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Thursday December 18

13:53
Cook makes 'generous' donation to LGBT...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "generous personal financial investment" in Project One America, an LGBT rights effort run by the Human Rights Campaign, according to an announcement. Project One is concentrated on securing marriage and nondiscrimination rights for LGBT people in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. HRC says it's interested in "tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most." The organization also lauds Cook for being the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, calling it a "clear and powerful message" about it being acceptable to...



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13:40
Adobe Illustrator Line & Photoshop Sketch iPad...


Adobe updated two of its creative iPad apps today with new features and additional Bluetooth stylus support. Both Illustrator Line and Photoshop Sketch were updated to version 2.1 and picked up support for FiftyThree’s Pencil Bluetooth stylus and...

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13:39
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Estimates Improve to 1...

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers in all colors and in 16 and 64GB capacities have now improved to just 1 business day in the United States, bringing the company close to reaching a supply/demand balance on those devices.

The larger-capacity 128GB devices remain somewhat more constrained than the lower-capacity models, and ship in 3 to 5 business days.

Shipping estimates are similarly improved in many other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, and more.

Throughout the month of December, shipping estimates have been slowly improving as Apple has catches up with demand, and in early December, estimates had improved to 3 to 5 days for 16/64GB models...

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13:32
A Pilot Project using Apple iBeacons in McDonald...

A new report today is claiming that twenty-six McDonald's restaurants in Columbus Georgia are now testing Apple's iBeacons. The plan is ready to move to more stores in the southeast in the coming months ahead.

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13:30
The crapification of great iOS apps

I love physics-based games, and Fish Out Of Water by Halfbrick Studios is one of the best. Well, I should say it was one of the best, and for well over a year it brought a smile to my face on a daily basis. Today, it's simply not the same game it was...

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13:28
About the security content of Xcode 6.2 beta 3

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.2 beta 3.

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13:00
Procreate now available in a convenient pocket size

Procreate (US$5.99) has long been the go-to app for artists wanting to use their iPad as a digital canvas. Today there's a new version of the app available for those who want the ultimate portable art studio - Procreate Pocket ($2.99) for iPhone.

Op...

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12:59
Lyft, Seamless & Amazon Instant Video add iPhone...

A trio of popular apps --?Amazon Instant Video, Lyft and Seamless -- all gained native-resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Thursday, joining a number of others also updated this week. In addition, JetBlue airlines added Touch ID logins for TrueBlue members, while SwiftKey is providing users with a free, festive holiday keyboard theme.

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12:50
Siri founder Adam Cheyer tells the story of its...

While the video is at times technical and “in the weeds” it is a great overview of the creation of Siri that I hadn’t yet seen.  Mixed in are anecdotes about Apple, Steve Jobs and other players that made the technology happen.

Walking backward in time, Adam discussed the technical history of Siri as well as how the vision of virtual personal assistants evolved over time. He wowed the audience with a video from 1987 on a concept from Apple where predicted a Siri like device 24 years in the future and was only off by 2 weeks.

The talk is from the Listen 2014 Conference given last month. Cheyer left Apple in late 2012 and has started work on a new Startup

 

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: ...

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12:49
Hands On: Habits Pro (iOS)

They say it takes 21 days to make a good habit or break a bad one, which seems simple enough. Logically, most people should be able to clear the three week hurdle with little effort. However, most of us can get a little absent-minded, especially when we get busy. That's why Habits Pro, by Track & Share Apps, exists -- to help people stay on task in their quest for self-improvement....



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12:31
McDonald’s increases sales by beaming offers to...

McDonald’s is testing Bluetooth beacon-based offers in at least some of its locations as it pilots beacon platform Piper that works with both iOS devices using Apple’s iBeacon framework and other mobile devices.

Piper announced today that it’s testing its beacon platform in McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia and pushing deals out to users that download its mobile app that sends location-based offers when users come in contact with its beacons.

While the initial pilot is...

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12:30
Daily Deals for December 18, 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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12:19
Apple Vehemently Disagrees with the BBC's...

On Monday we reported that the BBC was going to air a special called "Apple's Broken Promises" on Thursday. Prior to the special airing later this afternoon in North America, the BBC wanted to get their story out before others. They begin their report by stating that "Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation." Apple immediately responded by telling the BBC that they strongly disagreed with the program's conclusions.

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12:19
Amazon announces Prime Now service for parts of...

If you’re in the heart of New York City and can’t get your Amazon order fast enough, this is for you.

Amazon has just announced a 1-hour delivery service in the form of Prime Now, exclusive to Prime members. The service currently limited to select areas of Manhattan and users can choose 1-hr delivery forUS $7.99 or select a 2-hr window for free.

The Amazon Prime Now app is available for iOS and offers bike messenger position tracking.

The app requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

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12:15
The Week in iOS Apps: The latest from Google, MSN,...

The latest from Google, MSN, and more

Some of the biggest names in the computer industry have new or fresh iOS apps available this week. Read on!

Email+

This $3 app is supposed to make email on your iOS device a frictionless experience—if you don’t sign in, the app will automatically use your iOS email address for sending and receiving. It integrates with other apps, letting you send information from Maps and Safari, and even lets you attach GIFs with a built-in Giphy search. It bundles together with the new Group Text+ app for just $4.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:10
Tim Cook makes personal donation to LGBT equality...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a “generous personal financial investment” in Project One America, an LGBT equality campaign focused on three Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin announced the donation on the civil rights organization’s blog today.

When Tim first learned about HRC’s Project One America – our bold, comprehensive campaign to dramatically advance equality for LGBT Americans in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi – he said, “I’m in.” Thanks to his generous personal financial investment in the program, together we will move the needle forward at the local and state level, tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most.

In announcing the Apple CEO’s personal donation to Project One America, the HRC also praised...

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12:03
Apple rejects conclusions of BBC expose showing...

Ahead of the airing of a Panorama documentary on the subject, the BBC has published a web piece revealing the outcomes of its investigation into Apple's supply chain. The network went undercover and charges that promises to protect the rights of workers were "routinely broken." In particular the BBC found violations of standards for work hours, ID cards, dormitories, meetings, and underage labor at Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai....



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12:00
News: BBC investigative report claims Apple fails to...

Apple has not lived up to its commitment to improve working conditions in its Chinese suppliers’ factories, according to a new undercover BBC investigation. In a documentary scheduled to air tonight, titled “Apple’s Broken Promises,” BBC Panorama shows what conditions inside a Chinese iPhone 6 production line are really like. The investigation found standards being breached at Pegatron factories on everything from workers’…

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12:00
FlowVella: The presentation app formerly known as...

What's the difference between Flowboard and Flipboard? If you're the creators of Flowboard - a presentation creation app -apparently the app name isn't different enough from Flipboard, the story aggregation app. A trademark court found Flowboard to b...

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11:58
Unedited footage of a bear…Wait, what?

From Kottke.org:

Following in the footsteps of Too Many Cooks is Unedited Footage of a Bear. It aired for the first time on Adult Swim this week in their 4am infomercial slot. It starts off as a nature thing with a bear which is interrupted by a fake infomercial and then. Gets. WEIRD.

First things first, weird does not even begin to describe this experience. I found it riveting and, more importantly, disturbing. So don’t watch this if you are not in a safe place, personally, and I wouldn’t share this with kids. But if you feel up to it, dig in.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:48
Experts Forecast the End of Privacy as We Know It


Privacy's future appears muddy at best, judging from a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More than 2,500 Internet experts and analysts were narrowly divided on whether policy makers and technology innovators would create a secure, popularly accepted and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025. Fifty-five percent didn't believe a structure to protect privacy would be in place; 45 percent believed such a structure would be created.

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11:47
Third iOS 8.2 beta brings back blood glucose tracking

Apple has begun seeding a third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers. Significantly the code restores blood glucose tracking in the Health app, which was temporarily disabled earlier this year due to confusion caused by the app displaying data in mg/dL but accepting data from devices using mmol/L as well. In the new software, users can toggle between mg/dL or mmol/L....



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11:32
BBC Documentary Claims Apple Fails to Protect...

Earlier this week, BBC One announced plans to air a documentary called Apple's Broken Promises, detailing the factory conditions of the overseas workers who are creating components and assembling the company's iPhones.

Apple's Broken Promises is set to air tonight, but ahead of the documentary's launch, BBC News has published a story outlining what they discovered when they visited Pegatron factories in China and mines in Indonesia.

During the visit, the BBC found that workers at Pegatron factories were forced to put in long hours assembling Apple devices, and that there were violations with ID cards, dormitories, work meetings, and juvenile workers.

Multiple reporters went undercover at the factory as part of the documentary, and...

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11:30
Hal Leonard PlayAlong has wealth of interactive...

Hal Leonard PlayAlong is an interactive sheet music app that provides powerful tools for learning, playing and recording a wide variety of music. Everything from Adele to Frank Sinatra to the Frozen soundtrack is available in the integrated Sheet Mus...

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11:07
The Story Behind Apple’s ‘The Song’ Commercial (...

I love Apple's new spot called "The Song." It was released on Sunday, and on Wednesday Apple published a behind-the-scenes video called "The Story Behind 'The Song.'" It explains the concept evident in the commercial-a young woman finds a a record of a love song her grandmother made for her grandfather. She then takes that recording, which was made in a Voice-O-Graph booth , and adds guitar and vocals to turn it into a duet. More interestingly, however, the video also shows how Apple worked with Third Man Records-the label owned by Jack White-to make the video. The actress who played the grandmother in the late 40s recorded the song used in the commercial on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph owned by Third Man Records. That same booth was filmed for the commercial, too. Check it out-it's very cool.

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11:05
Mac: Algoriddim djay Pro

Algoriddim’s djay app has pretty much set the standard for digital DJ’ing, having debuted for the Mac back in 2006 and then of course, it later morphed into impressive iPad and iPhone versions. Now, however, Algoriddim has taken its flagship app to the next level with djay Pro ($50), a landmark update and redesign that brings the Mac version more in-line with the highly popular iOS versions, while aiming to take advantage of the full power available on the latest Mac platforms and build a user interface that is powerful enough for pros, yet accessible enough for the average consumer. The new version, rewritten as a native 64-bit application, provides a 60fps graphics engine and is optimized for the Retina Displays on the MacBook Pros and new iMacs. A $50 price tag is the 40 percent-off launch price for an unestablished amount of time.
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11:02
iOS 8.2 brings back blood glucose tracking, explains...



In addition to supporting WatchKit and the Apple Watch, the iOS 8.2 software update will re-introduce some previously removed features in Apple’s Health app on iOS 8 as well as provide some feature enhancements. As discovered in the latest iOS 8.2 beta for developers, Apple is reintroducing support for blood glucose tracking through the iOS 8 Health app after an issue with which unit of...

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11:00
Apple Files for "Apple Pay" Trademark in...

While Apple has already filed for trademarks regarding their new Apple Pay logo and updated Passbook icon reflecting Apple Pay, it was only today that they filed for "Apple Pay" the actual brand name. Apple's first filing for this trademark was made in Europe. In other Intellectual Property news today, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two new Registered Trademarks covering "iPad Air" and "True Tone."

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11:00
Jimmy Fallon gifts his audience with iPads

Everybody in the studio audience last night for NBC's Tonight Show got a little something last night from host Jimmy Fallon: a sparkling new iPad Air 2.

Fallon is a huge fan of Apple products, with a MacBook on his set desk and iPad doo-wop duets wi...

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10:54
Apple says ‘no other company doing as much’ in...

Ahead of a BBC special exploring work conditions in Apple’s supply chain airing tonight, BBC.com today published a story revealing the results of its investigation. The news outlet went undercover into Apple’s supply chain and claims “Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely broken” while citing a number of workplace violations:

It found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories…Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai… One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts...

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10:49
djay Pro hits the decks with huge OS X update

Much of the innovation in DJ software has centered on mobile over the past couple of years. The white-hot iOS market has exploded with DJ software lead by Algoriddim‘s revolutionary djay app for iPhone and iPad, which have changed the way DJs play music live.

In additional to its popular iOS apps Algoriddim also offers djay for OS X (first launched in 2006) that today got a major reboot as djay Pro ($49.99,...

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10:47
Algoriddim unveils djay Pro for Mac

Algoriddim has released djay Pro, the first professional version of its djay for the desktop.

djay Pro boasts Spotify integration, giving DJs access to over 20 million tracks instantly. The all-new music library in djay Pro enables DJs to combine their Spotify tracks from the cloud along with their local iTunes tracks into a single library.

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10:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-18

You can't buy an iPhone in Russia today because Apple isn't cool with the wildly fluctuating ruble. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision and what impact that has on the company and consumers, plus they take a detour into Sony's decision to not release "The Interview," and they touch on Netflix's decision to not offer movies for offline viewing.


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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 8.2 to registered developers, featuring a build number of 12D5452a. As with other recent versions, the latest beta appears to be primarily focused on fixes and enhancements to WatchKit to allow developers to continue preparing their apps for next year’s debut of the Apple Watch....

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10:06
Jimmy Fallon gives out iPad Air 2 to Tonight Show...

On Wednesday's episode of the Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon gave away an iPad Air 2 to every member of the studio audience. The segment (below) was part of a week-long series of giveaways. It wasn't identified which models people were getting, although NBC may have opted to give people 16GB Wi-Fi versions, given the costs involved. Even at that bottom tier, the tablet costs $499....



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10:03
Yahoo iOS app adds local news, comments, & new...


Yahoo announced an update to its Yahoo iOS app today that adds local news, commenting, and UI tweaks to the company’s app for accessing news and other Yahoo services.

Want to know more about what’s going on around you? Today we’re bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App. As you move around the country, you’ll be able to see what’s going on in your area.

In addition to local news stories for users in the US, readers now have the ability to comment on articles:

“Now, you can...

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10:00
A novel smartphone case that should never touch your...

YouTube member curtisnstacey created a novel smartphone case that requires you to push your phone into a ballon as it is deflating. It's a clever trick that will allow the balloon to fold itself over your phone, forming a protective cover.

Though in...

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09:55
Apple releases third beta of iOS 8.2 with latest...

Developers on Thursday were supplied with a new beta of iOS 8.2 as well as Xcode 6.2, providing the latest updates to Apple's WatchKit tools for creating Apple Watch apps.

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09:53
Family Sharing is convenient, but comes with its own...

UPDATE: This article originally omitted discussing how location sharing
can be selectively disabled for members of a Family Sharing
group, and has been updated to include that.

No Mac is an island, and every iPad is part of the main. But Apple has, for many years, had trouble with letting a group of allied people—let’s call them a “family”—make best used of shared devices and shared digital purchases. Family Sharing is the latest attempt by Apple to facilitate families’ sharing (if not caring).

It comes with a hidden curse, though: Families that share together can have all their devices wiped together and all track each other’s locations, regardless of one’s age. One could argue these are good things when you’ve chosen to opt into Family Sharing and location sharing. But, as your faithful writer keeps stressing, you have to know the risks in order to evaluate them.

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09:51
Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, just over a week after seeding the second beta and one month after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta.

The beta, Build 12D5452a, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit.

iOS 8.2 includes the WatchKit SDK, allowing developers to create apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple's upcoming wearable device ahead of its 2015 launch. The first iOS 8.2 beta, with WatchKit SDK and developer documentation, revealed several new details about the Apple Watch, including its heavy reliance on the iPhone and the different types of content developers can create for the device.

Recent Mac and...

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09:50
Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers

Apple today released the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers for testing. The first iOS 8.2 beta was previously released alongside WatchKit to allow developers to test app functionality ahead of the upcoming Apple Watch release while the second release went out last week. We’ll update with any significant changes found in the latest iOS 8.2 beta release.

- The update is currently rolling out over-the-air to testers running previous versions of the iOS 8...

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09:39
Algoriddim djay Pro comes to Mac, TurboTax debuts...

Popular music tool djay Pro has made the leap from iOS to OS X with a new app on the Mac App Store, competing with the likes of Traktor. In addition, TurboTax on Thursday introduced an all-new iOS app ahead of tax season, allowing taxpayers to conveniently file wherever they are.

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09:35
9to5 Guide: The best iPad stands, docks, and cases...

iPads need stands. Whether you’re watching videos, long-form typing, or making FaceTime calls, it’s a chore to hold the iPad upright for extended blocks of time. To address that need, Apple launched the first iPad with regular and keyboard docks, but quickly gave up on them in favor of simpler folding lids called Smart Covers.

If you’re looking for an iPad stand or dock, you can do better than that. We know because we’ve tested lots of options for Apple’s tablets. Following up on our guide to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus docks, we’re looking today at the very best of what’s out there for every iPad, covering four broad categories: simple portable stands, simple desktop stands, cases with integrated stands...

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09:30
SwiftKey gets into the holiday spirit with a free...

By now you should have completely abandoned the iOS default keyboard in favor of one of the many fantastic third-party options available -- if you haven't, what is wrong with you? -- and if SwiftKey is your weapon of choice you'll find that an app up...

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09:24
Jawbone delays shipping Up3 fitness tracker until...

Jawbone will be missing out on the bump in revenues from holiday sales of its new flagship product entirely, it has been reported. The Up3, launched at the start of November and originally set to ship before the end of the year, will instead be delayed to early next year, thanks to delays caused by a number of manufacturing issues....



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09:05
Duet Display Offers Tethered Solution to Turn an...

While there are several apps designed to turn the iPad or iPhone into a secondary display for a Mac, the most popular options use Wi-Fi, which can render them all but unusable at times due to unavoidable lag. A new app from developer and former Apple Engineer Rahul Dewan aims to solve these lag problems with a tethered solution that turns an iOS device into a more reliable secondary display.

Duet Display, which is launching today, is the one of the first apps that transforms the iPad and the iPhone into an extra display for the Mac using a Lightning or 30-pin cable. By sending data over a cable instead of Wi-Fi, Duet Display is able to greatly improve on the lag is typically present when an iOS device is used as a secondary display.

Duet Display offers both a Retina mode and a non-Retina mode, along with options for 30 or 60 frames per second, and it's easy to install and setup,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 026 on ECM PnP...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Frank Marasco on the samples he’s been working on in the Office 365 Developer PnP initiative.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP26_Frank.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Apple raised more than $20 million in holiday...

Apple raised more than US$20 million in its recent Product (RED) holiday campaign, reports Re/code citing an internal email that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to employees.

"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more t...

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 3 Now Available

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08:58
Microsoft Rumored to be Preparing an Xbox VR Headset...

A supply chain rumor site in Taiwan is claiming today that Microsoft is planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product as early as the E3 gaming show in June next year. The rumor supports a number of game centric patent pending inventions that Microsoft has on record. Our report provides you with more details on this new rumor and Microsoft's gaming patents.

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08:40
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic Field ($100) is a stereo audio/video field microphone that plugs directly into the Lightning port of an iOS device. Though it looks a lot like IK's previous iRig Mic Cast, that accessory was designed specifically for voice recordings. iRig Mic Field can handle stereo-quality audio or video recordings, including field and music recordings. The pocket-sized microphone can rotate 90 degrees for easy recording in portrait or landscape mode. We'll have a full review in the near future.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:34
Amazon Prime Now offers one-hour deliveries in...

After experimenting with same-day deliveries in a number of cities, Amazon is now increasing the speed of delivery for some customers with the launch of Prime Now. The new service, launching in Manhattan today, will let Prime subscribers place orders for thousands of essential items, and receive the delivery on their doorstep in an hour or less....



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08:33
djay Pro for Mac brings four decks, Spotify, high-...

Algoriddim has launched djay Pro, a new Mac edition of its typically iOS-based DJ software. In its new incarnation the app supports up to four simultaneous decks, rather than two, and can draw music not just from a local iTunes library but from Spotify, thanks to a partnership with the streaming music service. It also exploits Retina displays and multi-core 64-bit processors; on a 12-core Mac Pro, the app can handle up to 24 processing threads at once for track analysis....



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08:29
iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures

Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.


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08:17
Apple's holiday push for AIDS-fighting...

Apple’s past Black Friday deals were never anything major—usually small discounts that covered sales tax and not much else. For last year’s annual shopping holiday, the company moved to free gift cards with purchase, and this year was more of the same. But this past Black Friday, your purchases also raised money for the AIDS-fighting nonprofit (RED) and The Global Fund—more than $20 million in total.

In an email to Apple employees first reported by Re/code, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has raised more than $100 million for (RED) since first partnering with the Bono-led nonprofit in 2006. Apple donated a percentage of (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards that were handed out with select Black Friday purchases, and on Cyber Monday (...

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08:00
Judge denies request to release video of Steve Jobs...

Just one day after Apple emerged victorious in its iPod antitrust lawsuit, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that there was no overwhelming "public interest" in releasing videotaped deposition testimony of Steve Jobs taken a few months before his pa...

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07:56
iPhone Apps: Drafts, Procreate, FX Photo Studio
07:33
Watch Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Oprah Moment’, gifting The...

Alongside Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon has become the voice of the iPhone 6 with Apple releasing a continuous series of ads featuring both entertainers. Fallon also sits behind a MacBook on the set of The Tonight Show on NBC, something that he brought over from his time hosting Late Night on NBC.

Now Fallon’s Tonight Show is giving the gift of Apple, specifically to the studio audience from last night’s taping as each attendee was gifted with a brand new iPad Air 2 as part of this week’s holiday gift giveaway segment. See the clip above (and wish you were there!) …

(We know Hulu works in a very limited number of countries and will post the YouTube clip when available.)

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged:...

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07:22
Job listing points to global Apple Pay growth,...

(Updated with Chinese job listing) A new job listing indicates that Apple is actively working on expanding Apple Pay worldwide, beginning with Europe. The company is seeking an Apple Pay intern who will work with a London-based team. The listing states that Apple Pay is "set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa," and that the London group will collaborate with "issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe."...



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07:12
The Patent behind Apple's Emergency Call...

On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that may interest some. The first reveals the details behind their invention that debuted with iOS 7 regarding emergency calls made with Siri. Technically, this is another patent fulfilled. The second patent application that we cover in this report reveals...

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07:08
Apple seeks Shanghai-based Apple Pay engineer ahead...

Apple is gearing up for the global expansion of its tap-to-pay mobile wallet service, Apple Pay, with new hires sought to fill positions avialable around the world, including in China.

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07:02
BMW's Self-Parking Tech Relieves Drivers From...


BMW Group this week previewed the automated parking technology it will showcase at next month's International CES in Las Vegas. The Remote Valet Parking Assistant features 36-degree collision avoidance with secure position and environment recognition. It will be demonstrated at the trade show in BMW's electric i3. The parking assistant, which utilizes four advanced laser scanners, can identify impediments such as columns and other obstacles and reliably chart a route to a parking spot.

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07:00
Algoriddim releases djay Pro for the Mac with...

Just in time for non-stop holiday parties, last minute mix-tapes for your friends and family or an always appreciated compilation of road-trip standards, the world's best-selling DJ app just got a whole lot better.

Algoriddim, creators of the Apple ...

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06:49
Dejal revs the Simon server monitoring tool to...

Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has announced Simon 4.0, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

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06:40
Cisdem releases AppCrypt for Mac OS X

Cisdem, an innovative Mac applications developer, has announced the recent release of AppCrypt for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps.

It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. According to Brandon Hancock, manager of the AppCrypt project for Cisdem, key features include:

° Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage;

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06:33
Future iPhones could enhance security with...

Apple has shown interest in combining the use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with rotating or moving a user's fingertip in specific ways, offering even more advanced security on future iPhones and iPads.

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06:33
Total War: Shogun 2 ready for the Mac

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Fall of the Samurai is now available for the Mac.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, it's the standalone expansion pack for Total War: SHOGUN 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year. The game is available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store.

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06:31
Hyundai Bringing New 'Display Audio' In-...

Hyundai today confirmed that it will showcase its new CarPlay-enabled Display Audio system next month at CES 2015. Display Audio is a dash-installed color touchscreen display that supports the latest in-car handsfree technology.

Hyundai's Display Audio forgoes built-in navigation and CD player features, instead including support for Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to allow drivers to make phone calls, listen to music, send messages, and get directions using the car's in-dash display. The system also integrates with the voice command button on the steering wheel, providing drivers with an easy way to launch Siri Eyes Free commands.“Hyundai will offer more technology than ever before inside affordable Hyundai models, allowing owners not only to text message through voice commands and...

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06:25
Hands On: Moxie 2 (iOS)

Word games have been around for a very long time. Most people grew up playing Scrabble or Boggle, and many have moved on to similar games like Words with Friends. The one thing most word games have in common is that they require, at minimum, two players. But now there's Moxie 2, by Blue Ox Technologies Ltd, a intuitive single-player word game....



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06:23
SceneTool for OS X lets you turn 3D scenes to Swift/...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced SceneTool 1.0 (http://bijokmind.com/scenetool/), his new code generator tool for Mac OS X.

SceneTool turns simple 3D scenes into Swift or Objective C code, allowing developers to export code that can be used for iOS or OS X Xcode projects. Each object type have their own unique properties such as inner radius and outer radius for torus. Both image and color can be set as a material property. The 3D scene also can be modified by changing light, camera and floor properties.

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06:22
News: Tim Cook announces $20M raised for (PRODUCT)...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent out an e-mail to employees announcing that Apple has raised $20 million this quarter for (PRODUCT)RED, iClarified reports, with Apple’s Holiday (PRODUCT)RED campaign likely contributing the lion’s share of the fundraising, which goes to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever —…

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06:21
Daily Deal: Get Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a lifetime subscription to a collection of over 5,000 Adobe training videos for only $79. With Train Simple’s award-winning training videos, you can become an Adobe expert and web design master, learning at your own pace. Courses include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Flash, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, Edge Products, Muse, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, WordPress, Premiere, and Audition,…

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06:20
Sony “stuck in 1992″ after hacks – except for Macs,...

A Sony employee has described the company as being “stuck in 1992″ following the massive hacks, with employees desperately trying to avoid using any technology that could be compromised, reports TechCrunch.

“Some people had to send faxes. They were dragging old printers out of storage to cut checks,” she said. “It was crazy.”

The company is even encouraging staff to avoid using phones – presumably including the company’s own Android Xperia smartphones and tablets – in favor of face-to-face meetings.

There has, though, been one exception to the ban on modern technology: Apple kit.

“People using Macs were fine,” she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones.

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06:13
Apple to charge VAT per-country at European App...

Apple has sent an email to iOS developers, notifying them of a change to the way it handles VAT (value-added taxes) at European App Stores. Currently the company charges a single VAT rate across the European Union; soon, though, it plans to charge on a per-country basis. The change is due to take effect on January 1st....



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06:08
Apple Raises $20M in 2014 Product (RED) Campaign

Apple's Product (RED) campaign to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in November brought in over US$20 million. The campaign included money from the sale of participating apps, along with proceeds from global sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


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06:05
Algoriddim releases djay Pro for Mac w/ Spotify...

Algoriddim is ending the year with a bang with the launch of djay Pro for Mac — its most powerful version of the popular music mixing app.  Spotify integration added access to over 20 million songs for djay users in May, and Algoriddim released djay for Android for the first time this part October. With the release of the professional version of djay for the desktop, Algoriddim is adding access to your Spotify library for mixing right in the DJ app and highlighting ‘pro’ features and capabilities with this brand new version.What makes the...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 7

As we head into the second half of 12 days of Mixes, we examine how constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

Today’s mix: Liz Wiseman, “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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06:00
Apple profiles the musicians behind its new '...

Apple this weekend released a new holiday advertisement called "The Song" that told the story of a young woman who remastered a love song sung by her grandmother to her husband before he left for military service. To promote its commercial, Apple yes...

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05:52
UK carriers agree to £5B investment to improve...

A suggestion by the British government has prompted carriers to improve their mobile networks. EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three have all agreed to collectively invest at least £5 billion ($7.8 billion) into a program to improve their mobile networks across the United Kingdom, in order to avoid being forced to implement a proposed "National Roaming" scheme....



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05:46
Phone Breaker iCloud-hacking software now supports...

Elcomsoft’s Phone Breaker software, used by law enforcement agencies but also thought to have been used by iCloud hackers to access celebrity nudes, has been updated to support accounts using two-factor authentication, reports MacWorld. It can also now access WhatsApp message files and iWork documents.

It’s not as scary as it sounds – the software can only be used once the attacker already has an Apple ID and password,...

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05:00
Mass Entroll iOS Devices Into Bushel

When you add a bunch of devices to an MDM, we call it mass enrolling. Adding iPads, iPhones and iPods to your Bushel can be done through Apple Configurator. Apple Configurator automates the enrollment process, but when working with Bushel the enrollment profile has the username and email address, if you’re using email. This means that you would only want to use a mass enrollment option with Bushel if you are not using email, if all of your users will have the same generic email address or if your users will enter their own email information.

As mentioned, an enrollment profile automatically adds your devices to your Bushel. To obtain the enrollment profile:

  • Log into your Bushel.
  • Click on Devices.
  • Click on Enroll for Enroll This Device.
  • Click on Enroll This Device.
  • Once the profile is downloaded, it...
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05:00
Giveaway: Rip those DVDs for free with MacX DVD...

DVDs are so ... 1990s. Wouldn't you love to be able to move all of those movies you purchased over to your Mac or iOS device? Digiarty and TUAW are giving away 500 free copies of MacX DVD Ripper Pro each day from today until December 24, 2014.

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04:59
Review: Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones rival...

When I put together my premium headphone gift guide, a commentator suggested that there was one more pair that deserved to make the list: the $399 Master & Dynamic MH40. The visual design had initially led me to assume these were semi-open cans – and thus not ideal for mobile use – but I found this wasn’t the case, and decided to give them a try.

I should say I’m a hard sell with headphones. I may not venture into four-figure professional headphone territory, but I’m prepared to spend a decent chunk of change on something with well above average sound, and my beloved Bowers & Wilkins P5s were the result of much research and listening time. They match superb sound with extremely sleek looks and great comfort. P5s are, for me, the standard against which all other premium headphones get judged, so you’ll understand me drawing comparisons between the two...

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04:44
Hands On: Mazec – Handwriting Input Method (iOS)

People must really dislike Apple's on-screen keyboard for iPhones and iPads, because the instant we could try alternatives, we got alternatives. Some seem different for the sake of being different. Some, like TextExpander's one, add useful new features -- yet take away some of the usability. But then you get the odd keyboard like Mazec, which tries to offer a true alternative. Rather than typing, you scribble with a stylus -- if you've got one, and haven't lost it -- or with your finger....



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04:34
Tidy Up for Mac OS X gets a Yosemite-ish interface

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.

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04:22
5G in 2020 will be rare

According to a new Market Data forecasts from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), it will take more than five years for 5G to reach 100 million subscriber mark — two years longer than 4G.

4G subscriber growth was much faster than with previous generations, fueled by the capabilities of increasingly powerful smartphones and the availability of 4G devices. 5G subscriber growth will likely be a bit more muted at first due to the increased complexity of 5G cells and networks, but will pick up in 2023.

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04:22
5G in 2020 will be rare

According to a new Market Data forecasts from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), it will take more than five years for 5G to reach 100 million subscriber mark — two years longer than 4G.

4G subscriber growth was much faster than with previous generations, fueled by the capabilities of increasingly powerful smartphones and the availability of 4G devices. 5G subscriber growth will likely be a bit more muted at first due to the increased complexity of 5G cells and networks, but will pick up in 2023.

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04:16
Apple Invents New Touch ID Virtual Combination...

On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new unlock option being devised. The new method would involve Touch ID and the addition of a combination lock code using finger motion. While using Touch ID, the user would ...

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04:13
Kool Tools: AccountEdge Pro 2015

Acclivity's AccountEdge Pro 2015, the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows, adds serialized inventory and sales commission tracking, among other features.

AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 

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04:06
Ohanaware releases Fun Card Studio 2 for OS X

Ohanaware has released a new version of their photo sharing application, Fun Card Studio. Fun Card Studio was designed to be a simple to use application, that can be used to combine photos with effects and text to create meme styled Post Cards.

Version 2 is a reboot of Fun Card Studio. This new version has been completely re-written from scratch, creating a brand new application with a modern interface and feature set to fit with Mac OS X Yosemite's look and feel.

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03:58
MacStories’ must have iPad Apps, 2014 edition

Federico Viticci, writing for MacStories, put together his annual list of must have apps, starting with those for iPad. This is a surprisingly comprehensive list and well worth the read.

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03:38
BBEdit 11.0.2 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.



Version 11.0.2: Bug fixes:

  • Added some code to work around a bug in OS X 10.10 and 10.10.1 (Radar 18785168 and 18701840) in which the height of the Open and Save panels would creep by 22 pixels each time, until the bottom edge of the panel was off screen and inaccessible...

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03:37
This is where Apple’s money comes from

Business Insider posted an infographic showing the relative contributions to the bottom line from these sectors, in descending order: iPhone, iPad, Mac, iTunes & Software, Accessories, and iPod.

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03:30
Editor’s Picks: Our favorite cases for the iPhone 6...

Case, or no case?

The great case debate: Though it’s a shame to cover up your shiny, pretty new iPhone, the downside is that you risk dropping it or getting it all scratched up if you leave it bare. So, if you have to put a case on it, might as well make it a good case.

We try out a ton of cases, but there are some that we just keep coming back to, despite our differences in taste. Here are some of our favorite cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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03:29
Judge keeps Steve Jobs video testimony from public...

The Verge:

A California judge has denied a request from a trio of media outlets to make video deposition of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs available to the public.

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03:21
ExpanDrive 4.2.1 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC



Version 4.2.1:

  • [New] Support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business/Office 365
  • [Fixed] Fixed issue where licensing information would sometimes be lost
  • [Fixed] Fixed issue causing some S3 connections to fail



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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03:17
Blackberry Classic

BBC News:

Blackberry has launched what it calls a “no-nonsense” smartphone, the Blackberry Classic.

A phone designed to stem the flow of losses.

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03:16
Adobe After Effects CC 2014 13.2 - Create...

After Effects CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous After Effects customer). After Effects CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

The new, more connected After Effects CC 2014 can make the impossible possible. Get powerful new features like a Live 3D Pipeline that brings CINEMA 4D scenes in as layers - without intermediate rendering. Share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place.

After Effects CC is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and...

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03:05
Goodbye, Nation. Goodbye, Blowhard Self.

A sad day in the nation. Tonight is the very last episode of The Colbert Report.

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02:53
Apple Files their Third Patent Application for...

On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their third 3D app invention that will allow users and/or artists to customize a 3D model. The designs could be changed, re-defined, re-drawn, smoothed or otherwise deformed so that the asset may have a seamless transition with the remainder of the model....

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00:42
Canada court orders Apple divulge documents in...

The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday said it will order Apple to release documents to the country's Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation into possible anticompetitive practices regarding iPhone partner carrier contracts.

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Wednesday December 17

23:10
Review: Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solutions. While consumers often compromise in battery life, design or sound, the sub-$100 market offers a wide array of choices. Computer builder Dell entered into the Bluetooth speaker market with a value model, looking to entice consumers with a long battery life and compact, minimal design. But is the Dell AD211 a good buy for consumers looking to get the most out of their money, or does it fail to meet modest expectations? Find out in our review....



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22:24
Tim Cook: Apple World AIDS Day campaign raised $20...

In a memo to all employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the recent (Product) RED campaign, which ran through app upgrade purchases, in-store items and online accessories during the run-up to World AIDS Day on December 1 raised over $20 million, which will be seeded to the Global Fund. The group fights HIV/AIDS, malaria and other health threats largely in Africa and other impoverished areas. Cook said that the promotion has thus pushed Apple's total contribution to over $100 million since 2006....



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22:00
Reviews: Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solutions. While consumers often compromise in battery life, design or sound, the sub-$100 market offers a wide array of choices. Computer builder Dell entered into the Bluetooth speaker market with a value model, looking to entice consumers with a long battery life and com ......

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21:20
Hands On: Default Folder X (OS X)

If Apple has its way, then one day we will never save another document -- and we will never think about where it went. It will just be there when we want to open it again. That's nice. Until then, we open and save documents nearly as often as we check Facebook. Which makes it a shame that OS X rather fights us. You can open a document from this folder on that network drive and you can then save it on that folder on this USB stick, but it is a pain. Not much of a pain, let's not get carried away here, but try doing it twice and see how you feel. That's where Default Folder X comes in....



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21:12
Apple announces changes to European App Store taxes...

Apple has sent an email to iOS developers informing them of upcoming changes to the way taxes are handled on European App Store purchases. Rather than use the same VAT rate across the entire European Union, Apple will now calculate the charges based on the customer’s home country.

This could lead to a rise in app prices in some countries where value-added taxes are higher than users are currently being charged. Apple also notes in the email that developer’s cuts of app profits will be calculated after the VAT has been deducted from the purchase price.

The changes will go into effect on January 1st. Apple’s tax practices recently came under fire from government authorities.

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20:59
Evernote 6.0.5 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients



Version 6.0.5: Bug fixes and other improvements:

  • Fixed an issue which caused note content not to display.
  • Added the ability to export to a PDF from Presentation Mode.
  • Improved toolbar icon visibility.
  • Resolved various sync and crashing issues.

Work Chat improvements:

  • Share content with your Gmail contacts.
  • Added the ability to block contacts in Work Chat.


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20:59
Cobook 3.0.8 - Intelligent address book. (Demo)

Cobook Contacts is an intuitive, engaging address book.

Solve the problem of contact management with Cobook Contacts and its simple interface and powerful syncing and integration possibilities.

Keep your contacts:

  • Organized with tags. A simple tagging system means finding particular contacts is as easy as can be.
  • Automatically up-to-date. Keep your contacts up-to-date by syncing them with Facebook, Twitter, or Xing profiles.
  • Within reach. Quickly access your contacts from the menu bar on your Mac or on your iPhone or iPad with the iOS companion app.

Note: Cobook is free to download, but contains several in-app purchases which significantly extend its functionality, so we've listed it as a demo.



Version 3.0.8:

  • Fixes default contact source selection



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19:35
Reaction to the Sony hack is “beyond the realm of...

Vice:

It is mind boggling to me, particularly when you compare it to real things that have actually happened. Someone killed 12 people and shot another 70 people at the opening night of Batman: The Dark Knight. They kept that movie in the theaters. You issue an anonymous cyber threat that you did not have the capability to carry out? We pulled a movie from 18,000 theaters.

There’s probably no worse way for Sony to have handled this. Incredible how messed up this has become.

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19:19
Yahoo’s Decline

From a New York Times Magazine excerpt of Nicholas Carlson’s upcoming book, Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo:

In many ways, Yahoo’s decline from a $128 billion company to one
worth virtually nothing is entirely natural. Yahoo grew into a
colossus by solving a problem that no longer exists. And while
Yahoo’s products have undeniably improved, and its culture has
become more innovative, it’s unlikely that Mayer can reverse an
inevitability unless she creates the next iPod. All breakthrough
companies, after all, will eventually plateau and then decline.
U.S. Steel was the first billion-dollar company in 1901, but it
was worth about the same in 1991. Kodak, which once employed
nearly 80,000 people, now has a market value below $1 billion.
Packard and Hudson ruled the roads for more than...

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19:07
Hands On: SuperSync (OS X, Windows)

Apple's iTunes media player has been around since 2001 -- meaning that for many users, it's likely that their library has traversed multiple system upgrades, duplicating and splintering across a variety of drives and mobile devices along the way. For this, there is SuperSync, an app designed to provide access to all your music in one location, allow libraries to be accessed via the Internet, and organize multiple music libraries as to stay organized. Aimed at DJs, avid music collectors, and anyone with multiple libraries, SuperSync aims to get all your tracks in a row. Pricing is organized by...



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18:36
Uber announces 'greater investment' in...

In response to the concerns of customers, legal troubles and bans in multiple markets around the world, rideshare/taxi service Uber has begun a study into ways to better screen drivers and improve overall safety. Phillip Cardenas, Uber's head of global safety, outlined the company's plans in a recent blog post today. Cardenas comes from Airbnb where he spearheaded the creation of that company's safety program....



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18:16
That is All That Matters

Forums: Troubleshooting

Changes matters as time passed by. It is what makes a lot of people aware of. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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17:57
Tim Cook praises Apple’s accomplishments, reveals $...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide email today recapping the year’s accomplishments and looking forward to 2015. Cook praises the “most innovative lineup ever” and expresses his pride in the hard work his employees have put into each product.

The executive highlights this year’s 30th anniversary of the Mac and the release of the latest iPhones,...

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17:50
Apple's World AIDS Day campaign raised over $...

In a note to employees sent out on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company donated more than $20 million to (PRODUCT) RED this quarter, in large part thanks to a World AIDS Day campaign featuring an Apps for (RED) promotion and a direct cut of Apple Store sales.

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17:45
Apple raises $20 million for Product Red

Apple CEO, Tim Cook:

“I’m thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million,” Cook wrote. “The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support.”

Much respect Apple people and everyone that purchased a product.

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17:23
Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU...

In an email sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple reminded developers of an upcoming value-added tax (VAT) rate policy change that will see customers pay fees based on their country of residence rather than other EU locales with lower taxes.

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17:13
Apple looking for London-based ‘Apple Pay Intern’ to...

A new UK job listing posted on Apple’s website and uncovered by iClarified indicates that the company is planning to expands its payment service into Europe and elsewhere. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Apple wants to put its iPhone 6-based payment system into as many hands worldwide as possible, but this is one of the first indications of a move in that direction.

The intern will be part of a new London-based team that will help roll the product out across Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia. Specifically the intern will be...

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17:12
Unusual buildings from around the world

Some of these are really whacky.

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17:09
Apple's (Product) RED Holiday Campaign Raised $...

For this year's World AIDS Day campaign, Apple ran several (Product) RED promotions, providing a (RED) section in the App Store and donating a portion of all retail and online sales from Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1.

According to an email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out to Apple employees (via Re/code), the campaign was a huge success, earning more than $20 million for the (Product) RED charity, which uses its funds to fight AIDS in Africa.

"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million -- our biggest ever -- bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million," Cook wrote. "The money we've raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It's a cause we...

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17:02
Terrorist Threats May Blow Up 'The Interview...


The now-notoriously controversial action comedy The Interview, which was expected to deliver profits of $90-$95 million for Sony, may have become a financial black hole. The movie's Thursday premiere in New York has been cancelled, and several movie theater chains have scrapped plans to screen it, following a hacker message referencing 9/11 and threatening physical attacks on theaters. Sony executives tacitly agreed to the cancellations but it's not clear whether they have axed the movie's Christmas debut.

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16:51
Job Listing Confirms Apple Pay Expansion is Underway...

Apple's newly introduced payment initiative Apple Pay is currently only available in the United States, but the company has said that it is "working hard" to bring the feature to additional countries.

A new job listing for an Apple Pay Intern via iClarified) seemingly confirms Apple's efforts to expand its payments service, stating that Apple Pay is "set to expand across Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa."

According to the job posting, the Apple Pay intern will join a London-based Apple Pay team that will facilitate the rollout of Apple pay to various countries by working with "Issuers, payment networks and merchants across Europe."

Apple Pay is...

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16:11
Apple Pay job listing hints at upcoming...

According to an Apple corporate job listing discovered on Wednesday, the tech giant is seeking an intern to assist in Apple Pay's EMEIA rollout, suggesting an expansion of the mobile payments solution is coming soon.

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16:04
Breaking: US reverses, to say North Korea behind...

US government officials now believe North Korea is, in fact, behind the attack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer system and subsequent data leaks, according to reports. The government is also said to be preparing to make an official statement about its findings, which may arrive as soon as tomorrow, though apparently there is still some internal debate as to what kind of response to make to the insular country. Previously, the FBI had said it had "no evidence" of a direct North Korean connection, though the country was suspected from the outset....



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16:00
X-Plane 10 is out for iOS and it is terrific

X-Plane is the premier flight simulator for Mac, Windows and Linux computers as well as iOS. It's accurate enough to have received FAA certification for some phases of flight training, and TUAW editor Steve Sande even mentioned seeing airline pilots ...

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15:57
‘Thinking Cleaner’ aims to combine iOS 8’s HomeKit...

A new product on Kickstarter is aiming to integrate iOS 8’s new HomeKit features into the Roomba automated vacuum cleaner (which our own Ben Lovejoy listed as one of the best home automation gifts for 2014). That product is the Thinking Cleaner, which is basically a new faceplate for your Roomba. Inside the faceplate, however, are the necessary electronics to connect the device to Wi-Fi and control it from your smartphone.

The Thinking Cleaner’s actual feature list is pretty extensive. It allows you to schedule cleaning cycles not only from the web, but from a native iOS app as well. It can also use geofencing to detect when you leave the house and automatically start cleaning. User-customizable notifications can let you know when the Roomba starts cleaning,...

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15:54
Dom’s last minute top tech gift guide (Video)

So you’ve waited until the last minute to pick up gift, eh? Well don’t worry, we’ve put together a handful of great gifts for the techie in your life. This gift guide isn’t going to be Apple-specific, but it’s definitely aimed at all of the tech fans out there…

There’s nothing better than last minute gift shopping, right? The stores can be a bit chaotic this time of year, but you can skip all of the headache by checking out some of these great deals and ordering online. All from the comfort of your computer. These gifts vary in price all the way from $10 to $150 and hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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15:47
External Link: Apple Halts Online Sales in Russia

Russia’s economy is in a tailspin due to falling oil prices, and the resulting fluctuations in the ruble have forced Apple to halt online sales there. Apple had already increased the Russian price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent due to the ruble’s plummet. Apple’s online store is its primary means of selling to Russian customers, since it does not have physical locations there.

 

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15:37
Judge Rules Steve Jobs Deposition Video Will Not See...

The Steve Jobs deposition video that played a key role in the iPod antitrust trial Apple faced in court last week will not see a public release, ruled by District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

In a filing released today (via AppleInsider), the judge denied a request issued by several major news outlets last week, including CNN, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press. The news agencies had filed a motion to have the deposition video, which was filmed just six months before Steve Jobs' death, released to the public.

Citing past precedent of a decision made by the Eighth Circuit court in a...

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15:32
Jobs' deposition in Apple-Real trial to remain...

As a postscript to Apple's unanimous win in a lawsuit brought by audio software company Real, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers on Wednesday turned down media requests to make public a videotaped deposition from Steve Jobs, in one of his final filmed appearances, that was presented during the trial. Jobs, who was quite ill at the time and just months from his resignation from Apple and later death, was videotaped answering questions about the case. Yesterday, a jury exonerated the iPhone maker from charges it had conspired to lock out competitors....



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15:30
New job posting points to Apple Pay expansion across...

Though Apple Pay initially debuted as a U.S.-only service, Apple executives haven't exactly been shy about their desire to expand the service into other parts of the world. In a sign that such efforts are picking up steam, iClarified spotted a recent...

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15:28
Judge denies media requests for public release of...

A judge decided today to deny media requests for a public release of Steve Jobs’ videotaped deposition in last week’s iPod antitrust case. Apple had been fighting back against these requests, saying that members of the press who wanted to air the video just wanted to see “a dead man.”

The ruling essentially...

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15:26
Apple puts forward 64-bit requirement for iOS...

It’s time for iOS developers to go all-in on 64-bit come next June.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

The clarification from Apple comes after developers expressed confusion regarding the company’s 64-bit app update policies. With Wednesday’s announcement, developers now have more than six months to prepare for the switch.

All newly submitted apps will require 64-bit support beginning on Feb. 1, 2015. They must also be built with the iOS 8 software development kit as of that deadline.

But developers will have longer to prepare their...

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15:25
On recording The Rolling Stones

There is just nothing like hearing from the guy that sits in the control room and is responsible for the recording. Some great tips in here too.

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15:05
9to5Toys Last Call: iMac Retina 5K $200 off, Pencil...

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:

Mac Desktops: iMac 5K $200 off, Mac Pro ...

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15:00
Pad & Quill's Bella Fino wallet case for...

Yesterday I reviewed the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6 Plus and loved it; today, we're going to take a look at how another case manufacturer handles the big iPhone with leather. That manufacturer is Pad & Quill, and the case is the Bella Fino fo...

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14:50
Hit List 2.0 Task Manager Checks Off Syncing, iPhone...

Karelia checked off a big to-do from its task list on Wednesday with the release of Hit List 2.0 for the iPhone. The update for the task manager app gained sync support with its Mac counterpart, plus it has a new way for organizing your to-dos with its Today and Upcoming lists. Hit List supports tasks with subtasks, tags and lists for organizing projects, repeating tasks, batch task editing, and more, all in an easy to use interface designed to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's bigger screens. You can pick up Hit List 2.0 at Apple's iTunes-based App Store at its introductory US$9.99 price.


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14:49
Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to...

After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.

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14:44
ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’...

The jury in the class action lawsuit claiming Apple violated antitrust rules to unfairly keep competitors out of the mobile device music market shot down the plaintiff's claims, and Jeff and Bryan are pretty pleased with the ruling. They also have plenty to say about Apple's ebook antitrust appeal and Tag Heuer's planned move into the smartwatch market.


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14:38
Drafts for iOS regains Notification Center widget in...


A few weeks ago, the popular note-taking app Drafts for iOS was updated at Apple’s request to remove its Notification Center widget, which the company said violated the rules for extensions. Now, it seems the tech giant has reversed its decision. Today’s 4.0.6 update to Drafts re-introduces the widget, which has gained additional functionality since the previous version.

The “new” and improved widget now the ability to show your recently saved notes. The app also gained a “new from selection” feature...

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14:37
Amplified: Waiting for the Victoria Secret/Heineken...

On this episode of Amplified, Jim and Shawn talk about lawsuits, packaging, Apple Watch and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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14:33
The Samson C01U Pro USB mic I use for podcasting

I’ve had some people ask what microphone I use on Amplified and other podcasts. I use the Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser and it’s on sale at Amazon.

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14:25
Sonnet introduces Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 Rackmount...

Sonnet Technologies has introduced the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0, a four-bay, hardware RAID 5, rackmount storage system with a USB 3.0 interface.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 integrates a high-performance RAID controller . Its USB 3.0 interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity and a range of compatibility. Its also packs a compact design.

The Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 (part number FUS-R4BR5-0TB) is available now at an manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349. More information on the product is available at http://tinyurl.com/qbygb6v .

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14:20
STM Harbour iPhone 6 Case is Colorful, Lightweight...

The Harbour iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) case from STM is sturdy, has dual layer construction, and works perfectly with a dock. It's lightweight, comes in four color combos, and has all the expected features of a protective case. And it's not very expensive, as iPhone cases go. However, it does not meet military standards for drops.


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14:16
Register for TMO’s Apple Watch Giveaway

I am pleased as punch to announce our Apple Watch giveaway with our friends at Stack Social! It's straight forward-register to receive deal notifications from TMO, and you'll be entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch. You can get additional entries by getting your friends to register, too. Check out the rules for the details-the winner will be drawn on February 17th, 2015-likely before Apple actually released the Apple Watch. So enter! And good luck.


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14:00
Petcube: Watch and play with your pet when you'...

Petcube (US$199.00) is a webcam with a difference. It is aimed at pet owners who want to keep track of their pets, communicate with them, and even play with them when you are away. Who doesn't wonder how their dog, cat or bird is doing when you are a...

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13:57
Command-C 1.1.7 - Clipboard sharing tool for iOS and...

Command-C is a revolutionary app which makes easy to share your clipboard between iOS and OS X using your local WiFi network, even if the app is not currently opened.

Copy anything (text, pictures, urls) from your Mac or iOS device, open Command-C and share it to another device. No need to double tap the home button, whatever app you're currently using just paste it and you're done!

Track of every clipboards shared using the Clipboard History. Open Command-C, swipe left and check out the most recently shared clipboards. Tap to preview, Long Press to copy or delete.

Enhance your iOS workflows using x-callback-urls and bookmarklets.



Version 1.1.7:

  • Fixed a crash on Mountain Lion
  • Other minor bug fixes



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  • Command-C for iOS (see Related Links)



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13:57
The story behind “The Song” Apple ad

Apple has posted a behind the scenes video of the making of their latest holiday ad, “The Song”.

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13:56
Apple issues Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple on Wednesday seeded new Safari beta builds to developers, including Safari 8.0.3 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.3 for Mavericks and 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion, with improvements to browser extensions and more.

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13:15
Apple Pay: a List of Brick-and-Mortar Stores That...

The number of brick-and-mortar stores that accept Apple pay is growing. Soon, we won't be able to keep track of them all: it'll be a widely accepted standard. But for now, going into the holidays, here's the latest list we have for the U.S.


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13:10
Briefly: Fleksy Keyboard 5.0, Booqpad for iPad Air 2

Customizable iOS keyboard app Fleksy has received a major update introducing new themes and extensions, as well as improvements to existing features. Fleksy allows users to find and send GIFs, and provides autocorrect while typing, and intuitive gestures offer greater typing speed. Version 5.0 of Fleksy offers more themes to choose from, including branded ones. New keyboard extensions can be dragged and dropped as cards to add and remove features. Five extensions are available at the time of launching, including a GIF keyboard, Numbers Row, One-Handed Mode, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Pops. A...



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13:03
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple is distributing three new Safari betas to OS X developers. Yosemite users are getting v8.0.3; v7.1.3 is available for Mavericks, while v6.2.3 is the equivalent for Mountain Lion. Some testing focus areas include AutoFill, web notifications, website and extension compatibility, HTML5 video playback on "popular video sites," and debugging sites via Web Inspector. Apple is also concerned with bookmark editing, and the read/unread state of Reading List items....



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13:00
This stunning 4K video was captured with an iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 twins are 4K capable, but so far the apps that claim to record video in such an ultra-sharp resolution have fallen a bit short of perfection. This clip, captured with the ProCam 2 app and a steady hand, is the best iPhone 6 4K video we'v...

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12:57
Mac: MacPhun Snapselect

One of the mixed blessings about digital photography is that without dealing with the costs of film and development, it’s really almost too easy to collect a huge amount of photos. If you’ve been in the digital photography game for more than a couple of years, chances are that unless you’re meticulously organized, you’ve got folders full of photos that have just been transferred onto your computer and left for later because it just takes too much time to sort and organize everything. MacPhun’s Snapselect ($15) is a new app designed to help you clean up that mess, and take much of the headache out of getting your photos into some semblance of order.
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12:42
Apple posts "the story behind the Song"...

Following the weekend release its its tearjerker holiday ad featuring a girl who records a duet with a discovered vinyl recording by her grandmother, Apple has posted a video showing the technology behind both recordings.

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12:42
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Following the release of the third OS X 10.10.2 pre-release version, Apple has seeded individual Safari betas for testing via its developer program.

While the pre-release version of OS X 10.10.2 included Safari 8.0.3 beta, Apple has made beta versions for OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion available to download from the developer portal. The latest Safari beta versions include Safari 6.2.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 8.0.3.

Apple lists the following focus areas for the latest beta versions of its web browser:

General website compatibility

 

Extension compatibility

Password AutoFill

HTML5 video playback on popular video sites

Using the Web Inspector to debug...

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12:30
This man's jeans show the scars of multiple...

It wasn't until the advent of Bendgate that iOS users in mass started to question of how the iPhone interacts with tight pants. While normally this question is asked to take into consideration the damage that might be done to the phone, but what abou...

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12:20
Apple Allows 'Drafts' App to Reinstate...

Earlier this month, Apple asked note-taking app Drafts to remove its Notification Center widget, which offered simple tools for opening up the Drafts app and creating a new note. At the time, the removal request seemed highly questionable, because a multitude of apps with Notification Center widgets, including other note-taking apps like Evernote, provide similar functions.

As it has done with several other overly zealous removal requests, Apple has reexamined the Drafts widget and has reversed course once more, allowing the Drafts app to retain its Notification Center widget.

In a new 4.0.6 update pointed out by MacStories, Agile Tortoise, the developer behind Drafts, has returned the widget to...

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12:15
News: Apple announces 64-bit and iOS 8 requirements...

Apple will begin requiring app updates submitted to the App Store after June 1, 2015 to include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, as outlined in an e-mail sent out today to registered iOS Developers. As the e-mail noted, Apple had previously announced this requirement back in October for new iOS apps, scheduled to take effect February 1, 2015. However, this note indicates that Apple will also be applying this policy to updates to existing…

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12:13
Apple alerts developers that existing app updates...

Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

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12:02
Apple shares behind-the-scenes video of its holiday...

Apple has shared a behind-the-scenes video that tells the story of its widely praised holiday ad named “The Song” that it released on Sunday.

Whether it’s making a record in a booth for someone thousands of miles away, or a song in GarageBand for someone you love, it’s not just the tools that count, it’s the thought behind the gift.

The latest clip, titled ‘The story behind “The Song”’, features musician Dana Williams (iTunes) and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens (iTunes) from the holiday ad as well as several people from Third Man Records where part of the vintage vocals were recorded....

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12:00
Apple Pay goes pro, signs with NBA's Orlando...

The Amway Center, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, will officially become the first Apple Pay-compatible arena in the sport when the Magic face off against the Utah Jazz this Friday. Chase will be one of the companies helping to make the NFC payment ...

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11:58
Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at New Holiday...

Over the weekend, Apple released a touching new holiday ad called "The Song," focusing on a woman who found an old record of her grandmother singing a love song to her grandfather, which she then enhanced with her own vocals and musical accompaniments using Apple's tools.

Apple has now released a second video, which offers details on how the spot was created. As explained by the musician who starred the ad, Dana Williams, and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, a series of recordings were made with a voice-o-graph, a 1940's booth for recording short spurts of audio directly onto a record.

The voice-o-graph used in the spot was supplied by Third Man Records, which is Jack White's indie label. Giddens, voicing the grandmother, sang the "Love Is Here to Stay" audio, and it was then transferred into GarageBand for editing by Williams, who says that she uses the app for recording "basically all of her...

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11:55
Apple notifies iOS devs about Feb., June deadlines...

Apple has issued a new notice to developers, reminding them of two important deadlines concerning 64-bit support in iOS apps. As was previously announced, those submitting new titles to the App Store must implement 64-bit support -- and use the iOS 8 SDK -- by February 1st. Additionally, the company now says that updates to existing titles must meet the same standards as of June 1st....



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11:46
9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide

Christmas and the end of Hanukkah are only a week away. You’re looking for a last-minute gift that’s guaranteed to arrive in time for the holidays. We’re here to help with a collection of top picks for Apple fans, all at great prices.

Welcome to 9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide!

All of the items featured in our Last Minute Apple Gift Guide are currently available to ship in time for holiday delivery. Some of the items are heavy, so if you like to shop at Amazon.com and aren’t yet using its flat-rate Amazon Prime two-day shipping service,...

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11:27
News: Apple ordered to turn over records in Canadian...

A Canadian Federal Court has ordered Apple Canada to turn over documents to the Government’s Competition Bureau as part of an investigation into possible unfair marketing practices by the company, Reuters reports. The Competition Bureau, which is responsible for enforcing various competition and marketing acts on behalf of the Canadian Government, stated in a filing to the court that it believes Apple unfairly used its bargaining power from…

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11:06
Emoji Type keyboard brings predictive emoji typing...

If you’re a fan of emoji, you’ll want to

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11:00
Today is the last day to order iPhoto book's...

If you wanted to order a book of your photos through iPhoto this holiday season, today is the last day to so before the cut off. Customers who purchase a iPhoto book today, December 17, will need to pay express shipping in order to get their book by ...

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11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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11:00
64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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10:55
FIDO Pursues Vision of a Password-Free World


A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the password. The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords. Release of the specifications opens the door for those who want to authenticate their users securely without the use of usernames and passwords.

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10:28
Briefly: Mujjo's gray wallet iPhone case,...

Mujjo has introduced its Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in gray, as part of its Desaturated Collection. The wallet case is designed to hold two to three essential cards without sacrificing a thin profile. The case is available in two styles for iPhone 6 - one with the card slot angled upright and the other with an 80 degree angle pocket - and the 80 degree angle pocket case is available for iPhone 6 Plus. Pricing for the Desaturated Collection begins at $40, and cases can be purchased through Mujjo....



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10:22
'Continuity Activation Tool' for Adding...

A new update to the community-built "Continuity Activation Tool" for OS X Yosemite brings Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle support, allowing users of some older model Macs to enable Handoff and other Bluetooth-related Continuity features on their machines without upgrading internal hardware. The tool does, however, come with some caveats users should be aware of before attempting to activate these features.

Apple's introduction of Continuity alongside OS X Yosemite promised a suite of features that interweave Mac and iOS devices without any hassle. Unfortunately for Macs old enough to not include Bluetooth 4.0 (and even a few older models that do include it), several of the features are officially unsupported on their machines and these users haven't been able to experience Continuity in its full form.

Addressing this issue, enterprising...

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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-17

Tag Heuer is looking at how it can get a serious piece of the smartwatch market, and that could make it a competitor to the Apple Watch-or maybe not. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about where Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market, how Tag Heuer and other high end watch makers may fit into that game, and who will be looking at buying these devices.


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10:11
Yahoo Weather iOS app adds new animated effects for...

Yahoo announced an update to its Weather app today that brings more of the high-quality animations for weather conditions it first launched in its iOS app earlier this year. The update also adds a revamped design that offers a better experience on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new animated effects include visuals for lightning and frost, which come in addition to the fog, rain, heat, and snow effects the app had previously. Yahoo’s announcement says the effects utilize “bleeding-edge graphics technology typically only seen in video games.”

We’re excited to take your weather experience to the next level, as we make it even more delightful… So, instead of reading about the stormy conditions, you’ll actually see lightning flash across your screen.

The animations and updated design that takes advantage of the new...

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10:01
Apple Canada ordered to turn over documents in...

The Federal Court of Canada has agreed to order Apple's Canadian division to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau, Reuters reports. Apple has already handed over some requested documents, but may not be handing over as much as the Bureau wants or needs. The Chief Justice for the court, Paul Crampton, is due to sign the order later today....



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10:00
Boiling an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola, for science

In case you didn't know: Destroying expensive things has become its own little subgenre on YouTube in recent years, and the iPhone is one of the gadgets that content creators absolutely love to torture in all kinds of, um, "interesting" ways. It's be...

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09:38
Tidy Up 4.0.2 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more...

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09:31
Apple's Patented Idea of Displays Doubling as a...

This past summer Apple was granted a patent for flexible displays with unique functionality. One of the noted unique properties was that it could allow the display of an iPhone or future TV, for instance, to act as a speaker. Audio would simply go through the display, illuminating the need to build speaker grills on devices. Esthetically speaking, that would be something that Apple's industrial designer Jony Ive would ...

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09:01
Apps: Posterino, GraphicConverter, Typinator
09:00
Feeling at home in the cloud

 

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Tom Flanagan, vice president of technology at Alain Pinel Realtors

Finding the ideal home doesn’t just happen on its own. Real estate agents work hard to hit upon the perfect cross-section of style, location and price for their clients. The same goes for selling a home—getting the word out through all the best channels, hosting open houses, and working with prospective buyers to negotiate prices takes skill and effort on the part of an agent.

At Alain Pinel Realtors, we strive to enhance the lives and work environments of our 200 corporate employees and more than 1,300 agents. And for us, the “work environment” extends far beyond our 30+ offices. From my vantage point as vice president of technology, that means providing a platform for communication and collaboration that makes it faster and easier for our workforce...

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09:00
Gene Munster predicts! This time, Apple television...

For all the fun we Apple bloggers have with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's insistence that Apple's going to come out with some sort of amazing smart TV, you have to hand it to the man for two things. First, his persistence in believing that dre...

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08:58
Kool Tools: AmberFin 10.5

Dalet Digital Media Systems (www.dalet.com) has released Dalet AmberFin, 10.5, which enables customers to make the best possible pictures with flexibility for their businesses. This update to the Dalet AmberFin platform marks the debut of Dalet AmberFin Dark enterprise transcode, Cinnafilm Tachyon GPU-accelerated frame-rate conversion (as part of (AT)3 toolbox), XAVC support, ARD-ZDF MXF Profiles and other significant features.

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08:55
Holiday Gift Guide -- gifts for the Apple gadgeteer

It's not too late, but its getting close. In fact its so close, that any helping hand might be welcome for the Apple-centric device lover in your life. Good news! We see every conceivable gadget all year -- use our knowledge to benefit you! This week, Electronista and MacNN have suggestions for the best gift options for the Apple fan in your life....



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08:51
Sample Logic releases Cyclone Retwisted

Sample Logic has released, Cyclone Retwisted (http://tinyurl.com/ko2ddak), the next generation of its Cyclone product. It's now equipped with Sample Logic's proprietary Step and FX Animator technology along with a new dual-voice additive synthesizer.

Cyclone Retwisted is designed as a one-stop shop for electronic sounds and a sample synth solution for Kontakt. The virtual instrument contains over 475 new instruments and multis ranging from multi-layer motion pads and cinematic harmonic instruments to dubstep inspired basses, electronic hybrid leads, and experimental drum kits.

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08:51
Canadian Federal Court orders Apple to turn over...

Reuters reports that The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to force Apple’s Canadian subsidiary to hand over records to the country’s Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation looking into whether Apple unfairly manipulated its market power to bolster sales of the iPhone.

Canada’s Competition Bureau started looking into Apple’s alleged anticompetitive behavior earlier this month, claiming that the iPhone maker’s agreements with Canadian carriers may contain anticompetitive language. It is believed that Apple may have reached agreements with carriers to maintain or raise the price of competing phones in an effort to boost the iPhone.

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08:43
Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple...

The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, will become the league's first team to offer fans the ability to complete transactions with Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch early next year.

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08:33
Typinator 6.3 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity.

Type a little. Typinator does the rest.

We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice.

Workflow-friendly features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text expansions...

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08:32
Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.


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08:20
Hands On: Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves

It shouldn't be a secret that normal, cheap knit gloves actually don't contain enough fabric to prevent a persons finger from interacting with a capacitive screen. This means that, yes, normal knit gloves are technically touchscreen gloves but normal cheap knit gloves also don't contain enough fabric to keep a persons hands warm in most cold weather. That's where Refined Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo come in - promising to let us interact with all our touchscreen devices while keeping our hands toasty....



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08:19
Facebook turns on auto-enhancement for iOS photos

There’s a reason Instagram now has more users than Twitter: The photo-sharing app turns your poorly lit images into filtered masterpieces. Facebook is now taking a cue from its subsidiary with a new feature that auto-enhances the photos you upload within the Facebook app for iOS.

The changes are subtle and still give you control over the final result via a wand that appears on the lower left corner of the image. Tapping the wand reveals a slider that lets you amp up the enhancement or turn it way down. Many Facebook users won’t even notice that their uploads are being gussied up, which is sort of the point: to make photos look good without appearing filtered.

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08:14
Garage Series: Bringing Data Loss Prevention to...

On this week’s show we invite back Asaf Kashi, a lead engineer on the information protection team. We introduce the information protection updates coming to Office 365 and demonstrate the upcoming Data Loss Prevention capabilities in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, the upcoming Office 365 compliance center, one-time passcodes for viewing encrypted email and the just-released Office 365 Message Encryption Viewers for iOS and Android. 

Last time we invited Asaf Kashi on the show was in May this year where we presented updates to information security and protection. At the time Asaf shared that Data Loss Prevention (DLP) was coming to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business and today we actually go deeper to take a first look and show DLP in action – both the user and admin experiences. This capability will allow you to define...

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08:04
Daily Deal: The Apple Watch Giveaway

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re giving away an Apple Watch! One lucky entrant will receive a regular edition Apple Watch when the product is released early next year. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. The winner will be chosen…

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08:00
Microsoft’s Xim photo app updated with support for...

Microsoft updated its Xim photo sharing application today with support for viewing photos over AirPlay on an Apple TV. The instructions for setting up AirPlay streaming (demonstrated in the video above) are relatively simple: just pull up Control Center and activate the AirPlay mirroing function that’s built into iOS. After that, you’ll see your slideshows on your TV in real time.

Xim allows users to create shared photo slideshows that stay in sync across multiple devices. Whenever a user changes the slideshow by zooming in, switching photos, or changing something else, all users currently viewing that slideshow will see the change in real time.

The Xim app is free for all users on the iOS App Store.

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08:00
Flickr Find: A monitor of monstrous measurements

We often laud our smartphones and tablets for being thin, but we often forget that monitor technology has seen perhaps the greatest slim down in recent years. Case in point -- take a look at this vintage 20-inch Apple monitor fired up and photographe...

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07:57
Apple halts Russian online sales after dramatic...

If you’re in the Russian marketplace, you’re going to have a harder time buying Apple products online this holiday season.

Per MacRumors and Bloomberg, Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia due to fluctuations in the value of the ruble. The online store will be down until Apple is able to revise its prices in the country.

“Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for Apple, said today in an e-mailed statement. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.”

Similarly, an Apple spokesperson stated that the store was offline due to “extremely sharp” fluctuations of the...

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07:45
Japanese MacBook Part Maker Sues Apple for Patent...

According to a Japanese report published late yesterday, the Tokyo District Court heard the first arguments in Shimano Manufacturing Co.'s lawsuit against Apple. The Tokyo-based electronics component maker is demanding compensation from Apple to the tune of US$8.5 million over alleged infringements of Shimano’s patent for ...

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