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Wednesday December 10

20:41
Alsoft Releases DiskWarrior 5

Aloft's DiskWarrior is the powerful disk repair and recover tool for OS X. Having been around since long before OS X, techs and users have learned to use and rely on the simple interface that does a lot.

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20:01
Grab a big iOS App designer bundle (MSRP: over $1000...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Specials.9to5toys.com is running a **special** on an iOS app designer bundle that up and coming iOS app designers will likely want to take advantage of.  This is an “NYOP bundle”, meaning that people can name their own price to get 2 courses (Learn Mobile Web Design Using Bootstrap & Learn To Build Cross Platform Apps). Or, if you beat the average price, you’ll get the entire bundle (7 courses & assets). This evening that is only a few bucks plus 10% goes to charity of your choice...

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19:54
LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.


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19:17
Electronic payment gateway Charge Anywhere...

In a statement, electronic payment gateway provider Charge Anywhere, LLC announced it discovered "malware that had not been previously detected by any anti-virus program" in their system. The discovery was made after an unnamed party requested the company investigate some unauthorized transactions that appeared to be made legitimately....



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18:52
Nokia Here appears on Google Play, iOS version on...

Nokia's Here maps for Android is no longer just for Samsung smartphones and tablets, with Nokia making it available to other Android devices on Google Play, without the need to side load the app. At the same time as the Android expansion, the company has revealed its upcoming Here release for iOS will be slightly later than initially believed, with a version for Apple devices set to arrive in early 2015....



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18:41
Apple Will Begin Selling LTE iPad Air 2 and iPad...

Apple has announced that it will begin selling LTE versions of both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in China beginning this week. Previously, only the Wi-Fi versions of Apple's newest tablets were available in the country.

Apple® today announced that models of iPad Air™ 2 and iPad mini™ 3 with cellular networking will be available in China starting this week. TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast networks, are all available in a single model, giving iPad Air 2 customers in China the ability to stay connected on advanced cellular data networks in China and around the world so they can go more places and do more things.The cellular iPad Air 2 models are available at 4,488 (RMB) for the 16GB model, 5,188 (RMB) for the 64GB model and 5,888 (RMB) for the 128GB model. The iPad mini 3...

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18:25
How Linux Works Is an OS Mechanic's Mainstay


How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know offers an unglamorous view of the Linux OS. It takes readers behind the GUI into the bowels of command line operations. This second edition of Brian Ward's classic Linux reference book is completely revised, and it offers something for every Linux user. Ward drills down to the technical specifics that developers need -- but he also peels back the onion layers gently enough for Linux tinkerers to know what happens when they do stuff with the operating system -- and why.

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18:12
Apple announces availability of iPad Air 2 and iPad...

Apple announced today that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be coming to China “starting this week.” One single model will support all of China’s iPad carriers. The tablets are already available on Apple’s Chinese web store and are expected to ship within about a day.

The pricing for the iPad 2 WLAN models comes in at 3,588 RMB for 16GB, 4,288 RMB for 64GB, or 4,988 RMB for 128 GB, while the cellular versions will run for 4,488 RMB for 16GB, 5,188 RMB for 64GB, or 5,888 RMB for 128GB.

The iPad mini 3 will cost shoppers 2,888 RMB for 16GB of storage, 3,588 RMB for the...

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18:04
Manufacturers lobby opposes possible Title II...

The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and leaders in Congress to oppose the possible, and much more strict, proposals for Internet regulation as put forth by the FCC. The letter, which claims that the current standard of net neutrality "severely threaten continuing growth," functions as a rebuttal to a similar letter from the opposite point of view sent last May by over 100 tech companies, who argued that net neutrality was the only option that would protect Internet growth and well-being....



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18:00
Snapchat updates with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support...

Once you've upgraded to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, using apps that don't take advantage of the full large screen can be aggravating, especially if one of those apps is an image service like Snapchat. Thankfully, Snapchat users no longer must suffer with...

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17:54
ACM 284: Facebook Rants and Apple’s Amazing Growth

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks Apple CEO Tim Cook is off base with his philosophy on relationships with customers, so Jeff and Bryan call him to task for missing the point Mr. Cook was really making. They also look at Apple's growing R&D efforts outside of the United States and what that means for the company's future and us.


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17:52
Apple debuts cellular LTE-equipped iPad Air 2 and...

Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

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17:36
Apple fighting media request for 'pale, weak...

Apple is opposing a media request to the court hearing the lawsuit between audio software maker Real and Apple that seeks to release a video deposition made by Steve Jobs, near the end of his life, on behalf of the case. The iPhone maker is opposing the request, saying that the video was part of witness testimony and not entered into evidence, and therefore can't be released as that would constitute a recording of a portion of the trial, which has not allowed cameras or video....



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17:25
How Uber vets drivers

This is an interesting read. I’ll admit, I expected there to be more of a smoking gun in the story, but I can see why the DAs want Uber to stop saying they have the “safest rides on the road.”

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17:02
Morgan Stanley fined $4M for allowing rogue Apple...

Investment bank Morgan Stanley on Wednesday agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $4 million in fines for violating the market access rule when it allowed a rogue trader to fraudulently purchase some $1 billion of Apple stock in 2012.

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Line Runner 2 [iOS Univ...

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16:48
Heineken Christmas Tree

It’s simply beautiful.

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16:43
United to equip 23,000 flight attendants with the...

United Airlines today announced the carrier will equip its flight attendants with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, putting important safety and service information at flight attendants’ fingertips while enhancing their ability to meet customers’ needs.

The airline will begin distribution to its more than 23,000 mainline flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015. Upon introduction, the devices will have the ability to handle most onboard retail transactions and will enable access to company email, united.com and the company’s Intranet as well as policies and procedures manuals.

Future enhancements include replacing the flight attendants’ printed safety manual with an electronic version on their iPhones and providing real-time reporting and improved follow-up on aircraft cabin issues and repairs. Additionally, United plans to develop a number of customer-focused tools for the device.

United also renewed the iPad program it started in 2011 with the iPad Air 2....

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16:00
Grovemade's beautiful handcrafted Walnut iPhone...

Grovemade makes some amazing cases and accessories out of wood, and we've covered a few of them before. Recently, a Walnut iPhone Case for iPhone 6 (US$99) came into the TUAW Labs for our inspection, and it's a gorgeous piece of work. Check out this ...

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15:56
23,000 United Airlines Attendants will officially...

The Apple – United Airlines partnership has certainly shone this year. In March the introduced in-flight movie service exclusively for Apple devices. Then we posted a report covering some of the new iPad Bars United is setting up that also covers iPad menus in their restaurants at several airports with many on the way. Today, United Airlines announced they will be will equipping its flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus ...

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15:44
Giveaway: win 1 of 10 "Tunes Cleaner" Mac...

One common problem that anyone who uses iTunes extensively will face is clutter. This could be remedied by painstakingly going through and organizing files manually, or specialized software can be used. Enter stage right, the "Tunes Cleaner" App for OS X. MacNN recently got our hands on a review copy to see if it was worth the price, and late last week we published our hands-on review. We also got 10 redemption codes to give away to our readers, find out more below....



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15:30
Learn soccer tactics and strategies with The False 9

Soccer continues to grow in popularity in the United States especially amongst the younger generation. But I have found that very few Americans really know much about the tactics that big time teams use during their games. We all know about shotguns,...

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15:00
Readdle's PDF Office: Powerful PDF form...

When it comes to productivity apps for iOS, probably no developer does the job better than Ukraine-based Readdle. Over the years we've watched in awe as they've cranked out some amazing apps like PDF Expert, Scanner Pro, Documents, and Calendars. Whi...

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14:45
Is the U.S. Ready for Cuddle Finder Apps in the App...

Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.


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14:30
United Airlines providing iPhone 6 Plus to more than...

The iPhone 6 Plus has been dominating the phablet market since its release, but thanks to United Airlines the device is about to become omnipresent on certain flights. Today United announced they will be equipping more than 23,000 flight attendants w...

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14:27
9to5Toys Last Call: LG 65-inch 1080p LED HDTV $699,...

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:

LG 65″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $699 w/ free in-store pick up (Reg. $900)

Relive your favorite classic video games with the ...

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14:15
7 Great Christmas Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

There are lots of fun things to do at Christmas. Celebrate, do a countdown timer, read about Charlie Brown's Christmas, track Santa's progress in flight and bake cookies, to name a few. John Martellaro has put together a nice collection of iOS apps to help you get organized, celebrate and eat!


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14:09
Review: OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 (OS X, Windows)

Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. As this interest begins to develop into a hobby, inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite, with apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, it is far from the only option out there. The real question is, can any of the competition stand up to the quality that Adobe has become renown for providing? O...



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14:04
Register for the GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway (in Time...

We have a killer giveaway through our friends at Stack Social. It's for the GoPro Hero4 camera, the newest GoPro model. It will film in 1080p at 120 fps, 2.7K at 50 fps, and 4K at 30 fps. Come on, that's incredible! It can capture 12 megapixel stills at 30 fps, has a more powerful processor than previous models, and is generally-speaking bad-ass. To register, all you have to do is sign up to receive email notifications of TMO deals. Easy. Plus, the winner will be picked on December 15th so that the GoPro Hero4 can be delivered by Christmas. Good luck!


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14:00
Lync for Windows Phone update—more settings for...

Barak Manor and Jamie Stark are product managers on the Lync team.

An exciting update for the Lync for Windows Phone is now available, part of our ongoing, frequent releases for mobile clients. This time we’re reorganizing the settings dedicated to voice calls, making it super easy to know and control which network will be used for phone calls.

Before, you had only two options for voice calls, configured with the “Require Wi-Fi for VoIP” setting. Now that we’ve refined and renamed the two Wi-Fi options and added the Cellular option, you have three clearly defined options to choose from, each with its own advantages.

  • VoIP always—The device will use a Wi-Fi connection, if available, to place the call. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, the device will defer to the 3G/4G data plan and the Lync voice calls will be initiated over that connection.
    This option is perfect for those of you who always want to have the richest...
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14:00
Roomlia for iPhone offers nice travel booking options

As Carl Sagan once said, "There are billions and billions of travel apps in the App Store." I'm paraphrasing, but you get the sentiment. Giants like Kayak (which I love) and Travelocity are quite visible while others get less attention. Today I want ...

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13:56
Apple Stores to support Sprint's Easy Pay,...

People wanting to take advantage of Sprint's Easy Pay or iPhone for Life financing and leasing options should soon be able to do it at an Apple Store, a report says. Training is currently said to be underway, and some stores may in fact be ready to process the plans today. Neither option is available through Apple's website, but previously, shoppers angling for one of them had to order elsewhere....



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13:43
The stimulating history of coffee: why you hear this...

Slate:

You don’t speak Turkish. You don’t speak Finnish. You don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese. None of these languages is remotely related to English. In fact, none of these languages are even in the same language family. Yet you can recognize, within the two quick syllables of kah-vay, ka-vee, and ka-fay, the word you know as coffee.

I am always fascinated by where words come from and their commonalities. I’d never thought about why “coffee” is so similar around the world and in so many different languages.

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13:38
Amplified: “I was in a bar somewhere”

Jim and Shawn talk about three months with an iPhone 6 Plus, Apple lawsuits, Apple’s Best of 2014 and connecting instruments to an iPad!

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13:30
Just Get 10: Merging Madness

Just Get 10 is a number puzzle game where players combine similar numbers until they reach 10. For instance, three ones next to each other get added together and make a block labeled two. Players continue to make these groupings until they reach the ...

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13:19
United Airlines to equip 23,000 flight attendants...

United Airlines has signed a deal with Apple that will see it equip over 23,000 flight attendants with the iPhone 6 Plus in 2015, according to an announcement. The phones will initially let attendants process onboard transactions, as well as access United email, the airline's intranet, and internal safety, service, and policy information. Distribution of the phones is expected to begin in the second quarter....



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13:08
United Airlines buys iPhone 6 Plus for all its...

United Airlines announced today that its more than 23,000 flight attendants will soon be carrying the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus for company use and servicing customers. The airline says it will be rolling out Apple’s phablet to its flight attendants starting next year during the second quarter and be used for onboard retail transactions, accessing company email and the airline’s website and internal network, and viewing airline manuals for policies and procedures.

United Airlines says deploying the iPhone 6 Plus to its flight attendant staff will allow the airline to replace paper safety manuals in the...

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13:00
Exposure for iOS lets you selectively edit and color...

Exposure (US$1.99) is a slick iOS app that lets you selective apply effects to your photos. Of course the app also lets you globally apply an effect too, like sepia tint or black and white effects, but the nice feature here is the ability to use your...

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13:00
Reviews: OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 9 (OS X, Windows)

Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. As this interest begins to develop into a hobby, inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite ......

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12:53
iDevices talks working w/ Apple to fast track...

Apple introduced HomeKit during its WWDC Keynote presentation last June. Since then we’ve heard HomeKit-enabled chips are on the move, but you still can’t buy a HomeKit-certified device. They are on the way, however, as Apple just started accepting product plans from manufacturers following a yearly summit for companies in its Made-for-iPhone program.

iDevices, maker of the iGrill, is hoping it’ll help push HomeKit into the mainstream. Since early last year, the Connecticut-based company has invested over 10 million dollars into HomeKit development and has been closely working with Apple to create...

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12:33
United Airlines to Equip Flight Attendants With...

United Airlines today announced that it plans to distribute Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus to more than 23,000 of its flight attendants during the second quarter of 2015.

The phones will be able to handle "most onboard retail transactions" such as food and drink purchases, and will allow flight attendants to access their email, the United.com website, the United Airlines Intranet, plus policies and procedures manuals.

"We are thrilled to make this investment in our flight attendants," said Sam Risoli, United's senior vice president of inflight services. "iPhone 6 Plus will enable them to deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them to better serve our customers."In the future, the iPhone 6 Plus devices used by flight attendants will replace printed safety manuals with electronic versions, allowing for real-time reporting and access to aircraft cabin...

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12:20
United Airlines to deploy Apple's iPhone 6 Plus...

United Airlines on Wednesday announced that it will equip more than 23,000 flight attendants with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus next year, allowing them to handle onboard transactions as well as accessing company email and other internal information.

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12:15
The paranoid person’s guide to a complete Mac backup

Macworld:

I’m somewhat paranoid about backing up my data files. And by “somewhat paranoid,” I mean “petrified.” If you’re not of a similar mindset, you should be.

Consider what it would mean to lose some irreplaceable photos, for instance. Or the please-let-me-keep-my-job presentation that you’ve been pulling together for months. Or your financial data. Being paranoid in every waking hour isn’t a great way to get through life, but when it comes to backing up your data it’s nearly impossible to go too far.

I’m constantly on people to have, make and verify their backups. As a victim of not having a backup in the past, I know the pain losing important data can cause. I’m doing this for your own good.

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12:01
Sprint ‘iPhone for Life’ & ‘Easy Pay’ leasing/...

Apple SVP Retail Angela Ahrendts

With the introduction of new iPhone financing options from wireless carriers, Apple has steadily been adding support in its stores for the latest payment options allowing customers to get an iPhone without paying the full price or even the $199 and up contract price.

Apple already supports financing plans from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile either online, in its retail stores, or both, and 9to5Mac has learned that Apple is preparing to soon offer Sprint’s iPhone financing and leasing plans as well with support rolling out at some stores as soon as today.

Under the additional payment options, Sprint...

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12:00
In Apple iTunes trial, media companies seek video of...

Apple founder Steve Jobs came back from the dead in the iTunes antitrust trial on Friday, speaking for more than 20 minutes to jurors through his videotaped deposition.

Now three big media companies want to access that video and make it public. Bloomberg, The Associated Press, and CNN intervened in the iTunes case seeking access to the video. Apple has opposed their motion, while the plaintiffs, a class of eight million consumers as well as iPod resellers, took no position.

Jobs was on medical leave at the time of the 2011 deposition and was in frail health. Questioned by plaintiffs' lawyers, he spoke about his recollection of RealNetworks and how their music DRM system interacted with iTunes. A transcript of the deposition (PDF) has been public since October.

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12:00
Want a pair of 1st gen iPhones? Fork over $30,000

The original iPhone is a bit of a rarity these days thanks to its age and the number of units that have undoubtedly been smashed, dropped, or plopped into a toilet, so finding a working one will cost you. Finding a sealed box with one of Apple's firs...

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11:53
Instagram celebrates 300 million users with verified...

Instagram has always been beloved by photographers, selfie-takers, and latte lovers, but now we can put its popularity in context: Instagram officially has more fans than Twitter.

The photo-sharing network has 300 million monthly active users compared to Twitter’s 284 million, despite the real-time news platform’s bigger profile. Of course, Twitter would argue it has a larger footprint than just monthly active users—CEO Dick Costolo has said the network reaches an additional 500 million unique visitors each month who never log into the network.

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11:45
Apple Online Store Gains New Toys Ahead of the...

As of this week, Apple has begun offering several new toys in its online Apple Store, including a Barbie from Mattel, a Skylanders game, and a WowWee Robot. The new online-only additions come just ahead of the holiday season and mark Apple's continued efforts to bolster its products aimed at younger children.

The most curious new toy offered in the online Apple Store is a Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll from Mattel. Sold for $49.95, the Barbie is the first doll that Apple has ever sold and at first glance, appears out of place in the online store. The Barbie is a standard Barbie doll, but it is designed to be used alongside a free app [Direct Link] on the iPad that allows children to create customized clothes on printable fabric sheets.

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11:42
iOS 8.2 beta 2 seeds to developers

Apple has begun seeding a second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, build 12D445d. The first beta, build 12D436, was released on November 18th. As of this writing there don't appear to be any feature changes, suggesting the new beta is mostly intended to eliminate bugs....



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11:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Great golfing

Great golfing

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a new way to make sure that you’re getting everything you can out of your golf game. Plus—batteries, speakers, stands, and more.

Arccos

Here’s an iOS accessory for serious golfers: The $400 Arccos system attaches a sensor to each of your clubs, then uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to relay data about every part of your game back to an app on your iPhone. The makers say: “Arccos will enable you to make smarter choices right on the course, so you can have your best game, every game.”

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11:01
T-Mobile offers cheaper family plans, other deals in...

The wireless carrier price wars continue.

And maybe you can use it to your advantage.

Per Macworld, T-Mobile is rolling out yet another limited-time offer on wireless service, this time bringing the cost of unlimited data way down for families.

The carrier is now charging US$100 per month for two lines with unlimited 4G LTE data, down from a regular price of US$140 per month. Additional lines cost US$40 per month—same as before—and subscribers can have up to 10 total lines at this price.

There is just one catch: To get the US$100 per month base price, everyone on the plan must have unlimited data. For subscribers who can get by with less, T-Mobile is also bringing back an earlier promotion that provided 2.5 GB of 4G...

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11:00
Indian Court Bans Xiaomi Smartphones over Ericsson...

A technology site noted last month that "The biggest factors that keep Chinese smartphone makers out of the West – and even developed countries in Asia like South Korea and Japan – are carrier subsidies, patents, and cultural stigma." Today we learned just how true that statement was. With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they set their eyes on their next market target: India. Today that plan was dealt a blow. The Indian High Court has banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country.

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11:00
How to disable iPhone cellular calls on iPad and Mac

If I ever meet Cult of Mac's Rob LeFebvre in person, I'm going to buy him a beer (or coffee). Why? He had a little "how to" article on the site today that answered a question one of my friends had asked the other day, so now I don't have to do any re...

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10:57
Blackphone to Peddle a Few Good Apps


Blackphone on Tuesday announced plans to open an app store for privacy-focused applications to run on its secure smartphone. The store is expected to launch in January.
The Blackphone runs PrivatOS, a modified version of Android 4.4.2 that comes bundled with tools that encrypt phone calls, texts, emails and Internet browsing. The app store will feature curated apps selected for their protection of users' security and privacy. The PrivatOS update scheduled for early 2015 will come with several preloaded apps.

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10:51
Twitter clients in 2014: An exploration of Tweetbot...

MacStories:

I’ve spent weeks comparing features and changing apps to understand the kind of experience they want to promote. But implementation details and design differences aside, I also kept wondering the same question: was the real Twitter different from the third-party clients I used for three years?

I use Tweetbot on iOS but am always interested in reading what others think of the other major iOS Twitter clients.

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10:45
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 to Restore Vanishing...

Apple has updated iOS 8 to restore missing ringtones that had been purchased from the iTunes Store. Since there are no other fixes of note, don’t rush to install the update.

 

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10:43
Square merchants in the US post sales of $100M in a...

Small businesses using Square's popular iPhone- and iPad-connected credit card readers combined to sell more than $100 million worth of goods and services in a single day, the company announced on Wednesday.

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10:38
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-10

Apps to help iPhone-toting snuggle buddies find each other are showing up on Apple's App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and safety implications of the cuddle apps, plus they dive into the problems Apple is making by forcing iOS app developers to remove key features from their products.


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10:30
The strategies and challenges involved in developing...

WWDC 2014 was unquestionably one of the best Apple events in years. While there were no hardware announcements, developers and Apple enthusiasts at large were treated to a two hour event chock-full of surprises, not the least of which was the introdu...

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10:24
Briefly: Alipay adds TouchID support, Shazam 8.2.0...

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has updated its Alipay app for iPhone and iPad today, now including support for TouchID. Mobile payments made with an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can now be verified with a fingerprint instead of a password, similar to Apple Pay. Apple CEO Tim cook indicated in October that he and Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma would be discussing the potential for a partnership, with speculation at that time focused on Apple Pay and Alipay integration on Alibaba, Taobao and Tmall....

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10:18
News: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released the second beta of iOS 8.2 to registered developers, following up on the first 8.2 beta released with the debut of WatchKit last month. The latest beta features a build number of 12D445d and appears to contain mostly minor tweaks and fixes, particularly focused on enhancements to WatchKit as developers prepare apps for next year’s debut of the Apple Watch....

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10:10
Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 2 to developers

Apple on Wednesday released the second beta iOS version 8.2, bringing additional support for the new WatchKit SDK and fixing a number of issues related to international languages.

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10:00
Bose triumphantly returns to Apple Store, Apple...

After unceremoniously culling Bose products from Apple Stores around the globe a couple of months back, the popular audio brand has snuck back into Apple's good graces just in time for the last weeks of holiday shopping. Recent reports claim that App...

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09:56
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 2 for developers

Apple has just released the second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, for testing, as an over-the-air update.  The beta can also be downloaded from Apple’s developer site. iOS 8.2 includes WatchKit, so developers can create apps and Glances for Apple Watch. You can read about how such apps work with our previous coverage of the WatchKit APIsApple released the first beta of iOS 8.2 a few weeks ago.

The latest update, which brings the build number from 12D436 to 12D445d, follows yesterday’s...

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09:52
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, approximately three weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta.

The beta, build 12D445d, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 2 with WatchKit.

According to the release notes, iOS 8.2 beta 2 includes fixes for keyboards that may not appear in Safari, Maps, or other third-party apps in iOS simulator and it offers Siri support for Singapore English.

Several WatchKit fixes are bundled in as well, repairing a bug that caused notifications to fail to open an app, an issue that caused WatchKit apps to stop working in iOS 8 simulator, and more.

iOS 8.2 includes the WatchKit SDK, allowing developers to create apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple's upcoming wearable device...

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09:48
Hands On: Landscape (OS X)

If your work or personal situation is anything like Chilton Webb's -- a freelance web developer, and head of Conjurebunny Software -- you may have wanted for an app that simplifies the process of web design, with specific attention paid to working on one webpage at a time, as opposed to an entire site. Conjurebunny's Landscape for OS X aims to provide tools "that can quickly assemble complicated webpages, without confining the artist to a template or a limited design," in a freeform style that is also responsive on all platforms. Currently priced at $40, Landscape purports to be at once easy a...



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09:45
Alipay updated w/ Touch ID amid talk of potential...



Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the Wall Street Journal: Digital conference in October, claimed that he would be entering discussions with Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba, about a potential partnership with the Chinese e-commerce company. It was speculated at the time that any partnership would likely be centered upon the integration of Apple Pay and Alipay for mobile payments on Alibaba, Taobao and Tmall.

Amid the speculation, China Daily was first to report that Alibaba has updated its...

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09:42
Nokia confirms Here maps will return to iOS next year

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Wednesday announced that it would bring its Here mapping service --?which has not appeared in native form on Apple devices in nearly a year --?back to iOS with a new standalone app in early 2015.

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09:41
9to5 Guide: the best iPad, iPhone + MacBook battery...

Earlier this week, I walked through a great collection of iPad, iPhone, and Mac products that I’d strongly recommend. Today, I’m here to help you choose an excellent spare battery for any portable Apple device. You can trust me because I’ve been testing Apple batteries for over a decade, conducting hours-long tests to learn how each new Apple device consumes power, and how quickly each battery replenishes a given device. If you want to learn more about why I’m recommending the specific batteries below, I discuss key factors worth considering at the bottom of this guide.

Top iPhone Batteries

There are two types of spare...

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09:30
Daily Deals for December 10, 2014, featuring GoPro...

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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09:28
Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge...

UnknowingFool writes: In the Apple DRM lawsuit, the last plaintiff in the case has been disqualified. However, due to the number of potential consumers affected, the judge has denied Apple's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs' lawyers will have to find a qualified plaintiff. To recap, the suit lost both plaintiffs in the last week when Apple reported to the judge that their iPods were not eligible (iPods must be purchased between Sept 2006 and May 2009). The first plaintiff withdrew when all her iPods were found to be outside the time period. The second plaintiff produced one iPod that was not eligible but two others that were eligible; however, Apple challenged the two eligible ones as the plaintiff could not prove she purchased them. They were purchased by her ex-husband's law firm. Since one of the suit's main claims was that the price of the iPod was raised due to Apple's actions, it was important to establish that she purchased them. At the heart of the case is that Apple's use...

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09:26
Uber sued by Los Angeles, San Francisco over fares,...

Uber is being sued by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, for unlawful business practices. The District Attorneys of both cities claim the cab company is misrepresenting how effective its driver background checks are to its users, as well as including fare calculations and other fees that have not been approved by the state itself....



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09:08
Facebook bringing ‘Trending’ section to iOS,...

Facebook introduced a new “Trending” section on the web in January to display trending stories that are frequently shared and discussed on the social network. Today, the company announced that it has improved this feature by organizing trending topics into five categories so that it’s easier for people to explore stories from different sources.

More importantly, Facebook is bringing the “Trending” section to mobile devices, including all of the improvements to the web version, with support for Android and the web rolling out today and iOS coming soon. The new experience is currently only available to Facebook users in the United States, although other countries are coming soon.

“The feed below the new sections will continue to display relevant...

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09:05
iPhone Apps: Slacker Radio, Instagram, RunKeeper
09:02
Apple and IBM reveal 10 iOS apps that aim to change...

The way banks, airlines, wireless carriers, and even governments do business could soon change if Apple and IBM have anything to say about it. The two companies now have 10 apps designed to streamline business operations behind the scenes, which may lead to better service for the rest of us.

The new apps are the first wave in a lineup that’s expected to include up to 100 iOS apps for business. IBM is firmly entrenched in enterprise, while Apple’s presence in the halls of giant corporations has been largely unofficial, in the form of employees using their personal iPhones to send company emails. So the two companies partnered up in July to bring their complementary strengths to businesses on iOS.

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09:00
What happens when 9 Excel power users come to...

Excel is a tool that means different things to many different people. And with the app available for the PC, Mac, web and even your phones and tablets, the ways in which Excel is being used is expanding like crazy. So it is important for our team to continuously learn from our diverse customers. In November, we decided to try a new way of engaging with some of our most dedicated power users, modelers and analysts in the financial industry.

Through a year-long partnership with the ModelOff Financial Services World Championship, we reached out to nine financial professionals who use Excel creatively to solve complex financial problems and invited them to travel from across the world for a few days in our house … Redmond, WA. By the end of the trip, the participants had walked the halls where we design, development and test the product, brainstormed new ideas for us to consider in next product versions and gave first hand...

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09:00
Microsoft Virtual Academy course—Office 365 identity...

The Office 365 Team has developed a new course focused on identity management, featured within Microsoft Virtual Academy.  The course titled, Office 365 identity management, includes seven 45-90 minute modules. Watch these modules to learn about user and identity management concepts, examine the available options, and explore how to configure and manage user identities.

In identity management, it is important to provide users with a seamless user authentication and profile through directory synchronization. This course looks at options for directory synchronization using Active Directory and third party identities.

Course instructors are experts in the topic and include ​Paul Andrew, senior technical product manager, Samuel Devasahayam, principal program manager, Nasos Kladakis, senior technical product manager, Dave Pae, senior product manager, Jono...

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09:00
The Sway philosophy

Chris Pratley is the partner director of engineering for the Sway team.

Since announcing Sway on October 1st, we’ve heard from thousands of you who signed up to join the Sway Preview. We’re thrilled that so many of you see the benefit of Sway in your own life. We also know that many of you want to understand more about why we developed Sway. In this post, I’ll take you through more of the background behind Sway and the philosophy behind the product.

Why did we develop Sway?

Sway comes from the Microsoft Office team. Many of the people on the team have worked on productivity software for years. We have deep experience in how people get stuff done, what they are trying to achieve, what matters to them and how work and content creation in particular has evolved over time. Over the years we have improved our core applications, making them easier to use, more powerful, more connected to the internet, available on mobile devices, etc. Our core applications...

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09:00
Manufacturing productivity in the cloud—TE...

Today’s post was written by David Ark senior director of Infrastructure Solutions for TE Connectivity.

At TE Connectivity (TE), creating and strengthening connections is what we do. Our products protect connections, enhance the flow of connections, and literally connect one thing to another. Our goal is to deliver an extraordinary experience to our customers and those who use their products. We are a global leader in innovation with more than 18,000 patents and four straight years on the Thomson Reuters list of Top 100 Global Innovators. You’ll find our products in the things you depend on every day, such as cars, appliances, medical devices, computers and many other electronics devices.

Our Digital Workplace initiative is designed to make TE an attractive place to work, and a key component is Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. In the past, we were challenged with mismatched...

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09:00
What’s new in Office Online—featuring Insights for...

The Office Online team has been busy adding integration across Microsoft Cloud services and extending the capabilities of what you can do with Office in your favorite browser.  A number of powerful features have either been rolled out recently or are beginning to roll out now. If you haven’t used Office Online in a while, here are a few updates we’ve built and implemented based on your feedback.

Insights for Office

Imagine you came across something new in a document that you are working on and want to find out more. What if you could find the information you want without disrupting your flow and without having to open a new tab in your browser to do a search? With Insights for Office, you can bring the information you want right into Word Online, in a seamlessly integrated experience that lets you learn and explore as you are working on your documents in your OneDrive.

When you right-click on a word and select Insights, Office Online...

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09:00
T-mobile announces new $100 plan with 2-lines and...

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced that it was adding two cellular plans designed for families who are looking to save money on multiple lines. Both plans are available starting today for a limited amount of time.

The new Unlimited 4G LTE family plan off...

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.2 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 6.2 beta 2 Now Available

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08:58
Synaptics First out of the Gate with Biometric ID...

Last month we posted a report titled "Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC's" The report covered three distinct trends coming to PCs next year which included the cable-less PC, 3D cameras and fingerprint ID to replace passwords to start your PC and beyond. Apple's Touch ID that has now been implemented on the latest iPhones and iPads is coming to future MacBooks too, according to one of Apple's patent filings. Today, however, it's Synaptics new SecurePad that takes the lead in bringing biometric ID to notebooks.

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08:50
FBI: No evidence of North Korea involvement in Sony...

The assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's cyber division Joe Demarest has declared that North Korea doesn't appear to be the instigator of the Sony Pictures attack. Speaking at a cybersecurity conference, the chief said that despite the attack package being compiled in Korean "there is no attribution to North Korea at this point."...



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08:24
Business time: Apple and IBM’s partnership yields...

The first wave of iPhones and iPads in the workplace got there because users brought them in, and now Apple is trying to capitalize on the "bring your own device" phenomenon by offering the kinds of things IT managers like: support, manageability, and Serious Business Apps. Those are the kinds of things that the company's partnership with IBM is about.

Today Apple and IBM announced the first wave of business-friendly apps to spring from this partnership—these will generally be of little interest to consumers, but they do give us some idea of the kinds of things IBM is doing for Apple. The list includes apps for pilots and flight crews, bankers, insurance agents, caseworkers, law enforcement, retail managers and...

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08:20
Time's Person of the Year honor goes to '...

Apple's chief executive was among those spurned by Time Magazine on Wednesday as the publication announced that the 2014 Person of the Year edition will not feature a single person, but instead pay homage to the healthcare workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

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08:04
Korean Press Delights in Apple Losing Warranty...

A Korean report published today was shown to be delighted in seeing Apple losing a lawsuit over warranty service. They viewed the victory as a firm response to Apple's arrogance.

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08:00
Apple and IBM kick off their partnership with suite...

Apple and IBM today announced the first business-oriented apps built exclusively for the iPhone and iPad. The new IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps are designed from the ground up for businesses, providing a secure operating environment, analytics and int...

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07:49
Autopano Giga 3.7 - Stitch multiple images. (Demo)

Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images.

Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:

  • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
  • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
  • Use the Preview mode to get an instant visualization of your final panorama, before even rendering it. You can keep this mode on when you use all the tools of the panorama editor.
  • Manually remove the ghosts in the overlapping areas in an instant thanks to the Mask tool. Also very useful to remove the tripod, or get rid of anything in your panorama (Autopano Giga only).



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07:42
iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Finds a New Plaintiff

The class action lawsuit alleging Apple used monopoly power to block competitors from getting into the mobile music market is back on track with a new plaintiff. After Apple showed the previous three plaintiffs hadn't purchased iPods during the time frame specified in the lawsuit, attorneys scrambled to find a replacement, and that turned out to be a 65 year old ice dancer from Boston.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple wants to win this case on merits, not technicalities. Depending on the outcome of the trial next week, we'll know if that was a smart move.


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07:39
NSA's Auroragold Mining Operation


The United States National Security Agency, which is known for monitoring landline, Web and cellphone communications worldwide, reportedly also targets wireless carriers. Documents released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the NSA has monitored more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators worldwide since 2010, in a covert operation named "Auroragold." Those intercepted communications help the NSA hack into phone networks.

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07:38
Gazelle's $20 cash bonus on working iPad trade-...

Readers who recently purchased a new iPad still have a few hours to lock in an extra $20 cash bonus on the payout value for their old models from Gazelle.

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07:33
AAPL spending almost all its US cash reserves on...

Analysis by Above Avalon‘s Neil Cybart suggests that Apple is unlikely to accelerate the pace of its stock buyback program as it is already spending almost all of its available US cash stockpile on share dividends and buybacks.

Out of $155B of cash, only $18B is available in the U.S., with the rest sitting in international subsidiaries unable to be sent back unless repatriation tax is paid […] Apple is essentially taking most, if not all, of its free cash flow from U.S. operations and piling it into share buyback.

Cybart does some number-crunching to suggest that Apple is likely to buy back around $30B worth of stock next year, though acknowledges that new product lines like the Apple Watch make it...

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07:30
Daily Deal: The GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the chance to win a new GoPro Hero4 Black to capture all of your adventures in stunning Ultra-HD! This tiny, insanely durable camera provides some seriously impressive guts, and features an incredible 4K30 resolution.  To enter, simply sign up for iLounge Deals at the link below; the lucky winner will be chosen on December 15th, 2014.

Enter The GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway Now!...

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07:22
Apple holiday ship times improve for iPhone 6,...

You may be able to have that Apple device you want to give as a present arrive in time for Christmas.

Per AppleInsider, it appears Apple’s supply chain is making significant progress in catching up with demand, as all non-128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models now show ship-by times of three to five days, while 5K Retina iMacs are listed as ready to ship in one to two weeks.

A quick check with the Online Apple Store confirms 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions in all colors are available to ship in 3-5 business days. Interestingly, all 128GB variants are showing slower 7 to 10 day ship-by dates, suggesting a shortage of high-capacity memory modules.

Certain models are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple...

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07:15
Holiday Gift Guide for the techies in your life -...

The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs about you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying) then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week,, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!...



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07:14
Check out Apple and IBM’s new enterprise iOS apps (...

After first announcing a major partnership earlier this year, Apple and IBM unveiled today a list of new enterprise apps focused on various industries including retail, government, banking, travel, and more. This is the first glimpse of what the collaboration between Apple and IBM actually looks like, and below you can see exactly what these enterprise apps look like and what they do for their respective industry. Check out each app name and description below (click for full size):

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07:07
PC makers may beat Apple to the punch with new...

While Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensors remain limited to the latest iPhone and iPad models and have yet to appear in any Mac hardware, Synaptics announced on Wednesday that its new SecurePad fingerprint scanning hardware is now available to notebook PC makers.

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07:06
Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 39.0.2171.95:

  • This release contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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07:04
Bose products return to online, retail Apple stores

Bose products have returned to Apple's online store and retail chain, reports say. These include products like SoundLink III and SoundLink Mini speakers, and the QuietComfort 20i earbuds. Bose hardware vanished from the online store on October 17th, and went missing from retail around the same time or shortly thereafter....



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07:00
How to pick the best photo editor for your life

Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors, and it’s difficult to tell which is the right
one for your needs.

If you’re already using iPhoto or Aperture, stick with those programs until Photos is released in 2015—it may be all you need. If you’re willing to
pay for more features, here are all the big (and subtle) differences between today’s top image editors to help you choose the software that’s best for you.

iPhoto

This image database and non-destructive editor will be replaced by a new app named Photos in 2015, though it’s still one of the easiest places to import,
manage, correct, and share your photos. Instead of editing your originals, it stores your edit requests in a database, so you can always revert to your
original. It works on a variety of file formats, including raw, and its Adjust panel lets you adjust exposure, color temperature,...

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07:00
Apple fires back hard at news organizations for...

As anticipated, Apple has taken an extremely strong stance against a request from three news organizations to see the release of a videotaped deposition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The deposition itself was conducted in April of 2011, a few month...

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06:56
IBM's First Wave of MobileFirst iOS Solutions...

Last month we posted a report titled "The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule." Today, Apple and IBM published a press release stating that "Apple and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. Philip Schiller ...

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06:55
Shazam for iOS updated w/ redesigned music player,...

Shazam for iOS received a major update on Wednesday with a redesigned home screen and music player for more conveniently keeping up to date with the latest artists you have identified, finding out what songs friends are listening to and accessing the latest Shazam charts. A brand new Shazam.com was also launched with a Hall of Fame for artists and other new features.

Shazam’s revamped mobile app has an all-new “Play All” button that lets you listen to full playlists across Shazam, including Charts, your Shazams and Recommended songs. Moreover, the apps have gained deeper Spotify integration with the ability for subscribers of the streaming music service to listen to full tracks directly in the...

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06:52
LastPass matches Dashlane with automated password...

After password manager Dashlane grabbed the limelight yesterday with an automated password changer for 50 top US websites, LastPass has hit back with its own version of the same feature. However, while LastPass supports more sites, it falls short of the Dashlane offering by forcing you to change one password at a time, rather than doing all supported sites en-mass, and not yet supporting sites that employ two-factor authentication.

We’re excited to announce that the Auto-Password Change feature we released to our Pre-Build Team last week is now available for all users in beta. LastPass can now change passwords for you, automatically. We’re releasing this feature for free to all our users, on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (starting with version 3.1.70) […]...

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06:36
Apple and IBM Introduce Ten Business-Focused '...

Following a partnership announced over the summer, Apple and IBM have today introduced the first in a line of mobile business apps that target a wide range of industries and businesses. Dubbed "IBM MobileFirst for iOS", the suite of ten apps hopes to "bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users."

With the initial batch including apps focused on the finance, air-travel, and banking industries, IBM also confirmed a few clients including Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte will support the MobileFirst program starting today.
“What we’re delivering aims directly at the new quest of business—smart technologies that unlock new value at the intersection of big data and individual engagement,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior...

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06:32
Apple TV gets new channels, YouTube channel gets new...

Graham Spencer, writing for MacStories:

Apple TV yesterday received four more channels, with UFC, The Scene, Fusion and Dailymotion joining the dozens of other channels available on the device.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
News: First wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps...

Apple has announced the first group of enterprise apps born out of the landmark Apple-IBM partnership. Targeted at enterprise organizations in the banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, government and airline industries, IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are designed to strengthen the role of the iPad and iPhone for use in large-scale business applications. The first IBM clients with MobileFirst solutions include Citi,…

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06:20
Apple's discontinued iPod classic commands...

Three months after its official demise, Apple's iPod Classic --?the last model to come packing a high-capacity spinning drive --?remains popular on marketplace sites like eBay, with buyers willing to pay hundreds of dollars extra to get one.

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06:18
Sound Studio 4.7.3 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac.Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities.

Any audio project. Completed with ease.

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.



Version 4.7 (4.7.3):

Note: The demo version is currently at 4.7.3. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 4.7.

  • Changed how multi-...
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06:15
∞ Apple and IBM deliver first wave of apps from new...

The apps are vertical in nature, targeting specific industries such as travel, banking, and insurance. They are built with a combination of IBM’s vertical savvy and Apple design skills.

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06:06
Apple and IBM Roll Out MobileFirst Apps for iPhone,...

Apple and IBM launched the first round of IBM MobileFirst apps for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. The apps are part of the business collaboration between the two companies to help push iOS solutions deeper into the enterprise market.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and IBM are in a strong position to be able to own the enterprise-level mobile device market, and it's clear that's exactly what they want to do. Good luck competing with that, Microsoft.


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06:00
xACT 2.35 - Audio compression toolkit. (Free)

xACT stands for X Audio Compression Toolkit, an application that encodes and decodes FLAC, SHN, Monkey's Audio, TTA, Wavpack, and Apple Lossless files. It also can encode these formats to MP3, AAC, or Opus, and do various other utility functions, in addition to a full set of shntool functions. Under the hood, xACT is a GUI based front end for the unix applications Shorten (3.6.1), shntool (3.0.10), Monkey's Audio Compressor (3.99), flac (1.3.1), wavpack (4.70.0), TTA (3.4.1), Opus 0.1.6, and cdda2wav 3.0 (with paranoia support). It also uses SoX ( 14.3.1), LAME (3.99.5), AtomicParsley (0.9.0), TagLib (1.9.1) and MP4v2 (2.0.0). It executes the basic commands of these applications and adds other features to speed up productivity in creation/use of etree.org standard filesets.



Version 2.35:

  • Fixed CD extraction bug introduced in OS X 10.10
  • Upgraded flac to v1.3.1...

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06:00
Boston ice dancer selected as new plaintiff in iPod...

A 65-year-old amateur ice dancer is the new plaintiff in the class action lawsuit filed against Apple, reports the Wall Street Journal. Barbara Bennet was flown into Oakland California and appeared in U.S. District Court on Tuesday. Following intervi...

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05:59
Parable of the polygons

Interesting visualization tool. You start with a mix of triangles and squares. There are rules that determine whether a shape is happy or not, based on the neighboring shapes being the same type (bias). Hard to explain, but spend a minute stepping through each scenario and you’ll see the point of the exercise.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:56
Apple & IBM announce first batch of MobileFirst...

Following an announcement earlier this year that Apple was teaming up with IBM to deliver a number of enterprise solutions, today Apple has officially announced the first wave of iOS apps being released through the partnership. As part of IBM’s “MobileFirst for iOS,” Apple and IBM today announced 10 new apps designed specifically for businesses including banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines.

“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organizations will put iOS devices to work,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s...

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05:55
TaiG jailbreak almost instantly updated for iOS 8.1....

Prominent jailbreakers i0n1c and iH8sn0w had strongly suggested that yesterday’s release of iOS 8.1.2 wouldn’t block the TaiG jailbreak, and this has now been confirmed: the latest version is available just a day after the iOS update.

The jailbreak supports all devices capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 6/Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It’s Windows-only for now, with a Mac version promised later. The Pangu team released an OS X tool for its own jailbreak last month.

Via...

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05:45
IBM & Apple reveal first iOS apps in enterprise...

Apple and IBM on Wednesday unveiled a wide range of "MobileFirst" applications targeted toward businesses, representing the first results of the enterprise-focused partnership between both companies.

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05:42
Facebook plans a warning system for embarrassing pics

Wired:

Let’s say you’re out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook.

Facebook is exploring AI to detect and respond to this behavior.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:36
Alibaba's Alipay Rolls out Update to Mobile App...

A new Chinese report today confirms that Alipay, the e-payment arm of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, rolled out on Tuesday the latest version of its mobile application, which allows iPhone users to make mobile payments using Touch ID instead of passwords.

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05:00
See How Long The Active User Has Logged In On A Mac

The following will grab you an integer of the number of hours an active user has logged into a computer:

user=$( ls -l /dev/console | awk '{ print $3 }' ) ; ac users $user | awk '{ print $2 }'

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04:45
iPod Classics are hot gift item as surprise holiday...

Apple kept making the iPod Classic for much longer than many expected, but when it finally called time over lack of components there were still plenty of people who wanted one. The Guardian reports that some iPod Classics are now selling for up to four times the original price.

Versions of the 160GB Classic – which can hold around 40,000 songs – are being sold as new via Amazon for up to £670. More than 3,000 of the models – the seventh, final version came out in 2010 – have been sold on eBay since the Classic was retired in...

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04:41
Kool Tools: Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video

Elgato's Thunderbolt 2 Dock (www.elgato.com) features 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution. In addition to providing a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks, it offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging.

The Thunderbolt 2 Dock comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in.

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04:36
Large format printer shipments on the rise

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com), the large format printer (LFP) market recorded year-over-year growth of 0.6% in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with more than 78,000 units shipped. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of worldwide shipment growth. Shipment value declined -4.0% year over year to nearly $782 million.

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04:36
Large format printer shipments on the rise

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com), the large format printer (LFP) market recorded year-over-year growth of 0.6% in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with more than 78,000 units shipped. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of worldwide shipment growth. Shipment value declined -4.0% year over year to nearly $782 million.

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04:00
Hands On: I Am Bread (OS X, Windows)

Bossa Studios hit the market earlier last year with their hit game Surgeon Simulator, which challenged players to successful complete levels by hacking and slashing their way through surgeries. In December, the company released the highly anticipated game I Am Bread to early access on Steam. I Am Bread is the strangely emotionally-charged narrative that follows a slice of bread as it attempts to become toasted....



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03:12
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.12 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Features:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications



Version 8.0.12:

  • Fixed full screen issues on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Azure RemoteApp...

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00:43
Some Bose Products Return to Apple Online Store...

Following a two month absence, Apple has restarted sales of Bose products in its online store. The reinstated products include the Bose QuietComfort 20i, the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker, and the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III, but notably do not include the company's over-the-ear headphone offerings. The move follows a report yesterday which noted that some French Apple retail stores had begun receiving shipments of Bose products with an intent to put the products back on...

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Tuesday December 9

23:21
DiskWarrior 5 debuts, offers full 64-bit support,...

A once-essential utility for Mac owners has returned after several years of only minor updates with a major new version that offers significant changes and improvements. DiskWarrior 5.0 by Alsoft is something of a one-trick pony, in that it primarily repairs and optimizes OS X directories -- but this can often be used to save data from failing hard drives, prevent failures in the first place, or rescue data from flash drives where directory corruption is a common problem, among other instances. The new 5.0 version supports Apple Fusion and CoreStorage homebrew "Fusion" drives, repairs partitio...



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22:59
Bose products return to Online Apple Store in time...

Two months after Apple abruptly removed Bose products from its online and brick-and-mortar stores, the devices are slowly showing up as in stock and ready to ship, just in time for the holidays.

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22:06
Google's Nexus 6 abandoned fingerprint sensor...

The Google-branded, Motorola-built Nexus 6 attempted to incorporate a fingerprint sensor like Apple's Touch ID which debuted on last year's iPhone 5s. However, the feature was abandoned shortly before the phone's introduction.

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21:25
Two more institutions add support for Apple Pay

Another two financial institutions have added support for Apple's mobile-payment iPhone technology, Apple Pay. Fremont Bank, based out of Fremont, California, and the National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union are now supporting the Touch ID-secured payment system, with the former supporting Apple Pay for both personal and small-business debit cards, while the NIH FCU is currently only supporting personal debit cards, though support for personal and small-business credit cards is coming soon....



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21:13
Some Bose products now back up for sale on Apple...

A few months ago, Apple unceremoniously dropped Bose headphones and speakers from the Apple Online and Retail Stores. The move appears to have been temporary, however, as Apple has added some Bose sound products back to its online storefront this evening, including its popular Bluetooth-enabled SoundLink III  and SoundLink Mini wireless speakers and QuietComfort acoustic noise canceling headphones....

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20:59
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.7 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries.

Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch...

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20:59
iFFmpeg 5.0.11 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.

Version 5.0.11:

  • Now doesn't rely anymore on the QTKit Framework which is now deprecated by Apple.
  • Fixed issue when using FFmpeg 2.5
  • Fixed issue preventing iFFmpeg from running under OS X 10.7.x



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)



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19:52
Snapchat finally updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support

While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released nearly three months ago, some high-profile developers have taken incredibly long to update their apps with native resolution for the larger screens. Look no further than Snapchat, which has finally been updated with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support in an update released today.

The latest version of the popular ephemeral messaging app, in which users can share photos, videos and instant messages with others that disappear after a customizable length of time, also received enhancements in other areas, including improved captions, the ability to change the color of, pinch to resize and drag around special text and stacked filters.

Snapchat was bumped to version 8.1.0. The update is...

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19:33
Google Drive

 December 9, 2014 7:33:00 PM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly.

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19:30
Review: Vers Audio 1Q Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers are cropping up all over the place in a variety of sizes and styles. One such offering is Vers' 1Q, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker with a hardwood exterior. Vers took their project to Kickstarter, promising to create an attractive, portable product that takes advantage of wood's inherent acoustic properties. Upon their successful campaign, Vers brought two 1Qs to the market, one in ash and one in walnut. But how does Vers' 1Q stack up to other Bluetooth speakers? Find out in our review....



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19:21
Apple fighting media requests to air Steve Jobs...

As we noted earlier today, several media outlets have filed a motion that would allow them to air the videotaped deposition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that was played for jurors in the ongoing iPod antitrust lawsuit. Now the Verge reports that Apple is fighting back against the motion, with the company’s lawyers accusing the media of wanting to see “a dead man.”

As Apple attorney Jonathan Sherman put it:

The marginal value of seeing him again, in his black turtleneck — this time very sick — is small. What they want is a dead man, and they want to show him to the rest of the world, because it’s a...

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19:09
T-Mobile offers new two- and four-line family plans...

Starting December 10, T-Mobile will offer unlimited talk, text and data for two lines in a new $100 per month plan -- or 10 GB of total data with unlimited talk and text for four-line plans at the same price, Electronista has learned. The move comes backed up by a poll of cell phone subscribers which claims, among other things, that 81 percent of those polled said they found promotions offered by providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to be confusing. T-Mobile President and CEO, John Legere, described the two new offerings as being "simple and saner" alternatives to the competition, altho...



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19:00
Reviews: Vers Audio 1Q Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers are cropping up all over the place in a variety of sizes and styles. One such offering is Vers' 1Q, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker with a hardwood exterior. Vers took their project to Kickstarter, promising to create an attractive, portable product that takes advantage of wood's inherent ......



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18:34
Apple lawyers say media only wants to show a '...

Attorneys representing Apple in the company's fight against an iPod iTunes antitrust class-action lawsuit suggested in court on Tuesday that media requests to unseal Steve Jobs' videotaped testimony are petty at best.

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18:14
Real vs Apple lawsuit resumes with new plaintiff

A 10-year-old lawsuit between audio software maker Real and Apple, that was nearly derailed when both plaintiffs were found to have been mistaken about when and how they bought their iPods, is back on track following the discovery of an eligible person -- a 65-year-old ice dancer who bought an iPod nano in 2006. The case, which could have been dismissed if a qualified plaintiff wasn't found quickly, told the court that she had used iPods to help her practice ice-skating maneuvers. The judge, however, still noted that Apple now has "an appealable issue" should it lose the case....



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17:37
∞ Three months with the iPhone 6 Plus

“Wow!”

That was my initial reaction to the iPhone 6 Plus when I held it after the event in Cupertino. It was so big—I was positive that I would opt for the more compact iPhone 6. I was wrong. [...]

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17:27
HBO outsources standalone streaming service, aims...

HBO has hit some stumbling blocks in the creation of its standalone streaming service, it has been revealed. An alleged internal memo states that the broadcaster has decided to cancel its own attempt at the project, and instead will be using an existing streaming provider to provide the eventual service, something which is earmarked to launch by April 2015....



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17:08
adding client machine into xsan 3.1

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi All,

I can't seem to add client machines to Xsan server. at the add computer menu, I would click add remote computer, then enter in ip address and click ok. Got past authentication menu, to the choose roles. Not placing a check mark, since I don't want that workstation to be MDC, hit continue and this is the pop up error I'm receiving.

XSAN is on 10.244.128.xxx network, and client is on 10.244.40.xxx. Both on subnet of 255.255.252.0

another strange thing is when I hard set manual IP address on the client machine, it would drop off the network. Only way to bring it online is using DHCP and Xsan is complaining that client needs to be on Static.

Any help would be appreciated!

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17:07
Apple dashboard says iOS 8 now runs on about two-...

According to Apple's App Store Distribution dashboard for developers, iOS 8 was running on 63 percent of all iOS devices as of December 8, 82 days after its release in September. The operating system's adoption rate still lags behind iOS 6 and iOS 7's, but it's up a solid 16 percent since we took a look at it two months ago and it now runs on a clear majority of active iDevices.

As we wrote previously, iOS 8's adoption is likely being limited by a bunch of factors: the fact that the update requires a substantial amount of free space to install, early evidence that it was a bit buggy and a bit slower on older hardware, and the fact that there's just more old iOS hardware...

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17:01
Tips for a smooth holiday Genius Bar appointment

A very good, common sense article from Kelly Guimont. I know we’ve all seen those ignorant people in the stores—don’t be that person.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:00
Pocket Gamer launches iOS games Advent Calendar: Get...

If your wallet is light this holiday season because you're buying gifts for other people, the fine folks at Pocket Gamer have gift for you. They've just launched the Pocket Gamer Advent Calendar, ten days of free iOS games for your playing pleasure. ...

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16:49
Before Facebook's outrage over Apple's...

After Apple's Tim Cook said users of ad-based services "are the product" rather than the customer, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg scoffed at the idea as "the most ridiculous concept." However, the WhatsApp messaging service Zuckerberg paid $22 billion to acquire espoused that same "ridiculous" philosophy two years ago.

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16:41
Jackson meets with Cook on diversity in the tech...

On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a meeting with civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson on what is described as a range of topics, including Apple's efforts to create more diversity both in its own workforce as well as generally throughout the tech industry. USA Today reports the talks as having been "productive," with Jackson praising Cook by saying that he was "impressed with [Cook] and the conversation ... he has a real vision for Apple, and he sees the value in inclusiveness."...



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16:38
9to5Toys Last Call: Adonit Jot Touch Bluetooth iPad...

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:

Adonit Jot Touch w/ Pixelpoint Bluetooth LE pressure sensitive stylus for iPad $50 (Reg. $100)

MacBook/iPad stickers (multiple options)...

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16:20
Apple Pay gets Fremont Bank, NIH Federal Credit...

Apple recently announced Apple Pay support for two more banking institutions, with steady growth likely playing a factor in increased iOS 8 distribution, which now stands at 63 percent of all devices registered with the App Store.

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16:20
The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

With the holidays nigh, many of us will have new iOS devices in the house. If so, you may need new Lightning cables, too, and we have a deal on an Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long.


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16:15
Maelstrom 3 Still Works on Yosemite, Still Free

Maelstrom 3. Think Asteroids for the Mac. The old Mac. Mac OS. Pre-OS X. It's free, and lots and lots of Mac users wasted many a person-year playing it, but the thing is that it still works on OS X today. Maelstrom 3.0.6 fires up just fine on OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite in all its 640 x 480 glory, as noted by TMO member paikinho and shown in the accompanying screenshot. Note that it's not signed-if you have your System Preferences > Security & Privacy settings are set to allow apps downloaded from the "Mac App Store" or "Mac App Store and Identified Developers," Yosemite will squawk. You can launch it by changing those preferences (which I am not advising you to do), or by trying to launch it and then giving it individual permission in the Security and Privacy settings.

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16:00
Maps 3D PRO is a best in class GPS/Nav app for...

There are so many navigation apps available now that one can wish for a navigation app just to find one in the app store. Most are variations on a theme; get from point A to point B efficiently, with information about stops along the way.

Maps 3D PR...

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15:52
Facebook Search Tool Finds Posts in a Haystack


Facebook has made it possible for users to perform keyword searches for individual posts on the social network. "With a quick search, you can get back to a fun video from your graduation, a news article you've been meaning to read, or photos from your friend's wedding last summer," said Tom Stocky, Facebook's vice president of search. Users still have the option of using search phrases like "my friends who live in New York," he pointed out. Search results remain personalized and unique -- users can see only things that have been shared with them.

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15:47
'iPod iTunes' antitrust case to continue...

After veering toward dismissal with eliminations of the two named plaintiffs, an iPod-iTunes antitrust lawsuit gained new life of Tuesday as a new plaintiff emerged to represent a class of 8 million iPod buyers.

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15:39
Learn How to Control Siri with the Siri Dictation...

The Siri User Guide has posted a killer guide that will help you better control Siri when you're dictating. For instance, when you're dictating to Siri, saying "all caps" in the middle of your spiel will cause the next word to be in all-caps while leaving out the actual command. So, saying "I all caps love summer" will result in "I LOVE summer." There are 59 entires in the Siri Dictation Guide, and it's very handy. Check it out.


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15:34
Apple Pay adds support for cards from Fremont Bank...

Apple Pay today added support for two more banks as Apple continues to slowly roll out support for the more than 500 US banks it said would support the new payments services. The new banks include Fremont Bank and the National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union.

Fremont Bank, based in Fremont, CA, adds support for Personal debit cards and small business debit cards, according to Apple’s newly updated list of participating Apple Pay banks and card issuers.

The National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union supports personal debit cards only, according to Apple, while it awaits support for its personal...

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15:11
iOS 8 Now Installed on 63 Percent of Active iOS...

After more than two months of availability, Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 8, is now installed on 63 percent of iOS, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately seven percent over the course of the last month, and installation numbers are up 11 percent since October 27. iOS 7 usage, meanwhile, has dropped from 43 percent in October to 33 percent as of December 8.

Apple's own iOS 8 adoption estimates are based on App Store usage and are mirrored closely by data from analytics service MixPanel, which puts iOS 8 adoption at 63.94 percent as of today...

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15:00
T-Mobile announces new $100 unlimited 2-line data...

AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon need to watch out. The “uncarrier” has announced yet another couple of reasons they hope will get you to ditch your current cellular provider for T-Mobile. Today, CEO John Legere and his cohorts have come out to announce that T-Mobile is now offering a 2-line family plan that comes with unlimited talk, text, and 4G data, for $100 a month.

Referencing the fact (at least according to T-Mobile) that “75% of people “hate” monitoring their families’ data usage,” the company wants to offer a plan that’s affordable and yet gives customers the freedom not to worry about how quickly they’re eating gigs. The new plan costs a family of 2 $100 per month, but more lines can be added for an additional $40 apiece.

Additionally, the company has  resurrected its $100 per month plan for four lines,...

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15:00
Pico: Use your iPhone to program DSLR time-lapse...

iOS 8 brought the power of time-lapse photography to a whole new audience, some of whom probably now wish that they could use their digital SLR cameras to shoot higher resolution time-lapse videos. Pico (US$50 minimum pledge) is a Kickstarter campaig...

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14:56
Turla Trojan Unearthed on Linux


Turla, a Trojan that has infected hundreds of 32- and 64-bit Windows computers at government institutions, embassies, military installations, educational institutions, and research and pharmaceutical companies over the years, has been found on Linux systems, Kaspersky Lab reported. The company has discovered two variants of the malware running on Linux. The first is a C/C++ executable statically linked against multiple libraries, which increases the size of its files, Kaspersky Lab said.

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14:55
An Illustrated History of (Mac) OS X

The folks at fournova Software GmbH have published An Illustrated History of Mac OS X. This a wonderful and whimsical collection of images that incapsulates each version of OS X from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Each one incorporates a cat (or other element, in the case of Mavericks and Yosemite) to represent the OS, but each one also includes other reference points that represent the major changes in that version of the OS. Looking at them was an excellent reminder of when things happened, like Safari in Panther and Intel in Tiger. The screen grab below is for Snow Leopard. There's a written description accompanying each image to fill in any gaps. For those keeping score at home, fournova makes Tower, a git client for version control in OS X.


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14:50
Review: Seek Thermal Camera for iOS gives your...

The evolution of Apple’s iOS cameras has been fairly linear: Apple improved their image quality, added video recording capabilities, and dropped in a small collection of filters, but otherwise hasn’t radically changed their features.

Just in time for the holidays, Seek Thermal Inc.’s new Seek Thermal Camera for iOS ($199) is offering a fundamentally different type of camera for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Using a Lightning connector, the Seek Thermal Camera adds affordable thermal photography and videography features to any late-2012 or newer iOS device – the heat-sensitive sort of vision best-known from the Predator movies. While it’s not case-compatible, this accessory is otherwise the most practical thermal camera currently available for iOS devices. (An...

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14:41
eBay updates iPad app with new look and features,...

Online auction giant eBay on Tuesday announced a batch of exclusive iPad accessory deals to celebrate the rollout of its redesigned iPad app, which sports a completely new interface designed for a more engaging experience.

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14:21
Tim Cook met w/ Rev. Jesse Jackson ahead of income/...

USA Today reports that civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday ahead of a rally scheduled for Thursday outside Apple’s headquarters to raise awareness for a growing income gap and diversity issues in Silicon Valley. Apple also issued a statement and said Cook’s meeting with Jackson was “productive” and that it remains “deeply committed to diversity” and human rights issues:

In a statement, Apple spokeswoman Kristen Huguet said: “Apple is deeply committed to diversity within our company and the advancement of human rights around the world. We had a productive meeting with Rev. Jesse Jackson and we value his input. We look...

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14:19
How To Have A Smooth Holiday Genius Bar Appointment

Things can happen to your Apple gear no matter what time of year it is. If you find your hardware going south during the holidays, Kelly has some tips for making that Genius Bar appointment go as smoothly as possible.


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14:00
The iPhone 6 is causing a slapping epidemic

Way back when the iPhone 5s launched -- along with its 120fps slow-mo video capabilities -- it spawned a whole bunch of YouTube videos showing guys and gals slapping each other just to watch it back in slow motion. Now the iPhone 6 and its even-slowe...

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13:57
Rev. Jesse Jackson and Apple's Tim Cook Meet...

It's being reported today that Apple CEO Tim Cook met privately with Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday. Jackson commented about Cook in an interview on Tuesday stating that he was "impressed with him and the conversation. He has a real vision for Apple and he sees the value in inclusiveness."

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13:56
Tim Cook meets with Rev. Jesse Jackson to discuss...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday to talk about a range of topics, including the company's ongoing initiative to create a more diverse tech industry.

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13:48
Uber faces opposition in India, Thailand, Spain,...

Uber is continuing to have a turbulent week, with issues in a number of different cities and countries within the last few days. The driving service has been banned in Spain, Thailand, and India, with Vietnam also taking a close look at the company's practices, while the city of Portland, Oregon has filed a lawsuit to shutter the service within days of launch....



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13:40
Apple drops iOS 8.1.2 to bring back vanished...

Check your settings: Apple just released a software update for iOS 8 on Tuesday. iOS 8.1.2 includes general bug fixes and, most importantly, fixes a problem that caused ringtones purchased via iTunes to disappear from your device—which has been a known problem since iOS 8.0.2. 

While the update itself won’t bring your ringtones back from the dead, Apple has another way to restore missing purchases: After you install the update, follow Apple’s ringtone restore link (itunes.com/restore-tones) on your device, which will redirect you to iTunes. Follow the on-screen prompts from there.

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13:33
iCloud.com drops Google Maps in favor of Apple Maps

Apple has replaced Google Maps content in the iCloud.com version of Find My iPhone with its own data, checks show. The company dropped Google from the beta iCloud website earlier this year, but left the main site intact until now. The change eliminates most if not all remaining Google Maps content from Apple products....



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13:33
Mac: Global Delight Boom 2

While Apple’s media devices – the iPhone, iPad, iTunes and Apple TV – have become popular platforms for listening to music and watching videos, there’s still a lot to be said for using your Mac, especially in light of Apple’s new high-resolution iMac and MacBook Pros. However, while Macs provide decent enough sound for average use, there’s arguably room for improvement if you’re looking for truly high-quality sound. Enter Boom 2 ($15) from Global Delight, the next generation of the acclaimed system-wide volume booster and equalizer for OS X.

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13:32
Aaron Sorkin Envisioned Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs,...

Just over two weeks ago, hackers attacked Sony Pictures, acquiring up to 100 terabytes of data that included huge amounts of sensitive information like emails, Social Security numbers, films, scripts, and more.

Data from the hack has been leaking out for the last several days, and as of today, new emails have been found discussing the Steve Jobs biopic that Sony was producing before it sold the film to Universal Studios.

According to leaked data shared by Ars Technica, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, originally had his eye on...

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13:30
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

Stickman Tennis [iOS Un...

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13:23
Optikos Invents Night Vision Camera Accessory for...

Optikos Corporation has invented a cool iPhone camera accessory that will allow users to take close-up and distant night vision video or still shots when under poor lighting conditions.

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13:14
eBay offering Apple accessory deals to celebrate...

eBay announced today that it’s releasing a completely redesigned experience for iPad that introduces a new layout, larger images, redesigned notifications, improved search and much more.

The completely redesigned iPad app is available globally in the Apple App Store, and features a more consistent, simplified design that puts sellers’ products at the forefront and creates an engaging shopping experience for buyers. “Our aspiration is to make eBay the most inspiring place to shop,” said RJ Pittman, chief product officer at eBay. “This new experience is aimed at giving sellers the best platform to showcase their products and make it effortless for buyers to discover and engage with their inventory.”

Other new features include a new “Today” screen with featured collections, Google and Yahoo ad integration, redesigned seller profiles, and a enhanced search...

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13:10
Aaron Sorkin originally wanted Tom Cruise to play...

While it has ultimately been decided that Michael Fassbender will be cast as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic about the late Apple co-founder, a leaked email exchange reveals that writer Aaron Sorkin originally had a more prominent actor in mind for the role: Tom Cruise.

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13:02
Tim Cook Met With Jesse Jackson for 'Positive...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with civil rights activist Jesse Jackson on Monday, reports USA Today. Though Jackson declined to comment on what he and Cook discussed, Jackson is currently in the Bay Area for his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is hosting a workshop at Intel on racial diversity at technology companies.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a non-profit organization that champions social justice, civil rights, and political activism, and recently, it has been targeting tech companies for not employing more women and minorities. At its Silicon Valley meeting, taking place on December 10, the Coalition is expected to discuss ways tech companies can improve diversity in the workplace.

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13:00
So it's come to this, Apple?

In olden days, conquering armies would put the bodies or heads of enemies on pikes or town gates or roads to warn the people that revolt would lead to death. It would seem that someone at Apple read a history of these actions and decided to do someth...

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12:55
Updating Xserve 3,1 (early 2009) MDC's from 10....

Forums: SoftwareTags: upgrade mountain lionxserve

Hello folks,

I have XSAN with 4 server clients (2 MDC's, 1 Presstore, 1 soon to be retired FCS) and 7 workstations. I need to upgrade the Xserve 3,1 MDC's from 10.6.8 to 10.8 to accommodate a stornext FX client running redhat/centOS6 for our new mam. 10.6.8 stability has been bliss. Can anyone who has done the upgrade comment on Filesystem stability, caveats, experience... Any info or advice on the upgrade would be helpful.

thanks

Edu

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12:52
Jeff Daniels linked to Jobs biopic, Natalie Portman...

Although not officially cast yet, Jeff Daniels could soon be selected to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, claims The Wrap. Daniels -- best known for Dumb and Dumber and The Newsroom -- is said to be the top pick of director Danny Boyle, and may soon get the necessary paperwork. Sculley helmed Apple between 1983 and 1993, and famously battled with Jobs in a power struggle that ultimately led to Jobs resigning and founding NeXT....



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12:42
Review: STM Skinny Pro for iPad Air 2

We've seen STM's Skinny case for a number of iPads in the past, and it's resurfaced again as Skinny Pro ($40) for iPad Air 2. Skinny Pro is a thin, folio-style case with a tab that can be run through a loop to secure the cover. There's no button or port protection on Skinny Pro, which isn't a surprise. Unlike many iPad Air 2 cases we've seen thus far, Skinny Pro is specifically made for iPad Air 2, not both models of the Air.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:35
Mark Zuckerberg’s Blast at Tim Cook Shows He’s...

In a recent Time Magazine article by Lev Grossman, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a broadside against Apple CEO Tim Cook. However, the incoherent blast only served to clarify a bankrupt philosophy by the social networking magnate. John Martellaro ponders a more considered life.


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12:30
News organizations fight to have tape of Steve Jobs...

During Apple's ongoing iPod antitrust lawsuit, the plaintiffs introduced video testimony from Steve Jobs that was recorded in April 2011, a few months before his passing. Per Apple's request to the plaintiffs, Jobs' video footage has not been made pu...

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12:12
AT&T and Verizon warn investors of higher Q4...

While the traditional wireless landscape in the United States has consisted of AT&T and Verizon Wireless as the heavyweights and Sprint and T-Mobile as the underdogs, the divide between the carriers appears to be quickly narrowing. Sprint and T-Mobile have both introduced highly-competitive plans and promotional offerings in the fourth quarter, leading many consumers to switch carriers at a higher-than-average pace.

AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed at an investors conference on Tuesday that the carrier is ...

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12:08
Leaked Sony e-mails reveal Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom...

While the cyber-attackers who struck at Sony Pictures the week of Thanksgiving may have been motivated to stop Sony’s delivery of a certain film this Christmas, the data they leaked on Monday gives insight into the collapse of Sony’s role in another film—the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. And it also reveals who screenwriter Aaron Sorkin had in mind for the leading role in Jobs: Tom Cruise.

Based on e-mail messages in the Outlook mailbox of Columbia Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal, which made up nearly half of the latest leak of documents by the group calling themselves “the Guardians of Peace,” it was ultimately Director Danny Boyle’s choice of Michael Fassbender for the...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Holiday puzzles, activity...

Holiday puzzles, activity planning, and time-saving utilities

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a little holiday cheer, a way to keep your burgeoning digital comic library in check, and a couple tools to bring order into the chaos of your daily life.

Comickaze 1.1.4

Dov Frankel’s $20 Comickaze (Mac App Store Link) helps you keep your library of digital comics neatly organized.

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12:00
Apple TV gains new YouTube app and additional...

Apple TV owners are getting a holiday viewing gift today, with the addition of four new channels and a new YouTube app designed to act more like the apps found on other platforms. The new YouTube app provides easier access to subscriptions and search...

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11:54
The quest to hit 1,000 mph in an insane rocket-...

Wired:

The car, Bloodhound SSC, marks a bold attempt to set a new Land Speed Record of 1,609 kph (1,000 mph) by 2016. If successful, it will not only mark the biggest jump in land-speed history, but will also be the culmination of a decade-long experiment in education and open engineering.

What a great story about the engineering challenges of trying to push a car, and I use that term loosely, faster than any has ever gone before.

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11:33
DiskWarrior 5.0 - Popular and powerful disk utility...

DiskWarrior is the essential Mac disk utility.

Everything just disappeared after your Mac went haywire. All your work documents. The music you most enjoy. The movie of your kid's first steps. It's your life and it's gone. Don't panic! DiskWarrior will find your documents, photos, music and any other files when disaster strikes and things go missing.

Perhaps you've tried to open a document and all that happens is a color wheel that spins and spins and spins? Or when your Mac starts up, all you get is a blinking question mark? Or you were in the middle of editing a movie and now your external hard disk isn't on the desktop? Or your MP3s won't play... Or every time you look through your photos, your Mac crashes. DiskWarrior gets you back up and running fast!

  • DiskWarrior repairs disks no other utility program can repair: DiskWarrior can find your missing documents and files. Using a patent-pending, award-winning method of...
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11:31
Forums: My gripes with Safari

This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss gripes with Safari, iPad battery drainage issues and more. One long-time forum-goer "l008com" took to the forums this week to voice their complaints about Safari and some users agreed with his criticisms. Yesterday Mac Enthusiast "TribeLeader" took to the forums to bump a thread he had started last week about his wife's iPad battery draining while it is in sleep mode and a solution has yet to be found....



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11:30
Zen out with Oceen's relaxing sounds and guided...

Oceen, free with in-app purchases, has all of the tranquil sounds that you expect with a relaxation app, plus guided relaxations to set your mind at ease.

Only one guided meditation is available with the free version, which is disappointing. The App...

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11:29
Let’s go crazy: Inside the making of Purple Rain

The Verge:

In an age where fans expect direct relationships with the artists they love, Prince has turned himself into a reclusive legend. But 30 years ago, he was still a young artist on the cusp of releasing his greatest record — and former Vibe and Spin editor-in-chief Alan Light’s Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain documents how the record and film came to be.

I’m all kinds of biased as a huge Prince fan but I think the album is still amazing and listen to it at least once a month. The movie doesn’t hold up as well but it’s still a lot of fun to watch every now and then.

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