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Friday November 21

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.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.



Version 2.11:

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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

23:10
Piper Jaffray, Morgan Stanley, others raise AAPL...

Two leading investment and analysis firms have joined with others in raising AAPL target prices recently, in part because the stock has already outperformed most expectations on its most recent bull run. Longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray has raised his target from $120 to $135 on the strength of iPhone 6 demand, while Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her view to $126 per share from the previous $115, which the stock has already surpassed. The two join a growing list of AAPL bulls....



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22:09
Hands On: Thesaurus Rex (iOS)

Are you a budding wordsmith? Then Thesaurus Rex is your new best friend! Thesauruses used to be big, clunky books, that were often found covered in dust at the back of any public or academic library reference section. But as more and more people write, these useful books have managed to find a way into the pockets of millions of people. One such entry is Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com, an app which promises to help users find the perfect word for any occasion....



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21:14
Xiaomi thinks it can top Apple and Samsung as world’...

Just weeks after Xiaomi overtook Huawei and LG to become the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, The Guardian reports that the Chinese handset maker’s chief executive and founder Lei Jun is out with a bold prediction that his company could move past Apple and Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone maker within the next five to ten years.

Xiaomi has been making impressive strides within the smartphone market, taking advantage of the massive populations in its homeland China and nearby India as key regions for it success. Over the past few years, the four-year-old smartphone maker has ...

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20:49
Apple pushes Adobe Flash update to users due to...

Apple is trying a different tack in the struggle to keep Macs secure by encouraging users to either disable the Flash browser plug-in outright, or to keep up-to-date with the latest version, which routinely fixes serious security issues found in the multi-platform media player. The latest maneuver by the iPhone maker, which debuted today, is a direct pop-up prompt to update to the latest version when users visit a page that requires Flash Player. The dialogue box takes users directly to Adobe's own page for updating Flash....



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20:31
Moleskine CEO: our retail stores do better when they...

Here’s an interesting tidbit that comes from a Fortune interview with Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni: apparently the company’s physical retail stores do a lot better when they’re in close proximity to an Apple Store.

“Interestingly, we find that we do better whenever we are closest to an Apple retail store. This may come as a surprise, but it makes perfect sense when one considers that the profile of a Moleskine user is very similar to that of an Apple user.”

It seems Microsoft isn’t the only one who...

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19:12
Ship times for iPhone 6 models now dropping in time...

The US online Apple Store has recently revised the wait time for an online-ordered iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, just in time for the holiday buying season. The units are still very constrained, but are slowly catching up with demand, based on changes to ship times on Apple's website. The two higher-end iPhone 6 models now have a US ship time of seven to 10 days, while the 16GB model now has a five-to-seven day wait time. The larger iPhone 6 Plus has dropped to a seven-to-10 day shipping window for the 16GB model, but still has longer times on larger-capacity units....



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19:01
Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up Makulu Linux


The Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition 1.1 marks a new path for Makulu. This latest release has numerous new features that could make it a top competitor against the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition, or MCDE, has fewer standard apps than the previous Makulu Xfce and KDE versions offered. Dropping the kitchen sink philosophy has made it a lot less unwieldy. MCDE has much going for it. However, one critical concern keeps me from making it my permanent Linux Mint Cinnamon replacement: Makulu is a one-person distro.

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18:53
Billboard, Nielsen tipped to track streaming music,...

The way the popularity of content is measured may be seeing some changes in the coming weeks, both for audio and video. Billboard will start to include streaming and digital track sales as part of the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Nielsen is said to be preparing to track content watched through streaming services starting from next month....



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17:54
Apple pushes Flash Player update to address security...

Apple has issued a new update for Adobe’s Flash Player browser plugin. The update fixes “a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability,” according to Apple’s website. Users will be automatically prompted to install the update when visiting a page that uses Flash Player.

The prompt in Safari will take users to the Flash Player download page on Adobe’s website. Users who haven’t yet seen the prompt can also go there to download the update now.

Filed under: Mac Tagged: Flash Player, OS X,...

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17:29
iPhone 6, 6 Plus shipment times drop to 7 to 10 days...

Apple is slowly catching up with demand for its popular iPhone 6 two months after the handset launched, with the company's online storefront now showing shipping times pegged at 7 to 10 days for most models, including the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

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17:11
Apple issues first 10.10.2 beta to developers and...

Just days after issuing the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update that has reportedly fixed a raft of Wi-Fi and Mail issues (but not all of them), the company has seeded the first beta of 10.10.2 for developer. The new build, 14C68k, is now available through the Yosemite Software Update mechanism or Apple's developer portal. The release notes for the beta curiously do not mention any focus areas, but do warn testers of a known flaw in opening documents from iCloud Drive....



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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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17:00
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

Bubble Browser for...

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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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16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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16:00
OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now...

OS X Server 4.0.2 Developer Preview (14S347) Now Available

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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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15:50
Many iPhone 6 models see shipping times improved as...

Apple has improved shipping times on several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models ahead of the holidays, especially in the 16 GB range. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 previously required 7 to 10 days to ship after being ordered, but that number has now dropped to just 5 to 7 days. Shipping times for the 64 and 128 GB models remains unchanged, however.

The 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus also saw an improvement, with the larger model now shipping in just 7 to 10 days. Unlike the smaller handset, the 64 and 128 GB versions of the 6 Plus are also getting reduced shipping times at 2 to 3 weeks (down from 3 to 4 weeks before that).

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15:47
Dropbox says OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update resolves...

Following Apple's release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite on Monday, Dropbox is sending emails to users confirming that the latest Mac maintenance update solves a rare crashing problem seen with apps integrated with Finder.

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15:32
Google, Rockstar Consortium submit filing to end...

Google's legal battle with the Rockstar Consortium over claims that the search company infringes upon seven patents with the Android operating system is coming to an end. According to a filing submitted to the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas on November 17, both parties have agreed to settle their dispute....



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15:25
iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve Slightly, Now 7...

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, shipping estimates for the iPhone 6 Plus have improved slightly, 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 of 5 to 7 days, down from 7 to 10 days. Higher-capacity 64 and 128GB iPhone 6 models continue to ship in 7 to 10 days.

Many other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping times, as are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand...

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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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15:12
Briefly: Carousel by Dropbox for iPad, new iPhone...

Photo gallery and sharing app, Carousel, has received an update, now allowing support for iPad users. The Dropbox-made app provides a private way to share, store and organize image and video content, and instantly back up files to one's Dropbox account. In addition to now supporting use on iPad, the latest version of Carousel now supports integration with Instagram and Whatsapp. Free to download, Carousel requires iOS 7 or later....



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15:08
Dropbox says this week’s OS X 10.10.1 release fixes...

Dropbox is sending out an email to let users know that crashes related to Yosemite have been resolved in the latest OS X 10.10.1 release that landed earlier this week.

“We’re reaching out to let you know about an issue in Apple’s new OS X Yosemite that causes problems with Dropbox. You can resolve this issue by installing the latest Software for OS X Yosemite… 

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 arrived earlier this week for users bringing with it a number of bug fixes and Wi-Fi improvements. The problem for Dropbox, according to the company, is caused by a Yosemite bug related to how applications, not just Dropbox, use Yosemite’s official Finder integration. The bug can lead to crashing for...

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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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15:05
FS: Active Storage ActiveSAN MDCs w StorNext (pair)
15:01
Google Agrees to Settle Patent Case with Rockstar...

According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products...

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15:00
XVIDA iPhone/iPad accessories have a magnetic...

A little over a year ago I did a review of the XVIDA Boomerang, an iPad stand/mount project that graduated from Kickstarter and went into full production. Now the company that spawned the Boomerang has an entire family of accessories, all of which...

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15:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Honk for roadside assistance!

Honk for help!

This week's roundup of new and improved apps includes one offering that bills itself as "AAA for the app-y generation." We've got games, photos, maps, and more.

The Economist Espresso

Guess it’s a trend now: The world’s smartest, most in-depth publications are coming up with “lite” versions for the iPhone. First there was NYT Now from the New York Times; now we have The Economist Espresso, a daily compendium of news and ideas. The app is free to download, but subscribing costs $4 a month.

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

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14:57
Apple issues first OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta to...

Three days after releasing the OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite maintenance update, Apple on Thursday seeded the first beta for its next OS X 10.10.2 update to developers.

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14:50
Russian Site Exposes Thousands of Private Videocam...


A Russian website has been posting live video streams from unprotected webcams in homes and businesses around the globe, Britain's Information Commissioner's Office warned on Thursday. The website has gained access to the webcams using the cameras' default login credentials, which are freely available online but often don't get changed by their owners during the set-up process. Baby monitors and CCTV networks are among the systems that have been compromised, explained Simon Rice, the ICO's group manager for technology.

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14:40
Billboard to count streaming music services, digital...

Billboard's influential music chart is about to step into the 21st century as the company announced it will soon include metrics from on-demand Internet streaming services like Apple's Beats Music to its Billboard 200 album rankings.

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14:33
Apple seeds first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with...

Apple has pushed the first beta build of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 out to AppleSeed users and developers. The update has a build number of 14C68k and weighs in at 422 MB. Last week the company released version 10.10.1 to the general public.

Apple hasn’t provided any indications of what’s new in this beta and has not listed any particular focus areas, though it’s possible this could be a hotfix update to address any lingering Wi-Fi glitches that...

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14:32
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, just three days after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C68k, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. The beta also includes Safari 8.0.2 and an update to the Mail app (version 8.2).

Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.

Update: It appears that OS X 10.10.2 is causing the latest version of Google's Chrome browser to crash. Retina iMac owners...

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14:30
Burgerman is a mediocre superhero seeking justice...

Burgerman is a game that tells the story of an innocent fast food customer that orders a burger. Somehow, he doesn't notice the burger is glowing green. After consumption, this ordinary guy turns into Burgerman, a superhero flying through the towns...

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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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14:16
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 20

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

B-interaktive has announced Full Ahead! It's an US$0.99 deep sea, casual adventure game with a comic steampunk design.

Phoenix Online Publishing has released The Last Door: Collector's Edition, a $3.99, retro-themed horror adventure with puzzles, scenes, and stories.

Microids has rolled out Garfield Kart Fast & Furious. The racing game is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

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14:15
Herald 5.0.1 - Notification plugin for Mail.app. (...

Note: Versions 2.1.3 (for OS X 10.7), 3.0.6 (for OS X 10.8), and 4.0.8 (for OS X 10.9) are no longer supported by the developer.

Herald is a notification plugin for Mail.app, Apple's Mac OS X email client. Inspired by the excellent Mail.appetizer plugin, Herald shows you popup notifications whenever you receive new Mail. It also allows you to perform common actions directly from within the notification window, including deleting messages, initiating replies, viewing messages in Mail, or marking messages as read. Herald's appearance is highly customizable, allowing you to change the background color, text color, size, shadow, transparency, and position of the window. Herald even provides a scrolling text view so you can read full messages without having to switch back to Mail. Herald is a free download and requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Note: Mail plugins are not officially supported by Apple. While Herald has been thoroughly tested,...

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14:10
9to5Toys Last Call: Things iOS apps go free, iPhone...

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:

Things task manager app for iOS goes free (Reg. up to $20),...

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14:10
Firetask 3.7 - Innovative task management solution...

Firetask uniquely combines the advantages of classical priority-and-due-date-based task management with GTD.

  • Stay focused and on top of your commitments - Firetask's "Today" view shows all relevant due and next tasks in a single, clear overview. Due tasks only appear when becoming due within the next days, next tasks only if they are the first next task of a project or if marked as flagged. This helps you to focus on your most urgent and important tasks.
  • Manage your tasks in a project-oriented way - Firetask is project-oriented. Every task is part of a project and the order of next tasks is defined within each project. This helps you to break down your unnumbered tasks into manageable units and it helps us to provide you with a more focused view across all your commitments.
  • Efficiently enter and delegate your tasks -Entering a number of tasks in Firetask is as simple and fast as writing a view lines of text. There is no need to take your...

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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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14:00
Square Register introduces gift cards and invoices...

Apple Pay may be making waves at major retailers, but Square Register continues to be the go-to source for small businesses looking to take payments from customers. With point-of-sale interfaces and a handy portable card reader, Square is one of the...

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14:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C68k) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C68k) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C68k) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C68k) Now Available

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13:58
Google reaches agreement to settle patent litigation...

Google, according to a report out of Reuters, has agreed to settle all of its patent litigation with the Rockstar consortium, which consists of a variety of tech companies including Apple, Sony, BlackBerry and Microsoft. The Rockstar consortium paid $4.5 billion for Nortel Network Corporation’s huge patent portfolio in 2011, outbidding Google at the time. The Rockstar consortium originally sued Google and a handful of Android manufacturers in October of 2013, claiming that the companies infringed on seven Nortel patents.

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13:57
Uber hires former IBM Chief Privacy Officer to...

Uber is forming a privacy team by bringing onboard a number of experts, as it attempts to secure its customer's data. The hiring of a team, including former IBM Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson, comes shortly after reports claimed one of the app-based cab company's executives had tracked a ride of a journalist without their permission....



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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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13:40
Google Chrome for OS X goes 64-bit

If you were hankering for a 64-bit version of Google Chrome for OS X, it’s finally arrived.

Safari has been 64-bit since OS X 10.6 (August 2009) and Firefox has been 64-bit since version 4 (2011). Incidentally, a 64-bit web browser is required to run Oracle Java on OS X.

Per Google’s Chrome Releases Blog, the Chrome team promoted v.39 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Google...

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13:20
TechTool Pro 7.0.6 - Hard drive and system repair-...

TechTool Pro is now 7, and this is the most advanced version of the acclaimed Macintosh troubleshooting utility created in its 20-year history. Micromat has redeveloped TechTool Pro 7 to be fully 64-bit compatible, which allows the program to run more efficiently on the latest Macintosh computers. We also added a fantastic new RAM test that can find problems which no other utility can; and we also improved many of the testing, repair, and maintenance routines.

New Memory Test. We've taken almost 2 years to develop one of the most advanced memory tests in the industry. As part of the RAM test, we've also added a fantastic SPD report that shows you an enormous amount of technical and other interesting information about your computer's memory.

Improved Tests. Besides the Memory test, we've improved many of the existing tests in TechTool Pro 7 to run more efficiently and to find and repair more problems than the previous...

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13:18
Twitter Opens Entire Multibillion-Tweet Gold Mine to...


Twitter this week began indexing every public tweet posted since it began operating in 2006. "Our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every tweet ever published," said Yi Zhuang, who led the team working on the project. Use cases Zhuang cited for the new infrastructure include results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences, industry discussions such as in the mobile payments field, places, businesses, and long-lived hashtag conversations such as #Ferguson, #HongKong and #Election 2012.

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13:15
Moleskine takes hand-drawn sketches digital with new...

Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that works with Adobe Creative Cloud to convert hand-drawn sketches into digital files....



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13:10
Evernote for OS X updated w/ Yosemite design,...


Evernote this afternoon has released a major update to its OS X desktop app, making both major design enhancements for Yosemite and under-the-hood performance improvements. The update, which the company says is a total rewrite of the app, adds an entirely redesigned interface with a new, lighter color scheme, as well as new icons.

At Evernote, we believe that speed and stability are essential for productivity. That’s why we’ve completely rewritten Evernote for Mac. Everenote is significantly faster, more reliable and consumes less energy than ever before. We’ve also added a number of new features!

In addition to the design improvements, Evernote also touts a variety of new features.

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13:00
Kingdom Rush Origins is just as awesome as its...

If you've played Kingdom Rush or Kingdom Rush Frontiers, you're familiar with this terrific franchise. Kingdom Rush Origins (US$2.99 with in-app purchases), available today, adds to the awesomeness with more cartoonish, fun and challenging tower...

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12:53
Billboard 200 Chart to Incorporate Digital Track...

Billboard is planning a major overhaul of its Billboard 200 chart in the coming weeks, which will take into account the growing popularity of streaming music. Billboard's new methodology will shift away from simply tracking album sales, adding both digital track sales and streaming music into its algorithm.

Published weekly, the Billboard 200 is a chart that ranks the 200 best selling music albums in the United States. At the current time, the Billboard 200 chart only takes into account retail (both physical and digital) album sales, but the addition of digital track sales and streaming music from services like Beats and Spotify will allow the chart to give a clearer picture of overall popularity by taking into account consumption activity rather than measuring based on straight sales.

Beginning on December 3, and measuring data...

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12:50
Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads...

Google has launched a new service called Contributor, allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. At the service's portal, visitors can pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once a subscription is active, visiting those sites will display thank-you messages and/or pixel patterns in place of the ads....



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12:49
Twitter for iPhone rolling out Tweet sharing via...



Last week, Twitter announced a list of improvements coming to the service including enhancements to Direct Messages and video capabilities slated for next year, and today the social network started rolling out its new features as promised. With the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, you can now share public Tweets privately over Direct Messages with native embedding. You can see the new feature in action below…...

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12:32
Morgan Stanley raises Apple price target to $126,...

Morgan Stanley joins a number of other investment firms that have raised their price targets on shares of Apple stock this week, reflecting significant gains posted by the company heading into the holiday shopping season and in anticipation of next year's debut of the Apple Watch.

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12:30
Daily Deals for November 20, 2014, featuring the New...

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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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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12:13
PhotoDesk 3.0.1 - Instagram client for photo sharing...

PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos! (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you *need* an *existing* Instagram account). But you can do so much more.

Of all Mac clients, Photodesk allows you to use the most features of Instagram on your Mac and even exceeds Instagram's functionality:

  • Video Support
  • See Pictures on a Map
  • Search for Places
  • Statistics
  • Save Images / Videos
  • Comment Templates
  • Fantastic, modern UI, optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite



Version 3.0.1: Features:

  • Added new exporting / importing mechanism for Albums
  • When exporting / importing Favorite Tags, Favorite Users, Favorite Locations or Albums, the folders are now also being exported.
  • Added a new mode to display the heart like / unlike icon always so that one can easier distinguish which items were...

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12:02
Satechi releases 10-port USB 3.0 hub

Satechi has released the US$59.99, 10-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub for Mac OS X and Windows systems.

The hub features seven SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect devices and transfer data to a computer as well as three additional charging ports to provide power to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The additional ports on the hub include one 5V 2.1A port and two 5V 1A ports for charging tablets and smartphones efficiently.

The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub boasts a slim, strip-shape design.

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12:00
Stringer is an interesting way to make a playlist

Stringer for iPhone (free with in-app purchase) is an interesting way to shuffle music music on your iPhone. The app solves what was a problem for me, namely the desire to easily update a custom playlist on the fly. Its UI is quite unique in that it...

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11:54
Battle Fleet 2 launches on Steam for Mac OS X,...

Capital j Media says Battle Fleet 2 for Mac OS X and Windows is now available for purchase on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/p8cwrnr) with a 15% discount to celebrate the launch. You can buy it for US$8.49 for a limited time.

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11:51
Dropcaps in CSS

Like most things on the Web, Dropcaps have been done poorly over the years, but perhaps a new CSS property will help.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:43
Apple’s San Francisco Typeface

But for type lovers, WatchKit contained a nice little surprise: a folder containing 23 different variations of the Apple Watch system font, the first one Apple has designed in-house in almost 20 years. Even better, that typeface finally has a name: San Francisco.

I really like the typeface.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:40
Hands On: Splot (iOS)

While more commonly known for its full-scale action-puzzler series Trine, Frozenbyte recently made its first foray into the mobile game space with the release of Splot ($2). A charming platformer designed to played in short, sporadic bursts, Splot carries a fairly simple story, which is presented at the beginning as a short series of comic panels. ...



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11:30
Three new Final Fantasy games coming to iOS, and...

Square Enix will be making RPG fans very happy in 2015 with three new Final Fantasy apps for iOS, Famitsu reports. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Final Fantasy Legends: Crystal of Time, and a Final Fantasy Portal App are all headed to Apple's mobile...

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11:22
Snow buries area in upstate New York

Boston Globe:

More than 6 feet of lake-effect snow was dumped in the Buffalo, N.Y., area over the last few days with reports of more on the way. Storms closed a 100-mile plus section of the New York State Thruway, and the US National Guard has been called in to help dig out.

Some amazing photos included in this story. Being from Canada, I’ve experienced these kinds of snow falls when I was a kid – it was a lot of fun then but as an adult, I’m glad I don’t live somewhere I’d have to deal with this on a regular basis.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:17
SuperDuper! 2.7.3 - Advanced disk cloning/recovery...

SuperDuper! is an advanced, yet easy to use disk copying program. It can, of course, make a straight copy, or "clone" -- useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do a simple backup. In moments, you can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive, partition, or image file.

Clones for safety. To ensure you can safely roll back a system after the unexpected occurs. With a few clicks, you can easily "checkpoint" your system, preserving your computer's critical applications and files while you run on a working, bootable copy. If anything goes wrong, just reboot to the original. When you do, your current Documents, Music, Pictures -- even iSync data -- are available! You can get back to work immediately.

Clones for industry! SuperDuper has enough features to satisfy the advanced user, too. Its simple-but-powerful Copy Script feature allows complete control of exactly what files get copied,...

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11:11
Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free...

New submitter lazarus (2879) writes Apple is falling in line with the European Commission's request that app sellers do more to stop inadvertent in-app purchases. Following Google's lead, Cupertino has removed all instances of the word "free" within its iOS and Mac app stores (with the exception of its own apps, like iMovie), and replaced them with the term "Get." The new label clarifies what users can expect when downloading an app. Apps previously labeled as "Free" will now have a "Get" label. If those apps include in-app purchases, a small gray "In-App Purchase" label will appear below the "Get" button.

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11:10
Help shape the Microsoft Ignite event

When we announced Microsoft Ignite last month, we told you it will bring together the best of our past events for Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project—and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for.

Now we are asking for your feedback so we can deliver on that promise. What do you want to see at Microsoft Ignite? Help us provide you with better content by taking this quick online anonymous survey on the sessions you want to see; Call for Topics.

We’re holding a series of TweetJams on Twitter so we can hear more about what you want to see at the event. Join us at one of the times below.

Date
Products
Hashtag
Add to calendar

Monday, November 24th 9 a.m. PT
@SharePoint @yammer
#ignitejam...

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11:03
Best Buy Offers Pre-Black Friday Deals, Discounts...

Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend.

Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air...

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11:00
A new app takes Time Lapse photos in HDR

Apple's new Time Lapse feature in iOS 8 has spawned several apps that want to improve on the basic time lapse capability.

That brings us to the aptly named Time Lapse with HDR app (US$1.99) from Lucky Clan. It's an additional feature for the...

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10:59
Corning launches Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop...

Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new glass already being sent to manufacturers, could make an appearance in new smartphones from early next year....



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10:30
Free-to-play dev says Western gamers more critical...

Free-to-play games get plenty of hate from a large segment of the gaming populous -- and in particularly egregious examples of "pay to win" schemes, I have no problem joining in -- but Paul Simon, executive producer of the long-running iOS MMO Celtic...

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10:25
America First Credit Union begins offering Apple Pay...

Another bank, America First Credit Union, has announced support for Apple Pay. Beginning today, customers will be able to register AFCU's Visa card and use it to make mobile payments. Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus at retail; for app-based payments, people can also use an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 3. Early next year the Apple Watch will become another retail option....



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10:23
Private I: It's time to encrypt everything

If we’ve learned anything from the last few years, it’s that given the opportunity to snoop on or scarf up our data or our metadata, criminals, business, and governments have a lot in common. They may have different ends that drive why they want to look at our email and transactions, listen in to phone calls, track with whom we communicate, and follow our location, but it all involves a lack of consent.

We can take action into our hands and reject their assault on our privacy by encrypting as much of our data as we can, mostly in transit when it’s at its most vulnerable. Tools have never been more powerful, and we’ve never had as many options from which to choose. It’s about to get even better.

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10:13
Best Buy gets the jump on Black Friday with $320...

Offering shoppers the opportunity to "beat the Black Friday rush," Best Buy on Thursday began offering limited-time deals on Apple's iPad Air and iPod touch, as well as Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and a significant discount on an iHome AirPlay-compatible speaker.

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10:13
An astronaut reveals what life in space is really...

Wired:

There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto” kind of feeling. But I’ve spent a total of 55 days in space, over the course of five missions for NASA, and I’ve learned that being out there isn’t just a series of breathtaking moments. It’s a mix of the transcendently magical and the deeply prosaic. It can be crowded, noisy, and occasionally uncomfortable. Space travel—at least the way we do it today—isn’t glamorous. But you can’t beat the view!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Hell, I still do.

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10:05
Dropbox’s Carousel photo & video gallery app...


First launched on iPhone earlier this year, Dropbox announced today that it’s launching its Carousel photo and video gallery app for iPad users. The company is also bringing the experience to the web at carousel.dropbox.com.

Part of making the best home for your photos is giving you a fast, simple, beautiful way to engage with your pictures, however and wherever you want. Today, we’re excited to announce big steps towards that goal: Carousel for web, iPad, and Android tablet.

In addition, the iOS apps add the ability to share to...

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10:00
Office 365 offers greater privacy, security and...

Malavika Rewari is a Product Marketing Manager with the Office 365 team.

Trust is the foundation of every good relationship. That’s as true in business as it is in friendship. Today, more than 1.2 billion people worldwide trust Microsoft Office to provide a reliable productivity solution with commericial-grade privacy, security and compliance features to keep their data secured. With more organizations moving to the cloud, and more people using cloud-based services such as Office 365 to work anywhere, anytime, and across multiple devices, trust has never been more important.

In the last 12 months, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365. These organizations trust us because we are committed to doing the best job of achieving three key objectives:

  • protecting their privacy
  • securing their data in the cloud
  • helping them comply with regulatory standards

Read on to learn more about how we can help...

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10:00
Motrr Galileo robotic mount goes GoPro, uses iPhone...

We've written about the Motrr Galileo robotic mount before -- it was first a Kickstarter project that received tons of funding, and came to market as a robotic iPhone mount. It shipped a bit late - the Kickstarter campaign ran in early 2012, backers...

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09:49
Landscape is new responsive web page design tool for...

ConjureBunny Software (http://conjurebunny.com/) has unveiled a new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X: Landscape. It's designed to help you build responsive websites that adapt to phone, tablet, and desktop displays.

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09:42
MacJournal 6.1.5 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.
We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams, your...

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09:41
Apple's Claims of Improved Performance on...

Following the launch of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4s users reported widespread issues ranging from slow performance to choppy animations. With Monday's release of iOS 8.1.1 promising "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S", Ars Technica has now put those claims to the test.iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn't improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you'll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let's look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you're using an older iDevice and...

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09:38
Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to...

Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive client, says an Innolux PR representative, Sophia Cheng, referencing comments made by President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure....



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09:30
Win an Ollie, Sphero 2.0 or Darkside Ollie from TUAW...

Sphero and Ollie from Orbotix have been TUAW favorites for quite a while -- I mean, how can you not love fun and educational robots that are controlled and programmed from your favorite iOS device? Well, the good folks at Orbotix are making it easy...

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09:04
America First Credit Union announces Apple Pay...

Adding to the growing list of banks and card issuers adding support for Apple Pay in recent weeks, America First Credit Union today announced it’s rolling out Apple Pay support for its Visa card.

“Security and privacy is our upmost priority when it comes to offering our members the latest in technology and mobile advancements,” said Rich Syme, executive vice president at America First Credit Union. “Apple Pay will bring a new level of efficiency for members, allowing them to pay with their mobile devices in a fast, easy and secure way.”

Apple has been adding several new banks since first launching Apple Pay last month and now lists a total of 17 card issuers (not including America First Credit Union) on its support document last updated earlier this week. There is, however, a long list of banks that...

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09:00
Office 365 receives FedRAMP Authority to Operate (...

Bill Birkholz is the principal program manager for the Office 365 Trust team and Vijay Kumar is the senior product manager for the Office 365 team.

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 365 has been granted FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG). Office 365 is a multi-tenant cloud that includes government specific instances of services such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.  Government-specific instances of Office 365 services are designated for use solely by U.S federal, tribal, state and local government customers, and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a U.S. government-wide program whose goal is to accelerate adoption of secure cloud solutions and provide a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 022 with Suman...

In episode Jeremy Thake talks to Suman Chakrabarti about the Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices initiative. Suman has been a key member of the group and has been focusing on the Core Libraries and nuget package delivery of this initiative.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP22_Suman.mp3

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09:00
Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

Xcode 6.1.1 GM seed Now Available

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09:00
New report details GTAT's operational ineptness...

In the wake of GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing, the company has been more than outspoken about the headaches it endured as a result of its its failed partnership with Apple.

From calling its contract with Apple "oppressive and...

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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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08:50
Roundup: The best games showcasing Apple's...

The launch of iOS 8 introduced new developer tools dubbed "Metal," allowing for more advanced graphics on both the iPhone and iPad. Here are the best games out now showcasing the power of Metal.

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08:49
Sony Pictures drops upcoming Sorkin-led Steve Jobs...

This is probably just part of the Hollywood process.

Per MacRumors and Deadline, despite Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it “in turnaround”, which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson...

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08:41
NightOwl goes back to bar basics to scoop up fed-up...

Foursquare and Yelp have solved local search. Pick a business, especially a bar or restaurant, and you can find just out just about any detail using either app, from tips and photos to recommendations and rewards. But a new start-up, an iOS discovery app called NightOwl, is launching in New York on Thursday to prove there’s room for one more.

NightOwl plugs into Foursquare and Yelp to take their most useful info—tips and reviews—and combines it with an algorithm that tells you exactly where you want to go. Cofounder and CEO Kevin Madden calls it the Nightlife Genome Project, a cheeky nod to Pandora’s scientific categorization of songs.

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08:35
Apple adds 10 new providers to help feed Apple Maps...

It’s been two years since Apple Maps first launched.

You may have mixed feelings about it, but the general consensus is that it’s gotten better over time.

Per 9to5Mac and Apple Maps Marketing, Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as well as its own in-house mapping data and others for its information.

These new companies don’t yet appear on the list of map data attributions, Apple is recommending businesses who wish to submit bulk locations to be listed in its Maps app instead go through...

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08:30
Skim 1.4.10 - PDF Reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.



Version 1.4.10:

New Features

  • Try to order notes right to left with such languages.
  • New toolbar buttons for Book Mode and Page Breaks.
  • Add PDF-TeX sync preset for Atom.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Fix links to Wiki.
  • Fix Favorite Colors toolbar item on Yosemite.
  • Fix history highlights on Yosemite.
  • Workaround for wrong order of page navigation by scrolling in Yosemite.
  • Fix bug in undo for bookmarks deletion.
  • Fix script menu icon in dark mode.
  • Improve file update checking, can now detect file replacements.
  • Avoid a hang in the Preferences on Yosemite.



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08:30
John Gruber: Next-gen iPhone may feature "the...

The original iPhone camera was nothing to write home about. Even at the time of its release, photo quality on the original iPhone lagged behind a number of competing smartphones. Today, the story is much different. Today, photo quality on the iPhone...

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08:26
Clear Geographic Split Shows iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to outsell the iPhone 6 Plus around the world, but the larger-sized phone is proving to be a significant hit in some markets, reports AppLovin in its latest November 2014 report.

According to AppLovin's analytics data, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus in an 80/20 ratio overall in the first 45 days of availability. While Europe, North America and Australia roughly follow this global sales distribution or lean slightly more heavily toward the iPhone 6, the trend changes in Asia, where the iPhone 6 Plus typically accounts for 35 percent or more of iPhone sales.

South Korea, home to rivals Samsung and LG, is the only Asian country studied with an iPhone 6 Plus adoption rate below 35 percent. The country has a lower 71/29 split, perhaps related to competition from Samsung's Galaxy Series and LG's G3 phone in the large-screen market or simply due to customer preference for...

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08:25
Apple sets up office in Lund, Sweden

Apple has moved into a new office in Lund, Sweden, property firm Vasakronan has confirmed. News agency Rapidus describes Apple's presence there as a "development unit" that moved in a few weeks ago. The office is said to have space for just 10 or so workers, but it may be significant thanks to the local firms Apple has acquired in the past few years....



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08:24
100 Questions

Tina Roth Eisenberg finds some really interesting things.

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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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08:18
Intuit’s Mint iPhone app updated with faster...



Users of Intuit’s Mint Personal Finance app for iPhone will be seeing a workflow speed boost with the latest version. Finance data like recent transactions and used accounts, fee and high spending alerts, and budget information is now available for tracking faster in an added Updates section. You can see an example of the new view in the screenshot above.

The newly added Updates section follows previously added features including the ability to track your credit score for free without having to add a credit card as well as support for...

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08:18
iPhone Apps: OmniFocus for iPhone, Minecraft Pocket...
08:15
MoveMeFit launches app to get you out of your...

Workout hurdle number one: Getting yourself to actually, you know, put your shoes on and go work out. For more than five minutes. And stretching doesn’t count.

Workout hurdle number two: Great! You’ve worked out! Now, try doing that on a regular basis. Consistency is the key to success, people.

Workout hurdle number three: You’ve mastered the elliptical machine, you can hold a plank for 90 seconds, and you can handle squat-thrusters like a pro. But now what?

Creating a workout schedule sucks, so let MoveMeFit do it for you.

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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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08:09
Apple Executive Takes a Shot at Xiaomi at Chinese...

Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China ...

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08:04
External Link: Which Network Powers Which Service in...

With Continuity, OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 can share all sorts of information, but it can be confusing to know which network drives which service: a local Wi-Fi connection, a general Internet connection, or Bluetooth? Ars Technica has a detailed explanation of how AirDrop, AirPlay, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, SMS and phone forwarding, and other features work.

 

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08:00
Adidas now lets you print your iPhone photos on your...

Adidas earlier this year announced its plans to offer a new miZX Flux service that allow users to print their photos on their shoes. That service has now gone live and is available to customers in the US.

The service uses an iOS (or Android) app to...

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07:49
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated...

Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays exclusively for Apple, according to Bloomberg.

In a conversation with Sophia Chang, a public relations representative for Foxconn's display unit Innolux Corp., Chang stated that equipment installation will begin next month, although she would not confirm that Apple is the client for the facility. Following an urgent request for exclusive capacity, the mass production of panels is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

Chang also mentioned that the advanced sixth-generation display plant will be built at Innolux's Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan. The forecast details that the funds for the plant will be spent over a two-year building period with the company planning...

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07:45
Billboard 200 chart will include streaming listens...

Billboard is about to add data from music streaming services to its weekly Billboard 200 charts for the first time as services like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music become increasingly popular. The New York Times reports that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan plan to start incorporating both streams and downloads from music streaming services, in addition to the music sales the chart already covered, in order to more accurately reflect popular albums based on what users are listening to. The first chart including streaming services will include data for next week and arrive online Dec. 4:

Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts, said that by...

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07:43
Apple patents smoke detectors in iDevices that can...

The Nest smoke detector may look decidedly old-fashioned if one Apple patent ever makes it into production. Apple has patented the idea of embedding smoke detectors into “electronic devices” and using those devices to provide a comprehensive response to a fire.

In response to detecting smoke with the smoke detector, the electronic device may issue an alert or take other suitable action. The electronic device may transmit alerts to nearby electronic devices and to remote electronic devices such as electronic devices at emergency services facilities. Alerts may contain maps and graphical representations of buildings in which smoke has been detected. Motion detectors and other sensors and circuitry may be used in determining whether electronic devices are being used by users and may be used in determining where the electronic devices are located. Alerts may...

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07:34
Steve Jobs movie dead at Sony

More trouble for Sorkin’s homage to Steve Jobs.

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07:30
Run to the top of the list with RankRunner

If you are a competitive runner or someone who just runs because you enjoy running, RankRunner is worth a look but it still has some issues. This free universal app runs on iOS 7.0 or later and will give you an idea how your training and race results...

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07:29
A Second Report Confirms that Foxconn's New...

Good News is Worth Repeating: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan ...

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07:29
Apple adds 10 new providers for Maps data

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list providing it with data for iOS and OS X Maps, reports say. The parties are mentioned in a new email to businesses asking about submitting bulk location information. The added firms include DAC Group, Location3 Media, Marquette Group, Placeable, PositionTech, SIM Partners, SinglePlatform, UBL, Yext, and Yodle. Apple asks for bulk content to be submitted to one of the entities on its partner list, rather than directly....



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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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07:04
Corning launches 2X harder Gorilla Glass 4 with...

Apple supplier Corning on Thursday took the wraps off of its next-generation Gorilla Glass 4, which the company says is up to two times harder than competing glasses used in existing smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

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07:03
Will Apple's Next iPhone Capture DSLR Quality...


The Apple rumor mill never stops spinning, and even though the iPhone 6 is barely here and the next version ages away, the most interesting rumor is the chance that the next iPhone will make a huge leap forward with its camera -- possibly using two lenses to produce DSLR-quality images. The rumor comes from John Gruber of Daring Fireball, a well-connected Apple-focused commentator who is highly respected in the Apple ecosystem. He usually measures his words carefully and isn't known to make wild predictions.

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07:00
Office Mobile for Android Smartphones update...

Fresh updates are available now for the Office Mobile app for Android phones, making it easier to access, edit and share online Office files from your Android phone.

New Sharing links to OneDrive files right from Office Mobile on your Android phone

With this release, we are adding the ability to generate and share links to documents in your OneDrive and OneDrive for Business right within the app. To share a link, simply open a document from your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, tap on the context menu, tap Share and then choose Email as link.

New Dropbox support

Two weeks ago we announced a partnership with Dropbox to make it easier for Dropbox users to use Office on their phones and...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Return of the analysts

Just when I was starting to think all the analysts had gone into hibernation for the year, a few have crawled out of the woodwork to make their typically barmy, nonsensical predictions.

RBC raises Apple price target to $120, predicts Apple Watch...

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07:00
Flywheel stakes its claim as the ‘anti-Uber’ as it...

Uber competitors, this is your time to shine. The popular ride-sharing app is at the center of a media firestorm this week, and
customers who care about things like media firestorms are threatening to #DeleteUber. (Yes, there’s a hashtag.) Thankfully there are a handful of other
apps to turn to when you need a ride: Flywheel is positioning itself as the anti-Uber with a new CEO and a fresh
round of funding in the bank.

Flywheel is an app that works exactly the same way Uber does: Open the app, request a ride, and watch your driver’s icon inch closer to your destination.
You store your credit card information and preselect a tip amount so no cash changes hands. The key difference: Flywheel works with cab fleets, so the
driver who picks you up is licensed and regulated by the...

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06:56
Apple Invents a Digital Pen with Dynamic Visual...

While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as

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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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06:49
Wal-Mart scammed into selling PlayStation 4 for $90

CNBC:

Customers have misused Wal-Mart’s price match promotion to obtain $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for less than a quarter of the retail price using third-party sellers on Amazon.

That’s a helluva scam.

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06:46
Apple reportedly opens new development office in...

Following news of a few new office openings outside of Cupertino lately, Apple has reportedly moved into office space in Lund, Sweden recently as well. The report comes from news agency Rapidus, which confirmed with the building’s owner that Apple is indeed moving in.

“Anna Stenkil, from the property owner Vasakronan, confirms that Apple has moved in.

− It’s true that they are working here. I cannot tell you anything else, she says to Rapidus.”

The report claims a “development unit” from Apple moved in a few weeks ago and that currently the company has space for around 10 employees at the location.

While it’s unclear exactly what Apple will use the new space for, Rapidus...

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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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06:33
The true nature of the pixels on an iPhone 6 Plus

Ole Begemann used a closeup camera rig to take pictures of the iPhone 6 Plus screen doing its downsampling magic. Pretty pictures, and he published all his code on GitHub for folks who want to try this themselves.

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06:32
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 Promises Stronger...

Corning today unveiled its new Gorilla Glass 4, its next-generation glass production that is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops. According to Corning, the company extensively studied shattered screens to understand how and why they break.

Corning scientists examined hundreds of broken devices and found that damage caused by sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. The scientists then developed new drop-test methods that simulate real-world break events, based on thousands of hours analyzing cover glass that had broken in the field or laboratory. The culmination of this testing was Gorilla Glass 4, which reportedly is two times stronger than competing products and can survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces such as sandpaper. The...

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06:24
Cisco preparing to pay $188M to Apple-led Rockstar...

Cisco is likely preparing to pay a $188 million pre-tax charge to settle a lawsuit brought against it by Rockstar, the Apple-led patent holding firm born out of the remains of Nortel Networks. The company recent mentioned a $188 million payout in an earnings call. The connection to a settlement can be made as Cisco has asked the judge in the lawsuit to stay litigation because it has signed a "term sheet" with Rockstar....



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06:23
FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.2 - Font management software...

FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts.

Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your existing font collection as well as find and experiment with new fonts. Whether you've got a hard drive full of typefaces or a few cherished families, FontExplorer X Pro handles your font library quickly, efficiently and reliably. And when you're ready to add to your collection, you can view thousands of classic designs and the latest releases from independent foundries using the integrated store.

FontExplorer X Pro features an enhanced user interface with a configurable toolbar, activation control, comprehensive font information at your fingertips, customizable font previews, back-up functionality and access to FontExplorer X Server. Used together, FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server are your complete solution for organizing, exploring and buying fonts...

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06:17
ABBY FineReader Pro now supports OS X native...

ABBYY has released FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software product for document scanning and conversion on Macs.

Newly added support for Mac Automator actions and AppleScript commands now gives customers the ability to create automated document conversion tasks or workflows. Mac users can link document processing steps together to create simple, self-running OCR workflows. 

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06:11
Web site shows thousands of hacked webcam, baby...

Know anyone that uses a remote webcam or baby monitor so they can keep an eye on things while they are not at home? You might want to pass this along.

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06:08
AKVIS Sketch 16 ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch 16 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, etc.

AKVIS Sketch comes as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. With it you can create color drawings and black-and-white sketches from your photos, imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil. Version 16:

° Adds the Snapshot button to the progress bar for making a shot during the image processing;

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06:00
Strong demand for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus persists,...

Piper Jaffray has been tracking availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple Stores and continues to see demand outstripping supply, leading the investment firm to raise its price target on AAPL stock on Thursday.

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06:00
Introducing Skype document chat in Office Online

Nelson Siu is a program manager for the Office Shared Experiences team.

The Office Online real-time co-authoring feature makes it easy for you to work together with others on a document from your browser. Whether you are putting the final touches on a contract with your business partner or collaborating on an essay for a school project, Office Online lets you work seamlessly with others no matter where they are.

Today we are happy to announce upcoming improvements to the Office Online co-authoring experience:

  • Document chat is available when collaborating with others in real-time in Word and PowerPoint. Simply click the Chat button to begin chatting with everyone working in the document.
  • Continue to chat with those same people after leaving the document via Skype on your desktop or phone. Know when your team is working on the document and chime in.

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06:00
Sync Solver steps in to sync your Fitbit fitness...

Fitbit may have opted not to share its fitness-related data with Apple's Health app, but that isn't stopping other developers from crafting an app that'll do the data transfer for you. Introduced earlier this week is Sync Solver, a lightweight app...

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05:57
Apple supplier Corning says new Gorilla Glass 4...

The GTAT mess may have forced Apple to abandon its presumed plans to replace iPhone Gorilla Glass screens with sapphire, but next year’s iPhone displays could still prove up to twice as shatter-resistant, says glass-maker Corning.

Corning said that studying hundreds of broken phone screens had revealed the unsurprising fact that shattered screens most commonly occurred in a one-meter drop onto a rough surface like concrete or asphalt. Drop tests in these conditions found that Gorilla Glass 4 survived up to 80% of such impacts – twice the record of the Gorilla Glass 3 used in current iPhones.

While there was much scientific testing behind the scenes, the videos the company used to illustrate the improved strength were rather less scientific in nature …

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05:53
∞ Apple scrubs the term free from the App Store (...

This past July, the European Commission asked both Google and Apple to implement changes to the way they sell “free” games that contain in-app purchases. Yesterday, Apple unveiled a design change that addresses this ruling.

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05:49
Briefly: P-touch full-color LCD display label maker...

Brother has announced its new P-touch label maker this week, featuring a full-color LCD display. Designed for high-volume business use, the PT-D600 includes an easy-type keyboard with display that allows editing in real time. High-resolution barcodes and labels can be created with information stored in an Excel or Access database on your computer. Brother's label library includes ready-to-print business labels and pre-programmed with fourteen fonts, eleven styles, ninety-nine frames and over six hundred symbols. The PT-D600 works with other 60 TZe tape cartridges in a variety of colors and siz...

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05:36
SoftRAID 5.0.5 - High-quality RAID management. (Demo)

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set makes this utility a must have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" users, Photographers, Digital Video editors and desktop users who wants more reliable backup for his computer.

Version 5.0.5:

New

  • Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.
  • The SoftRAID driver now logs any illegal requests it receives for SoftRAID volumes. Log entries are written to the softraid.log file. This logging was added to help investigate bugs in other applications.
  • Added code to detect modification of the SoftRAID application and driver. Users who run MacKeeper were unable to mount SoftRAID volumes when running Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.10. This was the result of MacKeeper modifying the code in the SoftRAID application and driver. This version of SoftRAID detects these...

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05:30
Let your finger act as a god of the blobs in...

Blobiverse is a simulation game in which your finger plays god among all the blobs and small animals wandering the land just below the surface of your device's glass. You have a large landscape filled with grass, trees and small lakes to work with...

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05:25
Briefly: Starbucks rolls out Powermat, Sony offers...

Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers without a compatible wireless charging device, Duracell Powermat "Rings" will be available to borrow and return for each visit, or can be bought for $10 each....



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05:24
Foxconn investing $2.6B into new display factory...

Foxconn's Innolux will build a new $2.6 billion sixth-generation plant in Southern Taiwan to supply displays exclusively to Apple, after the iPhone maker made an "urgent" request, it was announced on Thursday.

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05:12
Starwood CEO says iPads make CEOs more productive...

Tim Cook isn’t the only CEO to favor an iPad over a computer to run a company: Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen told the WSJ that he dumped his PC and now does all his work on an iPhone and iPad – with the assistance of a Bluetooth keyboard.

I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use [my PC]. I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I can be much more productive.

Some of the limitations of a smaller device encouraged changes in behaviour that boosted productivity, he said.

Meetings at Starwood are paperless, emails...

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05:05
External Link: Why No One Can Copy Apple’s Hardware...

Many companies want to build products with the quality of Apple’s, but as Ben Einstein of Bolt explains, that’s nearly impossible to do. One reason is that Apple has bought up many of the machines and companies capable of such precision manufacturing. Besides that, Apple has mastered some of the most difficult manufacturing processes, such as color matching white plastic, mass-scale CNC machining, and laser-drilling holes.

 

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05:00
MacTech 2015

MacTech 2015 is coming in November 2015. Sign up now for the early discount and get a pretty sweet deal!

Thank you for joining us for MacTech Conference 2014. The planning is underway for MacTech Conference 2015 and it is already shaping up to be the best conference yet. Because you have joined us before, you know the value that MacTech Conference brings to you, and the community.

We’ve announced the 2015 dates — and now is your opportunity to sign up at the lowest price possible.  The “Special Early Discount” will be available only until November 30th.  Don’t wait: register now.

MacTech Conference 2015:

November 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Like 2014, it will be a full three days.

Pre-Conference workshops: November 3rd

For 2015, the multi-track conference is being specifically designed for IT Pros, Enterprise, techs and consultants through sessions, labs, and a variety of ways to interact with experts and your fellow techs.

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04:59
Please help: Intel to donate $1 per retweet to...

From Intel’s site:

The Code For Good Campaign will help support Code.org, CodeClub, and GirlsWhoCode globally to educate, inspire, and equip the next generation of developers with the computing skills they need to pursue 21st century opportunities.

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04:57
Evercore ups Apple target to $135, expects revenue...

With a huge number of iPhone owners yet to upgrade to screen sizes larger than 4 inches, Evercore Partners expects major revenue growth for Apple in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and has increased its price target on the company's shares to $135.

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04:26
Hands On: Unit Converter Infinity (iOS)

As even casual students of the sciences have learned by now, it's apparent that there's a lot of differences between disparate measurement systems. Be it miles to kilometers, Fahrenheit to Kelvin, or cubic centimeters to gallons, there's a good chance there's going to be a conversion that can't be a done off the top of one's head. With the proliferation of the smart phone, there's no reason to not have a pocket converter at the ready. Unit Converter Infinity by Incpt.Mobis is a choice that stands out....



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04:22
AppleXsoft File Recovery updated for Mac OS X...

AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.1.1.3) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been visually redesigned, sports a fully rebuild recovery engine and is revved for Yosemite.

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04:09
Gartner: 4.9 billion connected 'things'...

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its disruptive impact will be felt across all industries and all areas of society, according to the research group.

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04:09
Gartner: 4.9 billion connected 'things'...

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its disruptive impact will be felt across all industries and all areas of society, according to the research group.

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04:01
Kool Tools: ChapterWork for Mac OS X

einstein's legacy's ChapterWork is a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies. Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it's designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies.

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03:54
Apple Aims to Embed a Fire Detector into Future...

On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants ...

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03:22
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.2 - Knowledge base, information...

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DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial...

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03:14
Sony A7 II launches in Japan with five-axis image...

An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS....



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03:03
Airmail 2.0.1 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



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  • Performance improvement on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
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  • Crash and small bug fixed



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22:58
Sony said to put Jobs movie in 'turnaround,...

The Sony-backed Steve Jobs biographical movie, based in part on Walter Issacson's biography of the Apple co-founder, has proven to be nearly as mercurial as the reputation of its subject. In recent weeks, not one but two rumored stars of the project have dropped out, the original director was replaced with an Oscar-winning substitute, and now -- according to trade magazine Deadline -- Sony has put the film in "turnaround," offering it to sale to other studios, with Universal said to be making a play for it....



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22:01
Apple co-founder Wozniak joins Primary Data as Chief...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined Primary Data, a data virtualization company made up of several colleagues from Fusion-io, as Chief Scientist -- the same title he held at Fusion-io. In his new position, Wozniak will be both advise the company on tecnology trends, vision and architecture as well as serve as the firm's ambassador. Chief Marketing Officer Rick White, who worked with Woz at Fusion-io, noted that "with Woz on the team along with [CEO] Lance [Smith] and David [Flynn], we now have the band back together."...



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20:19
Follow-up: Apple sends letter to GT Advanced...

More details on the collapse of the GT Advanced Technologies deal with Apple were made available today, as sources have reported that a letter sent by Apple to other creditors in the GT Advanced bankruptcy case reveals more details on why the partnership collapsed. Included in the letter were pictures of defective sapphire boules produced by GT Advanced, pointed to by Apple as the main reason the company went under -- it contracted to produce high-quality boules of the material, but simply couldn't produce enough usable product....



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20:14
Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The...



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20:07
New report claims Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic...

A new report claims that the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, led by veteran screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, is set to change hands. According to Hollywood magazine Deadline, the film will be moving from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures by tomorrow at the latest. Despite the studio move, production of the movie is expected to remain on the fast track.

“I’m hearing very strongly that Universal is indeed locking down the Jobs project and essentially giving it a green light,” writes Deadline reporter Mike Fleming, Jr. “This should be closed by tomorrow latest. That means the project...

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19:49
Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default...

Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean...



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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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