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Thursday November 20

12:02
Satechi releases 10-port USB 3.0 hub

Satechi has released the US$59.99, 10-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub for Mac OS X and Windows systems.

The hub features seven SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect devices and transfer data to a computer as well as three additional charging ports to provide power to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The additional ports on the hub include one 5V 2.1A port and two 5V 1A ports for charging tablets and smartphones efficiently.

The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub boasts a slim, strip-shape design.

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12:00
Stringer is an interesting way to make a playlist

Stringer for iPhone (free with in-app purchase) is an interesting way to shuffle music music on your iPhone. The app solves what was a problem for me, namely the desire to easily update a custom playlist on the fly. Its UI is quite unique in that it...

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11:54
Battle Fleet 2 launches on Steam for Mac OS X,...

Capital j Media says Battle Fleet 2 for Mac OS X and Windows is now available for purchase on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/p8cwrnr) with a 15% discount to celebrate the launch. You can buy it for US$8.49 for a limited time.

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11:51
Dropcaps in CSS

Like most things on the Web, Dropcaps have been done poorly over the years, but perhaps a new CSS property will help.

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11:43
Apple’s San Francisco Typeface

But for type lovers, WatchKit contained a nice little surprise: a folder containing 23 different variations of the Apple Watch system font, the first one Apple has designed in-house in almost 20 years. Even better, that typeface finally has a name: San Francisco.

I really like the typeface.

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11:40
Hands On: Splot (iOS)

While more commonly known for its full-scale action-puzzler series Trine, Frozenbyte recently made its first foray into the mobile game space with the release of Splot ($2). A charming platformer designed to played in short, sporadic bursts, Splot carries a fairly simple story, which is presented at the beginning as a short series of comic panels. ...



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11:30
Three new Final Fantasy games coming to iOS, and...

Square Enix will be making RPG fans very happy in 2015 with three new Final Fantasy apps for iOS, Famitsu reports. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Final Fantasy Legends: Crystal of Time, and a Final Fantasy Portal App are all headed to Apple's mobile...

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11:22
Snow buries area in upstate New York

Boston Globe:

More than 6 feet of lake-effect snow was dumped in the Buffalo, N.Y., area over the last few days with reports of more on the way. Storms closed a 100-mile plus section of the New York State Thruway, and the US National Guard has been called in to help dig out.

Some amazing photos included in this story. Being from Canada, I’ve experienced these kinds of snow falls when I was a kid – it was a lot of fun then but as an adult, I’m glad I don’t live somewhere I’d have to deal with this on a regular basis.

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11:17
SuperDuper! 2.7.3 - Advanced disk cloning/recovery...

SuperDuper! is an advanced, yet easy to use disk copying program. It can, of course, make a straight copy, or "clone" -- useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do a simple backup. In moments, you can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive, partition, or image file.

Clones for safety. To ensure you can safely roll back a system after the unexpected occurs. With a few clicks, you can easily "checkpoint" your system, preserving your computer's critical applications and files while you run on a working, bootable copy. If anything goes wrong, just reboot to the original. When you do, your current Documents, Music, Pictures -- even iSync data -- are available! You can get back to work immediately.

Clones for industry! SuperDuper has enough features to satisfy the advanced user, too. Its simple-but-powerful Copy Script feature allows complete control of exactly what files get copied,...

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11:11
Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free...

New submitter lazarus (2879) writes Apple is falling in line with the European Commission's request that app sellers do more to stop inadvertent in-app purchases. Following Google's lead, Cupertino has removed all instances of the word "free" within its iOS and Mac app stores (with the exception of its own apps, like iMovie), and replaced them with the term "Get." The new label clarifies what users can expect when downloading an app. Apps previously labeled as "Free" will now have a "Get" label. If those apps include in-app purchases, a small gray "In-App Purchase" label will appear below the "Get" button.

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11:10
Help shape the Microsoft Ignite event

When we announced Microsoft Ignite last month, we told you it will bring together the best of our past events for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project—and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for.

Now we are asking for your feedback so we can deliver on that promise. What do you want to see at Microsoft Ignite? Help us provide you with better content by taking this quick online anonymous survey on the sessions you want to see; Call for Topics.

We’re holding a series of TweetJams on Twitter so we can hear more about what you want to see at the event. Join us at one of the times below.

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Monday, November 24th 9 a.m. PT
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11:03
Best Buy Offers Pre-Black Friday Deals, Discounts...

Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend.

Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air...

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11:00
A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR

Apple's new Time Lapse feature in iOS 8 has spawned several apps that want to improve on the basic time lapse capability.

That brings us to the aptly named Time Lapse with HDR app (US$1.99) from Lucky Clan. It's an additional feature for the...

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10:59
Corning launches Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop...

Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new glass already being sent to manufacturers, could make an appearance in new smartphones from early next year....



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10:30
Free-to-play dev says Western gamers more critical...

Free-to-play games get plenty of hate from a large segment of the gaming populous -- and in particularly egregious examples of "pay to win" schemes, I have no problem joining in -- but Paul Simon, executive producer of the long-running iOS MMO Celtic...

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10:25
America First Credit Union begins offering Apple Pay...

Another bank, America First Credit Union, has announced support for Apple Pay. Beginning today, customers will be able to register AFCU's Visa card and use it to make mobile payments. Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus at retail; for app-based payments, people can also use an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 3. Early next year the Apple Watch will become another retail option....



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10:23
Private I: It's time to encrypt everything

If we’ve learned anything from the last few years, it’s that given the opportunity to snoop on or scarf up our data or our metadata, criminals, business, and governments have a lot in common. They may have different ends that drive why they want to look at our email and transactions, listen in to phone calls, track with whom we communicate, and follow our location, but it all involves a lack of consent.

We can take action into our hands and reject their assault on our privacy by encrypting as much of our data as we can, mostly in transit when it’s at its most vulnerable. Tools have never been more powerful, and we’ve never had as many options from which to choose. It’s about to get even better.

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10:13
Best Buy gets the jump on Black Friday with $320...

Offering shoppers the opportunity to "beat the Black Friday rush," Best Buy on Thursday began offering limited-time deals on Apple's iPad Air and iPod touch, as well as Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and a significant discount on an iHome AirPlay-compatible speaker.

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10:13
An astronaut reveals what life in space is really...

Wired:

There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling. But I’ve spent a total of 55 days in space, over the course of five missions for NASA, and I’ve learned that being out there isn’t just a series of breathtaking moments. It’s a mix of the transcendently magical and the deeply prosaic. It can be crowded, noisy, and occasionally uncomfortable. Space travel—at least the way we do it today—isn’t glamorous. But you can’t beat the view!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Hell, I still do.

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10:05
Dropbox’s Carousel photo & video gallery app...


First launched on iPhone earlier this year, Dropbox announced today that it’s launching its Carousel photo and video gallery app for iPad users. The company is also bringing the experience to the web at carousel.dropbox.com.

Part of making the best home for your photos is giving you a fast, simple, beautiful way to engage with your pictures, however and wherever you want. Today, we’re excited to announce big steps towards that goal: Carousel for web, iPad, and Android tablet.

In addition, the iOS apps add the ability to share to...

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10:00
Office 365 offers greater privacy, security and...

Malavika Rewari is a Product Marketing Manager with the Office 365 team.

Trust is the foundation of every good relationship. That’s as true in business as it is in friendship. Today, more than 1.2 billion people worldwide trust Microsoft Office to provide a reliable productivity solution with commericial-grade privacy, security and compliance features to keep their data secured. With more organizations moving to the cloud, and more people using cloud-based services such as Office 365 to work anywhere, anytime, and across multiple devices, trust has never been more important.

In the last 12 months, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365. These organizations trust us because we are committed to doing the best job of achieving three key objectives:

  • protecting their privacy
  • securing their data in the cloud
  • helping them comply with regulatory standards

Read on to learn more about how we can help...

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10:00
Motrr Galileo robotic mount goes GoPro, uses iPhone...

We've written about the Motrr Galileo robotic mount before -- it was first a Kickstarter project that received tons of funding, and came to market as a robotic iPhone mount. It shipped a bit late - the Kickstarter campaign ran in early 2012, backers...

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09:49
Landscape is new responsive web page design tool for...

ConjureBunny Software (http://conjurebunny.com/) has unveiled a new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X: Landscape. It's designed to help you build responsive websites that adapt to phone, tablet, and desktop displays.

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09:42
MacJournal 6.1.5 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.
We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams, your...

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09:41
Apple's Claims of Improved Performance on...

Following the launch of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4s users reported widespread issues ranging from slow performance to choppy animations. With Monday's release of iOS 8.1.1 promising "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S", Ars Technica has now put those claims to the test.iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn't improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you'll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let's look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you're using an older iDevice and...

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09:38
Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to...

Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive client, says an Innolux PR representative, Sophia Cheng, referencing comments made by President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure....



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09:30
Win an Ollie, Sphero 2.0 or Darkside Ollie from TUAW...

Sphero and Ollie from Orbotix have been TUAW favorites for quite a while -- I mean, how can you not love fun and educational robots that are controlled and programmed from your favorite iOS device? Well, the good folks at Orbotix are making it easy...

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09:04
America First Credit Union announces Apple Pay...

Adding to the growing list of banks and card issuers adding support for Apple Pay in recent weeks, America First Credit Union today announced it’s rolling out Apple Pay support for its Visa card.

“Security and privacy is our upmost priority when it comes to offering our members the latest in technology and mobile advancements,” said Rich Syme, executive vice president at America First Credit Union. “Apple Pay will bring a new level of efficiency for members, allowing them to pay with their mobile devices in a fast, easy and secure way.”

Apple has been adding several new banks since first launching Apple Pay last month and now lists a total of 17 card issuers (not including America First Credit Union) on its support document last updated earlier this week. There is, however, a long list of banks that...

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09:00
Office 365 receives FedRAMP Authority to Operate (...

Bill Birkholz is the principal program manager for the Office 365 Trust team and Vijay Kumar is the senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 365 has been granted FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG). Office 365 is a multi-tenant cloud that includes government specific instances of services such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.  Government-specific instances of Office 365 services are designated for use solely by U.S federal, tribal, state and local government customers, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a U.S. government-wide program whose goal is to accelerate adoption of secure cloud solutions and provide a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 022 with Suman...

In episode Jeremy Thake talks to Suman Chakrabarti about the Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices initiative. Suman has been a key member of the group and has been focusing on the Core Libraries and nuget package delivery of this initiative.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP22_Suman.mp3

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09:00
Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
New report details GTAT's operational ineptness...

In the wake of GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing, the company has been more than outspoken about the headaches it endured as a result of its its failed partnership with Apple.

From calling its contract with Apple "oppressive and...

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08:57
News: Corning announces Gorilla Glass 4

Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 4, the latest version of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Version 4 promises “dramatically improved performance” against drops on rough surface such as jagged streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, as screen breakage is “the #1 consumer complaint, according to Corning’s research.” Corning promises that the new version of Gorilla Glass…

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08:50
Roundup: The best games showcasing Apple's...

The launch of iOS 8 introduced new developer tools dubbed "Metal," allowing for more advanced graphics on both the iPhone and iPad. Here are the best games out now showcasing the power of Metal.

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08:49
Sony Pictures drops upcoming Sorkin-led Steve Jobs...

This is probably just part of the Hollywood process.

Per MacRumors and Deadline, despite Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it “in turnaround”, which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson...

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08:41
NightOwl goes back to bar basics to scoop up fed-up...

Foursquare and Yelp have solved local search. Pick a business, especially a bar or restaurant, and you can find just out just about any detail using either app, from tips and photos to recommendations and rewards. But a new start-up, an iOS discovery app called NightOwl, is launching in New York on Thursday to prove there’s room for one more.

NightOwl plugs into Foursquare and Yelp to take their most useful info—tips and reviews—and combines it with an algorithm that tells you exactly where you want to go. Cofounder and CEO Kevin Madden calls it the Nightlife Genome Project, a cheeky nod to Pandora’s scientific categorization of songs.

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08:35
Apple adds 10 new providers to help feed Apple Maps...

It’s been two years since Apple Maps first launched.

You may have mixed feelings about it, but the general consensus is that it’s gotten better over time.

Per 9to5Mac and Apple Maps Marketing, Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as well as its own in-house mapping data and others for its information.

These new companies don’t yet appear on the list of map data attributions, Apple is recommending businesses who wish to submit bulk locations to be listed in its Maps app instead go through...

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08:30
Skim 1.4.10 - PDF Reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.



Version 1.4.10:

New Features

  • Try to order notes right to left with such languages.
  • New toolbar buttons for Book Mode and Page Breaks.
  • Add PDF-TeX sync preset for Atom.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Fix links to Wiki.
  • Fix Favorite Colors toolbar item on Yosemite.
  • Fix history highlights on Yosemite.
  • Workaround for wrong order of page navigation by scrolling in Yosemite.
  • Fix bug in undo for bookmarks deletion.
  • Fix script menu icon in dark mode.
  • Improve file update checking, can now detect file replacements.
  • Avoid a hang in the Preferences on Yosemite.



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08:30
John Gruber: Next-gen iPhone may feature "the...

The original iPhone camera was nothing to write home about. Even at the time of its release, photo quality on the original iPhone lagged behind a number of competing smartphones. Today, the story is much different. Today, photo quality on the iPhone...

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08:26
Clear Geographic Split Shows iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to outsell the iPhone 6 Plus around the world, but the larger-sized phone is proving to be a significant hit in some markets, reports AppLovin in its latest November 2014 report.

According to AppLovin's analytics data, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus in an 80/20 ratio overall in the first 45 days of availability. While Europe, North America and Australia roughly follow this global sales distribution or lean slightly more heavily toward the iPhone 6, the trend changes in Asia, where the iPhone 6 Plus typically accounts for 35 percent or more of iPhone sales.

South Korea, home to rivals Samsung and LG, is the only Asian country studied with an iPhone 6 Plus adoption rate below 35 percent. The country has a lower 71/29 split, perhaps related to competition from Samsung's Galaxy Series and LG's G3 phone in the large-screen market or simply due to customer preference for...

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08:25
Apple sets up office in Lund, Sweden

Apple has moved into a new office in Lund, Sweden, property firm Vasakronan has confirmed. News agency Rapidus describes Apple's presence there as a "development unit" that moved in a few weeks ago. The office is said to have space for just 10 or so workers, but it may be significant thanks to the local firms Apple has acquired in the past few years....



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08:24
100 Questions

Tina Roth Eisenberg finds some really interesting things.

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08:24
Review: Twelve South PlugBug World iPad/iPhone...

Once again, PlugBug World adds a 2.1-Amp USB charging port onto any MacBook, 10W iPad or 12W iPad power adapter, matching their thickness and style, albeit with glossy red plastic rather than white. PlugBug World is a little taller than PlugBug, but otherwise very similarly designed. Although Apple’s 12W iPad adapters offered more powerful 2.4-Amp output for faster recharging of power-hungry third- and fourth-generation iPads, newer (and older)…

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08:18
Intuit’s Mint iPhone app updated with faster...



Users of Intuit’s Mint Personal Finance app for iPhone will be seeing a workflow speed boost with the latest version. Finance data like recent transactions and used accounts, fee and high spending alerts, and budget information is now available for tracking faster in an added Updates section. You can see an example of the new view in the screenshot above.

The newly added Updates section follows previously added features including the ability to track your credit score for free without having to add a credit card as well as support for...

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08:18
iPhone Apps: OmniFocus for iPhone, Minecraft Pocket...
08:15
MoveMeFit launches app to get you out of your...

Workout hurdle number one: Getting yourself to actually, you know, put your shoes on and go work out. For more than five minutes. And stretching doesn’t count.

Workout hurdle number two: Great! You’ve worked out! Now, try doing that on a regular basis. Consistency is the key to success, people.

Workout hurdle number three: You’ve mastered the elliptical machine, you can hold a plank for 90 seconds, and you can handle squat-thrusters like a pro. But now what?

Creating a workout schedule sucks, so let MoveMeFit do it for you.

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08:14
Goodbye iTunes, WALTR Uploads any Media File to your...

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats - such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV - to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.


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08:09
Apple Executive Takes a Shot at Xiaomi at Chinese...

Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China ...

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08:04
External Link: Which Network Powers Which Service in...

With Continuity, OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 can share all sorts of information, but it can be confusing to know which network drives which service: a local Wi-Fi connection, a general Internet connection, or Bluetooth? Ars Technica has a detailed explanation of how AirDrop, AirPlay, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, SMS and phone forwarding, and other features work.

 

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08:00
Adidas now lets you print your iPhone photos on your...

Adidas earlier this year announced its plans to offer a new miZX Flux service that allow users to print their photos on their shoes. That service has now gone live and is available to customers in the US.

The service uses an iOS (or Android) app to...

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07:49
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated...

Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays exclusively for Apple, according to Bloomberg.

In a conversation with Sophia Chang, a public relations representative for Foxconn's display unit Innolux Corp., Chang stated that equipment installation will begin next month, although she would not confirm that Apple is the client for the facility. Following an urgent request for exclusive capacity, the mass production of panels is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

Chang also mentioned that the advanced sixth-generation display plant will be built at Innolux's Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan. The forecast details that the funds for the plant will be spent over a two-year building period with the company planning...

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07:45
Billboard 200 chart will include streaming listens...

Billboard is about to add data from music streaming services to its weekly Billboard 200 charts for the first time as services like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music become increasingly popular. The New York Times reports that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan plan to start incorporating both streams and downloads from music streaming services, in addition to the music sales the chart already covered, in order to more accurately reflect popular albums based on what users are listening to. The first chart including streaming services will include data for next week and arrive online Dec. 4:

Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts, said that by...

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07:43
Apple patents smoke detectors in iDevices that can...

The Nest smoke detector may look decidedly old-fashioned if one Apple patent ever makes it into production. Apple has patented the idea of embedding smoke detectors into “electronic devices” and using those devices to provide a comprehensive response to a fire.

In response to detecting smoke with the smoke detector, the electronic device may issue an alert or take other suitable action. The electronic device may transmit alerts to nearby electronic devices and to remote electronic devices such as electronic devices at emergency services facilities. Alerts may contain maps and graphical representations of buildings in which smoke has been detected. Motion detectors and other sensors and circuitry may be used in determining whether electronic devices are being used by users and may be used in determining where the electronic devices are located. Alerts may...

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07:34
Steve Jobs movie dead at Sony

More trouble for Sorkin’s homage to Steve Jobs.

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07:30
Run to the top of the list with RankRunner

If you are a competitive runner or someone who just runs because you enjoy running, RankRunner is worth a look but it still has some issues. This free universal app runs on iOS 7.0 or later and will give you an idea how your training and race results...

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07:29
A Second Report Confirms that Foxconn's New...

Good News is Worth Repeating: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan ...

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07:29
Apple adds 10 new providers for Maps data

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list providing it with data for iOS and OS X Maps, reports say. The parties are mentioned in a new email to businesses asking about submitting bulk location information. The added firms include DAC Group, Location3 Media, Marquette Group, Placeable, PositionTech, SIM Partners, SinglePlatform, UBL, Yext, and Yodle. Apple asks for bulk content to be submitted to one of the entities on its partner list, rather than directly....



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07:11
Daily Deal: Stay Warm & Connected This Winter...

{image1} We have two great iLounge Deals today to help you stay warm and connected while braving the winter weather. First up is TRNDlabs’ Knitted Touchscreen Gloves for only $19 – that’s a savings of over 60%. These ultra-comfy double-layered gloves are designed to be thick enough to keep out frigid winter winds while still allowing you to easily reach into your pocket and pull out your iPhone. Rubber material on the palms also help…

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07:08
First Look: G-Project G-Go Outdoor Wireless Speaker...

Also referred to as "New G-Go," G-Project's second-generation G-Go ($60) offers steps up in size and performance from the recently-released G-Drop. G-Go is a waterproof, ruggedized speaker that's roughly the size of a milk carton and loaded with twin speakers rather than G-Drop's one. It's supposedly more powerful than the original version, though Powered by either an included AC adapter or four self-provided AA batteries, it has rubberized controls…

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07:04
Corning launches 2X harder Gorilla Glass 4 with...

Apple supplier Corning on Thursday took the wraps off of its next-generation Gorilla Glass 4, which the company says is up to two times harder than competing glasses used in existing smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

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07:03
Will Apple's Next iPhone Capture DSLR Quality...


The Apple rumor mill never stops spinning, and even though the iPhone 6 is barely here and the next version ages away, the most interesting rumor is the chance that the next iPhone will make a huge leap forward with its camera -- possibly using two lenses to produce DSLR-quality images. The rumor comes from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, a well-connected Apple-focused commentator who is highly respected in the Apple ecosystem. He usually measures his words carefully and isn't known to make wild predictions.

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07:00
Office Mobile for Android Smartphones update...

Fresh updates are available now for the Office Mobile app for Android phones, making it easier to access, edit and share online Office files from your Android phone.

New Sharing links to OneDrive files right from Office Mobile on your Android phone

With this release, we are adding the ability to generate and share links to documents in your OneDrive and OneDrive for Business right within the app. To share a link, simply open a document from your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, tap on the context menu, tap Share and then choose Email as link.

New Dropbox support

Two weeks ago we announced a partnership with Dropbox to make it easier for Dropbox users to use Office on their phones and...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Return of the analysts

Just when I was starting to think all the analysts had gone into hibernation for the year, a few have crawled out of the woodwork to make their typically barmy, nonsensical predictions.

RBC raises Apple price target to $120, predicts Apple Watch...

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07:00
Flywheel stakes its claim as the ‘anti-Uber’ as it...

Uber competitors, this is your time to shine. The popular ride-sharing app is at the center of a media firestorm this week, and
customers who care about things like media firestorms are threatening to #DeleteUber. (Yes, there’s a hashtag.) Thankfully there are a handful of other
apps to turn to when you need a ride: Flywheel is positioning itself as the anti-Uber with a new CEO and a fresh
round of funding in the bank.

Flywheel is an app that works exactly the same way Uber does: Open the app, request a ride, and watch your driver’s icon inch closer to your destination.
You store your credit card information and preselect a tip amount so no cash changes hands. The key difference: Flywheel works with cab fleets, so the
driver who picks you up is licensed and regulated by the...

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06:56
Apple Invents a Digital Pen with Dynamic Visual...

While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as

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06:51
News: Report: GT Advanced struggled with sapphire...

A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals some interesting background on the breakdown between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, pointing to the problems and challenges the erstwhile sapphire supplier faced in trying to meet the terms of its agreement with Apple. Apple originally began using sapphire last year for the iPhone camera lens and Touch ID sensor, and after having success with the material, began looking for a larger supplier that…

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06:49
Wal-Mart scammed into selling PlayStation 4 for $90

CNBC:

Customers have misused Wal-Mart’s price match promotion to obtain $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for less than a quarter of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.

That’s a helluva scam.

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06:46
Apple reportedly opens new development office in...

Following news of a few new office openings outside of Cupertino lately, Apple has reportedly moved into office space in Lund, Sweden recently as well. The report comes from news agency Rapidus, which confirmed with the building’s owner that Apple is indeed moving in.

“Anna Stenkil, from the property owner Vasakronan, confirms that Apple has moved in.

− It’s true that they are working here. I cannot tell you anything else, she says to Rapidus.”

The report claims a “development unit” from Apple moved in a few weeks ago and that currently the company has space for around 10 employees at the location.

While it’s unclear exactly what Apple will use the new space for, Rapidus...

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06:34
Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire,...

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.


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06:33
The true nature of the pixels on an iPhone 6 Plus

Ole Begemann used a closeup camera rig to take pictures of the iPhone 6 Plus screen doing its downsampling magic. Pretty pictures, and he published all his code on GitHub for folks who want to try this themselves.

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06:32
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 Promises Stronger...

Corning today unveiled its new Gorilla Glass 4, its next-generation glass production that is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops. According to Corning, the company extensively studied shattered screens to understand how and why they break.

Corning scientists examined hundreds of broken devices and found that damage caused by sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. The scientists then developed new drop-test methods that simulate real-world break events, based on thousands of hours analyzing cover glass that had broken in the field or laboratory. The culmination of this testing was Gorilla Glass 4, which reportedly is two times stronger than competing products and can survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces such as sandpaper. The...

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06:24
Cisco preparing to pay $188M to Apple-led Rockstar...

Cisco is likely preparing to pay a $188 million pre-tax charge to settle a lawsuit brought against it by Rockstar, the Apple-led patent holding firm born out of the remains of Nortel Networks. The company recent mentioned a $188 million payout in an earnings call. The connection to a settlement can be made as Cisco has asked the judge in the lawsuit to stay litigation because it has signed a "term sheet" with Rockstar....



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06:23
FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.2 - Font management software...

FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts.

Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your existing font collection as well as find and experiment with new fonts. Whether you've got a hard drive full of typefaces or a few cherished families, FontExplorer X Pro handles your font library quickly, efficiently and reliably. And when you're ready to add to your collection, you can view thousands of classic designs and the latest releases from independent foundries using the integrated store.

FontExplorer X Pro features an enhanced user interface with a configurable toolbar, activation control, comprehensive font information at your fingertips, customizable font previews, back-up functionality and access to FontExplorer X Server. Used together, FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server are your complete solution for organizing, exploring and buying fonts...

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06:17
ABBY FineReader Pro now supports OS X native...

ABBYY has released FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software product for document scanning and conversion on Macs.

Newly added support for Mac Automator actions and AppleScript commands now gives customers the ability to create automated document conversion tasks or workflows. Mac users can link document processing steps together to create simple, self-running OCR workflows. 

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06:11
Web site shows thousands of hacked webcam, baby...

Know anyone that uses a remote webcam or baby monitor so they can keep an eye on things while they are not at home? You might want to pass this along.

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06:08
AKVIS Sketch 16 ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch 16 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, etc.

AKVIS Sketch comes as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. With it you can create color drawings and black-and-white sketches from your photos, imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil. Version 16:

° Adds the Snapshot button to the progress bar for making a shot during the image processing;

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06:00
Strong demand for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus persists,...

Piper Jaffray has been tracking availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple Stores and continues to see demand outstripping supply, leading the investment firm to raise its price target on AAPL stock on Thursday.

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06:00
Introducing Skype document chat in Office Online

Nelson Siu is a program manager for the Office Shared Experiences team.

The Office Online real-time co-authoring feature makes it easy for you to work together with others on a document from your browser. Whether you are putting the final touches on a contract with your business partner or collaborating on an essay for a school project, Office Online lets you work seamlessly with others no matter where they are.

Today we are happy to announce upcoming improvements to the Office Online co-authoring experience:

  • Document chat is available when collaborating with others in real-time in Word and PowerPoint. Simply click the Chat button to begin chatting with everyone working in the document.
  • Continue to chat with those same people after leaving the document via Skype on your desktop or phone. Know when your team is working on the document and chime in.

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06:00
Sync Solver steps in to sync your Fitbit fitness...

Fitbit may have opted not to share its fitness-related data with Apple's Health app, but that isn't stopping other developers from crafting an app that'll do the data transfer for you. Introduced earlier this week is Sync Solver, a lightweight app...

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05:57
Apple supplier Corning says new Gorilla Glass 4...

The GTAT mess may have forced Apple to abandon its presumed plans to replace iPhone Gorilla Glass screens with sapphire, but next year’s iPhone displays could still prove up to twice as shatter-resistant, says glass-maker Corning.

Corning said that studying hundreds of broken phone screens had revealed the unsurprising fact that shattered screens most commonly occurred in a one-meter drop onto a rough surface like concrete or asphalt. Drop tests in these conditions found that Gorilla Glass 4 survived up to 80% of such impacts – twice the record of the Gorilla Glass 3 used in current iPhones.

While there was much scientific testing behind the scenes, the videos the company used to illustrate the improved strength were rather less scientific in nature …

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05:53
∞ Apple scrubs the term free from the App Store (...

This past July, the European Commission asked both Google and Apple to implement changes to the way they sell “free” games that contain in-app purchases. Yesterday, Apple unveiled a design change that addresses this ruling.

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05:49
Briefly: P-touch full-color LCD display label maker...

Brother has announced its new P-touch label maker this week, featuring a full-color LCD display. Designed for high-volume business use, the PT-D600 includes an easy-type keyboard with display that allows editing in real time. High-resolution barcodes and labels can be created with information stored in an Excel or Access database on your computer. Brother's label library includes ready-to-print business labels and pre-programmed with fourteen fonts, eleven styles, ninety-nine frames and over six hundred symbols. The PT-D600 works with other 60 TZe tape cartridges in a variety of colors and siz...

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05:36
SoftRAID 5.0.5 - High-quality RAID management. (Demo)

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set makes this utility a must have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" users, Photographers, Digital Video editors and desktop users who wants more reliable backup for his computer.

Version 5.0.5:

New

  • Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.
  • The SoftRAID driver now logs any illegal requests it receives for SoftRAID volumes. Log entries are written to the softraid.log file. This logging was added to help investigate bugs in other applications.
  • Added code to detect modification of the SoftRAID application and driver. Users who run MacKeeper were unable to mount SoftRAID volumes when running Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.10. This was the result of MacKeeper modifying the code in the SoftRAID application and driver. This version of SoftRAID detects these...

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05:30
Let your finger act as a god of the blobs in...

Blobiverse is a simulation game in which your finger plays god among all the blobs and small animals wandering the land just below the surface of your device's glass. You have a large landscape filled with grass, trees and small lakes to work with...

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05:25
Briefly: Starbucks rolls out Powermat, Sony offers...

Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers without a compatible wireless charging device, Duracell Powermat "Rings" will be available to borrow and return for each visit, or can be bought for $10 each....



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05:24
Foxconn investing $2.6B into new display factory...

Foxconn's Innolux will build a new $2.6 billion sixth-generation plant in Southern Taiwan to supply displays exclusively to Apple, after the iPhone maker made an "urgent" request, it was announced on Thursday.

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05:12
Starwood CEO says iPads make CEOs more productive...

Tim Cook isn’t the only CEO to favor an iPad over a computer to run a company: Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen told the WSJ that he dumped his PC and now does all his work on an iPhone and iPad – with the assistance of a Bluetooth keyboard.

I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use [my PC]. I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I can be much more productive.

Some of the limitations of a smaller device encouraged changes in behaviour that boosted productivity, he said.

Meetings at Starwood are paperless, emails...

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05:05
External Link: Why No One Can Copy Apple’s Hardware...

Many companies want to build products with the quality of Apple’s, but as Ben Einstein of Bolt explains, that’s nearly impossible to do. One reason is that Apple has bought up many of the machines and companies capable of such precision manufacturing. Besides that, Apple has mastered some of the most difficult manufacturing processes, such as color matching white plastic, mass-scale CNC machining, and laser-drilling holes.

 

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05:00
MacTech 2015

MacTech 2015 is coming in November 2015. Sign up now for the early discount and get a pretty sweet deal!

Thank you for joining us for MacTech Conference 2014. The planning is underway for MacTech Conference 2015 and it is already shaping up to be the best conference yet. Because you have joined us before, you know the value that MacTech Conference brings to you, and the community.

We’ve announced the 2015 dates — and now is your opportunity to sign up at the lowest price possible.  The “Special Early Discount” will be available only until November 30th.  Don’t wait: register now.

MacTech Conference 2015:

November 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Like 2014, it will be a full three days.

Pre-Conference workshops: November 3rd

For 2015, the multi-track conference is being specifically designed for IT Pros, Enterprise, techs and consultants through sessions, labs, and a variety of ways to interact with experts and your fellow techs.

More...

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04:59
Please help: Intel to donate $1 per retweet to...

From Intel’s site:

The Code For Good Campaign will help support Code.org, CodeClub, and GirlsWhoCode globally to educate, inspire, and equip the next generation of developers with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st century opportunities.

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04:57
Evercore ups Apple target to $135, expects revenue...

With a huge number of iPhone owners yet to upgrade to screen sizes larger than 4 inches, Evercore Partners expects major revenue growth for Apple in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and has increased its price target on the company's shares to $135.

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04:26
Hands On: Unit Converter Infinity (iOS)

As even casual students of the sciences have learned by now, it's apparent that there's a lot of differences between disparate measurement systems. Be it miles to kilometers, Fahrenheit to Kelvin, or cubic centimeters to gallons, there's a good chance there's going to be a conversion that can't be a done off the top of one's head. With the proliferation of the smart phone, there's no reason to not have a pocket converter at the ready. Unit Converter Infinity by Incpt.Mobis is a choice that stands out....



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04:22
AppleXsoft File Recovery updated for Mac OS X...

AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.1.1.3) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been visually redesigned, sports a fully rebuild recovery engine and is revved for Yosemite.

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04:09
Gartner: 4.9 billion connected 'things'...

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its disruptive impact will be felt across all industries and all areas of society, according to the research group.

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04:01
Kool Tools: ChapterWork for Mac OS X

einstein's legacy's ChapterWork is a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies. Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it's designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies.

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03:54
Apple Aims to Embed a Fire Detector into Future...

On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants ...

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03:22
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.2 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial...

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03:14
Sony A7 II launches in Japan with five-axis image...

An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS....



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03:03
Airmail 2.0.1 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 2.0.1:

  • Performance improvement on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Box integration
  • Crash and small bug fixed



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Wednesday November 19

22:58
Sony said to put Jobs movie in 'turnaround,...

The Sony-backed Steve Jobs biographical movie, based in part on Walter Issacson's biography of the Apple co-founder, has proven to be nearly as mercurial as the reputation of its subject. In recent weeks, not one but two rumored stars of the project have dropped out, the original director was replaced with an Oscar-winning substitute, and now -- according to trade magazine Deadline -- Sony has put the film in "turnaround," offering it to sale to other studios, with Universal said to be making a play for it....



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22:01
Apple co-founder Wozniak joins Primary Data as Chief...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined Primary Data, a data virtualization company made up of several colleagues from Fusion-io, as Chief Scientist -- the same title he held at Fusion-io. In his new position, Wozniak will be both advise the company on tecnology trends, vision and architecture as well as serve as the firm's ambassador. Chief Marketing Officer Rick White, who worked with Woz at Fusion-io, noted that "with Woz on the team along with [CEO] Lance [Smith] and David [Flynn], we now have the band back together."...



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20:19
Follow-up: Apple sends letter to GT Advanced...

More details on the collapse of the GT Advanced Technologies deal with Apple were made available today, as sources have reported that a letter sent by Apple to other creditors in the GT Advanced bankruptcy case reveals more details on why the partnership collapsed. Included in the letter were pictures of defective sapphire boules produced by GT Advanced, pointed to by Apple as the main reason the company went under -- it contracted to produce high-quality boules of the material, but simply couldn't produce enough usable product....



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20:14
Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The...



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20:07
New report claims Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic...

A new report claims that the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, led by veteran screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, is set to change hands. According to Hollywood magazine Deadline, the film will be moving from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures by tomorrow at the latest. Despite the studio move, production of the movie is expected to remain on the fast track.

“I’m hearing very strongly that Universal is indeed locking down the Jobs project and essentially giving it a green light,” writes Deadline reporter Mike Fleming, Jr. “This should be closed by tomorrow latest. That means the project...

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19:49
Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default...

Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean...



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19:46
DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill...

The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.


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19:34
Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie,...

Despite Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it "in turnaround", which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.It's unknown why Sony Pictures, who has been...

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19:28
Sony drops out of Steve Jobs movie, Universal...

In a surprising turn of events, Sony is reportedly no longer attached to the upcoming Steve Jobs movie penned by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the tech guru.

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19:06
A Real Profit Killer: Pictures of GTAT's...

The GTAT debacle began publicly on Oct 6 when the news of their filing Chapter 11 was made public in a press release. The shock of the news quickly rippled throughout the industry and beyond. We then learned that GTAT's COO sold at the first sign of trouble which led the SEC to begin an investigation. Then the judge in the Chapter 11 case wanted the document unsealed against Apple wishes and the report was inflammatory without a doubt. Then Bloomberg reminded us all of how GTAT was talking up the deal with Apple at the very time everything began to unravel. But Apple and GTAT made a deal to lessen the burden on GTAT but now GTAT creditors aren't happy with that and want's the courts to step into this mess again. And late tonight, a new report has come to light to show us the nightmare production of rejected sapphire proving that this project was on the fast track to nowhere.

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18:56
Apple continues to enhance Maps app with new...

After Apple's Maps app launched to negative reviews in 2012, the company has actively taken steps to enhance the fledgling navigation service, the latest effort being the addition of listings data from at least ten new companies.

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18:30
iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster,...

It took a lot of work to find the promised performance and stability improvements in iOS 8.1.1 for Apple A5 devices like the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch.

Andrew Cunningham

It would be a stretch to say that iOS 7.1 made the iPhone 4 feel fast, but the update improved the phone's performance as much as could reasonably be expected for then-three-and-a-half-year-old hardware. It took what had been a disappointing update and made it usable.

Jump ahead to iOS 8, an update which did pretty much the same thing to the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, and other hardware based on Apple's aging A5 chip. App launch times slowed. Animations got choppy. Performance became inconsistent...

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18:00
DOJ: A child will die due to Apple's iOS 8...

During a closed-door meeting in October, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Apple its recently implemented iMessage encryption technology will one day result in a dead child, according to a report published Wednesday.

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Musyc Pro [iOS...

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18:00
Reviews: Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, the consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops powered by Google's ChromeOS were initially considered inferior to more expensive options, but some sectors like education saw the potential they bring. Nearly three years after Chromebooks first went on sale, the affordable notebooks are still going strong with the numerous manufac ......



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17:50
Apple continues to beef up Maps data with addition...

Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as...

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17:36
ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK...

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.


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17:27
GT Advanced creditors protest to court that Apple...

[Update: Judge has delayed settlement hearing until December 10] Other creditors left holding the bag after the surprise bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies are crying foul over the proposed settlement between Apple and the sapphire-making company, which is due to be ruled on at a hearing next week. Note-holders such as Aristeia Capital have complained to the court that charges from GT Advanced executives that claim a "bait and switch" arrangement from Apple that forced the company into bankruptcy require investigation, and "call into question the adequacy" of the proposed settlement....



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17:16
Motorola Keylink unveiled as accessory for finding...

Motorola has revealed an accessory which could help prevent people from losing their keys or their phone. The Motorola Keylink is designed to be attached to a keyring, and can be set to make a noise from a connected smartphone at a range of up to 100 feet if they are misplaced, with a button on the keyfob able to trigger the smartphone's ringer as well....



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17:06
Jolla's Open Source Tablet Gets Crazy Crowd Love


Jolla, the company set up by former Nokia executives to keep the Meego operating system alive, raised more than $841,000 on Wednesday, the first day of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. That's 221 percent of its goal of $380,000 -- and the campaign has 21 days to go, closing Dec. 9. Nearly 5,325 people have contributed to the campaign, although only about 3,800 actually purchased the tablets. The first 1,000 contributors got the tablet for $189; the next 1,000 for $199, and both lots sold out fast.

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16:31
Algorithm victims

This kind of stuff is amazing and unacceptable.

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16:24
Details of GT Advanced implosion emerge in Apple...

Following bankruptcy court filings that seek to postpone Apple's settlement agreement with GT Advanced, a report on Wednesday reveals inside details on why the ambitious sapphire production project went south.

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16:23
More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal...


Photo via WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards.

A previous report from the Journal revealed that GTAT had been unable to provide the iPhone 6 displays it had promised Apple, but now we have even more information on why that demand was so hard to meet.

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16:22
What a prototype is

I’ve seen a lot of people misunderstand what a prototype is. I should send this link to them.

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16:00
Logitech's AnyAngle case: Just the angle you...

Logitech continues to outpace most accessory manufacturers in coming out with a variety of very useful products for the iPad. Today's announcement is for a very adjustable iPad case for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini called the AnyAngle (US$59.99).

As...

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15:58
With the iPad Pro in the Wings, HP Intro's a...

New Enterprise Class Tablet-Hybrids: Going all the way back to May 2013 we've covering the rumor about a larger iPad in the making. Over time the rumor has shifted from a 12.9 to a 12.2 inch display. Each report we do we remind fans that Apple is likely to offer some form of keyboard option as noted below in our graphic. Both images come from Apple patent-pending inventions. HP has now entered the market with a new ...

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15:53
∞ iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus split among The Loop...

Yesterday, John Gruber posted an article on which mobile devices Daring Fireball users were viewing his site with. I thought it was very interesting—interesting enough to take a look at what devices The Loop readers were using. Here’s what I found in Google Analytics: [...]

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15:51
Hands On: Gunspell (Steam, iOS, Android)

It's not unusual for games to try and break out of being confined to a single category. More and more, we find games that try very hard to incorporate the best of two or more types of games. We tend to see this in Real Time Strategy games (RTSs) a lot, as they combine rogue-like or RPG elements. But there are other games that are making headway in the cross-genre arena. Gunspell, by Ino-Сo Plus, touts itself as a cross-genre title, combining elements of both RPGs and puzzles....



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15:33
A guide to CSS RGBA colors

Interesting article from Jacob Gube.

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15:30
Beats to be bundled into iOS

The report notes that Beats will continue to be a paid service and will likely be rebranded under the iTunes umbrella. The move could come alongside the launch of the Apple Watch, with users able to push Beats music from their iPhones to the wearable device.

This makes perfect sense to me.

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15:30
Mismanagement and Inexperience Contributed to GT...

It's widely known by now that Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership fell apart after the latter company was unable to produce enough high-quality sapphire to meet Apple's production needs, but *The Wall Street Journal* has taken a deeper look into GT Advanced's failures and its defective sapphire boules, which ultimately led the company to file for bankruptcy.

Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership may have been doomed from the start because GT Advanced had no experience with mass producing sapphire before it inked a deal with Apple. Its first attempt at a large 578 pound sapphire boule, created just before the deal was finalized, was reportedly "flawed and unusable."

Images of cracked and...

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15:09
GT Advanced creditors investigating Apple settlement...

Creditors backing GT Advanced Technologies have successfully pushed back an approval date for the company's settlement with Apple, saying an investigation will determine whether the sapphire maker was given short shrift in the agreement.

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15:00
Boxwave Keyboard Buddy case: When a virtual keyboard...

Although I'm personally very comfortable with typing on the iPhone's virtual keyboard - especially on the iPhone 6 Plus - there are some people who just loved the old pre-iPhone "smartphones" with the little slideout keyboards. If you count yourself...

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14:48
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $489 w/ $100 gift...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

 

16 GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi model):...

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14:42
Walmart Kicks Off Black Friday Sales Early With...

Walmart today announced that it is planning to offer discounts on select Apple products a week ahead of Black Friday, with the deals kicking off on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m. at Walmart stores across the United States."The retail environment is incredibly competitive and we know that our customers are looking to us for the lowest prices and great deals all season long," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. "That's why we've more than doubled the amount of items included in our Pre-Black Friday Event. Combined with our Black Friday weekend, there is absolutely no other place to shop this holiday season."Walmart will be selling the new 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $489, with a $100 Walmart gift card included in the purchase. That drops the price down to $389, an impressive $110 off...

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14:04
WhatsApp Battens Down the Hatches


WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption and enabled it by default in the latest version of its Android messaging application, partner Open Whisper Systems announced Tuesday. The new feature taps Open Whisper's open source TextSecure encryption protocol to ensure that only a conversation's participants can read the messages they exchange. WhatsApp itself won't be able to decrypt the messages, in other words, even if law enforcement should try to require it.

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14:04
Public Betas: BusyContacts and PartySnapper Need...

If the word "beta" gets your attention, Kelly has a couple of suggestions for projects in public beta you might want to check out. All the usual beta disclaimers apply, but if you like to live dangerously, read on.


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14:00
SpamSieve 2.9.18

Adds support for OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite and preliminary support for Outlook 15.3. ($30 new, free update, 14.9 MB)

 

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14:00
MapItOut is a feature rich app for runners,...

MapItOut (US$1.99) is a very enhanced map program for iOS. You can search almost any city on Earth and then easily find places to go. You save those destinations, and the app creates a customized map for you complete with directions. MapItOut can be...

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13:55
Amplified: “This Reporter Likes Bondage”

On this episode, Jim and I talk about Uber, the Mac’s “Second Act”, how to learn to play guitar and what effects pedals are!

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13:52
Mailplane 3.3.3

Adds support for the Todoist task manager. ($24.95 new, free update, 34.3 MB)

 

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13:43
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 19

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Touch Tech Kids has published Messy Mia and the Tale of Ancient Tech. It's an US$3.99 original storybook app about retro technology. Messy Mia tells the story of a young girl learning how her parents survived without modern technology such as laptops, tablets, broadband and mobile phones.

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13:30
Apple planning to bundle Beats Music app into iOS...

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app into iOS sometime early next year, perhaps as early as March.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system...

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13:25
TMO Giveaway: Arcsoft Simplicam Home Security Camera

I am pleased as punch to announce a giveway for our readers today. Through our sponsor Arcsoft, you can register to win a Simplicam, the company's Wi-Fi-powered home security camera. All you have to do is post a comment in this article letting us know you'd like to win.


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13:04
Department of Justice: iPhone encryption will lead...

Apple and the government have long been engaged in a bitter war of words over encryption and security practices employed in Apple’s iOS devices, but a new Wall Street Journal report indicates that the Department of Justice is really starting to take the rhetoric to the next level.

According to the Journal, a DOJ official actually told Apple executives during a meeting last month that in the...

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13:00
Aces Conference coming next year

Former TUAW contributor Justin Esgar is launching Aces Conference in New Orleans next year, and it's designed to help you build your consulting business. Justin is an ace when it comes to building businesses, particularly consulting, and has been a...

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12:56
Upp hydrogen fuel cell available in Apple Stores in...

A hydrogen fuel cell has gone on sale in the United Kingdom via Apple Stores. The Upp from Intelligent Energy, a company previously said to be in discussions with Apple over fuel cell technology, is a portable unit for providing extra power to mobile devices, and though it has a battery to store energy for future use, additional cartridges which provide extra power can be attached, ones which can be replaced once exhausted....



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12:54
FoundSounds for iPhone [Sponsor]

FoundSounds is a unique new mobile app blurring the line between a social network and a collaborative art project. The premise is simple: if you find a sound you like, record it and share it with the world. Recordings are geotagged, and you can browse them by scrolling through a timeline or exploring a map. You can also construct sound collages that create intriguing sonic geographies. If enough sounds have been recorded in your area, consider taking a sound walk, which allows you to listen to recordings made near you. Walking past a concert venue would allow you to hear previous performances from that location, while passing by a new building would trigger the sounds of its construction. The vision of FoundSounds is to create a space where people can listen to sounds they might not normally hear. FoundSounds costs $9.99, the same as the price of an album in iTunes. FoundSounds is...

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12:50
GT Advanced creditors complain about unfair...

In the aftermath of GT Advanced filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the sapphire maker reached a $439 million settlement with Apple in which the supplier will repay the iPhone maker up to $290,000 per furnace sold. GT Advanced creditors aren’t happy with the proposed settlement, however, arguing that the sapphire company may have received too little in the deal.

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12:50
Review: Pelican Protector for iPhone 6 and Voyager...

{image2} {image3} Protector is a fairly standard co-molded case, but that’s a good thing. The case has very good button coverage and responsiveness, appropriate port cutouts, and a substantial lip on the front of the case for screen protection. Protector feels solid without adding a lot of heft, though the design is a bit bland. {image4} {image5} {image6} There’s a bit more to say about Voyager for iPhone 6 Plus. The two-piece case is…

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12:49
External Link: Walt Mossberg on the Return of the Mac

Many were shocked at the growth in Mac sales in Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, but not veteran technology journalist Walt Mossberg. Mossberg credits the second act of the Mac to three factors: the leadership of Steve Jobs, the rise of the Web, and Microsoft’s many mistakes.

 

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12:47
The Grid builds Web sites using Artificial...

Answer some questions and The Grid will not only build a site for you, it will also adapt with you. I have no idea if this works, but I can’t wait to try it out and see how it does.

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12:41
App Store changes 'Free' button into...

Apple has today made a small change at the App Store, renaming the "Free" button for zero-cost downloads to "Get." Paid apps continue to show the purchase price. It's not clear why Apple decided to make the change, but it may be a response to ongoing complaints about marketing of free-to-play/"freemium" apps....



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12:35
External Link: App Store Apps Are No Longer “Free”

Apple has changed the “Free” label on apps with no upfront cost to “Get.” The move is likely due to regulatory concern over the cost of in-app purchases. While some apps are still truly free, many “free” apps require in-app purchases to be usable.

 

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12:35
Cisco pays $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent...

Cisco has doled out a serious chunk of cash to settle its patent lawsuit with Rockstar, a patent-holding company created out of the ashes of Nortel, a Canadian telecom.

The $188-million pre-tax charge was revealed in CIsco's most recent earnings call, and first reported on Monday by the IAM Blog.

Rockstar, which was created by a group of big tech companies including Apple, first sued Google and its customers in October 2013. In January, it sued several cable companies, saying their cable modems infringed Rockstar patents by using the DOCSIS standard. Cisco intervened in that case the following month.

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12:34
Walmart to start Black Friday sales a week early...

Walmart plans to get the jump on Black Friday this year with a sales event one week early featuring gift-card-based sales and discounts on a wide range of items, including Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6.

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12:30
Flic is a 'smart button' that tells your...

As far as smart gadgets go, Flic is about as simple as it gets. It's a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to control various functions of your phone, from silencing an alarm to snapping a photo. Each button can be programmed with three...

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12:30
iBank 5: Dr Mac Can Finally Say Goodbye to Quicken

I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.


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12:20
First Apple Watch Apps Will Only Skim the Surface

Apple released the first beta of its software development kit for the Apple Watch to developers this week, and it looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer before we see Office for the Apple Watch.

 

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12:18
Review: STM Flip for iPhone 6

Flip will hold no more than two cards — you might be able to fit a third card, but then the cover won’t close as easily. We did find the two small suction cups worked very well for covering the phone’s screen when not in use. The plastic shell in the folio is about what you would expect, offering no button coverage or port protection. Though the case is lightweight, one could also argue it’s a bit flimsy. Pet owners should beware:…

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12:00
Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying,...

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the data can be accessed only by people who know the passcode that serves as the encryption key.

Justice Department officials wasted no time objecting to the...

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12:00
Apple changes App Store "Free" button to...

Back in the day (as in yesterday) you could go to the App Store and tap a button that said FREE to download a free app. Today, you'll be tapping a button that says GET. Why? Speculation is that issues regarding in-app purchases and litigation...

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11:58
Beats Music to become native iOS app in spring,...

Apple is planning to bundle Beats Music as a native iOS app early next year, sources tell the Financial Times. The shift is expected to happen in the form of a firmware update that could debut as soon as March. The Times has little other information, but argues that it's likely Apple will rebrand the service under the iTunes moniker, as other reports have suggested....



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11:48
This $80 mobile app prototyping software for Mac is...

Google just bought RelativeWave, the company behind the mobile app prototyping software Form, and with the purchase it’s making the previously $80 Mac app available for free on the Mac App Store. The company made an announcement on its website noting that it will continue working on the Form app after joining Google:

I speak for the team when I say that we’re incredibly humbled by what the community has created with Form. We’ve seen people create designs that we could have never imagined. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see people using your work.

The team adds that with new help from Google it will be “focused on improving the state of design and development tools.”

Form is a Mac app with an accompanying Form viewer app for iOS, but the company hints an...

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11:48
GTAT Creditors Vexed by Settlement Deal with Apple

According to a new report, creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced Technologies CEO had said in court papers that the iPhone maker pulled a "bait and switch"...

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11:40
Barley blogging platform

I’ve looked at a lot of blogging/Web site platforms over the years, but I’m really impressed with Barley. There is no admin area, so everything is done on the page itself—you just start typing and it becomes a new post. Very slick platform.

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11:30
Report: IT provider Infosys overbilled Apple, CEO...

It's not nice to fool around with Apple, especially when you're an outsourced tech support company that's making about US$2 billion a year from work with the Cupertino kids. 9to5Mac, citing a post in The Economic Times of India, reports that Apple...

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11:08
App Store download buttons change from 'Free...

With many "free" applications carrying hidden costs in the form of in-app purchases, Apple has stopped labeling free-to-download iOS apps as "Free" on the App Store, instead requiring users to tap a button that reads "Get" in order to install the software.

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11:05
Financial Times: Apple to Bundle Beats Music...

According to the Financial Times, Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

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11:03
Report: Beats Music will become a default iOS app in...

Beats' original announcement image when it was acquired in May. Let's call this the next episode, we suppose.

Beats Audio

On Wednesday, the Financial Times reported that Apple will make a major move to push its newly acquired Beats Music app to all iOS users starting "early next year." Citing "people familiar with the situation," the report (subscription required) claims the Beats Music subscription service will become a pre-installed app in an iOS update, and such a ...

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11:02
Review: Griffin Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

While we now feel that wallet folio cases deserve some recognition for being more useful than standard folio cases, Griffin really tiptoes along that line with Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two tight card slots certainly won’t fit any more than one card each, and the shell inside is so minimal that we’re concerned about protection — even more concerned than we normally would be with a folio-style case. We’re not…

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11:00
RHA's T10i brings sound customization to high-...

The recently announced RHA T10i (US$199.95) noise-isolating, in-ear headphones take top-shelf in RHA's lineup of fantastic headphones. According to RHA, the T10i headphones take precedence over the MA750i (read my review here), which have been my...

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10:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: Dashboard car mounts...

Dash for greatness

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several items for mounting your iPhone to your dash. Plus: Docks, keyboards, flash drives, and more.

Bite My Apple

The $65 Spool Dock is “crafted in the U.S. from North American white oak, merino wool felt, and a weighty metal base.” Spool up your cable inside the dock to keep things tidy, then display your iPhone 6 atop the sturdy dock while it syncs and charges. Micro-suction pads on the bottom keep it affixed to the table-top, making it easier to dock and undock the phone using just one hand.

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10:44
News: Report: Apple plans to integrate Beats Music...

Apple will integrate its Beats music subscription service directly into a future iOS update, according to a new report from Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the report notes that the inclusion of the paid Beats service in an iOS software update could happen “as early as March” of next year. Although Apple has in the past debuted new services such as iBooks and Podcasts as standalone apps with their own update…

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10:38
Blood bikers: how volunteer motorcyclists are saving...

The Guardian:

Their name might sound a bit ominous, but the 1,500-strong gang…is a long way from the Hell’s Angels.

They’re called the blood bikers: men and women all over Britain who dedicate a few evenings a week to transporting hospital deliveries across the country as stand-ins for the daytime professionals. They are all volunteers, and in 2013 they responded to around 35,000 urgent requests from hospitals, saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds. They take everything from blood and platelets to medicine and breast milk.

Great story about how volunteers on motorcycles transport medical supplies around Britain. Reminds me of another great organization called “Riders for Health” who do something similar in Africa.

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10:37
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-19

Thanks to unsavory comments from Uber executives, there's a new interest in knowing what personal information companies may be keeping. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about leaving our personal data in the hands of online companies, why it's important to keep on top of what information is being stored and shared, and why deleting an account doesn't always mean your personal information gets deleted, too.


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10:31
When twins take over the town

Narrative:

In 1976, America turned 200 and cities around the country planned bicentennial celebrations. Twinsburg, a suburb of Cleveland, turned the event into double the reason to celebrate by dedicating one day of its bicentennial celebration to twins. Thirty-seven sets of twins attended that first celebration.

The world’s largest gathering of twins and multiples still attracts around 2,000 sets the first weekend of every August.

What a weird, cool place that would be in August.

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10:30
Daily Deals for November 19, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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10:28
Beats Music will be native iOS app starting with...

Though it will remain a paid subscription service, Apple's Beats Music will reportedly come preinstalled on every iPhone after an update to iOS next spring, according to a new report.

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10:27
Google Glass May Be Saved by Obscurity


Whatever happened to Google Glass? In the early days -- was it just a year ago? -- people got punched in bars, bounced from movie theaters, and pulled over in cars for wearing them, and some establishments outright banned "glassholes" from their premises. Google claimed the white "Cotton" beta model sold out when it held a one-day sale of Google Glass Explorer for United States residents at $1,500 a pop in April. However, nine of 16 Glass app devs recently queried said they had suspended work on or abandoned their projects.

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10:20
Hands-on with Facebook Groups, a spin-off app you’ll...

Facebook’s Groups are one of the network’s original features. They’ve changed over the years, like the rest of the network, but Groups remain incredibly
popular, even though they’re buried in the left rail of your News Feed like afterthoughts. This year, Facebook started to declutter its unwieldy big blue
app by spinning off features into separate, stand-alone services. This week, Facebook Groups got the same treatment with a brand new iOS and Android app that takes the Groups that more than 650 million people use every month and makes them
easily accessible.

In Facebook’s early days, Groups were a fun, throwaway feature. In college, I joined groups for Las Vegas natives, Pulp Fiction fans, residents of my dorm,
and, my personal favorite, a group where everyone recounted the word that knocked them out of the elementary school spelling bee. (Facetious. I still
remember.)

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10:19
T-Mobile adjusts Simple Choice plan, allows for...

While the wireless carrier wars wage on, this might be a decent plan if you’re traveling.

According to iMore, T-Mobile has modified its Simple Choice calling plan to provide some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just US$5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It’s also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just US$10 a month per account.

Simple Plan users can sign up to get these cheap international calling plans from now until the end of 2014, but T-Mobile says that users who do take advantage of this deal will be able...

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10:12
Reading about Dieter Rams

I’m reading this book right now and I’m really enjoying it. Interesting to note that Jony Ive does the Foreword.

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10:07
Apple reportedly bundling Beats Music with iOS next...

According to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple is expected to bundle the Beats Music streaming service with an upcoming version of iOS next year.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The report comes amid rumors that Apple is planning to rebrand the Beats Music subscription service for a potential relaunch around February, although FT has added that the bundling is expected “as early...

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10:07
Samsung Throws a Hail Marry at Wall Street Analyst...

It's Hail Mary Time: Samsung privately demoed smartphones with truly bendable displays at CES earlier this year. In late December 2013 we had reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, had told analysts at a meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." Flash forward to this week where Samsung is now saying, oops, it'll be another year.

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10:06
Beats Music to Be Bundled Into iOS Early Next Year,...

As part of Apple's revamp of its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service, the company plans to bundle Beats directly into iOS, reports Financial Times.Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update could happen as early as March, according to people familiar with the situation.The report notes that Beats will continue to be a paid service and will likely be rebranded under the iTunes umbrella. The move could come alongside the launch of the Apple Watch, with users able to push Beats music from their iPhones to the wearable device.

While Apple has praised the Beats Music model,...

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10:00
Snapchat introduces Snapcash for P2P payments

The question "how do you monetize Snapchat" has finally been answered and it's going to open up a lot of possibilities for users. Snapchat has introduced Snapcash, a way to send mobile payments to friends using the image sending-then-destroying...

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09:58
Apple Replaces 'Free' Purchase Button...

Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read "Free" for apps with no cost now read "Get" instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.

Apps that have an upfront cost continue to be listed with a price underneath, but apps that do not now display the new wording. "Get" has replaced "Free" in the main App Store view on iOS, on the App Store Top Charts, and on individual app pages. The main App Store view on the desktop is still using the former "Free" wording, but it's likely to update soon.

It is not entirely clear why Apple has decided to replace Free with Get, but it may have to do with the growing sentiment that apps with in-app purchases are not free. Earlier this year, the European Commission asked Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps, to avoid misleading...

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09:55
Tiffen Company releases upgrade to its Tiffen Dfx...

The Tiffen Company has released version 4 of its Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.

The upgrade delivers more video and still image effects to its package. Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry.

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09:49
InfoSys loses CEO, financial exec over overbilling...

A Bangalore, India-based company -- InfoSys -- is losing two key executives due to a scandal involving overbilling one of its major clients, Apple, reports say. InfoSys is known to provide outsourced tech support services for Apple. The Economic Times of India states that InfoSys has fired the CFO of its business process outsourcing unit, Abraham Mathews, for violating the company's code of conduct. CEO Gautam Thakkar has reportedly resigned on "moral grounds," and will depart on November 30th....



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09:47
App Store changes ‘Free’ button to ‘Get’, likely due...

Apple has introduced a small but interesting tweak to the way it markets apps on the App Store. As you can see in the screenshot above, non-paid apps are now presented with the word ‘GET’ rather than ‘FREE’. While the reason for the change in how Apple is presenting non-paid apps isn’t clear, it’s likely due to the popularity of ‘freemium’ apps and in-app purchases, something that has been the source of controversy for Apple in the past…

Apple has taken a great deal of flack from customers and consumer protection groups through the years over apps marketed as free that push in-app purchases. The freemium model has been used in some cases to circumvent the lack of app trials on the App Store. For example, a developer may make an app free to download, but require...

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09:30
Apple earns 100% score on Human Rights Campaign...

The Human Rights Campaign this week published its annual Corporate Equality Index rankings rating American workplaces on LGBT equality, and Apple once again earned a score of 100 percent, achieving a perfect ranking for the 13th straight year.

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09:30
Apple planning to repurpose GTAT plant in Mesa,...

Apple and GTAT's sapphire partnership came to abrupt and somewhat dramatic halt when GTAT filed for bankruptcy shortly after the iPhone 6 unveiling. As a direct result, upwards of 700 employees who worked at GTAT's Mesa, Arizona plant lost their...

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09:23
Epson expands home theater projector line with...

Epson today announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers home entertainment enthusiasts 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of white brightness, up to a 600,000:1 contrast ratio and advanced image processing technology for a big screen experience....



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09:19
First Look: SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller

We've got our hands on SteelSeries' soon-to-be-released second iOS controller — Stratus XL ($70). Whereas the original Stratus was a small Bluetooth controller with a retail price of $100, the new Stratus XL is larger — hence the name — and is $30 cheaper. The controller retains the same number of gameplay sticks and buttons, but has a new shape with extended handles in addition to its larger size. Like the recently released C.T.R.L.i and Micro…

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09:00
Secure and sync with Information Rights Management...

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Millions of documents are stored today on OneDrive for Business that help people collaborate and get work done easily. But there are times when documents are sensitive and need an extra layer of protection. Office 365 provides Information Rights Management (IRM) capabilities, which helps you secure your information by encrypting it and applying an intelligent policy so that only specified internal and/or external people can “act” on your information.

For example, you can allow recipients to edit and print, but restrict them from forwarding to others. This policy is attached to the document, so it is applied no matter where your document lives—whether it’s in transit, on your laptop or a mobile device, or is a USB key—IRM lets you assign policies to email, SharePoint Online libraries, individual Office documents and other file types.

Safely sync protected documents

But when you...

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—How millennials are...

Millennials will soon make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, and they demand agile productivity tools to support their flexible, collaborative work style. Does your business have what it takes to attract and empower top millennial talent?

Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on December 2nd and hear directly from three leaders of the next generation about the impact that millennials are having on business and what organizations must to do adapt. Plus, find out how Office 365 tools allow teams to collaborate more effectively, share files and tools dynamically, and work more efficiently from wherever they are, and however they want to work.

How millennials are changing business

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Ben Rattray— Founder and CEO of...

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09:00
Choosing Office 365 to reduce the stress of starting...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Dr. Vikram Gandhi, owner, Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics.

When I finished my three-year residency in Periodontics at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, I didn’t think I would purchase a dental practice and remodel a new office that same year. But that’s what happened. When I bought Firewheel Dental Implants and Periodontics in August 2013, it was in an older building and staff used snail mail to communicate with referring dental practices.

I wanted to modernize the practice and work in a paperless office, so when the opportunity came along, I took it. Making decisions about permits and dental equipment took a lot of my time, so I wasn’t thinking much about business technology. I used Gmail and that was about it. I was living at my brother’s house, and one day he heard me complaining about how difficult...

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09:00
Apple email touts Black Friday gift ideas

Black Friday, the retailer's dream date, is coming up on November 28, 2014, and Apple is tempting the wallets of shoppers with an email full of holiday gift ideas. Playing on the theme that "From one gift come many", Apple shows how its products are...

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08:54
Hands On: Vitamin-R 2 (OS X)

We all feel it, especially those of us working from home -- there is never enough time to get stuff done. Or, perhaps more accurately, there is not enough time in a day to get everything done that you should ... while also procrastinating with endless sources of distraction an Internet-connected computer has to offer. Enter Vitamin-R 2, an app for OS X (and also available for iPhone) that asserts that it can promote the optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflectio...



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