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Friday November 7

18:50
Apple integrates Genius Bar reservations to online...

Apple on Friday updated its Support website to incorporate an option to schedule Genius Bar reservations for certain hardware and software issues, further filling in gaps between AppleCare's many arms.

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18:29
Black Lab Linux Is GNOME 3's Best Friend


Black Lab Linux is a general purpose free distribution for home users and SMBs. This particular segment of the Linux OS tries to bridge free OS and preconfigured commercial hardware/software with a flexible set of options. Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro released in 2008 by the same developers. There is a blurred line between the free community version and Black Lab Software's Enterprise Linux release. Both the community and the commercial releases could be a great alternative for some users, though.

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18:00
Daily Deals for November 7, 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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17:11
Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit...

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.

The Mac Observer Spin: My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-private law firm as crusading protectors of the public.


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17:00
Court docs reveal Apple told GTAT, "Put on your...

Apple can be a notoriously tough partner to negotiate with. With endless mounds of cash in the bank and an ever growing userbase, the company can understandably wield a tremendous amount of power during contract talks.

A prime example of this is...

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16:30
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on Podcasts Spanning...

TMO's Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have been busy little beavers this week, taking part in four podcasts and video podcasts, and that's not counting their own podcast of the Apple Context Machine and TMO's Daily Observations. Links and details in the full article.


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16:11
Apple to reportedly open new corporate office and R...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to open a new office in the city of Cambridge, UK, an intellectual hotspot which already plays host to bases of operation for a number of large tech companies.

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16:00
Apple to GT Advanced: “Put on your big boy pants and...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn't ship with the sapphire glass promised by the rumor mill.

Andrew Cunningham

The saga of Apple's troubled relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies continues. Today, the United States Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire filed a lengthy affidavit (PDF) by GT Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller in which the executive details the contract with Apple and the reasons why it fell apart. Chief among his complaints are so-called "bait-and-switch" tactics used by Apple. Over time, the company allegedly shifted most of its financial risk to GT—Apple stood to get a great deal on sapphire displays for iPhones if the partnership went well, but GT would absorb most of the losses if...

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16:00
Nest pulls iOS app update after many crash reports

Tuesday we told you that a Nest update was on the way, but today ... not so fast. The company has yanked the app that controls Nest Thermostats and Smoke Detectors after several reports of crashes, mainly on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

Nest...

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15:56
Hands On: Meat Factory (iOS)

In a time where apps attempt to rival today's handhelds, gamers have become fairly used to robust content within an iOS game. However, sometimes a players just crave a simple, straightforward, fun arcade game to occupy their time. With the success of popular games like Flappy Bird, arcade-style apps have a strong foothold again on mobile, often being touted as good "between class" or "lunch break" games. If a player is looking for another arcade game to add to their collection, Meat Factory, by Steve Cable, is a fiendishly fun game that fits the bill....



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15:45
Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores...

With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the Cupertino-based company is rolling out a revamped Genius Bar and product support reservation system.

The new system eliminates the pre-existing separation between getting support for Apple products online and in-store. Previously, users could use Apple’s online support panel to receive phone, chat, or forums-based support. The creation of Genius Bar in-store appointments was handled via a separate system…

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15:30
Track your favorite team with College Baskeball...

The 2014-2015 college basketball season gets under way next week. Thousands of games will be played between the start of the season and the NCAA tournament in March. College Basketball Schedules, a free universal app, can help fans keep up with their...

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15:19
Review: Lemur BlueDriver OBD 2 tool

There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. The warning doesn't have to herald disaster to home mechanics with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such device, the Lemur BlueDriver, is designed to provide peace of mind and guidance to anyone who might have come down with a case of the check-engine-light-blues. We've had some check engine lights ourselves -- check our review to see how the Lemur BlueDriver did....



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15:09
Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed


Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods. Users begin by choosing the recipe they want to print, either from the Internet-connected device's onboard touchscreen or from their own PC or mobile device. Foodini then offers instructions for the various ingredients that should be prepared and placed in its reusable capsules.

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15:07
Spotify Connect update adds smartphone control of...

Spotify has made another update to Connect, its controllable streaming music system it introduced last year, by letting smartphones control a computer. The latest addition allows a Spotify user to use a mobile device as a remote control for the desktop version of the app, through the same system which can select the music on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other devices....



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15:00
Nodus Access Cases for iPhone and iPad are stylish...

Back in late 2013, one of our former UK bloggers (Richard Gaywood) wrote a review of an iPhone case from The Nodus Collection. At that time, the Access Case was part of a Kickstarter campaign; now the company is selling the cases through its website....

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14:58
Friday Deals: 480GB SSD, 58-inch HDTV, 25-inch...

Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....



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14:43
Many Apple Stores to open at 8AM on Black Friday,...

For the upcoming Black Friday shopping bonanza, many brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are slated to welcome the holiday crush at 8 a.m. and will again offer the same discounts and deals to online customers.

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14:30
Apple Grabs Record US PC Market Share On Strong Mac...

As forecasted, the third calendar quarter of 2014 was a stellar quarter for Mac shipments, with Apple gaining ground on its competitors in the US. According to IDC's quarterly PC tracker (via Re/code), Apple reached its highest PC market share ever reported, a metric that accounts only for Mac shipments and does not include the iPad.

The company gained ground with 13.4 percent of the US PC market, edging out Lenovo (10.7 percent) to grab the number three spot behind HP (27.7 percent) and Dell (24 percent). Shipments in the US climbed to more than 2.26 million in the third calendar quarter of 2014.

Globally, Apple's market share climbed 5.7 percent year over year, with the company selling a record-...

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14:30
Zynga continues to hemorrhage cash for the third...

Zynga -- the company that used to take all your cash before you started giving it to Class of Clans and Candy Crush Saga -- is continuing to be exceedingly generous by spending all its cash without making any back, according to its newly released...

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14:14
Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac available

A lot of new changes for one of my favorite apps.

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14:00
Reviews: Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fortune to get fixed, but I guess I could sell my other kidney if necessary." There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. It doesn't need to be though with the help of OBD 2 ......



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14:00
The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important...

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.


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13:45
News: Apps of the Week: Julius Jr.‘s Playground,...

New Games Julius Jr.'s Playhouse ($3) — StoryToys brings the popular Paul Frank character to life in this new kids' app. The game provides four fun activities, including Tea Party, Garage Band, Friends Quiz, and Get Puzzling, that allow kids to decorate cakes, play along with songs, identify characters and put together colourful puzzles. The app features eight jigsaw puzzles, over 100 quiz questions, three Julius Jr. songs, professional narration,…

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13:41
Bloomberg Realistically Points the Finger at GTAT...

Bloomberg TV briefly covered the Apple-GTAT saga today after the court unsealed GTAT's Chapter 11 Supplemental Declaration. Today Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson reminds us that while the unsealed document reveals some of Apple's hard hitting practices, the fact is that GTAT when accepting the deal pounded the table of how great an opportunity it was with them on Wall Street and enjoyed their stock rising 160% on their positive presentation.

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13:39
Unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone revealed...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday published testing results for the as-yet-unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone, a Bluetooth-enabled version of the Apple-owned company's mid-tier Solo2.

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13:30
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed

Smash Champs is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. An indicative...

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13:27
Mac: Booq Boa nerve stealth

Building on last year’s Boa nerve, Booq is back with Boa nerve stealth ($195), a more rugged version for use in harsher outdoor conditions. Featuring an upgraded heavy-duty tarpaulin exterior and rubberized zipper pulls, the upgraded design is more weatherproof and durable in all sorts of outdoor settings. The bag also features a magnetic strap system to easily switch from loose to secure, along with a stabilizer strap for an ultra-tight fit,…

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13:21
FCC Document Details New Apple-Developed Wireless...

The first Beats product to be released under Apple's guidance has been unveiled in documents recently submitted to the FCC, suggesting Apple will soon be releasing a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that include wireless Bluetooth functionality.

As seen in diagrams, the design of the new wireless Solo2 headphones is nearly identical to Beats' existing Solo2 line. The Solo2 headphones are the company's newest product, released in May, just a day after Apple's Beats acquisition became official.

The Beats Solo2 headphones will contain Bluetooth and BLE radios, allowing them to function wirelessly. Beats currently offers a wireless version of its more expensive Studio headphones, but its Solo2 line is somewhat more affordable. The company's current...

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13:08
Inside Apple's secret confidentiality...

Apple's legendary efforts to keep upcoming products a secret are widely known, but the terms of the agreements that bind suppliers and workers were revealed in part on Friday, thanks to newly unsealed court filings.

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13:03
News: Unsealed GT court documents reveal Apple...

Key court documents related to GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing earlier this fall have recently been unsealed, providing some interesting insight into negotiations between Apple and GT. While both companies had previously fought to keep court documents sealed, citing confidentiality agreements, a judge ruled earlier this week that the documents did not contain trade secrets of other confidential information. The newly disclosed documents…

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12:54
First Look: uNu Superpak 10,000mAh External Battery...

Although it's somewhat confusingly priced, uNu's Superpak ($100*) is an external battery pack intended to deliver atypical value in two ways: a relatively high 10,000mAh capacity, and very fast recharging. Superpak itself recharges at up to 2.4 Amps assuming that you self-supply an iPad wall adapter capable of feeding it that quickly; it has two outbound USB ports that are labelled as offering 2.1-Amp and 1-Amp output, respectively. One power button…

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12:43
Upcoming Bluetooth Apple-branded Beats Solo2...

Apple and its Beats by Dre group seem to be close to announcing a new pair of headphones: a Bluetooth version of their popular Solo2 headphones. Earlier this year, Beats launched the Solo2 wired earphones as a cheaper alternative to the Studio cans. Today, a wireless version has been revealed thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) testing department.

As can be seen in the image above from today’s FCC filing, the design of the wireless model is akin to the wired model. The only difference appears to be the Bluetooth connectivity. The documents specify that Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy technology is utilized.

Interestingly, these documents indicate that these headphones are Apple-branded:

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12:41
Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully...

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

The Mac Observer Spin: It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.


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12:35
GT says Apple pulled 'bait-and-switch' in...

As scheduled, the court overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy has unsealed more documents regarding the relationship between the sapphire supplier and former client Apple, which it blames for ultimately causing the collapse. In an unedited affidavit from GT COO Daniel Squiller, Apple is accused of using a "bait-and-switch" strategy in which it offered "an onerous and massively one-sided deal" in 2013. He says that Apple originally promised to buy sapphire furnaces for GT and let them operate them, but later demanded a "fundamentally different deal" in which Apple would only lend the furnaces and...



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12:30
​For tough decisions, turn to A or B

Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation?...

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12:22
Apple to sapphire supplier: “Put on your big boy...

Gigaom:

Since GT Advanced Technologies declared bankruptcy in early October, the vast majority of documents detailing its deal with Apple to supply sapphire crystal have been under seal.

On Tuesday, Judge Henry Boroff issued an order unsealing an statement signed by GTAT CEO Daniel Squiller as well as its attached documents, which include details on the reasons GTAT filed for bankruptcy and its business relationship with Apple, its largest creditor. On Friday, the Squiller statement entered the public record.

There’s never been any doubt that Apple plays hard ball with its suppliers. I’ve spoken to many companies who have to deal with the company and the stories all have one thing in common – you don’t negotiate with Apple. They dictate the terms to you.

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12:12
GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch...

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller claimed that Apple used a classic “bait-and-switch” strategy to secure its deal with the now-bankrupt supplier.

Apple originally offered GT Advanced what appeared to be a lucrative deal for the...

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12:11
Unsealed GT Advanced Court Documents Give Insight...

Though Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep documents related to their sapphire agreement sealed after GT's bankruptcy filing, a judge recently ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets and would be largely unsealed.

One of those documents, an unedited affidavit from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller, gave insight into the terms of the deal between the two companies, but another, the original privacy agreement that GT Advanced signed, gives a rare look into how Apple does business with its suppliers.

According to the documents, Apple and GT's sapphire deal was known internally as "Project Onyx," and was subject to strict confidentiality agreements. GT employees were forbidden from referring to Apple or the project by anything other than code names, and they were also required to undergo training regarding confidentiality and security in addition to signing extensive non-disclosure...

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12:05
Forums: something cool about dictation, GPU...

Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards....



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12:04
Apple deals: Mac Pro and accessories

At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849....



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12:03
DealNN: $100 off 16GB iPad mini

Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor....



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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

We forget sometimes how quickly and completely mobile technology has transformed the world of computing. Not so long ago, when you wanted to use a computer, you had to go to wherever it was located. Early mainframe computers were as big as a room, and early PCs were called desktop computers for a reason. Mobile technology changed everything. Today, we have smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. They’re easy to carry around, they all have far more computing power than those early mainframe and desktop computers, and we can use them virtually anywhere.

To make your mobile devices and portable computers even more useful, Microsoft recently made Office available to more people in more ways. Just this week, we released new Office for iPhone and Office for iPad apps and updates, previewed the new Office for Android, and announced the upcoming touch-optimized Office apps for Windows. To make sure users...

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12:00
Et tu, Lenovo? The blatant iPhone copying game...

While Samsung may very well be the iPhone copier emeritus, there are some new kids on the block who are even more blatant and shameless in ripping off anything emanating out of Cupertino.

Earlier this summer, we profiled Xiaomi, a consumer...

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11:47
External Link: Apple Leads Mainstream Messaging...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a scorecard measuring the security of online messaging systems. “Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products stood out as the best of the mass-market options, although neither currently provides complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance,” the EFF said in a blog post.

 

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11:47
Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have...

The world's most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users' hardware capabilities rather than devices' installed OS versions. Facebook's new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees "are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier."

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11:46
External Link: What to Expect from Apple Watch Apps

Developer David Smith has studied Apple’s publicly available information about the Apple Watch to get an idea of what kind of apps we can expect. Smith found that there will be two phases of apps. The first phase will include limited Actionable Notifications and Glances, which will function much like notifications and widgets in iOS 8. Developers will be able to start creating those later this year, with a second phase for fully native apps to begin next year.

 

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11:41
External Link: Apple Shuts Down Chinese Malware

Apple has quickly shut down the WireLurker malware, which was spreading to Chinese iOS devices via Macs carrying the malware. WireLurker, which was localized to China, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks. Apple quickly unsigned the code, preventing non-jailbroken iOS devices from being infected. However, researchers warn that the code could be modified for a future attack.

 

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11:30
Monument Valley is getting new levels and you should...

Monument Valley -- the gorgeous puzzle game that managed to catch fire at US$3.99 despite the free-to-play takeover happening on the App Store -- is getting an in-app purchase that will add a further eight chapters to the title. The add-on is titled...

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11:25
∞ Buford T Justice Quotes

Jackie Gleason did a remarkable job playing Buford T Justice. I laughed out loud watching these quotes.

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11:25
Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.


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11:20
Court unseals documents in GT Advanced case, Apple...

Though bankrupt sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies has accused Apple of crafting a "classic bait-and-switch" deal, newly unsealed court documents reveal Apple's side of the story, with the iPhone maker claiming it did everything it could to help the struggling supplier.

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11:14
GT Advanced COO: Apple Told Us 'Put On Your Big...

Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep key documents related to their sapphire agreement out of the public eye after the latter company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, but earlier this week, a judge ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets or confidential information, and would thus be largely unsealed.

As of today, those previously sealed documents are now available for public inspection, including an unedited affidavit [PDF] from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller. Squiller submitted a revised affidavit on October 28, which gave some insight into the deal between Apple and GT Advanced, but the newly available unedited version expresses much stronger negative feelings towards...

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11:13
Briefly: Swype free as App of the Week, Nest iOS app...

Swype, a keyboard app for iOS 8 users, is currently available for free download this week as part of Apple's App of the Week promotion. Updated earlier this week, Swype allows users to input words faster and easier when typing due to its intuitive language models, customizable layouts and gesture-based typing features. Normally priced at $1, Swype is available free until the end of next Thursday....



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11:10
∞ CW McCall: Convoy

Talk about telling stories—CW McCall did it with this classic song. I can sing all of the lyrics of “Convoy,” including the CB parts.

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11:00
Turning the tables on a text spammer

I needed a good laugh today and this did it. We all hate spammers, so I have no sympathy for this guy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
ComfortWay Travel Case: International data roaming...

Up to now, international travelers have had a few very expensive options for using data roaming off of their carrier network. You could just leave everything on your iPhone turned on, then pay an arm and a leg for all of that bandwidth you chewed up...

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10:51
It’s Metal Month at Toontrack

Superior Drummer and EZDrummer are two of the best products on the market for people that want production-level drums in their songs. And Toontrack loves Metal!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:45
Apple-Pestering WireLurker Banished for Now


Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday reported that more than 400 apps infected with a malicious program it calls "WireLurker" have been downloaded 356,104 times by Chinese Mac owners from Maiyadi, an online app store unaffiliated with Apple. The malware does no harm to the Macs it infects but when the computer connects via USB to an iOS device -- an iPhone or iPad -- it delivers its malicious payload. "The Mac component only appears to be there to infect the iOS device," said Ryan Olson, intelligence director of Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42.

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10:35
United to spend $120M upgrading Newark airport with...

United Airlines is spending $120 million on upgrading Terminal C at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, particularly with iPads for travelers, according to Bloomberg. The terminal is United's main residence at the airport; by 2015, all restaurants and gate seats there will be equipped with an iPad for purposes such as flight tracking, web browsing, and buying food and retail goods. People shopping for goods are even being...



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10:30
Swype keyboard for iOS is free for a limited time

One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype...

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10:30
Last Chance for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We're giving away an iPhone 6 with our friends at Stack Social, but time is running out to register. Actually, it's even better than an iPhone 6 giveaway, because the winner gets a $650 Apple gift card you can use to purchase an iPhone 6 or anything else. So, you know, that's kind of awesome, but you have to register in the next three days. To register, connect with Facebook or do an email registration to receive TMO daily deal notifications. Good luck!


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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing - or blocking - services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.


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10:16
∞ Jim Croce: Rapid Roy

Jim Croce is one of the great storytellers of our time. This is one of my favorites.

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10:15
Nest Mobile iOS app pulled from App Store following...

Update: Looks resolved…

The official Nest Mobile app for iPhone and iPad appears to have been removed from the App Store for the time being following complaints from users that the latest version of the app crashes at launch. The Nest Mobile app is used to remotely interface with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector from the iPhone and iPad.

Nest...

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10:00
iPads are mandatory at Newark Liberty International...

If you're flying out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon, you might find yourself using an iPad to order everything from magazines to a cold bottle of beer. Actually, if you're flying from the United terminal it sounds...

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09:50
Ofcom plans another 4G auction selling military...

United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced it will be holding another auction for spectrum covering the country, this time spectrum currently being used by the Ministry of Defence. The second auction, set to take place at the end of 2015 or early 2016, will in theory work similar to last year's successful 4G auction, and will provide winning carriers with even more capacity for their LTE networks....



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09:41
IDC confirms that Mac has 13% of U.S. market share

The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has confirmed its preliminary personal computer shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%.

Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo in April moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%. Rounding out the top five are Lenovo and Toshiba.

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09:33
HealthKit-incompatible Fitbit accessories disappear...

Proving an earlier rumor accurate, Apple on Friday removed Fitbit hardware accessories from its online store, narrowing the fitness-related devices offered by the company ahead of the Apple Watch launch.

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09:23
Ring Menu for Mac touted as a Dock replacement

The Ring Menu application for Mac can now be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.

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09:00
Tackle your next group project with Word for iPad...

Group projects in particular are an integral part of every student’s curriculum, but sharing the work and getting the project submitted on time is not always easy. This past spring we released Word for iPad and just yesterday Word for iPhone with some great tools to help you with your schoolwork!

To give you an idea of how Word on your mobile devices can help save the day, imagine the following situation:

A group of students are taking a course on digital media and have been tasked with writing a group report on the impact of social media on online fundraising. Emily, Anne and Josh are paired up by the professor and begin brainstorming ideas at the end of class. Emily opens Word on her iPhone and begins taking notes on areas the group would like to cover in the report. Before the end of class, the team already has an outline for the report.

Emily...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini $199, ASUS 31″ 4K...

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:

Apple Deals:

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09:00
The DuMont: A 50's retro TV enclosure for iPad...

There's nothing Apple fans love more than dressing up their devices with some sort of accessory, especially when that accessory mimics something retro. In this case, Jeffrey Stephenson -- a computer modder and designer who has a list of awards a mile...

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08:47
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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08:45
MarsEdit 3.6.6 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.6.6:

  • Fix a performance problem that caused slow typing in the post editor for some users
  • Fix a performance problem with sorting large lists of posts in the main window
  • Fix a bug in which image attachments could be removed erroneously when canceling a draft save
  • Fix the functionality of the AppleScript "save" command to save a post as a local draft
  • Fix a bug that prevented sorting posts by the Tags column
  • Fix updating of post editor window contents when left open after publishing
  • Prevent a crash when pasting text with invisible characters
  • Fix a bug that could prevent the main category...

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08:37
Touchpress releases Molecules by Theodore Gray...

It’s a sort of huge app – and it chews up more than 700 megabytes of space – but it’s also beautifully made and useful as anything.

Touchpress has announced that its Molecules by Theodore Gray app, which was initially used by Steve Jobs to demonstrate the power of the iPad in 2010. Now, its sequel is set to shape the future of the next generation of apps. Created for science enthusiasts and experts alike, Molecules is a fascinating, invaluable guide behind the scenes of our world.

Based on Theodore Gray’s book of the same name, Molecules combines beautiful photography with compelling stories, and adds state-of-the-art simulations so, for the first time, anyone can experience what it’s like to touch, stretch and twist molecules.

The app contains Gray’s book, and incorporates an implementation of the Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics (NAMD) system developed at the...

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08:32
Roundup: Some of the best iOS 8 app extensions for...

iOS 8 offers powerful new tools to developers such as extensions, which allow third-party iPhone and iPad apps to be more flexible and interconnected than ever before. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best iOS 8 extensions available to download on the App Store right now.

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08:24
Unison 2.2 - Usenet newsreader handles messages,...

Need a Usenet provider? Get unlimited transfers and SSL encryption for just $10/mo. from Ngroups.

Unison is a carefully-crafted, genuinely revolutionary Mac OS X Usenet newsreader. It offers all the expected newsreader functionality: easy-to-navigate threaded discussions, the ability to ignore annoying posters, multiple signature management, and easy, Mail-like posting with spell checking and all the trimmings.

But it also goes much, much further than any other Usenet client on earth, starting with a unique four-view interface that lets you view and work with Usenet group content in four distinct styles: messages, files, images, or music. It lets you preview MP3 files directly off a Usenet server, view images in an elegant iPhoto-like thumbnail view, prioritize transfers with a flexible downloads manager, find favorites quickly with a categorized column-view...

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08:14
Xsan 4 will not mount on client

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan 4 mount client configuration profile

I recently upgraded my MDC and my client computer to Yosemite. I went through the migration process the best I could and created a Configuration Profile on my MDC for my client computer. I installed the profile successfuly but the volume will not mount on the client computer. On the client computer within Profiles, the Xsan Configuration Profile has in red "Unsigned" underneath it, is that what is causing the problem?

Also a few notes: there are two other client computers that haven't been upgraded and are running Maverick and the volume does mount to those computers. The volume is also mounted on the MDC and if I go to Disk Utilities on the client computer I...

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08:14
LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.


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08:00
SEC investigating suspicious trading activity of GT...

The fallout from GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) failed partnership with Apple continues to pile up. The SEC is now actively investigating stock sales made by GTAT executives in the weeks and months leading up to the unveiling of the iPhone 6.

The...

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07:56
United Airlines Testing iPad's in Restaurants...

Le Menu iPad Style: Last December we posted a patent report that was titled "Apple Invents Restaurant Ordering & Reservation System." Today we learn that the United Airlines Crust Restaurant, which is located in Terminal D at the LaGuardia Airport, is now serving up iPad's that sit on their counters and tables.

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07:50
Fitbit products removed from online Apple store

Apple has pulled all Fitbit products from its online store, shoppers note. The change was made without explanation, although last month sources indicated it might happen. Inventory of Fitbit devices at the store began to run low during the past week....



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07:48
Interarchy 10.0.6 - Advanced file transfer app...

Interarchy is an advanced file transfer app that supports FTP, SFTP, Webdav, S3 and the new, very fast iFTP. It also supports plug-in architecture for compressing files, running scripts and restarting servers.

It ties in well with both Amazon and Rackspace's cloud file hosting services, allowing you to transfer and manage data in the cloud. It also boasts as being the fastest file transfer client on the Mac, transferring over 80MB/sec on a gigabit network.

The Net Disks feature allows you to mount remote servers on your Mac's Desktop as if it were a local disk. This makes it easy to interact and work with remote files as if they were local.

Version 10.0.6:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now

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07:41
Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8.0-8.1 now “stable enough”...

If you are waiting to jailbreak your iOS 8.0-8.1 device until things are "stable enough": we now seem to be ready! ;P en.pangu.io


Jay Freeman (saurik) (@saurik) November 06, 2014

Cydia creator Jay Freeman (better known as Saurik) has tweeted that the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8.0 to 8.1 is now “stable enough” for use.

We first saw a developer version of the jailbreak last month, with a user version released a week later, complete with Cydia installer. The installer is Windows-only, but it’s an untethered jailbreak, so once it’s done you won’t need to reconnect to a PC following a...

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07:41
Capture One Pro 8.0.1.19 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.



Version 8.0.1.19:

Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99.

Capture support...

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07:39
Apple Follows Through With Plans to Stop Selling...

Last month, news surfaced of Apple's plans to cease selling Fitbit's line of activity tracking devices in its stores, and as of today, it appears the company has followed through with that decision. All Fitbit products have now been removed from the online Apple Store and Apple has begun removing the devices from its retail stores as well.

Apple previously sold both the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit's activity tracking band, and the Fitbit One, a standalone tracker that could be clipped to clothing, for $99.95. It is not known why Apple opted to remove Fitbit's products from its online stores, but the decision follows Fitbit's announcement that it had no plans to integrate with Apple HealthKit, as it is "working on other exciting projects" for Fitbit users.

Fitbit's...

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07:38
Apps: Flame Painter, Cobook, Arq
07:08
Fitbit fitness tracking lineup dropped from Apple...

Apple Watch will include fitness and health tracking features

If you’re in the market for a Fitbit device and you’re shopping at the Apple Store, you’ll probably have to shop elsewhere to purchase the fitness tracker. Following a rumor last month that Apple planned to drop the Fitbit line of wearable devices from its Apple Store lineup, Apple has today removed the Fitbit Flex and other Fitbit products from its online store following low inventory over the past week. While its unclear why Apple is no longer selling Fitbit products through its retail channels, on the surface the move is...

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07:08
Apple reclaims third place from Lenovo in IDC's...

Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year....



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06:47
SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.


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06:41
FilePane, more power for your drags and drops

There are a number of drag and drop utilities available for the Mac. They all work by inserting themselves in the drag and drop command chain, intercepting a drag event and then presenting their interface to receive and process the drop.

FilePane is an interesting take on this approach.

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06:41
Daily Deal: Get the BACtrack Vio Smartphone...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering our readers a great deal on the new BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer for only $42.99—a savings of 50% off the normal price. Designed to turn your iPhone into an alcohol screening device, the BACtrack Vio connects to your keychain and uses Bluetooth connectivity to sync with your iPhone and give you an estimate of your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). It also includes ZeroLine technology to estimate…

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06:37
Growing Number of Users Report Crashing Issue with...

A growing number of Nest owners are reporting issues with the latest version the Nest Mobile app that was released on Friday. According to reports on Nest forums, the 4.4.0 version of the app crashes immediately on launch for many users who are running iOS 8.x. This glitch reportedly is affecting recent iPhone models including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. I just downloaded the update to the Nest Mobile App for iOS (version 4.4.0) and the App Crashes immediately upon launch. I am running the latest version of iOS (8.1) on my iPhone 5s. I had no issues with the previous version of the Nest app. I tried to delete the app and reinstall it but it still crashes when launched.

Fortunately, I still had the previous version of Nest Mobile in iTunes on my PC and was able to copy it over to my iPhone. -Nest forum member Columbus_George. The Nest 4.4.0 update...

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06:29
News: Apple blocks WireLurker malware

Following reports earlier this week of a new malware threat capable of infecting iOS devices, Apple has responded by blocking apps that are infected with the malicious code, Macworld UK reports. On Wednesday, Security firm Palo Alto Networks revealed a threat in which hackers were transferring malware to iOS devices through infected OS X desktop applications downloaded from a Chinese app marketplace. The attack could notably affect devices that had…

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06:21
Amazon Echo, a Siri for the home

Echo is always on, much like “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, always listening for its name, a name that you get to choose. Like Siri, you can ask Echo questions or give it commands, as long as they fit into its knowledge domain. Watch the video below to get a sense of how broad that domain really is. And, I suspect, that domain will continue to grow over time.

I think Amazon will sell a ton of these.

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06:15
News: Apple planning to switch NAND Flash chips in...

A new report from BusinessKorea suggests that Apple may be planning to change the type of NAND flash chips it uses for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following reports of various users problems with higher-capacity models. Citing industry sources, the report states that Apple has decided to discontinue use of triple-level-cell (TLC) NAND as it believes the NAND controller IC contained in the chips to be the cause of recent problems with the 128GB…

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06:00
Burger King app available across the pond

Good news, far-flung fast food fans. Burger King has announced that its iOS app (free) is now available in the UK and Ireland. What does it offer? Discounts for one, plus an overview of the chain's menu and a convenient way to find the restaurant...

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05:58
Rumor: Faulty flash memory in select iPhone 6 &...

Apparent memory issues found in a select number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units are rumored to have prompted Apple to change to a different type of NAND flash technology when manufacturing new units moving forward [update: rumors were incorrect].

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05:55
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets over 20 new features

CuteDJPro (http://www.cutedjpro.com/) has rolled the latest version (4.3.0) of CuteDJ, its DJ mixing software. The upgrade boasts over 20 new features.


The software is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's being offered at US$99.95 for a limited time.

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05:51
BatchOutput XLS revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and addresses some stability and performance issues.

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05:45
Yosemite: Let’s Make Some Phone Calls!

There are tons of ways you can make a phone call with Yosemite. Wanna use someone's Mail signature? No problem. Calling a business from Safari? Easy as pie. The problem? Almost every program has a different way to initiate a call. Luckily, we're here to de-obfuscate the issue. Yes, that is so a word.


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05:44
Say Play iOS app makes music streaming as easy as...

You’ve long been able to tell Siri to play any track on your iPhone, and the Say Play app gives you the same ability with music you don’t own. Just open the app, hit the red button and speak the name of the track.

To be sure, you could do a voice search in YouTube, but the app appears to simultaneously search several music video sources, and continues to play the track while you’re using other apps. As you’d expect from an app powered by Nuance, voice-recognition is faultless, and in my brief tests it was lightning-fast.

The app costs $0.99 on iTunes.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Cortana,...

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05:23
NFC, credit card disruption, and the future of Apple...

Interesting piece from Seeking Alpha (reg-wall):

Once paying for purchases at retail with a smartphone becomes commonplace, regardless of whether you believe Apple will roll out its own AppleCard, the credit card companies will fall one by one, starting with American Express. How can it possibly be prestigious to carry a Platinum or Black card when the card never leaves your wallet?

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05:19
Apple Addresses iPhone 6 NAND Problems & the...

There are two reports out of South Korea worth noting today. The first is that the standing controversy over the functional defects of the iPhone 6+ have been growing to the point where Apple has now taken the steps to stop its use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. The second story is that Government statistics show that the iPhone 6 is causing problems for Korean smartphone exports.

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05:19
Apple blocks WireLurker malware apps from opening,...

Apple has now blocked the launching of Mac apps infected with WireLurker malware, after earlier revoking security certificates to prevent them being installed on new devices. WireLurker was capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices when connected to a Mac running one of the compromised apps. Over 400 Mac apps in a third-party Chinese app store were affected.

In a written statement, an Apple spokesperson said:

We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources.

However, a security researcher says that it would be easy for other attackers to exploit the exact same weakness … ...

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05:10
Murder for hire charges dropped against AC/DC...

Time to get out of there and get back to making music.

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05:09
Microsoft's own Office apps much better on...

In keeping with the growing importance of Apple's iOS platform, Microsoft's new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are now far superior than those Microsoft offers for its own Windows Phone 8 platform.

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05:00
Yosemite and statshares in smbutil

The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):

smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted

When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.

Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:

smbutil statshares -a

Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb for the smbutil command that can be added to any monitoring or troubleshooting workflow. Other verbs for smbutil include lookup, status, view, and identity. All are very helpful in troubleshooting connections to smb targets.

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Trendy comics and elegant...

Trendy comics and elegant sleeves

This week’s round up of iPhone cases offers comic-inspired designs, elegantly crafted sleeves, and some classic choices for all tastes.

Aecraft

The iPhone Sleeve (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $73) is made with natural Metino wool felt and full-grainvegetable tanned leather.

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05:00
The Apple Effect: The Leaders Shall Become Followers


Google Wallet reportedly has experienced a sudden surge in use: Weekly transactions are up 50 percent, and the number of new users has nearly doubled in a month. Obviously, the primary explanation for this sudden leap is Apple's entry into the mobile payments world. It introduced Apple Pay in September and rolled it out officially October 20. Google Wallet has been available for real-world use since 2011 -- and it works with all major credit cards. So, was the U.S. market just not ready for mobile payments, or did Apple make it ready?

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04:55
Recommended Reading: 'How Linux Works, 2nd...

Unlike Mac OS X and Windows, Linux gives users complete control—if they know what to do with all that power. There are countless ways to tweak and customize Linux (and just as many ways to break it!), and author Brian Ward's goal in "How Linux Works, 2nd Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/plwyz4l) is to show people exactly how Linux works so they can take control, too.

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04:35
Gilt Launches the New Smartwatch from HP &...

In August we reported that the HP's designer watch was going to launch this fall. The watch launched six days ago in the US and went on sale today in Canada at Gilt with prices ranging from C$458 and C$853. The watch comes with 10 functions...

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04:31
Apple Said to Be Stopping Use of TLC NAND Flash in...

Apple will switch from using TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash to MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after users have experienced crashing and boot loop issues with the higher capacity versions of both devices, reports BusinessKorea.

Sources have told the paper that flash memory firm Anobit, which Apple acquired in 2011, is to blame for the manufacturing defects. Apple will reportedly switch to MLC NAND flash for the 64GB iPhone 6 and the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, and will also address crashing and boot loop issues with the release of iOS 8.1.1. Apple previously used MLC NAND flash in previous-generation iPhones. TLC...

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04:25
Microsoft Office Is Now on iPhone, and It’s Free

Microsoft has upgraded Office for iOS to include full iPhone support for the first time, and it has made core features in Word, Excel and PowerPoint free for non-business users. This isn’t Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft anymore.

 

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04:23
Final IDC numbers for U.S. PC shipments confirm Mac...

IDC has finalized the preliminary PC shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%. Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo back in April, moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%.

Apple reported year-on-year growth of more than 20% in its Q4 earnings report, with Mac sales of 5.52M. In a subsequent interview with the WSJ, Tim Cook asked:

Would you rather own the Mac business or any of the Windows...

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04:20
U.S. retailers anticipate 4.1% increase in total...

After a tumultuous first half of the year and unremarkable back-to-school results, U.S. retailers have emerged with an optimistic outlook for the upcoming holiday season. According to a recent BDO USA survey (http://bdo.com), chief marketing officers (CMOs) at leading U.S. retailers forecast a solid 4.1%increase in overall holiday store sales.

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04:17
iPad Mini in White or Space Gray: $199 shipped or...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Today only, Walmart offers Apple’s iPad Mini (non-Retina) in new condition either Space Gray or White for $199 shipped or ship to store. That’s $50 off Apple’s current price (though Walmart mistakenly says $100 off last year’s price) and tied with the lowest price we’ve ever seen. A nice pickup for the same price as the iPod touch. Features:

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit display
  • A5 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera...
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04:17
Hands On: Zombies, Run! (iOS)

One of biggest problems a new runner faces is the ability to quickly grow bored of the standard running routine. Even listening to music can get boring if someone does it day in and day out. But how does one keep a running routine fresh and exciting? Sure, they could try new music in new places to run, but eventually they might want something different. That's why Zombies, Run!, by Six to Start, aims to keep things exciting by putting the player at the center of the zombie apocalypse....



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04:10
GhostReader for Mac OS X adds speech tags, automatic...

ConvenienceWare has developed GhostReader 2.0, an update to the text-to-speech solution to read texts aloud on your Mac. Offering full playback control, zoom, a pronunciation editor and word highlighting, it can be used with a variety of text formats including PDF, Word, plain text and RTF documents and texts can be converted into audio files.

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04:00
You Should Play: Travel through time in two-part...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

House on Fire’s The Silent Age is actually a two-part game: The first episode, which is free to play, was released in early 2013, while the second episode, which costs $5, was released just a few weeks ago. You should think of the entire game as a $5 investment, though, because I guarantee you won’t be able to stop after episode one’s cliffhanger. 

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03:00
Aaron Sorkin appears on Studio 1.0, discusses...

The good news is that the mighty Aaron Sorkin is hard at work on writing a Steve Jobs biopic.

The mixed news is that he thinks cocaine could possibly help the writing process – even if he’s joking about it.

Bloomberg’s Studio 1.0 with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang, which aired at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT featured screenwriter Aaron Sorkin who discussed his writing process and bringing Steve Jobs to life. Sorkin also addressed whether it is easier to write Sober, “maybe it would be easier to write with coke, maybe I’d write better with coke,” and discussed his three conversations with Apple founder Steve Jobs including the third time, “the third time he called me was to ask me to help him write his commencement address at Stanford.”

There’s a lot of good stuff from the interview, including the...

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01:00
Microsoft releases Office apps for iOS, now allows...

If you’re going to get your product out there, it never hurts to release a decently functional version of it for free.

Per 9to5Mac, Microsoft announced on Thursday that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.

Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include...

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Thursday November 6

23:33
WireLurker security paper released, discusses...

Not that you should be entirely paranoid about malware on your OS X and iOS devices, but a little caution couldn’t hurt.

Per Palo Alto Networks, a new paper has been published on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months. It’s believed that WireLurker could herald in a new generation of malware on Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms given the following characteristics:
- It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB.

- It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement.

- It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.

- It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise...

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21:38
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.10 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Features:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications



Version 8.0.10:

  • Bug fixes when running Office remotely
  • General...

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19:44
Sorkin talks Jobs: 'you could make another 10...

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has penned the screenplay for the forthcoming Sony-backed movie about Steve Jobs, was interviewed on the project by Emily Chang of Bloomberg and revealed that he had met and spoken on the phone to Jobs a few times, along with some minor details about the upcoming film. Sorkin told Chang that the movie will follow Jobs' interactions with a number of key people, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and former CEO John Sculley. He also detailed his encounters with Jobs....



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19:09
Move over, Samsung: Lenovo takes the prize for most...

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the designers at Lenovo must adore the iPhone 6.

Samsung has caught a lot of flak for—and been taken to court over—some of its iPhone-like smartphone design choices, but nothing the Korean company has ever produced comes close to the shamelessly derivative Lenovo S90. Not only does the S90 seem to take more than a few design cues from Apple’s latest smartphone, but its entire advertising campaign seems to be a carbon copy of Apple’s own.

Take, for example, the image above (found on Weibo, via PhoneArena). If it looks a little familiar to you, that might be because it’s the exact same thing you’ll find on...

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17:44
Chitika: iPad usage at 80 percent of North American...

New data from ad network and analytics firm Chitika saw the iPad regaining nearly two full points of North American web traffic among tablets in September, finishing the month with 79.9 percent share. Even at its lower July reading of 78 percent, the iPad line still completely dominated its rivals, all of whom reported single-digit web presence. The next nearest rival was Amazon, with 6.7 percent share for its entire Kindle Fire line. Samsung followed in third place, with six percent....



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17:29
Aaron Sorkin talks Steve Jobs biopic, provides more...

Aaron Sorkin sat down with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang for an interview and talked about a variety of topics including his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The film has been in the works for several years now, with at least three different actors reportedly having been considered or confirmed to...

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17:07
iPad usage in North America rises slightly in...

The latest numbers from advertising company Chitika Insights show that iPad web usage in North America rose nearly 2% in September, marking a slight increase over the third quarter. Chitika found the iPad to have a 79.9% share of tablet web traffic in the United States and Canada during the month, compared to a 78.0% share reported in July.

Despite the marginal increase over the third quarter, iPad web usage in September still suffered a year-over-year decline over the 81% share it held in the year-ago quarter. Amazon, Samsung and Google tablets trailed in second, third and fourth place, with 6.7%, 6.0% and 1.7% shares of tablet web traffic in September.

The data is determined based on a sample of tens of millions of U.S. and Canadian tablet-based online ad impressions running through the Chitika Ad Network.

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16:38
Aaron Sorkin reveals details of Steve Jobs biopic,...

In a Bloomberg Televesion interview with host Emily Chang, Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed a few plot details on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is slowly making its way toward production.

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16:38
Apple adds iCloud Photo uploading for devs, updates...

Apple on Thursday issued a rash of minor updates to various programs, at least some of which have been updated to add or increase compatibility with iCloud Photo Library. Apple has updated all three of the iWork for iOS suite and has updated Pages for Mac (and will likely issue matching updates for Numbers and Keynote for Mac), saying only that the update "includes minor stability and performance enhancements." Developers and testers have seen photo uploading added to iCloud.com's iCloud Library....



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16:00
iCloud.com Photos beta gains image uploads, iMovie...

Apple has updated the beta version of its iCloud Photos web app with support for uploading images to a user’s iCloud Photo Library. The feature will likely roll out soon to everyone on the public version of the service soon, but for now is limited to the beta site.

The change adds a single “Upload” button to the upper-right corner of the page, which shows a standard image picker when clicked. From there, users are presented with the progress indicator seen above, and the image becomes available on all of their devices. At this time, video uploads don’t appear to be supported.

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16:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Opera Mini update, Runtastic...

Back to war

This week's roundup of apps includes a World War II-themed game almost as expensive as the war itself. Plus, apps for music, news, and more.

Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front

This iPad game costs $20. Twenty dollars! It’s a World War II-themed strategy game set on the Russian front. You can control Axis and Soviet forces in more than 30 missions across four single-player campaigns. There’s enough depth and variety of experience here that playing the whole game could take as long as World War II itself.

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16:00
CBS News added to Apple TV

Apple TV has added another news station to its repertoire. A new update has brought the CBS News channel to the service. The channel should show up in your options the next time you turn on the set.

The channel offers a mix of streaming news content...

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15:48
Apple activates iCloud Photos image uploads for...

As part of Apple's continued effort to roll out next-generation cloud services, the company on Thursday updated the iCloud.com beta website with support for browser-based image uploads to iCloud Photos.

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15:34
Lifetime Subscription to ‘Time Doctor’ Time Tracking...

Time management: who needs it, amiright? OK, most of us. Today we have a deal that might help you with your own time tracking and management. It's a lifetime subscription to Time Doctor (not to be mistaken for you know who...get it? Who? Doctor...ah, forget it) for $49 (regularly $300). Time Doctor will not only track the total time you spend working, it will also provide a breakdown on how much time is spent which projects (or clients) and tasks. Works with iOS and Android apps, as well as on Macs, Windows, and Linux. There are more details on the deal listing.


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15:31
Apple Adds Uploading Capabilities to iCloud Photos...

Apple has recently updated its iCloud.com beta site for developers, adding the ability to upload images to iCloud Photo Library for the first time. The standard iCloud.com site currently allows users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but there are no tools to allow for the uploading of photos.

On the iCloud beta site, it's now possible to upload JPGs, but the site does not currently accept other image and video formats like .PNG, .MOV, .MP4, and more. When a file is uploaded to the site, it syncs instantly to all of a user's iOS devices, much like a photo taken on an iPhone or iPad or added to iCloud Photo Library via the iOS Photos app.

The presence of an uploading tool on the beta site means that the feature will likely make its way to the main iCloud site in the near future, giving users a way to add to their photo libraries from their Macs and PCs.

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15:22
Apple's iPad Continues to Dominate Web Traffic...

Today Chitika released new iPad usage rates based on web traffic and Apple once again trounced their competitors ...

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15:16
Apple's iPad continues to dominate NA usage...

Fresh data from ad network Chitika shows Apple's iPad accounted for 79.9 percent of North American Web traffic for the month of September, up 1.9 points from measurements taken in July.

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15:10
Apple web crawler discovered: may augment Siri,...

Apple has its own automated bot for crawling and indexing HTML websites, and the crawler has been operating since at least October 15, according to the developer who discovered it. The simplistic bot only requests info on HTML pages, ignoring CSS, JavaScript or image files, thus making it unlikely that Apple or an employee using Apple's servers is developing any sort of in-house full search engine as an alternative to Google or Microsoft's Bing, both of which are used as defaults in different Apple programs....



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15:01
CBS Radio News update adds CarPlay support with...

CBS has updated its Radio News application with support for Apple’s CarPlay interface. The new UI allows users to browse and play the network’s library of on-demand shows such as the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes. Users will also find that the Now Playing screen presents them with their local weather conditions.

Also included in the new update is a set of bug fixes for issues such as two audio tracks playing back at once for some users. There is also a new introduction screen that walks users through the functions of the app. CBS News also rolled out a channel for the Apple TV earlier today...

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15:00
Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:...

Twelve South produces a lot of really impressive accessories that are designed for Apple products alone. A while back, the company developed the sleek SurfacePad for iPhone, a leather folio case with a difference - it's incredibly thin and light. Now...

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15:00
CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet...

CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.


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14:56
Briefly: Booq's Boa Nerve, Stealth messenger...

Booq has announced the introduction of its newest addition to the Boa collection, the Boa Nerve, Stealth. A messenger bag that accommodates a 15-inch Macbook, the Boa Nerve, Stealth is intended for cyclists or a commuter on foot. The bag is composed of heavy-duty tarpaulin, and features a magnetic strap system that switches from loose to secure, and its stabilizer strap offers the option of additional fitting options. Its interior includes a padded laptop pocket, alongside three flapped pockets with Velcro closures and one large zippered pocket. Priced at $195, the Boa Nerve, Stealth is availa...



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14:52
This new Christmas ad will get even the biggest...

The Daily Dot:

If you were previously in denial that the Christmas season had already begun, the arrival of the annual Christmas ad from British retailer John Lewis is sure to dispel that belief.

They had me at “penguin”.

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14:44
Hands On: Byword (OS X, iOS)

Byword ($12 for Mac, $6 for iOS, but currently on sale for $10 and $3, respectively) is a straightforward text editor designed specifically for writing either plain (or rich) text or in Markdown, a style specifically designed for blog writers (or anyone who needs to provide text content with HTML tags for emphasis or embedded images, lists and so forth. It's available for both iOS and OS X, and uses iCloud (or Dropbox if you prefer) to sync documents seamlessly between devices with continual auto-save....



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14:43
Markzware releases MarkzTools for InDesign with...

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released MarkzTools for InDesign, an InDesign plug-in that allows users to open a higher version of an InDesign document in a lower version.

For instance, an InDesign CS6 user of MarkzTools for InDesign can open an InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) or CC 2014 document. MarkzTools for InDesign takes the guesswork out of working with Adobe InDesign documents created in varying versions and releases. This includes InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, and CC 2014.
 

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14:30
Hands-on with the new, free-to-use Office for iPhone...

The new Office update brings the power of the iPad version to small screens.

Andrew Cunningham


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Microsoft has been pretty nice to Apple users over the last couple weeks. Last week there was a new version of Outlook for Mac that actually feels like it was made by the same company that makes Outlook for Windows. And today, the company has released several Office for iOS updates that make it substantially more compelling than it was before.

Version 1.2 of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS adds free document editing for users with Microsoft accounts, Dropbox support, iPhone support, and more. We downloaded the new apps to...

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14:30
Drunk Tech Review reviews the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Drunk Tech Review is at the forefront of the drunken tech journalism movement. Okay, they're probably the only members of the drunken tech journalism movement -- at least openly -- but they do good work. Someone has to review tech from the stand...

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14:28
Amazon's 'Echo' is a standalone Siri-...

In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Amazon revealed a new first-party hardware product class in "Echo," an Internet-connected virtual assistant stuffed into a tubular standalone speaker.

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14:26
SEC Investigating GT Advanced Technologies

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that GT Advanced Technologies is cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's inquiry into the company. The SEC is seeking information about trading activity and the company’s sapphire glass business, Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced said in a filing today.

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14:05
Lensbaby Introduces First Mobile Lens Product,...

NEW YORK CITY - John F. Braun checks out Lensbaby's first mobile product, and a prototype of a lens clip, at the recent PhotoPlus Expo.


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14:01
Amazon's Echo Driven by Alexa needs a Big...

Siri, get your Master to set you Free: Amazon just launched a sexy new home device called Echo which is designed around your voice. It's always on. Simply ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you're able to stream your favorite music services like iTunes ...

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14:00
CBS News arrives on Apple TV with free streaming...

The Apple TV has been quietly updated with another new app channel, CBS News. The app is entirely free, and in fact features CBSN, a newly-launched streaming service. CBSN coverage is live and anchored between 9AM and 12AM Eastern time every weekday; in the event of special reports or breaking news, it will offer simulcasts with CBS News itself. The service is ad-supported in the form of commercials between segments, and should pull in material from CBS-owned sources such as CNET and Entertainment Tonight....



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14:00
Chartcube turns spreadsheets into stories and...

Spreadsheets are invaluable tools for sharing, explaining, and quantifying information, but they're a pain to present to other people. If you want to share data from an Excel document during a presentation, you usually have to cut and paste charts...

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13:58
Mac: Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard

If you spend a lot of time working in a desktop environment, or even if you’re looking for a more advanced keyboard to use on the go, then you might want to check out Rapoo’s new E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard ($60). Designed to be thin and lightweight, the E6700 provides 82 full-sized keys for comfortable typing and connects to your Mac over Bluetooth. However, it goes beyond the average keyboard, featuring a Smart Touch Area at the right…

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13:52
9to5Toys Last Call: Swype goes free, SanDisk...

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:

Download Swype iOS 8 third-party keyboard for free (Reg. $1)

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS/Android 16GB Flash Drive: $35 shipped (orig. $50)...

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13:44
SEC investigating GT Advanced sapphire business,...

In an attachment to its quarterly 8-K filing, GT Advanced Technologies said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into the company's security trading practices and sapphire business.

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13:37
New Jawbone Fitness Trackers Stretch High and Low


Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers: the high-end Up3 wristband and the entry-level Up Move clip device. Using a multisensor platform, the $179.99 Up3 captures detailed information about the wearer's heart rate, sleep stages and physical activity over the course of the day. It also connects with the Up App to deliver Smart Coach, an intelligent system that tracks the user's progress and offers personalized fitness guidance. The Up3 features up to seven days of battery life and water resistance up to 10 meters.

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13:37
Office goes free on phones and tablets: What you get...

Macworld:

With the news that Microsoft is making all of its mobile Office apps free—the iPad and upcoming Android tablet versions—you knew there had to be some caveats.

I’m glad I don’t have to use Office any more but for those of you who do, my sympathies and this article will help you figure out this news.

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13:28
Twelve South Announces SurfacePad Leather Wallet for...

I'm a fan of Twelve South. The company has some of the best styling in the Apple accessories market, and today the company unveiled the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), a wraparound wallet. Plus, it's leather, and as we established a couple of days ago, I'm also a big fan of leather cases. It has slots for two cards (the site cleverly says, "Room for two cards... and Apple Pay."), and it looks great. It's available in Black, Red, White, or Caramel (I like the first two most, for those keeping score at home). We'll likely review it in the next couple of weeks, but it you can't wait, it's available now for $39.99.


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13:20
GT Advanced’s recent trading activity under...

GT Advanced disclosed on Thursday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking information about the sapphire glass maker’s trading activity since January 2013 after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. GT Advanced’s latest Form 8-K report claims that the company is fully cooperating with the SEC during its investigation.

It was previously reported that GT Advanced CEO Thomas Gutierrez unloaded all of his stock in the company in a sale just one day before the iPhone 6 was unveiled. For several months leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, it was widely believed that Apple would use sapphire crystal glass for its latest smartphones, but that rumor failed...

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13:20
Google Drive adds Touch ID support, Swype for iOS...

As Apple introduced minor updates to iWork, Beats Music and more, a number of other key updates hit the iOS App Store, including a temporary sale on the popular Swype keyboard from Nuance, as well as Touch ID security and iOS 8 extension support added to Google Drive.

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13:13
‘Sports Night’: An oral history, starring Aaron...

EW:

Set in the high-stakes world of a live sports news program, the Aaron Sorkin-scribed dramedy followed the behind-the-scenes exploits of fictional “Sports Night” coanchors Casey (Peter Krause) and Dan (Josh Charles), their brilliant producer Dana (Felicity Huffman), harried associate producer Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd), gruff executive Isaac (Robert Guillaume), and whip-smart researcher Jeremy (Josh Malina).

Such a shame this show wasn’t a hit. While set in a sports world, it wasn’t specifically about sports but about the workplace and relationships much like Sorkin’s other shows. It also had amazing actors and Sorkin’s typical great writing.

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13:10
News: Apple TV adds CBS News channel

Apple has quietly added a new CBS News channel to the Apple TV, providing free access to the CBSN streaming news channel launched earlier today by the television network for U.S. Apple TV users. The channel also allotters viewers to access on-demand content from CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation. [via 9to5Mac]
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13:06
SEC probes GT Advanced for unusual trading activity

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened up an inquiry into potentially suspect share trading at former Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies. Although the information was only revealed today, the SEC sent a letter to GT on October 15th, requesting "certain information regarding trading activity in the Company's securities," plus more data on its sapphire business and securities, dating back to January 1st of last year....



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13:00
Wiper Messenger offers free private calls and text

Wiper Messenger (free) is a new entry in the messaging and calling category that puts an emphasis on personal privacy. The app is not to be confused with Viber, which also offers voice and text services.

To use the app, sign up for a free account....

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12:44
Daily Deal: Mac App Roundup—NetSpot Pro, Time Doctor...

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of three great deals on apps for your Mac—each at over 80% off their normal prices. First up is NetSpot Pro, for only $19. A simple and accessible wireless survey tool for collecting and analyzing Wi-Fi data using your MacBook, this app lets you build a visual map of your Wi-Fi coverage, allowing you to see dead zones so you can place your hotspots optimally. Our next app, Time Doctor, on sale for $49,…

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12:30
Green army men, Rubik’s Cube make “Toy Hall of Fame”

Yahoo! News:

It’s mission accomplished for little green army men.

The molded plastic must-haves for generations of pretend soldiers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with the 1980s stumper Rubik’s Cube, and soap bubbles.

Hard to argue with these choices. I loved my little green army men as a kid and still enjoy popping bubble wrap (although, I wouldn’t call it a “toy”). And even though I hated the Rubik’s Cube (I was never smart enough to solve it), it is undoubtedly a classic toy.

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12:27
iCloud Drive Is Not a Dropbox Replacement

iOS 8 and Yosemite brought us iCloud Drive, and Apple’s marketing materials might lead you to think it can replace services like Dropbox. Here’s why it probably can’t.

 

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12:25
Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web...

A developer has discovered that Apple appears to be crawling HTML websites with its own automated bot, but the exact purpose of the mysterious homegrown software remains unknown.

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12:18
Apple 'let us into the labs,' says U2...

Speaking at today's Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, U2 frontman Bono dropped some more hints about the band's involvement in a new digital music format for Apple. The company "let us [U2] into the labs," he commented at one point, suggesting direct involvement in unreleased products. Apple is normally extremely strict about who it lets into its development labs, to the extent that even people with high clearance might be allowed in one lab but not another....



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12:17
Apple Rapidly moves to Block Malware from Launching...

Apple's iPhone 6 was to launch in China the same day it was in the US but hit a great political wall in China. After unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, Apple also had to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Despite that road bump, Apple's pre-orders for the iPhone 6 soared followed by iPhone mania hitting retails stores a week later. Apple's iPhone 6 is a huge hit in China. Maybe too big a hit as new malware is now beginning to hit a fraction of China's new iPhone users. Today Apple ...

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12:09
Apple TV updated with CBS News channel including...

Apple TV users will notice a new channel in the lineup today: CBS News. The newly added CBS News channel is available for free and features the CBSN streaming news channel launched by CBS earlier today. Viewers can also access on-demand content from previous broadcasts of CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning. Additional on-demand content from shows including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation can also be found for free.

CBS describes its newly launched CBSN effort as “the first digital streaming news network that will allow Internet-connected consumers to watch live, anchored news coverage on their connected TV and other devices.”

Apple TV users can...

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12:07
Active “WireLurker” iPhone infection ushers in new...

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Ushering in a new threat landscape for iPhone users, security researchers have uncovered an active malware operation that compromised the OS X and iOS devices of hundreds of thousands of people.

WireLurker, as the new family of malware has been dubbed, first took hold of Macs when users installed pirated software that had been laced with malicious code, according to a report published Wednesday by researchers from Palo Alto Networks. The trojan then installed itself as an OS X system daemon and waited for iOS devices to connect over USB interfaces. The infected Macs would then grab the serial number, iTunes store identifier, and if available, phone number of the iOS device and send the data to a server controlled by the...

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12:04
SEC Investigating GT Advanced's Trading Activity

It appears the United States Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an inquiry into GT Advanced's trading activity, according to a new filing released today.

The SEC sent a letter to GT Advanced on October 15, letting the company know that it was seeking "certain information regarding trading activity in the Company's securities," along with more information on its sapphire business and securities offering dating back to January 1, 2013.

Shortly after GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it became clear that GT's CEO Thomas Gutierrez and COO Daniel Squiller had been selling off large amounts of stock, with some of the plans put in place just after production troubles surfaced in February 2014.

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12:00
Point: Keeping an eye on your home with electronic...

When it comes to home security, sometimes those little webcams can be a little too obtrusive. For example, let's say that you share your home via AirBnB -- do you really want to see your guests walking around in bathrobes (or less)? Likewise, the...

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11:50
The Gotcha to Watch For When Buying AppleCare in an...

There are several different ways to an purchase AppleCare Protection Plan or AppleCare+. One of those methods will result in the agreement not showing up in your online list of AppleCare Agreements. However, there is an easy fix.


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11:46
Amazon Echo introduced as networked speaker with...

Amazon has quietly launched a network-connected speaker with voice recognition. The Echo is a tall cylindrical speaker unit which can be used for music playback, but it also includes a seven-microphone array at the top for listening to voice commands, allowing users to give the device instructions to play music, ask questions, and set appointments....



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11:26
Apple takes action to deal with 'WireLurker...

A new malware attack called "WireLurker" has been revealed that affects iOS devices when paired with an infected OS X system. However, Apple has quickly responded to this threat by revoking developer identities for apps identified as being part of this malware scam, notes "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/lfhheu8).

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11:22
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

I have one of the older Satellite units and love it. I use it all the time, along with Universal Audio’s plug-ins when I record music.

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11:19
News: iLounge announces its Best of the Year Awards...

iLounge has released its Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting the past year’s top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. In the past, iLounge has released a Buyers Guide containing our annual awards — the list has been expanded and is now available here on the site, with no download needed. Click here to…

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11:09
Google Drive for iOS adds Touch ID unlocking, video...


In addition to updating its Maps app with an overhauled design, Google has released a new version of its Drive app for iPhone and iPad users adding support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as some new iOS 8 features.

The Google Drive file storage app can now be secured using Touch ID so users with supported devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3) can unlock the app using the fingerprint...

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11:06
U2's Bono on Collaborating With Apple: '...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple announced a partnership with U2 that saw the band's latest album distributed to iTunes users for free. In interviews following the launch of the album, U2's manager suggested Apple and U2 had formed a "long-term" relationship that would see them collaborating on additional projects, and now U2 frontman Bono has shed a bit more light on the partnership.

At the Web Summit in Dublin that VentureBeat attended, Bono told the audience that Apple "let us into the labs," suggesting the band's been able to work with Apple on unreleased products and services. Bono went on to share a story about an interaction with Steve Jobs that hints at what U2 and...

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11:04
Amplified: Goofballs!

Jim and Shawn talk Tim Cook, Surface Tablets as iPad stands, Dave Grohl and indie music

Sponsored by lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/thebeard and get a FREE 7-day trial where you can access all of their 2,400+ courses).

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11:00
Microsoft adds free editing, iPhone version, and...

The universe of productivity apps on iOS expanded considerably when Microsoft announced its iPad versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint back in March 2014. Without an Office 365 subscription, however, users were limited to read-only file access; not...

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10:55
WireLurker Mac OS X Malware Found, Shut Down

msm1267 writes WireLurker is no more. After causing an overnight sensation, the newly disclosed family of Apple Mac OS X malware capable of also infecting iOS devices has been put to rest. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks confirmed this morning that the command and control infrastructure supporting WireLurker has been shut down and Apple has revoked a legitimate digital certificate used to sign WireLurker code and allow it to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered and dubbed the threat WireLurker because it spreads from infected OS X computers to iOS once the mobile device is connected to a Mac via USB. The malware analyzes the connected iOS device looking for a number of popular applications in China, namely the Meitu photo app, the Taobao online auction app, or the AliPay payment application. If any of those are found on the iOS device, WireLurker extracts its and replaces it with a Trojanized version of the same app repackaged with...

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10:53
Apple Blocks WireLurker Apps to Help Stop Malware...

Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can't launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple's own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.


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10:51
Hands On: DUNGEONy (iOS)

When a gamer picks up a video game today, they usually can expect the game to offer lengthy tutorials and the occasional helpful hint when they find themselves struggling. Back in the early days of home video games, retro games were fairly brutal to the inexperienced player. The games themselves offered little to no help as to what to do, and even the instruction manuals proved to be vague, at best. Korigame Entertainment attempts to bring back the frustration of retro gaming for better or worse with their dungeon-crawler puzzler: DUNGEONy....



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10:44
Review: The Veil from Caudabe is a case that will...

I’m always looking for the best possible case for my needs. I’m not the type of person that requires a bulky case with a lot of drop protection, but it’s nice to have something there to protect against scratches and small dings. The only option I’ve had in the past is to use a skin. It’s not always the best solution though, as a skin is nothing more than a thick sticker that will eventually start to wear and peel up at the edges.

Recently, I discovered Caudabe and their ultra thin iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case, The Veil. This isn’t the most protective case in the world, but it’s the perfect solution to my problem. It offers the same protection as a skin, with the advantages of a case. If your goal is to keep an iPhone clean and thin, there’s no better option…

The Veil is...

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10:30
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The sky is falling. iOS and OS X malware is on the loose. Apple fans beware!

Such is the message a number of publications seem to convey in recently published articles detailing a new type of Apple-oriented malware emanating from China.

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New Trent Alixo Case for iPhone 6: Two Different...

The New Trent Alixo 6S case for iPhone 6 gives you a sturdy transparent inner case and two click-on fronts, one in white and one in black. The Apple logo is visible to one and all. The clamshell design helps protect against dust and moisture.


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Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware...

Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching.

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-06

There's a new malware threat targeting the iPhone, and it doesn't require a jailbreak to do its damage. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about WireLurker, the threat it poses to end users, why Apple needs to update its tools to block the attack, and what you can do to protect yourself. They also shoot down the idea that the iPad mini is on death row.


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Lytro releases first developer kit for light-field...

Lytro, the producers of the light-field cameras of the same name and the Illum, is giving interested parties access to its technology. The company is releasing the Lytro Platform and its first Lytro Development Kit for enterprise users to try using the technology in other ways, with the first customers including NASA and the US Department of Defense....



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10:01
Video Report: What Apple Pay Means to Bank of America

Hari Gopalkrishnan, Bank of America's e-commerce executive, talks about what Apple Pay means for the firm and its customers.

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Apple and IBM roll out details of AppleCare for...

When Apple and IBM revealed their enterprise partnership earlier this year, one of the big announcements was AppleCare for Enterprise, a combined support service. The company today published the details of the plan on a new support page on the Apple...

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09:47
What’s new: October 2014

October featured updates pretty much across all Office 365 services. First was the launch of Office Sway, the first completely new Office experience in over a decade. Students and teachers can look forward to updates for OneNote, a new class notebook app, Office Mix and more. Office 365 small and midsize business customers have new subscription plan options, security and protection services released plans for tons of new innovation rolling out now and in the first half of 2015. And communication on Mac OS X got better with a new Outlook for Mac app, and an updated Lync for Mac. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: September 2014.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates

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