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Saturday November 22

14:25
FoundSounds for iPhone

My sincere thanks to FoundSounds for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week.FoundSounds is a unique new mobile app blurring the line between a social network and a collaborative art project. The premise is simple: if you find a sound you like, record it and share it with the world. Recordings are geotagged, and you can browse them by scrolling through a timeline or exploring a map. You can also construct sound collages that create intriguing sonic geographies. If enough sounds have been recorded in your area, consider taking a sound walk, which allows you to listen to recordings made near you. Walking past a concert venue would allow you to hear previous performances from that location, while passing by a new building would trigger the sounds of its construction. The vision of FoundSounds is to create a space where people can listen to sounds they might not normally hear. FoundSounds...

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13:30
Swipe N Clean: A low-cost and efficient iOS photo...

Swipe N Clean (US$0.99) is a new full-featured photo editor for iOS that is easy to use and can be a one-stop app for many iOS photographers.

The app contains 75 filters, tools for cropping, adding text and emoticons, and basic controls for...

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11:51
How to make the most of Apple's HealthKit in...

After a rocky start, Apple's built-in Health app now integrates with numerous activity tracking services and hardware to bring all your fitness data into one place. Here's a primer on how to best take advantage of the new wellness platform.

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11:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Extra storage, ultra rugged...

Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in between

This week's roundup of new iPad cases comes with a collection of great options for those who want ruggedized protection—and a few classic alternatives for everyday use.

Encase

The Leather-Style Doodle (iPad Air 2; $27) makes your tablet stand out with a trendy doodle design engraved right on its cover.

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09:29
Apple Invents Secrets-based Security Measure...

According to a New York Times report published this week, a particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013. In a mid-January security report published by Cisco, they claimed that ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices. And while security firms have tried to sully Apple's iOS reputation for not having malware with reports about the recent Masque attack, Apple responded quickly. They also noted that they "…designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software." This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals systems and methods for a security measure that prevents ...

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Print wirelessly from iOS device

Sometimes you may need to print something from your iOS device. In this how-to article I will discuss how to wirelessly print from your iOS device.

First of all you need an AirPrint compatible printer. Apple does not make printers. Brother,...

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08:04
Target claims no responsibility for 'Black...

Five banks are suing retailer Target over the infamous "Black Friday" data breach in a federal lawsuit. In a hearing yesterday before US District Judge Paul Magnuson, Target claimed that the bank's losses weren't the retailer's fault, as it happened at the point of sale in many stores that it claims it was not responsible for, as opposed to a central failure in corporate data services, so the Minnesota and US Plastic Card Security Act provisions don't apply....



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07:32
∞ MythBusters’ brilliant take on Gorilla Glass

Watch as MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take on Gorilla Glass, the super strong glass that protects your mobile phone.

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07:30
Deals: Free Apple Magic Trackpad and 25-100% off...

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver substantial deals ahead of the Black Friday frenzy, AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's Authorized Resellers to give away a free Apple Magic Trackpad with every MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and non-Retina iMac that also comes bundled with deeply discounted 3-Year AppleCare plans.

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.


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07:16
U.S. Judge Signs Off on Apple's e-Book...

According to a new report published this morning, a US judge has signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. The settlement ...

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07:00
Caturday... or is it Bunday?

What's neither a cat for Caturday or a dog for the Dog Days of Summer? If you're John-Paul and Nicole Clough of Oxford, England, it's a rabbit for "Bunday"! John-Paul says:

Just sending this on the off-chance, as you seem to have been a bit short of...

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06:49
Aereo officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

They fought a hard battle, but Aereo is officially giving up on their massive antenna farm idea.

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06:40
FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by '...

US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said that there is a specific reason why the regulatory group is taking its time with the net neutrality discussion. Speaking at a meeting on Friday, the chairman said that caution was prudent, and that the agency needs to "make sure that we understand what is going on here." Referring to Verizon, AT&T, and the other major Internet providers, he added that "the big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out."...



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06:29
Digital Scientists Promote Rately Browser for...

Tom Klein, CEO of Digital Scientists, recently moderated the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Retail Society’s Panel on Location-Based Experiences featuring leaders in the field of proximity sensing / location-based technology. The first presentation at the event was made by Apple's Sr. Systems Engineer Orlando Luna on Apple's beacon technology. Our report covers the basics of the presentation and an overview of the Rately Browser for iBeacon Shopping.

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06:29
Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday a U.S. federal judge approved a settlement in the Apple ebook price-fixing case that could see the technology giant paying $450 million. $400 million of that would go to the roughly 23 million consumers thought to be affected by the price fixing, and the rest would go to lawyers. Though the case is now settled, the dollar amount is not necessarily final — an appeals court still has to rule on a previous verdict. If the appeals court finds in Apple's favor, then the total settlement drops to only $70 million. If they find against Apple, then it's the full amount. "The settlement appeared to reflect fatigue by Apple, the Justice Department, state attorneys general and class-action lawyers eager to conclude a case that has dragged on, largely because of delays by Apple."

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Dueling Tablets, a Smart Scale, and...


Welcome, dear readers, to our weekly look at the latest, greatest, and poorest gadgets to be revealed to the world. Hark as yours truly extols the virtues and horrors of two wildly different tablets, a smart kitchen scale, and video games requiring patience, among other objects. Don't shovel dirt on Nokia as a manufacturing brand just yet. It's not like the planet needs another well-known consumer gadget maker whipping up Android tablets, and yet here we are. I just have to question why in heaven's name Nokia thought it wise to make the N1 look just like an iPad.

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05:30
Flipping Dice: Don't flip out

Flipping Dice(free) is a Match 3 type of game where players flip 24 dice, trying to get up to six of the same numbers in a row. Players can tap on individual dice or tap in the middle of two dice to flip the die and reveal a different number....

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02:51
Review: BrydgeAir keyboard makes your iPad Air feel...

iPad Air 1 & 2 owners looking for a quick and easy way to turn their tablet into a MacBook-style, lap-friendly portable computer need look no further than the new backlit BrydgeAir keyboard -- a well-built, well-designed productivity accessory.

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Friday November 21

21:01
Last call: 18 hours left to get the lowest prices...

Exclusive 3% discount coupons from MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers additional discounts -- and the lowest prices anywhere -- on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pros will expire for the year in less than 18 hours.

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20:04
Cobook 3.0.7 - Intelligent address book. (Demo)

Cobook Contacts is an intuitive, engaging address book.

Solve the problem of contact management with Cobook Contacts and its simple interface and powerful syncing and integration possibilities.

Keep your contacts:

  • Organized with tags. A simple tagging system means finding particular contacts is as easy as can be.
  • Automatically up-to-date. Keep your contacts up-to-date by syncing them with Facebook, Twitter, or Xing profiles.
  • Within reach. Quickly access your contacts from the menu bar on your Mac or on your iPhone or iPad with the iOS companion app.

Note: Cobook is free to download, but contains several in-app purchases which extend its functionality, so we've listed it as a demo.



Version 3.0.7:

Fixes:

  • Searching for social profile with accent no longer crashes the...

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19:33
Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS)

For those who would welcome robot overlords, Carrot, by Grailr, promises to keep you on task! We've all been there; those days when absolutely nothing seems to get done. But what if there was a to-do list that actually encouraged the act of doing things. Wouldn't that be helpful? After all, most to-do lists are little more than polite and easily forgotten suggestions of what should be done. Supposing, however, that there was an app that actually pushed people to get out there and do them? Well, as it turns out, there is....



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18:29
Review: Jawbone UP 24, a smart fitness band that...

The Jawbone UP bracelet has been on the market for three years receiving improvements every year. The Jawbone UP 24 received a major update: Bluetooth LE. Initially to sync the data onto the phone, the user had to plug the band into the phone’s headphone jack and wait, typically about fifteen seconds, for the data to sync into the app.

Now, since the UP 24 has Bluetooth LE capabilities, it is compatible with the iPhone 4S and later, the fifth generation iPod Touch, the third generation iPad and newer as well as the iPad Minis. Jawbone has made the UP 24 to be compatible with Android phones. Bluetooth LE allows the band to automatically connect...

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18:27
Macintosh pirate flag reincarnated as art, for sale...

Former Apple designer Susan Kare, who created famously distinct icons for the original Macintosh operating system, is selling through her online shop reproductions of the pirate flag that flew over the Mac team's building in 1983.

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18:21
Square, Sephora, Tickets.com, Disney app add support...

In addition to today's announcement by Square that it will bring support for Apple Pay to its app and systems early next year, a number of other merchants have also unveiled Apple Pay support or are planning to soon. Venues that utilize Tickets.com as their online ticket provider, for example, have now adopted support for Apple's iPhone 6-centric payment method, and some apps will soon be offering an Apple Pay option for online purchases....



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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

Effects Studio [iOS...

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17:52
Apple will pay $450M—or, maybe just $70M—to settle e...

More details are now public about the deal Apple reached in June to settle claims that it engaged in price-fixing in the e-book market. That settlement was approved by a federal judge on Friday. It's an unusual one, in which Apple essentially bets the outcome in its class-action lawsuit on the outcome of another case.

In 2011, Apple got sued in a class-action case, where a class of e-book buying consumers was ultimately joined by attorneys general of various states. The Department of Justice also came after Apple for price-fixing, and the government won that case in 2013....

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17:47
Apple’s A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6...

When Apple debuted the A8 processor that would be used in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it appears the company decided to omit one big detail: the chip, according to a new discovery by the developers behind the app WALTR. Using that app, they found that it was possible to load 4K videos onto an iPhone 6. Not only that, but the device managed to play it back without any issues.

Of course, there’s not much of a reason to actually load such high-res video onto an iOS device at this time. Neither iPhone 6 has a high enough resolution to actually display the full quality image, and the files are so huge that it would be impractical to keep them stored on...

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17:27
A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K...

The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively.

4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW.

Image via iFixitThe discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren't supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app...

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17:09
Briefly: Spotcam launches, Satechi's 10-port...

Cloud-based video system Spotcam, has announced the debut of its home surveillance system with remote access. Featuring a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with two-way audio, users can view live or recorded footage of their home or office to ensure that all is secure while away. The Spotcam system is accompanied by a free 24-hour loop of stored footage, aiming to provide an affordable alternative to more elaborate security systems. Spotcam's camera features 720p resolution and a 110-degree wide angle lens, with proficiency in low-light conditions as well as night vision capacity. Spotcam can be set up on...



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16:30
Battle enemy robots with your own in Ironkill

Ironkill is a fighting game between warrior robots that you get to build and fight. There isn't much of a storyline but there doesn't have to be, it's all about the action. Travel across the world to fight while building up your skills, upgrading...

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16:12
Apple's A8 SoC reportedly capable of 4K video...

According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are able to play back 4K video thanks to the powerful A8 system-on-chip, suggesting a future Apple TV model equipped with the same silicon would offer support for ultra high definition programming.

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15:57
Apple Makes ‘Things for iPad’ Free for a Week

Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.


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15:47
Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust...

Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a settlement between Apple and class-action plaintiffs over antitrust claims regarding iBooks. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay the class $400 million in damages for price fixing in the ebook market, while lawyers get $50 million.

The Mac Observer Spin: And meanwhile, the company that actually has more than 60 percent market share of the online retail book market and ebook market rolls on. Nice work, DoJ/Judge Cote.


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15:44
NotCompatible Mobile Malware Gets Badder


A new version of the NotCompatible malware, which first appeared in 2012, is bigger, badder and pretty much indestructible, Lookout Security reported. And it can compromise corporate networks, thanks to the BYOD trend. The malware, called "NotCompatible C," focuses on Android devices. "Given this is an Android Trojan and the app is not trusted by Google, it would need the 'Unknown Sources' special permissions to install," said Malwarebytes analyst Armando Orozco. "So users just have to not install apps from untrusted sources."

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15:33
Re/code kills comments on its site

The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

I’ll admit, I’ve considered this too.

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15:30
European parliament to ask for break-up of Google

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance. It has the backing of the parliament’s two main political blocs, the European People’s Party and the Socialists.

Wow.

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15:30
Daily Deals for November 21, 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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15:18
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can play 4K video

Apparently, the new iPhones can do it right out of the box.

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15:17
Microsoft highlights lack of new Siri features to...

Microsoft on Friday released a short ad bashing lack of enhancing Siri when it released the latest iPhone 6 models, expectedly touting Windows Phone-based Cortana virtual assistant technology.

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15:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: American flags, Adidas,...

Flags, pockets, and pouches

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features patriotic themes and elegant leather solutions for your favorite handset.

Fine Art America

The Washington Crossing (all iPhone models; $40) immortalizes painter Emanuel Leutze’s Washington crossing the Delaware on a hardshell case.

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15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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15:00
Automate Your Advertising with iAd

Leverage the updated iAd Workbench API to automatically create and update ad campaigns, retrieve analytics and manage bids directly on iAd Workbench. You can now promote products in more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. Learn about the iAd Workbench API.

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14:54
100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99 [...

If you're giving or getting stuff for the holidays, you're going to need batteries. Enter today's deal, because you can get 100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell batteries for $59.99. That's enough batteries for every remote in the house-even the ones you have no idea what they go to. Every toy, every gadget, and every laser pointer. With this deal, you can power them all. The retail price on this pack is $160, but the deal ends later today. So, you know, giddy up! [Update: this deal rolls over to a new seven day counter once it expires. - Bryan]


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14:38
This week’s Apple Pay arrivals: Sephora, tickets.com...

Apple is steadily rolling out more support for banking and card issuer partners since first launching its new Apple Pay payments service last month. The other part of the equation is retailers and app developers supporting the service and this week saw the rollout of additional support including announcements from Sephora, venues that utilize tickets.com, and the Disney Store iOS app. In addition, Square is today confirming that its previously announced under development bitcoin and NFC capable register will arrive with Apple Pay support sometime in 2015.

Sephora: Today marks the launch of Apple Pay in Bay Area stores and its Lexington, Manhattan store,...

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14:30
Set a new record of adware annoyance with geographiQ...

I have downloaded and used a lot of apps over the years and have seen a number of interesting attempts to get me to buy a paid version or make in-app purchases. I'm completely OK with that, as long as it isn't too intrusive. This little quiz app sets...

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14:21
Here’s a look at the earliest version of the Apple...

If I told you about a touchscreen smartwatch with a crown-driven interface and a UI based on circles (despite the square display) that can allow you to view your contacts, calendars, and more, you’d probably have a pretty good idea what I was referring to: the upcoming Apple Watch.

But actually, you’d be wrong. I’m really referring to the 2001 WatchPad from IBM, seen in the video above. It seems Apple’s latest creation isn’t nearly as original as they’d hoped.

Maybe IBM should take out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal saying “Welcome, Apple. seriously.”

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, IBM, smartwatch, watchpad...

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14:18
Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.


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14:14
Password managers on Android wide open to sniffing...

Dan Goodin for Ars Technica:

As already alluded, the threat stems from the use of the Android clipboard, which acts as a temporary cache for text that is being copied and pasted, either within the same app or from one app to another. Android has no official programming interface that secures the clipboard. By design, its contents are available to any app installed on the phone, from the highest privileged banking app to one with no privileges at all.

Android wins.

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14:13
9to5Toys Last Call: Seiki 40″ HDTV w/ USB $200, The...

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:

Seiki 40″ 1080P LED HDTV w/ USB & 3 HDMI inputs: $200 shipped more

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13:45
Why Every Estimate for Apple Watch Sales in 2015 is...

Estimates for sales of a product that hasn't shipped yet are tricky business. It requires some serious work with the right kind of candidate customer surveys and some shrewd mathematical analysis. Then, uncertainties must be calculated and presented. John Martellaro isn't seeing any of that.


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13:34
Judge approves Apple's $450 million e-book...

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle a class action lawsuit regarding e-book price fixing leveled by 33 states and territories.

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13:30
‘Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender Released for...

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It's here. It's finally here! Ironhide Studios released Kingdom Rush Origins. That sound you're hearing is my holiday week vanishing in a puff of extended iPad tapping. Seriously, the Kingdom Rush franchise are my favorite iPad games, and each addition gets better. Established as a prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins is a tower defense game. With the help of a mobile hero, the player sets up towers to defend paths from an invading force. It's tons of fun, with new tower types, new heroes, new monsters, and assumedly a new final boss. The iPhone version is $2.99, while the "HD" iPad version is $4.99 (I recommend it on iPad). You can easily play without making any in-game purchases.


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13:30
Exclusive: The iPhone 6's A8 chip can play 4K...

The iPhone 6 is an incredible device capable of wonderful feats, like shooting 4K video as long as you have the right app. Sadly you can't watch 4K video on the iPhone 6, right? It turns out that's not actually the case. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can...

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13:13
Apple granted final approval for $450 million ebooks...

Following preliminary approval it received in August, Apple has been granted the final court approval it needed in its $450 million ebook settlement, according to a Reuters report.

During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called an “unusual” accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company’s appeal of a ruling finding it liable for antitrust violations is unsuccessful.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote previously expressed concern over the proposed settlement citing a clause in the agreement that she called “...

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13:06
Judge approves $450M e-book settlement between Apple...

[Updated with additional background information, details on "escape clause"] Federal court Judge Denise Cote has approved Apple's $450 million e-book suit settlement offer with US states. The agreement, proposed in June, will settle allegations made in 33 states and territories, with $400 million potentially reaching customers affected by the "price fixing conspiracy." The agreements only settles the states' complaints, with the publishers' settlements remaining discrete. However, Apple may have an ace up its sleeve on the deal -- in the form of a "vindication" clause....



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13:00
Ecamm introduces Call Recorder for FaceTime

Ecamm Network has made a name for itself with some really great Mac products over the years, things like Printopia, an app that makes it possible to turn any Mac or PC attached printer into an AirPrint-compatible powerhouse. Now the company has just...

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12:42
Why Uber’s long PR nightmare will end in a user...

Uber is in advanced-stage damage control mode to prove to the world that it actually cares about your privacy, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. The
good news for you: The end result will be a strict privacy policy crafted by a company so scared of running afoul of regulators and potential users that it
will elevate standards for the entire industry.

Uber’s public relations crisis, which began with an executive threatening to investigate a journalist’s private life in retaliation for a critical column, has snowballed into a user
privacy debacle that has even Sen. Al Franken raising questions.

To read this...

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12:32
Briefly: Evernote 6.0, Bushel device management...

Evernote has released a major update for its OS X app, bringing support for Yosemite. Over-all performance speed has been improved, introducing a redesigned interface with a lighter color theme, and new icons. Users now have more control over tables they create, with new color and style customizations available. Notes can be searched for via OS X's Spotlight function, and sending notes to others can now be done while remaining in the app. Many bug fixes and crashing issues have also been resolved in the latest app iteration. Evernote is free to download, with premium subscriptions available....



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12:20
Microsoft's New TV Ad Mocks Siri &...

Microsoft has flipped in trying to compare their digital assistant Cortana with Apple's Siri as a reason to consider purchasing a Microsoft phone. The second question posed by Microsoft's digital assistant to Apple's Siri is this ...

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12:18
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Users Experiencing Issues With...

The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos.

Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours ago, suggesting the issue may be on YouTube's end.

I installed Yosemite on my iMac (20-inch, Mid...

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12:15
Another Bleak Black Friday for Apple Fans


Apple is a company that bucks trends, that does things its own way, that manages its business through highly tuned cycles. One thing Apple barely does at all, though, is offer any sort of special deal or sale price. Not even on Black Friday. Or Cyber Monday. Or just because. Heck, when Apple celebrated 25 billion App Store downloads, it gave one person a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. At 50 billion App Store downloads, another $10,000 gift card. That was pretty exciting and fun.

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12:14
Microsoft’s new Cortana ad mocks Siri for lack of...

Microsoft has released yet another Cortana advertisement that mocks Siri for lacking contextual reminders and real-time traffic reports. Microsoft pokes fun at the personal voice assistant by claiming that it “just got bigger,” a sarcastic reference to the larger screen sizes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Perhaps the Redmond-based company is overlooking all of the new features Siri gained in iOS 8.

This is far from the first Siri vs....

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12:03
How to Batch Rename Files in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

In Yosemite, you no longer need third-party tools to rename multiple files at once. Josh Centers explains how.

 

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been reminded how essential Office 365 has become to leading organizations in many different fields. In higher education, universities are using tools such as Excel and Power Bi for Office 365 to make data-driven decisions that can improve performance and competitiveness, help with funding, and support accreditation. Healthcare organizations are using Office 365 to transform their cultures, improve collaboration, and increase customer satisfaction. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor are the most recent...

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12:00
Dark Hearts brings back iOS-only horror

Last year Hooked Digital Media released Haunting Melissa, a serialized horror movie that was exclusive to iOS. Earlier this week the group released the sequel, Dark Hearts, which picks up where its predecessor left off. There's more creepy goodness...

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11:59
Apple Filed for Three Trademarks in Europe and China...

Patently Apple has discovered today that Apple filed for three trademarks in Europe this week, with one already showing up in Hong Kong's trademark database.

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11:33
Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad...

Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have.

In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger."

Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations.
Siri: Yes, I got bigger.
Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give reminders based on who calls or texts?
Siri: No, I got bigger.
Cortana: How about traffic alerts? Can you tell people to leave early based on traffic reports?
Siri: No, seriously, I just got bigger.
Cortana: That's okay....

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11:31
Manual iCloud.com photo uploads now available to all...

After spending a few weeks in developer-only beta testing, the new iCloud.com photo uploading feature is now available on the Web to all Apple users with iCloud accounts.

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11:24
Some Safari users experiencing severe YouTube...

Users are starting to chime in on Google and Apple's support forums about a sudden incompatibility with video hosting service YouTube. Some users of OS X 10.10.1 are complaining that YouTube videos with leading advertisements either fail to load, play a discordant sound with no video, or crash Safari itself. Firefox and Chrome are not affected by whatever is causing the problem....



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11:22
News: Apps of the Week: Sago Mini Road Trip,...

{image1} New Games Sago Mini Road Trip ($3) — Sago Sago’s latest game, Sago Mini Road Trip, lets children take an adventurous — but leisurely-paced — drive with Sago’s Jinja the cat. Sago Mini Road Trip slightly expands on the usual concept of Sago Sago’s games, letting kids pack a suitcase and pick which vehicle they want to drive across a road filled with bridges, puddle, mud holes, and more. You can stop and fill your gas…

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11:19
iCloud Photos upload support for images added to...

In addition to updating iCloud.com with support for eight new languages when using iWork for iCloud, Apple has also turned on the ability to upload photos to iCloud Photos from the web. Upload support for iCloud Photos on the web was previously rolled out to the beta.iCloud.com site at the beginning of this month. Video uploading currently isn’t supported by either version of the iCloud site..

iCloud Photo Library was announced earlier this year at Apple’s developer conference and introduced to users as...

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11:17
Forums: Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8 with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all....



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11:11
Bushel: The Device Enrollment Program (DEP) In Action

Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short) allows you to automatically setup devices with the settings you need on devices that your organization purchases. In Bushel, we give you the ability to link an Apple DEP account up with your Bushel account. This allows devices to add themselves automatically to your Bushel when the devices are activated. We tend to think this is the coolest thing since sliced bread and so we want to make sure you know how to use the feature.

Setup Device Enrollment Program in Bushel

To get started, log into your Bushel and click on Devices. Here, click the button for Device Enrollment Program.

Download your certificate and go to deploy.apple.com and log into your Device Enrollment Program account. Click on Manage Servers in the Deployment Programs sidebar....

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11:00
This 1950s Motorola radio works wirelessly with your...

Bose, Beats, blah blah blah, it's all the same crap; Give me the classic, tin can tone of mid century radio hardware any day. If you don't need your music to carry through a half dozen walls and pierce the ears of your neighbors across the street,...

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10:46
iCloud.com Photos App Gains New Uploading...

Following two weeks of testing on the iCloud beta site for developers, the consumer-facing iCloud.com site has gained support for uploading images to iCloud Photo Library (via iFun.de [Google Translate]).

Before the addition of the new uploading tool, the standard iCloud.com site allowed users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but it did not have a tool to allow users to upload photos captured with non-Apple devices.

New toolbar with upload support on iCloud.com site at top, previous iCloud.com toolbar on bottom
The new...

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10:44
FunBITS: Overglide Pushes the Limits of iOS 8 Widgets

Overglide dares App Store reviewers by putting a game in Notification Center. But is it worthy of a place there?

 

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10:42
Review: Pad and Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad...

It’s always refreshing to see iOS accessory makers doing something different and Pad & Quill leads the pack in this area. With handmade cases crafted from linen, leather, and wood, it’s hard to go wrong with this simplistically elegant spin on cases.

Lately I’ve been using Pad & Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad Air 2 and it’s changed my mind about “premium” cases. There’s something beautifully different about the craftsmanship and it’s created from materials that are designed to last, but not without a steep entry price for some…

The Contega...

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10:42
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-21

With Google and Rockstar Consortium reaching an agreement in their patent infringement fight, the big question is what does this mean for Apple? Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's possible interest in the deal, plus they have something to say about what impact cutting the price of a Beats Music subscription could mean for the company and artists in the music industry.


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10:30
Square to accept Apple Pay next year; Tickets.com...

That drum beat you hear is the sound of more merchants and payment getting on the Apple Pay bandwagon. Today we've heard via AppleInsider and CNN that Square will be supporting Apple Pay in 2015, and from Patently Apple that Tickets.com is starting...

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10:18
Apple officially announces iAd expansion into...

Earlier this week news leaked that Apple would begin offering automated purchasing of mobile ads by advertising agencies through its iAd program when one partner ad company accidentally published a press release early, and today Apple has officially shared the full announcement regarding iAd’s “move into programmatic channels.” In addition to Rubicon Project, Apple shared that it is partnering with various “demand-side platforms (DSPs) and ad tech companies” which include Accordant Media, Adelphic, AdRoll, GET IT Mobile, MediaMath, and The Trade Desk.

Apple says its expansion in programmatic channels is made possible thanks to iAd’s updated API which allows partners to use their own...

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10:12
News: Square plans to accept Apple Pay in 2015

Mobile payments company Square is working toward accepting Apple Pay for transactions through its system by some time next year, according to a new report from CNN Money. Although Square offers its own payment sending service in the form of Square Cash, the company is primarily focused on providing a mobile merchant solution, and the ability to accept Apple Pay would be a logical fit. Square’s current hardware is only designed to support swiping…

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10:01
AirParrot 2 adds Chromecast mirroring, media server...

Squirrels has released AirParrot 2, a major upgrade to its AirPlay-based screen- and media-sharing software. The new version enables full-screen mirroring to Chromecasts, including audio. Full-screen mirroring was previously limited to a rough beta in Google's Cast plugin for Chrome....



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10:00
This dude wants to smash an iPhone so bad he...

There have been plenty of times in the past decade where I've wanted nothing more than to smash my computer monitor, keyboard, smartphone, or some other piece of technology that was causing me momentary distress. Those moments usually pass quickly,...

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09:59
Intel acknowledges that they're Still Paying...

Don't Count Intel out Just Yet: During Intel's Investor conference held yesterday, they noted that they were on track to exceed its goal of seeing its chips used in 40 million tablets by the end of 2014...

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09:30
Shipment times for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus start to...

​Shipment times for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handset in the US are improving with most models shipping in less than 10 days. The only configuration that is still constrained is the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, which still has a target ship...

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09:25
Square Announces Plans to Begin Accepting Apple Pay...

Speaking with CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey confirmed that the payment processing service will support Apple Pay in the coming months, bringing Apple Pay to small business owners. In the interview, Dorsey reiterates his opinion that he does not view Apple Pay as a competitor and wants to add the mobile payments service as an available option for Square users."We're not building a credit card. We're not building a payment device. We're building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments," Dorsey told CNN in an interview. While the existing Square Reader can process credit card payments via an iPad or iPhone, the hardware is not equipped to handle the wireless transactions required...

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09:23
Keeping Up with the Snoops 7: Too Many Snoops

Josh Centers brings you up to date with all of the latest surveillance news, including a setback to NSA reform, fake cell towers in airplanes, and some unusual legal opinions.

 

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09:19
StatsBar 1.9 - Monitor system processes from the...

StatsBar gives you a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the following areas of your Mac:

  • CPU usage
  • Memory usage
  • Disk usage
  • Network and bandwidth usage
  • Battery power and health (MacBooks only)

Monitoring these stats allows you to easily keep a check on your Mac's health and performance.

Additional features:

  • Memory Clean feature to free up used RAM
  • Run the app either in menubar mode or dock mode
  • Customizable hotkey support to quickly launch the app
  • Program app to launch at login
  • Opacity control (can toggle the transparency of the app)
  • Anchor button to keep the app locked on screen and above all other programs
  • Gorgeous Retina graphics

Please email us with your suggestions and feedback!



Version 1.9...

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09:14
Apple officially begins selling automated iAds in...

Apple and a series of partners officially announced on Friday that the iAd network is now accepting "programmatic" mobile advertisement purchases, in a change that brings Apple in-line with other ad services.

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09:03
Hands On: Hungry Squid (iOS)

It's not unusual for everyone to be looking for the next popular iOS game. We've seen it with the many clones of Angry Birds, FlappyBird, and 2048. While no one will deny that these games are fun, sometimes a user might crave something with a little more thought and care behind the design. That's where Hungry Squid by Michal Malewicz comes in, promising to enchant those who play it....



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09:01
Evernote 6.0

Redesigns the user interface and brings the new Work Chat feature to the Mac App Store edition. (Free, 61.8 MB)

 

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09:00
Introducing a new feature in Access 2013 web apps—...

It’s just the nature of shipping software in a services world with Office 365—when we hear your feedback, we can respond with new features that fill your needs. In the case of Access 2013 web apps, one of the most frequent feature requests we heard from customers was the need for an easier way to view their web app data in Excel. Currently, the process for viewing your Access web app data within Excel involves many steps.

We’re proud to announce that a new feature called, “Download in Excel” is available to all of our Access 2013 Office 365 customers, which makes this process much simpler. The changes are on the server side which means you do not need to update your Access client program at all. This update is available for customers using Office 365 with Access Services so look for this feature soon within your web apps and try it out.

How does the Download in Excel...

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09:00
AirParrot 2 launches: introduces Chromecast support...

AirParrot enables you to stream your OS X desktop to AirPlay destinations like Apple TV. If that functionality sounds a bit familiar, it might be because Apple added desktop mirroring to OS X a while after AirParrot first debuted. AirParrot managed...

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08:57
Square plans to begin accepting Apple Pay with new...

Though many viewed them as competitors, Square and Apple Pay will link up in 2015, as the point-of-sale service is working on a new cash register that will accept Apple's NFC-based payment system.

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08:54
AirParrot 2 brings Mac & Windows screen...

AirParrot, the app that lets you send your desktop display to an Apple TV-connected TV, is today releasing version 2 with Chromecast support and number of other new features. Sure, you can mirror your Mac’s display to an Apple TV using Apple’s built-in AirPlay feature, but AirParrot provides features beyond what Apple offers and also support for screen mirroring from Chromebooks and Windows. Today’s release makes it the first to enable full screen mirroring support to Chromecast with audio support and more. 

Version 2 of AirParrot, available starting today, brings support for screen mirroring to Chromecast, something that was previously only available as an experimental (and buggy) feature of Google’s Chrome plugin for Chromecast. AirParrot is technically the first app...

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08:53
Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent...

Google's fight over patent infringement claims from Rockstar Consortium is coming to and end thanks to a deal the two struck earlier in November. The filing went public this week, but it doesn't offer up any details about what Google agreed to as part of the deal.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's been interesting watching this case play out because, for once, Apple is on the other side of the patent troll claims - at least to a small degree. Rockstar Consortium is a non-practicing patent holding entity, although its investors do get to take advantage of the patents in its portfolio.


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08:52
Chase Offers Apple Pay Users Free David Guetta Songs...

Credit card issuer and major bank Chase has been one of the highest profile Apple Pay partners since the service was announced in September and launched one month ago. This weekend, the bank has launched a plan to entice more Chase Visa card holders into Apple Pay with a free early-access music download.

From November 21-23, users who add a Chase Visa card into Apple Pay will receive exclusive early access to fourteen songs off of David Guetta's new album "Listen." Apple Pay users can receive their iTunes Store redemption codes through the Chase app, which received an update today that is required for the Apple Pay promo to appear.

The new album from Guetta officially launches on Monday, and is currently...

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08:30
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 4; twice as tough and...

Corning, which supplies Apple with millions of durable iPhone screens every year, announced yesterday the impending arrival of Gorilla Glass 4. Gorilla Glass 4 may not be as scratch-proof as sapphire, but it's just as well because cracked iPhone...

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08:00
Flickr Find: Menacing Darth Vader threatens to sever...

Darth Vader threatens to cut the power supply for Yoda's mighty iPhone slab, while the Jedi master calmly looks on in this Lego minifig scene created by Flickr member Jim Petcoff. Wonder what revenge he has planned to thwart the power-hungry Darth...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Get The Panther Spy Drone UFO with Video...

{image1} Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Panther Spy Drone UFO for only $110 – that’s 55% off the normal price. A large stunt-ready quadcopter, the Panther boasts a 4.5 channel radio control to allow you to seamlessly maneuver forward, backward, up and down, rotate and coast laterally, and the built-in 360-degree flip stunt mode lets you pull off smooth loops with the press of a button. With the included camera you can also capture…

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07:38
Apps: Evernote, Airmail, Firetask
07:33
(Black) Friday Deals: And so it begins!

Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays and now every Monday until the end of the year, aims to provide you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, early deals from retailers from the comfort of your home, without going near the intimidating (and likely plague-ridden) mass of shoppers. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at...



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07:28
Citadel Trojan Adds Keylogging to Arsenal


Cybercriminals are using a new version of the dangerous Citadel Trojan, which has been employed to attack the financial and petrochemical industries, to compromise password and authentication solutions, IBM Trusteer has reported. The new version begins capturing keystrokes, or keylogging, when some processes are running. It was discovered on a server that already had been infected when IBM Trusteer Apex was installed -- it's not clear how the machine became infected.

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07:26
Tickets.com has launched Apple Pay Integration

Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has officially announced that it has launched the first venue ticketing integration with support for Apple Pay ...

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07:22
Acrosync announces an rsync client for Mac OS X that...

Acrosync has released Acrosync for Mac, a new rsync client with a graphical user interface (GUI) that also supports Dropbox-like automatic upload and Time Machine style incremental backups.

Acrosync for Mac is a folder synchronization tool based on the rsync protocol, so it can sync with any computer or device that has rsync installed, such as Mac and Linux computers, NAS boxes, and VPS or dedicated servers, or even rsync storage providers. Users may connect via SSH or Rsyncd and much more.

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07:17
Chronos updates Greeting Card Shop for Yosemite to...

Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop 2.0, an update of the app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X Yosemite.

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07:07
Streaming TV service Aereo files for Chapter 11...

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, following the high-profile shutdown of the service via a ruling from a New York court. The cloud-based TV rebroadcasting and DVR service made the filing just under two weeks after it was forced to lay off a large number of employees at its Boston New York offices, with little chance of resurrection....



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07:01
Cyberduck 4.6 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.

Version 4.6:

Features

  • Support PAC files for proxy configuration (Mac)
  • Add support for buckets in region eu-central-1 (Frankfurt) (S3)
  • Support authentication signature version AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 (S3)
  • Improved error...

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07:00
The Audioengine B2 Bluetooth speaker has premium...

There are oh so many Bluetooth speakers out there. Little plastic ones that sound tinny, larger battery-operated speakers that you can take with you and improve the sound quality.

In a departure from the small and the portable is this new speaker...

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06:46
News: Google settles patent litigation with Apple’s...

Google has come to an agreement with patent consortium Rockstar to settle all pending litigation, Reuters reports. Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, a Texas federal court filing made public on Monday indicated that the two companies have agreed to settle “all matters in controversy between the parties.” The Rockstar group, consisting of Apple, Microsoft, and Blackberry (formerly RIM), among others, successfully outbid…

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06:45
Existing Apple suppliers say GT Advanced promised...

In the wake of the collapse of sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies, longtime members of Apple's supply chain have characterized the iPhone maker as a tough but fair partner who offers component makers a chance at success, provided they take proper precautions.

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06:44
Apple Blocks Flash Player 15.0.0.223 Over Security...

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent Adobe's Flash Player 15.0.0.223 and earlier, along with Flash Player 13.0.0.252 and earlier, from launching. Apple blocked the plugin from running because of security vulnerabilities, and is showing Flash users a dialog with a link to Adobe's downloader site so they can install an up to date version of the multimedia player.

The Mac Observer Spin: New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.


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06:22
Split between iPhone 6 and Plus models settled down...

While constrained supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus initially meant the 4.7-inch model was outselling its larger 5.5-inch brother by a ratio of 6-to-1, three different sources are now all reporting that the current ratio has settled down to 3-to-1.

Above Avalon notes that Mixpanel, Fiksu and Baidu/Umeng data all tells the same story – even in...

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06:20
iWork for iCloud gets new languages, minor feature...

The iCloud edition of iWork has received a number of updates, primarily the addition of new languages. Pages is now usable in Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese; Arabic and Hebrew are bidirectional. Keynote and Numbers, meanwhile, have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese....



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06:13
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.

Version 2015 (Service Pack 5):

Note: This service pack is a full product install. Uninstall your existing Maya 2015 software before installing this service pack.

Animation Character

  • BlendShape : Targets disappear after file save and reopen
  • Fixed combine...

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06:04
iWork for iCloud Updated with Eight New Languages,...

Apple today updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote and were first reported by German blog Macerkopf.

New iCloud languages include French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Arabic (Pages only) and Hebrew (Pages only) with Pages receiving 8 new languages and Number and Keynotes now supporting six. Apple also expanded the number of available fonts, adding 50 new font types that improve the creative options available to users as well as add support for the new languages. Other changes include a revised main toolbar that now allows users to easily change the name of a document and other-app specific improvements like the ability to undo the deletion of section breaks while editing in Pages.

Apple...

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06:00
Clothespin piano lets you play music on your iPad

iOS developer Adam Kumpf had a problem -- he wanted to play piano on his iPad, but there was no physical piano keyboard attachment. Instead of merely lamenting about the issue, Kumpf used his engineering know-how to design his own keyboard using...

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06:00
iOS 8: Using “Send Last Location”

Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.


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05:54
Everything Google knows about you (and how it knows...

Google is in a position of tremendous trust and responsibility. Not sure I can think of any other company that comes close.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:54
Evernote 6.0.1 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients



Version 6.0.1:

New features:

  • Sleek new design inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Work Chat: a new way to share and collaborate in Evernote
  • Share notes and notebooks in-app
  • Give view or edit permission when you share a single note
  • Chat with individuals or groups about things you're working on
  • See when others are viewing or editing notes in your account and start chats with them...

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05:47
No, you can’t manufacture that like Apple does

Interesting take on some design elements that require economies of scale that Apple, and almost no other manufacturer, can afford.

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05:39
Wish List: Handoff for iTunes and music

Automatic music handoff from one device to another is on my wish list too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:33
Apple’s iCloud Photo Library: A quick how-to guide

Know the difference between iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream? Katherine Boehret, writing for re/code, walks you through the basics. Good read.

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05:30
Apple adds new languages to iWork for iCloud,...

Apple's Web-based iWork suite was updated Friday with new languages for Pages, Numbers and Keynote, expanding international support for the beta iCloud productivity apps.

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05:30
Friendly competition on the slopes by using Lines

We had the first big snow storm of the season and some ski resorts are already open and others are getting ready for the season. That means you and your friends need to be preparing for the first ski trip of the winter. As part of you preparations, I...

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05:25
iWork for iCloud updated with eight new languages,...

Apple has updated its iWork for iCloud web-based productivity suite with eight new languages, the ability to rename documents in the editor and a few minor additional enhancements.

Pages gets all eight new languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish – including bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew. Numbers and Keynote get all but Arabic and Hebrew … 

All three apps gain the ability to rename documents from within the editor, more than 50 new fonts and the ability to move & resize chart legends, as well as to drag wedges from a pie-chart. Pages now also allows...

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05:01
iPhone 6 shipping times improve from 10 to 7 days...

It may be a bit easier to get your hands on an iPhone 6 for Christmas.

Per MacRumors, a number of readers have reported improved shipping times for the iPhone 6 handset, with the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers now carrying a shipping estimate of 7 to 10 days in the United States. Shipping estimates for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers have also seen improvement, going from 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks.

While shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have improved, shipping estimates for the harder-to-find 128GB iPhone 6 Plus remain at 3 to 4 weeks, suggesting the higher-capacity model is the most constrained.

Apple is also seeing improved supply of the iPhone 6, and the 16GB device now has a shipping estimate...

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04:59
NYTimes: Malicious software said to spread on...

This New York Times article calls out a specific piece of malware, but there appear to be many others:

A particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013, according to an estimate by Lookout, a San Francisco mobile security company that has been tracking the malware for about two years.

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04:50
Hands On: Neato (iOS)

At this point, there's a good chance that most iPhone users are using their devices to quickly jot down notes and reminders on the fly. It's extremely convenient, especially since most people keep their phones on them nearly all the time. However, there are times when a user has so little time to take notes, that going through the process of unlocking their phone and digging for the app they need is simply too cumbersome. That's the exact problem that Neato, by Mohammad Khoman, is trying to remedy....



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04:47
From one gift come many

That’s the new tag line for the Apple Store’s front page.

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04:23
The latest contender for your automated kitchen: the...

I’m a big fan of home automation gadgets – right down to my kettle – but even I would have thought a smart frying pan was a bit of a stretch. Seems not: a Kickstarter campaign for the $199 Pantelligent pan is almost fully-funded.

Frying pans have barely changed in thousands of years, but Pantelligent is the next evolutionary leap in the kitchen: a frying pan that actually helps you cook. Pantelligent has a temperature sensor inside it that communicates...

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04:10
DEVONthink and DEVONnote updated with iCloud Drive...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

Version 2.8.2 of all editions of DEVONthink fully supports indexing files and folders stored in iCloud Drive. An additional script indexes all user-generated folders on iCloud Drive without manually adding folders or documents to the database. Users can install it with a single click from the built-in Support Assistant.

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04:09
73% of organization says BYOD creates greater...

Kensington (www.kensington.com), which makes computer accessories such as locks for computers and mobile devices, has announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise.

The findings show 73% say that BYOD represents greater security risks for their organization. Yet 59% still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

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04:09
73% of organization says BYOD creates greater...

Kensington (www.kensington.com), which makes computer accessories such as locks for computers and mobile devices, has announced findings from a North American survey on the security risks created by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in the enterprise.

The findings show 73% say that BYOD represents greater security risks for their organization. Yet 59% still approve the use of personal devices for business usage.

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04:08
Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce DS-520 scanner

Epson's US$399.99 WorkForce DS-520 sheet-fed scanner (www.epson.com) boasts speeds of up to 30 ppm/60 ipm, so is a fine solution for business users. The compact scanner features a robust software package, including Epson Document Capture Pro, advanced color and image adjustment capabilities and OCR.

In addition, TWAIN and ISIS drivers allow for compatibility with the document management software users prefer. The WorkForce DS-520 scans both sides of one sheet in just one pass and holds up to 50 pages with its built-in ADF.

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04:07
calibre 2.11 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager.

Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



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03:58
iPhone app predicts whether you’ll like the beer or...

Sure, there are shopping apps out there that will read the barcode of a product and let you know whether you could buy it more cheaply online, but someone has now tackled a far more more important issue: will you actually enjoy that bottle of beer or wine you’re eyeing up in the store?

Next Glass is a free iPhone app that uses your own personal taste preferences to predict how likely you are to enjoy a beer or wine you’ve never tried before. If you’re buying for a dinner party or other social occasion, you can link to friends using the same app and it’ll show you how much they’ll like it too … 

The ratings are based on what the developers claim is a deep analysis of the chemical make-up of each drink.

Next Glass has tested tens of thousands...

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Thursday November 20

17:05
SwiftKey Adds Languages in iOS Without App Store...

Replacement iOS keyboard SwiftKey has updated the languages available, but didn't have to go through the App Store to do so. Kelly explains how SwiftKey can update without releasing an update.


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16:53
Apple Reportedly Plans Cheaper Beats Music in iOS in...

Apple is working behind the scenes to secure better pricing for Beats Music customers before including it as a service in iOS in 2015. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the plans," The Financial Times reported that Apple is looking for a retail price of US$5 per month for subscribers, while record labels are holding out for a higher price.


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15:54
Apple Offers Current and Past National Book Award...

Apple is currently promoting the 2014 winners of the National Book Award in the iBooks Store. The company is offering the four winners of this year's award for US$9.99 and $10.00. Past winners are also included in the promotion, and they start at $4.99.


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15:25
Apple Changes App Store ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

Apple has changed the wording for free and freemium apps-where once the download button said "Free," it is now labeled "Get," as shown in the screenshot below. Apple didn't announce the change, but it seems likely the change is part of Apple's efforts to comply with tighter European Commission rules governing the way Apple, Google, Amazon, and other market "free" apps.


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15:08
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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14:30
Create Holiday and Other Calendar Subscriptions in...

It's not hard to set up some personal and work calendars on your Mac and iPhone. But there's a whole lot more you can do with calendar subscriptions. John Martellaro shows you how to get your calendar in the holiday mood.


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14:05
Doxie Go Portable Scanner: $139

Scanner. Remember when they were a thing? If you were a real computer geek, you needed one. And the more space it took on your desk, the more impressive it was. Then digital camera became a thing, and the number one activity we used scanners for-scanning printed photographs-became a quaint relic packed away with our FAX machines. But there are still things we need to scan. Receipts, contracts, the award your kid got for doing something nifty at school, that photograph of your great grandmother everyone in the family wants a copy of, but the negative might well be a slab of glass lost at the turn of the previous century. Anyway, enter Doxie Go! Nancy Carroll Gravley reviewed it for us, and through today's deal, you can get one for $139 (it retails for $199). Snap it up, because the deal expires in five days.

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13:47
Mac: Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub

“No, no, no,” you said when you saw Satechi’s 7 Port Aluminum Hub on iLounge + Mac earlier this year. “Seven extra USB ports for my Mac is not enough. I must have 10 ports.” If that plea sounds familiar, consider yourself lucky: Satechi heard you and is ready with a solution. Bear witness to the new 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub ($65), an even larger hub with a downright wacky collection of 10 ports in a row. Look…

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12:22
Review: IvySkin Renegade for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

{image1} {image2} {image3} {image4} IvySkin’s Renegade offers solid protection and a nice fit for both of Apple’s newest iPhones. The button coverage is well done, and the port cutouts are precise, though the Lightning port hole may not leave enough space for some third-party cables. Renegade’s included glass screen protector, though optional to use, is a nice bonus. The only thing we’re not really crazy about is the design…

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12:15
Review: Infinity Infinity One Wireless Speaker

{image1} {image5} Infinity One has a gorgeous body — we think it’s one of the nicest speaker designs we’ve seen in quite some time. A black cylinder, it has a heavy aluminum body coated with a ceramic finish. It’s roughly 9” from end to end, 4” in diameter, and 2.75 pounds. Though it’s thick and water-resistant, we wouldn’t take this thing out for a hike. The passive radiators are exposed, and we scuffed…

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12:14
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-20

It's iTunes smack down day on Daily Observations, but not for everyone. Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they don't - or do - like about iTunes 12, what they'd like to see change in Apple's media manager app, why iTunes has evolved into the conglomeration it is today, and more.


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08:57
News: Corning announces Gorilla Glass 4

Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 4, the latest version of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Version 4 promises “dramatically improved performance” against drops on rough surface such as jagged streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, as screen breakage is “the #1 consumer complaint, according to Corning’s research.” Corning promises that the new version of Gorilla Glass…

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08:24
Review: Twelve South PlugBug World iPad/iPhone...

Once again, PlugBug World adds a 2.1-Amp USB charging port onto any MacBook, 10W iPad or 12W iPad power adapter, matching their thickness and style, albeit with glossy red plastic rather than white. PlugBug World is a little taller than PlugBug, but otherwise very similarly designed. Although Apple’s 12W iPad adapters offered more powerful 2.4-Amp output for faster recharging of power-hungry third- and fourth-generation iPads, newer (and older)…

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08:14
Goodbye iTunes, WALTR Uploads any Media File to your...

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats - such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV - to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.


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07:11
Daily Deal: Stay Warm & Connected This Winter...

{image1} We have two great iLounge Deals today to help you stay warm and connected while braving the winter weather. First up is TRNDlabs’ Knitted Touchscreen Gloves for only $19 – that’s a savings of over 60%. These ultra-comfy double-layered gloves are designed to be thick enough to keep out frigid winter winds while still allowing you to easily reach into your pocket and pull out your iPhone. Rubber material on the palms also help…

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07:08
First Look: G-Project G-Go Outdoor Wireless Speaker...

Also referred to as "New G-Go," G-Project's second-generation G-Go ($60) offers steps up in size and performance from the recently-released G-Drop. G-Go is a waterproof, ruggedized speaker that's roughly the size of a milk carton and loaded with twin speakers rather than G-Drop's one. It's supposedly more powerful than the original version, though Powered by either an included AC adapter or four self-provided AA batteries, it has rubberized controls…

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06:51
News: Report: GT Advanced struggled with sapphire...

A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals some interesting background on the breakdown between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, pointing to the problems and challenges the erstwhile sapphire supplier faced in trying to meet the terms of its agreement with Apple. Apple originally began using sapphire last year for the iPhone camera lens and Touch ID sensor, and after having success with the material, began looking for a larger supplier that…

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06:34
Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire,...

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.


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Wednesday November 19

19:46
DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill...

The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.


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17:36
ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK...

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.


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14:04
Public Betas: BusyContacts and PartySnapper Need...

If the word "beta" gets your attention, Kelly has a couple of suggestions for projects in public beta you might want to check out. All the usual beta disclaimers apply, but if you like to live dangerously, read on.


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13:25
TMO Giveaway: Arcsoft Simplicam Home Security Camera

I am pleased as punch to announce a giveway for our readers today. Through our sponsor Arcsoft, you can register to win a Simplicam, the company's Wi-Fi-powered home security camera. All you have to do is post a comment in this article letting us know you'd like to win.


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12:50
Review: Pelican Protector for iPhone 6 and Voyager...

{image2} {image3} Protector is a fairly standard co-molded case, but that’s a good thing. The case has very good button coverage and responsiveness, appropriate port cutouts, and a substantial lip on the front of the case for screen protection. Protector feels solid without adding a lot of heft, though the design is a bit bland. {image4} {image5} {image6} There’s a bit more to say about Voyager for iPhone 6 Plus. The two-piece case is…

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12:30
iBank 5: Dr Mac Can Finally Say Goodbye to Quicken

I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.


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12:18
Review: STM Flip for iPhone 6

Flip will hold no more than two cards — you might be able to fit a third card, but then the cover won’t close as easily. We did find the two small suction cups worked very well for covering the phone’s screen when not in use. The plastic shell in the folio is about what you would expect, offering no button coverage or port protection. Though the case is lightweight, one could also argue it’s a bit flimsy. Pet owners should beware:…

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11:02
Review: Griffin Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

While we now feel that wallet folio cases deserve some recognition for being more useful than standard folio cases, Griffin really tiptoes along that line with Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two tight card slots certainly won’t fit any more than one card each, and the shell inside is so minimal that we’re concerned about protection — even more concerned than we normally would be with a folio-style case. We’re not…

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10:44
News: Report: Apple plans to integrate Beats Music...

Apple will integrate its Beats music subscription service directly into a future iOS update, according to a new report from Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the report notes that the inclusion of the paid Beats service in an iOS software update could happen “as early as March” of next year. Although Apple has in the past debuted new services such as iBooks and Podcasts as standalone apps with their own update…

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10:37
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-19

Thanks to unsavory comments from Uber executives, there's a new interest in knowing what personal information companies may be keeping. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about leaving our personal data in the hands of online companies, why it's important to keep on top of what information is being stored and shared, and why deleting an account doesn't always mean your personal information gets deleted, too.


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09:19
First Look: SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller

We've got our hands on SteelSeries' soon-to-be-released second iOS controller — Stratus XL ($70). Whereas the original Stratus was a small Bluetooth controller with a retail price of $100, the new Stratus XL is larger — hence the name — and is $30 cheaper. The controller retains the same number of gameplay sticks and buttons, but has a new shape with extended handles in addition to its larger size. Like the recently released C.T.R.L.i and Micro…

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08:07
Daily Deal: Go paperless with the Doxie Go Portable...

{image1} Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Doxie Go scanner for only $139 – that’s 30% off the normal price.  Doxie Go allows you to go paperless and get organized, scanning everything from bills and receipts to reports, drawings, business cards, photos, and more – wherever you are with no compute required. You just need to charge it up, turn it on, and scan away. Doxie can later sync your scans to your Mac or PC where…

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07:53
Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support

Adobe is making it easier for Aperture users to transition into Lightroom with its just released version 5.7 update. That's good news for Aperture users since Apple is killing off the product next year when it releases an OS X Yosemite version of Photos.


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06:53
Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

GT Advanced Technologies is shutting down the Mesa, Arizona factory where it produced synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, but the iPhone and iPad maker has different plans. Apple told city officials it plans to repurpose the factory which will save some jobs, but hasn't said yet exactly what the factory will make next.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple following through on its plans to keep the Mesa factory open because that will help keep jobs in the area. It'll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for the facility because it most likely won't be making sapphire glass.


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06:40
News: Apple plans to ‘repurpose’ Arizona...

Apple plans to continue supporting manufacturing operations in Arizona despite the failure of its sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, earlier this year. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has been speaking with officials in Mesa, Arizona and reiterating its commitment to bring jobs and manufacturing to the area. Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady noted in a recent interview that Apple wants to repurpose the building used by…

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Tuesday November 18

14:34
QCut Custom Fit Women’s Jeans

If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can beâfraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (...

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13:21
OS X Updates Disable Mail Plugins, MailPluginFix...

Apple has a tendency to toss in updates to its own native apps as part of system updates. This can sometimes break your carefully crafted email system, particularly if it contains plugins unhappy about a new version number. Kelly has an idea to help you get back on track.


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12:52
Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

Check out the LithiumCard AIR, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and iPad (or other device). It has a thickness of five credit cards, but delivers up to 2 amps of power, which is what an iPad requires. It has a micro-USB port and a Lightning port, and it charges via its own USB port. It can also charge itself and your device at the same time. The LithiumCard AIR is priced at $39.99 through our deal. It's regularly $60.


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11:59
Guardians of the Galaxy Available in Apple’s iTunes...

It's scientifically impossible to get too much Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very good thing because it's now available for rent and purchase on on Apple's iTunes Store. For US$19.99, you get the movie in HD, plus extras like deleted scenes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes details. Bonus: You also get an exclusive look at Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. If you saw GotG in the theater, you know why you need to buy it now. If you missed it, here's your chance to redeem yourself.


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11:30
Apple Releases WatchKit, Urges Developers to Make...

Apple announced the release of WatchKit on Tuesday, the set of APIs that allows developers to make apps for Apple Watch. WatchKit is being included with the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, which was also released on Tuesday.


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10:58
News: Apple announces WatchKit software tools...

Apple has announced the official availability of its WatchKit SDK for iOS developers. WatchKit provides developers with the tools to design apps for the new Apple Watch, and is being released today so that developers can begin preparing for the new wearable device when it ships next year. The new software development tools will allow third-party developers to build apps for the watch which will let users respond or take action from the watch, or get…

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10:34
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-18

Apple lost a pager-related patent infringement lawsuit, but not to a patent troll. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at MTel's case against Apple and discuss why this isn't just another patent holder on a money grab. They also look at yesterday's iOS and OS X updates and why we're dealing with security alerts and new device notifications.


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10:30
News: Apple ordered to pay $23.6M in pager...

Apple has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to a Texas company after a jury found that the iPhone and other devices infringed on a patent for SkyTel pager technology, Bloomberg reports. The patents in question were issued in the 1990s for the SkyTel two-way paging network, and are owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel). In responding to a claim by MTel that Apple’s Airport, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices were infringing…

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09:45
olloclip’s Lens Kit for iPhone 6: Familiar Optics,...

olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.


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08:52
Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI Guitar Controller

Although Jamstik looks small and unassuming compared to a traditional acoustic or even electric guitar, as a purely digital instrument it can eschew the trappings required to generate sound, in much the same way that electric pianos differ from traditional pianos. Jamstik basically boils it down to only the necessary components — in this case, the usual six strings, five frets, and the necessary electronics required to power the Jamstik, connect…

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07:26
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard Air, the wallet-sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering LithiumCard Air, a wallet-sized battery pack for your iPhone, for only $39.99—that’s 33% off the normal price. Available with both Lightning and Micro-USB connections, LithiumCard Air is the thinnest HyperCharger around at only the thickness of five credit cards. It has 1200mAh of capacity and generates up to 2A of power to charge your device fast, at up to 1% battery life per minute, and has…

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06:59
Apple Loses MTel Pager Patent Case, Ordered to Pay $...

Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple can't get the MTel ruling overturned, the company behind the once market-leading SkyTel two-way pager system could be in a strong position to target other companies that offer text messaging services. In this case, Apple wasn't facing off against a patent troll, so if it really was infringing on MTel's patents, it's time to pay up and move on.


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06:34
News: Apple opens up Lightning port to third-party...

Apple will soon allow third-party manufacturers to use its Lightning port, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Although Apple has long allowed accessory makers to produce accessories that connect to the Lightning and Dock Connector ports on iOS devices, it has not traditionally permitted third-party manufacturers to include the female versions of these ports in their accessories. For example, battery cases can include a Lightning connector for…

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06:01
Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite-AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.


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Monday November 17

18:14
No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1...

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

The Mac Observer Spin: This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.


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16:34
Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

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14:40
Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29...

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices-it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.


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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

While Gelledge fits well and offers nearly complete protection of an iPhone 6 — there are only open holes for the Touch ID, ringer switch, and rear camera — the material is so lightweight that we’re not sure how it will stand up to a high drop on a hard surface. The case shouldn’t be confused with any heavy-duty options, but it does offer some degree of protection, and the button coverage is nice and responsive. Gelledge is a light…

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12:30
Review: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i

C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i are similar in many ways. Both controllers use two AAA batteries for power, both connect using Bluetooth, and both have the same amount of control pads and buttons — two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons. In size, C.T.R.L.i is more like what you’d expect from a modern console controller — it’s slightly smaller than Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller — while Micro…

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11:25
Back up and restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can use iCloud or iTunes to back up the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When you have a backup, you can restore this content to your device anytime. 

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11:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.


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10:47
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, a minor maintenance release that notes “bug fixes” as well as “stability and performance improvements” for the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models. iOS 8.1.1 is available as an over-the-air update or by updating via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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10:26
Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Along with iOS 8.1.1 and Apple TV 7.0.2, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday. The update for the Mac operating system included fixes for WiFi reliability along with fixes for email-related issues.


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10:20
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2.

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10:20
Apple TV (3rd Gen) Updated to 7.0.2, No Patch Notes

Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what's in it because Apple hasn't released patch notes yet. We'll update this article when we know more.


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10:12
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.1.

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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with...

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

The Mac Observer Spin: There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments


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07:44
Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart...

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).


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Fireworks Simulator (Games)
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