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Tuesday November 18

11:30
Prank your friends with a Camera RickRoll

Rickrolling is almost as old as the world wide web itself, but filling someone's iOS Camera Roll with photos of the beloved Rick Astley is something I've never seen done before. This new take on the rickroll requires you to gain access to your...

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

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


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11:29
9to5Toys Last Call: PNY storage up to 50% off,...

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:

Updates:

  • Apple 13.3″Retina MacBook Pro (2013) 2.4GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,149 (orig. $1,399)
  • Samsung Galaxy Cam 2 16.3MP  w/...
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11:21
Apple WatchKit third-party apps require a connected...

Apple has just released a flood of information about how apps on Apple Watch work, through the WatchKit framework. There are three types of integrations currently possible: WatchKit apps, Glances and actionable notifications. Although they sound similar,  the development process for WatchKit apps are actually very different to that of normal iOS apps for iPhone and iPad, as much of the computation is done on the connected iPhone rather than rendered by the watch’s hardware itself.

The interface elements and interaction patterns for WatchKit apps revolve around a core set of user interface components and layouts. Arbitrary views are not supported, which is a big departure from how iOS apps are constructed.

The constraints are in place...

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11:00
Nokia definitely, totally, absolutely isn't...

Nokia just announced that it is going to take on the tablet market with its iPad mini competitor, the N1. Well, calling it an iPad mini competitor might be giving it a bit too much credit. A "completely original design that in no way resembles the...

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

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

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10:46
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta to developers alongside...

Alongside a release of Xcode 6.2 with WatchKit tools for the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple today posted its iOS 8.2 beta for developers. The release, build 12D436, follows the release of iOS 8.1.1 to all users yesterday with fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users.

The iOS 8.2 beta allows developers to start testing their apps for the upcoming Apple Watch wearable, but doesn’t appear to include any other notable features (at least not in Apple’s release notes). More specifically, developers can now start building companion experiences that include two optional Apple Watch interfaces:

iOS 8.2 lets you give...

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10:46
Xsan volume UUID

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I use volume name and UUID attributes to positively identify volumes on OS X. For the average HFS+ volume, I can count on the UUID being unique and consistent across the lifetime of that volume. Some of my customers have reported that ACFS volumes, however, get new UUIDs each time the Xsan volume is mounted, e.g.:

diskutil info /Volumes/XSAN | grep "Volume UUID"
Volume UUID: BA3B4176-FE67-3212-AF40-E4C1E710B28C

[Use Xsan tools to unmount and remount the volume, and/or restart the MDC and/or restart the clients -- frankly I don't know which of these actions produces the result]

diskutil info /Volumes/XSAN | grep "Volume UUID"
Volume UUID: 33413E33-7F77-4FC4-BA30-E4B4ABE0FE16

Is this expected behavior, or a configuration problem for these particular Xsan users? I can cope...

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10:44
Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple...

Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.

"Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine."WatchKit is being released as part of the iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta, both of which have been...

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10:41
Apple was Granted 44 Patents Today Covering a...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on an advanced sensing system designed for Apple's iDevices while touching on three additional patents relating to mapping, image compression and a possible future

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10:38
Apple releases WatchKit allowing developers to...

Apple has officially announced the availability of WatchKit, the software tools that developers will use for creating software for the Apple Watch coming in 2015. The company revealed last month that the SDK, or software development kit, would be released sometime this month. Apple says WatchKit enables developers to “create innovative WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by an easy, quick look at Apple Watch.” Additionally, resources within WatchKit reveal the screen resolutions for both Apple Watch sizes.

Alongside the release of WatchKit for...

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10:37
OWC opens up preorders for Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Other World Computing has announced a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The device expands the number of connections available on a Mac, mainly through twin Thunderbolt 2 ports; while one is meant to connect to the computer, together they can daisy-chain up to five extra Thunderbolt devices. USB devices can be connected through five powered USB 3.0 ports....



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10:37
Apple releases WatchKit developer tools for creating...

Apple on Tuesday announced the availability of WatchKit, allowing developers to begin creating custom third-party applications, Glances and actionable notifications for the upcoming Apple Watch, before the wrist-worn accessory hits the market in early 2015.

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

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


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10:32
Apple awarded patent for augmented reality devices...

Apple this week was awarded ownership of a patent that describes future electronics with transparent displays, allowing users to view real-world events simultaneously with on-screen generated images.

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

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

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10:30
Google finally agrees that Apple's 'walled...

Apple's App Store is "big brother" and the Google Play Store is the wild west where anything goes, right? Not anymore, as Google is implementing a very Apple-like screening process for all new Android TV apps before they land on the digital...

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10:05
Apple Cracks Down on Notification Center Widgets,...

Apple is cracking down on Notification Center widgets in iOS once again, this time telling Neato that its note taking widget is unacceptable and will need to be removed due to the fact that it includes a keyboard.

First launched in early November, Neato installs a quick note taking widget in the Notification Center, letting users type directly in the widget. Notes can be sent instantly to either Evernote or Dropbox. As a widget-focused app, Neato has no other functionality, which means the removal of its keyboard will essentially kill the app.

According to the developers behind Neato, who spoke to Gizmodo, Apple contacted the company after it became popular, hitting the top 10 business list in more than 65 countries.We were expecting Neato to be featured by Apple but instead...

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10:00
Vellum ebook publishing app gets update and images

Back in December of 2013, the world was introduced to Vellum, a Mac app designed to make ebook publishing painless. I personally loved the ease of use of the app, since it lets potential authors and publishers create and edit their books for free,...

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

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


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09:45
Daily Deals for November 18, 2014

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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09:42
Yosemite update fails to fix some Wi-Fi problems

Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.10.1, which was intended to — among other things — improve Wi-Fi reliability, hasn't completely resolved the issue.

On Apple's Support Communities, there are still complaints of dropped connections and slow speeds on Macs that were updated to Mac OS X Yosemite. In fact, "ComputerWorld" (http://tinyurl.com/q2fsysm) notes one support thread that contains more than 1,100 posts. Here are a couple of the complaints:

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09:39
Nokia channels Apple's iPad mini with new N1...

In one of its first major product releases as a Microsoft subsidiary, former handset heavyweight Nokia on Tuesday unveiled a new 7.9-inch Android tablet that appears to take a number of cues from Apple's rival iPad mini.

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09:38
Oh Nokia

Even the product page is the same as Apple’s for Nokia’s new tablet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
KTLA goes Apple Pay shopping with Apple's Eddy...

Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue has a lot to be happy about with a successful Apple Pay rollout in the last month. He's so happy that he went out and did a lot of early holiday shopping with KTLA's Rich DeMuro...

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09:09
Apple ordered to pay $23.6 million for illegally...

Apple has been ordered to pay a Texas firm -- Mobile Telecommunications Technologies -- $23.6 million for illegally using pager patents in its products. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas has ruled that six patents owned by MTel are valid and were infringed by products including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the AirPort router line. The patents were originally issued in the mid- to late '90s, and are either recently expired or set to expire soon....



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09:00
Some users still having Wi-Fi issues after OS X 10....

While yesterday's Mac OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update brought relief to a number of users who were having Wi-Fi issues, MacNN reports that the Apple support threads are still buzzing with discussions of continued disconnects and slow connection speeds....

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08:53
Mac users say Yosemite 10.10.1 update did nothing to...

Apple released Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday to fix Wi-Fi problems that hundreds of Mac owners had reported since the operating system was released last month. But for many, the update did nothing to restore connectivity, and for some 10.10.1 caused Wi-Fi problems where none existed before.

Macworld readers reported their own issues with the Yosemite update, reflecting the current sentiment over on Apple’s support forums. A handful of threads on Apple’s Yosemite support forum indicate that 10.10.1 didn’t fix the problem of Wi-Fi connectivity dropping out, or if it did, Wi-Fi remains slow. Some users are resorting to Ethernet to get a connection.

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08:52
Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI Guitar Controller

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

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08:48
Apple may let third-party accessories have their own...

Apple is reportedly preparing a new Lightning receptacle for third-party accessories, paving the way for USB-free battery packs and Lightning-based headphones.

As 9to5Mac reports, Apple briefed accessory makers on its plans during a conference in China last week. The receptacle should be in accessory makers' hands early next year.

One obvious application for the new connection would be for battery cases such as the Mophie Juice Pack. Currently, iPhone users must charge these accessories with a separate MicroUSB cable. With a Lightning receptacle, users could just plug in the same Lightning cable that they already use to charge their phones. Mophie's Android phone cases already work this way with standard USB cables, so users can charge both...

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08:30
Nokia Unveils Android-Powered N1 Tablet With iPad...

During today's opening of the Slush 2014 conference, Nokia announced its new N1 tablet, the first device from the Finnish company following the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. With its aluminum casing, curved styling and 7.9-inch screen, the N1 is a dead ringer for Apple's iPad mini.

Powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia's Z launcher, the Nokia N1 ships with a 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, PowerVR GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 7.9-inch Retina-resolution display. Other hardware specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and connectivity options that include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Similar to Apple's Lightning connector, the N1 includes a reversible USB Type-C connector for charging and syncing. The port is located on the bottom edge of the tablet and is nestled between the tablet's...

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08:28
Apple Pay now supported at BI-LO, Winn-Dixie,...

In spite of the MCX and CurrentC ordeal, Apple Pay seems to be gaining some ground.

Per MacRumors, Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows reports of of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple’s “Coming later this year” list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank branches across eleven southern states and Washington, D.C.

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08:18
Some users continue to report Wi-Fi-related issues...

From my own end, the OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update worked and I haven’t had any issues to kvetch about.

This doesn’t seem to be the same case for everyone.

Per 9to5Mac, Computerworld and complaints registered on the Apple Support Communities, yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the Wi-Fi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.

Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves WiFi reliability,’ many...

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08:12
iPhone Apps: WhatsApp Messenger, Rdio, Instagram
08:09
Apple analysts: Know what’s really cool? A trillion...

Analysts attending the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York have suggested that Apple could eventually be valued at a trillion dollars.

Gains in shares of Apple Inc could take the world’s largest publicly traded company to a market capitalization of perhaps as high as $1 trillion, some of the country’s biggest investors said on Monday.

AAPL got two-thirds of the way there a few days ago, reaching $663B, since climbing further to $670B, and billionaire investor Carl Icahn suggested last month that the company should already be valued at a trillion dollars … ...

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08:00
Fleksy breaks Guinness World Record again

The Fleksy Keyboard for iOS 8, which we reviewed here, has broken a Guinness World Record for texting speed on a touchscreen device. The previous record holder? Fleksy Keyboard.

Marcel Fernandes Filho, 17, was able to use Flesky on his iPhone 6 to...

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07:55
From Office Mix to Office 365 Video

Today, Microsoft announced Office 365 Video, a new service of Office 365 that makes it easy to share video inside your organization. Office 365 Video is built on SharePoint Online, powered by Azure Media Services, and leverages Yammer and Office Graph to deliver a dynamic, mobile-optimized experience within Office 365. From onboarding new employees, to distributing a CEO message to the entire company, it makes video a first-class citizen.

We’re proud to pre-announce that Office Mix will let you publish to Office 365 Video from directly within PowerPoint. While we can’t yet share the date, we are very thankful to let you know it’s coming very soon.

Office Mix has always let you export a mix to video, and we’ve heard how much you loved being able to create a video from PowerPoint—for free. We’re now going to extend that capability from the individual to the organization with an end–to-end...

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07:55
New MFi specs allow built-in Lightning ports,...

As a part of last week's Made For i conference in China, Apple introduced a pair of important changes to standards for Lightning connectors. Above all is that accessory makers will now be allowed to include built-in Lightning ports. In the past companies have been forced to include separate USB connections for charging products, even though Lightning is fully capable of delivering power....



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07:45
Apple Granted a Patent for Devices with a...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's granted patent relating to electronic devices with transparent touch displays. Users will be able to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working.

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07:40
Apple ordered to pay $23.6 million after losing...

Bloomberg reports that a federal jury has found Apple guilty of infringing on six patents related to outdated pager technology from the 1990s. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has ordered Apple to pay a $23.6 million settlement for violating six patents owned by plaintiff Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC in the case.

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies claimed that several Apple products with wireless messaging were violating the pager technology, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Airport lineup of Wi-Fi products. Apple won a similar case over pager technology, involving a different company, last month in a California court.

“Apple is refusing to acknowledge the...

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07:26
SunTrust Bank and BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery...

Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows our earlier report of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple's "Coming later this year" list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank...

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

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

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07:15
US Marshals Have Their Own Cellphone Data Slurpfest


The United States Marshals Service reportedly is grabbing data from thousands, if not millions, of Americans' cellphones using high-tech devices deployed on five Cessnas. The aircraft operate out of at least five metro-area airports and apparently can cover most of the U.S. population. They are equipped with DRT boxes, popularly known as "dirtboxes," made by a subsidiary of Boeing. The DRT boxes gather the IMSI numbers -- a cellphone's unique identifier -- and geolocation data from all cellphones within their range.

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07:00
Blossom ups the ante in the smart sprinkler...

Early in 2014, an app-connected "smart sprinkler controller" called the Rachio Iro made a splash when it arrived online and in Home Depot stores. By the end of the summer, a lot of people -- myself included -- were raving about the device and how...

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

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

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


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06:48
Top hedge funds predict Apple could achieve trillion...

As shares of Apple repeatedly reach new all-time highs, major investors believe the trend could continue, propelling the iPhone maker to a massive market capitalization level of $1 trillion as soon as next year.

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

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

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06:30
Apple to Begin Allowing Accessory Manufacturers to...

While Apple's Lightning connector has become ubiquitous across the company's iOS device lineup over the past several years, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. That appears set to change in the relatively near future, however, as Apple has informed members of the company's MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year, reports 9to5Mac.Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or...

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06:30
Apple Found Guilty of Infringing Patents Related to...

Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.

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06:29
Quark Software launches Quark Author

Quark Software has released Quark Author (http://tinyurl.com/ncdzyqt), new Web-based software that allows business users and subject matter experts to create structured content within a word processor-like environment that keeps XML behind the scenes.

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06:23
Synology unveils DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+

Synology (www.synology.com) has introduced DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+, 5-bay and 8-bay NAS servers designed for small and medium-sized businesses to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and backup among large groups of employees.
 

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06:12
Apple iOS 8.1.1 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.

Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level.

Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you’re seeing the moment you’re seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are.

Design....

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06:09
Apple will soon let third-party products use its...

Last week at Apple’s yearly briefing for accessory makers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program, the company unveiled new Lightning connectors and specs for Lightning receptacles that will soon be available for implementation in MFi accessories. The new Lightning receptacle, scheduled to start shipping next year, will allow accessory makers to build new types of accessories that include a port for Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector previously reserved for its own iOS devices (pictured above).

The announcement was made during Apple’s MFi Summit in China that took place last week...

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06:06
Apple Granted Patent for Possible Future Magic Mouse...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique invention that could one day add a scanner to Apple's Magic Mouse.

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06:01
Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

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


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06:00
Introducing Office 365 Video

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager in the Office 365 group.

Over the years, SharePoint has been used not just for collaboration sites and document management, but also search, dashboards, company intranets, wikis, blogs and much more. We’ve categorized many of these under the same umbrella term, “Portals.”

Now we have a tremendous opportunity to expand on the Portals portfolio and deliver new experiences that have taken weeks, if not months, to build, based on common patterns of valuable portal solutions we’ve seen customers put in place. Going forward, Office 365 will serve as a platform for us to deliver new destinations–NextGen Portals–which by design will be:

  • Intelligent, leveraging the Office Graph to deliver personalized, relevant information to users.
  • Social, integrating social interactions from Yammer to fuel participation.
  • Mobile, easy...
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06:00
Individuals behind Wirelurker malware arrested;...

Three individuals behind the recently discovered Wirelurker malware were arrested last week by Chinese authorities, according to a report from Security Week. Additionally, the website the defendants used to disseminate the malware has been taken...

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05:30
Wolfie allows beginners to learn piano with advanced...

Chances are you've seen plenty of virtual piano keyboard apps in the App Store, but isn't it far less often that you come across a music app that wants you to use an actual piano, perhaps for educational purposes? How primitive, right? Well that is...

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05:26
Xiaomi has competition in the iPad mini cloning...

Xiaomi has built its business on copying Apple, so it wasn’t a great surprise when it launched its iPad mini clone, the Mi Pad. It’s slightly more surprising to see post-Microsoft Nokia going down the same route, today launching its N1 tablet which has cloned everything from the curved edges to the speaker grilles at the bottom of the device to the button placement at the top. Even the friggen website looks like it was lifted from the apple.com domain.

The Android-powered N1 is Nokia’s first new product since selling its devices and services division to Microsoft last year … ...

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05:21
Deleting a Safari tab on one device from another one

This tip arrived with iOS 8 and Yosemite, but is a little down in the weeds, so you may not have noticed it. This clever detail is exactly the sort of thing that draws me to Apple products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - Apple's latest...

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.

Redesigned interface.
With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know information at your fingertips. The result is that your Mac has a fresh new look, with all the power and simplicity you know and love.

Powerful built-in apps.
One of the best things about a Mac is that it comes loaded with state-of-the-art, beautifully designed apps you’ll love to...

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05:08
Online retailers who support Apple Pay in iOS apps...

While most of the buzz surrounding Apple Pay is focused on its use in person at retail, the most popular application this holiday season may be in securely authorizing online purchases, a new study shows.

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05:00
Vainglory, Apple's iPhone 6 showcase game,...

With free-to-play PC games like League of Legends and Dota 2 pulling in tens of millions of daily players, it was inevitable that such multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games would scale down for mobile. Strong options like Fates Forever and Heroes of Order and Chaos have shown that it’s possible to do the team-based tactical action genre justice on iPhone and iPad alike, but newcomer Vainglory might be the most impressive option to date. 

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05:00
Bushel Interview with Tech.mn

Slowly but surely information about what I left 318 to do has been leaking out. And I wouldn’t say leaking. More like being broadcast to the world. I’ve worked on a few little things here and there at JAMF Software since my arrival. But my core duty is to shepherd the development and strategy behind a new Mobile Device Management tool called Bushel. A little more about Bushel is available here, and I’ll likely post more about it here when the time is right:

http://tech.mn/news/2014/11/04/jamf-software-bushel-apple-device-management/

And to access the Bushel site:

http://www.bushel.com

And some of the writing that are now finding their way onto the Bushel blog:

http://blog.bushel.com

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04:46
IDC sees growth, consolidation in global datacenter...

A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that the transition to the 3rd Platform is having a direct impact on datacenter construction and remodeling.

IDC (www.idc.com) expects the total number of datacenters (all types) deployed worldwide will peak at 8.6 million in 2017 and then begin to decline slowly. This shift will be triggered by a decline in internal datacenter server rooms starting in 2016 and internal server closets starting in 2017.

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04:45
Hands On: Door Kickers (OS X, Windows)

Frequently, players' allegiances to strategy games fall in one of two categories: either real-time strategies or tactical turn based play. But what if there was a game that aims to please both sides? Potentially, now there is. Door Kickers, by KillHouse Games, is a real-time strategy game that gives players the ability to undergo tactical interventions while leading their own SWAT team. While the game itself is in fact a real-time strategy, the tactical elements and the ability to pause are likely to please gamers who enjoy more tactical play....



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04:40
Intel consolidating mobile chip, computer CPU...

Perhaps burdened by the weight of the "post-pc" era, Intel is planning to combine its PC and Mobile Chip groups into a "Client Computing" department. The shift will take place in early 2015, and will consolidate marketing, production, and staff into one department serving both needs of the company....



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04:37
Apple Granted a Major Patent for an Original Siri...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original patents related to Siri.

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04:37
Recommended Reading: 'iPhone Portable Genius,...

If you have a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, Wiley's "iPhone Portable Genius, 2nd Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/mcyxzpc) is a great read. It's packed with practical advice and covers all the key features in clear, no-nonsense language.

It's a great manual for new iPhone users. Even experienced Apple smartphones will discover new tips and tricks. This full-color guide is designed for the visual learner, featuring plenty of screenshots that illustrate various techniques.

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04:31
Awaken 6 for Mac updated for Yosemite and iTunes 12

Embraceware Software (http://embraceware.com/) has announced Awaken 6.0 for Mac. The update was visually redesigned and updated for Mac OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12.

Awaken turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. You can fall asleep to your music as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.

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04:30
Google software can upload an image, then describe...

From Google’s research blog:

People can summarize a complex scene in a few words without thinking twice. It’s much more difficult for computers. But we’ve just gotten a bit closer.

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04:26
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now available...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says that BatchOutput PPT, its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint, is now available on Mac App Store in the Productivity category for US$20.

BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.

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04:11
Samsung plans to cut smartphone models by up to 30%...

Wall Street Journal:

Samsung Electronics Co. said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it offers next year, part of a move to cut costs to combat declining profit.

Worked for Apple.

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04:07
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 failing to cure WiFi problems...

Yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the WiFi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.

Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves WiFi reliability,’ many of those who had reported connection failures, dropped connections and slow speeds said that nothing had changed since upgrading to 10.10.1 … 

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03:51
Uber executive suggests digging up dirt on...

Buzzfeed:

A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.

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03:30
How to open your ClarisWorks files for a stroll down...

It’s easy to assume that we have it better now than we ever had it in the past. In raw numerical terms, today’s computers are many thousands of times faster than the computers I grew up using in the ’80s and ’90s, and that has enabled the development of software that is wildly more capable but in many cases much more user-friendly than the apps I used back then. Yet say the word ClarisWorks—the name given to the precursor to iWork as Apple’s office package—to a Mac user of my vintage and they’ll pause for a moment, go a bit misty-eyed, and proceed to tell you with a slightly unsettling zeal how awesome and ahead-of-its-time it was.

And it really was. Before ClarisWorks, so-called integrated product suites were nothing of the kind. That is, while you might have gotten a word processor, spreadsheet app and drawing app bundled in one box (installed, of course, from a stack of floppy disks), they were essentially separate apps. While they might appear to be part of a suite on...

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02:59
Let's go shopping with Eddy Cue who Demos Apple...

What better way to see how Apple Pay works than a personal tour with Eddy Cue the man behind Apple's new mobile wallet service. (The video takes a few seconds to start. After the ad, the story begins.) Nearly a million credit cards were linked to the Apple Pay service within the first days of its launch. KTLA reporter Rich...

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02:32
Some OS X Yosemite Users Still Experiencing Wi-Fi...

Yesterday, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, which brought improved Wi-Fi reliability after a number of users reported connection issues with the new operating system. However, Computerworld reports that a number of users on Apple's support forums are still claiming to have issues with Wi-Fi even after updating to OS X 10.10.1, with some saying that they are still not able to connect at all while others note that their Wi-Fi has remained significantly slow.

The largest thread on Apple's support forums discussing the Wi-Fi problems in OS X Yosemite has grown to 1,120 replies with more users reporting issues with a number of Macs and a variety of router...

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02:00
Apple's scanner mouse patent dynamically...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple an invention covering a mouse peripheral with built-in chromatic sensor, a device designed to deal with tracking issues inherent in conventional designs while acting as a handheld scanner.

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Monday November 17

23:35
Apple's Eddy Cue Shows Off Apple Pay at Panera...

Earlier tonight, KTLA 5's The Tech Report aired a segment (via AppleInsider) centering around Apple Pay, which featured Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue using the mobile payments solution around Santa Monica. The segment, which can be viewed here, followed Cue and reporter Rich Demuro as the Apple executive utilized his iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay to purchase a meal at Panera Bread, sunglasses at Bloomingdale's, and merchandise from the Disney Store.

For their meal at Panera Bread, Cue is shown utilizing Apple Pay inside of the restaurant's official app to pre-order food simply...

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22:38
Briefly: Nest rivals at Apple Stores; Sony debuts...

Starting on Monday, Apple Stores are now carrying at least one rival to Google-owned Nest's self-titled smart Learning Thermostat. The Ecobee3 offers an advantage over the Nest in terms of multi-room support, utilizing sensors that can be bought separately to bring more intelligent energy management to the full home rather than relying on a single point of reference. Like Nest and Honeywell's rival entry, the smart device can be managed through a smartphone app from anywhere with a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The Ecobee3 sells for the same price as the Nest, $250....



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21:41
Eddy Cue takes KTLA holiday shopping to show off...

Apple executive Eddy Cue, in charge of the team that developed Apple Pay, recently participated in some holiday shopping with local news station KTLA to demonstrate how the new mobile payments platform works. Cue, alongside tech reporter Rich DeMuro, visited a number of stores in Santa Monica, California, including Panera Bread, Bloomingdale’s and the Disney Store.

The video reiterates how seamless it is to make contactless payments with Apple Pay by simply tapping an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on an NFC-equipped payment terminal. While some retailers still require a signature depending on the purchase amount, Apple hopes to remove that hurdle and make Apple Pay an even more convenient experience at the over 220,000 stores where it is accepted.

Cue...

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20:59
EyeTV 3.6.7 - Watch and record TV on your Mac. (...

EyeTV brings a rich TV experience to your Mac.

Watch live TV on your Mac. Pause, rewind, and record whenever you want. EyeTV gives you powerful control over what you watch and how you watch it.

Put down the remote. Grab your Mac.

  • A Smarter interface. Find your favorite shows using a convenient program guide with multiple search methods.
  • Customizable recording options. Record a single episode or an entire season.
  • Sync with your apps. Make your recordings portable by integrating with iTunes and syncing your device.
  • Awesome editing. Create video clips and trim unwanted content with easy editing options.



Version 3.6.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later



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20:57
Hands On: This War of Mine (Linux, OS X, Windows)

Stepping into This War of Mine speaks a lot about the experience a player should expect, as there are no frills or explanations. The stark, desaturated palette explains everything about the world people are thrust into -- it's void of the color and spirit of life, with choices living in shades of gray. It tells a tale of people stranded in the middle of a city devastated by war, forcing them to press on until a ceasefire is secured. This War of Mine isn't about entertainment or escape. It's about the elasticity of human nature and the will to survive....



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20:56
SpamSieve 2.9.18 - Robust spam filter for major...

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.



Version 2.9.18:

  • Works with Apple Mail under Mac OS X 10.10.1. It's easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.18 before updating to Mac OS X 10.10.1. (To prevent Mac OS X from updating itself without asking you, go to the App Store section of System Preferences and make sure that Install OS X updates is unchecked.) In any case, if you don't see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail's Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from...

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20:47
Apple exec Eddy Cue goes on 'holiday shopping...

In a segment that aired Monday night on local Los Angeles, Calif., news station KTLA, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue went on a "shopping spree" to show off Apple Pay at a number of retailers, including the Apple Store.

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20:46
FileZilla 3.9.0.6 - Fast and reliable FTP client. (...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

Version 3.9.0.6:

  • ! Disabled support for legacy SSL 3.0 to address the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3. (CVE-2014-3566)
  • Fixed generic proxy support in IPv6 environments
  • Small improvements of control sizes on high-dpi displays
  • OS X: Fix Drag&Drop while holding down the Ctrl key (or equivalent)
  • Fix potential crash dragging files over an empty list



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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20:28
Apple iSight supplier Sony unveils new 21MP CMOS...

Apple partner supplier Sony on Monday announced an upcoming 21-megapixel CMOS sensor with onboard plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, 4K video output and still image HDR, all features that could trickle down to a future iPhone model.

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19:26
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.1 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar.

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19:00
Chinese authorities arrest three suspects behind ‘...

Earlier this month, a new type of Mac- and iOS-based malware called “WireLurker” appeared online. Apple responded by blocking affected apps from launching on OS X, but another development was made in the case today.

According to ZDNet, Chinese authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with the malware and taken down the website that was found to be distributing it....

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18:53
The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on...

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. Today IBM launched their official IBM MobileFirst website.

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18:52
Giveaway: win a Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard

According to a recent survey conducted by Logitech, 65 percent of Americans are distracted by messages from one of their devices when using another. In fact, multi-tasking is the new normal with more than three-fourths of Americans using two or more devices simultaneously a day. Fortunately Logitech has the cure for this affliction. It's called the Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard and it's designed to be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. MacNN has teamed up with Logitech to give away one of these keyboards to one of our readers....



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18:41
Learning to read corpses at the Texas State Body Farm

Vice:

It wasn’t just a smell; it was a force. With the first whiff, I thought, Camembert. But as the golf cart got closer, the smell became sweeter—noxiously sweet. You could call it the smell of death, but really it was the smell of what comes after: an obscene eruption of microbial life.

In the driver’s seat was Dr. Daniel Wescott, director of the Texas State Forensic Anthropology Centre.

He pointed to the corpse at our feet—one of the dozens of donor bodies exposed to the elements here in the forests and fields of Texas State University’s 26-acre decomposition research facility. Most of the local kids who tell ghost stories about the place just call it “the body farm.”

I had the opportunity to see the University of Tennessee’s version of this but chickened out.

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18:25
Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA...

The Guardian:

A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

Even if their motives aren’t 100% altruistic, it’s still good to see these companies shining a light on the issue.

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18:21
The lesson of Monument Valley

TechCrunch:

I’m fascinated by the reviews left by Monument Valley players in the wake of the decision by the game’s developer (ustwo) to price a recent content update at not-free. Ustwo had released the original game at $4 featuring 10 levels. The game was a labor of love and earned many just awards. It also went to sell in excess of 1.4 million copies – a feat that exemplifies how arty mobile gaming can work very well. This latest pack brings 8 new levels to the game and costs a pretty trivial $2. And yet in its wake came a surge of 1-star reviews. But why?

First lesson is people can be cheap and petty.

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

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

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


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18:11
Apple now accepting HomeKit product plans for...

On the heels of reports that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips that feature Apple's HomeKit API already embedded in them are now arriving to accessory makers, Apple announced during its "Made For i" (MFi) developer conference in China that manufacturers can now submit product plans for HomeKit-based products to the iPhone maker for approval, making it possible that the first group of such devices could arrive before the end of the holiday buying season. Apple's MFi certification would be the last step for devices before hitting the market....



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18:09
[Sponsor] Desk: A Desktop Blogging App You'll...

Hi, I’m John Saddington, an indie developer and blogger! And, I’d love to share with you a few “facts”…

Fact: I’ve been blogging longer than John Gruber (since 2001).

Fact: I’ve tried every desktop blogging app out there and none have stuck.

Fact: I decided to build one for myself, one that truly focused on what really matters: Writing.

Fact: I built it exclusively for OS X and I call the app Desk — I think you’ll really like it.

Fact: It has the most simple UI possible and respects text ornamentation via Markdown (hell yeah!) and a beautiful WYSIWYG editor, among many other features.

Fact: You can directly publish to your favorite publishing platform including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Typepad, Movable Type, Facebook Notes, Squarespace, and more on the way.

Fact: I’m not as famous nor as successful as John Gruber. ;)

It...

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17:56
Native Apps Are Part of the Web

Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”:

Everything about apps feels like a win for users — they are
faster and easier to use than what came before. But underneath all
that convenience is something sinister: the end of the very
openness that allowed Internet companies to grow into some of the
most powerful or important companies of the 21st century.

I can’t believe someone is still writing this in 2014. Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t understand that apps aren’t really in opposition to the open Internet. They’re just superior clients to open Internet services. Instagram didn’t even have a web interface for years, but native app clients for iOS and Android didn’t lock Instagram into anything. Their back-end is just as open as it would have been if they had only had a web browser client interface. They...

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17:15
When Microsoft Went A-Courting


FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it's no ailment -- but that doesn't mean it's any simpler to remedy. The cause, it turns out, is none other than the news that Microsoft is open sourcing .Net and also expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS. Yes, you heard that right: Steve Ballmer once may have called Linux a "cancer," but today Redmond has a newfound "love" for Linux.

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16:58
MPAA launches website to help consumers find legal...

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) introduced a new tool last week that aims to make it easier to sift through the streaming services on the Internet find legal channels to view hit television shows and movies. Where to Watch is referred to as a "one-stop shop" for connecting film and television fans to their desired entertainment, directing them them numerous viewing platforms with only a few clicks....



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16:39
Chinese Authorities Shut Down WireLurker...

Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store.

According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it.

First...

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

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

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16:18
Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update

‘Tis a day for updates.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system.

The update offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improves Wi-Fi reliability.

- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

- Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.

- Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.

- Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be...

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16:15
Responsive images

Sixty-two percent of the weight of the web is images, and we’re serving more image bytes every day. That would be peachy if all of those bytes were being put to good use. But on small or low-resolution screens, most of that data is waste.

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16:12
Monday Deals: 55-inch 4K television, four-bay NAS,...

Welcome to the first instance of Monday Deals! As the holiday shopping period begins, we are doubling up on the posts where we find deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, to make your gift buying time easier. Just like the Friday deals, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but could be different if you are reading this later in the week, so check the deal before purchasing....



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16:11
Intel Introduces a Surprising Smart Bracelet in Time...

Tech companies have learned many lessons from Apple over the years, but the one that stands out this month is the "surprise factor." At the top of the month Amazon surprised the market with a new home device they call "Echo." Today it's Intel that's taking the market by surprise by introducing a new highly fashionable smart bracelet with a hard to love name of "My Intelligent Communications Accessory." It will be sold in the US in the coming days ahead.

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16:00
Kimiko Pro Color Cam is a solid camera app for iOS

Although there are a mountain of photo apps for iOS, I always like to see fresh ideas, and Kimiko Pro (free) definitely has some. As opposed to a post-processing tool, Kimiko Pro lets you frame your picture and make changes in real time before you...

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16:00
China arrests 'Wirelurker' malware...

Apple's iOS, when un-jailbroken, is so resistant to malware that three Chinese suspects had to come up with an exceedingly clever method of delivering the "Wirelurker" threat to the company's mobile devices. On Monday, Chinese officials announced they had arrested the three suspects, and shut down the servers hosting the malware. The threat was never widespread because of the elaborate nature of the scheme and its China-only focus, but it was one of the few malwares able to get onto un-jailbroken iOS devices....

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15:59
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update

It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.

Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is rumored to be working on.

Over on...

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15:55
Chinese sites hosting 'Wirelurker' Mac-to-...

A Beijing government agency on Monday announced the arrest of three suspects thought to be behind the so-called "WireLurker" trojan targeting Mac and iOS devices, saying websites hosting the malware have been shut down.

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15:18
AT&T promo gives subscribers 15GB of data for...

Spurred on by increased competition in the wireless space, U.S. No. 2 carrier AT&T is rolling out a limited-time promotion that nets customers 15GB of data for $100 per month, or the current going rate for 10GB of data.

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15:00
Olloclip 4-In-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus

Olloclip was one of the first vendors to come out with accessory lenses for the iPhone, so it's no surprise that the company has turned the design and manufacturing of its high-quality lenses into an art. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus version of the...

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

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


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14:37
Apple Store now selling ecobee3 smart thermostat,...

Smarthome device maker ecobee scored coveted Apple Store shelf space as online and brick-and-mortar outlets on Monday started sales of the ecobee3 Internet-connected thermostat, one of the first products selected by Apple's retail arm to challenge Google-owned Nest.

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14:27
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18

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

Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.

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14:26
Petite Loop: A leash for your iPhone

A phone leash that fits your lifestyle.

I’m not sure how popular those iPod touch loops were that Apple released, but perhaps popular enough to make it worthwhile for these folks to make it for the iPhone.

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14:16
A guide to using Apple Pay

A great post here from Allyson Kazmucha, Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie on how to use Apple Pay. I used Apple Pay at Home Depot, Whole Foods and Peet’s Coffee and it always works great for me. Getting your card into the iPhone and using it at a store is easy as can be.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:08
Smart thermostat war heats up as Apple starts...

Although Apple continues to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect despite Google’s acquisition of the smart device company, the iPhone maker has added a competing Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat to the lineup. Apple has recently added the Ecobee3 smart Wi-Fi thermostat to the Connected Home section of its online store. The smart thermostat, which can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad, is available for $249.95.

The addition of the Ecobee3 smart thermostat to the Apple online store is notable, given that the...

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14:02
ExtraBITS for 17 November 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers discussed net neutrality on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Kirk McElhearn investigated iOS storage space, Apple eased fears about the iOS Masque Attack vulnerability, Apple Pay made a mark at Whole Foods, and Amazon buried the hatchet with Hachette.

 

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14:00
AT&T launches limited time Mobile Share Value...

AT&T is launching a new plan offer starting November 18, giving existing and new customers looking for a bargain in data an additional option to consider. The company's current 10GB Mobile Share Value plan is getting a 5GB boost in shared data, while maintaining the $100 price. The wireless carrier says that the plan will be offered for a limited time, but doesn't give a date for the end of the promotion....



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13:57
Snapchat wants you to send cash through its app, but...

Snapchat is now letting you send cash through its app with a new feature called, fittingly enough, Snapcash. Your first instinct might be to take your debit card and run far,
far away from an app that has been the target of high-profile hacks—that’s understandable. But
Snapchat’s new Venmo-like feature is powered by a name people actually trust: Square.

Square handles the back-end details of Snapcash, including debit card number storage. No financial information will be kept on Snapchat’s servers, which
have fallen prey to attacks in the past.

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13:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5, Firefox 33.1, and LaunchBar 6.1.5.

 

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13:48
AT&T’s new promo offers 15GB of data for the...

AT&T recently ran a promo that offered double data on a select number of its Mobile Share Value plans. As a follow up, the carrier will soon start extending an extra 5GB of data to customers with 10GB plans at no additional charge. The offer starts tomorrow and runs for a “limited time.”

AT&T hasn’t clarified how long this promo will be available, so you’ll want to move quickly to take advantage of this deal. New and existing customers can add the additional 5GB of data to their Mobile Share plan by visiting att.com or using the carrier’s myAT&T mobile app.

In addition to extra data, Ma Bell’s share plan ships with unlimited talk...

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13:30
Track flights for free with Air UK Free

AirUK is an app developed by Fikret Urgan. It requires iOS 6.0 or later, is compatible with iPad and iPod touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5. A user can track flight statuses by following the movement of tiny plane icons. If you press on one of the...

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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

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

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13:25
Square, Snapchat partner on Snapcash mobile payment...

Payment service Square has partnered with Snapchat on a new feature in the latter's mobile apps for iOS and Android, Snapcash. Users can quickly transfer money between each other by joining a chat, typing in the amount preceded by a dollar sign -- for instance "$3.50" -- and then hitting a green button. Prior to this, a person must register a debit card, the data for which is stored on Square servers....



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13:12
MFi Summit Shenzhen: Apple begins accepting product...

Accessory makers in Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program can now submit HomeKit product plans to Apple for approval, one of the last steps required before products begin hitting store shelves.

The news comes from Apple’s MFi Summit that took place in Shenzhen, China last week. The event, which is closed to the public and only open to those in the MFi program, focused heavily on Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit product this year in addition to announcements related to iBeacon, new Lightning specs, game controllers, and more. First unveiled alongside iOS 8, HomeKit provides accessory makers and app developers in the home automation space a common...

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13:05
iPhone hardware partner Sony announces new 21-...

Sony announced a new imaging sensor today that the company says will improve smartphones cameras. The Exmor RS IMX230 is a stacked CMOS sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. One of the key talking points of Sony’s new chip is its 192 point phase detection autofocus, which makes it easier to shoot photos or video of a fast moving subject with your smartphone.

Sony’s new hardware also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging for high-resolution photos and 4K video recording. This functionality will help shutterbugs capture better results in backlit environments. While Sony has its own line of smartphones and tablets, the company’s sensors...

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13:00
Apple gets ready for the holiday shopping season...

With the holiday buying season just around the corner, Apple is making a few minor changes to its retail stores to get ready. According to Kelly Hodgkins of MacRumors (and TUAW) the company will be introducing new holiday-colored shirts for employees...

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12:37
Briefly: Origin PC sellling Genesis case, new...

Custom computer builder Origin PC is celebrating its five-year anniversary, kicking it off with a special sale to commemorate the occasion. Origin PC announced that it's giving consumers the chance to buy the custom computer cases used for its Millennium and Genesis desktops for a limited time. Both cases feature Origin PC's industrial design and variable mounting, which allows the system parts to be configured in four different ways that include standard, 90 degree and inverted mounting options....



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12:30
Perch simplifies social media for business owners

Perch is a free, universal social media management app designed to save business owners time every day. Perch offers social network and review activity for your company in a simple, unified feed. It's also possible to watch other businesses and track...

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

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

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12:22
Apple Supplier Sony Debuts 21-Megapixel Image Sensor...

Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point.

The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology.

According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points,...

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12:00
Vainglory, the game Apple highlighted to show off...

Super Evil Megacorp has released its new multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory as a free download on the iTunes store. If the game sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple has been promoting the game since the very day it announced the...

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12:00
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

Crowman & Wolfboy [iOS...

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11:58
Toyota's Mirai Aims to Kick Fuel-Cell Tech Into...


Toyota on Monday officially unveiled its fuel cell sedan in an Internet video featuring Toyota Motor Corporation's president and CEO Akio Toyoda. The announcement comes in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 21-30. The new sedan, dubbed "Mirai" -- which means "future" in Japanese -- can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refuel in less than five minutes, and emit only water vapor. To ensure that its drivers actually can fuel up, Toyota announced that it will help establish 12 new hydrogen fueling stations in five states.

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11:55
Like I said, you can’t make this shit up

From The New York Times:

Samsung Turns to BlackBerry for Better Security

Dumb and Dumber

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:55
And by the way, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 is out as well...

It must be update Monday at Apple today. No sooner had I updated my iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.1.1 than I noticed a little red notification badge on the Mac App Store -- which ended up being the official version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (I've been...

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11:46
“What I learned from Steve Jobs”
11:42
Some users encountering iMessage outages, delays

Some people are encountering problems with Apple's iMessage system, according to complaints on social networks such as Twitter. Affected users will find messages taking a long time to send, if they go out at all. Apple's system status page doesn't currently display any warnings....



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11:41
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

I installed it and am having no issues so far.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:30
iPad triggers evacuation at Houses of Parliament

If you own an iPad you already know how easily it can kill your productivity, but one of Apple's tablets ruined a work day at England's Parliament when Portcullis House -- an office building that houses government officials and their staffers -- was...

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11:26
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates

Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:

° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available

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

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

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11:20
Apple releases iOS and Yosemite updates to fix bugs...

If your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 have been slowing down since upgrading to iOS 8, today’s 8.1.1 update is designed to improve performance on those devices. The release isn’t as major as the feature-packed 8.1, which delivered Apple Pay to iOS devices, but it will fix a few bugs.

To install the update over the air, plug in your device and go through the standard Settings > General > Software Update routine.

OS X is also getting an update: 10.10.1 is here to fix Wi-Fi issues on Macs running Yosemite. Hundreds of complaints about Yosemite Wi-Fi problems have flooded Apple’s support forum since the OS upgrade was released last month. The complaints ranged from spotty connectivity to completely borked Wi-Fi.

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11:13
Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1...

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets....



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11:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort Extreme (newest,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Base Station (Geek Squad Certified Refurb.) $120 (Reg. $199 new)more

Seagate Backup...

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

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


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11:00
A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Yosemite edition

Welcome to Yosemite Server.

Andrew Cunningham

OS X Server is in maintenance mode. That much was clear when Mavericks Server came out a year ago with just a handful of welcome-but-minor tweaks and improvements. The software hasn’t grown stagnant, really—certainly not to the extent of something like Apple Remote Desktop, which only gets updated when it’s time to support a new OS X version. But now OS X Server is changing very little from version to version, and since the untimely death of the Mac Mini Server, Apple isn't even selling any kind of server-oriented hardware.

Still, the Yosemite version of OS X Server changes enough to be worth revisiting. As with our pieces on...

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11:00
What am I doing wrong?

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X...

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10:47
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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10:42
OS X 10.10.1 released with fixes for Wi-Fi, Exchange...

Apple

Apple has just released OS X 10.10.1, the first major update to Yosemite. The patch doesn't include any big new features, but it fixes a handful of bugs including one that could cause problems with Wi-Fi connections. The update was released alongside iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that improves performance on older devices like the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

You can grab 10.10.1 through the Mac App Store's Update tab, and it ought to show up on Apple's downloads site later today if you prefer to manually download and install. From Apple's official release notes:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolves an issue that may...
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10:36
∞ Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

You can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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10:35
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4...

Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.

Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.

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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

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

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10:35
iOS 8.1.1 is here, full of bug fixes, stability and...

Another day, another iOS update. iOS 8.1.1 is appearing on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world via the standard over-the-air update process. You can install the update by simply launching Settings, then going to General > Software...

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10:30
Want a Mac under the Christmas tree this year?...

Online shoppers placing orders for the new Retina iMac on Apple's digital store are seeing notifications of "unexpected delays" as we make our way closer to the biggest gift-giving day of the year. MacNN is reporting that delays of up to two weeks...

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10:29
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to fix bugs and speed up...

Lee Hutchinson

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1, the fourth update to iOS 8 since it was released two months ago. The update is available for all devices running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

iOS 8.1 focused mostly on adding features like SMS forwarding and Apple Pay, but 8.1.1 returns the focus to fixing bugs. The biggest improvement should be better performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, devices that both suffered when iOS 8 was...

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

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


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10:20
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2.

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

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


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10:19
Apple's OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update improves...

Apple's OS X Yosemite Mac operating system received a significant update on Monday designed to address nagging Wi-Fi connectivity issues that have plagued some users since its launch in October, along with a range of other bug fixes.

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10:16
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV...

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms for increased reliability and security.

 

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

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

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10:12
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 w/ bug fixes...

In addition to releasing iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone and iPad users, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system. Mac users that have experienced WiFi performance issues running Yosemite should expect improvements with this bug fix release. The update is available for Macs running OS X Yosemite through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

In addition to addressing WiFi performance, Apple says OS X 10.10.1 also includes improvements for Microsoft Exchange users and fixes for Mail. You can read the full list of changes below.

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update improves...

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10:08
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance...

After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of...

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10:08
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 with performance...

Apple on Monday pushed out an update for its mobile operating system in the form of iOS 8.1.1, with the headline improvements coming for users of older devices like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

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10:07
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 w/ bug fixes &...

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update to last month’s iOS 8.1 release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The public release for iOS 8.1.1 follows a beta release to members of Apple’s developer program. Last month Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users as well as the iCloud Photo Library public beta.

According to Apple, iOS 8.1.1 will improve performance for older, A5-powered devices running iOS 8, namely the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s; Apple’s current selling iPod touch first released in 2012 is also powered by Apple’s A5 chip.

The update is available over-the-air through the Settings app under General and Software Update. As always, you will need to be on...

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10:07
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 With Wi-Fi...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly.

The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update:

- Improves Wi-Fi reliability
- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server
- Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers
- Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers...

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

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

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


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10:00
Heyday: A wonderful, well-designed personal journal...

As I get older – and I'm already older than dirt compared to most of my fellow TUAW-ites – I find that it's more important to me to capture memories of what's going on in my life. I've been an avid journalist (one who writes a personal journal)...

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09:59
Apple's MacBook Air continues to bear the brunt...

As Microsoft begins ramping up the holiday ad blitz for its Surface tablets, the software giant has kept Apple's MacBook Air squarely in the crosshairs, continuing its string of television spots that pit the two devices against each other.

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09:56
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini...

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.

Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
 

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09:49
Samsung to be main supplier of A-series chips in...

Samsung has signed a deal to become the "primary supplier" of Apple's A-series processors starting in 2015, claims the Korea Times. Last year TSMC is believed to have taken over the majority of production, possibly around 60 percent. Under the new scheme, Samsung is expected to churn out chips at its Austin, Texas plant -- the original home of the A series -- and at another facility in New York. Samsung's share of the work is forecast to grow to 80 percent by 2016....



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09:30
Daily Deals for November 17, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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09:13
Spotify control of Uber cab audio revealed, new...

Spotify is partnering with Uber, allowing passengers of the taxi app to play their choice of music via the cab's built-in audio system. At the same time as the audio announcement, it appears that code within the Spotify app itself points toward the future introduction of a podcasting service, alongside another unknown feature given the name "Magic."...



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09:00
Touching base on Sway Preview

On October 1st, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office portfolio to help people quickly and easily bring their ideas to life in a new way. We also kicked off Sway Preview, putting an intentionally early and “feature light” version of Sway into the hands of customers in order to shape the future of the product together. With Sway, we’re reimagining what it means to be productive in a mobile-first and cloud-first world—taking action anytime and anywhere you have an idea or inspiration.

We’re a few weeks into Sway Preview, and we’ve been thrilled by the overwhelming interest we’ve had so far. Each week we’re inviting thousands of people from our waitlist to join us on our journey. If you’re still waiting for an invite, we want to thank you for your patience. In the meantime, be...

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09:00
Announcing details of OneDrive for Business...

We’re excited to announce that OneDrive for Business will begin rolling out to existing Office 365 ProPlus before the end of 2014, we expect all Office 365 ProPlus customers will have OneDrive for Business before the end of January 2015. In addition, customers who subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus after December 1, 2014 will automatically get OneDrive for Business provisioned.

Office 365 ProPlus subscribers will initially get 1 TB of storage per user on OneDrive for Business, and will be updated to unlimited storage as it rolls out to Office 365 commercial subscribers. (You can access the Office 365 roadmap here.)

The post Announcing details of OneDrive for Business availability for Office 365 ProPlus customers...

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09:00
Support Corner webcast—Office 365 Professional Plus

Join us this Tuesday, November 18th at 9 a.m. PST/12pm ET for a discussion on what shared computer activation is and how it’s used for Office 365 Professional Plus deployments.

To add the webcast to your calendar visit the Office 365 Summit—Events website.

Presenter—Sidharth Shah is senior support escalation engineer on the Office Core Team at IGTSC and has been with Microsoft Customer Support Services for eight years as part of the VSOD Team and Office Core team.

Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and have your questions answered.

For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the...

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09:00
Microsoft Virtual Academy courses—Office 365 security

Three courses around Office 365 security are now available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Exchange Online Protection (EOP)

If you’re looking to protect your organization from spam and malware, check out this course on Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP), a cloud-based email filtering service that even includes features to safeguard against messaging-policy violations. This course provides the details that IT professionals need to know about EOP, why EOP is necessary in your organization, how Microsoft has architected EOP to handle spam and malware, and how to deploy, configure and manage EOP.

Instructors—Shobhit Sahay-Microsoft technical product manager; Ori Kashi-Microsoft senior program manager ; Levon Esibov-Microsoft...

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09:00
The best farm animal simulator on Mac is turning...

Goat Simulator is one of the best games of the year -- no, seriously, you can waste a whole lot of time doing absolutely nothing as a goat -- and now it's getting a ridiculous update that is going to make it even more of a time-sink. This Thursday,...

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08:48
Apple retail gift cards arrive in third-party stores...

Apple is making a big push with gift cards for the holidays with the most notable change being gift cards for its retail stores arriving through third-party retailers, according to sources. The company already sold iTunes/App Store gift certificates through a number of retail parters, but it has just recently started selling its Apple Store gift cards outside its own channels as well. Apple Retail will also make changes to repair procedures tomorrow including the introduction of in-store repairs for Beats products. 

In addition to arriving at third-party retailers, the gift cards received a new look (pictured above) and Apple retail plans to advertise the gold, silver, and space gray cards next to matching Beats headphones on the retail floor rather than in the back. Other holiday changes for Apple retail...

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08:48
Now you can DJ your Uber ride with in-car Spotify...

The best part of driving is the freedom to belt out tunes of your choosing. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick would rather you hail a car from his app than tool around town in your own set of wheels, so the company is partnering with Spotify to put control of Uber’s sound system in your phone. 

On Friday, you’ll have the option to link your Spotify and Uber accounts within the Uber app. When a music-enabled car responds to your ride request, you can pull up your Spotify playlists within a bottom bar inside the Uber app and jam out. The partnership is launching in 10 cities at first, including San Francisco, New York, London, Stockholm, and Singapore, before rolling out worldwide in coming months. Spotify’s promotional video below shows the feature in action:

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08:39
Verizon Wireless adopts harsher early termination...

Well, this should give you another reason to dislike Verizon.

Per Macworld and Droid Life, wireless carrier Verizon recently changed the terms of its customer agreement to state that the carrier will not discount its early termination fee (ETF) until the eighth month of service.

In other words, if you signed up for a new iPhone with Verizon in December, you wouldn’t see a reduction in your ETF until at least July. Verizon previously discounted its ETF by $10 every month beginning with the first month of service.

The new terms only apply to new customers that sign up for service on or after...

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08:33
First ACEs Conference for Apple consultants...

A new Apple-focused meetup for consultants is kicking off its inaugural conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, this coming up May. The event is called the ACEs Conference and it’s put on by two members of the Apple community, Justin Esgar and Luis Giraldo, both of whom run Apple consultant businesses in Manhattan and Canada, respectively. The two describe the event as being for Apple consultants by Apple consultants:

The Aces Conference is the first of its kind. Apple consultants teaching Apple consultants not only tips and tricks of tech, but of business too. Learn how to be a better consultant, a better technician, a better everything at Aces Conf.

Jeff Gamet of the Mac Observer will lead the keynote and sessions include topics such as growing your business and app...

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08:19
Apple Stores changing up look of gift cards, worker...

Apple is planning some minor changes at its retail stores in preparation for the holiday season, sources say. One of these includes dressing clerks in red holiday shirts. A permanent adjustment, though, will involve removing neck lanyards from the standard uniform; to compensate for the lack of ID, clerks will reportedly be asked to introduce themselves more often....



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Apple seals UnionPay deal, takes step to...

Apple may be a little bit closer to bringing Apple Pay to Chinese shores.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a China UnionPay credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

Prior to the UnionPay deal, China’s iTunes Store customers were forced to set up pre-paid accounts linked directly to bank accounts — a process that was inconvenient and didn’t quick purchases easy.

Apple’s customers in China have been asking for UnionPay support for some time. The company’s senior vice president of Internet Software and...

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08:00
Jony Ive talks about the link between design and...

While Jony Ive used to be Apple's quiet man behind the scenes, occasionally popping up in Apple-produced videos shown at Apple media events, it's now hard to keep tabs on Ive's numerous appearances and speaking engagements. One second he's conducting...

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07:55
Review: Brodit, the ultimate car dock system for...

There are about a quadrillion different car docks for iPhones, ranging in price from a few dollars right up into triple digits. Brodit docks sit right at the high end, with a complete powered installation coming in at around $140-150.

Crazy money? Expensive for sure, but having owned one since the iPhone 4, I didn’t even consider anything else when I bought my iPhone 6 … 

Brodit is a Swedish company specialising in mounting systems for attaching electronic equipment to vehicles. Brodit systems have two selling-points.

First, quality. Once installed, a Brodit mount looks like a factory fitment, and is rock-solid. The...

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07:50
Apple informs some users of “unexpected delays” for...

You might have to get your loved one a nice side gift, as the really nice iMac you ordered for the holidays could be delayed.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of new orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.

Readers pointed to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.

In the email quoting an “unexpected delay” (pictured above), Apple...

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07:45
Microsoft Launches New Holiday Ad Comparing Surface...

Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody.

The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?"

Since the Surface Pro 3 was...

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

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


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07:36
Rumor: Apple taps rival Samsung to build majority of...

A new rumor suggests that Apple has struck a major new agreement with its chief rival, Samsung, in which the South Korean electronics maker will produce most of Apple's custom A-series processors for iPhone and iPad starting in 2015.

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07:32
Korea Times claims Samsung will be lead supplier for...

Korea Times is claiming that a deal has been struck with Apple for Samsung to supply 80% of the chips for next year’s iPhones and iPads, with TSMC picking up the balance of orders.

Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.

The agreement means Samsung will become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, pushing its chief Taiwanese rival TSMC back to second place. From 2016, the company will supply 80 percent of APs used in Apple devices, and TSMC the remainder.

The paper suggests that Samsung will split production of the A9 chip across its Korean and Texas plants, partnering with New York-based GlobalFoundries for additional capacity …
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07:27
Retina iMac buyers being notified of '...

Some people who ordered the Retina iMac in the past few weeks have been receiving emails from Apple, claiming an "unexpected delay" in shipping. In one example, a buyer says they placed an online order on October 31st, and were initially quoted a delivery window between November 14th and the 19th. A delay notice has shifted that window to between the 28th and December 2nd....



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07:27
OS X Yosemite: Set Safari’s Search Engine to...

If you're looking for a more anonymous way to search the Internet than Google or Bing offers, OS X Yosemite lets you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo. It's easy and fast. Read on to learn how.


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07:26
Alibaba Executive Talks about a Possible Apple Pay...

Apple has certainly gone all out to fast track "Apple Pay" into China and has made it crystal clear that it's a top priority. Today the buzz is about the Apple-UnionPay deal that was just announced but for the past several weeks there was a lot of press surrounding a possible deal being hammered out with Alibaba to form a payment system alliance. An alliance with Alibaba would allow Apple Pay and/or at least their one-tap purchase process to work for iPhone customers making purchases with Alibaba that has a massive online market share footprint in China. Today, an interview with Alibaba's ..

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07:21
Apple Retail Making Gift Card and Uniform Changes...

As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video.

Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17.

Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail...

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