapter for humanity. The usual Civilization game play aspects abound here, with players challenged to explore and colonize an alien planet, choose the direction of their new culture, research new technologies, build armies, cities, and wonders, and much more.
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11:26
Giveaway: StreamToMe for iOS

This Thanksgiving we want to fill your plate with lots of giveaway goodness, so we are going to be giving away a bunch more prizes today, so keep checking back often. Next up we have 10 redemption codes for StreamToMe to give away....

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11:20
Black Friday: The best iPhone, iPad, & Mac...

Many Black Friday deals are officially going live today with others likely arriving tonight and through the weekend into Cyber Monday. We’re tracking deals for all platforms and gadgets over on 9to5Toys, but below we’ve rounded up only the best accessories for iOS devices and Mac seeing big discounts this weekend. 
We’ll be adding more as they come up and expect many other deals to arrive at midnight tonight, so keep checking back for the latest.
We also have roundups of the best deals on Apple products here and the best deals on iOS apps and games here.

Nest...

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10:59
News: Apple highlights more Apple Watch info

Apple has quietly updated its Apple Watch pages with some new details on the upcoming device along with some interactive images. The previous “Features” page has been broken out into separate pages with more in-depth descriptions and images of the Watch’s features, with specific pages for Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health and Fitness. The Timekeeping page provides more information on the included Watch faces, along with…

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10:54
Two-factor authentication gets physical with USB U2F...

I’ve written a few times about two-factor authentication (2FA), where a password (something you know) is paired with a second item, like a device-generated token or one-time code sent via SMS (something you have). A password can be stolen or sometimes extracted, so a second factor makes it substantially more difficult for someone who lacks physical access to you or your stuff to break into one of your accounts. This restricts attackers from accomplishing wholesale attacks across thousands or millions of accounts, unless 2FA is badly implemented or attackers find an exploit.
While Apple has tried to take the pain out of 2FA through its trusted device approach with iCloud accounts, many people still believe this is too complicated for average users to employ. There needs to be something powerful, simple, and ubiquitously supported, they argue—as do I. Apple’s solution...

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10:35
European Parliament confirms wish to break search...

The European Parliament has voted in favor of making Google break apart its search business from the rest of the company. With 384 approving the motion to 174 against with 56 abstentions, the Parliament is indicating to member states and the European Commission it wants something done about Google's power in search, with a separation of search services being the preferred option....

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10:22
Current and Black Friday Deals: 5TB HDD, iPads, 4k2k...

While Turkey Day (for our US readers) is only now upon us, the sales period associated with the dreaded "Black Friday" has begun! We are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid or available at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post later today and on Thanksgiving Day, as more deals will be added as time goes on before our next post on Friday....

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10:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Reportedly'

They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW.

Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change a...

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09:53
Black Friday: Amazon Kindle tablets and e-readers...

Black Friday deals are on now at Amazon. No need to wait outside in the cold, or battle the hoards of deal-hungry shoppers to get these great prices. To kick things off today they are offering discounts on their line of Kindle tablets and e-readers. The all-new Kindle with touch has been reduced by $30 and can be had for only $49 with special offers that display on the lock screen or $69 without the special offers....

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09:23
Giveaway: Civilization: Beyond Earth

As was mentioned yesterday Civilization: Beyond Earth was released for purchase and download on Steam, the Mac App store and on GameAgent. Also announced yesterday was that we will be running a giveaway. So, without further ado we are pleased to announce that we have obtained 4 redemption codes for this game to give away to our readers....

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09:02
Roundup: The best iPad, iPhone, Mac, iTunes, Beats,...

Black Friday can be absolutely overwhelming. Every retailer is vying for your attention and money. That’s why we’ve vetted each and every major Black Friday ad to find only the very best deals.
Remember, this master list was curated from pre-announced deals. We fully expect many retailers to hit us with surprise deals throughout the next week. That’s why it’s important you follow 9to5Toys on Twitter/Facebook, and sign-up for our email newsletter. The 9to5Toys team is going to be working around the clock to bring you the Black Friday deals you can’t afford to miss.
Continue on for the definitive Black Friday...

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08:58
Giveaway: Fantastical for Mac, iPhone and iPad +...

FlexBits wants your holidays to be Fantastical, so to help make that happen they have launched a huge sale slashing prices on all of their software titles with discounts of up to 65 percent off. That's not all though, MacNN has teamed up with FlexBits to give away 3 software prize packs to our readers. Each pack will contain a redemption code for Fantastical for Mac, Fantastical 2 for iPhone and Fantastical 2 for iPad....

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08:00
Happy Thanksgiving from MacNN and Electronista

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers from all of us here at MacNN and Electronista! Today and tomorrow are traditionally very slow news days, so there will be reduced coverage through the holiday (except for our Black Friday and other deal-related posts, never fear!) so that we can spend time with our families. We want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of our readers, both long-time and new, for your readership, your comments and suggestions, and your news tips and corrections. We must also thank our sponsors, advertisers and the many developers and companies t......

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07:14
Hyper’s Black Friday: $50 off the world’s only...


Hyper, the brand behind a number of popular Mac and iOS products we’ve reviewed in the past, is today offering its best deals ever for Black Friday. The sale includes big deals on external battery packs and other iOS accessories including the world’s only external MacBook battery.
Some of the notables: A $10 3600 mAh battery pack (Reg. $49), a $20 7200mAh battery pack (Reg. $70), and up to $...

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07:12
Apps: Duplicate Annihilator, RapidWeaver, HoudahSpot
06:50
Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!


Thanksgiving is here and with that in mind, the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to celebrate the holiday. Swing back tomorrow for the latest Mac mobile news as well as a more complete round up of Black Friday sales for nifty Mac and iOS stuff as well as regular news, tips and coverage.
Go, dive into the turkey, see family and friends, catch a good football game, revel in the return of cheesy Christmas specials you secretly love and we’ll see you tomorrow!!!

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06:49
Black Friday sale delivers first Apple MacBook Pro...

While most Apple-related Black Friday 2014 door busters to launch thus far have been positioned around iPads and Apple's more premium priced Macs, one particular offer stands out in offering the first ever MacBook Pro with Retina display that can be had for less than a grand.

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05:59
Daily Deal: The Golden Apple Giveaway

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

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05:00
News: Happy Thanksgiving 2014 from iLounge!

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving!...

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05:00
Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll have details on Apple's Black Friday sale tomorrow, and then it's back to our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, December 1. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

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04:51
Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple...

While Apple Store customers in the U.S. can look forward to gift cards on selected purchases on Black Friday, it seems European customers may be missing out. Apple last year offered its European customers discounted pricing rather than gift cards, but rumors – including from the usually reliable MacG – say that there will be neither cards nor discounts this year … 
While Apple’s U.S. site shows the gift card offer, the European sites we’ve checked refer only to the donations Apple will make to Project (RED), with nothing about gift cards or discounts.
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04:26
∞ Happy Thanksgiving

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving today, here’s hoping you travel safe, end someplace warm, and have a wonderful day.

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04:19
Hands On: Sproggiwood (Windows, OS X, Linux via...

Because of the accessibility of game design tools, independently-produced games are springing up on every platform. There's certainly no shortage of dungeon crawlers, roguelikes, or turn-based strategy games today. That doesn't mean, though, that Sproggiwood, by Freehold Games, should be overlooked. This turn-based roguelike has the player explore dungeons inspired by Finnish mythology, bringing peace to the land of Sprog....

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04:16
Meet Woz, get a cool custom pin, help raise money...

Can you get to Lake Tahoe on December 3rd at 7pm? If so, come meet Woz, support an excellent cause (the Lake Tahoe Unified School District) and get a cool custom “Woz Rocks” Hard Rock Cafe pin.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:06
Back of iDevices set to lose ugly FCC markings as E-...

Apple’s master of minimalism Jony Ive probably hates the fact that the company is legally required to mark the back of iPhones and iPads with a bunch of regulatory stampings, but as of today the largest of them – the FCC approval symbols – will no longer be required.
The E-Label Act first proposed in July has today been signed into law by President Obama. Manufacturers will still be required to display FCC symbols, but can now do so in software rather than cluttering up the rear of the casing.
Apple will probably leave the markings in place on current devices, removing them as of the next generation. Settings > General > About seems the most likely place...

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03:46
Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will hit iTunes...

The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers.— Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014
Lucasfim is such a tease. After initially saying that the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would be shown only in 30 movie theatres, the Disney-owned studio has now tweeted that it will also be shown on the iTunes trailers site tomorrow.
You’ll get your chance to see how the stars of the original 1977 film are holding up when they are reunited in the latest in the film series.Filed under:...

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The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in...

Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal.
If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you can get back to what the holidays are supposed to be about instead of spending time in a mosh pit of commercialism gone mad.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen.
If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving Day and for the rest of the season, at least make sure you’re using apps that will get you the info you need quickly without taking up too much of your attention span. Here are six apps to consider grabbing, from officially licensed companions to entertaining games that might even make a lackluster showdown seem exciting....

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Wednesday November 26

22:17
Best Buy slashes $100 off iPad Air 2 (from $399), $...

Following up on its "Get a Jump on Black Friday" sale launched, U.S. electronics retail chain Best Buy on Thursday added Apple's latest iPad Air 2 to the list with deep $100 discounts on all models, putting the starting price at only $399.99 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version.

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21:18
Apple debuts additional iPhone 6 ad, highlights...

Following a pair of new ads that debuted on Tuesday, Apple has followed it up with an unusual single additional ad in the current campaign, which again features Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and entertainer Justin Timberlake. In the new TV spot, called "Voice Text," the pair demonstrate the WhatsApp-esque Voice Text feature in iOS 8, which allows for easy recording of voice which is then sent as an MMS message or iMessage (depending on the recipient) for times when texting is too inefficient....

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18:38
New Star Wars teaser to debut on iTunes Trailers on...

Apple has confirmed that the first official trailer for next year's new chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens, will debut online on Friday on iTunes. Disney, which now owns the rights to the franchise, had previously said that only 30 cinemas in the US would be screening the trailer on Friday, implying a wider release later. Rumors began shortly afterwards, however, that there would be an online debut as well....

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18:36
Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant...

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

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18:29
Government could turn to 225-year-old law to force...

In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future....

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18:23
Apple touts iOS 8 voice messaging in new iPhone 6 ad

One day after delivering two iPhone 6 ads highlighting Continuity and gaming performance, Apple on Wednesday continued with a spot demonstrating voice messages, a new-for-iOS 8 feature that lets users send audio via Messages.

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18:16
Apple premieres another new iPhone ad, this time...

Following the release of two new iPhone ads earlier this week, Apple has put out yet another commercial for the iPhone 6. Like the others, “Voice Text” features Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop star Justin Timberlake discussing the newest features on Apple’s smartphone.
In this ad, Fallon and Timberlake demonstrate the many uses for the new voice messaging feature included in iOS 8, such as including sarcasm or difficult-to-spell words in a reply. You can check out the full ad below:
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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

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17:15
Twitter to track installed third-party apps on iOS...

Ubiquitous microblogging platform Twitter on Wednesday announced a new initiative called app graph, which looks to track the apps users have installed on their devices to suggest promoted content and potentially allow for enhanced timeline personalization.

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17:00
Daily Deals for November 26, 2014, featuring the...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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16:08
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I wondered earlier this year whether Apple’s HomeKit system would bring home automation to the masses. The good news is that you don’t need to wait for HomeKit to start bringing smart home technology to your family and friends – and we’ve put together a gift guide covering some of the main products that might bring a smile to their faces during the holidays.
With the right gadgets, they will be able to control lighting, heating, cooking, sound systems … even have their kettle switch on when they walk up to their front door, which will automatically unlock as they approach. Best of all, you can get them in on the smart home action from just $30 …

Belkin WeMo: from $30
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MacTech Conference special this weekend

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15:58
Apple Watch website revamped with new UI and UX...

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15:00
Apple's iTunes to air Star Wars: The Force...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pre-Black Friday iPad sales:

  • Best Buy: Retina iPad mini & iPad mini 3 ...
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Vanity Fair:I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that doesn’t change a thing. I am afraid of cops the way that spiders are afraid of boots. You’re walking along, minding your own business, and SQUISH! You are dead. Simply put, I am afraid of the cops because I am black.I’m not as Black as Bell but I am the same height and weight and I know the feelings he describes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Watch site refreshed to highlight Timekeeping...




Apple has quietly refreshed its Apple Watch microsite with a few changes including more details about the upcoming wearable and newly added interactive images of the device. Previously Apple had a single ‘Features’ page for describing the functionality of the Apple Watch, but has replaced that page with expanded descriptions of the watch’s functions across the separate pages labeled “Timekeeping,” “New Ways to Connect,” and “Health & Fitness.” Each page goes a bit more in-depth into each category with additional details and interactive images....

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14:21
Home Depot faces 44 civil lawsuits from breach,...

Home improvement retailer Home Depot is still locked into a battle over the security breach it reported in September that put 56 million credit cards at risk. However, the fight is no longer against cyber criminals, but rather consumers affected by the breach and government agencies. To date, the retailer is involved in "at least 44 civil lawsuits" in the US and Canada....

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14:20
Apple's iOS 8 distribution back on track, now...

Earlier this week, Apple revealed fresh statistics on iOS 8 distribution as seen through the iOS App Store, saying its latest mobile operating system is now running on 60 percent of iPhones and iPads.

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14:18
Twitter to start tracking the apps on your iPhone

Image via: @kristinatastic
 
Twitter is about to get very nosey with its mobile subscribers, and if you’re among the millions of people using the company’s app on your smartphone, you’ll definitely want to listen up. The short-form social media outlet’s new app graph feature will soon start tracking which applications you have installed on your devices. This opt-out feature is being introduced to help the firm insert better ads and recommendations into your timeline.
In a Q&A description of this initiative, Twitter reinforces that it will not collect data from within applications and says that it will notify you when its monitoring feature is active. Not exactly a foreign practice,...

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14:00
The Steam Exploration Sale is here, and it's...

If you can't wait until Black Friday to score some sweet, sweet deals, look no further than Steam. Valve's lovely game distribution service is serving up some fantastic seasonal deals starting today, with new sale prices coming each day and lasting e...

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14:00
BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

mpicpp points out that BlackBerry is hoping to get iPhone owners to switch to Passport smartphones by promising up to $550 to trade in their phones. "The promotion, which starts Monday, promises as much as $550 to iPhone owners who trade in their handsets in favor of BlackBerry's Passport. The actual trade-in value depends on the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S worth up to $90 and the iPhone 6 worth up to $400. (The iPhone 6 Plus is not eligible.) BlackBerry then sweetens the deal by kicking in an additional $150 as a topper for each iPhone. The deal will run through February 13, but it's good only in North America. Customers must buy the $599 to $699 unlocked Passport phone through either BlackBerry's website or Amazon. The trade-in amount comes in the form of a Visa prepaid card." ...

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13:42
Steampunk USB Flash Drives with Motorized Gears -...

Steampunk. Familiar with it? Bryan Chaffin found some steampunk gadgets that are functional art, like a steampunk USB flash drive with motorized gears that turn when you plug it in.

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13:30
Daily Deal: Stay Healthy with iHealth’s Wireless...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker for only $39.99 – that’s over 40% off the regular price. Allowing you to take control of your health, this workout and sleep monitor measures your steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and sleep efficiency and hours. You can wear it as a wristband or a clip, and pair it with the companion iOS app to view personalized health stats…

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13:27
Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile...

In the search engine game, it’s all about eyeballs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft rake in billions each year from search ads, and now those companies are competing to be the default search engine in Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad.

It's easy to change Safari's default search engine. 

Until now it’s always been Google, but according to a report in The Information (subscription required), that deal expires in 2015. Its sources say Apple’s Eddy Cue has entertained pitches from both Yahoo and Microsoft, maker of Bing. Currently, Bing actually powers Yahoo’s search in return for a cut of its ad revenue, although Yahoo and Bing do compete to get your eyeballs in the first place. Bing is used by both Siri on iOS and Spotlight on your Mac....

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13:21
The Best Black Friday iOS deals: Dark Knight Rises,...

From 9to5Toys.com:

With so many Black Friday deals popping up this week, we thought it would be helpful to organize a list of the most popular iOS game/app discounts into one place. Most of the discounts below will be available through Cyber Monday and into next week, but be sure to check back as we will be adding more notable price drops as they happen.
And remember, you can save 15% on future app purchases with these discounted iTunes gift cards from Staples (use code: 35458 in the cart).



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13:05
Black Friday 2014: The Best Mac Deals

If you're in the market for a new Mac this holiday season, the deals are limited but do exist. Kelly brings you the scoop on where to score savings on some lovely new Apple hardware.

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13:03
Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's mid-2014 2.5Ghz 15-...

EXCLUSIVE: B&H Photo is the latest Apple Authorized Reseller to begin rolling out some of its Black Friday sales early this year, including an unbeatable deal on Apple's most professional 15" MacBook Pro that offers rock bottom pricing exclusively for AppleInsider readers, with no tax collected for most.

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13:00
My favorite "on the road" picks

It's another holiday, and for many of us that means driving, gas and food stops, and kids who need to be entertained. I've been thinking about the most useful travel-related apps and hardware I use, so before you head out onto the road, check out my ...

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12:54
Yosemite easter egg: mountain tree spirits

Color me skeptical, but this one came to my attention and was too cool not to share.
A PowerPage reader sent along what he believes to be an easter egg hidden in plain sight in one of Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite’s) default desktop pictures, a.k.a. “wallpaper.” If you’re running Yosemite, open System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop, then choose Apple > Desktop Pictures and the third option (the grey and green mountain scene:

Click through for the spooky result…
According to him there are Yosemite Mountain Tree Spirits hidden in the pictures. See the face looking to the right? Pointy eyebrow, rather Grinchly. (Click on the image for a larger version).

So, does someone in Apple’s art department have a sense of humor?

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12:54
Skype 7.2 fixes bugs, improves chat readability

Microsoft has released a minor update to Skype for Mac, v7.2. The software mainly copes with several bugs, including crashes caused by changing a profile picture, playing the test sound in the Welcome tour, and/or launching Skype with Ecamm Call Recorder 2.5.11 installed. It also deals with Call and SMS buttons not working on a contact's profile page....

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