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Monday November 3

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

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

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

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

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09:56
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09:33
Southwest Airlines Teams up with Apple's Beats...

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

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

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

A detailed list of features can be found here.

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



Version 3.5:

New Features

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

Improvements...

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09:06
Expect the Apple Watch to launch next spring

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

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

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

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09:00
Office 365—now available in 140 markets

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:21
News: Apple looking for Apple Watch Evangelist

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

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08:11
Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with DODOcase’s...

When Apple Watch ships next spring you'll need to charge yours every day, and DODOcase wants you to be able juice up in style with its new Charging Stand. The stand is made from California orchard walnut, uses suction cup adhesive to hold it in place, has a groove for routing the watch's charging cable, and you can get a monogramed leather cover for the inductive charger base. DODOcase will number the first 100 sold, and the company plans to ship its Charging Stand at the same time Apple Watch ships in spring 2015. You can pre-order now with a US$5 deposit. The final price will run between $60 and $80.


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08:09
Apple retail exec Ahrendts indicates “spring” launch...

The latest word is that the Apple Watch will launch next spring.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, stated the device’s release timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring:”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s website, and was reiterated by Apple executives last month. Sources indicated in September that Apple would struggle to hit...

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08:07
Digital Audio Veteran Peter Eastty Joins Apple as...

Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited has left the company he co-founded to work for Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Eastty joined Apple in September of this year as the Director of SoC (System on Chip) Audio Processing.

Eastty's career in digital audio spans more than 40 years, including oversight of a pioneering digital audio team at Solid State Logic, a 13-year stint at Sony as a chief consultant engineer, and more than eight years as CTO at Oxford Digital. Most of his work has focused on digital audio and digital signal processing for audio equipment. "I’ve worked in the application of digital and computer technology to audio since I graduated from college and I still find the problems fascinating as well as the answers." Details on Eastty's role as Director of SoC Audio Processing are unknown, but he likely is using his DSP...

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08:06
SwiftKey for iOS updated with support for Swedish,...


The SwiftKey iOS keyboard has been updated today to include support for several new languages. This will be a welcome update for many users, as the developers say that support for new languages has been one of their most requested changes. The new languages included in this update are:

  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Dutch

The addition of these four languages brings the total to seventeen. SwiftKey is available on the...

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08:05
News: New report claims iPad Pro to have 12.2”...

A new report from Macotakara has revealed some more information on Apple’s rumored larger iPad. According to Macotakara’s sources, the iPad Pro will be similar in size to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, with a 12.2-inch LCD instead of the previously-reported 12.9-inch spec. The front form factor is supposed to be similar to the Surface Pro 3, with thickness somewhere in between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is said to be…

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08:02
Southwest Airlines and Apple offer Beats Music with...

A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies.

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08:00
New Microsoft ad pits the MacBook Air against the...

Microsoft this weekend released a new advertisement targeting the MacBook Air. The 30-second clip compares Apple's ultra-portable laptop with the new Lenovo Yoga 3. Unlike earlier Microsoft ads that compare hardware and software features, this latest...

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07:53
Next Wave of Apple Pay Bank Launches Begins With...

Apple's October 20 debut for Apple Pay included support from many of the biggest banks in the United States, including Chase, Citi, Capital One, and Bank of America, but the company has said it has over 500 other banks working to roll out support for the mobile payments service. A few of the larger ones are listed on Apple's site as launching Apple Pay support "later this year", and it appears that this next wave is now beginning to roll out.

Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the United States with over 5 million members, today announced the immediate launch of Apple Pay support."We're excited to make this new service available to our members starting today," said Randy Hopper, vice president of credit cards and business optimization at Navy Federal. "Our members live fast-paced and...

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07:52
Apple Pay support for USAA cards arrives ahead of...

Update: US Bank has just confirmed Apple Pay support starting today. In addition, readers report cards from PNC and M&T banks working in Apple Pay.

Ahead of a previously announced Nov. 7 launch for Apple Pay support, a number of users today report being able to load USAA issued cards into the new payment service. We’ve received tips from readers regarding support for USAA Debit MasterCards and a long list of other customers online report support for other card types through the bank.

Apple has yet to update its...

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07:50
Starwood hotel chain begins rollout of iPhone,...

Following a pilot program earlier this year, the Starwood hotel chain has officially inaugurated its SPG Keyless initiative. At supporting hotels, guests will be able to use an iPhone or an Android phone to both check in and unlock doors via Bluetooth. The system will become available at 10 Aloft, Element, and W hotels on Wednesday, and gradually expand to 150 hotels by the end of next year....



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07:49
Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-...

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

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07:43
Briefly: WWE Network hits UK, London Undergound...

World Wrestling Entertainment is expanding the reach of its streaming service to the United Kingdom later today, after already rolling to 170 other countries. Starting from 8PM GMT, Digital Spy writes that WWE Network will be available in the country on a variety of devices for free until the end of November, before a subscription fee of £6.25 ($10) per month is introduced. WWE is also altering its subscription requirements in December, removing the six-month minimum commitment period for the lower monthly fee, and instead charging a $9.99 rolling monthly fee....



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07:30
Apple Watch release date gets ever so slightly more...

In an internal company address that 9to5Mac got a hold of, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts noted that while everyone has been working really hard, there are several busy seasons coming up, including the holiday...

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07:29
Rumor: Apple designing larger, thinner “iPad Pro”...

The new iPads are out.

That doesn’t stop the rumor mill speculating about the next generation of the tablets.

Per AppleInsider and Macotakara, the latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.

Macotakara has cited its own sources as saying that iPad maker is specifically designing the device to play into the same markets as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, but adds that the company may choose to employ a slightly...

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07:17
Free Scrivener Trial and 50% Book Discount for...

If you’re taking pen to paper, er… hands to keyboard as part of the NaNoWriMo effort to write a novel during the month of November, we recommend using the free trial of Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, bolstered by a half-off copy of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2.”

 

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07:14
Southwest partners with Apple to bring Beats Music...



Southwest Airlines has just announced that it’s launching a new in-flight entertainment service that will offer users the ability to listen to Apple’s Beats Music streaming service free via onboard Wi-Fi....

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07:06
∞ Honda “Dark Side” spot created in Final Cut Pro X

Over the weekend, I posted a link to this fantastic Honda commercial. You have to actually play it to understand the mechanic. Well worth it.

Turns out, the project was build using Final Cut Pro X.

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07:05
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.

The Mac Observer Spin: March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Sad journalism trombone

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys (AppleInsider)

Source: Reading way too much into things

Chance it's true: Who knows

The guys who may or may not be supplying NFC chips for the newest...

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06:57
Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's...

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.

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06:47
Create a Yosemite Installation Drive

A bootable installer is one of the fastest ways to install Yosemite. Rather than copy the installer to a local drive you can run it right off a USB disk (or Thunderbolt if you dare). Such a little USB drive would be similar to the sticks that came with the older MacBook Air, when we were all still sitting around wondering how you would ever install the OS on a computer with no optical media or Ethernet otherwise. Luckily, Apple loves us.

To make a bootable USB/flash drive of Yosemite like the one that used to come with the MacBook Air, first name the USB drive. I’ll use yosinstall for the purposes of this article. The format should be Mac OS Extended Journaled. The installer is called Install OS X Yosemite.app and is by default located in the /Applications directory. Inside the app bundle, there’s a new binary called createinstallmedia (nested in Contents/Resources).

Using this binary you can create an installation drive (similar to what we used to do with InstallESD...

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06:46
News: Apple Watch to launch in Spring 2015

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the Apple Watch may be launching later than originally anticipated. In a video message to retail employees, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts stated that “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.” Although Apple only publicly specified “early 2015” as a timeframe for…

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06:44
Apple plans Apple University in China, bringing Jobs...


Tim Cook speaking at a conference in China

Apple is seeking to cement its business position in China for the long-term with an expansion of its Cupertino-based Apple University program to the region, according to a person with knowledge of the plans. Apple Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny is currently interviewing candidates for a new Dean of Apple University position for China, according to the source.

Started in 2008, Apple University is an extensive and growing program within corporate Apple that trains mid-level employees and managers on the decisions made by Steve Jobs and other key executives throughout the company’s resurgence. Jobs created the program alongside former Yale School of Business Dean Podolny in order to keep the culture of Apple alive well beyond the lifetime of executives key to Apple’s early success.

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06:37
Starwood Begins First Phase of Mobile Phone Hotel...

Following an initial pilot program at a pair of its properties, hotel chain Starwood today announced the official launch of its SPG Keyless program that will allow hotel guests to use their iPhones or Android phones to check in for their stays and unlock their doors via Bluetooth. The system will go live this Wednesday in ten hotels around the world under Starwood's Aloft, Element, and W brands and expand to 150 hotel comprising 30,000 hotel room doors by the end of next year.

SPG Members must register their phone once through the SPG App and allow push notifications. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless. Guests will...

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06:36
Apple to host call for first bond offering in euros...

Apple, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs will today host a conference call with investors arranging for a bond deal that will be at least partly in euros, a source tells the Wall Street Journal. The bonds could be issued as soon as this week, and would mark the first time Apple bonds would be issued in a currency other than US dollars. The timing for such a deal is believed to be ideal, since borrowing costs in Europe are at record lows....



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06:30
Another functioning Apple I expected to command at...

A fully functioning Apple I, personally sold by company co-founder Steve Jobs, is expected to earn $600,000 when it goes on sale at legendary auction house Christie's this December.

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06:06
How to prevent iPhoto from opening automatically...

When you plug an iOS device into your Mac, you no doubt end up launching iPhoto, whether you intended to or not. Yosemite handles the setting that controls this in a way different than its predecessors.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales are on Fire in South...

Last Wednesday we reported that Apple's thrashing of Samsung on its home turf could translate to outselling the Galaxy Note 4 by tenfold. On Saturday we noted that loyal Apple fans stood in the cold rain in Korea to get their hands on the iPhone 6. That kind of news could definitely get under Samsung's skin and did. After a great weekend of Apple iPhone 6 sales, the government promised to punish Apple resellers for illegal subsidies.

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06:01
Russians Tear Down Steve Jobs Memorial Because Tim...

An iPhone-shaped memorial to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been torn town in Saint Petersberg because current CEO Tim Cook has publicly announced he is gay. The company that funded the memorial, ZEFS, decided to remove the six-foot tall memorial because of Mr. Cook's sexuality, and as a reaction to reports of NSA spying.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tearing down the Saint Petersberg Steve Jobs memorial was a sad move, and shows just how far some people still have to go before they'll be able to accept people simply for who they are.


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06:00
How to speed up adding album art in iTunes 12

I am very dedicated to getting the proper album art on the hundreds of CDs I've put into iTunes. Until version 12 arrived, it was a pretty simple process. You could Google the album art, then simply drag the album cover from the web page to the...

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05:53
Patriot launches Supersonic Bolt XT offering

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has launched the Supersonic Bolt XT, which users built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security.

The drive locks down and reformats after 10 consecutive failed password attempts. A ruggedized, rubber housing protects your data from common day drops and bumps. The Supersonic Bolt XT boasts transfer speeds up to 150MB/second anad USB 3.0 connectivity.

The Supersonic Bolt XT is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions with pricing starting at US$49.99. It's compatible with Mac and Windows systems.

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05:47
Kool Tools: App Wrapper 3

Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.

App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.

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05:43
Ohanaware releases App Wrapper 3.0 for OS X

Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.

App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.

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05:43
Russia removes Steve Jobs memorial after Tim Cook...

In a direct response to Tim Cook’s public essay laying out his sexual preference and his reasons for speaking out, Russian media is reporting that a St. Petersburg monument to Steve Jobs has been taken down.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
Web Snapper 3.3.7 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.

Version 3.3.7:

  • [FIX] Fixed a problem where footers would not appear when snapping certain pages
  • [FIX] Improved a condition that would make Web Snapper crash when snapping very big pages without using PDF pagination
  • [FIX] Yet another fix for...

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05:30
Space Beats Saga is a universally stellar time killer

Space Beats Saga is an arcade-style iOS game, and no it doesn't follow the story of an intergalactic DJ. It's deceptively straightforward: you're in a rocket traveling through the universe and you have to dodge cosmic rays that come in your path...

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05:23
Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout starts Nov. 14th,...

 

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the iPhone 6 to go on sale in your country, you may be in luck. While Apple has not yet made an official announcement of the next phase in its rollout of the iPhone 6/Plus, we’ve so far spotted that the new phones are scheduled to go on sale in at least eight new countries on 14th November. Local carriers have so far announced the November 14th availability of the new iPhones in: Brazil, Philippines, ...

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05:22
Windows 8 market share about to overtake Windows XP

According to NetMarketshare, Windows XP adoption currently sits at 17.18%, Windows 8 at 5.88%, and Windows 8.1 at 10.92%, giving Windows 8.x a total of 16.8%. Windows 7 remains the big dog, with a 53.05% adoption rate. Interesting implications.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Sonos allegedly testing Android Wear, iOS lock...

Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality....



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05:03
Seagate unveils object-based storage drive

Seagate has unveiled its object-based storage drive— the Seagate Kinetic HDD. Based on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Kinetic HDD combines an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure.

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05:00
Using the Help Options in OS X Server

OS X Yosemite, running the Server app comes complete with lots of awesome features to help you get up and running, started and owning the configuration of Apple Servers. One such is the built-in options to help manage your servers. Open Server, click Help, then click Server Help. You can then search and browse for information about things you’d like to accomplish using the Help Center.

Now, click the arrow for each service for information about configuring that service. You will see an arrow for each service.

Click the arrow for more information on that specific service.

And just like that, simple and easy-to-use documentation, available live on OS X Server. You will, of course, need to be online to use it effectively.

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05:00
Defining a Hero: Why It Matters That Apple's...


Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced he is gay. Typically, when a CEO's personal life becomes a major issue, it is a bad thing. I do think this will have an adverse impact on Apple's sales, but I also think it will have a beneficial impact on the world -- and after some soul searching, I applaud Cook's taking this action. I'll share my thoughts about why a CEO doing something both controversial and potentially heroic is a good thing. CEOs often run into trouble when their personal life takes center stage. Steve Jobs was particularly aware of that.

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04:45
Apple to hold investor call for first-time bond...

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Apple are expected to host a call with investors today, arranging for a new blockbuster bond deal that will come at least party in euros, according to a new report.

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04:31
Apple seeking ‘Apple Watch Evangelist’ to promote...

Apple wants the third-party app marketplace for the upcoming Apple Watch to be a hit just like on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple has begun seeking an “Apple Watch Evangelist,” according to a posting on its official jobs website. This evangelist position is specifically designed to work with third-party application developers and promote development for the upcoming Apple Watch platform:

As a member of Apple’s Technology Evangelism team you’ll work closely with 3rd party developers to help them build platform differentiating, next generation apps for iOS...

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04:04
Thanks to iCloud, California cop busted for stealing...

A California policer offers has been charged with Theft and Copying of Computer Data after looking through the photos on a female DUI suspect’s iPhone, and sending nudes to himself and two other officers. He is also charged with the same offense in regard to a second woman.

CNET reports that the suspect unlocked her phone to look up a contact she wanted to call to advise of her arrest. With the iPhone unlocked, Officer Sean Harrington of the California Highway Patrol in Dublin, California, sent as many as six nude images to himself and two colleagues.

On Friday, Harrington was charged with two felonies. One pertained to the original complainant, only named as Jane Doe No. 1 in court documents. The second involves a different woman, named as...

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04:00
The true origins of MCX and CurrentC

This article appeared back in January, long before CVS and Rite Aid pulled the plug on Apple Pay, and long before Apple Pay was even announced. There’s a lot of detail here that answers many of the current questions about CurrentC and MCX.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
You Should Play: Retry proves Rovio has more to it...

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.

Retry is a maddening retro-styled side-scroller from juggernaut mobile developer Rovio. You may have heard of Finnish developer Rovio before—they created a little franchise called Angry Birds. But since then, they haven’t produced much outside of that original bubble. Retry should reassure critics that the Rovio team is more than just physics puzzle creators enamored with cute birds and pigs. 

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04:00
Eco ATM's simple model: Insert phone, take money

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03:56
Revenues for aftermarket accessories to hit US$51...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) says that mobile phone accessories in the aftermarket will generate revenues of US$51.1 billion by the end of 2014.

Protective carry cases continue to generate the highest revenues and shipment numbers (US$13 billion and 556,855,035 respectively) with additional chargers and memory cards among the other major contributing product categories.

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03:51
Brainwaves for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Brainwaves (www.unexplainablestore.com) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 1.3. It's an audio brain stimulation app that uses Isochronic Tones and Binaural Beats "to bring the user into altered states of mind."

The tones and audio recordings in the Brainwaves app have been created at 320 kbps. Brainwaves is designed to be used as a sleep aid, dream inducer, creativity booster, and more.

Brainwaves requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's free, but does offer in-app purchases.

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03:45
Apple Reportedly Planning for Investor Call Today...

Apple is planning to hold an investor call today ahead of a potential bond sale, reports The Wall Street Journal. A banker working on the deal says that Apple may begin issuing bonds in Euros, as Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group are said to be arranging the call.Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs Inc. are arranging a call for the firm with investors Monday, and a deal, possibly at least partly in euros, could come as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker has never issued debt in currencies other than the dollar before. Apple last entered the bond market in April with a $12 billion sale, which followed last year's $17...

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03:30
∞ Feathers, bowling balls, dropping in the world’s...

[VIDEO] Aristotle taught that heavy objects fall faster than lighter ones, in direct proportion to weight. It wasn’t until Galileo’s time that the concept of air resistance entered the zeitgeist.

The video embedded below is shot in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber, NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio. The money shot starts at about 2:50, but the whole thing is worth watching.

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03:20
Recommended Reading: 'Programming Elixir'

You may wish to explore functional programming, but are put off by the academic feel. You know you need concurrent applications, but also know these are almost impossible to get right. Meet Elixir, a functional, concurrent language built on the rock-solid Erlang VM. "Programming Elixir: Functional |> Concurrent |> Pragmatic |> Fun" (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$36 paper, $24 ebook) is the introduction to Elixir for experienced programmers.

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03:04
BlackBerry Messenger adds timed messages, retractions

BlackBerry has made a few changes to the BBM app on all platforms, with the biggest being heavily borrowed from competitor Snapchat. BlackBerry Messenger now gives users the ability to create Timed Messages, text or images which can be shared with other chat participants for a set period of time before being automatically deleted, as well as the ability to retract already-sent messages....



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03:03
Apple gearing up for new bond sale this week with...

Apple is gearing up to issue another bond offering this week, with a conference call with investors reportedly scheduled today, according to reports this morning from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Apple hasn’t announced that it is holding an investor call today as of yet, but the announcement will likely be posted to Apple’s Investor Relations website if it is indeed happening. According to the WSJ, this bond offering will be the first from Apple to involve the euro currency:

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02:07
Microsoft hits MacBook Air with Yoga 3 dance ad [...

It’s an epic dance-off between the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and the MacBook Air. But does the MacBook Air stand a chance against the sleekness and multi-mode flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Nope. And once you add the touchscreen, it’s game over. The Yoga 3 Pro proves there’s more than one way to do what you want. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/yoga.

To me, it is interesting to see Microsoft taking the underdog approach. Desktop PCs [read: Microsoft Windows computers] still have huge market share but have been declining while MacBooks continue to grow...

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02:07
Microsoft Launches New Ad Comparing MacBook Air to...

Microsoft today launched a new ad targeting the MacBook Air and comparing the notebook to Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. The latest spot, which is titled "Let's Dance", features both laptops side-by-side and highlights the differences between the form and functionality of both.

Microsoft first highlights the thickness of both devices, showing that the MacBook Air is 17mm thick while the Yoga 3 Pro measures in at 13mm thick. Next, both laptops are shown in a "tablet" and "tent" position, showcasing the Yoga 3 Pro's ability to fold back while the MacBook Air is unable to do the same. Microsoft finally highlights the Yoga 3 Pro's touchscreen, which is then shown as a non-feature on the MacBook Air.

The new ad comes after Microsoft launched a new round of Surface Pro 3 ads targeting the MacBook Air in August, which...

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Sunday November 2

20:57
Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac

Released ahead of the rest of the Office for Mac suite, Outlook receives enhanced performance and a user interface more closely aligned with the Windows edition. (Office 365 subscription required)

 

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20:57
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4

Adds support for capturing Relay audio from FaceTime on Yosemite. ($32 new, free update, 9.1 MB)

 

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20:56
CloudPull 2.6.1

Brings support for Yosemite, but removes CloudPull from the Mac App Store. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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20:56
1Password 5.0.2

Maintenance release fixes numerous bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.6 MB)

 

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20:56
Downcast 1.1.1

Latest release fixes several crashes introduced by the previous version, which brought several additions to the podcatcher app. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.5 MB)

 

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20:44
Apple Watch Launching in 'Spring'...

In a video message sent out to retail employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts revealed that the Apple Watch will be launching in the Spring of next year, reports 9To5Mac. The timeframe given is slightly more specific than Apple's own launch projection of "early next year", which was shared during its initial unveil of the Apple Watch back in September.

"So, again, we do - you guys were hired because you're the best people in the world. And you know how to service customers, but we are sprinting a marathon and it's not going to stop. Right? We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring." The report also notes that Apple will be training its retail employees on...

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16:37
Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts: Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch’s launch is scheduled to occur in the “spring,” according to Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, later in 2015 than some had originally anticipated. Ahrendts stated the timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s ...

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15:08
Weekly Game Replay: Black Ops II lawsuit dismissed,...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on news from the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's edition, we take a look at the dismissal of Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks officially cancelling Prey 2, Walmart starting used game sales, Shadow of the Eternal development, Dying Light dropping previous generation console development, and a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD....



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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

A Dark Room [iOS...

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13:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Samsung's mobile...

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11:47
Google to resurrect Bump app as "Copresence,...

Bump, an app developer Google acquired last year, is bouncing back under the codename Copresence, an effort to deliver AirPlay-like file sharing that appears to be deeply integrated with Google+ Hangouts, sparking new privacy concerns.

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11:42
Google's Copresence could allow communications...

A new method of communications between Android and iOS devices might be available soon, as a sources indicate that the two device types could share photos, files, messages, directions and other content through Google's Copresence service. The service appeared in the latest version of the Google Play Services Android application package (APK), allowing some clues to be collected on how a service could tie the two operating systems together....



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11:00
Jony Ive honored as "San Francisco Treasure...

Saturday night (November 1, 2014), Apple design chief Jony Ive was feted at an exclusive event at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

The event was on the 15th floor of an office building in the city's financial district due to the...

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09:00
AfterShot Pro 2 from Corel is a competitive Mac...

Corel's latest Mac OS release, AfterShot Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$69.00) is hard to quickly characterize. It combines elements of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It excels as a RAW-file importer and manager with very fast performance. It easily...

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08:59
MGG 526: Neutrons Have Their Own Dance

Yosemite is a new OS, and with that comes oddities. Thankfully your two favorite geeks are here to help. Mail issues are plaguing many listeners and John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton talk you through how to keep things running as clean as possible, even cleaning up Mail behind the scenes. Then it's on to custom FaceTime ringtones, how to manage the battery on a spare iPhone and much, much more. Download today and enjoy!


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08:10
Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future...

Late last year Professor Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed their ground breaking work on technology known as the triboelectric effect ...

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07:00
​All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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05:21
Learn to sing, train your voice

Have you ever wanted to train your voice, learn to sing in pitch, develop a better ear? The SingTrue app uses a wide range of pitch recognition exercises to develop your sense of pitch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Consolidate VMware Snapshots

Each snapshot of a virtual machine in VMware creates files. You can consolidate these files when they’re no longer needed. This can let you save space and improve the performance of virtual machines (not to mention operations like moving virtual machines through the vMotion or manually). Consolidating snapshots is also a typical troubleshooting step for a number of problems you can encounter in ESX.

The Consolidation command searches for delta data to combine and reorganizes so as not to corrupt any necessary dependencies. When a virtual machine needs to be consolidated, you can see this in the vSphere client under the Summary tab; however, in my experience it doesn’t always think I need to consolidate when I think I do. To consolidate, first open the vSphere Client.

Once open, right click on a virtual machine and select the Snapshot option in the...

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04:52
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Honored Jony...

It was reported late yesterday that Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, was honored as a "San Francisco Treasure" by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art who described Ive as the most influential designer in the world.

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04:05
∞ Honda’s dark side

I wish I could embed this video, but since I can’t, follow the link to check out Honda’s incredibly clever new marketing campaign video. To me, it’s not at all about the product (the supercharged Honda Civic Type R) or the plot of the video, but about the delivery mechanism.

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Saturday November 1

23:45
Review: ClamCase Pro for iPad Air

ClamCase for iPad Air is a simple but well-implemented product that takes Apple's tablet one step closer to being a productivity machine and, for some, a viable ultra-portable laptop replacement.

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20:24
Intel Launches New Broadwell Core M Processors,...

While Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors for most Macs are not shipping until early 2015 or even later, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a...

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20:20
Hands On: Offload (OS X, Windows)

Dealing with the aftermath of a day of recording video or snapping photos can be time consuming. Videos and photos are often spread across different memory cards and storage devices, all of which require attention to transfer to editing stations and backup locations. Offload from Red Giant looks to make that a little easier. Like many of Red Giant's other pieces of software, Offload is built with videographers and photographers in mind. It makes it easier to transfer a bunch of files in one action, rather than taking two or more....



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18:16
ASPPPPP 1.2.1 - Create cursor shortcuts to jump...

ASPPPPP brings Aperture Science's portal technology to your desktop. Avoid carpal canal syndrome and save millions of pixels of cursor moving.

When launching the app, you first set the position of the first portal. And then move across the screen and set the second position. These positions then remain static for jumping your mouse's cursor back and forth between the two points. If you want to move the portal locations, simply hold the COMMAND key and click and drag a portal to a new location.

Lastly, just for fun, the app keeps track of how many meters of wasted mouse movement you've saved. And if you don't like meters, it measures it by school bus lengths, shower curtains or a dollar bill.

Version 1.2.1:

  • We do not have to fix ASPPPPP for Yosemite. We fixed Yosemite for ASPPPPP.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



Download Now...

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16:21
Sam's Club to sell Apple's iPhone 6 from $...

As part of a one-day holiday sales event, big-box wholesaler Sam's Club will be selling Apple's latest iPhone 6 from $99 with two-year contract on Nov. 15, according to a supposedly leaked flyer.

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14:24
Hands On: Camera + (iOS)

If you're like most people, your iPhone has replaced your digital camera for most occasions. After all, most people always have a phone with them so they never have to worry about missing a shot. While the iPhone certainly has a great point-and-shoot quality to it, users have begun looking for new apps to augment their on-the-go photography experience. There certainly isn't a shortage of camera apps on the App Store these days, but Camera+ by tap tap tap is a camera app worth a closer look....



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13:12
Apple to Announce a Major Deal in Vietnam for iPhone...

Earlier this week reported on Apple wanting to compete with Samsung in Iran by working with so-called premium resellers as they do in certain countries like South Korea. Today we've learned that Apple is going to make a major announcement in two weeks about a major distribution deal with one of Vietnam's ...

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12:45
Sam’s Club’s Black Friday deal has iPhone 6 for $99...

A leaked sales flyer for Sam’s Club reveals that the wholesale retailer will begin selling the iPhone 6 for as low as $99 with a new two-year service agreement starting November 15th. The upcoming Black Friday promotion will see each iPhone 6 model on sale for $100 off their standard on-contract prices: 16GB ($99), 64GB ($199) and 128GB ($299).

The leaked sales flyer confirms that each Sam’s Club location in the United States will have between 40 to 50 iPhone 6 units in store for club members to purchase, with the Holiday Savings Celebration kicking off in two Saturdays from now at 7:00 AM local time.

Sam’s Club will also be selling the 16GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi) for $100 off both in store and online. Based on the product item numbers, this appears to...

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12:06
Jony Ive says Apple Watch will include Fitbit-like...

This past week, Apple design head Jony Ive spoke about a range of topics, including the Apple Watch, at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Ive noted that the development of the Watch was more difficult than the iPhone because of the historical precedence of wrist-worn timepieces. In more interesting news, Ive told the crowd that the Apple Watch will have a cool alarm clock feature that can silently wake up the wearer:

And because it’s a new product, he said there’s “a childlike awe and curiosity” about what the Apple Watch might do. As an example, he spoke about its alarm...

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10:28
“The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0″ poster

Pop Chart Lab:

Newly refreshed with a bevy of recent Apple products including the iPad Air 2, iMac with 5K Display, iPhone 6, and even next year’s Apple Watch, the world’s most comprehensive mapping of Apple products is back.

This classic gallery of proprietary gadgets displays every computer, handheld, peripheral, software, and operating system released by Apple from 1976 onward. Over 500 items in all, chronicling how Apple has invented—and reinvented—insanely great products.

We’ve mentioned this before but the update makes it even better. If you know “A True Apple Believer”, this would make a great Christmas gift!

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10:15
Loyal Apple Fans in Korea Stood in the Rain for the...

Two Thumbs up for Loyal Korean Apple Fans: As expected, loyal Apple fans faithfully stood in line on a rainy Friday in Seoul, South Korea ...

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09:30
Some OS X Yosemite users seeing Wi-Fi issues,...

Complaints from Yosemite upgraders about Wi-Fi connectivity are beginning to stack up. Reports are circulating about strange Wi-Fi issues, with issues seemingly related to corrupted preference files or bad configurations left over from previous installs. Fixes abound for the issues, with seemingly no commonality to the problems beyond just being related to wireless networking....



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09:00
Vizzywig 8xHD price tag now a very affordable $49.99

Until a few months ago, your choices for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video were to use a dedicated - and very expensive - 4K video camera or DSLR. Then in September, developer Michael Zaletel and his company i4Software released Vizzywig...

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08:09
iPad Pro rumored specs: smaller 12.2-inch display,...

iPad Pro design render

According to a new report by MacOtakara, the iPad Pro will represent a change over previous rumored specs. A list of publications including the Wall St. Journal and Bloomberg had pegged the display of the iPad Pro at 12.9-inches but today’s report says it is a smaller 12.2 inches (remarkably close to the rumored upcoming ...

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07:12
Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)

There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....



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07:01
Rumors peg iPad Pro as 12.2-inch device, with stereo...

A Japanese Apple-centric site claims to have unearthed some details about the rumored iPad Pro. The latest from the site claims that the as yet unannounced tablet will not be a 12.9-inch device, but instead be 12.2 inches diagonal. Addtionally, the device is said to have additional speakers and microphones on the top of the device for the possibility of stereo sound support....



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06:30
Caturday: Justin's blocking the iMac

I've often noticed that cats and their humans tend to share traits in common. In this case, the handsome tabby Justin appears to think he's a hockey goalie, blocking access to the goal of the iMac from his human Faye Barth. From Faye's iMac...

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06:30
Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8

In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.


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06:17
Rumor: Apple's upcoming iPad Pro to have 12.2...

We reported earlier this month that Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. A new report is claiming that the new iPad Pro could sport a 12.2" display instead of the rumored 12.9" display.

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06:13
'iPad Pro' Said to Feature 12.2-Inch...

Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" has reportedly been in the works for some time, although the most recent rumors have indicated the company has pushed back its plans for the device as it seeks to give its manufacturing partners time to catch up to iPhone 6 Plus demand. Development work on the project is likely still continuing and a new report from Mac Otakara claims to share some new details on the device.

According to the report, the larger iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, somewhat smaller than the 12.9-inch measurement most commonly rumored for the device. Sources also indicate the device will contain speakers and microphones on both the top and bottom edges, opening the door to an improved stereo audio experience.Product design concept seems to be based on iPad Air 2, pair of speakers and microphones will be...

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06:00
Integrate Nike Running App With Apple’s Health App

The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration.

To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password.

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05:49
Rumor: Apple's "iPad Pro" to be as...

The latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.

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05:47
Cops can compel you to unlock your iPhone via Touch...

A new report published late yesterday revealed that cops can't make you give them your smartphone password -- but they can compel you to slap your finger onto your Apple Touch ID device to unlock it, a Virginia court ruled Thursday.

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04:30
Note Wars is a fun, easy combat game. Almost too easy

Note Wars is an action game based on the premise that "gameplay is more important than graphics," according to the app's description. That's because the game's design is meant to mimic a piece of notebook paper and pencil. There's not much of a...

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03:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Stands, keyboards, and bags

Stands, keyboards, and bags

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases comes with an assortment of multi-functional accessories—stands, keyboards, and more.

Belkin

The Chambray Cover (iPad Air and iPad Air 2; $40) offers a slim, lightweight design combined with strong protection, thanks to its flexible silicone protective corners and soft inner lining that help keep your screen safe from shocks and scratches.

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Friday October 31

23:19
AAPL closes week on all-time high ahead of dividends...

Shareholders of record in AAPL as of November 6 will receive a dividend of 47 cents per share once again in the second dispersal of revenue since the stock was split 7-to-1 last June. The company will pay out some $2.75 billion in dividends on 5.866 billion outstanding shares -- about 800 million fewer shares than seen before the aggressive share buyback program started last year. The stock closed the week at an all-time record high of $108 per share for the second week running....



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21:23
Apple facing India lawsuit over similar 'iFon...

In a case somewhat similar to the Mexican lawsuit that successfully argued that an earlier "iFone" trademark superseded Apple's mark, a company called iVoice Enterprises is India is challenging Apple's iPhone trademark. The company was at work on a low-cost mobile phone for India that was dubbed the "India phone" or "iFon," but never came to market as partners backed out and the deal collapsed shortly after Apple announced the iPhone in January 2007....



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20:19
Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)

There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....



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20:15
Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for...

The UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 solves one of the chief concerns smartphone users have always battled: battery anxiety. UNU ingeniously combines a smartphone battery case with wireless charging technology, and there's a lot to like.

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20:08
HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer...

HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information....



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19:59
1Password 5.0.2 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 5.0.2:

  • Layout...

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17:56
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio:...

Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too....



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17:51
Stitcher Radio podcast app updated with CarPlay...

Stitcher Radio, one of Apple’s first CarPlay partners, has released an update that enables the dashboard interface in its popular podcast app. The update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. The release comes just days after Stitcher was acquired by a music streaming company called Deezer.

Stitcher joins Rdio,...

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17:09
Samsung seeking to break patent deal with Microsoft...

Samsung is petitioning the court to allow it to invalidate its contract with Microsoft, a contract that it has only belatedly paid patent license fees on for the last year. A late Thursday court filing declares that once Microsoft acquired Nokia, it became a significant competitor with Samsung. The Korean manufacturer claims that the buy puts the two companies on equal footing in the smartphone market, and continuing the contract would induce some problems with US copyright laws....



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17:07
Apple involved in another infringement suit over...

Back in June Apple faced off against a Mexican telecom over the trademarked word “iFone.” In that case, the iFone telecommunications company argued that Apple had infringed its trademark with the iPhone. A court ruled that because telecom services and telephone hardware aren’t the same product, there should be no confusion among consumers about which is which.

Unfortunately for mobile carriers in the country, because they do offer telecommunications services, they were barred from using the name “iPhone” in marketing materials.

Now an Indian mobile phone manufacturer called iVoice Enterprises Limited is taking Apple to task...

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17:00
Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode of Slices of Apple...

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16:53
VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

Five years ago, it was not uncommon to see many cabinets full of Xserves fulfilling serving roles in the enterprise.  Today those servers are on their last legs and warrant replacement by modern hardware and software design.

Luckily there isn’t much of a need of OS X Server by IT anymore as almost everything can run on Linux or Windows these days.  Aside from Deploy Studio, management tools such as Munki, Reposado, Puppet and even the JSS are platform agnostic.  However, many organizations still need instances of OS X running in the datacenter, whether it be for testing of older operating systems, compiling apps, or running automated AutoPkg.

VMware’s ESXi hypervisior has emerged to be the market leader, but until last week the only supported Mac was the Mac Pro 5,1.  This was a good machine, but took up a massive amount of rack space and while its processors were fast in 2010, they just can’t keep up today.  For those running vSphere...

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16:10
Hands On: Surgeon Simulator (iOS)

For those of who haven't heard, Surgeon Simulator by developer Bossa Studios is an extremely popular tongue-in-cheek game that originated on Steam for the "PC Master Race." Fortunately for those with iPads, iPhones, and newer iPod Touch models, Bossa Studios has decided to bring this remarkably frustrating game to iOS, and we've taken some time with it....



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16:00
iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app...

iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments.

Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...

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15:53
Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as...

Apple is once again facing "iPhone" naming writes woes, this time in a challenge coming from Indian firm iVoice Enterprises, which claims the phonetic similarity between iPhone and its own "iFon" destroyed the project before it got off the ground.

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15:30
Starbucks announces delivery service to boost mobile...

During Starbucks' recent Q3 2014 earnings conference call, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company's plan to offer a delivery service starting next year, reports USA Today. Schultz failed to provide details about the service, but the initiative...

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15:10
FCC head considering 'hybrid' partial...

Reports are circulating that US Federal Communications Commission chief Tom Wheeler is evaluating a hybrid approach to Internet regulation and net neutrality proposals. One of the four proposals not only would apply Title II regulation to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but also allow them to sell "fast lane" access, breaking up applicable fees and regulations into wholesale and retail transactions....



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15:06
Virginia judge rules police can unlock smartphones...

A defendant can be compelled to unlock their smartphone for the police using fingerprints, a Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled. Judge Steven C. Frucci declared that while a passcode for a smartphone cannot be demanded from a defendant, they can be forced to unlock the device using its built-in fingerprint reader instead, with the ruling calling into question the fingerprint security systems that are becoming more commonplace in mobile devices....



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15:00
Dark Dock, light menus -- it's possible with...

A few weeks ago our very own Mel Martin pointed out that you can enable the new "dark mode" in OS X Yosemite simply by going to System Preferences > General and checking the "Use Dark Menu and Dock" box. But what if you're Mr. Fussypants, love the...

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14:58
Pee-Wee Herman Stars in Avengers Trailer

Pee-Wee Herman is back in a big way. Not only is it Halloween today, which is a great time to rock a Pee-Wee Herman outfit, but he has released the glorious Pee-Wee's Playhouse series on Blu-Ray. As part of the publicity for the release, Paul Reubens appeared on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Jimmy has been known to imitate Pee-Wee and dub that voice into movie trailers. Well since they had the genuine article, they roped him in to dub Pee-Wee into the new Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. Check it out below. And tomorrow, when Halloween season is over, it will be time to start screening the Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special! I can't wait.


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14:57
Four acre spider web engulfs building

Wired:

The Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant put out a call for “extreme spider” help in 2009, when a giant spiderweb covered almost 4 acres of their facility. Scientists eventually estimated over 107 million spiders were living in the structure, with densities of 35,176 spiders per m³ in spots.

In honour of Halloween, I’m going to leave this right here for you. Thanks to Brian Webster for the link.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:56
Wi-Fi security cam Simplicam can detect faces,...

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14:53
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win one of 10 "...

We just received a psychic vision from the other realm. Grandma is calling to let us know her and her friends are going to be out in full force tonight. She said that every suspected haunted house is a target, so if ghost hunting is on the agenda tonight this next treat is going to come in very handy. We have 10 redemption codes to give away for Shifting Blue's latest app "Haunted" which is the ultimate guide to finding real haunted sites near you. As with our App giveaway from earlier (which is now closed) this app is going out to the first 10 people who enter so that they can join in on the...



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14:40
Google CEO Larry Page invokes Steve Jobs in...

In an wide-ranging interview published Friday, Google CEO Larry Page briefly touched on late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs to highlight the differences between the two companies, one being hyper-focused on a small set of products and another with fingers in seemingly everything.

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14:35
Apple shares reach new peak as company gears up to...

Apple shares reached a new all time high of $108 for the end of October, less than two weeks prior prior to the company's quarterly dividend distribution date.

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14:34
Trent Reznor on Working for Apple: ‘It’s Everything...

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and the former Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music, said that it was "flattering" to be asked to work directly for Apple, Beats' new owner. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. Reznor said that working for Apple was, "unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for." He added, "and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for."


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14:30
Scare yourself silly with these horror games...

It's Halloween here in the United States, which means it time to get dressed up in your best costume and head out for some fright-filled fun. Save some money while you get spooky and scary with these popular horror apps, which have been discounted...

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14:07
Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide...

schwit1 writes with news of a Circuit Court decision from Virginia where a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot use Fifth Amendment protections to safeguard a phone that is locked using his or her fingerprint. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint. The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year. Frucci said that "giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A passcode, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to...

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14:00
OGIO's Newt 15 is a high-quality backpack for...

The OGIO Newt 15 (US$100) is a stylish, mid-sized backpack for day to day transportation of your digital essentials and then some. Previously, TUAW's own Steve Sande and Ilene Hoffman reviewed OGIO's 13 inch Covert Shoulder Bag ($69.99) and Hampton's...

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13:50
Last Chance for The Complete iOS 8 Course With Swift...

Our deal for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course for $89 is ending in three days. This is a $998 package of developer training courses that includes some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.


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13:44
9to5Toys Last Call: JLab headphones up to 83% off,...

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:

Amazon Gold Box: up to 83% off JLab In-Ear wired/wireless headphones, starting at $10 Prime shipped

iPhone 6/6 Plus cases in multiple colors/styles...

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13:40
Giveaway: Win a 808 Audio Hex SL Bluetooth speaker!

What is a hex? On a day like today it could mean a magical spell or a curse. It could also simply be the prefix from the Greek word "hexa," as in a hexagon. For 808 Audio we assume it's a little bit of both. They have a series of Bluetooth speakers called "Hex" that heavily utilize hexagonal shapes and enchant listeners with magical sounds of music as well. We have one Hex SL enchanting Bluetooth speaker to give away to our readers....



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13:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Lenka [Now free, down...

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13:28
AT&T, Verizon to bump monthly mobile data...

America's top two wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon on Friday announced value added changes to their respective mobile data plans, though Verizon is only offering extra data as a limited time promotion.

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13:23
Google’s upcoming Copresence feature lets iOS &...


In June a report detailed a feature in development by Google that would reportedly allow Android devices to alert “people, places, and things” to the presence of nearby users. At the time, reports referred to the feature as “Nearby” and described it as a location-based feature for Android devices in close proximity to one another. Today, AndroidPolice is back with more info pointing to evidence that the feature will be cross-platform and allow Android and...

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13:21
Friday Deals: 65-inch LG 4K TV, Steam Halloween sale...

It is time for the last Friday Deals of October! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As today is Halloween, don't be too surprised to see sales and deals with a spooky theme. 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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13:16
Larry Page talks about his age-old fight with Steve...

In an interview with the Financial Times, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page talked about an ongoing debate that he had with Apple’s Steve Jobs: whether their companies were doing too much or too little to affect the lives of their customers.

Page, as is evident in Google’s seemingly unending push into new markets and technologies outside of search and even the web, came down on the side of doing as many things as possible to make an impact in peoples’ lives, while Jobs was insistent that a focused approach on a single set of problems was better for the company and its users.

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13:00
Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and...

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!...



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13:00
Apple faces iPhone trademark challenge in India

According to Patently Apple, the Cupertino company may be facing another trademark battle over the iPhone name. This time the skirmish is taking place in India, where a technology firm is challenging the Cupertino company's legal rights over the...

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13:00
News: Apps of the Week: SimCity BuildIt, Run Sackboy...

New Games SimCity BuildIt (free) — The venerable city-building simulation returns as a freemium game that adds a whole new dimension in the form of managing supply chains and new economic trade interactions. SimCity BuildIt takes a more resource-focused approach to building your city, starting out by constructing residential zones, factories, and stores that are used to produce raw materials and manufactured goods that are needed to construct and…

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12:49
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 2 Marshall cell...

What's Halloween without a little rockin' music? It's not really Halloween at all! I mean, think of all the great rock bands who have based their whole acts around having Halloween all year round. "Black Sabbath" along with "Alice cooper," "Marilyn Manson", "Slipknot", "Slayer", "Gwar" and of course we can't forget "Kiss" all bask in the glory of the eternal darkness that this day represents. Guaranteed at some point most of these groups used Marshall equipment, and today to celebrate that we have two Marshall cell phone cases to give away to our readers....



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12:47
Verizon follows AT&T w/ increased data for $80...

Verizon is increasing data for customers on $80 and $100 More Everything plans, the company announced today following a similar announcement from AT&T. The carrier is now offering 10GB for $80 and 15GB for $100 up from the 6GB and 10GB those tiers previously offered. Verizon notes that the deal isn’t restricted to new customers, but it is a limited time offer available through its website.

The move from Verizon seems to be in...

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12:42
MacTech Conference 2014: Talk to Kelly and Dave!

MacTech Conference 2014 is happening soon, and TMO will both be there to cover it. If youâre attending MacTech, read on for information on how to set up an interview with TMO's Kelly Guimont or Dave Hamilton.


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12:41
Trent Reznor 'fully in it' on unannounced...

Trent Reznor -- the Nine Inch Nails frontman and one-time chief creative officer at Beats -- says he is "fully in it right now" on an unannounced music project for Apple and Beats. While he is unwilling to go into much detail, in a new interview, he says his work is "related" to his role with Beats Music. "Beats was bought by Apple, and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them," the musician notes. "I can't go into details, but I feel like I'm in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power...



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12:37
Trent Reznor Admits to Working with Apple on Special...

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails says that he's been a life-long Apple consumer, fan and advocate. He's now working on a secret project with Apple.

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12:31
Ghost Hunters Kinect With Spirits


Microsoft's Kinect motion controller may have been intended to keep gamers moving while in the throes of play, but some intrepid explorers have been using it for a different purpose altogether: hunting ghosts. Thanks to its skeletal-tracking and infrared-sensing capabilities, Kinect can "see" as many as six players in a room. What makes spines start to tingle, however, is when it sees some who aren't there. Use of the device in this way was demonstrated in the Travel Channel's paranormal investigation show Ghost Adventures.

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12:30
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor reveals secret...

Apple loves music and Trent Reznor is a musician, so it shouldn't be super shocking that the longtime musician has sparked a new project within Apple that he isn't at liberty to talk about. In an interview with Billboard, the Nine Inch Nails frontman...

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12:30
Apple Wins the Old-fashioned Way: Outsmart the...

Cool new products catch our attention, and sometimes it seems that the flashiest products are the byproducts of the most successful companies. In reality, there's much more to be said for good business sense and raw intelligence. Those virtues go a long way towards explaining Apple's success.


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12:21
Delete nvram

A nifty little new option that came in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and stays in Yosemite is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:

nvram -p

If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):

nvram -d boot-args

But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:

nvram -c

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12:10
First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support...

With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to.

Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before writing new data. But unfortunately for users looking to install third-party SSDs into their machines, Apple only officially supports TRIM on Apple-branded SSDs. Workarounds such as Trim Enabler have naturally been developed to enable TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, but a new...

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12:10
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 13 codes for A...

This is Halloween, everybody scream! Time to get a little spooky with our next treat. We have just received a message on our crystal ball with 13 redemption codes for Shifting Blue's app titled "A Haunted Halloween" and since it is in fact Halloween we aren't going to waste any more time getting these codes out to you. So what we are going to do is give these codes to the first 13 people that enter the giveaway. Time is ticking! So sign up now!...

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12:00
3 fun crowdfunding campaigns, including a "...

I'm not doing my usual crowdfunding roundup for a few weeks, but thought I'd give you a few fun Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to whet your appetite for being a backer.

First, here's a project that I thought was a joke when I first heard about...

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11:43
An app a day helps a teacher stay sane: How your...

Step up your tech game this school year

The school year is well under way, and teachers can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping kids focused. The right iPad apps let teachers create dazzling lessons, quickly update parents, and stay organized without going crazy. 

If you're a teacher, you know the struggle is real. These apps barely scratch the surface of the creative and organizational tools the iPad has to offer, but we found the best ones to help you manage the time for what you actually want to do: teach.

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

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11:42
Forums: new Mini mysteries

Since the release of the updated Mac mini, there has been a lot of chatter in the MacNN forums regarding some of the choices made by Apple to use slower processors and take away the ability to upgrade RAM among other things. Yesterday Professional Poster "badidea" took to the forums reporting serious problems with re-partitioning their startup disk, and they are pleading for help from fellow forum members....



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11:39
iOS and Android combine to capture 96% global market...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that iOS and Android combined to capture 96% global market share in the third quarter. iOS and Android accounted for 12.3% market share and 83.6% global market share respectively for the three-month period ending September. Those figures arrive just one day after the research firm reported that Chinese company Xiaomi has become the third-largest smartphone maker in the world.

Android continued to be a dominant player in global smartphone operating system market share, increasing its lead over iOS by three percentage points compared to the year-ago quarter. Apple’s mobile operating system held 12.3% market share during the third quarter, trailed by Windows Phone (3.3%) and BlackBerry (0.7%). Other mobile platforms accounted for less than 0.1% market share....

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11:37
Musician Trent Reznor working on secret music...

Calling it "challenging" and "unfamiliar," Nine Inch Nails rocker and film composer Trent Reznor has revealed he is deeply involved in a secretive music delivery product in the works at Apple.

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11:32
Apple Deals: refurbished rMBPs from July 2014

Just added to Apple's Online Store are a selection of 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro models starting as low as $1,099. A $200 discount is offered on a Retina MacBook Pro configuration with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage, now $1,099. Priced at $1,439 is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage....



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11:31
DealNN: Mac Pro, iMac, printers and more

Currently MacMall.com is offering a $150 discount on the Mac Pro 6-core computer which has been reduced from $4,800 down to $4650. That price break makes this the best price we have seen on this Mac Pro configuration by $50. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics. As always with Apple, it is backed by a one year warranty on parts and labor....



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11:30
Xpress Yourself: A wonderful way to talk with friends

Xpress Yourself is a chat app in an already crowded field. However, it is also a very polished a fun app and provides the full suite of features you would expect, and then some. In addition to the usual text and photo capabilities, it also adds the...

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11:25
Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones...

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by ...

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11:12
Fortune 500 executives applaud Tim Cook’s decision...

In a press release from Out Leadership, an organization that describes its goal as “cultivating LGBT and ally senior leaders to create global business opportunity and drive equality forward”, a number of Fortune 500 executives are applauding Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to identify himself as gay publicly.

“Out Leadership’s member firms, including the executives below, join me in congratulating Tim Cook on his historic step forward. We thank him for his leadership and hope his example will inspire LGBT business leaders around the world to claim...

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11:03
News: Trent Reznor working on Apple music project

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor — who is also chief creative officer of Beats Music — is working on a secret music project with Apple, according to a recent interview in Billboard. When asked if the project was about music delivery, Reznor said, “It’s in that world.” He also noted that Apple “expressed direct interest” in Reznor designing products for the company when Beats was bought by Apple. Apple’s interest…

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11:00
Apple opening Lille store to attract French and...

Apple is planning to expand its retail presence in France with a new store in the city of Lille. According to Macnn, the 15,000 square foot store is under construction with an expected grand opening sometime in November. A black construction...

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11:00
Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock...

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.


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10:51
Apple Watch a tougher project than iPhone, says...

The Apple Watch has been a tougher product to design than the iPhone, according to Apple's lead designer, Jonathan Ive. "Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations," he said last night while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. "That's why it's been such a difficult and humbling program.... As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice." Ive joked that only "in prison" do people wear the same exact thing....



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10:48
Security-Minded Qubes OS Will Satisfy Your Yen for...


Qubes OS is a hybrid computing technology that raises the bar for security. It takes locking down computers to a new level. It has advanced far beyond the primitive proof of concept demonstrated more than four years ago. Beta Release 2, which arrived in late September, is a powerful desktop OS. Qubes succeeds in seamless integrating security by isolation into the user experience. However, comparing Qubes to a typical Linux distro is akin to comparing the Linux OS to Unix.

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10:42
Google Play Music app for iPhone gets iPhone 6...

Following a bigger update earlier this month, Google today updated its Google Play Music app for iPhone with official support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That means that the app, which offers access to Google Play Music content and its All Access music streaming service, now takes advantage of the increased real estate on the larger, higher-resolution 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays.

Google also notes that the update brings “Lots of little tweaks and bug fixes.” In addition, the app receives a new icon (pictured right).

Earlier this year we reported on an under development iPad version of the Google Play Music app, but it’s yet to get an official release.

The updated Google Play Music app for iPhone, Version...

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10:40
Virginia judge: Police can demand a suspect unlock a...

A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled on Thursday that a person does not need to provide a passcode to unlock their phone for the police. The court also ruled that demanding a suspect to provide a fingerprint to unlock a phone would be constitutional.

The ruling calls into question the privacy of some iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus users who have models equipped with TouchID, the fingerprint sensor that allows the user—and ideally only the user—to unlock the phone. It is possible for users...

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10:35
The Retina iMac: It’s All about the Screen

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display is gorgeous and priced reasonably, but not necessary for ordinary Mac mortals. After spending a few weeks with a loaner, Julio Ojeda-Zapata explains why he won’t be buying one, while simultaneously recommending that anyone else who is interested go look at it in person.

 

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

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10:30
Daily Deals for October 31, 2014, featuring The...

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

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

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10:19
Apple’s WWDC app updated for iPhone 6/Plus & iOS...


Apple has updated its WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference) iPhone app with optimization for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus released by Apple last month. The update also includes a bug fix for a crashing issue for users on iOS 8 and later. The app includes developer session videos, images, and other media from Apple’s annual developer conference. Apple’s WWDC iPhone app is available for free on the App Store, although a registered developer account is required to access some content.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: iPhone 6,...

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10:15
New Outlook for Mac shines, but licensing confusion...

Mac users tired of their a neglected four-year-old version of Outlook can heave a sigh of relief this morning, as Microsoft has released a new version of Outlook. Dubbed simply "Outlook for Mac," the upgraded release includes several standout features from the PC version of Outlook that Mac users have been forced to go without—and, unfortunately, it also brings with it a few features that Mac users probably wish would stay on the PC.


It's my inbox! As with many other companies, complaining about T&E and reimbursements is a popular topic at Ars.

There’s a caveat, though: the new...

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10:14
Samsung Responds to Microsoft's Lawsuit in...

In August we reported that David Howard – Microsoft's Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, wrote on their legal blog that they didn't take lightly filing a legal action against Samsung, a company with which they enjoyed a long and productive partnership with over the years. Late yesterday, Samsung filed their official response to Microsoft's claims in court.

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10:10
News: Magazine publisher Fleishman explains iOS...

A new essay by Glenn Fleishman discusses the reasons for the winding down of his iPad-only digital publication, The Magazine, including an in-depth look at Apple’s continued treatment of Newsstand as a failed experiment. Launched around two years ago as a digital-only periodical, The Magazine focused on reaching iPad users via Apple’s then-fledgling Newsstand app and online store. At its height, The Magazine had nearly 35,000 monthly subscribers…

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10:02
iOS 8: Adding Fitness App Data to the Health App

Apple's Health app in iOS 8 lets you view the health and fitness information third-party apps and devices collect, but exactly how do you get that data into Health? Read on to learn how.


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10:00
Samsung's mobile business nosedives by 74%

Earlier this month, Samsung warned investors not to get their hopes up. For the September quarter, Samsung indicated that profits were likely to be 60% lower year over year. True to form, Samsung earlier this week released its earnings report and the...

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09:59
Trent Reznor Working on 'Challenging'...

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who serves as Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music, became an Apple employee alongside Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre when Apple acquired Beats back in May.

In a new interview with Billboard, Reznor revealed that he joined the company because Apple was "interested in tapping his creative energy" and that he's currently working on designing a product related to music delivery for Apple. According to Reznor, no one has hit "the right formula" when it comes to streaming music.

Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor, image courtesy of USA Today"I am on the side of streaming music, and I think the right streaming service could solve everybody's problems,"...

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09:58
Circuit court ruling states that police can require...

This could open up a whole new can of worms.

According to HamptonRoads.com, a Virginia Beach, Virginia, Circuit Court judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint, but not his pass code, to allow police to open and search his cell phone.

The question of whether a phone’s pass code is constitutionally protected surfaced in the case of David Baust, an Emergency Medical Services captain charged in February with trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may have recorded the couple’s fight and, if so, the video could be on his cell phone. They wanted a judge to force Baust to unlock his phone, but Baust’s attorney, James Broccoletti, argued pass codes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits forced self-incrimination.

Judge Steven C. Frucci...

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AT&T increasing monthly data allotments on $40...

AT&T announced today that it’s increasing the data allotment on two of its wireless service plans. Starting on Sunday, November 2nd, Ma Bell will begin offering 3GB of data for $40 per month and 6GB of date for $70 a month. Also sweetening the pot, AT&T is tossing in unlimited talk, text and international messaging at no additional charge.

In addition to these new options, the carrier is extending its double data promotion until November 15th for its Mobile Share Value plans ranging from 15GB to 50GB. This means that new and existing...

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Apple’s Jony Ive says smartwatch was design challenge

Wall Street Journal:

Ive told an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Thursday night that designing the smartwatch posed more challenges than the iPhone because of societal expectations around a wristwatch. The wrist, he said, is an ideal place for “lightweight interactions” and “casual glancing,” but not for heavy reading.

“Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations,” Ive said. “That’s why it’s been such a difficult and humbling program.”

It’s obvious Apple has thought long and hard about that last sentence and maybe that’s why the Apple Watch will be more successful (although, that’s damning with faint praise) than other company’s offerings.

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09:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet...

Extreme protection, yet still functional

No matter how careful you try to be, accidents can strike when you least expect it. This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a number of protective picks that can help you keep your phone safe in any environment.

Amzer

The Crusta (iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $45) features a unique four-layer structure designed to withstand even the harshest conditions.

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09:21
Swiss Watch Makers Small and Large are bracing for...

A new report this morning begins by noting that "Forty years ago, the Swiss watch industry nearly died. The advent of Japanese quartz watches, cheaper and more accurate than their mechanical Swiss rivals, drove many traditional watchmakers out of business. Two generations on, a new question is occupying the country’s watch industry: will Apple’s new smartwatch be the prelude to a similar upheaval?

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09:19
Microsoft says new Office for Mac due in 2015,...

It’s been four long years since Microsoft released the last version of Office for the Mac, in 2010. And it will be one more before the next version arrives, Microsoft said Friday.

But to tide you over until then, there’s a new version of Outlook.

Although Microsoft released the latest version of its email client on Friday, the roadmap to the next version of Office is the real news. In the first half of 2015, Microsoft will release a public beta version of Office for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. In the second half of 2015, the company said, Microsoft will ship the final version. Current Office 365 subscribers will be able to upgrade for free, as expected; Microsoft also said that it would ship a “perpetual license of Office for Mac” (aka a standalone version) in the same timeframe.

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Trent Reznor discusses his new role at Apple, the...

Trent Reznor with Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dre Dre

When Apple announced plans to acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s involvement with the streaming music service under Apple’s ownership quickly came in question. A spokesperson for Beats Music said Reznor was still with the company at the time and we reported that Reznor would in fact join Apple despite major staff changes at Beats during the transition. Reznor, who has been credited as Beats Music Chief Creative Officer, has finally opened up about his current role at Apple in...

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