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Thursday November 6

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

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

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11:22
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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11:04
Amplified: Goofballs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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10:51
Hands On: DUNGEONy (iOS)

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



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

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

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

The Veil is...

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10:30
Why the danger and hysteria surrounding the...

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

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

A...

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10:30
New Trent Alixo Case for iPhone 6: Two Different...

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


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10:18
Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware...

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

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

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


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10:06
Lytro releases first developer kit for light-field...

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



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

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

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10:00
Apple and IBM roll out details of AppleCare for...

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

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09:47
What’s new: October 2014

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

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

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09:39
iPhone Apps: Reeder, OminFocus for iPhone, Wunderlist
09:35
Amazon Unveils Echo, a Speaker With a Siri-Like...

Amazon today unveiled a new product called Echo, a cylindrical piece of hardware with a built-in Siri-style voice assistant that's able to answer a variety of requests and perform functions like playing music.

The cloud-connected Echo is entirely controlled by voice and will wake to answer a question when the word "Alexa" is spoken. Like Siri, it can answer questions like "What time is it?" "What's the weather like?" and more, plus it's able to complete tasks like setting an alarm, playing music, or creating a shopping list.

According to Amazon, Echo uses far-field voice recognition capabilities with seven microphones to detect a request from anywhere in a room, and its downward-firing speakers "can fill any room with immersive sound." Echo lets users have access to Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn, and with built-in Bluetooth, Echo is also able to play music from a phone or tablet.

As it's...

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09:34
Philips Hue iOS 8 Notification Center widget for...

Users of the popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable "scenes" with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8.

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09:30
Rare photos show NeXT-era Jobs doing his best to...

Yesterday we brought you news of a Wired photo gallery with a few great early Steve Jobs photos from Doug Menuez's book Fearless Genius. Today, we bring you some more glimpses into Silicon Valley's golden age that Menuez has decided to share with us,...

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09:22
Degrees 4.0 - Get basic weather info in your menu...

Degrees is a simple app that shows current weather conditions in the menu bar, where you can always easily see them.

Features:

  • Automatically detects where you are using Apple Core Location
  • Option to manually enter a location you'd like to see weather data for
  • Automatically refreshes every 15 minutes and after your Mac wakes from sleep
  • Choose preferred measurement units (°C/°F) as well as hide them from displaying for more minimal appearance
  • One click takes you to a detailed Yahoo! Weather report



Version 4.0:

  • Support for OS X Yosemite dark menu bar
  • Improved refresh when coming back from sleep
  • Clicking the menu bar icon reveals the new details view with current wind and humidity
  • Ability to purchase a supporter add-on which unlocks the 4-day forecast!



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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09:10
Video: Sorkin on Writing the Steve Jobs Character2

On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned...

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09:09
Amazon announces Echo, a dedicated, Siri-like...

Amazon today announced a new hardware product called Echo. It’s essentially a speaker unit dedicated to being a voice-control system. It kind of sounds like Siri but in a speaker for a single room instead of in your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.

You can set alarms, control music, ask about the weather, search the web, ask questions, and access local news. It streams content via Bluetooth and WiFi, and connects to the Fire Phone (if you have one, lol), iOS via the browser, Android, and desktop computers via the web. Instead of “Hey Siri,” you say “Alexa” to start speaking the device. You’ll need a Fire OS/Android device to take full advantage, but music should work fine via iOS.

The whole concept is very futuristic, and it’s unclear how beneficial this will be to people with voice-controlled phones. But, hey, this comes from the developers of a faux-3D phone and delivery drones, so this is not completely out...

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09:00
Spotify revenue outpaces iTunes revenue by 13% in...

In yet another example highlighting the changing landscape of the music industry, TechCrunch reports that revenue generated from Spotify in Europe is now 13% higher than revenue generated by iTunes Music sales in Europe.

Kobalt, a company that...

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08:59
∞ Apple’s statement on the WireLurker malware

Earlier today we posted news of new malware targeted at users in China. An Apple spokesperson sent this statement to me: [...]

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08:40
OnBeep Makes Star Trek: TNG Communicator a Reality

Until now, tapping a badge on your chest to talk to your bridge crew was the purview of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but OnBeep is making that a reality today with its Onyx. The Onyx is a walkie-talkie-like badge that lets you talk in real time with other users, and it clips to your shirt, just like a Star Trek comm badge. Onyx supports groups of up to 15 members, and you can set up multiple groups, all managed through your iPhone. Onyx is available for pre-order now for US$99 each, or $195 for a set of two. It'll ship before the end of the year.


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08:14
Apple Pay dominates discussion at Money20/20 mobile...

This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and with over 7,000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry.

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08:03
Pixelmator 3.3 gets new UI, support for 5K displays...

The Mac version of Pixelmator has been updated to version 3.3, codenamed Limestone. The interface for the graphics editor has been redesigned, in part to match the flatness and transparencies in OS X Yosemite, but also to support the 5K Retina display on new iMacs. Another key addition is support for two Yosemite features, iCloud Drive and Handoff, the latter of which allows work to be shuttled back and forth with Pixelmator for iPad....



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08:00
Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac...

The 2014 Mac Mini looks the same on the outside, but on the inside it regresses in some unfortunate ways.

Andrew Cunningham

Mid-tier 2014 Mac mini, as reviewed

OS
OS X 10.10.0

CPU
Dual-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-4278U (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)

RAM
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (soldered, upgradeable to 16GB at purchase)

GPU
Integrated Intel Iris 5100

Storage
1TB Fusion Drive (128GB PCIe SSD + 1TB 5400 RPM HDD)

Networking
Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0

Ports
HDMI, 2x Thunderbolt 2, 4x USB 3.0, audio line-in minijack (digital/analog), audio line-out/headphone minijack (digital/analog), SDXC card slot

Size
7.7×7.7×1.4" (19.7×19.7×3.6 cm)

Weight
2.7 lbs (1.22 kg)

Starting price
$699 ($499 for base model)

Price as reviewed
$899

It's easy to feel sorry for the Mac Mini....

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08:00
Daily Deals for November 6, 2014, Last Chace To...

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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07:59
Apple Invents a New Real-Time Wireless Power Control...

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Electronic Device with Wireless Power Control System." It's a new real-time wireless delivery system that could adjust ...

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07:57
News: Microsoft Office apps gain iPhone support,...

Microsoft announced the expansion of its Office suite for iOS, adding iPhone and iPod touch support to its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. Users can now view, create, and edit documents for free within all three universal apps — a free Microsoft account is all that’s needed. Documents can also be opened, edited, and saved from Dropbox in the updated apps....

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07:55
Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad Adds Editing...

Microsoft is full of surprises recently, and the latest is an update for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Office suite that add in loads of editing features while dropping the requirement for an Office 365 subscription. The tech giant also rolled out a cross-platform fitness tracker and added Dropbox cloud storage support to its products in the past week.

The Mac Observer Spin: A cross platform fitness tracker, Dropbox support, and now Office for free on the iPhone and iPad? This is a new Microsoft.


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07:48
Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, bring Calcbot to the...

Tapbots, most known for the popular Twitter client for Mac and iOS called Tweetbot, is out with a new Mac app that some of its followers may recognize from the iPhone and iPad: Calcbot for Mac. Calcbot is described as a simple and intelligent calculator with a “live-as-you-type expression view” for visualizing your calculation history on a scratch sheet-like tape window. Calcbot also packs in a robust unit conversion tool with a wide range of supported categories. Check below for a closer look at Calcbot for Mac and its Yosemite-ready design.

As you can see above, Calcbot is a simple calculator utility app for the Mac with a look and feel that fits right in with the OS X Yosemite design. The panel view...

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07:43
Office for iPad goes free-to-use, now supports the...

Microsoft has updated the official iOS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications this morning with a few new features, but two in particular stand out: first, basic viewing and editing now requires a Microsoft account but not an Office 365 subscription. Second, all three are now universal apps that work on any iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

While the apps have different interfaces, sharing the same code means you should be able to make the same kinds of edits on both your phone and your tablet, something that wasn't possible with the old, more limited Office for iPhone app. Even though the apps are now free-to-use, there are still many features that will require an Office 365 subscription, which can be purchased from within the app or directly from Microsoft's site. The apps are mostly the same as they were ...

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07:39
Frostbite team shows off Battlefield 4 iOS tech demo...

The team at Frostbite, the gaming engine behind many popular console titles and more recent mobile games, today published a blog post showing off a tech demo of the graphically demanding Battlefield 4 console game running on an iPad. The company previously showed off what the Frostbite engine was capable of with the Battlefield 4 Commander app and the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare tech demo it showed off at WWDC, but the Battlefield 4 tech demo was made possible thanks to some big graphics improvements courtesy of Apple’s new Metal graphics API.

The team says “Metal has created possibilities previously out of reach and for the first time we can include both high visual fidelity and a large number of objects.”...

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07:30
In The Mix has wild effects for playful video editors

In The Mix lets anyone create videos with stunning visual effects or full films using multiple video clips. Add in music from your iTunes library, record a few video clips, then browse a long list of unique effects to layer on top of the video. With...

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07:26
Imagineer Systems releases mocha 4.1

Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) has shipped mocha Pro 4.1 and mocha Plus 4.1, updates of its tracking software for video production. A free update for existing mocha 4 users, version 4.1 adds a number of new features, including open spline mask export, spline warp export for NUKE, and support for OpenEXR 2.0.

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07:18
Alan Sorkin Discusses Steve Jobs Movies and the...

In a newly posted video clip, screenwriter Alan Sorkin spoke to Bloomberg's Emily Chang about his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that is expected to begin filming sometime next year. When asked why he was filming yet another movie about the Apple co-founder, Sorkin noted that Steve Jobs' life could provide content for at least ten movies.

I think that you could do ten more movies about Steve Jobs, and I think if you lined up ten writers and said "write a movie about Steve Jobs", you'd get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see.Though he spoke relatively freely about Steve Jobs, such as mentions of the three times he spoke with Jobs on the phone including one where he "fixed a couple of typos" in Jobs' famous Stanford 2005 commencement speech, Sorkin did not address the casting for his upcoming movie, which has been in flux over the past year.

Early reports had Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper...

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07:13
Microsoft updates iOS Office, adds free document...

Microsoft has updated its previously iPad-only iOS Office apps with iPhone support. Although the iPhone interfaces are said to have full feature parity with the iPad, Microsoft has made various changes to accommodate a smaller screen. Chief among these is the "vertical ribbon," designed to keep editing tools within thumb reach at the bottom of the screen....



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07:12
Microsoft announces new Office apps for the iPhone

Microsoft has announced new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad and the ability for customers using these devices to create and edit Office content without a subscription.

Starting today, iPhone (and Android tablet) customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad have enjoyed, says John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. The company has announced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and updated Office for iPad apps.

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07:04
Passcode vs. Touch ID: A Legal Analysis

[Ed. note: Jason Stern is a Criminal Defense Attorney in private practice in New York City]

8:34 am. A college professor receives a text message threatening to blow up the history building. The professor immediately contacts law enforcement, who trace the origin of the call to a student who lives off-campus.

When FBI agents arrive at the student’s residence, they arrest the student and seize his smartphone. In an attempt to search the device to recover evidence of the crime (and perhaps stop other related crimes), they find the smartphone is protected by fingerprint security measures.

With the suspect in handcuffs, the agent swipes the student’s finger across the phone to access his call history and messages. Once the FBI swipes the suspect’s finger and bypasses the biometric security, the phone asks for the student’s passcode. The FBI agent asks for his password but the student refuses to speak. How can the FBI agent access the phone? Whereas a...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'The skepticism it deserves'

Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in upcoming biopic (9to5 Mac)

Source: Hollywood

Chance it's true: Who knows

Film casting is so fickle, and can change so quickly for so many reasons, that it's not really worth reporting on it until...

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06:53
Russian Cyberspies Caught With Mittens in Cyber...


Russian cyberspies have a reputation for stealth, so it's unusual when two digital espionage operations linked to the Kremlin come to light in a week. FireEye early last week released a report detailing how hackers working for the Russian government have been using sophisticated techniques over a seven-year period to penetrate computer systems at governments, military branches, security organizations and even NATO. The report contrasts the Russian operation with similar cyber-raids by hackers affiliated with the Chinese government.

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06:51
Max Secure updates its Mac Anti-Virus for WireLurker...

Max Secure Software (http://maxmobisecure.com) has released a live update for its Mac AntiVirus to detect and clean the new WireLurker malware.

WireLurker infects iOS devices through trojanized Mac OS X apps and also infects non-jail broken iOS devices. Max Secure Malware research team has added multiple checks to detect the WireLurker malware. At Max Secure the AntiVirus apps for Mac and iOS are equipped to check and clean the WireLurker.

AntiVirus 1.0.9 is  available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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06:34
A holiday gift catalog

This struck me as a good list to bookmark. Enjoy.

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06:30
Get buff with Buff Knight Lite

Strike down enemies with blue lightning, tap a fairy for coins, and build up your armor to become the greatest knight in Buff Knight Lite. When the character dies, players can use the in-game store to upgrade armor, weapons, and stock up on potions....

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06:29
Pixelmator Limestone is ready for OS Yosemite

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.3 Limestone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade offers complete OS X Yosemite feature and technology support and embraces new Continuity features as well as iCloud Drive support.

Support for OS X Extensions offers an advanced-technology Repair Tool in apps like Mail or TextEdit. You can now remove objects and repair images right in the app you are using, without even having to open Pixelmator. Just add your picture to the message or document and use the extension tool to enhance it.

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06:28
Microsoft Office for iOS overhauled to allow free...

Dedicated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, comprising the Microsoft Office suite, are now available for iPhone, based on a unified codebase with their iPad counterparts, and also offering both iPhone and iPad users the ability to create and edit documents for free without an Office 365 subscription.

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06:22
The king of Twitter

ReCode:

John Shahidi is the king of Twitter.

Teenagers beg him for retweets, and he appears in Vine videos where friends Justin Bieber and boxer Floyd Mayweather spar in the ring. Everything that Shahidi tweets — and we mean practically everything — is retweeted and favorited thousands of times. If Shahidi mentions you in a tweet, you’ll spend the next two weeks slogging through dozens of notifications every time you open the app.

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06:21
Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes...

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

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

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06:19
Mac App Store gets visual overhaul to match look of...

Apple has redone the design of the Mac App Store, bringing it into line with the look of OS X Yosemite. Accordingly the interface is now generally flatter, abandoning drop shadows entirely and in many cases omitting borders around sections. Fonts have been tweaked, and the background has switched to a lighter shade of gray, nearly white....



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06:12
Independence Day

Great piece on Microsoft’s new pilot program that combines surround audio and iBeacons to help people with sight loss navigate their world.

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06:04
WireLurker Malware Attacks Non-jailbroken iPhones...

iPhone owners who haven't jailbroken their smartphone are facing the threat of malware thanks to WireLurker. The malware uses Macs to infect the iPhone, and once in place can steal your contacts, iMessage chats, and more.


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06:03
Apple fleshes out IBM enterprise support

Apple added this enterprise support page, titled AppleCare for Enterprise, to their web site.

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06:01
Microsoft Office for iOS goes free and full-featured...

On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iOS that unifies the user experience across all devices—great and small—and opens the door to free editing and content creation, whether you have an Office 365 account or not. This new Microsoft Office for iOS suite includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Word for iPhone now has the same editing tools as Word for iPad—the Office apps offer a unified experience across devices.

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06:00
Bringing Office to everyone

Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet Preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.

Check out the Official Microsoft Blog for details on how we’re continuing to help people use Office everywhere so they can do more and achieve more. For a sneak peek and links to download the apps, see below. And check back here on Office Blogs for ongoing updates on today’s news.

Office for iPhone

The new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. Customers can download the new apps today.

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06:00
Microsoft Launches New Office Apps for iPhone, Makes...

Back in March, Microsoft launched dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad in a first effort to bring Office capabilities to everyone, everywhere. The apps have been highly successful, garnering more than 40 million downloads, and as of today, Microsoft is expanding its Office for iOS suite, offering dedicated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the iPhone.

While Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone have been designed with the existing iPad apps in mind, offering full feature parity, the iPhone versions have been built to adapt to the iPhone's smaller interface and optimized to put touch controls first.

All three apps take advantage of an innovative "vertical ribbon" that puts a full suite of editing tools right within thumb's reach at the bottom of the device's...

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05:59
Pixelmator 3.3 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.

Version 3.3:

  • Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Redesigned Interface: A new look and feel inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite Support: Complete OS X Yosemite new features and technology support.
  • Handoff Support: Instantly switch between Pixelmator on your Mac and iPad.
  • iCloud Drive Support: Safely...

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05:32
iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven't...

The line between local and remote storage started blurring long ago. The moment you could save a file from within a program on a Mac or other OS to something that wasn’t a physically connected hard drive—whether a network file server, a remote AFP volume elsewhere on the Internet, or a Finder-mounted whatever—you had to make a conscious effort to remember what was entirely within your control and what was not. Sure, remote files used to take longer to save: we’d watch a progress bar or beachball on larger files, and the latency reminded us.

Cloud storage and backups typically remove that latency by relying on synchronization instead of real-time transfer. This is an advantage, as we can keep working and have a stream of data leave our computer or mobile device, and, in the event of loss, crash, or theft, often recover what we lost. BBEdit and Adobe InDesign have long saved my bacon with local “journaling,” writing nearly every keystroke into a local file used for recovery—...

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05:28
Malicious software campaign targets Apple users in...

At first blush, this malware, known as WireLurker, seems reasonably innocuous, since it is initially delivered solely via an app store for jailbroken iOS devices in China. It’s a little more complicated than that, which makes it potentially a lot more of an issue.

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05:20
Precious Disk is new hard drive utility for Mac OS X

The Sovapps team has introduced Precious Disk 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/lltnnbq), a hard drive utility for Mac OS X. It scans your disks and folders and allows you to get more space by tracking and reviewing all your file content.

You can locate all your hidden files thanks to special filters. Before moving them to the trash, you can view them in the Finder or Quick Look.

Precious Disk requires OS X 10.8 or later and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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05:11
'Wirelurker' malware developer's...

Apple has responded to the reports of the "WireLurker" malware infecting users in China. After revoking the certificate being used to install malware through enterprise provisioning, Apple confirmed that the malware existed, and noted that it has taken steps to rectify the situation....



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05:04
Star Walk widget brings up-to-the-minute astronomy...

Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has announced Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 7.0.4 for iOS. It's an upgrade to their augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.

Real time motion tracking tells you what stars are above you in the sky. The new version adds support for iOS 8 and a new widget that tells users about the upcoming visible celestial events, moon phase, time of sunset and more.

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05:04
CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface...

MojoKid writes Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of Surface Pro tablets to every team in the NFL, gratis. All season so far, coaches and even players have made use of them to plan their next course-of-action, and for the most part, they seemed to be well-received. Unlike some of the products Microsoft tries to get us to adopt, the Surface Pro 3 really is a solid tablet / convertible. Unfortunately, at least where the CNN political team is concerned, Microsoft hasn't won over a few anchors, like they have in NFL, when they were supplied with brand-new Surface Pros. In recent shots captured and tweeted about, a Surface Pro 3 can be seen acting as an "iPad stand" and quite an expensive one. As humorous as this is, it might not...

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05:01
Pixelmator 3.3 released with OS X Yosemite...

Hot off the heels of their iPad app, the Pixelmator team have today released Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac. This update centers around design and structural optimizations for OS X Yosemite, including an extension for integration with other apps and a new icon to match the ‘flatter’ aesthetic of the operating system. The update also includes a new file format to improve syncing and compatibility with the iPad version.

Although the app largely resembles previous versions, with custom floating panels and black chrome, it now takes advantage of Apple’s transparency effects to mesh well with the OS.

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05:01
First look: Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac...

Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple's latest OS X Yosemite features.

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05:00
Google Maps to see significant update, new features...

Over the next few days, Google Maps will receive a significant update and start sporting some neat new features.

Per the company’s blog entry, Google Maps will start displaying the following changes in its user interface:

- Bold colors and textures to match the Material Design style being used in many of Google’s applications.

- A new info layer at the top of the screen showing you photos, reviews, and more.

- OpenTable support in the U.S. to reserve a table at nearby restaurants.

- Uber support, including pickup times, prices and walking and transit directions.

Google Maps is available for free in the App Store and requires iOS 6.0 or later to install...

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05:00
Directory Utility in Yosemite. I’m not Dead Yet…...

The Directory Utility application has moved to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. Once open, you can use it to bind to directory services, change search policies and even dink around with NIS if you still rock the flannel with your ripped up jeans. But, the thing that I tend to do in Directory Utility the most is look at user and group attributes. To do so, open Directory Utility and click on the Directory Editor tab. In the bar directly below, you’ll see Viewing and In Node. The Viewing option is what type of object you’re going to look at. The In Node option shows the directory domain you’re viewing. Below, we show the local users in /Local/Default. 

Click on a user and you will see all of the attributes that exist for that user. Not all users are created equal when it comes to attributes, so if you’re looking for a specific attribute then you...

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05:00
8 ways to take better photos with any camera

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone.

Half-press your shutter button

If you remember just one thing from this column, remember this: Always half-press your camera’s shutter button before taking the shot. This tells your camera which area to focus on and lets it calculate how to best capture your scene’s lighting. When you hear two quick beeps, depress the shutter button fully to capture the shot.

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04:59
Runtastic releases ‘Sleep Better’ app for tracking...

Runtastic, makers of the popular fitness tracking app of the same name, today announced the introduction of a new app focused on improving sleep habits. Rather than using a wearable or bedside sensor, the company’s new Sleep Better app uses an iPhone placed next to your pillow to track sleep patterns with no additional hardware required. Using the iPhone’s sensors, the app offers sleep tracking features including data on Duration, Cycles and Efficiency as well as Smart Alarm & Wake-Up Window features, Moon Phase tracking, and more. The app is also fully compatible with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app in iOS 8:

Sleep Better is the result of dedicated work over the course of several months,...

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04:58
Apple Invents New Dynamic and Moveable Touch UI...

On November 6, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible new user interface mainly designed for future iDevice applications. A special aspect of this new UI design is that it involves the use of dynamic, moveable interface elements.

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04:14
Kool Tools: Cartographer for Mac OS X

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

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

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04:02
Residential smart light bulb market to approach a...

The market for connected LED or “smart” light bulbs is in its embryonic stage of development, with shipments totaling fewer than 2.5 million units in 2013.

However, falling LED prices and the endorsement of ZigBee Light Link as the preferred connectivity solution by a number of leading lighting manufacturers means that annual smart bulb shipments are set to increase to 223 million by 2020, achieving a total installed base of over 400 million, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:00
Spring will change the way you shop on your iPhone

My love letter to shopping app Spring has been a long time coming—really, ever since its launch in August. The usual tech news outlets—TechCrunch, Wired, and Re/code, to name a few—applauded Spring, but Vogue, Elle, and Fashionista have also sung its praises. It’s rare that an app can catch the attention of two big major markets right at launch, but Spring isn’t an ordinary app. 

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03:56
Samsung Electronics' heir apparent Lee Jae-yong...

When Apple's chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay, jokes flew that Samsung might rush to announce it "was even more gay." In reality however, Samsung Electronics is a step further behind Apple, having yet to officially name a successor to its ailing leader Lee Kun-hee, who at 72 remains hospitalized following a heart attack in May.

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03:49
Authy Is a Potent Weapon in the Online Security Arms...

Authy makes two-factor authentication more user-friendly, but just a bit riskier. Josh Centers takes a look at the tradeoffs.

 

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03:49
Hands On: OneThing pomodoro timer (iOS)

There is virtually no limit to the amount of productivity apps in the App Store, and almost all of them are packed to the brim with bells and whistles that claim to increase productivity. However, sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. OneThing by developer BumbleBee Communications promises to help keep users focused and productive without overwhelming them with needless features....



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03:48
Forgot your hotel room key? Use your iPhone instead

You glide past the front desk of a high-end hotel, room number in hand. No one stops you. You belong here. The interiors are sharp and gleaming, the
carpets plush. You emerge from the elevator and bolt straight to your room. You press the face of your Apple Watch against the lock. The door opens. Your
soundtrack is playing. Your favorite scent wafts through the air.

This is the life Starwood Hotels & Resorts, parent company of the swanky Aloft, Element, and W Hotel chains, wants you to live, if you’re a member of
its Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program. And while the Apple Watch isn’t here yet, you can almost touch the future with SPG’s new keyless card, which
turns your iPhone and select Android phones into keys with just an app.

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03:00
Skype receives iOS 8 update, support for 20...

Nuance Communications announced on Tuesday that its popular Swype keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users with iOS 8 is now available in more than 20 languages. Other new features include new intuitive emoji support, as well as new keyboard layouts. And iPad users can now access all available Swype themes. Swype’s pioneering continuous touch technology has changed the way people input text on smartphones, and was the top paid third-party keyboard within 24 hours of launching on the App Store.

The new version includes the following fixes and changes:

- Expanded Language Support: In addition to English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Swype is now available in more than 20 languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish,...

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01:21
Apple Goes Live with AppleCare for the Enterprise

This summer we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions partnership was designed to be an exclusive collaboration that drew on the distinct strengths of both companies. Apple noted in their original press release that "AppleCare for Enterprise ...

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01:00
Little Snitch 3.5 nightly build 4226 released,...

Little Snitch, the popular network utility by Objective Development Software Gmbh, has been updated to version 3.5, its nightly build number 4226, a 22.2 megabyte download adding the following fixes and changes:
- Little Snitch menubar item no longer occupies space when disabled.

- Added support for showing iOS App Extension icons.

- Improved handling of via connections:
Connection alerts now show a cancel button if either the parent or the via process is terminated.

Until Quit rules are now valid until both the parent process and via process have terminated.

OS X Yosemite changed how incoming ssh connections are handled. Incoming connections are no longer handled by sshd directly but instead by launchd. On OS X Yosemite, this version...

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00:50
Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for...

Apple late Wednesday began rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release.

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00:00
App Invasion: Spring will change the way you shop on...

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Wednesday November 5

21:45
Apple posts new AppleCare for Enterprise website,...

Following on from the partnership announcement Apple and IBM made in July, Apple has posted a new page to its website announcing a new AppleCare for Enterprise package that includes on-site hardware support from IBM, alongside a fleet of specially-developed apps for vertical markets. The new page is the most prominent sign that Apple and IBM's plans for enterprise are taking shape, built on a bed of strong on-site hardware support, software support and business services....



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19:45
Forbes names Apple world’s most valuable brand for...

Forbes today released its list of the world’s most valuable companies, putting Apple at #1 with a valuation of $124.2 billion. That total puts its worth at almost twice that of any other company on the list, including Microsoft and Google, which came in second and third place, respectively.

Forbes factored in items such as how many products Apple moved in 2014, which pushed the company’s brand value up 19% over last year’s. That Apple would top a list of most valuable brands for the year likely comes as no big surprise to most readers. The company launched...

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19:35
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre Discuss Their New USC...

In a new profile of Beats co-founders and new Apple employees Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, The Wall Street Journal interviews the duo about their newly launched undergraduate academy at the University of Southern California called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and Business of Innovation. The Beats co-founders, who bankrolled the academy with a $70 million gift last year that led to the first students being enrolled this past August, are being profiled as part of the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards.

Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal
Echoing Steve Jobs' description of the philosophy of Apple, the school is aimed at preparing young people to be able to...

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19:23
Download the “Complete Sherlock Holmes”, Arthur...

Open Culture:

I still remember the thrill I felt when I happened upon a set of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories at an antique store. For a mere ten dollars, I acquired handsomely bound, suitably patina-of-age-bearing editions of each and every one of the sleuth of 221B Baker Street’s adventures that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote.

These days, especially given the recent ruling (just re-affirmed by the Supreme Court) that Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories “are no longer covered by United States copyright law and can be freely used by creators without paying any licensing fee to the Conan Doyle estate,” you can download the complete Sherlock Holmes canon in a variety of ebook formats, from PDF to ePub to ASCII to MOBI for Kindle.

At age 11, I received the complete works as a Christmas present from my grandmother. I devoured the stories before New Years and read them over and over again for years. I’m downloading this as we speak.

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19:15
Apple prepares Mac App Store makeover with Yosemite-...

Mac App Store users browsing the software shop tonight are starting to notice a few aesthetic changes, as seen in the screenshots above and below. Like the recent iTunes Store facelift, the Mac App Store redesign features lighter fonts, a sparse white background, and thin gray separators.

The updated design is currently showing up every few minutes on the throughout the store, though it still shows the old design on many pages just as much as the new. The iTunes Store had a similar issue when it was updated last month, and once the rollout is complete the new design will be available to everyone. A few elements...

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18:29
EFF: Apple's iMessage, FaceTIme most secure at...

In a recent "scorecard" report ranking the security and safety of various popular messaging systems, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said that while no system was completely secure against "sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance," Apple's iMessage and FaceTime and the end-to-end encryption they offer made it the best of the "mass-market options" for secure communications, beating out BlackBerry Protected and BlackBerry Messenger and other big-name messaging systems....



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17:58
Apple launches ‘AppleCare for Enterprise’ site to...

Following the announcement earlier this year that Apple and IBM would be teaming up to provide custom enterprise iOS software and services to businesses, the Cupertino-based company has finally published its enterprise support webpage.

The page advertises features of the program such as one-hour response times for urgent support issues and a personal account manager at Apple, as well as advantages like next-day device replacement and on-site...

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17:41
Best iPhone 6 & 6 Plus armband cases for running...

With the craziness of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season entering full swing, we’re sharing a list of the best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus armband cases for running, exercise, and working out in the gym or fitness center. These deals on accessories make for great Christmas stocking stuffers for anyone with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

Product Description: “The high-performance Sport-Fit iPhone 6 Armband doesn’t just protect your phone while you’re exercising – it’s also incredibly comfortable to wear. The secure fit and slim design stays out of your way, so you forget you’re even wearing it. Now you can concentrate on your workout, not your device.”

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17:38
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with “procuring...

I guess in the U.S. this would be akin to trying to hire a hitman.

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17:29
Kano: The Can-Do Coding Kit for Kids of All Ages


"So simple a child could do it" -- I have heard that expression abused often in advertising. Yet it aptly applies to the Kano computer kit. Kano is a computer and coding kit that is suitable for all ages. Well, to be truthful, Kano's step-by-step instructions in the included booklets and its simplified Linux-based operating system target kids aged 6 to 14. That said, the hands-on method it uses to teach basic computer structure and coding principles will work for kids of all ages.

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17:25
Man drives his plane to the pub

I don’t see the problem.

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17:02
New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT...

More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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16:38
AppleCare for Enterprise With On-Site Support From...

Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a major enterprise mobility partnership that would see IBM selling iOS devices to its corporate customers, creating industry-specific native apps, providing iOS-optimized cloud services, and providing support for a new AppleCare service.

IBM and Apple are now moving forward with their partnership, and Apple has recently launched a new AppleCare for Enterprise website, suggesting that its promised enterprise-grade AppleCare plan is now available for IBM's enterprise customers.

As detailed on the website, all AppleCare for Enterprise accounts are handled by an AppleCare Account Manager, providing a personal liaison with AppleCare. Apple promises a one-hour response time for all urgent issues, with IT department-level support available 24/7 via phone or email. All AppleCare for...

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16:29
Netgear Arlo introduced as battery-powered wireless...

Netgear has unveiled a wireless security camera, one which dispenses with both network and power cables. Arlo is a battery-powered Wi-Fi-enabled camera system capable of transmitting video from the weatherproof camera at a distance of up to 150 feet away from the base station, with the camera also providing VueZone-style night vision capabilities....



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16:26
Steve Jobs “Deep Shit”

A wonderful pictorial by Doug Menuez with pictures of Jobs that I hadn’t seen before.

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16:25
Chinese Mac and iOS users targeted by new ‘...

The New York Times reports that a security firm called Palo Alto Networks has uncovered a new form of Apple-focused malware that capable of infecting non-jailbroken iOS devices. Typically when such software pops up, as it does from time to time, one of the key factors that allows the malicious code to run on iOS is whether the device is jailbroken. The new “WireLurker” malware, however, is installed on the mobile device over USB by an infected Mac.

These infected Mac apps are reportedly coming from the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party software storefront operated in China. Palo Alto Networks says over 400 apps in the store are affected, and have been downloaded over 356,000...

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16:18
SoundCloud subscription service coming in 2015,...

Audio distribution platform SoundCloud is on the cusp of launching its premium subscription service, adding another layer of offerings to help the company generate revenue. The premium ad-free service will be launched in 2015, with Warner Music Group signing on as the first major label to earn money from the sharing and streaming hub....



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16:16
Jackson SLS prototype guitar up for auction

A friend of mine is selling this guitar and it’s a beauty. I wish I had the money to pick it up.

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16:12
Pixelmator for iPad [Sponsor]

Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful image editor that gives you everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad and even work effortlessly with Photoshop images. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power, Pixelmator for iPad is a real image editor right at your fingertips.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:04
'Wirelurker' malware targets iOS through...

A new malware threat to iOS has been discovered that can invade the normally well-protected mobile system through a flaw in OS X and USB that allows packages to be installed through enterprise provisioning. Called "WireLurker," the malicious OS X application (once installed) will monitor for new iOS package installs, and then exploits a weakness in USB to install malware into the target iOS device. Once it is installed, the iOS malware tries to harvest personal data like contacts....

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15:57
Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

jones_supa writes If you have looked carefully, the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements. You could see it across various commercials, print ads, and even on Apple's website. The explanation is simple: That's the time in the morning that Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone in 2007. Around 42 minutes into his keynote address he said "Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone." The picture of the phone was carefully scheduled to pop up at that moment. "We design the keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation", Apple's Scott Forstall confirms. The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010, when the very first iPad was released, so that when it was revealed, it displayed a different time: 9:41.

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15:36
Researchers Discover New 'WireLurker'...

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks (via The New York Times) have published a research paper on WireLurker, a malware new family that's been infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems over the course of the past six months. The researchers say that WireLurker, which is targeting users in China, "heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms."

The WireLurker malware is the "biggest in scale" in the trojanized malware family, and it is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using USB. It's said to be able to infect iOS applications similar to a traditional virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices "through enterprise provisioning."

Thus far, WireLurker...

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15:30
Twitchy Thrones: Game of pixels

Command an army of pixelated heroes to victory in a fast-paced strategy game with a heavy medieval tone called Twitchy Thrones. Players wage war against armies representing other houses - many of which sound an awful lot like names from Game of...

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15:20
Everything is Awesome: LEGO Movie Game comes to the...

One of the undeniable truths of the universe is that The LEGO Movie is awesome, and now that awesomeness can live inside your Mac because The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop, plus the game include multi-player support, and it includes the Wild West DLC pack with four extra characters and magical pants with special powers. The LEGO Movie videogame requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and is priced at US$29.99.


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15:00
Dan Frommer still likes his iPhone 6 Plus ... and I...

Dan Frommer, writing over at Quartz, published a 30-day review of the iPhone 6 Plus today. The verdict? "After more than a month of everyday use, it has become even more of the pocket computer I've always wanted." I've had mine now for well over a...

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14:54
MCX CEO Touts Loyalty Perks of CurrentC, Says There...

Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX, which is a group of retailers working on a QR-code based payment system called "CurrentC," has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after two prominent MCX members, Rite Aid and CVS, opted to remove Apple Pay support from their retail stores.

After a glut of negative press and a hacking incident, MCX executives have been scrambling to defend CurrentC, hosting a press conference and doing several interviews.

The latest information on MCX and CurrentC comes courtesy of ...

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14:45
Cyber Security Developer Bundle: $49

We have a deal on a bundle of developer training courses called The Cyber Security Developer Bundle. For $49, you'll get Get Certified As An IT Security Beginner, The Fundementals Of Virtual Private Networks, Website Hacking Techniques In Practice, Learn To Write Secure PHP Code, Become a Certified Hacker, and Prepare Yourself For The CISA Exam. That's more than 262 lectures and more than 64 hours of video content.


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14:37
MCX CEO compares CurrentC rollout to original iPhone...

In a short interview published on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson likened CurrentC exclusivity agreements to Apple's original iPhone rollout on AT&T, saying consortium members have their best interests in mind in not supporting Apple Pay.

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14:34
9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1149,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals:

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14:33
ACM 279: Apple Watch Price Check, and the New...

With a refined launch time frame and new information on pricing out for Apple Watch, it's time for Jeff and Bryan to take a look at Apple's market strategy, and whether or not the not yet released smartwatch makes for a good investment. They also look at Microsoft's decision to go cross platform with its Band fitness tracker, and the surprising support deal with Dropbox.


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14:30
Seasonality Go is a top tier weather app

I reviewed Seasonality Go (US$5.99) a couple of years ago when it was an iPad-only weather app and pretty pricey at $10.99. I liked the app, but wished for a lower price and an iPhone version.

Those wishes have been granted, as the app is now 40...

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14:26
Verizon Ready to Sue FCC to Block Net Neutrality...

The FCC wants to regulate Internet service providers as if they were utilities as part of its plan to maintain Net Neutrality, and Verizon is threatening legal action if that happens.

The Mac Observer Spin: Verizon's legal posturing makes sense considering it's in the company's best interest to avoid regulation under Title II. Had the company agreed to work with the FCC under Section 706, just like the other ISPs were willing to do, however, the threat of facing off in court wouldn't have been an issue at all.


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14:23
Security researcher finds unsaved files are...

This may not be what Apple intended to have happen with iCloud.

And there may be a patch coming for it posthaste.

According to Slate, security researcher Jeffrey Paul recently noticed that Apple’s default autosave is storing in-progress files—the ones you haven’t explicitly saved yet—in the cloud, not on your hard drive. Unless you decided to hit save before you start typing, or manually changed the default settings, those meeting notes, passwords, and credit card numbers you jotted down in “Untitled 17” are living in iCloud.

Although this issue seems to be a recent phenomenon, it appears that it’s been happening since at least December of 2013, according to...

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14:11
How Pathetic: Microsoft's False Surface Pro...

What a joke: When "fake" marketing schemes are revealed, a company instantly loses credibility with the public. Do you remember Samsung's false smartphone reviews a year ago? Twelve months later, Samsung's profits are plunging. Now Microsoft's fake marketing shows us that even though CNN was obligated to promote the Surface Pro 3 tablet on air, some of their high profile...

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14:06
WhatsApp update shows read receipts, leaked image...

Although this isn’t an actual update to the app, WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends. The Facebook-owned app, which would previously show double check marks if a sent message had been received, now goes one step further and turns those check marks blue if the message has been read.

As can be found in the app’s newly-updated FAQ, group chat and broadcast messages are also impacted by this change. In that case, the two checkmarks will turn blue after every participant within the group has read the message. As mentioned, this feature isn’t part of an update to the app through the App Store, but rather something that the company has pushed...

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14:04
Mac clients flooding Quantum MDCs with requests on...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XSAN 3MDCquantum

We have an assortment of Mac clients that connect to Quantum MDCs (M440/5) for the volumes. When these Macs (running Mavericks) startup , they flood the MDCs with request for their LUNS. Something in the startup of the OS isn't showing the fiber LUNs at that time, so the client asks the MDCs again, and again, and so on. When the LUNs finally do show up on the fiber ports, Xsan connects to the volumes just fine.

Is there a way to delay Xsan startup until the fiber ports have been initialized properly?

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14:00
Google Maps app gets overhauled, adds Uber and...

Google Maps, otherwise known as the mapping app that Apple Maps so desperately wishes it could be, got a little bit better today with an app refresh. The update brings with it a cleaner look and less clutter, which happens to match the post-iOS 7...

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13:54
Apple Sending Emails Encouraging Customers to...

Apple is encouraging customers that have opted to stick with older versions of iOS to upgrade to its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, released to the public in September.

The company has been sending out emails to iOS users who have yet to install iOS 8, letting them know that their "iOS 8 update is waiting." The email offers information on what's included with iOS 8, detailing features like QuickType, the new Health app, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, and Continuity.

It also gives specific installation instructions, letting users know that they can upgrade wirelessly using the Software Update tool or through iTunes if their devices are low on space. Apple's iTunes installation tip could spur quite a few users to upgrade, as a lack of free space on low capacity devices appears to be one of the major factors preventing users from updating.

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13:50
Space oddity

Chris Hadfield:

When David Bowie wrote and recorded Space Oddity in 1969, I wonder if he ever imagined it being played in orbit? Even more so, would he have imagined (or worried about) the legal concerns of extra-planetary music?

When the original video was pulled, there was a lot of complaining and misunderstanding of the reasons. Hadfield does a great job of explaining the story.

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13:42
5 cool widgets for Yosemite's Notification...

With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has largely left Dashboard behind. Instead, it’s replaced the tired apps that once lurked to the left of the home screen with polished and useful widgets in the updated Notification Center. To access these widgets, just click on Notification Center in the top-right of the Mac’s menu bar or, if you’re using a trackpad, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge and, in no time, you’ll be checking the weather, performing some quick math, or zipping through your email.

Although Notification widgets are new with Yosemite, several developers have already jumped on board by adding widget support to their apps. To add a widget, just open Notification Center, click the Edit button, and click the plus (+) button next to the widget you’d like to add.

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13:37
Review: Amzer Crusta for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Crusta has a very good fit on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike a lot of multi-layered cases, it’s easy to insert Crusta’s rubber ring around the two-piece plastic shell. The tempered glass screen protector — which is easy to apply and works with no issues on the iPhone screen — adds more protection, though its use is completely optional. Button and port coverage is very well done. The sleep/wake and volume control buttons…

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13:30
Neato lets you take notes, send messages, and more...

For writers and business minded users everywhere, the iPhone is as much a note taking tool as it is a phone, web, or email device. The only hitch is having to open an app every time you want to take a note, though thanks to a new iOS 8 widget this...

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13:30
Apple Won’t Drop the iPad mini Next Year, No Matter...

There is one rumor going around that Apple might drop the iPad mini in 2015. A vague suspicion of less than stellar sales for 2015 and a not so scintillating upgrade to the iPad mini 3 may have some wondering. John Martellaro doesn't believe a word of it and sizes up the situation.


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13:01
A Weighty Rumor Points to a possible 3D Twist for...

Late last month we posted a report titled "Apple Revelations Point to Highest R&D Spending Since 2007." When reading about something like that, you naturally tend to think in the now and immediate in terms of the spending being for the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Yet Apple's increase in R&D could be for other projects as well and one of them just might be for a new 3D capability coming to a future iDevice. This was revealed in an interesting yet murky supply chain rumor that had a credible fact supporting it.

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13:00
Leaf on the Wind is an engaging and very clever game

I don't do a lot of game reviews because to me they usually are endless variations on a theme. Leaf on the Wind (US$2.99) is a clever exception, and a game I am really enjoying. Leaf on the Wind is a gentle game that involves flicking leaves off a...

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12:55
News: Jawbone announces UP3, UP Move fitness trackers

Jawbone has announced two new fitness trackers, UP3 ($180) and UP Move ($50). UP3 is being billed as “the world’s most advanced tracker.” The wristband tracker boasts advanced sleep tracking and uses a bioimpedance sensor to automatically measure resting heart rate. Other sensors on the tracker include an accelerometer, a skin temperature sensor, and an ambient temperature sensor. UP3 is water-resistant up to 10 meters (about 33…

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12:53
Apple takes top spot on Forbes list of world's...

Apple has grabbed first place in an annual Forbes ranking of the world's most valuable brands. The company's brand value rose 19 percent year-over-year, to $124.2 billion. "The Apple brand is worth twice as much as any other brand on the planet by our count. The company sold 39.3 million iPhones in its latest quarter and could sell as many as 60 million during the last three months of 2014 with the holiday selling season. Apple also moved 12.3 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs last quarter," Forbes writes....



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12:48
Briefly: Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth keyboard, Blue...

A new Bluetooth keyboard from Rapoo is bringing some of the functionality of a notebook to wireless keyboards. The E6700 Bluetooth Touchpad Keyboard features a "touch area" on the right side of the thin keyboard that has added functionality for gestures. The E6700 lets owners configure 15 different gestures, bringing the keyboard closer to the use seen in MacBooks and other notebooks. The "touch area" also has a glass surface, which Rapoo says makes it scratch resistant and easier to clean....



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12:43
EFF: Apple’s iMessage most secure “mass-market”...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released a report examining three dozen messaging services and ranking them based on what it deemed are seven “security best practices.” While Apple scored the best among what the EFF called “mass-market options”, it didn’t do as well when compared to all 36 messaging services included in the report. Specifically, EFF noted Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime services failed to offer “complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance.”

Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products stood out as the best of the mass-market options, although neither currently provides complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of...

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12:30
Send your kid on a safari adventure with Trail the...

Trail the tail is an educational children's app. It requires iOS 6.0 or later, is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5. It's a simple app with three short, fun, and educational games for young children in the main...

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12:21
My favorite iOS 8 features, big and small

Dan Frakes:

Here are some of my favorite iOS 8 features, in no particular order, with an emphasis on things that haven’t been exhaustively covered elsewhere. I hope you discover something new and useful.

Dan has some great tidbits here. My favourite is the SMS relay feature.

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12:20
Facebook's Voter Turnout Efforts: Good, Bad or...


In the months leading up to Tuesday's mid-term elections, suspicions were rife about the possibility of Facebook influencing the outcome. Facebook had joined Google, Twitter and other high-tech companies in urging people to vote, but skepticism about its motives ran high because in previous elections, it had turned its call to voters into sociological experiments, trying different approaches on different groups. Facebook in essence said that this year it would roll out the same message to all 100 million or so U.S. members.

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12:10
iMessage and FaceTime Ranked as Most Secure Mass-...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF, a non-profit digital rights group, has investigated the security of various messaging apps and created a new Secure Messaging Scorecard, ranking messaging apps and tools like iMessage, FaceTime, BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, and more, based on seven different factors:

- Is a message encrypted in transit?
- Is it encrypted so the provider is unable to read it?
- Can you verify contacts' identities?
- Are past communications secure if keys are stolen?
- Is the code open to independent review?
- Is security design properly documented?
- Has the code been audited?

Unsurprisingly, the apps that score highest on the EFF's chart are those dedicated to secure messaging, such as iPhone apps...

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12:02
Review: 1Password 5 for Mac offers state-of-the-art...

Macworld:

The latest release of AgileBits’ password manager is as good as ever—and a perfect companion for OS X Yosemite.

I can’t recommend 1Password enough. Indispensable to my computer use.

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12:00
Obituary: Mac OS X Hints might be "pining for...

Over the years, one of the top websites other than TUAW for getting hints about Mac OS X was Macworld's Mac OS X Hints. Now a post by former Macworld blogger Rob Griffiths is paying last respects to the site 14 years after it first went live. The...

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11:58
Google overhauls Maps apps, adds right-click app...

Google has announced a collection of important app updates. The Google Maps apps for iOS and Android are both making the switch to "material design," the new aesthetic behind Android Lollipop. The scheme is more bright and colorful, and uses touches like animations and drop shadows to reinforce the connection between interface elements. Google has also integrated OpenTable reservations for US restaurants, and pickup times and prices for Uber cars. In the latter case, users must also have their platform's Uber app installed....



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11:45
Unpatched bug in Mac OS X gives root access to...

An unpatched vulnerability in Yosemite and some earlier versions of Apple's Mac OS X allows untrusted people to take full control of users' machines, a security researcher has warned.

Dubbed Rootpipe, the privilege escalation bug allows people to gain root access, a nearly unrestricted level of system privileges, without first entering the "sudo" password, according to a recent report published by MacWorld. Sudo is a mechanism that's designed to prevent code execution, file deletions, and other sensitive operations from being carried out by unauthorized people who have physical access to a computer.

"Normally there are 'sudo' password requirements, which work as a barrier, so the admin can't gain root access without entering the correct password," Emil Kvarnhammar, a researcher at Swedish security firm Truesec,...

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11:39
BitTorrent 7.4.2 build 35248 - Official client of...

BitTorrent is a protocol for distributing files. It identifies content by URL and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the web. Its advantage over plain HTTP is that when multiple downloads of the same file happen concurrently, the downloaders upload to each other, making it possible for the file source to support very large numbers of downloaders with only a modest increase in its load.

Changes in 7.4.2

  • Added option to purchase the Ad-Free version of the BitTorrent client
  • Ad-Free activations automatically occur when client is reinstalled
  • Ad-Free licenses work for both μTorrent and BitTorrent clients
  • Fix for application crashes while seeding if window is not in-focus
  • Fix for BitTorrent client not starting without an internet connection



OS X 10.5 or later

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11:22
Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for...

During a Southern California event hosted by Intel's venture capital arm, Kirk Skaugen, Intel's SVP in charge of Intel's PC chip business, reported surprising signs of life in the PC sector that has been enjoying signs of a comeback of late. According to Skaugen, there are three major changes coming to PC's next year that may be able to fuel continued growth for this segment of the market.

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11:20
EFF ranks Apple's iMessage, FaceTime "best...

In its ranking of electronic messaging systems for safety and security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said no mainstream products passed all of its criteria, but that Apple's iMessage and FaceTime "stood out as the best of the mass-market options."

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11:06
MacMate puts Time Machine in the cloud

MacMate (http://www.macmate.me) has announced the addition of Time Machine backup to its cloud disk solution to enable cloud-based backup of entire Macs.

Users can use the cloud space using traditional methods and apps that support FTP, SFTP, WebDav and native AFP, allowing the customer to use the disk from a variety of their favorite apps. It's the only cloud backup solution that allows this and brings enterprise-level offsite backup capability to consumer and small businesses, says Gary Hall, CEO of MacMate.

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11:05
Stealth Armor Case for iPhone 6: Tempered Glass...

Silk Innovationâs Stealth Armor case for iPhone 6 protects your iPhone with a rugged shock-absorbent rubberized core, a polycarbonate exoskeleton shell and tempered glass display protector. Three interchangeable back plates in gold, gunmetal, and silver allow the user to match the iPhone color.


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11:00
Apple ranked the most valuable brand on the planet...

It's been a good week for Apple. On the heels of news that rival Samsung has seen its mobile business nosedive by 74%, the company has been named the number one most valuable brand on the planet by Forbes. Apple was able to grab the top spot on...

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10:58
Sonnet announces Thunderbolt Pro P2 Memory Card...

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced its US$299, single-slot P2 memory card reader with a Thunderbolt interface. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is a pocket-size device for videographers using Panasonic P2 HD and P2 VariCam camcorders.

It can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/second, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader connects to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable. The device is powered over the same connection.

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10:58
A month in, the iPhone 6 Plus was the right choice

Quartz:

It didn’t take long for me to get used to Apple’s large new iPhone 6 Plus. After more than a month of everyday use, it has become even more of the pocket computer I’ve always wanted. A few thoughts.

The article hits a lot of the points I was curious about. Anyone else have similar or dissimilar stories about using their iPhone 6/6 Plus for the past month?

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10:54
RIP Mac OS X Hints, Nov 4 2000 – Nov 4 2014

The Robservatory:

Dearly beloved…

On this, the occasion of its 14th birthday, we’re gathered here to mark the passing of Mac OS X Hints.

While it can be hard to tell exactly when a web site has died, the signs are fairly obvious. It’s been over 45 days since the last new hint appeared on the site. There is no way for new users to sign up for an account. There’s been one new comment posted in the last two days. A sidebar box proudly proclaims Latest Mountain Lion Hints. The site design, logo, and icons were last updated when I worked for Macworld, over four years ago. To paraphrase a Star Trek character, “it’s dead, Jim.”

While Rob, the originator of Mac OS X Hints, makes a clear case as to why the site is no longer as needed as it has been in the past, it’s dormancy is still a shame. It was a site many of us relied on in the early days of Mac OS X to try and figure out the ins and outs of the new operating system.

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10:50
What am I entitled to when my flight goes wrong?

Outside:

As airlines pack more passengers than ever onto each plane, a single storm can reverberate through the system—leaving flyers stranded as agents scramble to find ever-rarer empty seats on later flights. But you aren’t entirely at the mercy of the airlines. Should your itinerary be delayed, cancelled, or overbooked, knowing your rights can be the difference between a $300 voucher and a long night at the airport.

As air travel gets more and more onerous, it’s important to know what you are supposed to receive when the airline makes a mistake. As always, be firm but polite with any airline agents you speak to.

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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-05

It's high resolution display day on TDO. John Martellaro and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's 5K iMac and 4K displays, plus they dive into their favorite monitor choices, what to look for when buying a new display, and more.


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10:06
Google Maps overhaul coming to iOS with new '...

Google announced on Wednesday that its popular Maps platform, including the free downloadable iOS application, will receive a major update in the near future, including a new look and new features, such as the ability to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable without leaving the app.

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10:00
CNN anchor caught on-air using a Microsoft Surface...

Try as they might, Microsoft's effort to get its Surface tablets out and in front of as many people as possible keeps backfiring in hilarious ways. Most recently, a CNN anchor during Tuesday night's election coverage was spotted using his Microsoft...

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09:54
Intel Developing New 3D Camera Business, Aiming to...

Earlier this year, Intel demonstrated an impressive wireless cable computer system made possible with Skylake, Intel's next-generation chip technology (after Broadwell). At a recent venture capital event, the company showed off even more of its upcoming technology, including a face-recognition 3D camera system that aims to do away with passwords and allow for new methods of computer control.

As detailed by The Wall Street Journal, Intel's "YAP" concept (which stands for "you are the password"), is designed to recognize a user's voice, face, or fingerprint, to allow biometric access to a device. Kirk Skaugen, in charge of Intel's PC chip business, believes that such technology could be coming to computers as early as next year.

Intel's Kirk Skaugen
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09:49
Google Maps for iOS updated with a fresh new...


Google announced an update for its Google Maps for iOS app today that adds a fresh new Material Design layout focusing on bright colors and real world surfaces and shadows. The software’s refreshed interface is set to roll out over the next few days, with new features like dinner reservations from OpenTable (US only) and enhanced information cards with photos and reviews of popular attractions near your location.

In...

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09:47
Daily Deal: Last chance to enter our Epic iPhone 6...

Today is your last chance to enter to win an iPhone 6 in our iLounge Deals Epic iPhone Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $600 Apple gift card to allow them to purchase the iPhone 6 model of their choice. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries…

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09:36
Google Drive now lets you open files in compatible...

Google announced today that it’s releasing a new Chrome extension called Application Launcher for Drive that allows users to open files directly from its Google Drive service in compatible apps on a Mac or PC. The extension adds an “Open With” option that will let users launch files in apps like, for example, Mac OS X’s Preview app or third-party editing apps like those from Adobe and Microsoft.

…a new extension for Chrome that lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a...

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09:30
Download MacX Video Converter Pro for free, courtesy...

There's nothing better than free, unless it's a US$49.95 app that you're getting for free. Digiarty is giving away 1,000 free copies of their MacX Video Converter Pro app to TUAW readers, and all you have to do is click a link and enter a promo...

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09:30
Briefly: Tesoro Excalibur RGB keyboard, CNK's...

Tesoro Technology has announced the introduction of its Excalibur RGB LED backlit mechanical keyboard, featuring a 16.8 million color palette. Gamers can choose virtually any hue for backlighting their keyboard, and illumination can be set to breathing mode, color loop mode and two gaming modes where only the gaming keys are illuminated. Its Full N-Key Rollover offers gamers full anti-ghosting functionality or USB 6 N-Key Rollover, and its 512 KB of onboard memory allows for recording sophisticated macros without need for external software. The keyboard's mechanical switches are engineered for...



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09:12
You May Not Need An iPad Air 2, But You’re Gonna...

Having spent some quality time with an iPad Air 2 lately I realize just how much I prefer it over my 4th generation iPad. Of course itâs thinner, lighter, and faster the first iPad Air, but itâs so much lighter, thinner, and faster than my 4th generation iPad that Iâll never be happy holding my 4th gen iPad again. As far as Iâm concerned, it turned into fat, sluggish beast overnight.


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09:07
iWorm malware could still be a problem for some Macs

Apple's security technologies for Mac OS X may still miss iWorm, a piece of malware discovered in late September that infected thousands of computers, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/qxuhav8).

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09:06
Briefly: Swype for iOS 8, Composite Suite Pro 2.0...

Nuance Communications has announced that its Swype keyboard app for iOS 8 has been updated, now featuring support for more than 20 languages. A keyboard app that learns how the user types, Swype now features QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard layouts, as well as a new layout specifically designed for iPad. Its new intuitive emoji input predicts when to insert an emoji graphic where appropriate. Currently available for $1, Swype requires iOS 8 or later....



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09:00
From Inside the Cloud: What does Microsoft do to...

Chang Kawaguchi is a group engineering manager for security for Office 365, Travis Rhodes is a lead security software engineer for Office 365 and Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager for Office 365.

If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, we regularly bring you an insider’s view on how we operate and manage the Office 365 service for security, privacy and compliance directly from the people behind the service.

Recently, there have been a number of cyber security related news articles about vulnerabilities and exploits. If you are wondering if the Cloud increases your data risk, in this week’s episode we focus on the measures that our engineering team has in place to prepare for emerging security threats to the Office 365 service.

As we explain in this short video, we operate under the assumption that no computer system is perfectly secure, so we invest...

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09:00
Gmail for Mac by Zive seeks to make the perfect...

Gmail users have long desired something better than Apple Mail and more user-friendly than the Gmail web client to send, receive and organize Google Mail messages on their Macs. That goal is closer than ever to fruition now that Zive has kicked off...

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08:46
Next iPhone Rumored to Carry Glasses-free 3D Display

Taiwanese media website Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via GforGames) is reporting that Apple may be gearing up to introduce a glasses-free 3D display on next year's iPhone. The site also reports that Apple is aiming to create a 3D "hardware and software ecosystem."

Economic Daily News also mentions that this "naked eye 3D screen" could not be built using the current embedded touch technology Apple has used since the launch of the iPhone 5. The site claims Apple would once again seek the help of touch screen manufacturer TPK to assist in the development of the next generation of iPhone.

This all comes on the heels of the Taiwanese...

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08:43
Apple working on glasses-free 3D display, software,...

Apple is working on a form of glasses-free 3D display, and a matching set of "software ecosystems," supply chain sources tell the Chinese-language Economic Daily. The technology will reportedly force Apple to switch from its current in-cell display technology to new panels, likely supplied by TPK. Apple has filed patents for 3D user interfaces in the past, but this may mark the first rumor of the company actually putting ideas into practice....



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08:28
Rumor: Apple working on glasses-less 3D display for...

Apple is said to be exploring the incorporation of three-dimensional display technology that does not require special eyewear in its next-generation iPhone, according to a questionable report from Taiwan Wednesday, claiming the company is partnering with longtime supplier TPK to develop the feature.

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08:20
A Better Finder Rename 9.41 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there.

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08:18
Apps: GarageSale, Beamer, ScreenFlow
08:11
Jawbone launches Up Move, Up3 fitness trackers

Jawbone has unveiled two fitness trackers, in time for the holiday shopping period. The Up Move is billed as a low-cost and simple-to-use fitness tracker, while the Up3 extends from the earlier Up bands, with the tracker able to monitor the body more closely than in previous versions thanks to the inclusion of multiple new sensors....



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08:01
CurrentC exclusivity contract at MCX merchants to...

The conflict between MCX’s CurrentC and Apple Pay may be short lived, as an exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium — notably drug store chain CVS — to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in “months,” according to a new report.

Per Re/code, the consortium, which is made up of a number of major retailers including CVS, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, instituted the exclusivity contract to provide “breathing room” for the development of the CurrentC ecosystem, said MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson. That contract is set to expire in “months, not years,” Dekkers added.

Confirmation of the exclusivity agreement comes one week after the arrangement was first uncovered, following...

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08:00
Upgrade to OS X Yosemite

Installing OS X has never been easier than in Yosemite. In this article, we’ll look at upgrading a Mac from OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). The first thing you should do is clone your system. The second thing you should do is make sure you have a good backup. The third thing you should do is make sure you can swap back to the clone should you need to do so and that your data will remain functional on the backup. Once you’re sure that you have a fallback plan, let’s get started by downloading OS X Yosemite from the App Store. Once downloaded, you’ll see Install OS X Yosemite sitting in LaunchPad, as well as in the /Applications folder.

Open the app and click Continue (provided of course that you are ready to restart the computer and install OS X Yosemite).

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07:48
Report: US carriers experience huge surge in VoLTE...

Following the introduction of Voice-over-LTE technology with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which increases call quality by routing calls through an LTE network opposed to last generation 3G networks, US carriers have experienced a big increase in VoLTE calls. That’s according to a new report from Newfield Wireless that highlights a decrease for calls over 3G by about one-fifth compared to previous generation iPhones and other LTE-capable devices:

The majority of voice calls made on other 4G-enabled devices are currently routed...

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07:47
Garage Series: Office 365 identity just got easier...

Want to know the most efficient way to get your users and co-workers into the cloud? This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to explain identity options and demonstrate a few tools to make it easier to synchronize your directory services with Office 365 and Azure Active Directory.

A few weeks back we used PowerShell and a CSV file to try and get 150 users into Office 365 in the 8.5 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit. From an identity perspective, that was just showing one of several ways to get users into Azure Active Directory and Office 365. This week identity expert, Paul Andrew, joins me to discuss the options for managing user accounts and passwords. There are three primary options and a few new tools to get users into Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services:

  1. Cloud ID –  where user accounts and...
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07:46
Google Wallet Sees Surge in Usage Alongside Apple...

Increased consumer interest in NFC mobile payments related to Apple's recent launch of its Apple Pay mobile payment service appears to be having benefits for other services as well, reports Ars Technica. A major beneficiary of this new consumer awareness of mobile transactions is Google Wallet, which reportedly has seen a marked increase in usage over the past few months.

NFC-based mobile payments have had a boost in recent months, possibly thanks to the launch of Apple Pay, which was announced in September. Now, a person with knowledge of the matter tells Ars that Google Wallet, which launched back in 2011 and saw tepid success in the ensuing three years, has had considerable growth in the last couple of months. According to our source, weekly transactions have increased by 50 percent, and in the recent couple...

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07:46
Rumor: Apple Watch steel model to begin at $500,...

Apple is far from releasing its price points for its upcoming watch, but the rumors as to the cost are starting to pour in.

Per 9to5Mac, French website iGen.fr, reported on Tuesday that the steel Apple Watch will start at US$500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between US$4,000 and US$5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at US$349, but did not disclose further pricing information.

The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost US$500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version at between US$4,000 and US$5,000...

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07:43
Michael Fassbender in talks to take over lead in...

Michael Fassbender is now in early negotiations for the lead role in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell Variety. Christian Bale recently made a surprise departure from the project, even as names like Seth Rogen have become attached to supporting roles. In explaining the move, Bale said he came to the conclusion that he wasn't right for playing Jobs....



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07:39
Forbes Ranks Apple as the Number One Brand on the...

Forbes confirms what we already know: Earlier we reported that Apple torpedoed Samsung in China for top smartphone brand. Apple being the leading brand is obviously contagious, as Forbes just announced that Apple is the World's top brand. It never gets boring to read that your favorite brand is number one, again.

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07:30
Photos from Silicon Valley's early years show...

If you want an unfiltered glimpse into the early days of Silicon Valley, look no further than the recently released Doug Menuez book Fearless Genius. A photojournalist in the thick of the early tech revolution, Menuez spent much of his time from 1985...

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07:26
Tip.ly puts a new spin on mobile payments with...

Las Vegas is the town that tips built, so it’s fitting that Stephen Campbell and Tim Baldwin chose the gambling mecca’s backbone, the Strip, to launch a new mobile payments app called Tip.ly. Vegas is a city driven by cash—you can’t tip out your valet, bellhop, or housekeeping service with a credit card. But Campbell and Baldwin are betting they can bring tipping into the 21st century with an app that combines Venmo-like peer-to-peer money transfers with a dash of facial recognition.

Tip.ly's facial recognition technology confirms the identity of the tip recipient.

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07:25
GarageSale 6.9 - Create outstanding eBay auctions. (...

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional,...

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07:16
Microsoft Surface product placement in CNN election...

Microsoft must have thought it had pulled off a nice piece of product placement when it gave CNN election commentators a bunch of Surface Pro tablets to help with their coverage. CNN dutifully covered its desks with the devices, resulting in a series of proud tweets from Microsoft fans.

There was just one small problem, noted by GeekWire: a closer look revealed that hidden behind the Surface tablets were the iPads that commentators were actually using. In one case, the commentator was actually using her Surface tablet as a stand for her iPad.

Microsoft, which was last year forced to...

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07:13
The Apple Watch Time Stamp on all Marketing...

Who Knew? A little factoid and hidden Apple fact came to light recently about why Apple's iPhone and iPad always present the time stamp of 9:41 on their respective marketing images. I never paid attention to that until today and after checking it out on their website this morning, it was there, on time, at 9:41. The Atlantic tells us why and yet missed a detail worth noting about the extension of that marketing scheme.

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07:12
Report claims Apple developing 3D iPhone display...

A 2012 Apple patent application showing a 3D GUI

According to a report from Chinese newspaper Economic Daily citing supply chain sources (via UDN), Apple is working on a 3D display of sorts that doesn’t require the use of special glasses. The translated report also claims Apple is working on 3D “software ecosystems.”

The report adds that Apple will be looking to move from its current in-cell display technology, which reportedly won’t be compatible with the new 3D technology, to new panels likely supplied by partner TPK.

It wouldn’t be the first time a smartphone manufacturer attempted to bring a 3D-style interface to a smartphone. Android manufacturers have attempted to implement similar features....

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07:07
The Trouble With Facebook's Tor Link


Facebook recently announced that it was providing access directly over the Tor network. Its purpose was to let users access Facebook without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. Facebook is providing an SSL certificate which cites its onion address. It will add onion address support for its mobile site later. The Tor link will work only in Tor-enabled browsers. The initial response to Facebook's announcement was overwhelmingly positive. However, some responders expressed concern over the use of JavaScript.

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06:51
Steel Apple Watches may start at $500, gold could...

Stainless steel Apple Watches will start at $500, while gold models could start at $4,000 to $5,000, sources tell French site iGen. Apple has been largely quiet about the Apple Watch since it was revealed September 9th, particularly in regards to pricing. It has stated only that the Watch will start at $349, presumably referring to the aluminum model. If accurate, the newly suggested prices would be well beyond the range of most smartwatches, which often cost $250 or less....



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06:50
Insiders Claim Steel Apple Watch to Start at $500,...

When Apple unveiled its Apple Watch, the company said the starting price would come in at US$349, but insider sources are claiming the stainless steel version will start at $500. Those sources also say the high-end gold Apple Watch Edition will start between $4,000 and $5,000, which is lower than many have been expecting.

The Mac Observer Spin: $500 for the stainless steel Apple Watch seems in line with the $349 entry level price point for the Apple Watch Sport.


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06:33
Google Wallet usage surges after much-hyped Apple...

The highly successful launch of Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has helped to grow the long-established Google Wallet service, as both rely on the same near-field communication technology for tap-to-pay functions.

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06:15
News: Apple Watch Edition may be priced as high as $...

A new report from French site iGen.fr (translated link) claims to reveal some additional details about pricing on the various Apple Watch models planned for release. While Apple has only announced that the Apple Watch would start at $349, that’s the price for the entry-level anodized aluminum Sport model, and the report from iGen.fr, citing a reliable source, notes that the Stainless Steel version will likely sell for $500, and the Edition model…

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06:14
Telestream Wirecast 6.0 available for Mac OS X,...

Telestream has released Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its live streaming software for Mac OS X and Windows that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.

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06:05
∞ Chappie trailer

[VIDEO] Ever see District 9? If not, I’d urge you to go find it. Absolutely brilliant movie.

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp and lead actor Sharlto Copley are teaming up again in the upcoming Chappie. Watch the trailer below. Can’t wait for this one.

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06:00
Secure Messaging Scorecard gives you a look at which...

When you consider just how much of our personal information if used, scanned, and sold by the companies who provide our email and social media, it's understandable people are worried about online security. The issue has brought about a wave of apps...

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05:59
Magic Window brings views from Yosemite Park to your...

Magic Window - Yosemite National Park is a new app that brings timelapse views of Yosemite to your Mac desktop as motion wallpaper. It features 18 views from the park.

The views were all captured by the Jetson Creative team (http://jetsoncreative.com) over two weeks of hiking through the park specifically for this app. Views range from Half Dome to El Capitan.

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05:54
MCX CEO on Apple Pay exclusivity: “Months, not years”

Writing for ReCode, Walt Mossberg lays out his thoughts on MCX and their anti-Apple Pay tactics. You no doubt know all the details (if not, click here).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Apple Torpedoes Samsung in China for Top Smartphone...

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Torpedoes Samsung in China: The Korean press took note yesterday that the China Brand Research Center released their China Brand Power Index for this year. On the list, Apple beat Samsung Electronics to take the foremost place in the mobile category. Samsung had ranked first on it in both 2012 and 2013.

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05:45
iOS 8: Hiding Your Location with Siri

Today's Quick Tip is about using Siri to disable and re-enable your location sharing through Find My Friends. It seems like a small thing, right? Well, you might change your tune if your best friend ever sees you out shopping for Christmas presents at That Store He Likes. We'll teach you how to keep your gift-giving secret!


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