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Tuesday January 27

12:06
Apple adds 11 new Flyover locations to Maps

Apple today added new additions to Flyover, the feature offering high resolution 3D imagery of select locales in its Maps app. The 11 new locations include cities from around the globe in places such as Puerto Rico, Texas, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England, France, and Denmark.
A full list of new cities below:
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Amarillo, TX
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Beziers, France
Brno, Czech Republic
Cittadella, Italy
Clermont, France
Hamburg, Germany
Helsingborg, Sweden
Liverpool, England
Odense, Denmark
The 12 new cities added this week follow 9 new locations across the EU and U.S. that Apple added last month. Locations added in December included cities in France, Sweden, New Zealand, Wyoming, Arizona, and Arkansas....

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11:41
Briefly: Apple TV gains 120 Sports channel, Twitter...

Apple on Thursday added yet another sports channel to the ever-expanding Apple TV content lineup, while Twitter updated its iOS app with a new feature that allows for direct messages to be sent to groups.

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11:35
Misfit Flash fitness tracker adding remote controls...

Misfit, maker of the Flash and Shine wearable fitness trackers, today announced a collection of partnerships that will extend Flash’s functionality to include limited remote control of certain apps and home automation accessories. According to Misfit, Flash — a coin-shaped accessory with an integrated accelerometer, button and small lights — will be able to work as a wireless on/off switch in the following situations:

  • Start and stop a Spotify playlist.
  • Wake up to an ideal temperature using Flash’s sleep tracker and smart alarm with the Nest Learning Thermostat.
  • Connect to over 160 products and services via IFTTT, using a double press and other triggers to turn devices on and off, send stored messages, and send fitness information to an archive.
  • Use certain Logitech Harmony systems to activate commands such as “Watch a Movie,” “Play Games,” and “Listen to Music.”...
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11:33
Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 Security Vulnerabilities

Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn't yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes some 16 security bugs, including several that could allow the bad guys to take over your device.


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11:26
Time to update: Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 are...

Apple pushed out OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 on Tuesday to fix a few annoying bugs on Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
For Yosemite users, 10.10.2 might finally fix the sluggish Wi-Fi issues that 10.10.1 also promised to fix, but didn’t. Updating to 10.10.2 will also improve iCloud Drive and VoiceOver, and keep Spotlight from grabbing remote email content in search when you specifically told it not to.
The funniest fix for iOS 8: “Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update.” If you were waiting to upgrade from 7 to 8 because your phone didn’t have enough space, now may finally be the time to get on board.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:25
Apple Inc's once slower Q2 now getting a boost...

Over the last fifteen years, brisk sales of iPods and then iPhones once predictably surged in a winter quarter Christmas wave that then ebbed during the March quarter. Since 2011, however, China has emerged as a counterbalance with its own massive holiday season: Lunar New Year.

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11:20
Apple Rolls Out OS X 10.10.2 Update with WiFi Fixes...

Along with iOS 8.1.3, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on Tuesday. The update for the Mac operating system fixed a WiFi connection issue that was plaguing many users, and added support for browsing iCloud Drive content in your Time Machine backups.


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11:18
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.3

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.3 to the public, another relatively minor maintenance release that notes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements. The update also addresses problems some users have had signing into Messages and FaceTime, issues with Spotlight sometimes not displaying app results, and multitasking gesture fix for iPad users. The amount of free storage space required to perform an update has also been reduced,…

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11:04
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, Reduces Storage Required...

Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. The update also includes various bug fixes.


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11:00
How Touch ID thwarted Motorola's plans to...

Apple's 2012 acquisition of the fingerprint technology firm AuthenTec reportedly thwarted Motorola's plans to incorporate fingerprint recognition into the Nexus 6. The news comes straight from former Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside who explaine...

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10:44
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-27: Samsung Copies...

Samsung is flexing its innovation muscles again, this time going after Apple Pay with Samsung Pay. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Samsung's innovation track record, and whether or not they think Samsung Pay will be able to compete with Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They also talk about Google's decision to end support for the Dropcam Echo, and Kelly sings happy birthday to the iPad.


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10:11
Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with a pile of security...

Apple has just released the final build of OS X 10.10.2, the second major update for OS X Yosemite since its release. Version 10.10.1, published just a month after Yosemite's release, focused mostly on quick fixes for the new OS' most noticeable problems. Apple has been issuing betas for 10.10.2 since November, though, and a longer testing period usually implies that there are more extensive fixes.
First up, the new release is supposed to fix more of the Wi-Fi problems that some users have been experiencing since Yosemite's launch. 10.10.1 also included Wi-Fi fixes, though it apparently didn't resolve the problems for all. The new update will also address "an issue that may cause webpages to load slowly" and improve general stability in Safari, all of which should go a long way toward improving Yosemite's network and Internet performance.
Several privacy and security problems that we've reported on have been resolved in 10.10.2, as well....

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10:10
Apple's OS X 10.10.2 update fixes Wi-Fi...

Apple on Tuesday pushed OS X Yosemite version 10.10.2 to users, bringing with it changes that address potential security issues, Wi-Fi connection problems, and improvements to iCloud Drive and the Bluetooth audio stack.

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10:06
∞ iOS 8.1.3 available

A new iOS update is available for download. Apple lists five bugs that have been fixed, including reducing the amount of storage needed to do an update. iOS 8.1.3 is a 247MB download that you can get by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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10:05
iOS 8.1.3 released, reduces the space you need to...


Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, the third patch for iOS 8.1 and the sixth update to iOS 8 since its release.
The most significant problem addressed by the new update is that it reduces the amount of free space that you need to install software updates, a problem that has proven especially irritating for owners of 8GB and 16GB iDevices. Currently, users who are using most of their storage either need to delete stuff or connect their phones to iTunes to perform updates, a throwback to pre-iOS 5 releases of the operating system.
The update squashes a few other bugs, too: it fixes problems keeping some users from entering their passwords for Messages and FaceTime, it fixes a problem where Spotlight would stop showing locally installed apps among its search results (this is one we've run into), and it fixes multitasking gestures for iPad users. Finally, 8.1.3 adds a few configuration options to limit iDevices' functionality during standardized...

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10:05
Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 reducing storage required...

Apple on Tuesday issued an update for its iOS mobile operating system, addressing complaints about how much storage was required to install new software, and also fixing a number of bugs related to FaceTime, iMessages, Spotlight, and iPad multitasking gestures.

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10:01
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with WiFi fixes...


In line with our report from earlier this week, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 via the Mac App Store. The update brings the changes that we detailed in our previous report:

  • Resolves an issue that may cause WiFi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • ...
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09:59
Canalys says Apple sold more smartphones in China...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have propelled the company to the top of the smartphone sales charts in China, a report published Wednesday suggests, knocking off former top dog Samsung and besting every domestic Chinese firm in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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09:54
Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 software update w/...

Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today. The update is available over-the-air through the Software Update section of the Settings app. The update includes the usual bug fixes and performances improvements, and notably claims to reduce the amount of free storage required to perform the update.
Apple first released iOS 8 in September near the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8.1 added support for Apple Pay in late October. Since then Apple released iOS 8...

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09:54
Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 8.1.3 (Build 12B466) for:

  • Apple TV 3 (AppleTV3,1)
  • Apple TV 3 (2013) (AppleTV3,2)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4)
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5)
  • iPad mini (GSM) (iPad2,6)
  • iPad mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1)
  • iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,2)
  • iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,3)
  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (...

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09:45
Review: Odoyo Power+Shell EX Rechargeable Battery...

Odoyo's Power+Shell EX Rechargeable Battery Case ($100) has returned for iPhone 6. The two-piece plastic case — comprised of the battery sled and clip-on bumper that covers the side of the phone — also includes a kickstand on the back. Button coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls is provided via the bumper, and sound from the speakers is ported out through the front of the case. An LED ring now shows how much life remains on the 3000 mAh battery: a green light indicates a remaining charge of 66-100 percent, a blue light means 33-66 percent, and a red light indicates 0-33 percent charge left. A button within the ring turns the power on and off and is used to check the battery life. The case comes with a micro-USB cable for charging — and syncing — and a headphone port extension cable.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:38
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3, and Apple TV...

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms to fix outstanding bugs and security issues. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:43
Earnings preview: Wall Street awaits record...

With just a few hours to go before Apple reports the results of its first fiscal quarter of 2015, Wall Street is hyped for what it expects will be a blockbuster, all-time record for the iPhone maker.

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08:31
OS X 10.10.2 update to resolve ongoing Thunderbolt...


If you were looking forward to the next heft Yosemite update, there’s something else to look forward to that will finally secure a vulnerability on the Thunderbolt port.
Per AppleInsider and iMore, a Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple’s forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.
The so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit was publicized late last year, but the hack takes advantage of a flaw in the Thunderbolt Option ROM first disclosed in 2012. Until now, that flaw hasn’t been patched, but according to iMore, the latest beta of Apple’s OS X 10...

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08:26
Twitter launches two much-needed new tools for video...

Twitter spent the last several months experimenting with your timeline. The network created an event feed around the World Cup, started showing content from people you don’t follow when you pull to refresh, and now shows you important tweets you missed at the top of your stream. But Twitter has been lagging behind when it comes to building brand new tools for you to use. That changes now.The network is finally rolling out group direct messaging and the ability to shoot and share videos within its iOS and Android apps after teasing both features for months.To read this article in full or to leave a...

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08:16
Best practice for mounting/unmounting Xsan volume?

Forums: TroubleshootingJust a quick opinion question. We have eight workstations connected to a single 100TB Xsan volume in a video editing environment. My question is that there is one laptop that gets moved from a workstation to the studio, both locations have SANlinks and Apple TB displays. I'm fully aware that Xsan volumes are not really intended to be used as a portable solution, but rather a permanent installation, which is how all of the other workstations are configured. However, I have one person that moves his MBPr between stations.
My question is what is the optimal way to mount and unmount the Xsan volume before moving the laptop. Obviously it cannot be unmounted in a traditional fashion, so the two procedures I'm aware of are: (1) shut down the computer, unplug, move the machine, replug, turn on, or (2) run sudo xsanctl unmount Media, move the computer,...

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08:12
Liveblog: Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call happens at...


Apple's holiday quarter is usually its biggest, and it looks like this year will be no exception. Q1 of 2015, which runs from October to December of calendar 2014, was the first full quarter of availability for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This time also saw the introduction of several new and reduced-price iPads and the Retina 5K iMac. Apple announces its results at 5pm Eastern today, and as usual Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and I will be there to report on the results and the Q&A session with Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.
Most predictions about Apple's numbers call for healthy...

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08:12
Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor,...

It could soon be more difficult to fool Genius Bar employees into servicing an iPhone or iPad under warranty after it has been carelessly dropped by the user, even without physical damage, as Apple has won a patent for embedding sensors into devices' cover glass to record strain on the part from twists and drops.

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08:07
Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel

Apple pushed out another sports-related channel to Apple TV owners on Tuesday, this time in the form of 120 Sports. The channel offers content online and through iOS apps, along with its Apple TV channel, and promises to provide content in new ways sports fans haven't experienced before.

The Mac Observer Spin: More sports on Apple TV means fewer people will feel tied to their cable TV subscription. That said, there's still a long way to go before Apple TV poses a serious threat to Comcast and Time Warner.


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08:01
Western Union adds Apple Pay support for services


Western Union’s always been useful and Apple Pay support can only make it better.
Per 9to5Mac and BusinessWire, Western Union announced today that it’s now accepting Apple Pay, Apple’s new iPhone-based NFC payment service, across all of its flagship locations in the US.
That means you can now use the contactless payment service to send money and pay bills through Western Union stores as well as kiosks in around 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.
Launched at Western Union’s flagship 1440 Broadway in New York City—with more participating Western Union Agent locations to follow—customers will be able to use their iPhone 6 to...

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07:47
Apple became top smartphone vendor in China for the...

Following reports that Apple is now selling more iPhones in China than in the US, today Canalys is out with research showing Apple for the first time lead smartphone sales in China by units shipped during the last quarter of 2014.
The incredible popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China in Q4 2014 has led Apple to take first place in the Chinese smart phone market for the first time by units shipped. This is an amazing result, given that the average selling price of Apple’s handsets is nearly double those of its nearest competitors… While Chinese smart phone vendors are quickly gaining ground internationally, Apple has turned the tables on them...

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07:46
News: Apple TV adds 120 Sports channel

Apple TV has added a new channel, 120 Sports, to its menu. Just like the existing iOS app and website, 120 Sports provides free sports videos without any required subscription, concentrating on highlights, interviews, and discussion. So far, the new channel has a small number of available videos about recent sports news....

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07:31
News: Report: Bank verification methods leave Apple...

Verification methods used by many banks and credit card providers are leaving Apple Pay open to potential fraud, according to a new report by Drop Labs. While Apple Pay remains secure at a technical level – there have been no incidents of stolen iPhones being used for unauthorized purchases, or Touch ID or NFC being compromised — criminals are resorting to much lower tech methods of identify theft and social engineering to steal credit card information…

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07:09
Apple TV refreshed with ‘120 Sports’ channel

Apple TV users will notice a channel refresh today adding ‘120 SPORTS’ to the lineup. The update follows the addition of the official Cricket Australia channel and The Tennis Channel earlier this month further adding to the sports content offered on the Apple TV set-top box.
120 Sports, backed in part by Sports Illustrated, describes itself as “a first-of-its-kind network partnership involving multiple leagues and media properties created for the digital generation and the devices it uses most. In 120 Sports, today’s fans will have access to unauthenticated video programming through a new platform...

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06:54
Mac: Maclocks The Blade

While MacBooks used to come with slots for security locking cables as a standard feature, Apple’s move toward producing ultra-thin MacBook Air and Retina Pro models has eliminated the ability to include this locking feature – there’s simply no room for it anymore. So, what to do if you’re concerned about securing your $1,000+ laptop at your workspace? Enter The Blade ($45) from Maclocks.com, a company that has long specialized in physical security solutions for Macs. This latest universal bracket lock allows you to secure any sized MacBook while still providing a reasonably elegant and low-profile design.

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06:47
Samsung to Take On Apple Pay with Cleverly Named...

Samsung put on its innovation cap and came up with a plan to take on Apple's Apple Pay mobile payment platform with its own Samsung Pay. The creatively named service will reportedly debut during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the beginning of March.

The Mac Observer Spin: What are the odds Samsung will say Samsung Pay came to them while looking at a bowl of water, and that they aren't copying Apple at all?


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06:41
Twitter rolling out group direct messages and native...

Twitter announced last November that it had a number of new features on its roadmap for this year, and today the social network says two of those features are starting to roll out to users. Starting this week Twitter will start allowing users to capture and share videos right from the camera in the mobile app, and direct messages will soon support group chatting for the first time. Here’s how the new video and group direct message features work:
Direct messages are of course private messages to other users on Twitter as opposed to public tweets that anyone can see, and before now, these could only been sent between two...

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06:30
Roundup: The best ways to stave off cabin fever with...

We all know what it's like to be stuck indoors thanks to inclement weather. Fortunately, the bevy of electronic devices that most of us now carry are capable of providing nearly endless entertainment if stocked properly (and the power holds out). AppleInsider took a look at some of the best games and apps for passing the time.

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06:28
News: Daily Deal: Set the mood from your phone with...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up the cool, color-changing and dimple Revogi Bluetooth Smart Lightbulb for only $34.99 – 30% off the regular price. Allowing you to change the mood of any room with just a few taps on your iPhone, the Revogi bulb gives you complete control over the color and brightness of your lights, and even allows you o set smart timers. You can choose from over 16 million color options, as well as enjoying pre-set…

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06:21
Western Union announces Apple Pay support for money...

Western Union announced today that it’s now accepting Apple Pay, Apple’s new iPhone-based NFC payment service, across all of its flagship locations in the US.
That means you can now use the contactless payment service to send money and pay bills through Western Union stores as well as kiosks in around 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores.
Launched at Western Union’s flagship 1440 Broadway in New York City—with more participating Western Union Agent locations to follow—customers will be able to use their iPhone 6 to fund a Western Union Money Transfer® transaction or bill payment.
Apple has been steadily rolling out Apple Pay to more cards in the US with the latest additions...

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06:07
Western Union now accepting Apple Pay for sending...

Thousands of Western Union locations will begin accepting Apple Pay, the company announced on Tuesday, providing customers a way to transfer money and pay bills with their iPhone.

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05:50
Apple Pay is secure, but weak ID checks by partner...

While Apple Pay is the gold standard for safe card transactions, some partner banks are leaving customers vulnerable to fraud via identity theft thanks to weak checks when cards are added to Apple Pay, according to mobile commerce consultants Drop Labs. Some partner banks are consequently seeing fraud rates six times higher than with physical cards.
For consumers, Apple Pay is extremely safe, thanks to the use of Touch ID fingerprint verification and single-use code transmission rather than sharing full card details. Drop Labs claims that the weak link in the chain is what happens when cards are added to Apple Pay … 
When you add a card to...

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05:50
Angela Ahrendts recruiting U.S. employees for China

9to5mac:In video messages to employees in recent days and weeks, Ahrendts has been recruiting employees from United States-based Apple Retail stores to relocate to China to help build up Apple’s retail efforts in the region.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Yosemite/iOS 8: Muting Messages Conversations

What Melissa Holt's discussing today is how to mute text conversations under both Yosemite and iOS 8. So, you know, when your Aunt Zelda texts for the bajillionth time about your family reunion, you can at least come a little bit closer to ignoring her. Some darned peace and quiet just may be offered in this Quick Tip.


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05:37
Review of Sling TV, a small, first step on an...

Jon Healey, reporting for the LA Times, takes Dish Network’s new Sling TV service for a spin.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:27
∞ Free on iTunes

Apple recently shelved their free “Single of the Week” on iTunes, but it has been replaced by a new “Free on iTunes” link on the iTunes Store home page.

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05:00
Wikileaks Steamed Over Google's Lengthy Silence...


Google may have contributed to violating the First Amendment rights of three journalists working for WikiLeaks two and a half years ago, when it turned over to the FBI all their email, subscriber information and metadata. Google informed the journalists about its actions last month. "We are astonished and disturbed that Google waited over two and a half years to notify its subscribers that a search warrant was issued for their records," wrote attorneys representing the three in a joint letter to Google.

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04:42
Apple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce despite...

Update: Foxconn has denied the Reuters report, stating that the claim is “completely inaccurate and totally without foundation.” The company told us that increased automation will result in reduced recruitment, but that there are no plans to reduce its workforce “now or anytime in the future.”
Foxconn, the lead assembler for iPhones, is planning to cut its workforce despite widespread expectations that Apple will today announce record sales of its smartphones, reports Reuters. It’s likely that the proposed reduction in staffing relates to Foxconn’s work for other manufacturers, who account for around 60% of the company’s revenues. Also, Apple sells a lot more stuff during the run up to the...

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04:41
Think Retro: Who else kinda misses their Zip disks?

These days, of course, the idea that 100MB is “a lot of data” is pretty preposterous. Shoot H.264 video at 1080p and 60fps for four seconds, such as on an iPhone 6, and you’ve generated a hundred megs of data.
A little over 20 years ago, however, when Iomega introduced the original 100MB Zip disk, that was staggeringly huge for a removable disk. The wildly more common 3.5-inch floppies held 1.4MB. For context, the entry-level PowerBook 150, introduced in the same year, had a 120MB hard disk, and the base configurations of even 1994’s server Macs came with hard disks that were only five times the capacity of the Zip disk.
The humble Zip disk, then, was a kind of de facto successor to the ubiquitous high-density 3.5-inch floppy. You had to buy a special drive to mount it in, because although they had about the same footprint as a regular floppy disk, they were much thicker. In fact, Zip disks had a lovely chunky, seemingly hugely robust quality compared to normal...

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04:14
Anticipated iPhone numbers would see Apple...

If Apple does indeed report iPhone sales in line with analyst expectations of 66.5M units, the company could be closing in on the market share lead Samsung has held in the smartphone market since 2011, reports the WSJ.
Research company Canalys notes that Apple’s anticipated growth in iPhone sales coincides with a dramatic drop in sales of Samsung smartphones.

Samsung’s share has been falling, hurt by lackluster sales of its flagship models and the rise of homegrown brands in fast-growing emerging markets. In the third quarter, Samsung shipped about 78 million smartphones, about 25% share of the global market, down from 34% a year earlier, Canalys said.

While that still leaves...

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03:30
The best weather apps for iPhone and iPad

Of all the different kinds of apps that I regularly use on my iPhone, I probably spend the least amount of time with weather ones. That’s not to say I don’t like them, quite the contrary: I’ve downloaded so many of them over the years, I could probably go a year without needing to open the same one twice. But no matter which one I’m using, my time with it is relatively brief—I check the temperature, maybe scan the forecast, and close.
Therein lies the beauty of a great weather app. Unlike note-takers or Twitter clients, weather apps aren’t designed to be used for any substantial length of time. Unless you’re obsessed with all things meteorological or happen to enjoy poring over a month’s worth of barometric readings, the data is actually secondary to the experience. More than any other category in the App Store, there’s quite a bit of overlap among weather apps, but while they all pretty much do the same thing, the interfaces and experiences vary widely....

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00:34
Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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Monday January 26

21:23
iFixit gives you thousands of repair manuals in your...

TUAW:The free iFixit app is a handy little app that gives your Do-It-Yourself repairs a big boost. This app comes from the teardown experts at iFixit, who delight in exploring the inner secrets of your favorite tech (or not-so-techie) hardware. The iFixit app helps you repair just about anything from toilets to garage door openers, cameras, cars, and of course, PCs and Macs.As dumb as some of their whining about “repairability” is, their repair and upgrade guides are second to none.∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:18
1Password apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad receive...

iMore:Password manager 1Password has been updated, for the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad. The iOS update focuses on making 1Password more powerful with tools like a new login creator and one-time passwords, while 1Password for Mac receives a lot of important updates to syncing, as well as other additions.My favourite password manager keeps getting better.∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:53
Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's...

It appears that eBay is stocking up on talent in preparation of an inevitable separation from PayPal, the latest hire being Bora Chung, a payments expert who served as Apple's worldwide payments for the Online Apple Store since 2010.

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17:40
Older Dropcam Models Going Dark April 15, Google’s...

Dropcam, owned by Nest, owned by Google, is retiring older models as of April 15. If you have one don't worry, it can be replaced with the current Dropcam HD according to the company.


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17:00
Daily Deals for January 26, 2015, Best Deals Of 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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16:18
Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing...

A week after Apple used a work of calligraphy to promote its latest Chinese Apple Store in Hangzhou, the company is again turning to art to tout a soon to open outlet, this time wrapping a mural around the new Chongqing location's iconic glass cylinder entryway.

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16:14
Apple Earnings Report and Conference Call Tuesday

Snow is engulfing large portions of the U.S., but Wall Street waits for no man or woman, especially when they're based in California. Accordingly, Apple will announce earnings Tuesday after the markets close at 4:00 PM EST. Apple usually publishes earnings at 4:30 PM, and the company will host its quarterly call with analysts at 5:00 PM.


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15:53
Debian Forked: All for Devuan and Devuan for All?


A group of developers made good on their threats to fork Debian Linux late last year, after the community's leadership voted to replace sysvinit with systemd, making systemd the default init boot process. The Debian Technical Committee's decision spurred several key Debian developers and project maintainers to resign. Some of them formed a new community dedicated to developing a forked Debian Linux distro called "Devuan," pronounced "DevOne." The split is largely philosophical.

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15:39
Apple Video Shows Another Beautiful Mural for...

A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural. The project was a joint project by an American photographer and a Chinese artist. The video is in Chinese and English, but the subtitles are Chinese only. Apple hasn't yet posted it to YouTube, but we'll update this article with the embedded video when it's up. [Via 9to5Mac]


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15:16
1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade...

The iDrive Wi-Fi is neat, and we have a deal on the 1TB version. It's a wireless drive with built-in WiFi, but it also has USB 3.0 for connected backups. It supports selective backups, and it can handle backups from Mac and Windows PC out of the box. Using the iDrive app, you can also backup photos, contacts, and calendars from iOS and Android devices. Oh, and it has 256-bit military grade encryption to protect your data. Lastly, it comes with one year of 10TB of online backup from iDrive. All that for $97.


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15:15
Pandora for iPhone redesigned, adds mini-player and...


 
The Pandora iPhone and iPod touch app today received a thorough redesign that is slightly more starker and in line with the iOS 7/iOS 8 design style. The update formats the app for iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus’s higher-resolution display and adds various new mini-player and notifications features:
• With the new Personalization Icon, the Thumb History for your favorite stations is at your fingertips.
• Accidentally thumbed a song up or down – now you can un-thumb simply by re-tapping the Thumb Icon.
• We’ve included a new Mini-Player so you can control your music while you browse your track history.
• Stay in the loop when new music is added to your favorite stations and much more with our redesigned Notification & Activity Feed.
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15:09
Apple commissions another artistic mural for...

Last week Apple posted a video showing how the calligraphy mural painted at one of its upcoming Chinese retail outlets was created just days before that store opened to the public.
Today the company has posted a new video of a second mural, this time at its new Chongqing location. The store features a unique cylindrical entrance, and Apple commissioned two artists—a China-based painter and US-based photographer—to...

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14:39
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14:28
New York Times Offers Free Storm Coverage

Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering free access to storm coverage in its mobile apps. Access to NYT Now for example is usually US$2/week. I hope it doesn't need saying but remember if you're in the path of this storm there's no photo worth endangering yourself for, so please be careful (and warm) out there.


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14:16
Analysts highlight extremely strong iPhone sales in...


The Chinese marketplace apparently loves the iPhone 6.
Per MacRumors and Financial Times, according to analysts from financial firm UBS, China accounted for 36 percent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared to 24 percent for the U.S. The analysts also compared the numbers to 2013, noting that a year before China accounted for only 22 percent of shipments with the U.S. at 29 percent.
Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin concurs with the UBS report,...

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14:16
Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new...

Apple added a few new features to Photos beta in a recent update to its iCloud.com hub, bringing manual image zoom controls and email sharing capabilities to the iOS-connected Web app.

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13:45
Review: Patriot Memory Fuel iON Magnetic Charging...

Patriot Memory's Fuel iON Magnetic Charging Case ($80) for iPhone 6 comes with a charging pad for wireless magnetic charging. Unlike a few other magnetic charging cases we've seen in the past, Fuel iON is not a battery case. It simply uses the magnetic connection on the back of the case to link to the pad for easier charging. Fuel iON isn't a very protective case — it lacks button coverage, has two other gaps near the bottom of the case for phone removal, and only the top and bottom of the case feature a slight lip that would offer any screen protection. The appeal for the case comes from its affordable, easy charging system. In addition to the case and charging pad, Fuel iON's package comes with a headphone port extension and a micro-USB cable for supplying power to the charging pad.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:48
Apple will shut down original TestFlight beta...

After acquiring TestFlight developer Burstly in 2014 and releasing an official Apple-approved TestFlight app shortly after, Apple is now shuttering TestFlight’s original mobile Web-based testing platform in February. Developers will have a couple of weeks to prepare for the switch, and testers will have to download the TestFlight app to continue trying out apps.
On Monday, the TestFlight team published an article announcing the upcoming change and also sent out an email to users still registered with the legacy site. TestFlightapp.com will shut down on February 26.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:34
Apple Pay makes the cut for PGA Tour in MasterCard...

Starting this weekend at the Waste Management Open, Apple Pay contactless payments on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for select food and beverage concessions purchases at the PGA Tour.

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12:22
1Password updates for Mac and iOS make password...

Days after LastPass rolled out a native Mac app, popular rival 1Password has major updates for its own iOS and Mac apps. If you’re not already securing your passwords with a manager like 1Password, these updates make the process easier and more appealing.
Version 5.2 for iOS has a brand-new Login Creator for adding accounts and creating tough-to-crack passwords for hundreds of sites. In a Monday blog post, 1Password called the new feature “fun”—or as fun as managing your passwords can be. The new feature is free for both pro and regular users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:12
Houston police arrest thieves, use selfie photos...


There’s a smart way to commit crime.
Those people generally don’t get caught for a while.
Then there’s the tactic these idiots pulled, which gets you caught posthaste.
Per The Smoking Gun, police have arrested two dopey Texas thieves who stole an iPad and then used the device to take celebratory “selfie” photos that were automatically uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account.

Dorian Walker-Gaines, 20, and Dillian Thompson, 22, were busted last night and booked into a Houston jail on felony theft charges. Walker-Gaines is being held on US$10,000 bond, while Thompson is locked up in lieu of US$5,000 bond.
According to a criminal complaint, Walker-Gaines confessed that he and Thompson stole the iPad, US$5,000 in cash, a laptop, and other items from a...

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12:02
ExtraBITS for 26 January 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, you’ll find out how to watch the Super Bowl for free, see how iOS has evolved over the years, learn why you should upgrade from Leopard if you use Dropbox, discover why you should avoid MacKeeper, and read about which hard drives are the most reliable. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:02
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 26...

Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.7.2 and Logic Pro X 10.1. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:00
iFilebox is a nice improvement on Apple's notes...

iFilebox (US$0.99) is a well thought-out addition to your iOS bag of tricks. It lets you create folders, and write notes so you can get organized, and is a nice alternative to Apple's own Notes app.

The app supports passwords on folders, keeping the...

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11:58
Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands...


Apple has notified Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses users that the service has expanded beyond the United States into the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore. As we detailed in October of last year, Apple Maps Connect is a web-based tool for businesses to either add or edit their listings to the Apple Maps database. The site is also used to bolster Apple’s indoor mapping data for future iOS Maps features. Thanks, Matt!
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11:39
Apple may be censoring iCloud email, “filter” cited


This seems a bit unsavory.
Per a lengthy post over on Reddit, a user under the handle of “Unagi33″ has given a detailed description as to how Apple may be censoring their iCloud email. The story goes through the user’s transition from Gmail to iCloud-based email, initial problems the user experienced and a description as to how the user, who’s studying for the bar exam, sometimes needed to include porn site addresses in emails to friends as a means of offering advice. The iCloud mail, for its part, apparently censored and/or deleted the emails linking to adult content, which is interesting on a lot of levels.
Here you go.

Story time : I have always used Gmail. I started using it when you still needed an invite. But since I started using Apple hardware more...

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10:58
Ask iLounge: Can I share in-app subscriptions among...

Q: Our family shares an iTunes Store account, and each of us has our own iCloud account. In the past, this setup has allowed us to buy an app once for the family. Similarly, in-app purchases are available to all family members, usually through a “restore purchases” feature within the app. Today I bought an in-app purchase to remove ads from Weatherbug. The app does not have a “Restore Purchases” feature to use on other family…

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10:35
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-26: Apple Fashion...

Apple has already hired several people from the fashion industry, and doesn't seem to be slowing down. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's most recent hire, Burberry's Chester Chipperfield, and they take a look at how the company blocked Google from including a fingerprint sensor in the Nexus 6 smartphone.


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10:34
OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware...

A Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

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10:33
Why Apple should go into the mobile network business

One of the things that has certainly helped Apple be successful is making both the hardware and the software that runs its devices. Because of this, issues of compatibility have always been less problematic on Macs than they have on PCs.
But when 2007 rolled around, and Apple introduced the iPhone, Apple no longer controlled the users’ end-to-and experience. Using this device depended on not just hardware and software, but also a mobile phone network. Sure, using a Mac on the Internet has also depended on ISPs (Internet service providers), but Internet access contracts are simpler, and easier to understand, and generally don’t have coverage issues or data caps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:08
Stanford’s first Swift programming course now...

Today Stanford is releasing its first course on Apple’s new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X and it’s available to all through iTunes U.
The course, Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift, is offered every year by professor Paul Hegarty through Stanford’s School of Engineering but now for the first time has been updated for iOS 8 and Swift. The course includes an Introduction to iOS, Xcode 6, and Swift, More Xcode and Swift, Using MVC in iOS, Swift and Foundation, and more.
Updated for iOS 8 and Swift. Tools and APIs required to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platforms using the iOS SDK. User interface design for mobile devices and unique user interactions using multi-touch technologies. Object-oriented design using model-view-controller paradigm, memory management, Swift...

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09:38
Apple brings back free music with new iTunes...

Apple killed its long-running “Single of the Week” promotion earlier this month, disappointing iTunes customers and musicians alike. After 11 years of complimentary songs, which offered exposure to countless new artists, the free ride was over—or so it seemed.But Apple on Monday launched a new “Free on iTunes” section chock full of songs and full-length TV episodes. Instead of one free song, there are 16 of them, from upcoming artists like Rogue Wave, Purity Ring, and Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. There’s even a freebie from Guster.There are 24 TV episodes to choose from, including picks from new shows like Backstrom and 12 Monkeys. There are a slew of reality shows, like Rev Run’s Renovation and Ace of Cakes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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09:30
∞ On the public nature of your personal iPhone...

Apple makes your contact info available via Siri, even on a locked screen.

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09:25
MasterCard brings Apple Pay to the PGA Tour w/ perks...

MasterCard announced today that it’s bringing Apple Pay to the PGA Tour starting with its first stop at the Waste Management Phoenix Open kicking off this week.
MasterCard will also offer attendees using Apple Pay the chance to earn rewards through its Priceless Surprise program.
Food and beverage concessions at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open near the16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will be contactless enabled through a partnership with Prom Management Group, which provides catering to 38 professional golf tour events,...

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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/Plus (refurb, no...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPhone 6: $498 off contract,...

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09:01
Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the...

Developers still using the old, independent TestFlight service for beta testing iOS apps now have one month to migrate to the new iTunes Connect-based offering, as the company announced on Monday that it would shutter TestFlightApp.com on Feb. 26.

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09:00
Walk Like a Man: The DARPA Robotics Challenge


The humanoid Atlas robot made by Google company Boston Dynamics has gotten an overhaul to be stronger, lighter and more independent, and to be able to function for one hour of mixed-mission operations. Designed by the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, it stands six feet two inches tall. Its weight was trimmed from 330 to 254 pounds through replacing everything but the lower legs and feet and using lighter materials -- despite including an onboard 3.7 kWh Li-Ion battery pack and a variable-pressure pump.

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08:53
Apple shutting down legacy TestFlight next month...

Apple today began informing legacy TestFlight users that the services on TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26th, 2015. Apple bought the popular software testing distribution service through its acquisition of Burstly almost a year ago, and announced plans at WWDC 2014 to roll out its own version of the service in the future. Since then, Apple has integrated TestFlight beta testing for app developers with iTunes Connect.
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08:15
Apple’s AuthenTec Purchase Blocked Fingerprint...

Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the process ensured on one else would be able to use it in their smartphones, including Google.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is a pretty shrewd company. Not only did they get the sensor tech they needed for Touch ID, but they also blocked all of their competitors from using it, too.


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08:07
Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was...

Motorola did intend to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in its Android flagship Nexus 6 smartphone, the company's then-CEO has revealed, but canceled the plan following Apple's acquisition of would-be component supplier AuthenTec.

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08:04
1Password for iOS adds one-time password tool for...


The popular secure password management app 1Password is out with a big update today adding new features on both iOS and Mac. Arriving in version 5.2 of 1Password for iOS is a new login creator tool, a one-time password tool for use with two factor auth, new entry fields for pro users, and more. On the Mac side, 1Password version 5.1 was released adding a number of improvements to sync. This includes the ability to sync secondary vaults to iOS over WiFi. More...

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08:02
1Password 5.2 for iOS released, offers new tools,...


A great app just got better.
Over on the Agile Blog, developer AgileBits has announced the released of 1Password 5.2 for iOS.
The new version features a new Login Creator, which creates a polished workflow for large numbers of sites and services.
For Pro feature owners, a new One-Time Password tool helps you sign into a growing number of services (like Amazon and Tumblr) that support a secondary, randomized password for extra security.

Pro owners can now also delete attachments from the item editor and add many new custom field types like addresses, dates, and month/year.
Rounding up this release are plenty of additions in the 1Password App Extension, design, sync, accessibility, and...

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07:47
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to add iCloud Drive in Time...


After existing in beta with developers for a few months, Apple is preparing to release the second update to OS X Yosemite in the coming days to customers. The OS X 10.10.2 update was seeded to Apple employees this week under the build 14C109, which is a bit newer than the most recent developer preview. Sources provided the release notes, and there are some notable feature additions and fixes…

First, the new release adds the ability for iCloud Drive to be viewed in Time Machine. This means users will be able to track changes over time, and locate lost items that were previously in their iCloud Drive accounts....

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07:42
External Link: Cord Cutters: Watch the Super Bowl...

Good news, cord cutters! NBC will allow you to watch 11 hours of content on Super Bowl Sunday for free — no paid TV subscription required. The so-called “Super Stream Sunday” will begin at noon Eastern time on 1 February 2015, and will include the Super Bowl, the halftime show, pre- and post-game coverage, and an episode of “The Blacklist.” You can watch through NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:30
AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of...

Fortune has done its usual analyst poll ahead of Apple announcing its Q1 earnings tomorrow, and Wall Street is expecting the company to significantly out-perform its earnings guidance of $63.5 to $66.5B.

The consensus among the analysts Fortune polled — 20 professionals and 15 amateurs — is that Apple’s total sales for fiscal Q1 2015 will come in at about $68.3 billion, up 21% year over year.

That would be $1.8B above the upper end of the expectations Apple set back in October … 
Apple also said then that it expected its gross margin to come in between 37.5% and 38....

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07:24
Investors should worry less about Apple product...

While most investors are focused on Apple's annual product cycles and growth, Piper Jaffray sees a new category of shareholders emerging, focused on the power of the platform and a loyal customer base.

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07:24
Angela Ahrendts recruiting U.S. employees for China...


Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts is continuing to go all in on growth in China. In video messages to employees in recent days and weeks, Ahrendts has been recruiting employees from United States-based Apple Retail stores to relocate to China to help build up Apple’s retail efforts in the region. In a note to employees late last week, sources say that Ahrendts reported that approximately 200 Apple retail workers from the U.S. have already offered to make the move. Ahrendts added that the offer to move to China “has no expiration date because as the business grows, our needs will only become greater, so as your personal and professional life changes, just always keep China at the top of your mind, because we’re going to need you…”
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