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Monday January 19

04:17
Market for IoT analytics to reach US$5.7 billion in...

A new market analysis by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds that the revenues from integrating, storing, analyzing, and presenting Internet of Things (IoT) data will reach US$5.7 billion in 2015. In the next five years, the market will expand dramatically, to an extent that in 2020 it is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all big data and analytics revenues.

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04:17
Market for IoT analytics to reach US$5.7 billion in...

A new market analysis by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds that the revenues from integrating, storing, analyzing, and presenting Internet of Things (IoT) data will reach US$5.7 billion in 2015. In the next five years, the market will expand dramatically, to an extent that in 2020 it is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all big data and analytics revenues.

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04:06
View iCloud Photo Stream Photos on Your Mac with...

If you want to view photos that are saved to iCloud’s My Photo Stream feature on your Mac, you need to do it in iPhoto or Aperture — two Apple applications that are scheduled to be retired. MyPhotostream is a new alternative that intentionally does just one thing: displays your My Photo Stream photos in a simple environment.

 

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03:56
External Link: Adam Examines the iMac, Hardware...

On The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joined host Gene Steinberg to share notes on the iMac with 5K Retina display, talk about why Apple makes it so hard to upgrade Mac hardware, and discuss the drop in Apple’s software quality.

 

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03:27
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King on its...

Apple has updated its homepage today in commemoration of Martin Luther King, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has often noted as an inspiration for his work. Cook says he has pictures of Martin Luther King on his desk. However, this is the first time Apple has recognised Martin Luther King day (which happens on the third Monday of every January) so openly on its website.

Many American tech companies give employees the day off, but Apple has elected not to do this. Instead of paid leave, Apple is encouraging employees to volunteer. As part of its gift matching program, Apple will donate an additional $50 for every voluntary hour worked by employees.

Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices...

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01:19
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate stylus...

The rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be getting a stylus to go along with it.

Per AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”

“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

Kuo, who has a fairly reliable track record in predicting Apple’s future product directions...

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Sunday January 18

21:22
Coda 2.5.2

Maintenance release improves overall performance and brings many fixes. ($99 new, free update, 88.4 MB)

 

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21:22
CrashPlan 3.7

Makes improvements to 10.10 Yosemite while retiring support for 10.5 Leopard (Free with a 30-day trial of online backup service, 51.8 MB)

 

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21:22
Moneydance 2015

Major new release for the personal financial management application with redesigned interface and support for Dropbox syncing. ($49.99 new, free update, 70.9 MB)

 

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19:30
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Table Top Racing Premiu...

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18:30
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Developers behind O...

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17:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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09:02
Master Cpl. Jeff Davis, lip-syncing Delaware police...

7Online:

A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer enthusiastically lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is getting global attention.

The video, posted to the Dover Police Department’s Facebook page Friday, shows Master Cpl. Jeff Davis in uniform and driving a patrol car while lip-syncing to the popular pop song – sassy head rolls and finger-pointing included.

What a hilarious video. I especially love the moments like at 1:20 when he sees someone he recognizes and “becomes a cop” again. The rest of the time, he’s just an average father of four who knows “Shake it Off” because of his 10-year-old daughter.

The downside of watching the video is that I’ve now finally listened to my very first Taylor Swift song. Thanks to my friend Lesley for the link.

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08:34
A New Apple Pen Rumor Surfaces as an Accessory for...

Today to a new rumor has surfaced that an iPen or Apple Pen is being aimed for release with Apple's large 12 or 12.9 inch iPad as an accessory sometime in the first half of 2015. How elaborate Apple's first digital pen could be is unknown at this time ...

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07:04
KGI: Apple likely to sell stylus accessory alongside...

According to a new report by KGI, Apple will soon introduce a stylus accessory for its iPad products, targeted at the expected (but still officially unconfirmed) larger-screened ~12 inch iPad Pro. Both products are quoted for release sometime this year, with KGI most recently quoting a Q2 launch window. The stylus would apparently charge using a Lightning cable.

Although KGI reports tend to be based off of supply-chain sources, which have proven very reliable in the past, Ming-Chi Kuo does not allude to any such indicators for the stylus prediction report. Instead, he highlights a number of patent filings in recent years by Apple on tablet styli and a need to differentiate the upcoming more premium iPad aside from screen size.

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06:15
Apple Predicted to Launch Optional Stylus Accessory...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another report outlining his belief that Apple will launch a stylus as an optional accessory for the company's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro". With the new iPad's larger screen, it will likely prove popular with enterprise and creative users who tend to have more need for a stylus and Kuo believes Apple will fill that need with an in-house solution.Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases. Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.Apple's proposed haptic stylus from a 2010 patent application, not necessarily reflective of the company's current thinking on such a device
Kuo believes the stylus will be an optional accessory rather than included standard...

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06:04
KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance...

Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance its upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience, according one well-place industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product placements.

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05:27
Why Run Linux On Macs?

jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?

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03:28
The road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward...

Just under three years after Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS, Cupertino's own mapping and navigation offering still has some critical weaknesses. AppleInsider looks ahead at what the next 12 months could have in store for Apple Maps.

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Saturday January 17

20:05
Phil Schiller on Google Glass: ‘I can’t believe they...

The Tech Block on Thursday shared an email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and the website’s founder Abdel Ibrahim that pokes fun at Google Glass for its perception of being an unstylish device. The email surfaced just days after Google announced that it will be ending its Glass Explorer program on Monday as it works on a new version under the leadership of Tony Faddell.

After being sent a picture of actor Steve Martin wearing obnoxious looking glasses in the film “The Jerk,” mocking Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Glass, Schiller responds to Ibrahim saying “that is very funny” and that he “can’t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things. It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.”...

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13:01
∞ The LEGO Movie – “Creating the Bricks”

Academy Award nomination or not, it’s a good, fun movie.

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13:00
Here's a new iOS app for sending personalized...

There are plenty of greeting card apps for iOS, but this new offering called Lovely Handwritten Cards (free with one in-app option) is tasteful, and lets you truly personalize what you send to others using your own handwriting.

You can choose a temp...

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11:00
Rumor Roundup: If only 'Failblog' weren...

Apple might already be testing its next major iPhone operating system (BGR)

Source: Czech website

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Obviously Apple is internally testing an operating system that, if previous patterns hold, will be debuted to developer...

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10:41
So long and thanks for all the fish, MacUser UK

Craig Grannell:

Within the pages of MacUser, you’d not find a great deal of templated fare, and sometimes not even a great deal of content directly about the Mac. What you would find was interesting opinion and analysis about technology, brilliant insight into design and creativity, and in-depth features on all kinds of creative fare. All this was wrapped up in stunning design and layout work that let the content breathe and positively begged you to explore every page.

I never read MacUser on a regular basis but when I did, I always enjoyed its unique sensibility and writing style. A shame it’s shuttering its doors.

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09:56
Kalt turns your iPhone into a precise, non-contact...

Robogaia Industries is using Kickstarter to seek funding for a product called Kalt, an infrared sensor that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack and turns the smartphone into a precise, non-contact thermometer. The Cleveland-based company is looking to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to cover development and manufacturing costs.

The palm-sized Kalt sensor reads the infrared energy that an object omits and converts it into readable temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius or Kelvin. Simply point Kalt towards the object and it will automatically show the temperature on the companion app for iOS and Android. The sensor is powered by the device it is plugged into and requires no batteries....

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08:30
Recharge perfectly with Power Nap HQ

As our culture becomes more and more mobile and fast-paced, a proportionate number of people will feel more acutely the need to rest. More than one will probably voice a desire to return to the days when kindergartners took a nap in the early afterno...

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07:55
Gadget Ogling: A New Galaxy, Awesome Audio, and One...


Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that takes freshly announced gadgets out for a hypothetical test run, rendering judgement long before they hit the shelves. In the offing this week: Samsung's latest mid-range smartphone, a gesture-based ring, shiny headphones and much more. Samsung has another mid-range smartphone in the Galaxy A7. Sure, it's slimmer, faster, stronger and all the rest -- but that's just it. There's a voice-activated selfie tool, which I suppose is great if you're into selfies.

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07:24
Three men tunnel into Beijing warehouse, make off...

Police in Beijing have arrested three men accused of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units from a warehouse owned by a Chinese logistics firm after digging a 20-inch hole through the building's wall.

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07:05
Apple Files Update to "iPhone" Trademark...

On January 17, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "iPhone" which was filed late yesterday.

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07:00
Caturday: Rascal, the web-surfing cat

TUAW reader Don Newmeyer sent us a photo of his web-surfin' feline pal Rascal checking out his favorite site - could it be TUAW?

Don says:

Below are some links to photos of my cat, Rascal (appropriately named) surfing the web on my Retina Macbook ...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Invisible skins, rugged...

Invisible skins, rugged designs, OLED displays, and LTE connectivity

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features minimal but sturdy protection, solutions that withstand extreme weather, and gadgets that let you quickly access your notifications and improve the reach of your iPad’s signal.

AT&T

AT&T customers have an interesting new option to check out. The Modio (all iPad mini models, iPad Air and iPad Air 2; price unavailable) equips your Wi-Fi tablet with a cellular connection while protecting it from everyday hazards.

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05:30
Spread kind messages far and wide with the Ripple...

Messages in a bottle evoke a feeling of awe and power in many of us because such a simple message has the ability to go a very long way. Chances are it'll end up somewhere you would never imagine, but it's fascinating to know where and the impact it ...

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Friday January 16

21:09
First look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart...

Fitbit's latest premium wearable fitness tracker, the Surge, has been dubbed a "super watch" by the company, thanks to its inclusion of a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, GPS, monochrome touchscreen display, and up to seven days of battery life.

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20:04
Apple TV content refresh serves up Tennis Channel...

Following the addition of the official Cricket Australia channel for Apple TV users down under earlier this week, Apple refreshed its video streaming box for US users Friday night with new content through the Tennis Channel Everywhere service. The new Apple TV channel features both on-demand tennis and live matches with an optional annual subscription.The annual subscription is called Tennis Channel Plus and goes for $69.99/year unlocking access to live tennis coverage including the 2015 Australian Open starting next week and 2015 French Open starting in June. The annual subscription applies to Apple TV as well...

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19:56
Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching...

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work on securing more lucrative settlement terms.

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18:57
Google in talks to purchase Apple Pay competitor...

A report on Friday claims Google is looking to strengthen its mobile payments solution with the purchase of Softcard, an NFC-based system backed by major U.S. wireless telecoms.

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17:11
Texas May Be Ground Zero for Musk's Hyperloop...


Billionaire high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced plans to build a test track, most likely in Texas, for his envisioned Hyperloop high-speed transportation system. The goal is to allow experimentation with Hyperloop pods, the equivalent of train carriages. "Entirely funded by Musk's companies and other interested private companies, [the test project is] seen as a giant step to support different teams and universities to help validate and keep the concept alive," said Frost & Sullivan's said Vishwas Shankar.

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17:00
Daily Deals for January 16, 2015, Now's Your...

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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16:37
Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru...

Principal filming for a Steve Jobs biopic penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin official started in California on Friday, with crews set up at the house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer in 1976.

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16:30
Camera crews arrive at Steve Jobs’ childhood home as...

Image via CNET

The Sony- Universal-produced Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender has finally started filming after what seemed like an endless array of cast and crew changes. CNET spotted production crews setting up at the Los Altos childhood home of Steve Jobs...

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16:00
Techies play iPhone 6 soccer at CES with an actual...

Tech conventions may be full of incredible emerging technology, but they can also be incredibly boring. When you're sick of looking at cases or future technology sometimes all you can do is kick a ball around. Or, if you don't have a ball, maybe an i...

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15:23
Bloated blogging platforms

I wrote this over two years ago on my personal site, but my opinion hasn’t changed.

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15:02
Uber ordered to shut down in South Carolina

Uber said in a statement that the South Carolina Public Service Commission’s order directed at Raiser LLC, an Uber subsidiary, was unexpected and issued despite the company’s close work with state regulators.

I wonder if Uber’s antics in other cities/states/countries weighs in on decisions like this.

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15:00
Developers behind Overcast and Monument Valley...

Since the inception of the App Store, Apple has doled out over $25 billion to developers. No wonder many folks make reference to the "App Store economy".

While mere participation in the App Store is by no means a guarantor of success, it's always in...

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14:55
Double Bass Mania VIII: Metal Drum Loops

Power and Precision. Speed and Aggression. Brutal and Insane. Your metal drum tracks deserve nothing less than what you bring to your music. Your music deserves the real thing – live drum brutality to take your songwriting to the next level. Your music needs Double Bass Mania VIII.

Double Bass Mania is my favorite series of drum loops ever. I’ll be getting this set to go along with all the others I have.

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14:47
Ultimaker announces two new desktop 3D printers

Ultimaker (www.ultimaker.com) has launched the Ultimaker Go and Ultimaker Extended, two desktop 3D printers that will be available for pre-order starting in March and be available in April.

The Ultimaker Go is a compact printer designed to be easy to use as a starting 3D printer. The Ultimaker Extended has added a 10-centimeter larger build volume for users who want to create larger and more complex projects. The former costs US$1,450; the latter is $3,030.

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14:35
Xiaomi Launches Galaxy Note Killers in China


Xiaomi on Wednesday announced two new flagship smartphones in Beijing, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The Mi Note has a metal frame and is protected on the front and back with 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3, which apparently makes it highly resistant to scratches and shattering. Xiaomi compared the Mi Note to the iPhone 6 Plus. However, "Xiaomi is not eating Apple's lunch -- they are eating Samsung's," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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13:30
Rise and shine with Gentle Wake Alarm Clock

With the advent of mobile phones that are more like mini computers and personal assistants, it follows that one of their new uses would be as alarm clocks. Alongside that development, it would also follow that there would be a slew of applications to...

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13:25
Blackmagic Disk Speed Test 2.2.2 - Measure disk...

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is an easy to use tool to quickly measure and certify your disk performance for working with high quality video! Simply click the start button and Disk Speed Test will write test your disk using large blocks of data, and then display the result. Disk Speed Test will continue to test writes and reads from your disk so you can evaluate both performance and readability over time.



Version 2.2.2:

  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite



  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



Download Now

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13:03
'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the...

An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify as blind or sighted, to see if you require help or are offering it. When a blind person requests assistance the app scans the system for an available volunteer. The blind user connects with the volunteer over a video call and points to the item they would like described. Be My Eyes was created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually-impaired entrepreneur, at a startup event. Wiberg teamed up with Robocat, the Danish software studio behind Haze and Thermo, to make his vision a reality.

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13:00
Retina 5K iMac hits the Apple refurbished store

Apple's Retina 5k iMac is a beast of a machine, both in power and price. If you've been holding off on purchasing one due to its $2,499 starting price, you'll be happy to know there's a cheaper way to buy. The Retina 5k iMac has now hit the Apple onl...

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12:38
Apple’s HomeKit launch

Very interesting wording from Philips in response to Kelly Guimont’s question regarding their support for HomeKit.

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12:30
Apple patented a self-repairing material, because of...

Just days after LG's G Flex phone showed off its ability to heal from minor scratches and scuffs, a similar patent has surfaced that shows Apple's take on such a feature. The patent, which was filed in 2014 and published this week, describes a method...

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12:00
Withings Home brings HD webcam, air quality monitor...

Withings is a fascinating company. They started out quietly a few years back, selling one of the first Wi-Fi connected bathroom scales and then added a growing family of "connected self" devices including the Withings Pulse Ox activity monitor, the A...

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11:30
Work Continues on iOS 8.1.3 With Retail Employees...

Apple is continuing its behind-the-scenes work on the upcoming iOS 8.1.3 update, and as of yesterday, retail employees that have been testing the software received a second iOS 8.1.3 beta, build 12B466, which is six builds newer than the previous seed they received on Wednesday, January 7.

Last week, we speculated that the iOS 8.1.3 beta was close to release due to the fact that it was shared with quite a few retail employees, but it appears there are still bugs that Apple is working on fixing before it provides the 8.1.3 update to the public. MacRumors continues to see an uptick in the number of visits received from devices running iOS 8.1.3, and while we expect the update will be released to the public in the next week or two, it is not clear exactly when a launch could come.

Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3
According to our...

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11:29
Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its...

The internet has claimed yet another print victim as London-based MacUser Magazine, one of the oldest Apple-centric magazines in the world, announced on Friday that it would wind down operations following the release of its February 2015 issue.

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11:23
Kickstarter iOS app updated w/ new design and iPad...



Almost a year after shipping its iPhone app, Kickstarter has released version 2.0 which includes full iPad support for the crowdfunding service’s app as well as a new design using a card interface for projects. As with the iPhone version, Kickstarter says its iPad app helps users find new projects to back and keep up with updates on projects you follow, now only bigger with the tablet…...

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11:00
This iPhone bowling game uses Apple TV

When the Wii first came out there was just one game that people needed to see before they realized they wanted one: Wii Sports. Of all the sports minigames included in Wii Sports the most popular was bowling, and now iOS gamers who have adopted the A...

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10:37
Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-...

Samsung's next flagship smartphone will ship with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in place of the swipe-style sensor that the company employed on the underwhelming Galaxy S5, according to a new report.

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10:35
Apple moving Beats Electronics technical support...

Apple is in the process of winding down Beats Electronics’ outsourced phone support ties and moving technical support completely in-house via AppleCare, according to sources. Beats Electronics phone support is currently split between Apple and Sitel, a customer support outsourcing firm, and Apple is aiming to completely end that relationship as soon as March. Apple cut several Beats jobs in July following the acquisition. Sitel employees have confirmed that they will be moved to new technical support positions for other companies, and AppleCare employees similarly confirmed that Beats support will soon be handled completely internally. Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music in...

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10:03
Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company...

A new survey of tech workers places the highest optimism at Apple, where employees believe their company will continue to have a bright future ahead of it under the leadership of Tim Cook.

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10:00
UE MEGABOOM is the new authority in Bluetooth...

Last week I wrote on the announcement of UE MEGABOOM (US$299.99) Bluetooth speaker, the new big brother to the UE BOOM ($199.99) and the UE MINIBOOM ($99.99). I reviewed the UE BOOM last year and was thrilled with its performance as a portable, durab...

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09:28
9to5Toys Last Call: 2-pack Anker iPhone 6/Plus cases...

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:

Last Call Updates:

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09:14
Details of Ericsson's Patent Infringement...

U.S. based Ericsson Inc. and Sweden's Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (together, "Ericsson") are suing Apple over their refusal to license their patent portfolio of Essential Patents via ETSI standards. Ericson states in their formal complaint before the court that "Apple and Ericsson previously entered into a license agreement that is now expired, yet Apple continues to sell products that comply with...

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09:14
Police arrest man in Christmas Xbox, Playstation...

Both systems suffered long outages over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the two networks earlier last year, claimed responsibility.

I wonder what they’ll do with him? Will Microsoft and Sony get a say in the matter? This will be interesting.

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09:13
Genuitec announces the release of MyEclipse 2015 IDE

Genuitec has announced general availability of MyEclipse 2015, which sports enhanced web technologies and streamlined production support for modern mobile applications.

MyEclipse 2015 offers JavaScript code assist, multi-framework support (including Angular JS), support for popular REST services, mobile application support, and backend server and usability improvements. With traditional Eclipse-based JavaScript code assist falling short, MyEclipse 2015 comes in as the first Eclipse IDE with superior code assist, says Brian Fernandes, product manager for MyEclipse at Genuitec.

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09:13
Review: LaCie’s Mirror and Seagate’s Seven set new...

Until last week, the list of companies making visually stunning external hard drives began and ended with one name: LaCie. Partnered with respected industrial designers including Philippe Starck, LaCie has released more drool-worthy accessories than any other company in the Mac space — and that’s saying something. Numerous design successes led to LaCie’s acquisition by hard drive manufacturer Seagate, and at the 2015 CES, their combination bore fruit: the LaCie brand now has another beautiful hard drive called Mirror ($280), and Seagate debuted a designer hard drive called Seven ($100...

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09:09
Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple...

Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

Save Mart Supermarkets noted that shoppers at all three of its...

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09:00
Swift demonstrates impressive growth in January 2015...

Apple’s Swift programming language is growing.

Per Cult of Mac’s Twitter post and RedMonk, the Swift programming language is gaining ground on GitHub and Stack Overflow,

Besides the noted plot, which can be difficult to parse even at full size, we offer the following numerical rankings. As will be observed, this run produced several ties which are reflected below:

1 JavaScript
2 Java
3 PHP
4 Python
5 C#
5 C++
5 Ruby
8 CSS
9 C
10 Objective-C
11 Perl
11 Shell
13 R
14 Scala
15 Haskell
16 Matlab
17 Go
17 Visual Basic
19 Clojure
19 Groovy

By the narrowest of margins,...

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09:00
Moju's got mojo: Dynamic photo/video sharing...

My first thought when I heard about Moju (free) was "Oh, great - another photo and video sharing app..." That was before I downloaded and tried it. The idea behind the app is simple - you capture individual photos or short videos in motion, which are...

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08:36
NSNorth Conference 2015

I’ve always heard great things about NSNorth, so this year, I’m going to attend. I’ll be joining an amazing line-up of speakers for a few days in Canada.

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08:08
Intel CEO says relationship with Apple strong amid...

As we reported earlier this week, often reliable KGI is predicting that Apple will bring its in-house designed A-series processor to an entry-level Mac sometime in 2016 with TSMC and Samsung expected to fab the potential A9X and A10X chips, respectively. As the move to put non-Intel chips in the Mac lineup would be a departure for the company, CNBC asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich about the chip-maker’s business plans with Apple…

Unsurprisingly, Krzanich defended Intel’s relationship with Apple despite expectations of the company designing its own chips for...

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08:06
Intel CEO Responds to Rumors of ARM-Based Macs, Says...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich appeared today on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the financial future of the technology company. Following discussions about Intel's disappointing Q1 forecast and flat PC sales, CNBC anchor Betsy Quick questioned the executive about rumors that Apple may eventually drop Intel chips from its Mac computers in favor of its own processors.

Unfazed by the questioning, Krzanich toed the company line, revealing no new information about the future of Intel's relationship with Apple and simply calling it a "strong" one.I just hear the same rumors. Our relationship with Apple is strong and their products are great. Apple is always going to choose the supplier who can provide them the most amount of capability in innovation for them to build on, for them to innovate. They're a company based on innovation. Our job is to continue to deliver parts that have that capability give them that, that are better than our...

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08:00
Popularity of Swift is on the rise in a major way

At WWDC 2014, Apple delivered a bombshell of an announcement when Craig Federighi unveiled Swift, a new high-level programming language positioned to be the future of iOS development. In a broad sense, the underlying goal of Swift is to make programm...

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07:58
Smile Releases PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7

Smile has released Yosemite-friendly versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, featuring OCR text layer access and iCloud Drive compatibility.

 

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07:38
3 Reasons Apple Won't Pull the Rug Out From...


Despite having the most popular camera on the planet in the form of the iPhone, the odds of Apple pulling the rug out from under GoPro by building its own action sports camera system -- even with using its forthcoming Apple Watch as a controller -- are so low they stand in stark contrast to the hysterical selloff of GoPro stock this week.
What happened? News surfaced that Apple had received a patent for a digital camera system that has a remote control that looks vaguely like an Apple Watch.

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07:30
Lyn 1.5.8 - Lightweight image browser and viewer. (...

Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs.

Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings.

The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette.

Features:

  • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of...

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07:19
Intel CEO confident chipmaker can keep powering...

Amid increasing chatter that Apple may consider migrating the Mac to its own in-house ARM processors, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Friday characterized the two firms' relationship as "strong" and reiterated Intel's strategy of competing for business based on performance, price, and reliability.

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07:08
Review: Duet, the app that turns your iPad into a...

I’m a big-screen fan. It’s the reason my primary Mac is still a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and why I have that hooked up to a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display when I’m in my home office. When travelling, though, I have fewer pixels to play with. Sure, I could get a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but I favor physical screen space over smaller screen elements.

There are existing apps out there, like Air Display, that let you use an iPad as a second monitor for a Mac, but they work via WiFi, which poses two problems. First, they often don’t work on WiFi hotspots, which you’re likely to be using when away from home. Second, even when they do work, there is an annoying amount of lag.

Which is where Duet comes in. Instead of using WiFi, it feeds...

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07:00
Apple has been adding 1M iBookstore users per week

Earlier this week, Apple iBooks chief Keith Moerer announced that the company has been gaining about one million iBookstore users per week since the release of OS X Yosemite. The announcement came at the Digital Book World Conference in New York City...

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06:59
RBC raises Apple price target to $123, cites higher...

RBC Capital Markets on Friday advised investors to stay long on Apple stock, as the investment firm sees multiple catalysts for the company in the near future, starting with the reporting of holiday iPhone sales.

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06:35
Buildbox software allows for easy game creation

Buildbox (www.buildbox.com), drag and drop game creation software that allows someone to easily create a game, has been updated to version 1.1. Instead of scripting or coding, a user drags and drops image files directly into the software, builds out their levels and moves sliders to adjust gameplay settings.

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06:34
Videobox 4.1.3 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.



Version 4.1.3:

  • [New] Cleaned up UI errors
  • [New] Videobox now reports when updating downloaders, instead of freezing for a while
  • [Update] Streamlined UI for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • [Update] Improved Youtube Full HD support.
  • [Update] Much better detection for sites like gorillavid.com, nosvideo.com
  • [Update] Improved multi-video detection in the same web page
  • [Update] Updated detection of ads and repeated videos.
  • [Update] Improved support for YouTube-like sites, like godtube.com (by popular demand)
  • [Remove] Removed MediaSearch option, keep tuned for future updates in our web page!



  • OS X 10.6 or...

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that after almost 30 years, it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK. The company will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK after almost 30 years. The company cited “challenging market conditions,” although it continues to publish numerous other print magazines. Dennis Publishing will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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06:00
You Should Play: Sunburn has you round up friends in...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

With hundreds upon hundreds of new games hitting the App Store each and every week, it's difficult for even a great game to stand out amongst the pack. Attractive presentation can turn some heads, and intriguing gameplay may get people playing (and keep them there), but sometimes you need an extra special hook to grab the attention of prospective players.

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06:00
36 Tips For Companies Using Twitter

This is just my opinion, but…

  1. There are no good rules/tips for Twitter, so pretend you never read this.
  2. Be appreciative!
  3. Don’t be a dirtbag or people will unfollow you and block you.
  4. Not everything you try will work. Sometimes it’s because it’s not good and other times it’s because it’s not the right time. But assume most things will fail, being prepared for success.
  5. Be positive. Leave being negative to the people that think they’re smarter than everyone else.
  6. If you ask me to follow you on twitter, I won’t.
  7. Don’t follow and then unfollow people to get new followers (see #1).
  8. Don’t buy Followers. Best case, they will unfollow you and your investment will have been in vain. Worst case, see #1.
  9. Keep in mind that the lists you create in Twitter show up in the URLs of other people’s web logs if you click on those links from the Twitter web page.
  10. Don’t just post links; add something to the...
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05:43
Retina 5K iMac Models Now Available From Apple'...

Apple recently started selling the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display in the refurbished section of its online store, as first noticed by 9to5Mac. These refurbished models offer customers the chance to save up to 15 percent off the retail price of a brand new model.

Several 27-inch Retina iMac models are available, including the entry-level model which is availablee for $2119 and includes a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Other available Retina iMacs include a $2,419 model with 16GB of memory and a 3TB Fusion Drive and...

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05:30
Lucha Amigos is Angry Birds meeting a cultural game...

What would you get if you crossed Angry Birds with a classic game of pool? There's no real answer, but if I had to place a bet, my money would be on something similar to Lucha Amigos. It's a Mexican-inspired game starring "Wrestlers Turtles" and evil...

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05:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Wireless charging,...

Wireless charging, radiation shields, and lots of storage

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a variety of protective options—from cool alternatives for the wallet-weary smartphone user, to gadgety cases designed for those who like to explore the latest trends.

Boostcase

The Power Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $80 to $130) increases your iPhone's talk and surf times with a powerful battery built into a two-piece modular case.

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05:24
Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving...

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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05:23
EtreCheck 2.1.6 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.



Version 2.1.6:

  • Addition of battery health information
  • Addition of Apple technical specification link for your Macintosh
  • Other bug fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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05:22
Parity, a game

Parity is a free, web-based puzzle game, in the same class as Threes and the like, though not at all the same.

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05:16
Google gets into the domain business

Want to register a domain name? Now you have one more option. Google Domains is now open for business.

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05:02
∞ The architecture of an Apple Watch extension

Curt Clifton from Omni Group gave a talk on developing for Apple Watch. Even if you are not a developer, there’s lots to learn here.

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04:51
Capture One Pro 8.1.0.145 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.



Version 8.1.0.145:

Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99.

New Features

  • Editing in...

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04:50
How your favorite apps might look on the Apple Watch

This is a really well done piece with some thoughtful Apple Watch mockups for Uber, Foursquare, Instagram, and others.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:40
Next-generation drones will go where you point your...

Drones are a lot of fun, but making them to exactly what you want them to isn’t always easy, and a fair number of them are damaged or destroyed in crashes. Skydio, a startup formed by ex-MIT and Google X engineers, is hoping to change that by turning your iPhone into a ‘magic wand’ controller, reports TechCrunch.

To demo its auto-pilot system, it’s built a drone “magic wand” that lets you direct a drone by simply pointing your phone where you want it go. That means you don’t need the traditional, clunky dual joystick drone controller.

Today’s drones use cameras to allow you to shoot photos and video, and feed the video back to your phone or controller. What Skydio does is use that same video feed to construct a 3D map of the surroundings and feed it to the drone’s flight controller, so it can automatically avoid obstacles.

The team demonstrated the technology by flying a radio-...

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04:35
Samsung Reportedly to Gain 70% of Apple's A9...

There's been a propaganda war going on over who will produce Apple's next generation processors. Every time that there's a report that TSMC will retain Apple's chip business, a counter report is soon to follow stating the contrary. In late December it was reported that GlobalFoundries was experiencing tooling delays. So today, to counter that report, magically Samsung will gain ...

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04:33
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap

New York Times:

A new website, called Hacker’s List, seeks to match hackers with people looking to gain access to email accounts, take down unflattering photos from a website or gain access to a company’s database. In less than three months of operation, over 500 hacking jobs have been put out to bid on the site, with hackers vying for the right to do the dirty work.

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04:29
CrashPlan 3.7 - Online backup service; free for...

Only CrashPlan offers local and online backup that's automatic, secure, and cross-platform. Even if you need to back up as many as 10 computers at home, CrashPlan delivers multi-destination protection that maximizes convenience, flexibility, and rapid restores. It's free to back up locally and to friends and family, and it's just a few dollars a month for unlimited online personal backup with a CrashPlan subscription.

CrashPlan runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Note: CrashPlan is available in both free and paid versions. Individual, Family, and Business subscriptions are available, and their pricing schedules can be found here.



Version 3.7: OS X

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite users can now open the CrashPlan app from the CrashPlan menu bar.
  • Added OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility to the CrashPlan app code signing process.
  • Removed legacy...

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04:28
Kool Tools: PDF Editor for Mac

Editing PDF files on Mac OS X can be tough, but a product from AnyBizSoft, a Wondershare company focused on PDF solutions, simplifies the process.

PDF Editor for Mac, integrates AnyBizSoft's existing PDF to Word conversion technology. It not only enables users to edit PDF text, insert images, and annotate on PDF files, but also allows users to convert PDF to Word on Mac OS X.

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04:06
Worldwide semiconductor spending to increase 0.8%...

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% in 2015, to US$65.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Capital equipment spending will increase 5.6% in 2015, down from 11.3%in the third quarter 2014 forecast, as the largest spenders adopt conservative investment strategies, notes the research group.

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04:06
Worldwide semiconductor spending to increase 0.8%...

Despite strong growth of 12.9% in 2014, worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to only grow 0.8% in 2015, to US$65.7 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Capital equipment spending will increase 5.6% in 2015, down from 11.3%in the third quarter 2014 forecast, as the largest spenders adopt conservative investment strategies, notes the research group.

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03:57
How and why you should use a VPN to protect your...

Your greatest security and privacy risk relates to data in transit, as it passes to and from your devices. In a coffeeshop, airport, or other public space using Wi-Fi, your information passes in the clear between your hardware and the network’s hub. You may not be sure how and whether the hotspot secures access to the wired side of its routers, either.

Even if you’re using a secure Wi-Fi network at home, work, or school—or even wired Ethernet—your bits still pass across a broadband modem and through intermediate points on the Internet before reaching the destination server and vice-versa. (Cellular networks are generally considered quite secure unless you are being either individually targeted or swept into a government-backed interception project.)

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03:16
Coda 2.5.2 - One-window Web development suite. (...

Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises, and a seriously refreshed UI, this update is, truly, major.

Features:

  • Integrated file browser
  • Fully-featured text editor
  • CSS editor
  • Preview
  • Built-in terminal
  • Complete set of references



Version 2.5.2:

Note: Coda 2.5 is a free update for license owners for Coda 2. Coda 2.5 is only available from Panic, but the company is migrating Mac App Store users for free. You can find the steps to take at the foot of their home page (http://www.panic.com/coda/).

  • Faster Quick Open content searching
  • Improved overall performance and stability
  • Extract and override...
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Thursday January 15

20:34
Apple adds refurbished Retina 5K iMac to online...

Apple has recently added the 27-inch iMac with Retina display, originally released in October 2014, to the refurbished section of its online store. Currently, the baseline 5K iMac with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor will cost you $2,119 refurbished from Apple. That’s $380 – or 15%- off the price of a new model.

Two other variations of the Retina 5K iMac are also now available from the Apple online refurbished store. For $2,419, you get the same Intel Core i5 processor and AMD R9 graphics processor, but also a 3 TB fusion drive and 16 GB of RAM. For $2,549, you can opt for the model with 512 GB of...

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18:59
Samsung brings in new design chief from Apple...

Samsung announced last year that, after negative reviews of the design of its Galaxy S5, its head of mobile design Change Dong-hoon was being replaced by then VP of mobile design Lee Min-hyouck. Today, however, it was revealed that the company is bringing in an outside designer to help refresh its product lineup. A report from the Korea Herald states that Samsung has hired Lee Don-tae to be its new head of design. Don-tae would lead design of all Samsung gadgets, including smartphones.

Lee Don-tae is most well-known as the former CEO of Tangerine, a British design studio originally founded by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan...

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18:29
Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's...

In a bid to freshen up its product range, Samsung in January hired a new head of global design in Don-tae Lee, former co-president at a London-based design consultancy founded by Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive.

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17:09
Virtual Traffic Lights Could Revolutionize City...


The average American worker spends almost half an hour commuting each day, but virtual traffic lights could cut that almost in half. If traditional traffic lights were replaced with virtual ones, the results could include not only a reduction of up to 40 percent in urban workers' commute times, but also lower carbon emissions, less congestion and fewer accidents, a study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests. "These systems could be made even smarter and more efficient," said tech analyst Roger Kay.

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17:00
Announcing the “Sway your OneNote love” contest...

A month ago, we asked the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts around the world to “Sway your OneNote love.” The MIE Experts were asked to use Sway to bring together their ideas and multimedia that answered one of the following questions:

  1. What do you love about OneNote?
  2. How do you use OneNote to inspire learning?
  3. How do you collaborate with others using OneNote? (MIE Experts, Teachers community, Students)

The OneNote and Sway teams were amazed at the response rate (almost 100 Sways were submitted), variety and clear innovation in use of OneNote in the classroom and Sway to present it. Since Sway is “born on the web” and made to be embeddable, we will let the winners speak for themselves.

First place winner of a Microsoft device—Marija Petreska

Marija Petreska (Macedonia, @TeacherMarija) presented 24 ideas for how to...

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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

LensFlare [iOS Universa...

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16:30
Chipotle "very interested" in Apple Pay

While some companies like McDonalds and Whole Foods have embraced Apple Pay with open arms, a few big-time companies have elected to take a "wait and see" approach with Apple's nascent mobile payments platform.

One such company is Chipotle. This pas...

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16:12
Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-...

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies have agreed to pay out $415 million to settle an anti-trust class action lawsuit alleging so-called "no-poach" measures artificially suppressed employee salaries.

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16:00
Spyglass: A full featured nav app for outdoor...

Spyglass (U.S. $3.99 on sale) is a really complete GPS toolkit for people spending time outdoors or doing off-road navigation. Features are numerous; among them are a heads-up display, a high quality compass with map overlays, a gyrocompass, speedome...

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15:30
Daily Deals for January 15, 2015, Pay What You Want...

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

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

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15:03
Cameron Takes Hard Line on Encrypted Communications


UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who is standing for re-election, has vowed to ban personal encrypted communications apps such as WhatsApp if he is voted in. He also will allow UK government security agencies to monitor communications, with warrants signed by the Home Secretary. "The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe," Cameron declared. Cameron's proposal triggered a storm of criticism. "We've seen proposals similar to this before, but never as unbelievably shortsighted," said CDT's Joseph Hall.

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15:00
Video: Developing with WatchKit, featuring Curt...

Every day, the Apple Watch is one day closer to being released to the public. Developers are now finding ways to make their iOS apps Watch-friendlly as they begin to experiment with WatchKit, and at a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, developer Curt Cli...

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14:58
Amazon renames Cloud Drive Photos app, adds iPhone 6...

Amazon has released an update to its Cloud Drive Photos app introducing a new name alongside iPhone 6/6 Plus support and new features. The updated, now called “Amazon Photo,” also includes support for full resolution photo downloads, iPad landscape support, and more.

Full resolution photo downloads – You can now download your photos to your device in full resolution so you no longer have to worry about losing details when you print your downloaded photos or display them on a larger screen… Improved iPad Landscape support – Navigate through the app without ever needing to switch back to Portrait mode.

In addition, version 3.3.0 of the app includes duplicate photo detection that will detect matches and avoid uploading duplicates, and a new “report problems” feature directly through the app.

The updated Amazon...

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14:44
Apple's Swift rockets up programming language...

Just six months after its introduction at WWDC 2014, Apple's Swift continues to generate immense interest with developers and is now the 22nd most popular programming language around, according to new rankings published on Thursday.

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14:23
Things for iOS updated with Notification Center...


Cultured Code released an update for its Things to-do list manager on iPhone and iPad today that added support for a Notification Center widget. The new plugin allows users to keep a list of reminders in the Today view, mark off completed tasks, or quickly access a shortcut for creating new to-dos.

The widget pulls its data from the app’s Today list, and can also let you know which items will be due soon so you can prioritize your activities.

...

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14:19
∞ Apple’s Swift jumps 46 places on Programming...

A new report studying programming language rankings released yesterday by RedMonk shows that Apple’s new language, Swift, went from 68 place on the list to 22 this quarter—a jump of 46 spots.

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14:00
Be My Eyes is a free app to help the blind "see...

The iPhone is a wonderful device for the blind and vision impaired. Accessibility options like multitouch VoiceOver, Siri, Speak Screen, Dictation, and Zoom make interacting with iOS possible for these users. Now thanks to a new free app, vision impa...

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13:27
The Google Glass Project goes underground until...

We posted an extensive report in November titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." The report showed how developers were losing interest in the project and how the press kept hammering the project. The UK Guardian had called "Google Glass a fascinating failure" and ...

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13:17
Typinator 6.4

Adds support for nested expansions. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB)

 

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13:00
This iPod prototype will set you back $4,495

Prices on classic iPods saw a bit of a spike once Apple silently put an axe in the beloved media player but you might need to take out a loan if you're hoping to bring home this particular piece of Apple history. Currently up for bids on eBay is a su...

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12:45
Baking iBooks into iOS 8 has led to 1M new users for...

Apple's iBookstore has averaged a million new customers every week since iOS 8 launched last fall, benefitting from the inclusion of iBooks as a built-in app.

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12:13
Popular 'Monument Valley' Game Earned More...

Ustwo, the developers behind the hit game Monument Valley today published a detailed infographic that gives a rare inside look at what it takes to develop an ultra popular game and the rewards developers can reap from creating an app that soars to the top of the App Store charts.

For those unfamiliar, Monument Valley is a highly popular indie puzzle game that asks players to lead the main character through a series of mazes spanning 10 separate levels. The game was highly praised for its design, which included a unique and striking art style.

According to Ustwo's infographic, it took Ustwo's eight person team 55 weeks and $852,000 to develop the original version of Monument Valley ahead of its April 2014 launch. The app's Forgotten Shores expansion, released in late November, took an additional 29 weeks and $549,000 to develop.

Monument Valley received some negative...

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12:00
Sunny for iPhone is gorgeous, relaxing and fun

Last year I wrote a review of Windy, a gorgeous, relaxing app by Taptanium that follows the eponymous character's journey across several lovely settings, complete with stunning visuals and relaxing, stereoscopic sound. Today the same team has release...

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11:50
Apple planning 5 new Chinese retail store openings...

Apple is committed to its promise of expanding its retail presence in China from 15 to 40 stores within two years. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts told Chinese website Xinhua on Thursday that the iPhone maker is gearing up to open five new stores in roughly five weeks.

“We are opening five new stores before the Chinese New Year this year. Four of the stores are in brand new cities for us,” said Ahrendts in a telephone interview with Xinhua. The new locations will be opened in time for China‘s Spring Festival, a popular shopping season that commemorates the Chinese New Year, on February 19....

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11:36
'iPod Father' Tony Fadell to Take Charge...

Following some leadership changes that Google has implemented, Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and "iPod Father," will oversee Google's Glass division, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google is planning on splitting out Glass, its wearable headset computer, from the Google X research lab into its own unit, led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Tony Fadell. Fadell will be in charge of Glass, and will provide "strategic guidance" on the product.

Largely seen as a failure at this point, Google Glass failed to drum up enough developer interest to truly establish itself in the wearable market and Google has continually pushed back the product's mass market release.

Google has opted to cease selling...

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11:28
Shares of Apple dip more than 2% following downgrade...

Shares of Apple stock took an unexpected slide on Thursday, and dragged the larger market down as a whole with it, after a high-profile Japanese bank downgraded its rating on the iPhone maker to "neutral."

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11:09
Thousands ask the FCC to prevent hotels from...

In response to Marriott International and the American Hospitality and Lodging Association—a hotel lobby group, petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow hotels to remotely disable guests’ personal Wi-Fi devices, forcing guests to pay for the hotels’ own Wi-Fi service—a new Care2 petition (http://www.care2.com/go/z/hotelwifi ) asks the FCC not to cave to these demands has gathered more than 13,000 signatures.

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11:05
Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google...

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell --?known colloquially as the "father of the iPod" --?is set to take over Google's Glass augmented reality project as the search giant reorganizes the stumbling wearable team.

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11:00
Google Maps for iOS gets a welcome update

Google has issued an update to its popular and free Google Maps app for iOS. The update to version 4.2.0 offers filtered restaurant searches that let you specify cuisine type, price and rating, and it gives you weather information from around the wor...

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10:54
Former iPodFather Tony Fadell now in charge of...

From 9to5Google.com:

It looks like Google may finally be preparing Glass for primetime as a number of changes around the company’s heads-up display product were revealed today. Most notably, the Glass project will be moving from the experimental Google X group to its own unit under the leadership of Tony Fadell, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Next of note, Google will end the current run of its Glass Explorers program on January 19th, removing the current version of Glass from sale to individuals; however,...

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10:54
Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could...

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint -- a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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10:50
Monument Valley success by the numbers

I usually don’t link to things like this, but this one is very interesting.

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10:47
Apple Opening New Stores in China at an Accelerated...

On Monday we reported that Apple had opened a new store in Henan province, its first in central China, bringing the number of Apple stores in mainland China to thirteen. The new store opened last Saturday in a shopping mall in downtown Zhengzhou. Our cover graphic shows the massive crowds that gathered to experience the first Apple Store in that region. Today it's being report from several Chinese news sites that Apple will have another ...

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10:45
Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China...

Apple is set to open five new Chinese outlets in the next five weeks as the company prepares for an influx of shoppers during the Spring Festival, retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed this week, with four of those outlets in cities that do not currently house an Apple Store.

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10:44
Tony Fadell now in charge of Google Glass

Glass is moving from the Google X research lab to be a stand-alone unit led by Ivy Ross. Ms. Ross and her team will report to Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who heads Nest Labs, the smart-home device company Google acquired for $3.2 billion in February 2014. Mr. Fadell will still run Nest, but he also will oversee Glass and provide strategic guidance to Ms. Ross.

Tony made the iPod and founded Nest after leaving Apple. I have a ton of respect for this man.

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10:34
Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New...

Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference.

Apple's decision to ship iOS 8 with several new apps pre-installed, including Podcasts and iBooks, was somewhat controversial because pre-installed default apps are unable to be deleted from a user's device. At the same time, though, default apps that come automatically installed introduce the content to a range of new people who might not have otherwise discovered it in the App Store.

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10:30
Bank of America says 1.1 million credit cards have...

Earlier today, Bank of America disclosed that they've had nearly 800,000 customers activate upwards of 1.1 million credit cards via Apple Pay. Though a small drop in the bucket relative to Bank of America's 60 million customer base, it's a promising ...

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: The Princess Bride becomes a...

The Princess Bride becomes a game

As you wish: The Princess Bride is now an interactive game on the iPhone and iPad. Plus apps for news, getting organized, and more

AllCast

This free iOS app can stream media from a variety of sources—including Dropbox, Google+, Google Drive, and Instagram—to your television, through any number of web-to-TV devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more. Spend $5 and you can get AllCast Premium to watch add-free and without any caps on video length.

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10:00
Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager,...

Starting today, Parallels is shipping version 2.5 of the Parallels Access remote access and control app. Parallels Access has been a favorite of TUAW bloggers, featuring precise remote control and amazing speed when controlling Macs from iPads and iP...

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09:53
B of A boosts Apple Pay with 1.1 million cards...

It’s still too early to tell how successful Apple Pay is or will be, but Bank of America’s customers are rushing to test the waters. Some 800,000 B of A customers added 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between October 20 and the end of 2014.

The number isn’t mindblowing, but it’s pretty respectable, considering that Bank of America has about 16.5 million mobile banking customers altogether. The company’s breakout of Apple Pay adopters in its fourth-quarter earnings signifies it expects Apple’s new service to become an important player in mobile payments this year.

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09:36
Apple says iBooks adding 1M new users a week since...

Apple’s Director of iBooks Store Keith Moerer appeared at the Digital Book World Conference today to talk iBooks, and during the interview offered some updates on stats and insights into how Apple’s book business is going. Of note, Moerer said Apple has added about 1 million new iBooks users a week, which he said is in part thanks to Apple’s decision to preinstall iBooks on devices with its iOS 8 release in September.

#DBW15 #Apple @iBookstore's Keith Moerer "Our goal is to turn those new [free] customers into paying customers."


Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson)...

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09:29
Tidy Up 4.0.3 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more...

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09:26
BlackBerry, Samsung deny buyout talks

The report is “groundless,” Samsung said in an e-mail. In a separate statement, BlackBerry said it “has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry.” The Waterloo, Ontario-based company didn’t specify whether it had received a proposal from Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker.

Not even Samsung wants BlackBerry.

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09:26
2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam,...

If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause...

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09:22
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Thinks that Apple'...

Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to have played a part in every one of the band's often turbulent incarnations. He bluntly stated in a new GQ interview that he thinks that Apple's iTunes is rather passé.

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Leather Smart Covers $15...

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:

Apple iPad Leather Smart Covers for iPad 2/3/4 (variety of colors) $15 shipped (orig. $70)

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09:00
OneNote for teachers—training, lesson plans and new...

As developers of OneNote and the OneNote Class Notebook Creator, we realize that creating exciting products is only the first step towards to making a difference in education. The next steps are to actively train educators on how they can use OneNote in ways that are immediately relevant to their daily school lives and give them the content that serves as a basis for further curriculum generation. The goal behind OneNoteforTeachers.com, a new site developed exclusively for educators is to take a completely new OneNote user and magically turn them into a “OneNote Ninja” in about an hour without any cost to them or their school. Once a teacher masters the OneNote Ninja arts, adding the Bing in the Classroom lesson plans provides a new level of expertise that even Jackie Chan would envy.

OneNoteforTeachers.com—...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 029 on MSDN...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Andrew Byrne who heads up a team responsible for code samples in the Office 365 Developer Content Publishing team.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP29_Cpub.mp3

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09:00
Apple just patented the best smartphone gaming...

The worst part about keeping an eye on new tech patents is knowing in your heart that most of these new ideas -- especially some of the most off-the-wall amazing ones -- will probably never see the light of day. Such is the case with a new Apple pate...

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08:54
Updated version of Google Drive gains new status...

Google Drive will be getting some additional muscle this week, a new version becoming available for OS X and Windows.

Per 9to5Mac and the Google blog, the new version includes an improved status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

The update also brings a feature that will let you restrict how...

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08:41
Google Translate app updated, now offers Word Lens,...

It always helps to know the local language.

According to the Google blog, Google has released a new version of Translate for Android and iOS.

The new version already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Users can now instantly translate text using their cameras, allowing them to read a menu or a sign on the fly. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.

This instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French,...

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08:35
Touching the dial: How iTunes Radio could be tuned...

iTunes Radio, Apple’s first real foray into streaming music, made its public debut back in June 2013, where it was announced alongside iOS 7. Over a year since its release, the service hasn’t exactly taken over the world, quite literally. It’s still only available in the United States and Australia. If you compared iTunes Radio today with iTunes Radio as it existed the day it was first available to use, you’ll notice that not much has really changed.

Of course, just last May, Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Electronics, which brought along with it...

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08:08
Review: ZeroChroma’s Folio-Slide and Slide-Lid...

History suggested that iPad Air 2 cases would be far more numerous after January’s annual CES show, but due to unexpected production delays, there still aren’t many choices out there. But thanks to ZeroChroma, there are two largely bright spots on the horizon: a finished case called Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2 ($70), and an upcoming $100 version called Folio-Slide with Slide-Lid Keyboard, both of which I’ve been testing for the past week.

The basic version of Folio-Slide is the iPad Air 2-compatible sequel to the very best case I’ve tested for the original iPad Air – one I highly recommended in an...

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08:05
2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands...

Members of the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure class-action lawsuit were updated this week on the latest developments in the case, which has expanded to include multiple states and lodges new complaints against Apple, accusing the company of deliberately concealing problems.

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08:00
Two Mac Pro cases + woodworking skill = unique bench

With the advent of the new, smaller "trashcan" Mac Pro, we're going to start seeing a lot more of the all-aluminum PowerMac G5 / Mac Pro cases going to the recyclers or - even worse - the dump. Gary Katz of Mac M.D. is a longtime Apple Consultant who...

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07:58
iPhone 6s Rumored to Include 2GB of Faster RAM and...

Apple may boost the amount of internal RAM and use faster LPDDR4 RAM technology in its next-generation iPhone 6s, claims TechNews Taiwan (via G Gor Games). These RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase over the 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM used in the current-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

According to supply chain sources, the LPDDR4 RAM modules for the iPhone 6s will be supplied primarily by Hynix, Samsung, and Micron-Elpida. Elpida reportedly was behind schedule, but the company allegedly improved its manufacturing process to a level that will meet Apple's demand. Micron-Elpida and Hynix were identified in...

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07:56
Apple patent shows spring-loaded pop-up home button...

An Apple patent spotted by Patently Apple shows a spring-loaded pop-up iPhone home button that acts as gaming joystick when in the raised position. Or, in patent language:

An electronic device includes a surface and a multi-function input device. The multi-function input device is operable in at least a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, an input portion of the multi-function input device is flush with the surface or recessed in the surface and is operable to receive z axis press input data. In the second mode, the input portion is positioned proud of the surface (i.e., project...

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07:45
Samsung Rumored to be Sidelining Qualcomm's...

Last month we reported that Samsung and LG were getting really nervous that they'd be forced to delay their next generation smartphone models due to overheating problems with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. While Qualcomm played up their 810 processor at CES, behind the scenes there was still worry about overheating issues. In a new report published today there are claims that Samsung ...

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07:29
Bank of America customers activate 1.1 million cards...

Apple Pay launch partner Bank of America on Thursday revealed that nearly 800,000 of its customers had signed up for Apple's nascent mobile payments initiative, bringing 1.1 million cards to the service in the last three months.

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07:21
Microsoft's 'Spartan' Browser Will...


Rumors about Microsoft's new browser, code-named "Spartan," have been heating up: It will be an app; no, it will not. It will replace Internet Explorer -- no, it will not.
It will use Microsoft's Trident rendering engine and the Chakra JavaScript engine developed for IE 9. Probably. Spartan will be a new browser that will look and work more like lightweight browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. No, it won't. "We are talking about IE 12," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "'Spartan' is just the code name."

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07:12
iPhone Home Button That Transforms Into Gaming...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published an Apple patent application revealing the company's interest in an iPhone or iPad home button that transitions form its normal functionality into a small joystick for gaming (via Patently Apple).

The "multi-function input device" would serve its normal home button functions, ostensibily with Touch ID and all other current features, but with a simple pressure click would pop up and transform into a slightly elevated thumb joystick.

Home button mode (left) and joystick mode (right)
A simple push of the elevated home button back into a...

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07:07
Opinion: Could there be method in Apple’s apparent...

I was extremely surprised when Apple made the decision to drop its Single of the Week, after doing the same thing with its 12 Days of Christmas promo. As I wrote then, the free single seemed a win-win-win: consumers got free music, lesser-known artists got exposure, Apple got the goodwill that stems from giving away free stuff.

But thinking more about it, perhaps there is method in Apple’s madness after all. Let’s start with the obvious point: the company is about to launch an Apple-branded Beats Music service, and it would then make sense to say that this, not iTunes freebies, is the way to discover new music.

But it’s not just music: 12 Days of Christmas was content of all types, apps included, so I think...

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07:06
Bank of America announces 1.1 million cards using...

Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up in another grocery store chain…

Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada now have the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets...

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07:03
T-Mobile introduces new Simply Prepaid plans...

T-Mobile continues to shake up the wireless industry by introducing a number of affordable plans and options as part of its ongoing Un-carrier initiative. Today, the carrier announced that it is expanding choices for prepaid customers with new Simply Prepaid plans for as little as $40 per month. The new plans will be available for new and existing customers on January 25th.

Simply Prepaid plans provide unlimited talk, text and data buckets of up to 1GB, 3GB or 5GB of 4G LTE data, with each tier costing $10 less than T-Mobile’s existing Simple Choice prepaid plans. T-Mobile throttles data to 2G speeds of 128 Kbps after your 4G LTE data limit is reached. In return for the discount, Simply Prepaid...

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06:53
Lucky, Save Mart, FoodMaxx now accept Apple Pay

Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores now accept Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, in all of their 217 stores throughout Northern California and Nevada.

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06:51
Apple Patent Reveals Customizable Drum Loops for...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that discusses how GarageBand and/or Logic apps can create unique and customized drumming loops ...

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06:43
Use a Keystroke to Maximize Finder Windows In OS X

The Maximize jelly in OS X that makes a screen the full size that the screen should be is great. The command that it runs is called Zoom. There’s another one to minimize screens, as well. The minimize has a keystroke mapped of Command-Shift-M. I use it all the time. You can also map a keystroke to make the windows bigger, invoking that Zoom command. Sometimes, when I plug and unplug the monitor on my desk at work at take my laptop home, I end up with windows stuck where the jellies (what those little buttons in the top corner of the screen are called) are above the menu bar and I can’t click them. So the keystroke helps as it basically resizes for me.

To map the keystroke to maximize a screen, first open System Preferences from the Apple menu and open the Keyboard System Preference pane. Then click on the Shortcuts tab and then App Shortcuts in the list of shortcuts. Then click on the + button at the bottom of the list. By default, you’ll see All Applications as the...

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06:32
Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again rumored to...

For the second time in as many days, a report from Asia claims that Apple plans to bring the "Force Touch" technology from the Apple Watch to the next-generation iPhone and double the forthcoming handset's built-in RAM to 2 gigabytes.

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06:25
Save Mart Supermarkets Adds Apple Pay as Bank of...

Apple Pay was introduced last year during Apple's September iPhone event and debuted alongside iOS 8.1. Months after launch, the service continues to expand with two major announcements today that mark the further expansion of the mobile payments service into regional supermarket chains and the continued adoption by consumers.

Starting today, California supermarket chain Save Mart Supermarkets is rolling out Apple Pay to all 217 Northern California and Nevada stores it operates under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, Maxx Value Foods, and FoodMaxx brands. Save Mart Co-President & Chief Strategy and Branding Officer Nicole Piccinini Pesco said that the grocery store chain is adding Apple Pay for the "benefit and convenience"...

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06:22
Mobile broadband modem volume to Slide 27% in 2014

Mobile broadband modems used in mobile devices and computing outside of smartphones continued to decline over the first half of 2014 (1H 2014), according to the latest study from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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06:16
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls game now available

Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (http://tinyurl.com/kds5cj5) for Mac OS X is now available at a variety of sources, such as the Mac App Store and Steam. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99.

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06:10
Typinator 6.4 adds support for nested expansions

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.4, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications.

The new version comes comes with a new feature that lets you nest existing abbreviations inside other expansions. You can use this feature to insert previously defined expansions in new ones, for example to insert a completely assembled date in another expansion, or to add a formatted signature at the end of a boilerplate mail template.

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06:08
Tower 2.1.4 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily.

Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • ...

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06:00
PLAYER for iOS teaches you how to play your music...

MiQ Limited has announced PLAYER, a free iOS app that analyzes songs from your device's music library and then shows you how to play those songs with chords, keys and song structure.

PLAYER uses a streamlined interface and attractive UI to display s...

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05:57
KeyCue 7.4.1 - Displays all menu shortcut commands...

KeyCue lets you view available Command key shortcuts. Simply press and hold the Command key to view a list of all available keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to learn and remember those time-saving keystrokes.

  • See. View available keyboard shortcuts based on application by pressing the Command key.
  • Do. Simply type out the desired shortcut upon finding the appropriate action.
  • Learn. Develop into an efficient power user by remembering repeated shortcuts or discovering previously unknown actions.



Version 7.4.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later

  • When a new version is available, KeyCue now shows a message that tells whether the new version is free.
  • The Registration pane of the settings window now contains information about the issue date of the registered license key.
  • Works around a potential alignment...
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05:49
Typinator 6.4 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity.

Type a little. Typinator does the rest.

We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice.

Workflow-friendly features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text expansions...

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05:30
Crack the code in Do Not Believe His Lies

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle is an interesting, sometimes weird, puzzle game where players have to figure out what the code to unlock the next puzzle is. There is very little in the way of instructions in the game.

Do Not Believe ...

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05:26
Three Key Apple Patents Detail Apple Pay and Touch...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that detail the specifics behind Apple Pay via Touch ID. The patent filings meticulously detail ...

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05:16
Parallels Access 2.5 features Universal File Manager...

Parallels has introduced Parallels Access 2.5 (www.parallels.com/access), available immediately on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
 
New features of the award-winning app include a universal file manager, computer-to-computer remote access and Samsung S Pen integration. Now all Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge customers get a free six month subscription to Parallels Access in their Galaxy Gifts. The new release also supports the recently released OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Technical Preview.
 

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05:15
Jason Snell on podcast recording

Jason Snell shares some of the knowledge gained from producing hundreds of podcasts.

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05:15
The TidBITS Reader Wishlist for Apple in 2015

After the TidBITS staff shared their Apple wishes for 2015, our readers wrote in with a few more excellent ideas.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:01
A strategy for picking colors for your design

A bit of help making color choices for your design.

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04:53
Worldwide IT spending on pace to grow 2.4% in 2015

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.8 trillion in 2015, a 2.4%increase from 2014; however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.9%, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The slower outlook for 2015 is largely attributed to the rising U.S. dollar as well as a modest reduction in growth expectations for devices, IT services and telecom services, according to the research group.

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04:50
Here come the Apple Watch ads

Wall Street Journal:

Early this month, mobile ad exchange TapSense announced a product it said will allow marketers to place ads in applications created for the Apple Watch by third-party developers.

Winter is coming.

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04:36
One-armed 7 year old boy is surprised with 3D...

The arm was built as part of e-NABLE, an online community that uses 3D printers to make prosthetics for those who need them. Watch the video to see Liam Porter get his new arm.

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04:25
Kool Tools: Aunsoft's Video Converter for the...

Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac (http://www.aunsoft.com/video-converter-mac/) is a US$35 Mac video converting tool you can use to convert just about any type of video for use on a variety of Apple devices. What's more, it also boasts a several editing features.

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04:25
Virtual traffic lights on your windshield get you...

The idea here is to remove traffic lights from intersections and embed them on your windshield instead. As your car approaches an intersection, a virtual traffic light appears on your windshield telling you to stop, then turns green when it is your turn to go. If there are no other cars approaching the intersection, you roll on through without having to slow down.

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Apple chip supplier TSMC announces record profits,...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – better known as TSMC – has posted record Q4 profits after taking around 60% of the orders for the A8 chip in the iPhone 6/Plus. Nasdaq reports the company’s net profits for the quarter rose 79% year-on-year.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker by revenue, said Thursday that net profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was 79.99 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$2.51 billion), up from NT$44.81 billion a year earlier.

TSMC’s move into 20-nanometer chip production enabled Apple to reduce its reliance on Samsung for the A8 chip, with the chipmaker saying that it is making further investment in more...

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Wakie for iOS wants you to ditch the alarm clock and...

There are lots of alarm clock apps out there—alarms with traditional tones, alarms that ditch the sound for a screen brightening approach, alarms that get angry when you try to snooze.

And then there’s Wakie. Part alarm, part social network, Wakie is a community-based alarm clock, where members of that community will call you to wake you up in the morning. That’s right: Instead of an alarm, your phone will ring, with an anonymous stranger on the other end who is supposedly ready to coax you out of bed. 

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Apple Invents a Home Button that Doubles as a Gaming...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible next-generation multi-functional iDevice Home Button. In the first mode, the Home Button retains its standard functionality. In the second mode, the Home Button transforms into a pure gaming joystick.

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How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry...

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

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Apple patent points to iCloud-based Touch ID syncing...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could do away with manual Touch ID setup and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals.

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Parallels Access for iOS updated with new file...

Parallels on Thursday updated its Parallels Access app for iOS, adding a robust file manager, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support and iOS file sharing features, among other enhancements.

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Parallels Access gains new file manager, iPhone 6...

Parallels Access today received a significant version 2.5 update with support for the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, a new file managing system, improved audio controls, and a new web browser-based version. Parallels Access, as we covered upon its launch for the iPhone last year, is a robust remote computing application that allows you to view and control multiple Macs or Windows PCs via an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device.

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