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Tuesday November 4

15:25
Yosemite: How to Improve Spotlight Speed and Results

Spotlight is kinda handy in its regular state. Kelly shows off a couple of nifty ways to make Spotlight work even harder, and faster for you.


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15:12
External Link: An Unofficial Goodbye to Mac OS X...

Although it’s not officially dead, founder Rob Griffiths is saying goodbye to Mac OS X Hints, which hasn’t been updated in over 45 days. He began the site over 14 years ago, then sold it to Macworld in 2006, where he stayed to maintain the site until 2010. However, Griffiths doesn’t blame mismanagement for the site’s decline, but rather the maturation of OS X.

 

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15:08
Microsoft Shows It Can Think Differently, Adds...

Microsoft demonstrated that under CEO Satya Nadella, the company can think differently than it has in the past. Not only has Big Redmond released Office for iOS, on Tuesday the company announced with Dropbox that it was adding support for Dropbox to those iOS apps, but that it was doing so because that's what customers wanted.


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15:03
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6 (VZW) 20% off, free...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Target offers 20% off all Verizon phones: iPhone 6 starts at $160

Free...

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15:00
Google has been killing Apple on the advertising...

I'll be blunt: Apple's new iPhone commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake absolutely suck. If they're not some of the worst commercials Apple has ever put out, they're certainly in the running.

For years, Apple commercials have been...

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14:58
GT Advanced reaches amended settlement agreement...

GT Advanced announced this afternoon that it has reached an amended settlement agreement with Apple related to the sapphire crystal glass manufacturer’s recent bankruptcy filing, in which both parties have agreed to waive the condition that GT Advanced’s declaration on October 8th remain under seal and expunged. Meanwhile, GT Advanced has filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that provides further details about the recent fallout between Apple and GT Advanced.

The...

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14:45
HP's Omen Laptop - a Portent of Gaming's...


HP on Tuesday announced the HP Omen notebook PC, a laptop designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Available for order in the U.S. starting at $1,500, the Omen combines performance, portability and style, the company said. The Omen features an industrial design that was engineered to manage heat. It has dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system, and rubber feet that elevate it to help channel in cool air. These design features are necessary, as the Omen packs some serious hardware inside its CNC-milled aluminum case.

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14:31
Unicode consortium looks to bring ethnic diversity...

In a draft proposal published on Monday, the Unicode Consortium revealed a range of emoji skin tone modifiers it plans to roll out as an update to the current standard, finally bringing a dose of ethnic diversity to the ubiquitous pictographs.

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14:20
Internet Arcade: Play Old-school Video Games in your...

Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.


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14:07
Everything we know about the upcoming Steve Jobs...

Oh, geez. Everything we thought we knew about the next Steve Jobs biopic is turning out to be wrong, more wrong than an iPod with an HP logo on the back. Recently, we passed on reports that Christian Bale had been cast as Steve Jobs himself, and Seth Rogen had been tapped to play Steve Wozniak, in the upcoming Sony film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Issacson’s authorized biography.

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14:00
CurrentC will soon have to compete directly with...

CurrentC -- the Apple Pay competitor which made headlines recently due to CVS and Rite Aid's exclusivity agreements -- will soon have to compete directly with Apple's mobile payment option, according to a recent Re/code interview with Dekkers...

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13:59
MacX DVD Video Converter Pro Pack for $17.99

We have a deal on a couple of Mac utilities for you today, MacX Video Converter Pro and MacX DVD Ripper Pro. The first will convert multiple video formats into versions you can watch natively on all your Apple devices. It also downloads and converts YouTube videos, which is handy. MacX DVD Ripper Pro does its name suggests, it will rip your DVDs into formats you can play on your Apple and Android devices. Together, they retail for $110, but through our deal, you can get them for $17.99.


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13:56
ScreenFlow 5.0 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 10% with the exclusive MacUpdate coupon code: AFMacUpdate10 Buy now!

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.

Version 5.0:

  • New features
    • ScreenFlow 5 adds more devices, more options and more ways to help you make epic content, all with a fresh new look for...

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13:40
Beamer 2.0.5 - Stream any movie file from your Mac...

Beamer streams to your Apple TV....

Plays any movie file - Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same.

High quality image and sound - Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop.

Easy Subtitles - Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference.

Remote Control - You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch!

Start now, finish later - Beamer...

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13:40
Hands On: Griffin Survivor Slim for iPad Air 2

For some people, the best protection options for an iPad are probably the simplest. An AppleCare+ plan, for instance, may be $99 up front -- and cost an extra $49 per accident -- but will let you forego a case entirely, or at least pick a case for style over substance. And on the most basic level, you can just be cautious and keep your iPad out of anything like a dangerous situation....



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13:30
Saloote is a flawed attempt at online music...

Saloote is a free app for iPhone that enables musicians to get creative with each other through the power of the Internet. Film yourself jamming out to your favorite tune, then create mashups with strangers around the world to collaborate and form an...

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13:00
Adobe updates Voice for iPad with new features and...

Adobe Voice hit the market in May and has been used by companies, small teams and individuals wanting to create audio and video presentations that look good with minimal effort.

The app is free but requires an Adobe ID. Today the iPad app added the...

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13:00
OS X Yosemite: Bringing Back Finder Window Search...

Prior to OS X Yosemite, performing a search from a Finder window gave you to option to quickly add additional search criteria to narrow down the list of files you'd see, but now that's gone - or at least hidden away. Bringing back the missing search criteria only takes a couple mouse clicks, so read on to learn how.


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12:50
Briefly: Cooler Master Silencio cases, Logitech G302...

Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door....



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12:45
Michael Fassbender next high-profile actor eyed for...

Following Christian Bale's exit from the hotly anticipated film about Apple's late co-founder, Michael Fassbender is now said to be in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs.

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12:39
Michael Fassbender in Talks to Play Steve Jobs in...

Following yesterday's news that Christian Bale had opted to pull out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, Variety has shared news that Michael Fassbender is now in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs.

According to the site, Fassbender is in "early talks" with director Danny Boyle and Sony executives about possibly starring in the film. Fassbender, while less well known than Christian Bale and previous Jobs candidate Leonardo DiCaprio, has been in several high profile movies including Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, and The Counselor. He's perhaps most widely known for his role as...

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12:38
With Christian Bale bailing, Sony in talks with...

With Dark Knight star Christian Bale no longer in the running for the Steve Jobs role in the upcoming Sony-made biopic, producers are now in talks with Michael Fassbender for the top job. Fassbender, who looks sort of like Jobs depending on his shave, is known for his roles in X-Men and Inglorious Bastards. While Sony is still trying to lock down the main part, it appears that Seth Rogen is still set to take on the role of Steve Wozniak, while Danny Boyle is still in for director and Aaron Sorkin is in as screenwriter. It’s interesting that actors as well-...

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12:38
NTSB Gives Last Press Briefing on SpaceShipTwo Crash...


Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the NTSB, which is investigating last week's crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, on Monday delivered his final press briefing on the initial stage of the investigation. In an earlier report, Hart had said copilot Michael Alsbury, who died in the crash, prematurely moved a lever that unlocked the "feathering" mechanism, which would release two fins to slow down the spacecraft. Hart clarified on Monday that it was not known whether Alsbury or copilot Peter Siebold had moved the feathering lever.

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12:30
Connect a MacBook to an iMac’s Display with Target...

It's not well known, but, for example, a MacBook Pro/Air can connect to and drive a 27-inch iMac display either as an additional display or mirror mode using what's called Target Display Mode (TDM). However, specific hardware and cables are required. John Martellaro explains the possibilities.


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12:26
Forums: data restoration, Mavericks notifications...

Today forum goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from a SSD/TRIM enabled Mac and wonders if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response....



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12:24
Apple deals: refurbished 27-inch iMacs as low as $1,...

Refurbished 27-inch iMac's are available from Apple's online store with savings of up to $450. The refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 price cut. Priced at $1,489, after a $310 drop, is the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....



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12:22
DealNN: 5K iMac with 3.5GHz i5 processor cut to $2,...

This week at Adorama.com get the Retina 27-inch iMac on sale for $2,450. That's a savings of $50 off the list price of $2,500, and about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a Retina 5K display, 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with an AMD Radeon M290X graphics card. Included is a one year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:15
External Link: Dropbox Is Coming to Office

If you use Microsoft Office, but have been frustrated by its lack of support for Dropbox, your frustration is almost at an end. Soon, you will be able to open Dropbox files from Office, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app. Dropbox also plans to integrate its Web site with Office Online next year.

 

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12:11
Swype iOS 8 keyboard now available in 20+ languages...


Nuance announced an update for its Swype keyboard for iOS 8 today that introduces support for a long list of new languages in addition to new layouts and features for both iPhone and iPad.

New languages include: Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. The app now supports over 20 languages including the previously supported languages– English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

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12:00
With Disney Movies Anywhere app, you can buy on...

As it turns out, Apple and Google can actually work together in the interest of enhancing the customer experience. Who knew?

As relayed by the Wall Street Journal today, Apple and Google recently inked a deal whereby users who purchase a Disney...

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11:58
Law firm investigating retail pharmacies for...

The law firm of Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe (www.schubertlawfirm.com) has launched an investigation into the conduct of retail pharmacies CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to block contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in their retail stores.

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11:42
Law Firm Investigating Potential for Class Action...

Law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe, specializing in class action lawsuits, has announced that it has launched an antitrust investigation into CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to stop accepting Apple Pay in their retail stores.

The firm says that it is looking into a potential class action lawsuit that would aim to restore Apple Pay at CVS and Rite Aid stores, and it is currently asking to speak with consumers who may have been affected by the stores' decision to stop offering the payment method.In light of this situation, Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe is investigating whether CVS and Rite Aid violated the antitrust laws by banding together with other MCX members in a decision to boycott other payments systems, including Apple Pay. Consumers with phones that support Apple Pay may be able to...

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11:28
CurrentC exclusivity at MCX merchants to expire in...

An exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium --?notably drug store chain CVS --?to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in "months," according to a new report.

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11:11
Swedish hacker claims to have found 'serious...

A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he's found a "serious" security hole in Mac OS X Yosemite that could allow an attacker to take control of your Mac, reports Macworld UK (http://tinyurl.com/m5etd52).

Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability "rootpipe." He says it's a "privilege escalation vulnerability," which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system.

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11:00
Is your iDevice screen unusually dim after...

Over the weekend my son came to me with a curious issue. After updating his 5th generation iPod touch to iOS 8.1, the screen was suddenly much dimmer than usual, and no amount of resetting, re-installing or futzing with settings seemed to fix it....

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10:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Serious money, hard math, and...

Serious money, hard math, and fun times

This week’s roundup of Mac apps has everything you need for a productive and fun day: budgeting, tracking your things, doing a little math, and then letting off some steam while steering a spaceship.

Avoid: Sensory Overload 1.2.2

48h Studio’s free Avoid: Sensory Overload will keep you entertained during your downtime with a simple but highly entertaining game in which your own objective is to avoid falling into the void of space.

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10:44
Debunk: Reports of possible 128GB iPhone 6 Plus...

Reports claiming Apple could face a possible iPhone 6 Plus recall regarding a problem with NAND flash causing crashes for a small number of users are not true, according to a source close to the situation.

Users in Apple’s support forums have recently highlighted a rare issue that causes iPhones to crash, specifically for users with a large amount of apps installed. A majority of users noticed the problem on a 128GB iPhone Plus (the device those with large app libraries would naturally gravitate towards), although the problem isn’t specific to the iPhone 6 Plus or iOS 8. In fact, a similar problem has affected a very small amount of users since...

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10:35
TrueSec outlines "Rootpipe" privilege...

Speaking at the ?redev Developer Conference in Malm?, Sweeden, Emil Kvarnhammar of security firm TrueSec demonstrated a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting OS X 10.8.5 through the newest 10.10 Yosemite.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-04

John Martellaro's iTuens 12 review is out, and he doesn't pull any punches. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's wrong with Apple's music and other content management app for the Mac, question if the company is making some bad design decisions, and wonder what's in store for future app releases.


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10:09
Apple establishes network engineering office in...

Apple has established an engineering office in Seattle, Washington, according to the Seattle Times. The core of the office is said to be a group of former F5 engineers, working on network infrastructure. The people also have connections to Union Bay Networks, a cloud computing startup based near Google's Seattle campus. Union Bay's information email address is no longer operating, and at least five people have changed their LinkedIn profiles to say they switched to Apple in September. In all, seven of nine people at Union Bay have made the jump....



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10:04
Intel launches Broadwell Core M processor, chip...

Intel’s next generation of processors won’t ship until early 2015, but there’s some interesting news on the processor that could wind up in the 12-inch MacBook Pro notebook.

Per MacRumors, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. Intel now appears to have...

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10:03
Apple Granted Second Patent for a 3D Apple TV Remote...

This year Apple's CEO Tim Cook has cranked up the volume on Apple TV with interviews with NBC's Brian Williams and more recently with Charlie Rose. Apple's latest patent application about Apple TV was published only weeks ago about a modern Apple TV remote user interface. Apple has filed many patent applications over the years about advancing their Apple TV remote. Today, Apple has won their second patent on the topic of a TV Remote referred to as a wand.

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10:01
Emoji to Gain Expanded Racial Diversity With Skin...

The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji. Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be "as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender". Unless the emoji calls out specific gender or racial cues, then a "generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette" should be used in its place.

A forthcoming update, Unicode 8.0, plans to change all of that. It proposes to introduce a skin-tone modifier which could be added to certain emoji, allowing users to send any emotion using any skin tone. Plans even reach as far as to allow emoji couples to feature individually different skin tones. Planned for release in the middle of...

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10:00
Amazon launches Prime Photos, cloud storage for iOS

Amazon is making its Prime subscription service even more desirable today with the launch of Prime Photos, a cloud storage service that will allow users to upload an unlimited number of photos to the Amazon Cloud Drive. It's not clear how unlimited...

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09:47
SoundSoap 4 for Mac OS X gets new cleaning...

Soundness (http://www.soundness-llc.com) has debuted SoundSoap 4, an update to their audio noise reduction software for Mac and Windows.

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09:41
Apple continues to dominate with massive 86% share...

A new analysis of third-quarter handset industry operating profits estimates that Apple accounted for a massive 86 percent share, blowing away the competition as rivals such as Samsung saw their profit levels dip.

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09:39
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 13.

The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 5.5.8 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

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09:33
BackOutput DOC upgraded for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled BatchOutput DOC 2.3.2, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on OS X.

BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95. A demo is available for download.

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09:30
CS Odessa Updates ConceptDraw Applications to...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced updates for its ConceptDraw productivity programs for Mac OS X Yosemite.

ConceptDraw Pro 10, CS Odessa's equivalent of Microsoft Visio, also includes the ability to import and export Visio 2013 native file format (.VSDX). The new version allows users to export graphic content to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

ConceptDraw Project 6, which is a competitor to Microsoft's Project software, and ConceptDraw MindMap 7, a productivity tool, have been revved to support Yosemite.

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09:09
Microsoft adding Dropbox integration including...

Microsoft and Dropbox announced a new partnership between the two companies today and a commitment to bring integration between Dropbox and Office apps on iOS and Android. Currently Office users rely on local storage for saving files or Microsoft’s own OneDrive service for saving and syncing files, but the newly announced partnership will allow Office users to use the popular Dropbox service as an additional storage and syncing option and introduce new features between the productivity apps and syncing service.

Dropbox integration with the Office apps means users...

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09:00
Apple Pay expands to additional banks, including PNC...

Just two weeks ago, Apple Pay launched with support from six of the nation's top banks. Earlier this week, the number of banks supporting Apple Pay expanded to include PNC, US Bank, USAA, the Navy Federal Credit Union, and Barclaycard.

Additionally,...

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08:49
Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android to get...

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Dropbox that will bring the latter's cloud service into Office apps for iOS and Android. Integration is promised with updates in "the coming weeks" that will let people browse, edit, and share Dropbox files from within Office apps. Inside of Dropbox's proprietary app, people browsing Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files will see an option to edit them in the appropriate software....



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08:48
Apple Adds New DC Lobbyist for IP Issues and Beyond

In October we reported that "Google and Facebook Handily Outspent Apple on Lobbying." Google spent $3.94 million between July and September while Facebook spent $2.45 million, according to disclosure data published Tuesday. Considering Apple's sheer size and importance in the tech sector, it was strange to find that Apple had only spent a little over a million in the quarter for lobbying. Today we learn that could be changing as they hire a new DC lobbyist.

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08:32
CrashPlan 3.6.4 - Online backup service; free for...

Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that's automatic, secure, and cross-platform. Even if you need to back up as many as 10 computers at home, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility, and rapid restores. It's free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it's just a few dollars a month for unlimited online personal backup with a CrashPlan Central subscription.

CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris.

Note: CrashPlan is available in both free and paid versions: CrashPlan, CrashPlan+, CrashPlan PRO, and CrashPlan PROe. CrashPlan and CrashPlan+ use the same client.

The mobile app (available on the App Store) allows users to download files backed up from CrashPlan Central. The mobile requires a CrashPlan+ account.

Version 3.6.4:

Fixes And Enhancements

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility
  • Improved...

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08:23
Internet Archive hosting hundreds of browser-...

The Internet Archive has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated through modern browsers. The library contains hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, and is intended for "research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade" according to the site....



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08:20
iPhone Apps: Infuse Pro, PDF Expert, RunKeeper
08:15
Unicode consortium posts draft that will introduce...

Following a promise by Apple way back in March to introduce more racial diversity to the icons used in Emoji characters, Google and Apple contributors have now posted a proposal of how to make it a reality. The draft standard will extend the current icon set to include five color variants for Emojis including people and faces. The variants are distinguished by Fitzpatrick skin categories, although exact colors are up to the platform vendor (Apple, Google, etc) to interpret.

The proposal suggests that a long-press on a particular key of the Emoji keyboard will popup options for alternate skin tones. The...

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08:13
Apple granted patent covering motion-based '...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.

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08:09
AT&T adds longer payment period option to Next...

AT&T is giving its customers a third option to acquire a smartphone via the AT&T Next installment and early-upgrade scheme. The current Next 12 and Next 18 plans will be joined by Next 24, an option which will let subscribers pay nothing initially, followed by regular monthly payments for 30 months, up from the 20 and 24-month plans of the existing installment choices....



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08:00
Microsoft Adding Dropbox Integration to Mobile and...

Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership that will bring Dropbox support to Microsoft's suite of Office mobile apps. Microsoft will add this new Dropbox feature in upcoming versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad.

The new Dropbox integration would allow Office users to open, edit and share files that are stored in Dropbox. After adding a Dropbox account to an Office app, users will be able browse their Dropbox contents, which appear alongside OneDrive and locally stored files. All mobile edits will be synced to Dropbox automatically with a sharing option available within the Office app.Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your...

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08:00
Apple to open highly caffeinated office in Seattle

Apple and California go together like wine and... well, California too, I guess, but the company is apparently looking to spread its wings a little bit, though it won't shake itself free of the west coast entirely. According to The Seattle Times, the...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Get The Waterproof, Sand Proof, Floating...

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the durable MIGHTY speaker for only $35—that’s over 50% off the normal price. MIGHTY is a waterproof and sand proof Bluetooth speaker that even floats, so you can use it just about anywhere without worrying about whether it can survive your outdoor activity of choice. The minimal speaker provides booming, clear sound and includes a built-in speakerphone so you can even make and answer…

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07:56
Owners of 128 GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models...

A number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have been reporting an issue with the device that causes it to crash and remain stuck in a boot loop following a restart. The issue appears to primarily affect 128 GB models, particularly those with larger app libraries, and some suggest it may be a hardware problem associated with the increased storage available on that device.

While the exact cause of the issues has not been determined, speculation by industry contacts speaking to BusinessKorea (via G for Games) suggests the problem may lie in the controller for the TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash included in the device. This issue reportedly is new to...

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07:49
Mossberg Takes a Stand, Switches Merchant over Apple...

As October was closing out we posted a report titled "Merchants Going to War with Apple Pay will lose." We presented the views of an Apple Pay competitor called the Merchant Customer that were expressed by Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson. Our report pointed to why the likes of CVS and Walmart want to support Apple's competitor along with Apple's view point as presented in slides from Apple's keynote that covered the introduction of Apple Pay. At the end of the day ...

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07:35
Christian Bale no longer slated to play Steve Jobs...

Well, it would have been an interesting casting choice.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and The Hollywood Reporter, actor Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn’t right for the role.

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.

Not even a week ago, Sorkin explained that Bale secured the Jobs role...

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07:30
Office and Dropbox to work together on phones,...

Today we announced a partnership with Dropbox to provide more choice in how you work together and collaborate. You can do more with your Office documents when they are stored online. You can easily share your documents with others, and you can access those files from anywhere, on all your devices. If you use OneDrive and Office together, you already know how easy it is to work online with Office.

Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and...

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07:30
Apple to Raise 2.8B Euro in New Bond Issue

Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in â2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.

The Mac Observer Spin: Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.


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07:23
Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPad mini in favor of...

It’s just a rumor, but it’s got some decent sources behind it.

Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, a rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Economic Daily News reports the company is looking to discontinue iPad mini sales when the tablet lineup is refreshed next year and will instead concentrate on production of a new 12-inch format being called “iPad Pro.”

The shift in tablet strategy is said to be in reply to a shifting smartphone market, which has seen consumers gravitate toward devices with screens larger than 5 inches...

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07:08
Starwood Hotels launches SPG Keyless entry system...

As of now, you can officially open your hotel room in a Starwood Hotel with your iPhone.

And, come the spring, you’ll be able to do it with your Apple Watch.

Per 9to5Mac, Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iOS device to open their doors. The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January.

The process goes as follows:
1. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless and register their phone through the SPG App.

2. Approximately 24 hours before arrival, the guest receives his/her room number and Bluetooth key via the app.

3. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room.

4. Then,...

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07:04
Apple will brief MFi accessory makers on HomeKit,...

Apple’s annual MFi summit, an event for accessory manufacturers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, will focus on getting accessory makers ready for new technologies including HomeKit hardware, iBeacon, Apple’s new Lightning headphones spec, and game controllers, according to Apple’s official event schedule.

The summit, which is used by Apple to brief accessory makers on new technologies rolling out soon, is often a precursor to wide adoption of Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad-connected accessory specifications. If previous events are any indication, Apple is hoping to flood the market with a lot of HomeKit, iBeacon, Lightning headphones, and game controllers later this year and early next. In addition, Apple has...

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07:04
TeamViewer 10.0.35005 Beta - Establish remote...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 10.0.35005 Beta:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.7 or later.

  • Performance optimizations - TeamViewer 10 includes significant performance optimizations. CPU usage optimizations for multi-core processors, HD voice transmission quality, and faster login and load times for the Management Console are just a few examples.
  • Central setting policies - Apply setting policies, distribute them, and enforce them if necessary, all via the Management Console. Any changes to setting policies are automatically applied to all...

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07:03
MCX CEO says CurrentC exclusivity deal that blocks...

After an undeniably bad two weeks of press, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson seems to have changed the company’s tune on CurrentC’s exclusivity policy that prompted retailers like CVS and Rite Aid to disable NFC terminals and block Apple’s iPhone 6-backed mobile payment system Apple Pay. Davidson told Re/code in an interview that MCX, the merchant consortium behind the Apple Pay competitor known as CurrentC, will lift the exclusivity policy in a matter of “months, not years.

Previously, the MCX CEO only vaguely hinted that the retail consortium would consider allowing participants to accept both CurrentC, which is...

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07:02
Samsung Getting the Big Squeeze from Apple and Xiaomi

The world's top volume smartphone maker Samsung who had their profits plunge by 60% last quarter has to quickly regroup and find a new strategy to take on China's Xiaomi Corp. that has wickedly rocked the Chinese market and more importantly rocked Samsung out of the spotlight. Samsung is now stepping up its mid- to low-end lineups in an attempt to stop their eroding profits.

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07:00
iOS users: Nest Thermostat update on the way

The popular Nest Thermostat will see a significant software upgrade within the week. The system, popular with iOS users who can control it from their iPhones or iPads, will see improvements to its auto-schedule software, a new Quick View option, and...

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06:56
Amazon adds unlimited cloud photo storage for Prime...

Subscribers to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime service can now back up their entire photo collection at full resolution, including iPhone photos via a dedicated iOS app.

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06:48
xACT 2.34 - Audio compression toolkit. (Free)

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.0), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.

Version 2.34:

  • Fixed conversion of Apple Lossless to AAC



  • OS X 10.6...

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06:42
CD-loving Japan resists move to online music

New York Times:

Japan may be one of the world’s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry. While CD sales are falling worldwide, including in Japan, they still account for about 85 percent of sales here, compared with as little as 20 percent in some countries, like Sweden, where online streaming is dominant.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
Apple seeks to raise $3.5 billion from euro bond...

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has set forth plans to issue its first-ever bonds in euros rather than US dollars. The bonds will be available in two sets, maturing in eight and 12 years. Ultimately the company is hoping to raise 2.8 billion euros, or about $3.5 billion, to help finance share buybacks and dividends in the US without repatriating some of its foreign cash reserves....



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06:35
AT&T introduces longer Next 24 monthly...

AT&T on Tuesday announced that it will be introducing a longer Next 24 monthly installment program on November 9th alongside its Next 12 and Next 18 plans for financing an iPhone or other smartphone. AT&T customers on Next 24 will pay $0 down and make 30 equal monthly payments between $10 to $50 depending on the device purchased.

The new Next 24 plan offers the flexibility of lower monthly payments required over a longer period of time. After making 24 of the required 30 monthly payments, a customer gains the option to upgrade his or her iPhone upon trading in the financed device in good condition and activating a new smartphone on a new service agreement.

“When customers choose AT&T Next with AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, they can also receive a monthly discount on the access charge for that...

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06:33
How Apple Watch is killing wearable tech as a gift...

Until Apple joins the fray, everyone else is just holding their breath.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:33
iPad Pro Rumor Comes Up for Air


Rumors of a larger-screen iPad 'Pro' have been floating around since early this year. Most of them have suggested variations on a supposed 12.9-inch screen size. As soon as they rise, though, they're buried by another news wave. The latest to surface is a report in a Japanese tech blog. The upcoming iPad Pro reportedly will have a 12.2-inch screen and not the more widely rumored 12.9-inch screen. In addition, the iPad Pro will be thicker than an iPhone 6 but thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus.

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06:30
Buy a Disney movie in iTunes, watch it on Android...

Back in February, Disney launched its Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) service on iOS. In effect, Disney movies you buy via iTunes are available in your DMA locker for you to stream on your iOS devices. Now, Android has joined the fray, meaning you can watch all those iOS-purchased Disney movies on your Android device and, if you buy movies on an Android device, you can watch them on your iOS device.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
iOS 8.1.1 said to address iPhone 4S and iPad 2...

Have an iPhone 4S running iOS 8? You're due for a speed increase.

Andrew Cunningham

Late yesterday, Apple released the first beta build of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. The first update to iOS 8.1 will include customary bug fixes, but the preliminary release notes suggest a far more interesting development: the update promises to improve performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, two of the oldest devices that support iOS 8.

This would address one of our bigger criticisms of iOS 8, which in our testing was significantly slower on these older devices than iOS 7 was. Apps took longer to launch, and the user interface was often jerky and...

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06:20
Amazon drops free unlimited Cloud Photo storage into...

 

Amazon just upped the Cloud Photo storage ante with free unlimited Cloud storage for Photos for its Prime customers.  The Amazon Photo service, which has apps for iOS or Android and is native to Amazon’s Fire products including its recently announced Fire stick, will no longer be capped for Prime customers.

Introducing Prime Photos. Your cherished memories are safe in Amazon Cloud Drive and accessible anywhere you...

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06:12
Kodak Alaris releases Mac drivers for 13 scanners

Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has released Mac drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. The company is also including Newsoft's Presto! PageManager 9 software for scanning, organizing and share information in a business scanning environment.

Individuals or businesses interested in scanners that are Mac compatible can access the free MAC drivers and applications for Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1180 Scanners and the KODAK i2400, i2600, i2800, i2900, i3200, i3250, i3400, and i3450.

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06:12
News: AT&T and Verizon working on VoLTE...

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have announced that they are working on enabling Voice over LTE (VoLTE) connections between the Verizon Wireless and AT&T networks. VoLTE provides enhanced calling features and call quality for users of compatible handsets such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but traditionally such enhanced features have been limited to users on each carrier’s own network, effectively dropping down to the more basic standard…

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06:07
Paragon Software Group releases new NTFS for Mac OS...

Paragon Software Group (http://www.paragon-software.com) has released NTFS for Mac 12, adding support for Mac OS X Yosemite. It delivers full read and write support for NTFS-formatted drives

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06:02
MetaEdit+ 5.1 brings graphical DSLs for...

MetaCase has released a new version of its Domain-Specific Modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+.  MetaEdit+ 5.1 is aimed at expert developers who want to empower their team to generate efficient, complete code directly from domain-specific models, says Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase.
 

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06:02
AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice...

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.

The Mac Observer Spin: I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.


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05:13
Claimed prototype of iPad mini 2 goes on sale on...

A claimed prototype of the cellular model of the iPad mini 2 is being auctioned on eBay, with a starting bid of $4,999. No bids had been placed at the time of writing. The reason bids go for so much on these prototypes is that security experts, hackers and jailbreakers like to understand the software that’s loaded on them to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes on iOS devices.

The seller, whose 95.8% feedback rating shows only low-cost sales previously, cites the lack of serial number and FCC markings, together with SwitchBoard software, as evidence that the device is genuine.

For sale is a Apple iPad Mini 2 Cellular Prototype without FCC logos, and is a 64 bit A7/M7 chip/processor. Apple normally does not let these devices out of their possession and you can see from the photos, it...

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05:02
Apple to raise $3.5 billion from euro debt at some...

Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.

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05:00
Yosemite Server SMB and Windows

A few people have hit me up about issues getting Windows machines to play nice with the SMB built into Yosemite Server and Windows. Basically, the authentication dialog keeps coming up even when a Mac can connect. So there are two potential issues that you might run into here. The first is that the authentication method is not supported. Here, you want to enable only the one(s) required. NTLMv2 should be enabled by default, so try ntlm:

sudo serveradmin settings smb:ntlm auth = "yes"

If that doesn’t work (older and by older I mean old as hell versions of Windows), try Lanman:

sudo serveradmin settings smb:lanman auth = “yes"

The second is that the authentication string (can be seen in wireshark) doesn’t include the workgroup/domain. To resolve this, simply include the Server name or workgroup in the beginning of the username followed by a backslash(\). So you might do this as a username if your NetBios name were kryptedserver:

kryptedserver\...

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04:57
NetShred X is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser that erases internet cache, history and mail on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite, Safari 8, Apple Mail 8, Firefox 32, and Chrome 38.

NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, it runs in the background.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. For more info go to www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .

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04:50
Yosemite GPU switch causing graphics issue in some...

Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Severity varies, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them....



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04:46
Samsung Desperately Vies for Apple Chip Business...

On October 7 we reported that TSMC was confident in landing Apple A9 Orders in 2015 and likely the majority of orders as is the case today with TSMC leading A8 and A8X production roughly at 70% with Samsung having 30%. With Samsung's profits plunging 60%, it's no wonder that a rumor has surfaced this morning trying to prop Samsung up with the possibility of gaining Apple's A9 processor business.

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04:37
Nest rolling out updates for smarter auto-scheduling...

Your Nest smart thermostat should get a little smarter at some point over the next week as the company rolls out version 4.3 of the software, providing improved auto-scheduling and faster access to info at-a-glance.

A single push of the ring displays the information shown above, which includes weather, outdoor temperature and humidity. This has, says Nest, been the biggest customer request, allowing them to check what they should wear before heading out in the morning. Getting access to additional information, like yesterday’s energy usage or tomorrow’s schedule, is now available simply by turning the ring left or right … 

An enhanced version of the auo-schedule function, where the thermostat learns how & when you make temperature changes, should enable greater savings, says...

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04:28
Dave Grohl’s incredible gift to music lovers

Music that touches you at a deep level is a rare delight. Same with a book, a movie, a piece of art or anything that is the result of the creative process. Today I had the good fortune to stumble upon something that did this on several levels.

Sonic Highways is a documentary series on HBO, put together by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. The series is an incredible journey, taking you on a deep musical exploration of eight cities, building a song in each city based on the musical foundation found in that city.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:17
Apple Looking to Raise $1.2 Billion from Bond Sale...

Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt: The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years.

Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested...

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04:10
Hands On: ffwd player (iOS)

While there's no doubt that Apple's built-in music player certainly does its job well, those who love music might find it a little basic for their needs. But what does one do when they want to find a music player packed with features the default music player lacks? Developer by Christopher Lim has built the ffwd player, a music player for iOS that aims to create a better overall experience while listening to music....



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04:07
Expect first HomeKit-compatible devices soon as...

The first HomeKit-compatible devices are likely now in production as two chipmakers confirmed to Forbes that they have begun shipping Apple-certified Bluetooth and Wifi chips to device manufacturers.

One part of the certification process for device makers is that they have to buy their Bluetooth and Wifi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers–Texas Instruments, Marvell and Broadcom.

These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed.

Apple first announced HomeKit at its developer conference back in June. The idea behind it...

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03:58
Kool Tools: the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro

Twelve South's BookArc Pro is an eye-catching chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.

The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.

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03:56
Social news reader Nuzzel wants to make sure you...

Here at the Macworld office, a big part of our workflow revolves around keeping up with what’s hot in tech news. (Shocker, I know.) We each have our own methods to combat the madness—I’m dependent on Feedly, where I’ve got various news sites broken down into categories for me to monitor. But that’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Besides Feedly, I’m constantly keeping an eye on my Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what stories are trending.

Instead of your entire social feed, Nuzzel shows you only the articles your friends are sharing. 

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

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03:44
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering 3D Maps...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three key patents. The first covers Apple's iCloud service known as Find my iPhone ...

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03:09
Video delivery requires new codecs, improved network...

Standards committees and industry consortiums are working through a number of video standards to support UltraHD video as well as the next-generation of mobile video services, such as HEVC and DASH packaging, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). 

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02:42
Review: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced the definition of state-of-the-art each time a new iPad is released. Is this Apple's most amazing mobile device yet? Read on in our full review of the Apple iPad Air 2....



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02:00
Reviews: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced t ......



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Monday November 3

22:49
Products with HomeKit API embedded now headed to...

A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number....



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22:13
'Disney Movies Anywhere' gets Android app...

Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.

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21:29
Disney’s ‘Movies Anywhere’ app comes to Android,...

Back in February, Apple and Disney teamed up on a new app called Movies Anywhere that allowed iOS users to access their library of purchased movies—whether bought on the iTunes Store, DVD, or other media (with the appropriate redemption code in the box).

Today, Disney has launched the same service for Android users. Movies Anywhere owners will now be able to access their movie library featuring titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel from any of their devices. Because this is a cross-platform solution, movies previously purchased on the iTunes Store will now be available to users on Android devices, and iOS users will be...

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20:41
Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers...

Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.

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20:35
Apple Releases First iOS 8.1.1 Beta to Developers

Following this afternoon's release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The iOS 8.1.1 beta comes two weeks after the release of iOS 8.1, which included support for Apple Pay, SMS Forwarding, and more.

The beta, build 12B432, is available though Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta.

As a minor update, iOS 8.1.1 includes fixes for several bugs, but major new features rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad, will be reserved for major iOS 8 updates that are also in development.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
AT&T...

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20:35
Review: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the Alpine Headphones the audio company wanted to bring the feel of a concert home, packing technology into a set of over-the-ear headphones with an app for user control to accomplish it. But do the Alpine Headphones offer a new audio experience that is worth feeling, or would cons...



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20:34
Australian Bureau of Statistics credits Apple's...

Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.

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20:25
Apple seeds first iOS 8.1.1 beta: bug fixes and...

Apple tonight has released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. This update is packed with bug fixes, according to the release notes. Most notably, “this release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.”

Have we spooked Apple into providing every single minor point release as a developer prerelease – is that what’s happened?

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20:13
Google’s App Aesthetic

New today: updated Android apps for Google Calendar and Gmail. Both look interesting — as Benedict Evans succinctly put it, “Google is reworking Mail and Calendar from database displays to task-led interfaces. I wonder how far they’ll take that.”

And intriguingly, as Google’s new “material” design language evolves, it’s very clearly heading in a different direction than iOS. Talking about flatness is simply too superficial to be a useful discussion. Superficially, iOS and Android seemingly converged toward flatness...

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20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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19:51
Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a...

In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.

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19:50
Hands On: Woah Dave! (multi-platform)

There's no doubt that retro-gaming is decidedly "in" these days, and the amount of games that have decided to emulate the sights and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s are many. Among those games, few have come across as overwhelmingly successful, but among those titles stands newcomer Woah Dave by Choice Provisions. The game has enjoyed success at PAX, E3, IndeCade, and California Extreme....

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19:34
Apple acquires Union Bay Networks, opens software...

Apple confirmed today that it has acquired cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks and will open a software engineering office in the company’s home town of Seattle. This will be Apple’s first time venturing into the city, though many other tech companies have already established offices in the area.

The first hints that an acquisition may have taken place came when GeekWire noticed that Union Bay’s co-founder Benn Bollay now lists himself as a manager at Apple on LinkedIn and seems to be...

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19:21
Apple reportedly acquires cloud startup Union Bay...

Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.

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19:00
Reviews: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the ......



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18:58
Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay...

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live...

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18:02
[Sponsor] Fucking Amazon

I sold Woot to Amazon and they made it shitty. So I quit. Then I got bored.

I started A Mediocre Corporation with a few others from Woot. We just launched a classic daily deal site — only one thing for sale each day. Meh.

Oh, and since you seem to be into RSS, we put one together just for you, at meh.com/deals.rss. Of course you can also just go to meh.com.

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18:01
HomeKit-Enabled Chips Begin Shipping to Smart Home...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers like Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom. Those Apple-approved chips have begun shipping to smart home accessory makers, according to Forbes.These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed to me. That means we could begin seeing HomeKit-certified devices show up on store shelves sometime soon. Although Apple hasn’t officially launched HomeKit yet, device makers can at least start putting together their...

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17:56
Verizon, AT&T collaborating on VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T are working together to allow Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls to function normally between mobile phone users on different carriers. Current systems allow for the high definition calls to take place between users on the same carrier, switching to current technologies when calling another phone network, but the two major carriers aim to put an end to the loss of call quality in the future....



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17:49
Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to...

On Monday, Apple released the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the forthcoming first update to Yosemite. This first beta is the first to arrive after the release of OS X Yosemite on October 16. The new build, 14B17, can be obtained by registered developers through Apple's Software Update. Apple is asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail, and Notification Center. No release notes have yet been published detailing any changes or fixes present in 10.10.1....



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17:06
Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?


Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war. The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drowned out by the din of gunfire; and glasses are perpetually rattling down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon. It was something of a relief to come across a question that's related, but far less emotional than what has dominated the discussions so far.

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17:05
First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now...

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

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16:30
Bring the noise of the crowd home with Football...

Here is a new sports app for your iOS devices. But unlike most sports app you won't find scores, or statistics, or game reports, or sports news, or really anything else you might expect to get in a sports app. Football Sound Effects offers just what...

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16:22
Handsome Jack playable in Borderlands: The Pre-...

The release date for the first expansion pack for Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set for this month, introducing the fifth playable character to the game. The character is none other than Handsome Jack, or at least someone who looks a lot like him and shares some of his personality traits....



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16:17
Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera: Pre-...

We mentioned the Black Hawk Drone with SD camera deal a couple of weeks ago. It sold out almost immediately, and it got a name change to Code Black Drone, but there's a pre-order available for the HD version for just $89, $10 less when it ships (and it will retail for $199 outside of our deal channel). In any event, Code Black Drone is a cool looking quadcopter with an onboard camera, an HD camera in this case. The pre-order deal has only two days left, so if you want one for yourself or as a gift, grab it now.


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16:00
AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in...

One of the big features touted for the future of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Phone calls made over VoLTE are expected to not only have superior call quality, but some future capabilities like video phone...

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15:57
Yosemite Quick Tip: How to Reduce Transparency,...

If you upgraded to Yosemite and feel like your screen has gone blurry, Kelly has a tip to help you bring those new system fonts into focus.


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15:49
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air from $339, A Dark Room...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad Blowout sale at Staples, up to $105 off: Airs starting at ...

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15:23
Apple issues first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed...

Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October.

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15:18
Mount your iPhone 6 inside any car with Logitech’s...

The overhauled design of iPhone 6 has slowed third party accessory makers to a crawl. We’ve seen a variety of docks and ultra-thin cases from smaller outfits, but name-brand companies are taking an exceptionally long time to bring iPhone 6/Plus accessories to market. Originally released for the iPhone 5/5s, Logitech has retooled its Protection+ case for iPhone 6:

Protection+ for iPhone 6 uses shock-absorbent polymers in each of the corners of the case to better absorb the the force of drops and bumps. This corner protection along with an inner TPR layer and impact channels (seen along the backside), work...

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15:13
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare - You Won't Need...


Activision Blizzard has released a new entry in the popular Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, which was developed by Sledgehammer Games as part of a new three-year development cycle for the franchise, brings the action to the near future with a greater emphasis on the multiplayer experience. However, its worldwide debut was not without controversy. It wasn't about what the game offered -- instead, all the buzz was about what gamers thought they might be missing, namely the Zombies mode.

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15:10
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update to developers, nearly three weeks after first releasing OS X Yosemite to the public.

The new beta, build 14B17, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and will be available through the Mac Dev Center shortly.

While it is unclear what improvements the first update to OS X Yosemite will bring, there are several bugs in the operating system including a major Wi-Fi issue that has caused connection problems for a number of users.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015
Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows...

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15:10
Apple seeds beta of first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Apple has just seeded the very first beta of what will become the first update to the redesigned OS X Yosemite that was launched last month. The update to version 10.10.1 has a build number of 14B17.

The change notes indicate that Apple is making improvements in the areas of Wi-Fi connectivity, Exchange support in the Mail application, and the Notification Center, which gained support for widgets in the new operating system.

The beta can be downloaded...

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14:59
Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to...

A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

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14:52
Apple's New Mystery Office in Seattle Related...

New Mystery Project: A new report published today states that Union Bay co-founder Benn Bollay is now working as a "Manager" for Apple in Seattle. Beyond that, this past Friday he ....

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14:30
Red Bull Racers: Fueled for fun

Players can test their skill with vehicles in motorcycle, street, Spielberg, off-road, and formula races against multiple opponents in Red Bull Racers. There are different vehicles and difficulty levels to unlock in the game which adds to the...

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14:26
Beyonce rumored to release second iTunes exclusive...

A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more.

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14:19
Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple...

An anonymous reader writes Citing the need to abide by a law combating "gay propaganda," a memorial dedicated to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down. This comes on the heels of new CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay. "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS (a Russian group of companies that originally erected the statue) said, noting that the memorial had been "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars". "After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."

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14:14
Apple-1 computer sold out of Steve Jobs’ garage...

An Apple-1 from the Computer History Museum.

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On December 11, Christie's Auction House will put up an original Apple-1 Personal Computer, which was sold out of Steve Jobs' Palo Alto, California, garage for $600 back in 1976. Christie's estimates that the computer, sold to Charles Ricketts, is worth between $400,000 and $600,000, “the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction,” the auction house wrote in a press release.

An Apple-1 specialist was hired by Christie's to see whether the Ricketts Apple-1 had suffered any deterioration. He was able to run “the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and also an original Apple-1 Star Trek game” on the vintage computer. It will be sold along with two...

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14:10
Apple hires new lobbying firm to focus on trade and...

Last month Apple hired Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, the law firm that has represented it in various patent cases against Samsung, to serve as the company’s lobbyists in Washington on matters regarding intellectual property and tech industry competition, PC World reports.

This year alone Apple has reportedly spent somewhere around $3 million on lobbying efforts, especially in the areas of...

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13:50
Apple’s iTunes 12 is Apple’s Worst Software Ever,...

For many people, music is an important part of their lives. It's so important that Apple's iTunes should be the finest example of what Apple developers can build. It should be up to Apple's standards as best-in-class software. Unfortunately, iTunes 12 has a subpar user interface, and it is judged to be the worst software Apple has ever produced. It should be withdrawn from the market.


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13:40
Sketchy Report Claims Apple May Discontinue iPad...

Apple may be planning to discontinue its iPad mini lineup in order to focus its efforts on the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro," according to a somewhat questionable rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The site believes Apple will cease updating the 7.9-inch iPad mini next year, making the new iPad mini 3, released in October, the last tablet in the series.

A preference towards larger screen sizes, the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, declining iPad sales, and "fierce competition" in the tablet market are said to have led to Apple's alleged decision to discontinue the tablet.

It was a bit of a...

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13:35
CurrentC exclusivity 'closer to months than...

The COO for MCX, Scott Rankin, has spoken to USA Today in an attempt to defend CurrentC, an upcoming mobile payment system that has taken flak for various policies, such as excluding Apple Pay and Google Wallet at participating retail chains. He says for example that the length of exclusivity is "closer to months than years," which suggests that some retailers signed on for CurrentC -- such as CVS and Rite Aid -- could begin accepting rival payment options by the end of 2015 or 2016....



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13:33
Critics chafe as Macs send sensitive docs to iCloud...

Representing a potential privacy snare for some users, Mac OS X Yosemite by default uploads documents opened in TextEdit, Preview, and Keynote to iCloud servers, even if the files are later closed without ever having been saved.

The behavior, as noted in an article from Slate, is documented in a Knowledge Base article from December. But it nonetheless came as a surprise to researcher Jeffrey Paul, who said he was alarmed to recently discover a cache of in-progress files he intended to serve as "temporary Post-It notes" that had been silently uploaded to his iCloud account even though he had never intended or wished them to be.

"Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded...

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13:30
Christian Bale no longer set to play Steve Jobs in...

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn't right for the role.

Sources say Bale, after...

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13:13
Gazelle launches certified preowned store...

Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives.

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13:12
Apple Safari 8.0 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by updating your Mac to the latest version of OS X Yosemite.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.

Version 8.0:

  • All new UI for OS X Yosemite
  • Countless other updates and new features



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now

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12:49
Hands On: DragonBox Elements (iOS, Android)

Geometry is often thought of as a branch of mathematics that kids either "get" or "don't get." If children are unable to master the basic Euclidean elements in elementary school, they often struggle with more advanced geometric concepts in middle and high school. This can put them further behind their classmates in subjects like geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. What is a parent to do when their child isn't grasping these important problems? DragonBox Elements by developer WeWantToKnow has offered a creative solution....



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12:46
Yes, the 5K Retina iMac’s screen runs at 60Hz at 5K...

The Retina iMac on my desk, driving my pair of 27-inch Thunderbolt monitors.

Lee Hutchinson

I’m at the end of my time with the Retina iMac now that our Senior Applemeister Andrew Cunningham is back from his nuptials. He’ll be finishing up our coverage of the device, but I wanted to touch on a couple of final points with the big Mac before I send it on its way to the East Coast. We’ve received several variations of the same question submitted to our feedback form: does the Retina iMac operate at 60Hz in its native 5120x2880 resolution? And if so, how is that even possible, given that DisplayPort 1.2 doesn’t have the bandwidth to support that resolution and refresh rate?

To answer the first question: yes, the iMac’s display runs at 60Hz, even when driving all 14.7 million pixels of its native 5k resolution. Apple directly verified this when I asked; the company also...

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12:39
Apple Pay partner terms involve split credit/debit...

A research analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Sanjay Sakhrani, has published what he claims are the terms financial institutions must agree to in order to join Apple Pay. Apple is allegedly receiving 15 basis points per credit card transaction, and half a penny per debit transaction. Banks must allow 95 percent of their cards to be used with Apple Pay, not necessarily including gift or ATM-only cards....



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12:30
Apple Pay is helping re-ignite another round of...

When Apple announced that Apple Pay would be accepted by McDonalds locations across the land Burger King must have been feeling pretty left out. So much so, in fact, that the well known eatery chain went and got itself a new significant other in the...

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12:28
News: Report reveals Apple Pay requirements for card...

Financial news site Benzinga has provided a summary of a new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods that provides some insight into Apple’s contractual relationship with card issuers for Apple Pay. The report naturally provides some details on the percentage that Apple takes from transactions, but also highlights Apple’s requirements for card issuers to participate in Apple Pay. Card issuers must apparently “allow…

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12:21
Tom Magliozzi, popular co-host of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’...

NPR:

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio’s most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

I don’t know a thing about cars but listened to the show simply because Tom and Ray were so entertaining.

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12:06
Taylor Swift pulls entire music catalog from Spotify

Singer Taylor Swift has taken the unusual move of pulling her entire back catalog from Spotify, in the same week that her label launched her latest album. The move, which involves the removal of all of the artist's earlier albums, has been conducted without comment from Swift nor her management, but that has not kept Spotify from speaking out....



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11:58
Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE...

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

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11:55
Christian Bale no longer starring in Sony Jobs...

Actor Christian Bale has decided to drop out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The project was reportedly on schedule to start shooting this winter, and director Danny Boyle is said to be Los Angeles this week meeting with actors and actresses, including Seth Rogen, who could be playing Steve Wozniak. Bale, though, has allegedly decided he isn't right for the lead role and opted out of the movie....



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11:54
Mac: Titanium Software OnyX 2.9

Apple’s annual free OS X updates are great, as well as a reminder that it’s time to do some housecleaning on your Mac. Enter Titanium Software’s venerable OnyX (free). Now updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite in version 2.9, OnyX continues to be our tool of choice for cleaning up the cruft that occasionally accumulates on a well-used Mac, particularly across multiple app and OS X updates. It’s a relatively safe way to give your…

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11:52
Southwest Airlines adds free Beats Music streaming...

Beats Music is getting some promotional support from an unlikely source: Southwest Airlines. The Dallas-based budget airline is now throwing in free Beats streaming
complete with curated playlists to round out its on-board entertainment options.

Southwest is known for its low prices and perks like free checked bags. Now the airline is throwing in free Beats Music on its in-flight Wi-Fi, which is
also free if you’re using it to stream songs. The subscription-only Beats is normally $9.99 a month, so the partnership opens up the service to a new
audience as Apple seeks to rebrand it.

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11:35
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4, CloudPull 2.6.1, 1Password 5.0.2, and Downcast 1.1.1.

 

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11:35
ExtraBITS for 3 November 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook dominated the news this week, with a notable personal announcement and a variety of hints about Apple’s future at the WSJD Live conference. Also this week in ExtraBITS, Backblaze takes a look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s adoption compared to that of Windows 8, and Chris Breen of Macworld shares a way to revert back to iTunes 11.

 

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11:30
Track your big events with Widget Countdown

There are big events in life. Some we can't wait for, others we dread. It's easy to put them on the calendar, but thats not as immediately clear as seeing just how many days or hours remain until something happens. Widget Countdown puts your big...

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11:26
Verizon & AT&T planning to roll out VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T announced today that they are working together to allow Voice over LTE calls between their customers. The carriers, which both previously announced the roll out of VoLTE technology earlier this year, said they expect VoLTE interoperability between their customers to arrive next year:

Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, beginning with extensive testing in lab environments and then moving to field trials.  This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between...

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11:16
Christian Bale passes on role of Steve Jobs, actor...

Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film.

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11:10
Christian Bale Pulls Out of Upcoming Steve Jobs...

Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was "not right for the part," deciding to withdraw from the film.

Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was "the best actor in a certain age range" to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition.

Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple's product launches.

While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple...

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11:07
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Code Black...

Back by popular demand, we’re once again offering The Limited Edition Code Black Drone and HD Camera in today’s iLounge Deal. You can pre-order this dark knight of the sky for only $89. Not only is that over 50% off the normal price, but that’s $10 off what the deal price will be once the drone starts shipping in December. You’ll have to hurry if you want one at this price though—only limited supplies are available for…

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11:06
Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in...

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Christian Bale will not star at Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor has fallen off the Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle. [...]

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.

Just last month, the film’s writer Aaron Sorkin had stated that Bale would star as the Apple co-founder in the movie as Bale was “best actor on the board in a certain age range.”

Bale had only been slated to play Jobs since...

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11:03
Comcast Email Delivery Restarted for TidBITS...

If you use Comcast and subscribe to TidBITS, you haven’t been receiving email issues for a few weeks. Here’s why, and why delivery has now restarted. Our apologies for the delivery interruption!

 

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11:00
Report shares details of Apple Pay requirements for...

A new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of KBW and detailed by Bezinga claims to share details of Apple’s contract with card issuers for Apple Pay. In addition to sharing details on Apple’s cut of transactions, the report highlights requirements from Apple’s terms and conditions that card issuers must follow to participate in the new payments service.

Among the terms, card issuers reportedly “must allow at least 95 percent of the cards in their portfolio to participate in Apple Pay,” which the report points out might not include ATM or gift cards. Apple previously posted a support document detailing supported card types through...

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11:00
Daily Deals for November 3, 2014, featuring The...

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

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

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10:59
Take a Nano Pill and Call Google in the Morning?


Google is in the early stages of developing a nanoparticle-covered pill to detect cancer and other serious health problems such as heart disease, according to Andrew Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google X, who revealed the project last week. The pill would work in tandem with a wearable magnetic device worn by the patient; the device would guide the pill to different parts of the body and collect data could reveal the person's potential for developing a variety of health problems.

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10:48
MCX Executive: Social Security Number Won't Be...

Composed of a large group of retailers aiming to introduce the QR code-based "CurrentC" payments system, Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the removal of Apple Pay support from Rite Aid and CVS, two prominent MCX members.

Following a hacking incident and negative press focused on CurrentC's convoluted QR code payment process and privacy issues, MCX has been scrambling to reverse the public's negative perception of CurrentC.

After a press conference last week where executives suggested MCX was under attack for "challenging the status quo" of large, entrenched payments systems, MCX...

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10:29
Performer Headphones with suspension ear cups...

Two news pairs of over-the-ear headphones were announced by 808 Audio today, taking a new approach to the ear cup design. The Performer Headphones--released in wired and Bluetooth models--use ear cup suspension technology in an attempt to give users a better fit during long play sessions or in professional audio applications like DJ sets....



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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-03

The memorial in Saint Petersberg, Russia, to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is gone because current CEO Tim Cook is gay. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the decision to pull down the memorial and homophobia in Russia, plus they have a little to say about Trent Reznor's secret streaming music project for Apple.


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10:26
RunKeeper update adds indoor treadmill tracking,...

Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes.

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10:25
Briefly: SwitchEasy's AirMask iPhone case,...

SwitchEasy has announced its introduction its AirMask "non-case" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Functioning as a screen guard and case combined, the AirMask measures at 0.35 millimetres in thickness and weighs 10 grams. Its polymer shell provides 3H hardness protection and is capable of resisting regular wear and tear, and additionally features a textured surface that improves one's grip on their phone. The AirMask is priced at $25 for iPhone 6, and $30 for iPhone 6 Plus, available for pre-order in gold, silver and gray....



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10:15
Fully-functional Apple I worth $600,000 headed to...

An unusual Apple I -- estimated to be worth $600,000 -- will be put up for auction at Christie's on December 11th, according to Reuters. While a number of Apple I models are still in existence, the system in question is not only fully functional but has documentation indicating that it was sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It was originally purchased for $600 by a man named Charles Ricketts; on a canceled check made out to Apple Computer, he wrote "Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents' garage in Los Altos." A second check, for $193, reads "Software NA Programmed by St...



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10:13
Unu Superpak Battery Giveaway

iLounge and uNu are giving away eight (8) uNu Superpak Battery Pack. There are four (4) Black and four (4) White models available to win. Introducing the world's smallest 10,000mAh battery pack. Featuring SuperX Fast-Charging Technology, the Superpak has the ability to store power up to 2X faster than conventional battery packs. For more information visit MyuNu.com....

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10:08
Cartographer is the first GeoJSON editor on the Mac...

False Victories has announced Cartographer 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/m7gu5vb), a new maps app for Mac OS X (10.9 or later). It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools Section for US$13.99.

Cartographer allows developers to add annotations to maps without the need to enter coordinates by hand. The app has been designed to work with Apple's MapKit framework on both OS X and iOS.

The Cartographer file format supports all the features of Cartographer. Developers can use the free CocoaPod CartographerKit to integrate it into their own applications.

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10:05
Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off...

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

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10:00
Apple partners with Southwest for in-flight Beats...

Travelers boarding Southwest planes are about to find a new in-flight entertainment option as Apple/Beats Music has partnered with the airline to offer streaming Beats Music. The whole things starts today and is limited to planes that offer...

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09:56
Apps: Web Snapper, Web Site Maestro, Hazel
09:33
Southwest Airlines Teams up with Apple's Beats...

If you're a Southwest Airlines® customer, you're in luck. Southwest just announced that it's giving customers a new reason to pack their headphones! Beginning today, Apple's Beats Music is providing a uniquely curated music experience onboard Southwest Airlines WiFi-enabled aircraft. The only catch is that at the moment the service is limited to specific flights that use the official Beats Music-decaled Boeing 737 aircraft.

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09:07
XMind 3.5 - Popular mind mapping and project...

XMind is the most popular mind mapping tool. Millions of people use XMind to clarify thinking, manage complex information, run brainstorming and get work organized. It couldn’t be easier to get start.

A detailed list of features can be found here.

XMind is an open source project, which means it's free to download and free to use forever. XMind Plus ($79) and Pro ($129) with more professional features are also available.



Version 3.5:

New Features

  • All new designed "Brainstorming Mode".
  • Save to Evernote.
  • Advanced Theme Editor.
  • Index view.
  • Export to Microsoft Project.
  • Export to Open Office (ODF).
  • More themes, styles and markers.
  • Import and export XRB/XMind resource bundle.

Improvements...

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09:06
Expect the Apple Watch to launch next spring

The Apple Watch’s release date is still under wraps, but now we know that January and February are out of the running for the “early 2015” time frame Apple has teased.

Angela Ahrendts, the company’s senior VP of retail and online stores, told employees in video remarks that the watch launch will happen after Chinese New Year on Feb. 19. 9to5Mac obtained a transcript of the message, in which Arendts says the next few months will be a “marathon” for Apple store workers: first, the holiday rush, then Chinese New Year, then the Apple Watch release in spring.

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09:00
Office 365—now available in 140 markets

In 2010, the idea was simple—bring together the Microsoft productivity suite, including Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online, in an always-up-to-date cloud service and charge a predictable monthly subscription. From that simple idea Office 365 was born.

In the past five years, that vision has expanded across the globe—from 40 markets in 2011 to 88 markets in 2012 to 127 markets in 2013. And today that number grows to 140. We are proud to announce that O365 is now available commercially to customers in the following nine new markets:

  • Afghanistan
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda...
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09:00
Starwood Hotels now lets you use your iPhone to...

If you hate carrying around -- or perhaps losing -- a hotel room key when you're on a business or leisure trip, Starwood Hotels has you covered. The popular lodging company which includes the Sharaton, W Hotels, and Westin brands among others, has...

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09:00
Second wave of banks begins supporting Apple Pay [u]

(Updated with US Bank confirmation, other banks going live) A second wave of banks has begun supporting Apple Pay. The largest credit union in the US, Navy Federal, is officially launching support today. Another institution -- USAA -- was supposed to enable support on the 7th, but anecdotes indicate that its cards are already working. Similar reports are coming in for US Bank and PNC Bank, even though PNC has only promised compatibility in the "next several weeks."...



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08:50
Continuity in Yosemite/iOS 8: Which network powers...

iDevices and Macs on the same network can make and receive phone calls through your iPhone. SMS messages can be relayed, as well.

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If you have the latest Mac and the latest iPhone or iPad running Apple's latest OSes, and if you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, the new Continuity features work like magic. What powers that magic? A wide range of network options, including Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, regular local networking, and iCloud/iMessage. Each aspect of Continuity actually picks and chooses from these connectivity options, sometimes using more than one.

We looked at Continuity while both iOS and OS X were in beta. Now that they are out, we've gone back and tested what the released version can accomplish. I think this is a complete list of what the current version of Continuity can do, as well as a couple of similar features that Apple...

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08:30
Smartphones with Solar Energy Displays are Around...

Over the weekend we posted a report asking the question "Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future iDevices?" We noted in that report that Apple's current work on energy harvesting was focused in the area of solar cells. The timing of that report was perfect as today we're learning that solar energy harvesting will likely make it to market ahead of triboelectric technology. It's being reported that Kyocera may be the first to ...

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08:22
Southwest Airlines Adds Beats Music to In-Flight...

Starting this week, travelers on select Southwest Airlines flights will be able to listen to music streamed via Apple's Beats Music service. The airline today announced this new Beats Music option and provided a live demonstration onboard a 737 emblazoned with the Beats Music logo.

Southwest adopted Beats Music in response to growing consumer interest in streaming music. "Southwest connects our Customers to what is important in their lives and in this case, it's music," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. "We continue to enhance our onboard offerings to remain current as our Customers' needs evolve, and with the addition of Beats Music on our entertainment portal, we're doing just that." The in-flight service is free and includes hundreds of music lists compiled by Beats' own expert curators. It is available on WiFi-enabled...

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08:21
News: Apple looking for Apple Watch Evangelist

Apple has posted a new job listing for an Apple Watch Evangelist, a position expected to help promote third-party app development for the company’s forthcoming wearable device. The job description indicates that Apple is seeking a “motivated iOS app development expert” to work with third-party developers to build new iOS apps “with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps.” This new role will also involve working with Apple’s…

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