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Monday November 17

18:14
No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1...

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.The Mac Observer Spin: This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.

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16:34
Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message....

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14:40
Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29...

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices-it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.

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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

While Gelledge fits well and offers nearly complete protection of an iPhone 6 — there are only open holes for the Touch ID, ringer switch, and rear camera — the material is so lightweight that we’re not sure how it will stand up to a high drop on a hard surface. The case shouldn’t be confused with any heavy-duty options, but it does offer some degree of protection, and the button coverage is nice and responsive. Gelledge is a light…

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12:30
Review: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i

C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i are similar in many ways. Both controllers use two AAA batteries for power, both connect using Bluetooth, and both have the same amount of control pads and buttons — two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons. In size, C.T.R.L.i is more like what you’d expect from a modern console controller — it’s slightly smaller than Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller — while Micro…

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11:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.

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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, a minor maintenance release that notes “bug fixes” as well as “stability and performance improvements” for the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models. iOS 8.1.1 is available as an over-the-air update or by updating via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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10:26
Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Along with iOS 8.1.1 and Apple TV 7.0.2, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday. The update for the Mac operating system included fixes for WiFi reliability along with fixes for email-related issues.

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10:20
Apple TV (3rd Gen) Updated to 7.0.2, No Patch Notes

Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what's in it because Apple hasn't released patch notes yet. We'll update this article when we know more.

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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with...

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.The Mac Observer Spin: There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

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07:44
Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart...

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).

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07:27
OS X Yosemite: Set Safari’s Search Engine to...

If you're looking for a more anonymous way to search the Internet than Google or Bing offers, OS X Yosemite lets you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo. It's easy and fast. Read on to learn how.

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06:54
Daily Deal: Get Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals we're offering you Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick speaker for only $74.99 -- that's almost 25% off the regular price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back. Pocket Kick's…

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06:46
UnionPay Deal Brings Apple Closer to Apple Pay in...

Apple is a step closer to bringing Apple Pay to China thanks to a deal with China UnionPay. Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.The Mac Observer Spin: UnionPay support for the App Store is a big thing for Apple because now it's much easier for its China customers to make purchases. Next step: Apple Pay support.

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06:13
News: Apple adds UnionPay support to Chinese App...

Apple announced today that UnionPay has now been added as a payment option for customers in China. As the most popular payment card in China, this will make it easier for Chinese App Store customers to purchase content on the App Store, and customers can now link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. UnionPay is responsible for China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, and has issued more…

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Sunday November 16

09:25
MGG 528: Everything’s Broken (and Your Geeks Fix It)

Third party DNS risks, Yosemite email issues, Comcast's hotspot concerns and managing large Dropboxes on systems with smaller SSDs are just the tip of this week's Mac Geek Gab iceberg. Download, press play, and enjoy!

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Saturday November 15

10:50
Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

Using Siri in iOS 8 gives users lots of choices to maximize their time - as long as you know your options. Nancy Carroll Gravley gives five more tips in this column.

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Friday November 14

17:13
Shares of $AAPL Hit Record Close at $114, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. hit a new record closing high Friday, ending the week at US$114.18, a gain of $1.36 (+1.21 percent), on strong volume of 44 million shares trading hands. That puts the company's market cap at $669.6 billion, which is also a record, at least in relative terms.

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16:55
Underoos! Now in Adult Sizes!

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I have a soft spot in my heart for Underoos, the fantastic underwear that looked like actual outfits for Supergirl or Wonder Woman or other characters. It was a tragedy when they disappeared. Luckily, not only are Underoos back, but they are back in adult sizes! Exclusively available at Hot Topic, there are eight varieties at the moment: Batman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Captain America, He-Man, Skeletor, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is one of those times when you may actually have to brave the mall, they appear to be entirely sold out online and it seems the sold-out ones vanish from the Hot Topic site. While it's fantastic they exist, you may find it difficult to get your hands on them, at least for now. But now you know, and as another 80's favorite explained to me, knowing is half the battleâ...

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16:16
Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My...

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

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16:00
How To Disable Screenshot Shadows in Yosemite and...

Today's tip comes from Charles Edge, author and long time Mac admin. If you're looking to forsake the drop shadows in screen shots, you can do so with a simple Terminal command. Kelly breaks it all down for you.

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14:59
Apple Adds RAW Support for New Cameras from Canon,...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.0.1 Friday. The update adds support to OS X in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 for RAW photo files from four new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Panasonic.

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14:33
Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold...

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.

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14:30
The Impact of Apple Pay is Greater Than We Could...

When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects. Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.

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14:07
News: Don’t miss our Best of the Year Awards 2014

In case you missed it last week, iLounge has released the Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting this past year's top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. The list has been expanded from previous years and is now available here on the site, with no download needed, just in time for your holiday shopping. Click here…

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12:46
Mac: Creaceed Prizmo 3

If you’re looking to achieve a paperless office and want a great way to scan, OCR and optimize images on your Mac, then you’ll want to take a look at Creaceed’s newly updated Prizmo 3 ($40). Now with OS X Yosemite support and boasting greatly improved image processing, Prizmo can take your scanned images and paperwork, whether they come from a document scanner or an iPhone camera, and clean up the text quality and color accuracy,…

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12:40
Review: Logitech protection+ for iPhone 6

Logitech’s protection+ is solid enough to exceed military drop test standards, and the company claims additional polymers in the corners makes the case more shock-absorbent. The case fits iPhone 6 perfectly, with nice, responsive button coverage. We also like the clean look of protection+ — our case came in Pacific Blue, with back blue panels and a gray interior. If you’re already using any Logitech magnetic mounts such as +trip, or…

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11:14
First Look: Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($80) is the most recent version of the company's 4-in-1 lens, which we've seen for other iOS devices. The lens attachment can be used on either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — special clips are used to fit either phone. While the lens system fits both cameras on a bare iPhone 6 perfectly, it takes a slight manual adjustment to line up with the iPhone 6 Plus cameras. Included lenses are…

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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-14

Privacy and security are the hot button topics this week. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the FTC's inquiry into personal health privacy in HealthKit along with Apple's response to the Masque Attack threat for the iPhone and iPad.

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09:04
News: Apps of the Week: Auxy, Golfinity, Space Age,...

New Apps + Games Auxy (free) — Users with even a passing interest in making their own creative music will definitely want to check out Auxy. A recently released free modern beat making app, Auxy focuses on providing an incredibly simple, fun, and intuitive interface for laying down beats, bass lines, loops, melodies, and more. Everything gets selected and adjusted with intuitive tap, touch, and swipe gestures, and the final compositions can be recorded…

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07:59
Review: Itskins Evolution, Nitro Forged + Venum...

Evolution for iPhone 6 is similar to its past incarnation for iPhone 5/5s. The design has changed slightly, with a smaller camera hole and more tactile button coverage. While those are minor improvements, we don’t like the fit of this edition of Evolution. We found it hard to get the sleep/wake button to conform to the shell, and the inner rubber layer moves around too easily — a small lip protecting the front of the device can disappear quickly…

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06:57
Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.The Mac Observer Spin: Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get The Smart Travel Router for only $34...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Satechi’s Smart Travel Router for only $34.99 – 30% off the normal price. Allowing you to stay charged and connected wherever you go, this portable device provides the ability to charge both your iPhone and iPad from just about an electrical outlet in any one of over 150 countries, and provides an additional AC output. All the prongs easily retract to make the device portable and easy to toss into…

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05:45
Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and...

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.

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Thursday November 13

18:56
BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls,...

A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.The Mac Observer Spin: My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.

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18:33
Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.

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16:20
FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.The Mac Observer Spin: The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.

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15:37
How to Launch Apps in OS X Using Spotlight

Using Spotlight to search for things is handy, you can even search for apps! But did you know you can launch an app straight from the Spotlight window? Kelly Guimont explains how.

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14:00
Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34...

Our friends at Stack Social have put together another deal with the Limefuel folks. This time it's the Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack. As the name suggests, this is a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, but it has two USB ports for dual charging. It also has 20,000mAh, enough to charge your iPad two to four times. The LP200X retails for $85, but with our deal you can get it for $34.99. (Pro tip: think Christmas/holiday gift).

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13:05
Apple Pay and Full Service Dining - Here’s How It...

It's easy to use Apple Pay with the cashier at, say, Walgreens or Panera Bread. But what about full service restaurants where you normally pay the server at your table? John Martellaro wondered how this could work, and it turns out that OpenTable has an answer.

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12:43
News: US government posts iOS Masque Attack alert

The U.S. Government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has posted an official alert regarding the iOS Masque Attack disclosed earlier this week. The notice summarizes the vulnerability, specifically noting that the vulnerability works “under a limited set of circumstances” and that “in order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.” The…

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11:45
Review: Lunatik Seismik for iPhone 6

As in the last version of Seismik, Lunatik cleverly includes ringer switch protection on the frame by using a switch that can be moved toward or away from a user. Much of Seismik’s appeal will come from its unique truss design. This time around, the back is translucent from the top to the bottom of the frame, revealing more of the phone. It’s a sleek look, but the frame does add a bit more bulk to the sides of a phone when compared to…

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-13

It's copycat day on Daily Observations. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how YouTube's new Music Key service fits into the streaming music market against competitors like Spotify, Beats Music and iTunes Radio, plus they take a look at Samsung's just announced Continuity clone Flow.

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09:03
Review: RooCase Origami Case for iPad Air 2

Origami keeps the iPad Air 2 secured in its shell with a snap, providing a small lip over the front of the device for a bit of added protection. While some may prefer a removable cover, many folio-style iPad cases don’t offer the functionality of Origami’s folding multi-angle stand cover. The cover works well as a stand, and the magnetic clasp activates the iPad Air 2 sleep/wake function without fail. No buttons are covered, and while…

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08:45
Samsung Innovates Again, Copies Apple’s Continuity

Samsung announced a new feature for its Android-toting customers on Wednesday called Flow that shows its innovation skills haven't changed because it looks a lot like Apple's Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Flow lets users jump from smartphone to tablet to computer, and continue to work on the same documents, view photos, handle email messages, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Even if Samsung came up with the idea and implementation for Flow without taking any cues from Apple, the company has a reputation for copying the efforts of its competitors. That's exactly how Flow comes across, too.

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08:11
Mac: Epson WorkForce DS-520 Scanner

While modern personal computers and the Internet at large have reduced the amount of paper in most of our lives, they haven’t ushered in the “paperless society” that many predicted they would. At the end of the day, if you want a paperless office, sometimes you still need to take matters into your own hands. Enter the Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner ($400), a high-powered sheet-fed scanner designed to help you get control…

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07:33
Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch...

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

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07:25
Review: Moshi iGlaze Armour for iPhone 6 Plus and...

iGlaze Armour is a pretty straightforward case, with equally straightforward pros and cons. We like the metallic look of the back, but we’re never fond about companies leaving cutouts to reveal the Apple logo. And while the case is sturdy and thin — it’s important not to add much bulk to the larger iPhone 6 Plus — we don’t like the feel of the button coverage, which is vague and will have you pushing harder than is necessary.…

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06:31
YouTube Joins the Streaming Music Market with Music...

Google owned YouTube is throwing its hat into the streaming music market with a new service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription-based service, which launches as a beta on November 17, promises ad-free music and videos through the YouTube website and in the company's iOS and Android apps.The Mac Observer Spin: YouTube has brand recognition, and it's music and videos will be ad-free for Music Key subscribers. Considering Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and other streaming music services have already drawn in so many subscribers, YouTube may have a hard time finding a place to fit into the market.

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06:09
Daily Deal: Get the Limefuel Lite LP200X Battery...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Limefuel Lite LP200X USB Battery Pack for only $34.99. Equipped with 20,000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel is designed for portability, weighing only 15 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, or…

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Wednesday November 12

17:14
Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker...

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition....

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16:40
ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality,...

Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

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16:04
6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.

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13:30
AppleCare+ Cost for Phones, iPads - Do You Win or...

AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.

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13:23
iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

When I first heard about Appleâs 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!

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13:20
Review: Sol Republic Punk Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Punk is only one letter away from “puck,” and like many smaller speakers, Sol Republic’s offering does resemble a hockey puck — albeit a square puck. It’s about 3.5” across, and about 1.5” deep. A chrome Sol logo stands out on the grille of the rubberized speaker with volume controls, a play/pause button, a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on one of the speaker’s sides. Bluetooth pairing is quick…

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12:50
How to Capture Screenshots to the Clipboard in OS X

Kelly picked up all kinds of screenshot tips at MacTech last week. Today's comes from Greg Neagle who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. You might have heard of it.

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12:49
FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong...

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.

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11:24
Mac: Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand

While the iMac provides one of the most unobtrusive configurations you can find in a desktop computer, users with more than a few peripherals striving for a clutter-free workspace will definitely appreciate Satechi’s new F3 Smart Monitor Stand ($45). Designed to support the iMac while fitting in with the general aesthetic, the F3 goes beyond the average stand, providing a four-port USB 3.0 hub beneath the monitor for quickly and easily connecting…

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10:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.

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10:30
Daily Deal: The Mega Dropbox Pro Giveaway

We have a bonus giveaway today in iLounge Deals, in which we’re offering a chance for one lucky winner to get a three-year subscription to Dropbox Pro. Recently upgraded to include 1TB of cloud storage space, Dropbox Pro provides a great way to store your data in the cloud and keep in it sync across multiple PCs and Macs and accessible from your iPhone or iPad. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our…

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08:51
Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to...

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.

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08:28
News: Beats introduces Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre has announced the first new product in its lineup since the company was acquired by Apple last spring. The Solo2 Wireless ($300) on-ear headphones add wireless Bluetooth capabilities to the popular Solo2 headphones. It's noted that the new Wireless headphones offer the same sound and design as the original Solo2. Users can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the side. The…

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08:22
AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality...

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.The Mac Observer Spin: On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday November 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:47
Power User Secret Tips: Invert Colors Instantly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:07
News: Nautilus announces HealthKit integration

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

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

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

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

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

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08:49
The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

President Obama made a strong statement in favor of Net Neutrality yesterday, and Senator Ted Cruz called out the push for regulation as "Obamacare for the Internet." Seems the Senator needs some schooling on what a free and open Internet really is, and why it's so important. The Oatmeal offers up one of the best explanations supporting Net Neutrality I've seen, and it's totally worth checking out. Thank you, The Oatmeal.

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08:00
OS X Yosemite: Viewing All Images in a Conversation

Apple's Messages app in OS X Yosemite borrowed a little from its iPhone and iPad cousins, so now you can do more in your conversations, like view all of the images and attachments you sent and received in a chat. Read on to see where Messages tucks away that view, and more.

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07:00
Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

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06:44
Daily Deal: Get the New Age Smartphone Photo Kit for...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a collection of five lenses for your iPhone for only $69 – that’s a savings of 65% off the normal price. The bundle includes an 8x telephoto lens, 60x microscope lens with special case, fisheye lens, macro/wide angle lens, and a 2x telephoto lens as well as a tripod for use with the 8x telephoto lens and a case to keep it all together. Get The New Age Smartphone Photo Kit now for only $69...

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05:00
First Look: G-Project G-Drop Waterproof Wireless...

G-Drop ($50) is the newest wireless speaker from G-Project, which is known for inexpensive speakers with great sound. At half the price of most waterproof speakers, G-Drop is tough and IPX7-certified, capable of floating and being submerged to depths of 3 feet. The small Bluetooth speaker — which can be propped up or placed on its back for listening — contains one 2.5" driver and a passive bass radiator. G-Drop's battery is said to last for six…

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04:30
First Look: ZeroChroma Slide-Mount Combo Pack for...

Alternately billed as the Slide-Mount Combo Pack or 2-Mount Combo Pack ($30), ZeroChroma's latest accessories-for-other-accessories bundle consists of the "All-Surface Slide-Mount" and "Headrest Slide-Mount," one to attach an iPad to a wall, the latter to hang it behind an in-car headrest for rear seat viewing. All-Surface combines two tab-released adhesive strips with a reinforced microfiber and metal mount that sticks to your wall; Headrest Slide-Mount…

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Monday November 10

23:25
Full Video of Tim Cook Q&A at WSJD Live...

The Wall Street Journal made the full video (embedded below) of Apple CEO Tim Cook's question and answer session at October's WSJD Live conference. During the Q&A, Mr. Cook talked about Apple TV, the importance of the Mac to Apple, iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, too. Mr. Cook is always a fascinating interview, so check it out.

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15:36
The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera: $74.99

If you follow our daily deals, you may have gotten the impression that I love RC drones. It's because I do. They're fun. And today, we have a deal on the Micro Drone 2.0, a tony drone equipped with a camera that you can get for just $74.99 (it's usually $139.99). According to the manufacturer, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee, upside down or any angle, and its new self-righting algorithm and sensors will immediately stabilize it back to its horizontal flying position. Why would you do such a thing? Because you can. Duh. There's a video on the deal site. Check it out.

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15:31
Power User Secret Tips: Instantly Share Screenshots...

Kelly went to MacTech Conference last week and got to ask a lot of people about the cool tips and tricks they use in their daily workflow. Today's comes from Nathan Toups, CTO of KEY, and it deals with how to let Dropbox handle your screenshots for even faster sharing.

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15:00
Narrative Debuts World’s Smallest Wearable Camera

NEW YORK CITY - At the recent PhotoPlus Expo show, Narrative introduced Narrative Clip, touted as the worldâs smallest wearable camera. Niklas Olsson, Head of Sales, gave us an overview of the system.

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14:20
Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, GOP Attacks Plan as...

President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."

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13:45
How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From...

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly. John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.

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12:24
News: iOS camera app ProCam 2 adds “4K Ultra HD”...

ProCam 2, a $2 still and video camera app by developer Samer Azzam, has added “4K Ultra HD video recording” via a $5 in-app purchase. Following a technique debuted in September by i4software in the $1,000 app Vizzywig 4K, ProCam 2 uses a hack to splice high-resolution still images together with an audio recording to simulate 4K video recording. ProCam 2’s videos save at 3840x2160 resolution, resulting in large file sizes—over…

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11:40
News: Touch Press Releases Molecules by Theodore...

Four and a half years after Theodore Gray released the breakthrough iPad science application The Elements: A Visual Exploration, developer Touch Press has published Molecules by Theodore Gray ($14), billed as an “extraordinary sequel.” While The Elements was neatly organized using a fully animated version of the Periodic Table, Molecules is closer to a 14-chapter book in design, yet preserves the incredible rotating and interactive 3-D…

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10:32
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.

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10:12
News: Target announces unprecedented Black Friday...

Black Friday deals reported by 9to5Mac show that Target will be offering some unprecedented pricing on new Apple products later this month. This year’s holiday deals include an iPhone 6 for $179.99 with a $30 gift card included, 16GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi for $499 with a $140 Target Gift Card, a 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi model for $249 with an $80 Target Gift Card, and a buy one get 30% off iTunes gift card discount. Some items are even available to order…

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10:06
News: Security researcher IDs new app-spoofing iOS...

Security research firm FireEye has identified a vulnerability that can allow iOS apps to be replaced by malware versions. Dubbed the “Masque Attack,” the vulnerability uses an existing app’s App Store ID, signed with an enterprise provisioning certificate, to replace the good app with a rogue version. The report explains that although iOS requires that all third-party applications be signed by a valid provisioning certificate, it…

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09:57
First Look: iDevices iShower2 Bluetooth Water-...

Two years after we reviewed iDevices' iShower, the company famous for Bluetooth thermometers has returned with an improved sequel called iShower2 ($100), which adds speakerphone functionality and improved battery life. Highly similar to the original in design -- a white rounded rectangle with track, volume, power, and pairing controls on the face -- iShower2 dual-maps call answering and ending buttons onto the track backwards and forwards buttons,…

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