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Wednesday November 26

08:09
China's UnionPay to Introduce AndroidPay in...

Well ahead of the pack, Patently Apple posted a report back in May titled "Apple Reaches Agreement with China UnionPay for iWallet." Since that time Apple's mobile wallet has been officially branded "Apple Pay." Today that was confirmed. UnionPay will begin to accept Apple Pay starting in March 2015. The twist to the story however, is that UnionPay is planning to compete with Apple Pay.

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08:00
Black Friday 2014: Shopping guide for Best Buy,...

Black Friday, the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, is almost upon us. If you are looking to score some Apple hardware at a rare discount price, you won't have to go too far with retailers dropping both online and in store prices on a variety...

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07:46
5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of sharing and embracing generosity, but more often than not it seems to turn into a stress filled event. Your Thanksgiving shouldn't have to turn out that way, so The Mac Observer put together a list of five iPhone and iPad apps to help you get through the day happy and stress-free - or as stress-free as possible. It is, after all, Thanksgiving.


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07:40
iPhone 5c production to halt in mid-2015, report says

Two Apple suppliers, Foxconn and Wistron, will stop their production of the iPhone 5c by the middle of 2015, says Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. The 5c was originally launched in 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, and like its sibling, made available in several different models. It has since become the lowest-end iPhone however, and is currently relegated to an 8GB model free on contract, or $450 unlocked....



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07:34
Speculators drive up Asian sapphire stocks amid...

Several Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers have seen their stock price increase sharply in recent days as Chinese media continues to push reports of the material making its way to a next-generation Apple handset.

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07:31
Predicted cannibalisation of iPads by larger iPhones...

Predictions that larger-screened iPhones would cannibalise iPad usage look to be confirmed by some stats from the Pocket app that allows you to save webpages, videos and other content for reading later.

Pocket reported in a blog post today that while 55% of owners of the iPhone 5s viewed content on their phone rather than iPad, the number leapt to 72% for the iPhone 6 and 80% for the iPhone 6 Plus …

iPhone 6 owners used their iPads significantly less than owners of smaller iPhones, suggesting that they are leaving their iPad at home more of the time.

The bigger your phone is, the less you’re going to use your iPad. Users with an iPhone 6 now read on their tablets 19% less during the week and 27% less over the weekend. Those with...

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07:24
Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c production in...

Apple may be shedding the iPhone 5c in 2015.

Per MacRumors and Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple is slated to discontinue the iPhone 5c in 2015. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans.

Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It is likely that Apple will stop...

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07:06
T-Mobile settles with FCC, agrees to post more...

When the FCC leans on you, it’s time to come clean.

Per AppleInsider, U.S. wireless provider and iPhone carrier T-Mobile this week announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, in which it will be more upfront and honest with customers about its bandwidth speed.

T-Mobile has pledged to provide “accurate information” to customers about the speed of their Internet connection, even when their performance is throttled according with their data plan. The changes came from pressure by the FCC, after it was discovered that T-Mobile was providing customers with inaccurate information when they run sped tests.

Data plans from T-Mobile come with a soft “cap,” and once a customer exceeds their allotment...

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07:00
The right way to take a product image with an iPhone

I sell a lot of items on eBay, so I'm always taking product photos for my listings. The iPhone is my camera of choice as the eBay iPhone app makes it easy to upload photos to an auction's description. Though convenient, the iPhone doesn't take great ...

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06:50
Dropbox apps updated, add Microsoft Office...

This is going to be an interesting tie-in.

And potentially useful.

Per 9to5Mac, following an announcement earlier this month that Microsoft was adding Dropbox integration for syncing and sharing to the Office for iOS apps, Dropbox announced today that the feature is now available in its latest app updates for iOS and Android.

The integration essentially allows users to tap into Dropbox storage directly from within the Office mobile apps, but it will also include the ability to send links to files from Office using Dropbox, open documents from Dropbox in Office, and more.

To get started, make sure your Dropbox app is up to date on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, then open any Office document, spreadsheet, or presentation in your Dropbox. Tap the new Edit...

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06:41
Apple Files for "Mail Drop" Trademark in...

On November 26, 2014, the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Mail Drop." For those unfamiliar with Apple's new Mail feature for OS X called "Mail Drop" it boils down to this ...

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06:32
Shareholder suit accuses GT Advanced of failing to...

A Louisiana lawfirm, Smith Segura & Raphael, has filed a class action lawsuit against GT Advanced on behalf of investors. The case alleges that GT "failed to disclose the significant risk" it would incur in its sapphire supply deal with Apple, which it announced on November 4th last year. Apple agreed to pay GT $578 million in four installments, with the expectation the latter would start paying it back in 2015. GT was unable to meet Apple demands though, which resulted in delayed payments, the withholding of the final one, and ultimately GT's bankruptcy on October 6th, followed by the company...



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06:24
Judge grants Apple post-judgement royalties from...

Judge Lucy Koh, overseeing the myriad Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trials has partially granted a motion by Apple, allowing the Cupertino manufacturer to collect post-judgement royalties on on-going sales of some Samsung devices -- but less than Apple wanted. The motion, filed for the second Apple versus Samsung trial, covers data detectors and "slide to unlock," and specifically covers 10 products and others not demonstrably different than the accused....



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06:21
BEVL announces dock tailored for iPhone 6, iPhone 6...

BEVL (http://bevl.co) has announced their first product: an iPhone dock designed to complement the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, it's also compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C and the iPod touch that utilizes the Lightning connector.

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06:14
iWinSoft Barcode Maker ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

iWinSoft Barcode Maker has been upgraded for compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. The software allows users to create any number of individual or sequential barcode labels, and print them as barcode labels in any Mac-compatible printer, or save them as image files in all common image formats. v

iWinSoft Barcode Maker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's available for a limited-time price of US$49.95. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.iwinsoft.com.

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06:13
Wikipedia’s complicated relationship with net...

Why Wikipedia sees the flip side of the net neutrality argument.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:04
Daily Deal: The Name-Your-Own-Price Must-Have Mac...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up another great “Name-Your-Own-Price” bundle of nine must-have Mac apps, featuring Typinator. This special promotion lets you pay whatever you want and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive the complete package of all nine apps, including Typinator, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, MacJournal 6, a one-year subscription…

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06:00
Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on the iPhone

While not as plentiful as the iPad, there still are a handful of discounts available for the iPhone this Black Friday. Discounts primarily apply to either the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6 with the iPhone 6 Plus noticeably absent from most holiday promot...

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05:58
Best Buy jumpstarts Black Friday sales with early $...

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Wednesday flipped the switch early on some of its Black Friday gifts, including at $75 off all iPad mini 3 with Touch ID models, bringing the latest-generation tablet down to a starting price of just $324.99.

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05:50
iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations...

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).


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05:41
EU legislator who introduced Google breakup bill has...

From the New York Times:

Andreas Schwab, a German member of the European Parliament, has been making headlines in the last week after drafting a resolution that calls for the breakup of Google.

But Mr. Schwab is not just a legislator, he is also “of counsel” at the German law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, which has represented some of the German publishing interests that have been most eager to declaw Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:39
China Rumor Claims Next iPhone will Adopt Sapphire...

Shares of Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers moved sharply higher Wednesday morning after Chinese media reported that Apple will use sapphire displays in the production of its next generation iPhone.

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05:22
Review: iDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated services are focused on backing up nearly everything the user has, and thus offer large quantities of space needed for the task, but are expensive and slow. Others, like Dropbox, offer far less space but allow instant access to files across a range of devices. IDrive appears to have hit on a good middle ground: offer lots of space at a very reasonable sum, while providing a lot of configuration options, full data encryption, instant sync, multi-platform support,...



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05:16
The actual numbers (red and black) behind a...

In the linked article, Jack lays out all the numbers from their last tour, which netted them a total of -$11,819. That’s not a typo, they actually lost $11,819. But wait, this is not a sob story. This is a success story and well worth the read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
These are the most popular non-Apple apps people...

You don’t need to go any further than iTunes to see the most popular iPhone apps, but a couple of days after Betaworks launched #Homescreen, an app which allows people to share their homescreens on Twitter, we thought it would be interesting to check the results so far. The above image was the result at the time of writing.

#Homescreen is an app with a single function: it allows you to share your current iPhone homescreen on Twitter. Betaworks uses image-recognition to identify the apps, and pulls together a constantly-updated image showing the most popular dock and homescreen apps.

Betaworks excludes Apple’s own apps, but does note that “between 45 percent and 65 percent of the home screens examined had replaced Apple’s default apps with third-party options,” reports ...

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05:00
Some of the best audio interfaces for your Mac, iPad...

Apogee, well known for its studio quality audio interfaces and converters, has kicked of its Black Friday 2014 sale today. Running from now through December 2nd, you’ll find as much 60% off its factory refurbished iOS/Mac interfaces and multi-channel flagship options.

Due to how rare it is for these interfaces to go on sale from any retailer, all of the deals are quite notable. Some standout options are the...

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05:00
MacVoices Podcast With Chuck Joiner About The New...

Yay, podcasts! Chuck Joiner was kind enough to have me on MacVoices. We did a show, now available at http://www.macvoices.com/macvoices-14223-charles-edge-helps-take-control-os-x-server

Or if you’d like to watch on YouTube or inline:

http://youtu.be/AeccoRqIrgc

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Vintage iPad stands and...

Talk about steampunk!

This week's accessory roundup includes a tablet stand made of old railroad rails from 100 years ago. Plus: Cables, mounts, batteries, and more.

Adonit

The $75 Jot Script Evernote Edition is a fine-tipped stylus optimized for iOS and made to work especially well with both Evernote and its companion app, Penultimate. The latter app’s developers say: “The new Penultimate 6.0 gives your Jot Script better control and accuracy, so that it works even more like your favorite pen.”

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05:00
The One Really Important Apple Watch Thing


While the cellphone nearly killed the wristwatch, the Apple Watch gizmo actually will revive it. In fact, I think the attention that the Apple Watch will bring to our wrists will spark sales of traditional watches. Why? I believe there is a latent desire to have a wristwatch -- to have the convenience of the time on your wrist without the need to pull out your smartphone and ignore the world around you. I think -- hope -- that the Apple Watch actually will lead people to slow down the movement of hand to pocket and pocket to face.

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05:00
Black Friday May Be Losing Its Mojo


Some $13.1 billion in sales are anticipated this Thanksgiving weekend across all manner of channels, from mammoth shopping centers to online retailers to local shops and pop-up stores. Consumers are eager to score the best bargains, of course, while retailers want nothing more than to attract shoppers to their venues and keep them there for as long as possible this weekend. Why? Well, to lock in their holiday shopping budgets, of course.
However, the twain will not necessarily meet: Consumers may well find that better bargains are to be had if they wait until later in the season.

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04:44
Hands On: Snoopy's All Star Football (iOS)

Cupcake Digital is a well known name in the ring of games for elementary age children. To date, they've created games for children's entertainment titles such as Yo Gabba Gabba, Wow! Wow! Wubbsy, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cupcake Digital tackles two American classics, Peanuts and football, in Snoopy's All Star Football. Is the game worth handing to your little ones, or is it the digital equivalent of Lucy pulling the football away at the last minute?...



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04:40
RapidWeaver 6.0.3 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.



Version 6.0.3:
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04:38
Google’s massive Android billboard

What I find most amazing is the before and after sliding article at the top of the article. In a sense, someone got the bright idea to cover the face of the Marriott Marquis hotel with this giant screen, an entire city block long.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:36
PELS market sees strong shipment increase

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) market was up by 4.8% year over year with almost 19 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), according to IDC (www.idc.com). Shipment values declined -0.3% year over year to US$1.6 billion, according to the research group.

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04:32
Apple Founder Ron Wayne puts proof of original Apple...

Certainly the least known of the three original founders of Apple, Ron Wayne is putting his own proof sheets from the original Apple I manual up for auction, along with some other early Apple drawings.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
Never miss a credit card reward again with Wallaby...

Have you ever held up the checkout line at Target because you couldn’t remember which of your credit cards offered a special cash-back boost at megastores?

No? Just me? That can’t be true.

Wallaby looks at where you're shopping and tells you the best card to use.

I have three credit cards, and each has its own set of rewards and rules. One of them changes said rewards every quarter—pretty much just when I’ve memorized what last quarter’s special boost was. I picked these cards based on rewards, and had a sinking feeling that I wasn’t always maximizing what they had to offer. So imagine my reaction to finding Wallaby, a credit card management app for iOS. I was THRILLED.

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04:27
Zevrix Deliver Express ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.5, a compatibility update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

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04:23
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2...

Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database.

Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 has several new functionality features, improvements and bug fixes. Details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q98qmay .

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04:22
Rev. Jesse Jackson urges Tim Cook to take a lead in...

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has written to Apple CEO Tim Cook to urge the company to create “world-class working conditions” for low-paid contractors like security guards, requesting a meeting with Cook to discuss the issue, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The paper reports a growing debate about the widespread use of contract workers by tech companies for low-paid roles, contract staff having none of the protections or perks afforded to direct employees … 

The contrast with often highly-paid tech employees is, says the paper, stark.

Contract workers […] do...

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04:21
Kool Tools: Bleu Station Series 200 beacons

Twocanoes Labs's next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200 beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.

Building on the success of the Bleu Station 100, the Bleu Station 200 series features a new design for easy deployment, security and firmware updates. Bleu Station beacons are installed in thousands of locations across the US, including retail, hospitality and industrial sectors.

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04:17
iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.10 - Manage multiple...

iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries.

Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo collections on your Mac and others on an external drive. Access only the photos you want, when you want them.

More libraries, more options

  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Drag-and-drop support. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple Libraries? iPhoto Library Manager does it quickly and easily.



Version 4.1.10:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when entering a malformed registration code
  • Fixed a...

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04:12
iExplorer 3.5.1.9 - View and transfer all the files...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features:

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 3.5.1.9: Release...

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04:00
Reviews: IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated services are focused on backing up nearly everything the user has, and thus offer large quantities of space needed for the task, but are expensive and slow. Others, like Dropbox, offer far less space but allow instant access to files across a range of devices. ......

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03:46
Apple to Reportedly Stop Production of iPhone 5c in...

Apple will discontinue the iPhone 5c next year, according to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans.

Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It is likely that Apple will stop production of the iPhone 5c to streamline its iPhone lineup, as every handset would then likely be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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03:39
5 iPad apps for making the perfect Thanksgiving...

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be daunting. Not only must you prepare tons of food—some of it you’ve rarely cooked before—you’ve also got to make sure that it’s all ready to hit the table at the same time. And you’ve got to keep all those plates spinning under the watchful eye of family members ready to remind you of every overcooked turkey breast, lumpy gravy, or overheated green bean casserole at every future get-together.

Luckily, you don’t have to tackle Thanksgiving dinner alone, provided your kitchen arsenal includes an iPad. The App Store has a cornucopia of cooking apps that you’ll be giving thanks for when it’s time to get cooking.

We’ve rounded up five iPad-optimized apps that aim to help you prepare Thanksgiving dinner, whether your menu calls for a turkey or a tofurkey. These apps will help you at every step, from picking recipes and planning a menu, to cooking multiple dishes at one time, to figuring out what to do with 20 pounds of leftovers.

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03:01
Keep the wine flowing at Thanksgiving dinner with...

Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday. What could be better than enjoying dishes handed down through generations (or pulled from Pinterest) with your adoring
family? Well, if your grandpa’s turkey is dried out and your relatives only want to know when you’re finally going to settle down, wine can—no, will—make the experience tolerable.

One of my favorite new apps is NextGlass, a beer and wine recommendation engine that’s based on science, not buzzwords.
The app makes for a perfect companion when you’re shopping for last-minute Thanksgiving dinner ingredients by helping you pick the best bottle or bottles
to pair with your meal (or polish off later).

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Tuesday November 25

23:23
Sony reportedly plans to introduce style-focused e-...

A new Bloomberg report indicates that Sony might be preparing to produce a smartwatch that uses an e-paper display rather than a traditional LCD display. Not only will the display be made of e-paper, the report continues, but the entire wrist band as well. Could such a device take on Apple’s own smartwatch, set for release early next year?

E-paper, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the same low-power “electronic paper” display used in devices like the Kindle. It allows a display to be legible, even in direct sunlight, by reflecting light rather than emitting it like a standard LCD display.

Bloomberg says that by building the entire watch...

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22:31
Judge rules Apple entitled to potential ongoing...

In an order filed late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted in part Apple's motion requesting ongoing royalties from Samsung, though there is only a slight chance that Apple will find reason to collect.

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22:10
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3

Maintenance update for popular backup utility with several Yosemite-specific fixes. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.1 MB)

 

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21:55
US DOJ fines StealthGenie for selling Android, iOS...

The United States Department of Justice has fined the CEO of spyware vendor StealthGenie $500,000 and demanded the firm turn over the source code for software designed to remotely monitor calls, texts and other activity on Android and jailbroken iOS devices.

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21:50
PopChar X 7.0

Major new release of the character discovery adds a Shape Finder feature. (€29.99 new, 3.8 MB)

 

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21:00
Grab this (Typinator, Intensify Pro, Paperless, Pixa...

From 9to5Toys.com:

We’ve got a nice 9to5Toys Specials deal on this evening and the best part is that it is a name your own price with the bids starting at $1.  The earlier you get in, the less you pay. Here’s the list of apps but frankly Typinator alone is worth it. Go big and 10% of your purchase price goes to a charity of your choice and you’ll be entered to win a Gold iPad 2 & iPhone 6

(Update:6:30am ET: the price is now $3.50)

  • Typinator – $32 – The program the “types” frequently used text for you
  • ...
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19:14
Bing and Yahoo reportedly aiming to become default...

Last week Mozilla announced that its Firefox browser would be dropping Google as the default search engine in favor of Yahoo. While it’s a good move for Yahoo, it won’t gain the company the exposure that comes with being the default search engine on something more widely used, such as Apple’s Safari browser on iOS devices.

That position has been held by Google since the iPhone’s launch in 2007, but the agreement that made the Mountain View-based company the default site for all of Safari’s searches will expire next year, and The Information reports that Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing are both vying for the spot.

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18:24
Hands On: Learn Guitar (iOS)

Learning to play an instrument takes a lot of things. For instance, it takes a lot of practice, a lot of effort, and frequently it also takes a lot of money. Usually, it's the money that stops someone from picking up the hobby. But what if it was possible to learn to play guitar for just a couple of dollars? If you've been putting off learning to play guitar, now is the time to dust off that old six-string, or head over to the consignment shop, and start strumming with Learn Guitar by Insider.com....



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18:21
GT Advanced creditors to gain access to Apple...

As Apple and would-be sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies come closer to a settlement following the latter’s recent bankruptcy announcement, GT’s creditors will get to take a look under the wraps of the secretive Cupertino tech giant.

As noted earlier today by the Wall Street Journal, Apple will provide GT’s creditors with documents regarding the companies’ arrangement in response to inquiries attempting to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, or whether Apple is trying to take advantage of the situation.

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18:01
BuzzFeed Uses Apple Watches to Incentivise Staff

BuzzFeed is doing well these days. The company raked in more than US$100 million in revenue during 2014, a figure surely worthy of a couple of list-style titles. That's a lot of money, and the company has more than 700 employees making it happen.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple Watch is going to take doubters by surprise. There is an interesting vibe growing about this device. It's going to become ever more interesting.


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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

PDF PROvider [iOS Unive...

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17:30
The DOJ Turns to a 225 Year Old Law to Force Either...

On October 16 we posted a report titled "CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the Rule of Law." The report covered an interview with FBI Director James Comey who revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically ... A new report has surfaced this evening ...

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17:29
Union pushes Apple for better treatment of campus...

An effort to unionize security guards across Silicon Valley has set its sights on Apple, pushing the tech trendsetter to stand up for contract laborers in hopes of catalyzing interest from other companies in the area.

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17:14
The SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter: $34.99

Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, âexpertâ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an expensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing. It's also priced for Xmas, so giddy up.


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17:00
Play 2048 in your iPhone Today view with new iOS app

Some things exist solely because they can. The new 2048 game (US$0.99) for your iOS Today view isn't a particularly impressive implementation of the game or a great step forward in technology, but darned if we weren't excited to see someone do someth...

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16:55
Apple gadgets, accessories dominate Time's top...

Time magazine has picked out its top 10 Gadgets list (among other Top 10s such as Video Games and Toys) for holiday season shoppers, and unsurprisingly Apple devices or accessories dominate the selection, taking four out of the 10 slots -- the most of any single company. In a list that seems determined to rank some promising but nascent technology higher than one would expect, the rankings are puzzling for the surprising amount of "vaporware" on it -- including its top choice, the coming-next-year Apple Watch....



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16:47
Intel Bringing Biometrics to PCs for Better Security

Biometrics are coming to PCs: Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC. Today we learn that during an event last week Intel's Skaugen stated that Intel and McAfee will be bringing a biometric solution to better secure PC's by the end of the year.

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16:30
Jon Taffer's BarHQ app wants to increase your...

Jon Taffer took the business of bar consulting to a new level when SpikeTV decided to run the show Bar Rescue, featuring Taffer as the irascible host. Since then he's had season after season of showing the public how sharp he is at turning around eve...

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16:17
'The Practice of Cloud System Administration...


The Practice of Cloud System Administration, Volume 2 is a look into IT gone bad in some companies, and how doing it right can salvage enterprise use of cloud computing. The authors make 11 statements about computers and their networks on the first page of the book's preface. They ask which statements are true. If you get most of them correct, you probably have only one reason left to read this book: It will challenge some of what you hold valid. However, you most likely will get numerous wrong answers.

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16:08
MacMall’s Black Friday sale features savings of up...

From 9to5Toys.com:

MacMall is a shopping mecca for Apple fans looking to save some money. With the biggest shopping day of the year coming up, there’s no doubt many of you have been waiting to get a peek at MacMall’s Black Friday plans. Well, we’ve finally got our hands on them and we can’t wait to share them with you.

MacMall offers deals on by far the largest selection of Apple products we’ve seen from any retailer this holiday season. Stores like Best Buy only stock standard configuration Macs, but MacMall carries high-end and custom configuration models. Also, keep...

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16:03
The iPhone 6 Wins the Wall Street Journal's Top...

The Wall Street Journal has voted Apple's iPhone 6 as the number one smartphone ...

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16:00
[Fuse]Chicken goes natural with the LEDGE iPhone...

You'd expect a company named [Fuse]Chicken to be different, and they certainly have come up with some different products over the years. They started with the Bobine, then moved on to the togoDock and PLUGdock with a successful Indiegogo campaign. No...

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15:59
Dropbox for iOS integrates Microsoft Office document...

As promised earlier in November, Dropbox on Tuesday activated a new iOS app feature that lets users open and edit Microsoft Office documents through their respective apps, with automatic syncing and saving.

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15:30
Winn-Dixie supermarkets are now supporting Apple Pay

Apple Pay has been wildly successful so far at high-end grocery store Whole Foods Market, with the service accounting for 0.91% of that chain's sales since launching. Now the service is launching at another major grocery chain. Winn-Dixie has announc...

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15:00
BioDigital Human - 3D anatomy views on iOS

BioDigital Human (free with in-app purchases) is an astounding 3D map of the human body, all rendered in real time so you can explore, zoom and rotate anatomically correct illustrations. The body can be dissected virtually, and layers can be added or...

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14:45
Daily Deals for November 25, 2104, featuring the...

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

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

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14:30
Get fit with friends with BattleFit

Now you can turn your daily workouts into a friendly competition with BattleFit. The universal app runs on iOS 6.0 or later and is a free download.

In BattleFit you will find a four different levels of workouts available, Beginner, Intermediate, Adv...

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14:19
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 25

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Fresh Touch Media has announced Bass Drop - Deep House - Electronic music sampler and synthesizer. The free app offers a keyboard and sampler with a sound library, letting fans, DJs and producers perform beats and bass lines. The deep house sound bank includes drums, grooves, effects and melodies, specifically designed for straightforward music creation.

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14:18
More secrets could come from GT Advanced bankruptcy...

Secret documents being shared by Apple with creditors of former sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies could become a matter of public record next month, as part of the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

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14:09
Vine’s new favorites option literally keeps you in...

 

If getting lost in Vine videos is one of your favorite pastimes and you follow a lengthy list of content producers, then you’ll definitely appreciate the platform’s latest update for its mobile apps. Starting today, you’ll be able to favorite a Vine user’s profile simply by tapping a Twitter-esque star.

After adding someone to your rotation, you’ll receive push notifications and an alert in your activity feed whenever they publish a new short-form video clip. To manage who you’re following, you can view your favorites or update notifications directly from within the app’s settings. If this sounds like the update that you’ve been waiting for, head on over to the App Store to download the latest version of Vine....

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14:00
Here's the root cause and a workaround for iOS...

You know those pesky slow Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite? Well, co-founder and CEO of Colorado Springs-based Quantum Metric and all-around good guy Mario Ciabarra appears to have found the root cause and a workaround to ...

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13:59
Daily Deal: Get the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth...

In today’s next iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Om/One Levitating Bluetooth Speaker for only $195. The world’s first levitating Bluetooth speaker, the Om/One provides a full 105 decibels of crisp and clear sound output all while hovering in the air like a Star Wars-esque audio orb. The speaker is compatible with any device supporting Bluetooth 4.0, and also doubles as an awesome floating speakerphone. You can also pick it up and…

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13:52
Black Friday 2014: The Best iPhone Deals

Yesterday you got the heads up on iPad deals coming on Black Friday. Today we're talking iPhones, so if you or someone you know is in the market, Kelly can hook you up.


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13:34
Best Buy Black Friday Deals Available This Minute

Black Friday is creeping up on you whether you like it or not. In fact, it's crept all the way into Tuesday for Best Buy, which is offering early access to Black Friday deals on its site. These are online only, but you can use free in-store pickup to get your hands on them if you want. Should avoiding the store entirely be more appealing, you get free shipping once you hit $35. So if you have a Mophie Juice Pack Air/Powerstation Duo ($40 off) or GoPro Hero 3+ ($185 off the bundle) on your gift list, now's your chance to save a foray into the madness and just buy one now. Well. You have until 11:59pm Central Time tonight, so if you want to pick up The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray, now's your $3.99 chance to do so.


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13:30
Analyst predicts Apple will sell 71.5M iPhones in Q4

Considering that Apple just hit a record $700 billion market valuation, it's probably going to be a happy holiday around the Cupertino offices, but there may be even more cause for celebration. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI, is predicting that Appl...

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13:25
Review: Verus Case Damda Slide for iPhone 6 Plus

Verus Case's Damda Slide ($32) for iPhone 6 Plus is a mostly rubber wallet case with a plastic backplate that slides out to reveal storage for two cards. Damda Slide has a secure fit with properly responsive button coverage for the iPhone 6 Plus sleep/wake button and volume controls. The case comes in five different colors, three of which match are close matches to the iPhone 6 Plus colors — we tested the dark silver and champagne gold versions.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:14
Android tablets at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart...

Security firm Bluebox Labs tested a dozen Black Friday bargain Android tablets from major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl's, Staples, Target and Walmart and reported "shocking" security flaws, malware and active backdoors installed on the new devices.

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13:08
Top Apple Maps app manager for Watch, iOS & OS X...

Apple is having trouble retaining top talent in its Maps division.

We’re told that a notable number of exits have occurred on the Maps team over the last several months with a large portion of those engineers heading to ride-sharing startup Uber. The most notable Apple employee to recently depart is Brad Moore, who exited in October to become a manager at Uber. As “Senior Engineering Manager, Maps Apps & Community” at Apple, Moore “built and managed the application and community teams responsible for Maps on iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, OS X, and Apple Watch,” according to LinkedIn...

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13:05
News: Microsoft, Yahoo hope to replace Google for...

With Apple’s contract with Google for default search placement in Safari scheduled to end next year, both Yahoo and Microsoft are now actively courting Apple to be the next default search provider, according to a new report from The Information (subscription required). Google and Apple last renewed the contract in 2010, a deal that reportedly nets Apple around $100m per year. Yahoo and Microsoft both have existing relationships providing data…

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13:00
This $5,000 iPhone 6 belongs on your wish list

Want to really make a statement at this year's family holiday gathering? Unwrapping this absurdly opulent iPhone 6 would certainly elicit gasps -- and maybe a few gags -- from all corners of the room. It's called the Luxury Gold iPhone 6 Swarovski Br...

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12:54
TA14-329A: Regin Malware

Original release date: November 25, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7

Overview

On November 24, 2014, Symantec released a report on Regin, a sophisticated backdoor Trojan used to conduct intelligence-gathering campaigns. At this time, the Regin campaign has not been identified targeting any organizations within the United States.

Description

Regin is a multi-staged, modular threat—meaning it has a number of components, each dependent on others to perform an attack. Each of the five stages is hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage. The modular design poses difficulties to analysis, as all components must be available in order to fully understand the Trojan.  

Impact

Regin is a remote access Trojan (RAT), able to take control of input devices, capture credentials, monitor network traffic, and gather information on processes and memory utilization. The complex design...

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12:45
OS X Yosemite: How to Reset Your Administrator...

In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary. John Martellaro explores just a few.


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12:40
Report: Microsoft and Yahoo vie to become Safari’s...

Google Maps and YouTube are no longer bundled as default apps on iPhones and iPads, but there's one big place on Apple's devices where Google is still the default option: the Safari search bar. Microsoft's Bing, Yahoo (also Bing-powered), and the privacy-minded DuckDuckGo are all included as options, but Google has been the default for as long as iPhones have existed.

That may change next year according to a report from The Information (paywall). Apple and Google's search agreement is reportedly set to expire soon, and both Microsoft and Yahoo are already said to be talking with Apple Internet Software and Services SVP Eddy Cue about becoming Safari's default search option. This isn't the first time we've heard about...

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12:40
Forums: MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air

Today in the MacNN forums, Dedicated MacNNer "ClaraT" reported that their six-year-old MacBook is starting to have intermittent graphics issues where her screen will go black, and is now contemplating getting a new system, but is looking for advice on what to buy; a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Yesterday, Senior User "mkerr64" was considering upgrading the graphics card in his Mac Pro, and is wondering if the PSU has will be powerful enough....



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12:39
Apple deals: Mac Pros and Accessories

At Apple's online store right now, save on refurbished Mac Pro models and accessories. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $450 down to $2,549. Save $600 on the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel six-core processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $3,399....



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12:35
DealNN: LG 34-inch monitor, storage and 3D printer

Save $490 on the LG 34-inch UltraWide LED backlight LCD monitor right now at Newegg.com. It carries a retail price of $1,299, but has been slashed to $899. Use coupon code 'EMCWWHE25' to drop the price further to $809 making this the lowest price we have seen on this monitor by about $90. The LG UltraWide monitor features a resolution of 3440 x 1440, aspect ratio of 21:9, sRGB 99 percent color reproduction and is compatible with both Mac and PC....



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12:27
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Studio headphones $200,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Best Buy Black Friday Early Access for everyone: Pebble ...

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12:23
Yahoo, Microsoft vying to become default search...

Yahoo and Microsoft are courting Apple in hopes of becoming the default search provider for the Safari web browser, a report says. Apple renewed a mapping and search partnership with Google in 2010, but that contract is set to expire next year, which could give other companies an entry point. Both Yahoo and Microsoft executives are said to have approached Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- about a potential deal. So far though there's no sign that Apple has made a decision, and indeed it could choose to remain with Google....



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12:07
[Sponsor] The New Doxie Go Wi-Fi — Scan Anywhere, $...

Just released: Doxie Go Wi-Fi is the tiny, rechargeable document and receipt scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required — then syncs wirelessly to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Doxie’s elegant Mac and iOS apps make it easy to go paperless. Doxie handles any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox. A new open developer API lets you build Doxie support into your service, software, or personal paperless workflow.

Check it out — and, just for Daring Fireball readers, get $50 off now until Tuesday with this...

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12:00
Apple is probably worth more than your state (or...

Today's big news on the Apple front is that the company topped a market capitalization of US$700 billion. That's a whole lot of cheddar -- or clams, bucks, greenbacks, simoleons, whatever you feel like calling them -- but when numbers get that big it...

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11:48
Mac: Heckler Design Cliff Display Riser + Desk Drawer

Heckler Design’s Cliff ($75) is a display riser and desk drawer designed to hold a Mac monitor on top while storing its cords and various other office supplies underneath. Made of powdercoated steel, Cliff comes in three separate parts. The larger top piece contains three holes on the front, top, and back. All are placed in positions that will hide cords well. The two drawer pieces don’t actually connect to the steel piece with a notch or anything else — they’re completely separate pieces that slide on a desk or table using four feet.

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11:42
Introducing “Twitter Offers”

Twitter:

Starting today (in the U.S. only), we’re beginning to test a new way for advertisers to connect with consumers on Twitter and convert them to loyal customers in their stores, on their websites and in their apps. This feature, Twitter Offers, enables advertisers to create card-linked promotions and share them directly with Twitter users.

There is zero chance I would ever use this. Anyone else interested in giving your credit card info to Twitter?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:38
Listen to AC/DC’s new album right now on iTunes Radio

iMore:

AC/DC’s new album is coming out next week, but you can listen to it now for free through iTunes. Rock or Bust, the fifteenth studio album from the group, can be streamed in its entirety through the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio.

The album has 11 new tracks and clocks in at a little more than half an hour and you can pre-order the album.

Listening to AC/DC brings me back to memories of junior high and high school.

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11:30
Apple hits new record $700 billion market valuation

As of November 24, 2014, Apple Inc had the largest market valuation of any company in the world. This morning, November 25, the company's value hit $700 billion, retaining its title and setting a new record for market valuation. To put Apple's succes...

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11:29
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.3 - Discover and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page

1-Click App Installs
Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.

Keep All Your Mac Apps...

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11:29
SteerMouse 4.2.2 - Powerful third-party mouse driver...

SteerMouse is an advanced driver for USB and Bluetooth mice. It also supports Apple Mighty Mouse very well.

SteerMouse can assign various functions to buttons that Apple's software does not allow, including double-clicks, modifier clicks, application switching, assignment of shortcut keys, "snap to" cursor movement, which moves the cursor to target (such as an OK button), and more.

SteerMouse lets you control the cursor's Sensitivity on top of the Tracking Speed. (Apple's software only allows adjustment for the Tracking Speed.) By adjusting both configurations, you can customize the ideal setting for the cursor to fit the movements of your hand.



Version 4.2.2:

  • Problem solved where the Cursor Automatic Moving and mouse buttons would stop working.



  • OS X 10.4 or later



Download Now

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11:12
How to get 20 percent of everything in the App Store...

Gosh, I love this time of year.

It’s time to be with your family, copious amounts of eating, football and crazy deals on stuff. While everyone’s hunting for that amazing deal on Black Friday (just say no to Thursday shopping though, please) but there’s one deal in particular that I wait for each November: 20 percent off iTunes gift cards.

It should be obvious, but the benefits to iTunes gift cards are that they can be loaded onto your iTunes account and used for everything from apps, to music, to movies, to TV show, and the list goes on.

I spend about $500 per year on iTunes/App Store content, and it rarely goes on sale, so I stock up on enough iTunes gift cards to get me through the year each November during the gift card sale.

How much do you spend annually in iTunes?

After missing out on the brief deal that PayPal was offering on eBay (and living too far away from...

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11:01
'Elegant' Regin Malware Linked to Brits,...


A sophisticated malware program called "Regin" has been used in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets since at least 2008, Symantec reported. Regin is a backdoor-type Trojan with a structure that displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen in malware, according to Symantec. "Its elegance is comparable to Stuxnet and [it is] much more elegant than Flame," said Scott Borg, CEO of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit. "It's a beautiful piece of architecture."

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11:00
Twitterrific 5 for Mac and Twitter's war on...

Twitterrific, a Twitter client from developer Iconfactory, has been a popular cross-platform way to send and receive tweets for years. Now Mike Beasley at 9to5Mac is reporting that the company may never release the long-awaited Twitterrific 5 for Mac...

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10:43
Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in...

The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from the IDC research group (www.idc.com).

At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.

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10:36
Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile...

Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com).

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10:30
Equivolor proves basic colors, shapes can be...

Equivolor is a game that involves colors, shapes and fast reflexes. As quickly as possible, match the color of the shape as it falls to the current color of the background. When the two are matched, drag the shape to its appropriate portal to collect...

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10:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Photos, paper designs, travel...

Photos, paper designs, travel, and fun with Mickey

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps has a bit of Disney magic in it, combined with more serious tools for travelers, scientists, photographers, and those who like to keep tabs on their time.

Inform 1.54

Graham Nelson’s Inform (Mac App Store Link) is a design tool that helps you design interactive fiction.

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10:24
IDC: Tablet market suffers massive slowdown in 2014...

Year-over-year growth in the tablet market is projected to fall by more than 45 percentage points from its 2013 rate, new data released Tuesday suggests, as Apple is expected to book the first full-year shipment decline in the iPad's history.

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10:24
Yahoo and Microsoft Court Apple as Google's...

Apple renewed its maps and search partnership with Google in 2010, but with that contract reportedly set to end in 2015, both Yahoo and Microsoft are actively vying to be the next default search provider for Apple's Safari products, reports The Information.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo have existing relationships with Apple, with Yahoo providing stock data to iOS and Microsoft supplying Siri with Bing search results. Executives from both companies have reportedly already approached Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, about a potential agreement that could see one of them displace Google to become the default search engine for iOS devices and Macs. There is no indication Apple has made any decision which company, if any, will...

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10:21
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,'...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape.

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10:19
Review: Heckler Design @Rest Stand for iPad (2014)

We first saw Heckler Design's @Rest nearly three years ago, when it was a $59 steel iPad stand. @Rest has recently received a redesign — the stand now has a slightly smaller footprint. It also lacks the adhesive pads seen in its prior incarnation, and loses two of the grips used to keep an iPad in place. Additionally, the rubber feet for the bottom of the stand now come already affixed to @Rest, rather than separately. @Rest is also now only $29. The rest of the stand's functionality remains the same. It has two separate viewing angles, 30 and 60 degrees, and an opening on both sides to run a Lightning cable through. @Rest comes in seven different colors, and we received the black-gray version of the stand. We'll keep this review brief, as @Rest is still very similar to its 2011 edition in functionality; refer to our past review for more details.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:17
∞ Jurassic World trailer

Judge for yourself.

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10:14
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on...

Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story.

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10:12
BlackBerry Trade Up program offers Passport buyers...

Beginning on December 1st, BlackBerry will be offering up to $550 for people willing to trade in an iPhone towards the purchase of a Passport. Shoppers will be able to trade anything from an iPhone 4S through to an iPhone 6, and receive a $150 "top-up" in addition to the phone's actual estimated value. Hitting the $550 mark requires a mint-condition iPhone 6 valued at $400....



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10:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-25

With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday only days away, Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about where to find the best deals on iPads. They also take a look at Time's 2014 Gadgets of the Year list, which includes three Apple devices - one of which isn't even shipping yet.


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10:07
Google's search deal with Apple expires in...

The Safari browser for both iOS and Mac could have a new default search partner as soon as next year, as Apple's current deal with Google is reportedly set to expire in early 2015.

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10:02
Trade your iPhone for a BlackBerry Passport and get...

Blackberry:

Trade in your iPhone 6 to a Passport and BlackBerry will give you up to $400 in trade-in value, plus an extra $150 “top up” for U.S. residents.

They’re not paying enough.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Lyft aims to convert regular folks into casual...

Car-hailing apps are on a never-ending quest to recruit more drivers to cultivate a reputation of reliability. Lyft, Uber, and other startups already rely
on regular people using their own cars to offer rides, but a new Lyft product called Driver Destination aims to unlock a new kind of driver: one who never
would have driven for Lyft before.

Driver Destination launched Tuesday as part of

Lyft’s Line carpooling service
. It lets drivers find one or two passengers to pick along their regular routes, like on the way to school or work, as an easy way to make money and reduce the number
of cars on the road. Drivers simply enter their destination and choose to see requests that are only along that route.

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10:00
Beacon marketing campaigns working well for retailers

The past year or so we've heard a lot about beacon marketing and in particular, Apple's iBeacon. Now comes word from a company with its own beacon marketing platform -- Swirl Networks -- about the first tangible proof that indoor, location-based shor...

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09:47
Dropbox’s Microsoft Office integration arriving in...

Following an announcement earlier this month that Microsoft was adding Dropbox integration for syncing and sharing to the Office for iOS apps, Dropbox announced today that the feature is now available in its latest app updates for iOS and Android.

The integration essentially allows users to tap into Dropbox storage directly from within the Office mobile apps, but it will also include the ability to send links to files from Office using Dropbox, open documents from Dropbox in Office, and more. Dropbox has instructions on how to use the new integration with Microsoft’s Office apps on its website.

To get started, make sure your Dropbox app is up to date on your...

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09:34
Nerdwallet study finds “Black Friday” is no bargain

Nerdwallet:

Each year, millions of Americans head for retail stores to take part in that famed post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza—Black Friday—with some even cutting their holiday short to get a jump on the seasonal deals.

Maybe they shouldn’t bother.

As always, shop carefully and shop smart this holiday season.

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09:17
IDC: iPad’s first year of decline expected as...

The latest numbers from market research company IDC reveal that worldwide tablet growth is expected to have significantly declined in 2014, with just 7.2% year-over-year growth compared to 52.5% in 2013. A contributing factor will likely be the iPad’s first year of decline as the tablet’s market share continues to fall because of a growing number of cheaper alternatives.

IDC finds that the slowdown in sales of both the iPad and the broader tablet market is largely unsurprising, given that tablets have a longer upgrade cycle that is closer to that of computers than smartphones. It was originally expected that tablets would be...

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09:15
Hands On: Logitech Keys-To-Go

When looking for an external keyboard to use with something like the iPad, you are generally limited to two streams of products: Bluetooth keyboards designed for desktop use, and keyboard cases. While wireless desktop keyboards offer a superior typing experience when compared to keyboard cases, they suffer from a design not intended for extensive portability. Meanwhile, keyboard cases are easy to tout around, but force users to add bulk directly to their so-called "portable" device. Enter Logitech's Keys-To-Go, a small Bluetooth keyboard that offers no means of attaching itself to a mobile dev...



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09:15
Hands On: Logitech Keys-To-Go

When looking for an external keyboard to use with something like the iPad, you are generally limited to two streams of products: Bluetooth keyboards designed for desktop use, and keyboard cases. While wireless desktop keyboards offer a superior typing experience when compared to keyboard cases, they suffer from a design not intended for extensive portability. Meanwhile, keyboard cases are easy to tout around, but force users to add bulk directly to their so-called "portable" device. Enter Logitech's Keys-To-Go, a small Bluetooth keyboard that offers no means of attaching itself to a mobile dev...



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09:00
Power Query November 2014 update—Connect to Analysis...

We are happy to announce the availability of the November 2014 update for Power Query—packed with lots of new features that we hope you will enjoy and thank us for them (since we are in the Thanksgiving week).

Before talking about new features in this update, we would like to invite you to complete a survey. It will take you only a few minutes and it will help us better understand what you like or don’t like about Power Query, how do you currently use it and what new features you would like to see in the future.

Take the Power Query survey

What’s new in this update?

  • SQL Server Analysis Services connector.
  • Salesforce Reports and Objects connector.
  • Expand Columns—Ability to disable and customize column prefix.
  • Improved File menu options in the Query Editor.
  • Entry point for Advanced Editor in the Queries pane inside the Query Editor.

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09:00
Take control of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with...

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are undoubtedly the most popular holiday shopping moments for knocking out a lot of holiday shopping in a few hours, while saving big in the process. But it can also be overwhelming. How can you make sure you’re getting the best deals? When do all the stores open? What’s the best strategy to divide and conquer the gift lists? OneNote can make your Black Friday and Cyber Monday planning a lot easier and have you in, out and on to some holiday cheer in record time.

Saving the best deals 

These days, many stores post their sale ads online for easy browsing and sites like blackfriday.com collect mailers in one convenient place. The OneNote Clipper helps you clip...

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09:00
Chrome extension removes the '' from ...

Bothered by the unicode Apple logo appearing all over the web thanks to Apple's new  Watch smartwatch and  Pay mobile payments service? Then you need to check out this Chrome extension "ItsCalledAppleWatch." Created by Matt Faluotico, the extension...

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08:56
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham gets Black Friday Launch

Considering black seems to be Batman's favorite color, it's only fitting LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches on the Mac on Black Friday, November 28. The game sends Batman and his super hero friends on an adventure throughout the universe to stop Brainiac from shrinking Earth. Players can choose from over 150 different DC characters as they work through puzzles, fight super villains, and ultimately stop Brainiac's evil plans. You can jump into the new Batman LEGO adventure for US$29.99 through Apple's Mac App Store this Friday, and Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman 75th Anniversary packs will be available as add-ons, too. LEGO Batman is always awesome. Now you know exactly how you'll be spending your Thanksgiving weekend.


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08:26
Facebook details upcoming privacy changes with...

Facebook pushed a rare service notification to users on Tuesday, reminding millions of the social network's members of updates to its terms, data and cookies policies, advertising systems, and new privacy controls.

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08:21
News: T-Mobile required to fully disclose throttled...

T-Mobile has agreed to provide more accurate information to help customers determine when their mobile data speeds are being throttled, according to a new FCC release. T-Mobile provides “capped” data plans, however unlike competing carriers, the company simply slows down data speeds when users exceed their plan thresholds, rather than billing for overages. Although T-Mobile makes no secret about this throttling process, it was discovered…

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08:20
Apple market cap breaks through $700 billion mark

Apple's market capitalization has surpassed $700 billion in early Tuesday stock trading, setting an all-time record for the company. The company's previous peak -- ignoring gains earlier this month -- was $658 billion, achieved in September 2012. Shortly after, Apple stock prices dropped substantially and took some time to recover....



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08:00
Microsoft ramping up its anti-Apple ad blitz

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Microsoft's anti-Apple ad blitz is slowly but surely picking up steam. Over the past two-and-a-half weeks, the folks up in Redmond have released three commercials which poke fun at the iPhone a...

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07:51
FCC pressures T-Mobile into showing actual speed...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission this week reached an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure that customers receive proper information about the speed of their wireless internet connection, even if the user has a capped data plan. The carrier has 60 days to implement the changes outlined in the agreement.

The underlying confusion stems from T-Mobile exempting certain speed test services from a customer’s monthly data allotment on capped plans. For instance, a T-Mobile customer with an iPhone 6 could use the popular Ookla SpeedTest app to check the speed of his or her connection without using any data.

The issue is that, since certain speed test services are exempt from monthly data allotments, customers on...

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07:42
T-Mobile pledges to FCC it will be more transparent...

U.S. wireless provider and iPhone carrier T-Mobile this week announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, in which it will be more upfront and honest with customers about its bandwidth speed.

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07:25
Stitcher Radio told to “stop stealing our shows” by...

The popular podcast app Stitcher Radio has been accused of stealing content from Podcast One, which claims to have the exclusive rights to some of the content streamed by the app. Podcast One has cited a long list of shows it says Stitcher has no right to use, including Adam Carolla, Clark Howard, Dan Patrick, Carcast, The Dr. Drew Podcast, Rich Eisen and Yahoo! Sports Radio … 

Podcast One CEO Norm Pattiz said that Stitcher had ignored requests to cease streaming its content.

“You can’t just steal content without permission. Podcasting is breaking through big time, not only with consumers but with advertisers as well. I see new players coming into the market, all touting technology that will allow them to grab podcasts for their subscribers. Let this be a...

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07:21
Susquehanna Raises AAPL Target to $135 on Strong...

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso raised his 12 month target price for Apple's stock from US$120 up to $135 on Tuesday in response to continued high demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to his research, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is so high that Apple simply can't make phones as fast as consumers buy them.

The Mac Observer Spin: Demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hasn't dropped off since their introduction in September, and we're just now entering into the busiest shopping season for the year. Apple's real problem this holiday season won't be selling iPhones, it'll be making enough to meet demand.


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07:14
Apple crosses $700 billion market cap milestone,...

Apple stock ($AAPL) crossed yet another momentous milestone for its financials, hitting $700 billion market capitalization as the stock ticked over $119.65. At a pre-split price, this tallies $837.13. The stock last peaked in late 2012, when it topped out in the mid $650’s. That’s a $50 billion increase from two weeks ago.

Through 2013, the price tumbled over investor doubts about new product categories and Cook’s leadership. In recent months, though, $AAPL stock has returned and surpassed its 2012 highs. The reduction in shares due to Apple’s buybacks program has been more than offset than share price growth, off the back of the company’s strong earnings and forecasts.

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07:09
Apple's Market Capitalization Hits Record $700...

Apple's stock continues its strong recent performance, hitting another milestone today with a market capitalization of $700 billion and once again setting a new standard as the highest market cap in history before pulling back slightly. The mark comes less than two weeks after Apple's market cap passed $660 billion to set its first new high in two years.

The company's market capitalization has doubled since Tim Cook was named CEO in August 2011.

Apple's stock is up nearly 60 percent over the past year and up 24 percent since the company's October 16 media event, which was followed just days later by a strong earnings report. Looking forward, Apple is expected to show blockbuster iPhone sales for the holiday quarter, and Wall Street is anticipating continued strong performance into 2015 as Apple looks to add yet another product category to its mix with the Apple Watch.

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07:08
Daily Deal: Get the ilumi LED Smartbulb for only $79

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up ilumi, the world’s smartest LED lightbulb, for only $79. This colour tuneable LED smartbulb can be controlled and programmed wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, allowing you to adjust colour and brightness on the fly. You can also choose from one of several amazing built-in programs to experience even more advanced lighting scenarios. ilumi also provides features such as alarms, location triggers,…

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07:03
News: Steve Jobs biopic picked up by Universal,...

Following news last week that Sony Pictures had decided to drop Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic, sources have told The Wrap that Universal Pictures will now be picking it up. Sony reportedly dropped the movie due to shooting scheduling issues around director Danny Boyle and newly attached star Michael Fassbender, however the picture now appears to be back on track with Universal’s involvement. The film is expected to highlight Jobs’…

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07:00
BlackBerry offering iPhone owners up to $550 to...

BlackBerry is trying to woo unhappy iPhone owners (is there such a thing?) and is using a cash bonus to encourage them to switch platforms. This new "trade-up"program is part of the company's recently announced holiday deals.

According to BlackBerry...

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06:58
First Look: MOS Kick Stand + Tripod Mount

Made from solid steel and billed as "the world's smallest, pocket-size stand and tripod mount" for iOS devices, MOS's new Kick ($35) is a very low-profile option designed primarily for holding iPhones upright for photography purposes. Measuring around 2.8" long by 1.2" wide by 0.35" tall at its largest points, Kick includes a circular screw hole for attachment of a self-supplied tripod, plus a screw-tension adjustable groove that holds your iOS device. The groove is padded with three thin sheets of rubber, and can be tightened around the edge of your device if you want to hold it closer to 90 degrees than on a reclining angle. Kick also has a triangular keychain attachment point and a bottle opener on the sides, both a little on the sharp side for something you might toss into a pocket. While Kick can be used as a stand and does have enough weight and strength to hold a bare iPad Air 2, it's definitely on the fine edge of tablet compatibility, and best suited to smaller devices.{/...

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06:57
Wristband Heads Off Password Headaches


Has software glut got you down? Do you reuse passwords because creating unique ones for all your online accounts would cause a memory overload? If your answer to those questions is yes, you may be interested in a bit of jewelry called the "Everykey," by a startup with the same name. Everykey is a wristband that, combined with software and the cloud, removes the need to remember the countless log-in credentials we use every day. What's more, it will work with electronic locks, too -- like car doors.

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06:48
Bushel Goes Into Invitation Mode!

Yesterday the Bushel team finished some new code. This code allows you to refer your friends to Bushel! This skips the codes that everyone was waiting for and lets people create accounts immediately!

From your home screen, click on Invite Friends. Or from the Account screen, scroll down to the section that says “Invite friends to join Bushel”. From here, you can post codes to Facebook, Tweet codes, post codes to LinkedIn and even email them.

We’re not going into general availability just yet. But we’re definitely making it easier long-term to sign up and use Bushel! We hope you love it as much as we do!

Since we’re still architecting how these final screens look, the final features and stress testing the servers, also if you’re testing the system please feel free to fill out our feedback form...

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06:45
New iPhone 6 ads push gaming, Continuity features

Apple has premiered a pair of new iPhone 6 ads (below), continuing a series starring the voices of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The first, "Gamers," depicts the pair playing the MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title Vainglory, used in some previous Apple marketing as well. The ad touts the speed of the A8 processor in the 6 and 6 Plus....



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06:44
Apps: PopChar X, Arq, Voila
06:42
Apple reaches record breaking $700 billion market...

Shares of Apple reached another major financial milestone on Tuesday, crossing the $700 billion market capitalization threshold just after trading began on Wall Street.

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06:31
iMazing 1.1 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!) regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to; it's music copy how you always wished it could be, without limitations or restrictions
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps and your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files (or progress in a game) or for copying the app as-is to another iOS device
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system
  • Use your iOS device like an external drive
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to your...

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06:25
Retailers w/ iBeacons have upper hand this holiday...


The latest stats from Swirl Networks, the company behind a number of beacon deployments at high-profile retailers, shows that shoppers in the US are embracing Bluetooth beacons and along with it Apple’s iBeacon framework for app developers sending location sensitive notifications to users. More specifically, data collected from the company’s beacon deployments in recent months shows that beacons are influencing the way we shop with more than half engaging with the feature and many redeeming beacon offers when making purchases. 

“This...

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06:23
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and...

MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple.

The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage.

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06:23
News: Handbrake updated to 0.10, adds new encoders...

The popular open-source video conversion tool Handbrake has been updated to version 0.10.0, incremented from 0.9.9. Long the tool of choice for converting videos to iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV formats, the latest update adds several new general-purpose encoders such as H.265 and VP8, allowing Handbrake to be used to convert DVDs and other source videos to a wider variety of target formats and devices. A number of improvements have also been made…

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06:22
iPhone 6, 6 Plus owners cite easily scratched screens

Just as soon as “Bendgate” seemed to die down, a number of iPhone 6 owners are complaining that their screens are receiving slight surface scratches more readily than the screens of previous models, some alleging flaws in material and design.

According to AppleInsider, multiple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have taken to Apple’s Support Communities forum to report issues with the handset’s display cover glass, which they claim is more prone to scratching than previous iPhone models.

The thread, now at over 103,000 views and 626 replies, started on Sep. 23 with user jake.underwood26 saying his iPhone 6 Plus exhibited visible scratching near the...

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06:21
Apple Cuts App Store Pricing in China to Spur on...

It's being reported in China today that Apple has a new campaign to grow its App business. Apple has reportedly cut its US 98 cent minimum down to ...

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06:14
Apple Highlights Continuity, Gaming in New iPhone 6...

Apple released two new iPhone 6 commercials Monday evening featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The ads highlight Continuity's ability to send and place phone calls through the iPhone via an iPad or Mac, and collaborative gaming, too.


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06:13
Jurassic World
06:06
Briefly: Moleskine iPhone 6 case, Landscape 1.2

Moleskine has announced the release of an iPhone 6 case, featuring style attributes of its simple notebook. The black case features a book style cover, held closed by a Moleskine elastic band, and its inside front pocket can store an extra small Moleskine Volant journal, as well as business cards, credit cards and more. Its interior includes padded suede lining, and inner rubberized shell keeps the iPhone 6 protects while still allowing access to all ports, buttons, speakers and cameras. Priced at $37, the Moleskine iPhone case is available online....

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06:00
Apple rolls out two new subpar iPhone ads: "...

Apple yesterday began airing two new iPhone ads, one dubbed "Gamers" and another called "Reservations." Like previous iPhone 6 ads, Apple's new commercials are voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. And while these ads are slightly better than...

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05:42
Why Mark Cuban opposes net neutrality

Mark Cuban is frequently painted as provocative and adversarial. He’s a big personality, but he’s also smart and savvy. Cuban is also one of the more outspoken critics of net neutrality, laying out his arguments in an interview with the Washington Post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
Aaron Sorkin-led Steve Jobs biopic transfers to...

The Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs biopic is now in Universal’s hands.

And Michael Fassbender is set to star as Steve Jobs.

Per AppleInsider and Variety, Following Sony’s surprise exit from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s film about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Universal Studios has reportedly picked up the project with actor Michael Fassbender tapped to take on the lead role.

As rumored last week when Sony dropped backing for the project, Universal has taken the reins of the film based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” reports Variety. A subsequent report claims Universal paid $30 million for...

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05:28
Sources cite “deep organizational issues” as reason...

This could be the reason you’re not seeing iCloud develop as quickly as it could be.

Per 9to5Mac, The Information has published a report that claims “deep organizational issues” within Apple are holding up iCloud development and complicating products. The cloud-based service, which helps keep data in sync between iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs, reportedly lacks from a centralized iCloud team at the Cupertino-based company.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was particularly keen on the idea of iCloud, a platform that he introduced shortly before his death in late 2011. Jobs had a particular interest in keeping photos, one of the most highly shared forms of media, in sync between devices. Yet, over three years...

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05:28
∞ Two new iPhone commercials

Apple continues its string of iPhone commercials that feature voice work by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

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04:56
PopChar X 7.0 - Floating window shows available font...

PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection.

With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

Expanded accessibility
Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen.

Interface advantages
PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach.

Liberating compatibility
No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X integrates seamlessly.

Smarter searching
PopChar X's seasoned search...

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04:37
Kool Tools: NEC 27-inch MultiSync PA272W

NEC's 27-inch MultiSync PA272W (http://tinyurl.com/mdbp6wd) is a great desktop display for working with color accurate applications. Its GB-R LED backlight provides 99.3% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Plus, it's available with a SpectraViewII Color Calibration Kit, which features software and a colorimeter to provide automated monitor matching and calibration for accurate, consistent and repeatable color performance

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04:30
Base of 802.14.4-enabled devices to exceed two...

The installed base for 802.15.4-enabled devices is forecast to increase almost fivefold over the next 5 years, rising from just under 425 million today to over 2.1 billion in 2019, finds ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"The low-power, low-cost, mesh networking capabilities of 802.15.4 networks make them the primary wireless technology choice across a number of different vertical markets including home, building and industrial automation, smart metering, and home entertainment," says Andrew Zignani, research analyst at ABI Research.

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04:30
Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' app is...

In case you shook it off as NBD and forgot, Taylor Swift recently released an app called The Taylor Swift Experience to accompany her latest music video. Actually, it’s called "American Express Unstaged: Taylor Swift Ex...", because it’s so ridiculously AmEx-branded that there’s not enough room on the App Store for the full title to be displayed when you search for it.

Here’s my two-second recap of American Express’s Taylor’s app, for those of you who don’t want to bother downloading it:

  • 360-degree views of the rooms of the mansion in which Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video was filmed
  • Tap on glowing doors to see more rooms
  • Tap on random objects to see them up-close (this is super boring, I promise)
  • Occasionally see Taylor Swift dancing with/throwing things at her guy
  • All while “...
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04:28
Hands On: Improvox (iOS)

Until recently, the average person could not get their hands on pitch correction software. The software had a tendency to cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars and required an engineering degree to use. However, there has been a surge of software available to everyone in the last few years. Among these is ImproVox is available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch and ImproVox by developer MuseAmi, a clever app that puts a simple recording studio in your hands....



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04:17
Apple Granted 25 Patents Today Covering Camera...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 25 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three distinct inventions. The first is for a possible future MacBooks with Wi-Fi + Cellular capabilities that may also support a phone call app. The second invention envisioned an audio user interface like Siri as far back as 2003 ...

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04:07
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.

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03:04
Think Retro: When Apple packaging made the hard sell

Today, every one of Apple’s products comes in a clean white box. They’re barely decorated, just a picture of the product that nestles inside and some apologetically light grey text tucked away in a corner detailing specs and mandatory regulatory information. It was not always thus; here’s the box one of my Newton MessagePads came in.

Yes, of course I kept the box.

For a child of the ’80s like me, that style of photography—moody, low-lit, with shafts of light picking out form and texture—is still desperately exciting. And even as a kid, I was excited about the idea of working, of business, of being productive, so the kind of language and lifestyle you see in the pictures was terribly beguiling. (I’d like to blame the ’80s for this too, with its emphasis on self-improvement and free market economies, but maybe I was just a weird kid.)

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Monday November 24

23:16
BlackBerry offering up to $550 for your iPhone...

Itching to “trade up” from your iPhone to a shiny new BlackBerry Passport? Thanks to BlackBerry’s latest promotion, you’ll be able to do just that. The program will let Passport buyers get up to $550 in credit towards the new device when they trade in an iPhone 4s or higher.

In order to get the full amount, you’ll need to trade a brand-new iPhone 6 (or presumably a 6 Plus, though it’s not specifically listed on the chart). The trade-in value for each device is actually much lower (ranging from $90 to $400), but shoppers buying a Passport will get a “top-up” worth an additional $150.

If, for whatever reason, you’d like to take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to wait just a few weeks. The program goes into effect on December 1st and runs through...

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23:00
Universal officially takes over Jobs biopic,...

As a follow-up to a story we reported on last week, Universal Studios has officially bought the rights to the Steve Jobs biopic already in pre-production from Sony, which had placed the project in "turnaround" on Thursday. Universal is said to have paid Sony $30 million to transfer the picture to the latter's control, retaining director Danny Boyle and reportedly confirming actor Michael Fassbender to play the lead role. There is still no firm announcement on when shooting will commence....



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22:36
Apple responds, points out flaws in AAA study of...

Apple has issued a statement criticizing a study conducted by the University of Utah for the American Automobile Association in October that rated Apple's Siri (and other naturalistic voice-command virtual assistants by proxy) as "the most" distracting in-car task compared to just driving, adjusting the car's radio or temperature, or using built-in car navigation or infotainment systems. In its response, Apple points out some serious flaws in the study, including the fact that it deliberately avoided using the driving-specific Siri Eyes Free or CarPlay options....



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21:16
City of Cupertino, Apple share new photo of Campus 2...

A new photo of the construction site of Apple Campus 2 has been posted to the City of Cupertino's official website for the project. Multiple structures can now be seen taking shape -- mostly support buildings, while infrastructure and progress on the "moat"-like tunnel system around or under the main building continues. There has been no update to the overall schedule for the project of late, suggesting that things are moving along on the revised schedule that will see the main building ready for use sometime late in 2016....



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20:59
OneNote 15.4 - Free digital notebook from Microsoft...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.4:

  • Bug fixes



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20:26
Early Black Friday: Apple's current 15"...

Though Black Friday remains 3 days away, multiple Apple Authorized Resellers on Monday began releasing aggressive door busters on current, 2014 MacBooks and iMacs, all of which can be paired with exclusive deals for AI readers offering free accessories, discounted or free AppleCare and significant tax-savings.

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20:01
Universal Studios takes over Steve Jobs biopic,...

Following Sony's surprise exit from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's film about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Universal Studios has reportedly picked up the project with actor Michael Fassbender tapped to take on the lead role.

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19:40
Universal Studios Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Steve...

Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs.

Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start shooting in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available to shoot. Sony, however, wanted to shoot a little later, which would have...

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19:39
TMO Giveaway for Arcsoft Simplicam Winner

Earlier today we chose a winner for our giveaway for an Arcsoft Simplicam-Arcsoft is a sponsor of The Mac Observer, so please check them out. TMO member Chantallation was randomly selected from the comments in the announcement, having squeaked in just under the entry deadline. Congratulations to her for entering, and thanks to everyone who registered!


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19:07
Parallels Desktop 10 Black Friday bundle: 1Password...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Starting this evening and running through Black Friday weekend, Parallels is running a special bundle of Mac apps for free when you upgrade to Parallels 10 for $49.99 or buy it new for $79.99. The bundled apps 1Password password manager, Camtasia screen recorder, CleanMyMac 2 file organizer/remover, Gemini file de-duplicator, Acronis True Image backup and restore software and a 2 year subscription to Parallels Access which allows you to run parallels VMs remotely on iOS and Android devices. Not a bad deal at all of you need any of these other apps.

Parallels 10...

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19:01
Hands On: Acky's Breakout Reloaded (Mac, iOS,...

Vintage gamers and arcade cabinet enthusiasts are likely to remember Arkanoid, which was a riff on a game called Breakout. The aim of the game was to clear a board of all of its bricks by using a paddle to bounce a small ball against them. At first, the game primarily showed up on arcade cabinets. The various remakes have shown up for just about every platform since. One such game is Acky's Breakout Reloaded by Isotope 244....



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18:58
Apple's latest iPhone 6 ads focus on Continuity...

Apple on Monday released a pair of commercials starring iPhone 6 spokesmen Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, one covering iOS and OS X Continuity features and another highlighting the handsets' gaming capabilities.

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18:33
Apple Releases Two New iPhone 6 Ads: '...

Apple today launched two new ads featuring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are once again voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and highlight features like the iPhone 6's gaming capabilities and its ability to relay phone calls to Macs and iPads.

In the first humorous ad, entitled "Gamers," the focus is on the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with the ad showing off the recently released multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory. "The A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level. I mean if you're into that kind of thing," says Fallon, before bantering with Timberlake about the gameplay.

The second ad, entitled "Reservations," highlights Continuity and the ability for the iPhone to relay calls to Macs and iPads. "Did you know you can use an iPhone 6 to make a call from almost any...

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18:21
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Frontier Heroes – A...

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Apple debuts new iPhone TV spots featuring...

Apple premiered two new TV ads for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tonight featuring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The first of the two, “Reservations,” shows off iOS 8’s new Continuity features that allow users to place phone calls from any iCloud-connected device.

In the ad, Timberlake uses a Mac and iPad to call Fallon’s iPhone, while Fallon answers the calls in a phony French accent.

In the second ad, “Gamers,” (below), the pair plays of iPhone-based MOBO ...

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18:03
My Take Control Of OS X Server Book Now Available!

Thanks to all the awesome work from Adam and Tanya Engst, Tidbits announced today that my Take Control of OS X Server is now available! To quote some of the Tidbits writeup:

Some projects turn out to be harder than expected, and while Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” was one of them, we’re extremely pleased to announce that the full 235-page book is now available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket versions to help anyone in a home or small office environment looking to get started with Apple’s OS X Server.

As you’ll likely remember, we published this book chapter by chapter for TidBITS members, finishing it in early September (see “‘Take Control of OS X Server’ Streaming in TidBITS,” 12 May 2014). Doing so got the information out more quickly, broke up the writing and editing effort, and elicited reader comments that helped us refine the text.

Normally, we would have moved right into final editing and...

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17:57
T-Mobile, FCC reach agreement to help inform data...

US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests....



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17:30
Apple Claims 3 of Time’s Top 10 Gadgets for 2014,...

Time magazine released its Top 10 lists for 2014, including Gadgets, Video Games, and Toys. Apple claimed a full 30 percent of the Top 10 Gadgets, and one of those gadgets-Apple Watch-isn't even shipping yet.


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17:30
Daily Deals for November 24, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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17:14
Thoughts of Thanksgiving for All That Is FOSS


Well Thanksgiving week is upon us here in the land of stars and stripes, and in anticipation of all the social events soon to besiege us, more than a few Linux bloggers have been practicing keeping their favorite barstools warm down at the blogosphere's Punchy Penguin Saloon. How chilly would those stools get if we were all flitting here and there from this party to that? It would be truly unkind. Much better to stay put and keep to ourselves in a comfortable place where inane small talk is frowned upon.

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16:52
Chase debuts new TV ad promoting Apple Pay...

Megabank Chase has aired a new TV commercial featuring the band Bleachers using a Chase Freedom credit account to purchase a variety of items and services ahead of a rooftop gig in Los Angeles -- with the difference being that the band members used their iPhones and Apple Pay instead of their credit cards. A representative from Chase told AdAge that representatives from Apple were involved in the creation of the ad, but asked mainly that the Apple Pay be shown in realistic situations....



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16:21
Pad & Quill [Sponsor]

Pad and Quill, a Minneapolis based company, began as an idea on a napkin in 2010. Starting with 4 prototypes, a barter to paint our web designers deck and a Paypal account to track orders, Brian and Kari began shipping cases from their basement and since they have grown to a business selling tens of thousands of unique hand crafted products a year.

Initially riding the Apple iOS wave, Brian and Kari (Mr and Mrs PQ) sought to bring to market iPhone and iPad cases crafted from organic materials such as leather, Baltic birch wood and buckram linen book cloth. Over time, the celebration of the craftsman, the accentuation of natural beauty and the delight of their customers solidified as the core values of the company,...

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16:15
iPhone 6, 6 Plus owners complain of easily scratched...

A growing number of iPhone 6 owners are complaining that their recently-purchased handsets are exhibiting slight surface scratching not seen with previous models, with some alleging flaws in material and design.

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16:07
Black Friday 2014: 4 Best iPad Deals

Considering an iPad as a Christmas gift? Kelly is on the case, and found the best (confirmed) deals on new iPads, as well as when you need to show up to get in on the insanity action.


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15:56
9to5Toys Last Call: Toshiba 1TB Portable HDD $45,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $45 shipped (Reg. $75)

Apple 32GB iPad mini 2 w/Retina display:...

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15:54
Lollipop's Encryption Takes a Hefty Toll


The new full-disk encryption feature that's enabled by default in Android 5.0 Lollipop comes at a hefty price in terms of performance, according to a recent benchmark report.
In fact, when full-disk encryption is enabled, random read performance drops by 62.9 percent, while random write performance falls by 50.5 percent, AnandTech reported late last week. Sequential read performance, meanwhile, drops by a whopping 80.7 percent. The bottom line is "serious negative implications for device performance in any situation where applications are reading or writing to disk," the report concludes.

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15:30
No CNN, the iPhone 6 is not better than a...

CNN is committed to asking the hard hitting, need to know, questions that haunt everyone. The big questions, like is the iPhone 6 camera as powerful as CNN's multi-thousand dollar professional TV camera? The answer will probably not surprise you,...

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15:20
Square Wants to Bring Apple Pay to Small Businesses

Square wants to support Apple Pay, a move that would allow even small businesses to accept Apple's new payment solution. Calling using Apple Pay "a great experience," Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company is focused on allowing merchants to accept as many payment options as possible.


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15:19
Job Listing Points Towards Apple's Continued...

Over the past several years, Apple has expressed an interest in both virtual reality and augmented reality, and has applied for a number of patents related to both technologies. The company has explored a goggle-like video headset that would possibly allow for 3-D viewing, much like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it's looked into a motion-sensing virtual 3D user interface for iOS devices, and it's explored 3-D "hyper-reality" displays.

While many companies are following in the footsteps of Oculus VR and have...

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