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Wednesday November 12

14:04
KGI: iPad Pro pushed back again to Q2 2015, Q1 to...

The latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will delay its expected launch of a 12.9 (or 12.2)-inch iPad ‘Pro’ as it predicts a 50% decline for iPad shipments heading into next year. Specifically, KGI thinks Apple will sell just under 10 million units in Q1 2015 following a busy holiday season in the last quarter of this year. That would be a 54.5% drop from quarter to quarter with KGI predicting 21 million iPad units sold during the Q4 2014 Holiday quarter:

We forecast iPad shipments will fall 54.5% QoQ to 9.8mn units in 1Q15, given a lack of new...

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14:00
You can now use a T9 keyboard on iOS, just like you...

Anyone who used a cell phone for texting prior to the smartphone revolution knows how wonderfully magical typing out a message using just ten buttons can be. Once you got used to it and mastered its sometimes peculiar ways, typing in the T9 could be...

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13:59
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Executive headphones $170...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Beats by Dr. Dre Executive over-ear headphones (silver) $170 shipped (orig. $300)

Rosewill 200Mbps Powerline AV Wall-Plug Adapter Starter Kit $10 shipped (...

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13:56
YouTube Music Key launched in beta with offline...

YouTube has launched its often-rumored music service, just one day after a report claims it struck a major deal with independent record labels. YouTube Music Key is a subscription-based streaming service which offers advertising-free viewing of music videos on YouTube itself, as well as a few other features only paid subscribers will receive....



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13:38
Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro'...

While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.

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13:35
Staples turns on Apple Pay support at its retail...

Staples shared in an announcement today that it is now accepting Apple Pay transactions at its “over 1,200 stores” in the United States for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Apple Pay, of course, will also be available for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s users starting next year when paired with the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple included Staples in its list of retail partners when announcing its secure mobile payment service, although Apple noted that support would be “coming later this year” from the retailer as it was available in time for last month’s launch.

Staples has, however, supported Apple Pay for online purchases through its iPhone app allowing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to make purchases with the Touch ID...

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13:30
Citibank's Deborah Hopkins talks to Bloomberg...

Citibank's chief innovation officer Deborah Hopkins recently sat down with Bloomberg TV's Emily Chang to discuss Citi's investment in mobile payment options like Square and Apple Pay. The Apple Pay portion of the interview begins at 1:54 seconds in...

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13:30
AppleCare+ Cost for Phones, iPads - Do You Win or...

AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.


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13:23
iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

When I first heard about Appleâs 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!


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13:20
Review: Sol Republic Punk Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Punk is only one letter away from “puck,” and like many smaller speakers, Sol Republic’s offering does resemble a hockey puck — albeit a square puck. It’s about 3.5” across, and about 1.5” deep. A chrome Sol logo stands out on the grille of the rubberized speaker with volume controls, a play/pause button, a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on one of the speaker’s sides. Bluetooth pairing is quick…

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13:17
Staples outlets begin accepting Apple Pay

Business supply chain Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay at all of its 1,400 US retail locations, according to an announcement. Retail shoppers must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company has also begun accepting Apple Pay through its iOS app, however, where people with an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 can also make purchases....



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13:07
Forums: memory leak in Messages?

Today in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "turtle777" was bashing their head against the wall trying to figure out why the Messages app seems to have sprung a memory leak which took up more than 50GB, and brought his iMac to a halt. Forum Regular "imdipped" was trying to figure out how to get rid of their Master Boot Record formatting, and do a clean install of Mavericks....



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13:00
Google Inbox is a handy way to optimize your Gmail...

Google's recently launched Inbox mail app for iOS is still in its public beta phase, but after using it for a few weeks it's obvious the app is on its way to becoming something special. That is, if you're in the app's target demographic. For the...

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12:50
You just can’t make this shit up about Samsung

Samsung is now reviewing its own products. I guess paying off bloggers and forum posters wasn’t direct enough for them.

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12:50
How to Capture Screenshots to the Clipboard in OS X

Kelly picked up all kinds of screenshot tips at MacTech last week. Today's comes from Greg Neagle who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. You might have heard of it.


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12:49
FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong...

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.


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12:40
Staples Begins Accepting Apple Pay in Retail Stores

As of today, popular office supply store Staples has begun accepting Apple's Apple Pay payments service in its retail stores across the United States, according to information shared with MacRumors.Staples now offers its customers access to Apple Pay, a new service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. In Staples over 1,400 stores in the United States, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability.When Apple Pay was first announced, Staples was listed as one of the retailers implementing in-store support for the payments service "later this year" along with Anthropologie, Free People, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Walt Disney World.

Staples has been an eager Apple Pay partner, initially promising support for the service back in September. The...

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12:32
What one entrepreneur learned from working for Steve...

Inc:

Imagine going to work for Steve Jobs as a recent college graduate. That’s what happened to Mark Tacchi, who dropped out of graduate school in 1993 to take a job at NeXT, the computer company Jobs founded after being forced out of Apple.

In time, Apple acquired NeXT in a deal that put Jobs back at Apple’s helm. Tacchi spent a total of four years at NeXT and Apple, and he learned a lot about how to run a business, and how not to.

Jobs had a (deserved) reputation as a tyrant but he also taught many in Silicon Valley how to serve the customer.

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12:30
New Square Reader scans both chip- and stripe-based...

Retail payment service Square has opened up preorders for a new version of the Square Reader, designed to scan chip-based credit and debit cards. It supports older stripe-based cards as well, and the company is promising end-to-end encryption, as well as active tamper detection. It's compatible with iOS and Android, requiring only the appropriate apps and an account with Square for paying service fees....



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12:30
Meet other fans for the big game with Best Bars

Your favorite team has a big game coming up and you need to find out where other fans will be gathering to watch. Best Bars, a free universal app that requires iOS 6.0 or later should provide you with some good ideas.

The app offers a list of...

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12:24
Full video from Apple VP Greg Joswiak’s Code/Mobile...

Apple VP Greg Joswiak via Re/Code

Apple VP of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak appeared at Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference last month where he discussed various topics including Apple Pay and iOS 8.0.1’s botched rollout, and today Re/code has shared the complete video footage of that interview. During the discussion, Joswiak talked about the upcoming Apple Watch and other smartwatches, Apple’s approach to marketshare and why you shouldn’t expect a low quality phone from Apple, and more. We’ve embedded the video interview below.Previously,...

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12:24
Samsung unveils 'Project Beyond,' a new...

Samsung surprised on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new device dubbed "Project Beyond," a unique 360-degree camera that captures the world around it in three dimensions, allowing content to be created for its forthcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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12:22
Full Video of Apple VP Greg Joswiak Discussing iOS 8...

In late October, Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg at the site's inaugural Code Conference, answering questions about iOS 8.0.1, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch.

While we initially covered the interview when it took place, Re/code has now posted the full video footage of Joswiak's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching for Apple enthusiasts.

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During the interview, Joswiak apologized for the iOS 8.0.1 bug that bricked many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, commented on the Apple Pay situation with Rite Aid and CVS, and hinted at possible Apple Watch pricing...

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12:08
Pro Tools begins new software licensing

On October 10, 2014, Avid announced that new Pro Tools and Pro Tools | HD Software purchases, upgrades and crossgrades will include 12 months of upcoming features—such as future cloud collaboration capabilities—as well as a support plan. Even better, customers who buy/upgrade and activate to Pro Tools 11 by December 31, 2014 will receive extended coverage through March 2016.

The only thing that could throw a wrench into this is that audio pros tend to find a version of software that works and stick with it. Upgrading studio hardware and software can be a dangerous proposition when you have clients that want to record music. We’ll see.

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12:00
Use your Office 365 credentials to sign in to Yammer 

Today’s post was written by Jay Sethna, product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

Today marks an important milestone with the release of Office 365 sign-in for Yammer, a feature allowing users to access Yammer with their Office 365 credentials and to work across Office 365 applications with ease.

How it works

As users sign in to Yammer, they will be redirected to your organization’s Office 365 log in page. After entering their email address and password, they’ll notice the Office 365 suite navigation bar (pictured below) at the top of their Yammer network. With a single click, users can quickly toggle between Yammer, Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint and more to get work done.

This feature gives users one less password to manage and a seamless online entry point to all Office 365 apps.

Office 365 suite navigation bar and...

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12:00
Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight: Keeping tabs on alarms...

The newest connected device I'm writing about is also one of the most unique ones I have had the pleasure to test. Leeo (US$99) is billed as a Smart Alert Nightlight, a device that you plug into a wall socket where it keeps tabs on any beeps coming...

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11:56
Twitter says improvements to Direct Messages coming...

Twitter today shared a few details about its plans for the social network in 2015 including some new features around video, improvements to communicating with Direct Messages on the service, and changes to the timeline to help keep up with relevant content.

In the video department, Twitter announced that it plans to integrate native video capturing and sharing into the service with a rollout slated sometime during the first half of 2015. The new feature will include the ability to “record, edit and share” video without leaving the Twitter. Thus far, the social network has focused its video efforts on Vine, the video sharing social network it acquired and launched early last year.

In addition to the promise of native video features, Twitter...

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11:55
Field Notes: Ambition

I love Field Notes notebooks. I have two with me in my bag wherever I go.

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11:50
Hands On: TunesFlow (iOS)

Listening to music is a very personal thing for most people. As a whole, we generally tend to think of our music collection as an extension of ourselves. Music fanatics often tend to demand a lot out of their personal music players, allowing them the ability to customize their experience fully, from playlists to organization to artwork and beyond. TunesFlow, by Hector Ricardo Garcia Peña, aims to meet and exceed the needs of the average music enthusiast....



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11:46
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A lot of intranets suck. Content is stale, search is poor and nobody logs in. So, you revert back to email to share files and provide status updates.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s built using the social apps you know and love, can match your brand’s look and feel and works across devices.
It’s everything you need to work better together, in one easy-to-use, cloud platform that you configure. No technical expertise required.

Still need convincing? Watch this video on how to free your IT guy from SharePoint.

Or, sign up now to start building your intranet at igloosoftware.com/df.

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11:42
Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w...

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.

An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously...

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11:38
Garage Series: Power BI and Excel takes on El Clásico

This week the Garage Series comes from Barcelona, Spain on the heels of TechEd Europe. In this demo-packed show Jeremy puts the advanced analytics and visuals in Excel and Power BI to the test to expose data patterns within past matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. By combining historical El Clásico and player data, outside forces like temperature, humidity and moon phases, Jeremy tries to predict the outcomes and puts these predictions to the test among fans in Barcelona.

Last November we invited Michael Tejedor to the Garage to give a first look at Power BI. This week, we hit the road again and while at TechEd Barcelona, and we decided to put Power BI to the test and see if we could combine multiple data sources and use the visualization engines in Excel and Power BI in an attempt to predict the outcome of El Clásico after hearing from fans of both clubs.  The nice thing with a scenario like this is that detailed...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Make your gloves...

Love your gloves

Winter is coming: Are your gloves ready to operate your iPhone in the cold, cold weather? If not, this week's roundup has a product just for you.

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Gloves with fingertips made to interact with iOS touchscreens have been around forever, but they can't replace your favorite, stylish gloves. Why not give them an upgrade? Tonic Touch is a $20 kit that lets you convert your old-school analog gloves into digital marvels ready to play with any touchscreen you have available.

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11:29
Amplified: I Put My Disco Pants Away

Jim and Shawn talk about the Amazon Echo, how we communicate and left handed guitarists!

Sponsored by Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off) and Animoto (Visit the link and use the code AMPLIFIED for 10% off a new Pro Annual subscription).

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11:26
Office supply retailer Staples now accepting Apple...

Staples on Wednesday began accepting Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at all of its retail stores in the U.S., joining the growing list or retailers accepting Apple's tap-to-pay checkout service.

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11:26
Apple job listing hints at new Maps-related web...

A new job listing posted by Apple shows that the company is working to bring its in-house Maps app, currently only available as native apps for iOS and Mac OS X, to the web.

The position for a “Maps Web Developer” is seeking an individual experienced in “creating beautiful and responsive user interfaces” with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. The developer will work with Apple’s teams on web implementations of its mapping technology. Specifically, Apple says the individual’s role will be to “help make maps work seamlessly on the web” and build “client- side web development for maps-...

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11:24
Mac: Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand

While the iMac provides one of the most unobtrusive configurations you can find in a desktop computer, users with more than a few peripherals striving for a clutter-free workspace will definitely appreciate Satechi’s new F3 Smart Monitor Stand ($45). Designed to support the iMac while fitting in with the general aesthetic, the F3 goes beyond the average stand, providing a four-port USB 3.0 hub beneath the monitor for quickly and easily connecting…

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11:19
Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription...

Search giant Google on Wednesday announced YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that will allow users to stream music from the popular video sharing site without ads, play music in the background, and access playlists offline.

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11:00
Apple reportedly eying new flagship store location...

ifoAppleStore, which traditionally has a pretty solid track record when it comes to monitoring Apple's retail initiatives, reports that Apple might have its eye on a gargantuan new retail space for a flagship store in the Los Angeles area. The space...

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10:53
Microsoft Makes Lumia 535 Its Own


Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Lumia 535 -- the first smartphone under its own brand since it completed its acquisition of Nokia in April. Microsoft is marketing the 535 as its "5x5x5" smartphone package. It has a 5-inch screen and 5-MP front- and rear-facing cameras. Microsoft will offer both single-SIM and double-SIM versions. Both will be 3G phones, preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update. Denim, codenamed "Debian Red" during development, is the latest firmware for Lumia handsets.

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10:47
YouTube Announces 'YouTube Music Key'...

YouTube today announced a new subscription streaming service, YouTube Music Key, which is currently in beta. The service offers up ad-free music on YouTube, along with background play and offline viewing.

Priced at $7.99 (discounted from $9.99), YouTube Music Key also includes a subscription to Google's Spotify competitor, Google Play Music (formerly Google Play All Access), which includes more than 30 million songs and will feature the ability to watch official YouTube videos directly within the app.

Some streaming music services, like Spotify, offer a limited number of music videos, but ad-free access to high-quality popular videos is a feature that will be unique to YouTube Music Key and its sister...

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10:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.


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10:36
Apple's A8X uses semi-custom eight-core...

The A8X chip in the iPad Air 2 uses a semi-custom graphics component, a new report illustrates. Apple has typically used off-the-shelf GPUs from PowerVR creators Imagination Technologies in the past. In the case of the A8X, though, Apple has combined a pair of Imagination's quad-core GX6450s....



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10:31
Square begins taking preorders for new chip card...

As the U.S. credit card industry prepares for an upcoming switch to new cards with secure EMV chips, popular transaction provider Square is preparing to help retailers through the change, and is now accepting preorders for its new chip card-compatible readers.

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10:30
Daily Deal: The Mega Dropbox Pro Giveaway

We have a bonus giveaway today in iLounge Deals, in which we’re offering a chance for one lucky winner to get a three-year subscription to Dropbox Pro. Recently upgraded to include 1TB of cloud storage space, Dropbox Pro provides a great way to store your data in the cloud and keep in it sync across multiple PCs and Macs and accessible from your iPhone or iPad. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our…

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10:25
Large-Screened iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Less Popular With...

The larger-screened iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus may have been less popular with Android switchers than analysts initially predicted, according to new data gathered by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

A survey revealed that fewer iPhone buyers came from the Google Android platform in 2014 compared to the number of buyers who switched from Android to an iPhone in 2013. In 2014, 12 percent of iPhone buyers reported formerly owning an Android phone, while 23 percent reported being former Android customers in 2013. The launch of the iPhone 5s also saw a higher number of customers coming from BlackBerry and Windows Devices.

"The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners." said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80% of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65% after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in...

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10:05
Landing on a comet, 317 million miles from home

The New York Times:

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander has touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Amazing pictures. Amazing achievement.

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10:01
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Google Nexus 6 – Full...

It’s not always the easiest task to compare an iOS device with one running Android. Most people choose one platform or another as a personal preference or an investment into the ecosystem that provides what they need. Today we’re comparing the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There are benefits to each side, but which one is right for you?

We’re going to be comparing the design, specifications, features, and camera performance between these two flagship phablets. If you’re looking for more, check out 9to5Google’s Nexus 6 review and our iPhone 6/Plus review. There may not be a...

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10:00
Continuous Innovation Makes Office 365 the Clear...

The technology industry runs on innovation: new products, new features, and new ideas. Innovation is the arena in which technology companies compete in their never-ending quest to offer products and services that are better, faster, and more secure.

Our commitment to innovation and delighting customers has been a hallmark of Microsoft Office since we introduced the very first version of the productivity suite. Since then, our non-stop innovation has enabled us to far outpace competitors such as Google, who suggests their Google Apps for Work are “good enough for most people,” including those who rely on the rich, full-featured experience of Office 365 (Could that be one reason why the annual Thomson Reuters “Top 100 Innovators” study recognized Microsoft as a leading Software innovator again this year while Google was recognized only for Search?).

Over the past year, Microsoft developers and engineers have introduced a...

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10:00
Apple: iOS 8 now on 56% of all devices

That didn't take long. As of Monday, November 10, 2014, just 54 days after the initial release of iOS 8 on September 17, Apple is reporting that 56 percent of all iOS devices are now running the new operating system.

That makes a total of almost 96...

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09:45
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless...

Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.

Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.

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09:38
Apple’s iMessage workaround arrives too late to...

Apple finally offered an easy solution this week to people who wanted a way out of iMessage
purgatory after switching from iPhone to Android. But that workaround won’t help the company in an ongoing legal dispute: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh
decided Monday that Apple must respond to a class-action suit about the iMessage foul-up in a California court.

Adrienne Moore, a former iPhone 4 owner who then switched to a Samsung Galaxy S5, claims that Apple interfered with her Verizon Wireless contract by
failing to let her know that texts sent as iMessages from her contacts using iPhones wouldn’t be delivered to her new Android device. Koh is allowing the
suit to proceed so Moore can try to prove that Apple violated a California law against unfair competition by holding the messages hostage.

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09:30
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock...

HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.

JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.

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09:30
Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth...

Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May.

"We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless...

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09:29
The Zone of Interest: A Novel

I don’t post about books very often, but I was listening to a CBC podcast called Writers and Company, where they interviewed the author, Martin Amis, and was very impressed. I’m going to buy this one.

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09:28
Walmart plans price cuts, gift cards for Apple items...

Walmart will be including Apple products in three different US Black Friday sales "events," the retailer has announced. The first event, actually scheduled for November 27 starting at 6PM local time, will include a 16GB non-Retina first-gen Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199 ($50 less than Apple's price), bundled with a $30 gift card. Customers also be able to buy a set of Beats Wireless headphones for $149, $130 below normal retail price....



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09:13
iPad Air 2's A8X Chip Includes Semi-Custom...

New details have come to light regarding the iPad Air 2's graphics processing power since its launch last month, with a new report from AnandTech revealing the new tablet's graphics are even more powerful than previously thought.

Benchmarks and teardowns on the tablet revealed details on the inner workings of the iPad Air 2 in the days following its launch, but a new image of the A8X die provided to AnandTech reveals the layout of the Apple-designed chip. The die photo shows the A8X includes eight-core graphics, even larger than the 6-core GX6650 graphics from Imagination Technologies previously assumed to be in the chip.To get...

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09:00
Project webcast November 18—Leveraging Scrum/Agile...

Some people say that Microsoft Project cannot be used outside of a Waterfall schedule approach.  This is absolutely NOT true.  In fact, most of the best scheduling approaches leverage iterative activities, such as Scrum or Agile Planning incorporated into their project.

This seminar will address key steps, for building an Agile schedule, addressing pros and cons to Scrum features and approaches, while blending a schedule to address the tactical agile needs, while still providing rollup and time boxed reporting to stakeholders.

This lively and example-driven webinar should help all who attend understand how they too can build agile, iterative schedules and address the need for having a good schedule that also helps to map, track and report activities, features, story points, backlogs all within Project.

Presented by Tim Runcie of Advisicon.

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09:00
Office 2013 updated authentication enabling Multi-...

Later this month we will release an update to the Office 2013 Windows client applications that enables new authentication flows, including support for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). These new authentication flows are enabled by the Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL). The update for ADAL based authentication will be disabled by default for all users of Office 2013 Windows clients, and the previous sign in authentication stack based on the Microsoft Online Sign-In Assistant will continue to be used by default. The updated authentication features will be available in private preview starting with the November 2014 update. This blog post talks about the new features that are enabled by the ADAL sign-in authentication stack and when you should consider enabling that stack. 

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09:00
Overglide is a game for your iOS notification screen

The "Today" pane of Apple's Notification Center is meant to provide useful, at-a-glance information. That doesn't mean we can't stick a game in there.

Check out Overglide (US$0.99), a new game widget for iOS 8. You've got to pilot your paper...

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08:57
Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized...

Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

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08:51
Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to...

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.


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08:48
Briefly: Boom 2 Beta; MBS Xojo, Real Studio plug-ins...

Global Delight has released the beta version of its re-engineered audio boosting app, Boom. (You can check out our review of Boom from last month here.) Boom 2 introduces an ability to adapt and adjust to accommodate the type of Mac being used, attempting to intuit a suitable volume output depending on the device. Support for 64-bit architecture is included, and users can switch between 10 band and advanced equalizer controls. Depending on the audio file, Boom 2 can recommend the type of 'boosting' to apply for best optimization. Those interested in trying out the Boom 2's beta version can su...



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08:42
Beats' first new headphones under Apple combine...

Beats has announced its first new headphones since being acquired by Apple in May, though it's unlikely that Apple had much influence on the product.

The Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones can connect to a phone or tablet from up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth. And when the 12-hour battery on the wireless connection runs out, users can plug in an included cable to keep listening.

According to Mashable, the Solo 2 Wireless headphones have the same sound drivers as the Solo 2 wired headphones, which launched in May. But while the wired version uses buttons on the cable to adjust volume, control music playback and answer phone calls, the Wireless headphones include those controls on the ear cups.

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08:35
Here's the latest Bird's Eye Video of...

An iMovie Production: In late August we posted our first video of a drone flying over Apple's Spaceship headquarters site that's now under construction. It gave us a feeling that we were flying with a massive swarm of killer bees, as the drone's mechanics were audibly captured. This latest video of the construction site shows us the steady progress being...

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08:30
King is praying that soda will revive Candy Crush

Candy Crush Saga has made publisher King a lot of money since its release in 2012, but those days have passed. Seeing strong competition from other free-to-play games, King's third quarter results were dire, with revenues down 17 percent since the...

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08:28
News: Beats introduces Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre has announced the first new product in its lineup since the company was acquired by Apple last spring. The Solo2 Wireless ($300) on-ear headphones add wireless Bluetooth capabilities to the popular Solo2 headphones. It's noted that the new Wireless headphones offer the same sound and design as the original Solo2. Users can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the side. The…

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08:22
AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality...

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.

The Mac Observer Spin: On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.


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08:16
Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift...

Walmart has revealed its sales for Black Friday, and a number of Apple products will see price cuts paired with free gift cards, including iPads and iPhones, while steep discounts will be offered on some Beats products.

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08:10
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers ad server down

This is the server that serves up ads for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BBC.com, The Guardian, lots of other big names. Big money at risk here, bad day for folks at DoubleClick.

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08:04
Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced plans to open source .NET, the company's software framework that primarily runs on Windows, and release it on GitHub. Furthermore, Microsoft also unveiled plans to take .NET cross-platform by targeting both Mac OS X and Linux. In the next release, Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux. Microsoft is also making Visual Studio free for small teams.

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08:02
Pew survey on public perceptions of privacy

The Pew Research Center did an extensive survey on public perceptions of privacy and security in the so called post-Snowden era. There are a lot of interesting takeaways in the report.

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08:00
Monument Valley update brings new levels

One of my favorite iOS games of 2014, Monument Valley (US$3.99), has been updated to version 2.0 with all new levels. The beautiful, intriguing puzzler features a young hero who you must guide through several levels of changing, mind-bending...

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08:00
Beats launches Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones. The unit is based on the original Solo2 headphones released earlier this year, but sports Bluetooth for pairing with devices up to 30 feet away. Buttons on the ear cups let users control volume and playback, and even answer phone calls....



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07:57
Apple Likely to Adopt Next-Gen Flash Memory for 2015...

It was reported yesterday that Samsung, the world's largest memory chip maker by revenue, resumed supplying its memory chips to Apple for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earlier this year, after ties were cut during the peak of the two rivals' court battles over copyright infringement. Today we learn about the giant leap coming to next generation NAND flash that is based on the new UFS 2.0 standard. Apple's next generation iDevices that are on the drawing board for late 2015 are likely to adopt this powerful new NAND flash memory.

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07:56
Apple Reportedly Eyeing Los Angeles' Historic...

Apple may open a new retail store and corporate campus in downtown Los Angeles, according to a report in Downtown LA Examiner (via ifoAppleStore). The new location would be situated in the historic Broadway Trade Center, which opened in 1908 as Hamburger's Department Store and occupies almost a full city block. Apple's expansion in Los Angeles would be part of a 10-year-long "Bringing Back Broadway" initiative that has been working to revitalize the downtown district by attracting high-profile retailers and other businesses to the area.

According to the report's sources, Apple has signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet of space in the Broadway building.Rumors swirling are Apple Corp will...

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07:51
Labels & Addresses 1.6.9 - Powerful label and...

Labels & Addresses is a home and office tool for printing all sorts of labels, envelopes, inventory labels, and price tags. Merge-printing capability makes the program a great tool for holiday seasons by helping users to design and print multiple greeting envelopes and postcards with automatically substitutable addresses and postal barcodes.

Quick video tour of Labels & Addresses available.

Key features:

  • Change text content of a label from external list at printing;
  • Address merge printing makes it possible to automatically substitute addresses and postal barcodes for every label or envelope being printed;
  • Automatically create and print numerous barcodes from an external data list;
  • Import address information from Apple Address Book, Numbers, MS Excel, MS Entourage, Now Contact, FileMaker, vCards...

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07:48
iOS 8 adoption hits 56%

iOS 8 adoption is now at 56%, iOS 7 at 40%.

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07:26
Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth...

The most popular headphones sold by Apple's Beats, the Solo2, were given an upgrade on Wednesday, with a newly revealed model offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity priced at $299.95.

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07:25
Beats announces Solo2 wireless headphones as first...

Following our exclusive report of FCC documents revealing that Beats was working on a new pair of headphones, the accessory maker this morning has announced its brand new Solo2 wireless headphones as its first new product since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year. The headphones are set to launch in the United States this month at Apple Stores and select retailers for $299.95....

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07:21
Apple-owned Beats Electronics Introduces New $300...

Following the appearance of a regulatory filing last week, Beats Electronics today announced the launch of its new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product release since Apple's acquisition of Beats officially closed. The new headphones are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones introduced the day after the Apple-Beats deal was announced.

Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change...

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07:11
Researchers Shine Spotlight on OS X/iOS Masque Attack


Researchers at FireEye on Monday made public the existence of the Masque Attack, which threatens iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Masque Attack exploits a flaw in Apple's OSes that allows the replacement of one app by another so long as both apps use the same bundle identifier. All apps, except those preinstalled on iOS, such as Mobile Safari, can be replaced. The fake apps can access the original app's local data, including log-in tokens. Among other things, they let attackers log into and loot victims' bank accounts.

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07:07
Los Angeles building could become Apple mini-campus

Apple has leased a major portion of the Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles, a new rumor claims. The building measures 1.1 million square feet, and currently has several shops on the ground floor and a manufacturer above. Apple has allegedly signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet; the rumor, from an anonymous source, further suggests that Apple may turn the building into miniature campus with offices, residences, and an Apple Store. A portion of the campus might even been dedicated to selling Beats products....



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07:04
Wal-Mart posts Black Friday deals, offers gift cards...

You may not love their corporate policies, wages or the fact that you can’t use Apple Pay at their stores yet, but they’ve begun offering some decent deals.

Per MacRumors, retailer Wal-Mart today posted its Black Friday ad, revealing a number of deals on various Apple and Beats products for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The announcement follows the reveal of Black Friday ads from Best Buy and Target, which contained a number of deals on iPads, iPhones, and more.

Starting at 6 PM on November 27, Wal-Mart is offering the original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini for US$199 which also comes with a US$30...

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07:00
Netflix for iOS updated with 1080p video support for...

Netflix on Tuesday rolled out an iOS update with a number of enhancements for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, chief among them 1080p video support for the iPhone 6 Plus. Further, the app has been optimized to take advantage of the larger screens on...

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06:58
News: AnandTech analysis reveals iPad Air 2 A8X GPU...

A new analysis by AnandTech of the A8X’s GPU used in Apple’s new iPad Air 2 has revealed some surprising details regarding the new chip’s design and performance. While AnandTech initially thought that that GPU was based on Imagination’s PowerVR GX6650 – a 6-cluster GPU that currently represents the largest of Imagination’s GPU designs – additional investigation reveals that the GPU design has likely been customized…

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06:50
Addonics announces 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the US$49Addonics 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis, a storage solution that lets you increase the density of storage devices in a small space.

The new product features a drive bracket that enables users to install up to five 3.5-inch drives into many desktop computers, servers or rack mount systems via three standard 5.25-inch drive bays. The 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis increases by 67% the total number of 3.5" storage devices that can be installed into multi-bay storage chassis or systems with three or more 5.25-inch drive bays.

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06:44
Microsoft releases Office 14.4.6 update

On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 update. The update, a 114 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- This update fixes critical issues.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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06:41
Pixeljam launches Glorkian Warrior in the Mac App...

Pixeljam Games (http://www.pixeljam.com) has introduced Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork for Mac OS X, a collaboration with comic book artist James Kochalka. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac Game Store in the Games category.

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06:38
Apple's hot iPhone 6 Sends Hon Hai's...

Hon Hai Reports Record Sales due to the iPhone 6: According to Taiwan media reports, Hon Hai's October revenues hit a new record monthly high as revealed in their financial call yesterday. The increase is due to Apple's ...

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06:32
Daily Deal: Enter to win a Gold iPad Air 2 + a Gold...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a chance to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6 in our Golden Apple Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 16GB gold iPad Air 2 and a 16GB gold iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you…

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06:30
Flipop is a colorful memory game with gratifying...

Flipop is a game that puts your memory to the test. The tiles unleash a world of color that's flipped over and hidden until you tap two matching colors and rack up points. They drop out of the grid when matched, leaving room for coins and other...

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06:30
AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.


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06:28
Analysis of A8X chip shows eight core design, other...

There may be more to Apple’s A8X processor than was originally thought.

Per 9to5Mac, further analysis of the processor by AnandTech showed that initial guesses as to the GPU specification of the Apple A8X chip, exclusively available in the iPad Air 2, were wrong. In fact, the chip uses a unique 8 cluster design. AnandTech describes the discovery as “even better than I thought”. Although the customizations are limited, this represents a big step for the company as it is now dabbling in both custom CPU and GPU engineering, even if the leap over generally-available components in this instance is small.

Effectively, Apple has engineered a way to stick two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on...

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06:25
Square chip-and-signature cardreaders available for...

It may not yet be practical for micro businesses to fork out for the expensive NFC payment terminals needed for Apple Pay, but Square is ensuring that they will at least be all set for the shift to chip-and-signature cards next year.

As of October 2015, any retailer without a chip-and-signature reader will bear the risk of fraudulent transactions, giving them a strong incentive to update their cardreaders. Fortunately, with Square, it’s not an expensive shift: the iPhone reader will cost just $29 – the cheapest on the market – while the Chip Card Accessory for the Square Stand iPad terminal costs $39.

It will be interesting to see whether Square is later able to develop a low-cost NFC reader to support contactless cards and Apple Pay, but in the meantime both chip-and-signature products are available for pre-order now, with delivery...

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06:05
Apple Device Enrollment Program adds resold devices...

Apple has expanded its Device Enrollment Program to support devices bought through authorized resellers and carriers, and to cover a total of 26 regions. The DEP simplifies centralized setup and management of iOS and OS X devices, something critical for mass deployments. Businesses and schools can setup administrative accounts and management servers, and even have user profiles and configurations ready the moment someone activates their device....



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06:00
Judge allows class action suit against Apple over...

Judge Lucy Koh -- who you might remember from her time officiating Apple and Samsung's patent trials -- ruled on Tuesday that a class action lawsuit against Apple over missing text messages can proceed.

The problem at issue arises when iPhone users...

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05:49
Flashlight alpha app for Mac could show us the...

Spotlight, the search tool built into OS X, got a lot smarter in Yosemite – but one developer thinks it could go a whole lot further. He’s developed Flashlight, an app that extends the capabilities of Spotlight to include weather animations and Wolfram Alpha searches.

More interestingly, he’s intending it to act as an unofficial API other developers can use to add functionality to Spotlight … 

Developer Nate Parrot says that the software is at a very early stage, but does demonstrate the potential.

Flashlight is an unofficial Spotlight API that allows you to programmatically process queries and...

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05:48
Grid Connect introduces smart outlet with Apple...

 A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order (www.connectsense.com/preorder) from Grid Connect.

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05:45
3 Tips to Make 1Password Even More Powerful

The subject of today's Quick Tip, 1Password, is by far Melissa Holt's favorite third-party program. Here she'll walk us through three of her favorite tricks for using it. Did you know that you can add a one-click, autofill-your-login-immediately bookmark into your browser with 1Password? Or that there's a keyboard shortcut that means "fill my login in on this page"? Well, now you do, so for all the details, come on in.


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05:41
MacBook Pro Retina cable dock

Bracket is a Kickstarter for a cable dock, specific to the MacBook Pro Retina. I really like this concept, hope it succeeds. You had me at aluminium.

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05:37
Roundup: The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8

One long standing criticism of iOS has been its lack of support for third party keyboards, but with the introduction of iOS 8, developers are now allowed to build custom keyboards that can be used on both iPhone and iPad.

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05:30
Get motivated to get moving with Movn

Movn: Simple Pedometer & Movement Goal Coach wants to help you become more active. All of us have decided at some point to increase our daily activity by taking a long walk, or jogging, or riding a bicycle, or yoga, or any number of activities. But...

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05:25
TSMC ahead of Schedule with Advanced 16nm FinFET...

Last month we reported that TSMC had completed the development of their 16 nano FinFET plus (16FF+) process technology and began preparation for mass-production together with its suppliers. FinFET is a technology to design and produce system semiconductors in a 3D structure. Today TSMC announced their progress on this process that will likely be adopted by Apple for their A9 processor.

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04:56
The real usable space of an iOS device

Kirk McElhearn did an experiment, doing a clean install iOS 8 on a 16 GB iPad mini (first generation). After the install (which includes Apple’s recommended apps), he’s left with just over 8 GB of usable space.

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04:45
FCC chairman rejects President's call for Title...

Speaking before a series of Silicon Valley company representatives, US Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler has refuted President Obama's call for Title II legislation of cable companies and strict net neutrality. The chairman, when asked about the President's declaration, was reminding people that the FCC doesn't answer to the president, with the statement that "I am an independent agency."...



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04:42
Box for iPhone app gets Touch ID support and new...

Box for iPhone and iPad – an app designed to allow convenient access to more than 100 document types in the cloud – has been updated to allow unlocking via Touch ID and given a bunch of new features designed to make it easier to use.

Touch ID support should make a big difference to heavy users, who the company says typically use the app 50 times a day.

A Notification Center widget makes Box significantly more convenient, allowing you to view recent files and add new notes. A new Favorites feature allows fast access to frequently-needed files without having to load them into the app first.

What’s New in Version 3.5.0

  • Now use Box from your Today view in Notification Center to quickly and easily create Box Notes, view recent documents and more (requires iOS 8)
  • Use your fingerprint to unlock the Box app at the touch of the home button with Touch ID (compatible devices only, requires iOS 8)
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04:41
ABI Research: there's a low appetite for WAN...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that Bluetooth Low Energy will dominate wearable connectivity by 2015 with a 33% share of the market, as consumers struggle to justify the added tariff cost and remain happy to rely on their smartphone as the central hub.

While the wearable use case remains nascent and unproven to the average consumer, price, battery life and component size constraints affect the viability of wearable devices having a wide area network connection.

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04:33
Prosoft says its Hear sound enhancement software is...

Prosoft Engineering says its US$19.99 Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS X Yosemite. It's also optimized to support more apps.

Hear is an app designed to improve the sound quality of the internal or external speakers on you computer. It offers an array of settings. A 30-day demo is available at the Prosoft website (www.prosofteng.com).

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04:33
Hands On: Dungeon of the Endless (OS X, Windows)

Newcomer roguelike dungeon-defense game, Dungeon of the Endless by Amplitude Studios, was released to Steam in late October. Promising to be a challenging game, we took a look at Dungeon of the Endless to see what it really had to offer. Like most roguelikes, Dungeon of the Endless is a pretty difficult game. Players are essentially told just enough to get them started, and then left to figure out the rest on their own. The whole situation mostly revolves around playing, dying, reworking the strategy, playing again, and probably dying again. That doesn't mean that the game isn't any fun -- the...



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04:31
Tidy Up revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features an updated interface and more. It's also ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.

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04:23
Briefly: Adidas Photo Print app in US, GiffGaff...

Adidas is letting US sneaker enthusiasts customize a pair of shoes with a mobile app, something it has offered in Europe for a few months already. Pocket-Lint reports the Photo Print app for Android and iOS can take an image from the user's smartphone and apply it to a pair of ZX Flux sneakers. The custom shoes take between four and six weeks to ship, priced at $110....



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04:22
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 - Popular productivity...

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

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

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

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04:15
Kool Tools: E6700 Bluetooth Touchpad Keyboard

Rapoo’s E6700 Bluetooth Touchpad Keyboard is a stylish, wireless keyboard designed for a variety of settings. It’s thin and light with full-size keys.

The E6700 wirelessly connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device such as a tablet, laptop, Smart TV and other devices that support keyboards. The Bluetooth 3.0 standard eliminates the need for messy wire.

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04:07
US-China trade deal set to reduce manufacturing...

President Obama and President Xi Jinping in Beijing (photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A trade agreement reached between the U.S. and China looks set to reduce Apple’s manufacturing costs by removing import tariffs on components imported into the country.

Apple uses components from a number of countries around the world, notably Korea and Japan, which are imported into China for the assembly of iPhones, iPads and Macs. China currently imposes import tariffs on these components. The new deal would allow companies like Apple, Microsoft and HP to bring components into China free from these charges … 

The ...

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04:00
10 Reasons Uber Kicks Ass

I’ve spent way too much time traveling in my life (and way too little time writing about non-technical things). It’s had ups and it’s had downs. But these days, a bunch of fun little technical breakthroughs that make traveling incrementally better. And one of those things is Uber (and other similar services) who have disrupted the short-range ground transportation game. And I like them so much, I decided to write a little list of the reasons why! While writing, I also realized that you can use this code and we both get Uber credit I never used a promo code. But you can: https://www.uber.com/invite/uberkrypted. Has nothing to do with why I wrote this, but it’s a nice thing for me to find while writing…

So here’s my top 10 reason Uber rocks:

  1. I believe in the model. People work when they want and seem generally happy. I’ve had a lot of students and people who...
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04:00
Fix This App: Writer Pro

We spend a lot of time with mobile apps. We know what we like and what we don’t—sometimes within the very same app. Our Fix This App series takes a closer look at a mobile offering that’s not without some flaws and tries to nudge it a little closer to perfection.

Writer Pro is great... if you’re willing to play by its rules. 

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03:41
Neato Adds Note Taking to iOS 8’s Notification Center

Neato pushes the limits of iOS 8 Notification Center widgets to create an innovative way to take notes. It’s a little clumsy, but its limitations may be outweighed by how easy it is to access in Notification Center.

 

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03:25
Apple surprises with A8X GPU, uses exclusive ‘semi-...

New chip analysis of the A8X powering the iPad Air 2 has revealed that it is even more powerful than it initially appeared.

Further analysis by AnandTech showed that initial guesses as to the GPU specification of the Apple A8X chip, exclusively available in the iPad Air 2, were wrong. In fact, the chip uses a unique 8 cluster design. AnandTech describes the discovery as “even better than I thought”. Although the customizations are limited, this represents a big step for the company as it is now dabbling in both custom CPU and GPU engineering, even if the leap over generally-available components in this instance is small.

Effectively, Apple has engineered a way to stick two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on the same die. A die shot sourced by AnandTech confirmed this theory, although...

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00:47
Walmart’s Black Friday Apple deals revealed: iPad...

From 9to5Toys.com:

It is definitely November. Three days in a row we’ve shared different blockbuster Black Friday ads: Monday was Target, yesterday was Best Buy, and now we have Walmart.

Walmart’s holiday deals often standout from a pricing and spectacle perspective. As seen in the lead image for this article, Walmart is planning three separate sales events for Black Friday 2014: November 28th...

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Tuesday November 11

22:59
Apple rumored to turn huge downtown LA building into...

A new rumor claims Apple has leased a large part of the Broadway Trade Center, a five-story, 1.1 million-square-foot building located in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., and is looking to convert the space into a mini campus complete with Apple Store.

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21:41
Innovative new Type Nine keyboard for iOS 8 takes...


Gather round, children, and let Grandpa Beasley tell you a story about the olden days. Long before these newfangled iPhones and Androids existed, most people didn’t have full keyboards on their cell phones, unless they were using a BlackBerry (but that’s a story for another time). In order to type out our text messages, we had to use “T9″ keyboards that required you to press the numbers on the dialpad a few times to select each letter individually.

And now, youngin’s, you, too, can experience all of the fun and frustration of ye olde keyboards right on your iPhone. All you have to do is log into the App Store and download one of those fancy “app” things you’re all so keen on. It’s called Type Nine,...

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21:14
Flagship Apple Store and office space rumored for...

Apple may be preparing to move into the historic Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles according to the latest rumor from ifo Apple Store. The company has reportedly leased the building for use as office space as well as a retail outlet.

Additionally, the report claims that some of that office space will be dedicated to the recently acquired Beats by Dre, which took up residence in a brand new Culver City facility earlier this summer.

The five-story structure was built in 1908 and boasts 1.1 million square feet of floor space. Apple would be a prime candidate for the space as the city continues a ten-year initiative to “Bring Back Broadway” by reviving the...

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20:10
UBS raises AAPL target to $125, cites iPhone 6 Plus...

Financial analyst Steve Milunovich from UBS has raised that firm's target price on Apple stock by $10, to $125, based on a survey showing strong demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in China and other countries. Polling some 4,000 respondents across the US, UK, Italy and mainland China, Milunovich found strong demand for the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in all the countries, but particularly in China. The 64GB model appeared to be the most popular choice among potential buyers, which included a third who are current Samsung phone owners....



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19:28
Apple's iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption...

Adoption numbers for Apple's iOS 8 are leisurely plodding along, with the latest statistics showing 56 percent of users are now running the latest operating system nearly two months after launch.

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18:43
Quirky and GE unveil new suite of affordable smart...

Smart home technology startup Quirky, in partnership with GE, on Tuesday introduced a new line of economical smart home products that works together with its Wink hub and app ecosystem to control everything from HVAC to garage doors.

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18:42
iOS 8 Now Installed on Nearly 60 Percent of Active...

After seven and a half weeks of availability, Apple's mobile operating system is now installed on 56 percent of iOS devices, according to the latest data posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the past two weeks, which means iOS 8 adoption has jumped eight percent in the past month. During Apple's October 16 iPad event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13. Before that, as of September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices, indicating that adoption is steadily increasing after several weeks of stagnation.

The boost in...

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18:19
AAPL closes at new high, closes in on split-adjusted...

Apple's stock closed at a new "all-time" high today, settling at $109.70 per share after an intra-day high of $109.75 -- breaking the record set just over a week ago. The company, now valued at $643.37 billion -- more than a third more than the next most valuable publicly-traded company -- may be within sight of besting its own split- and buyback-adjusted all-time high and market capitalization records, which would currently be around $113.86 per share and $667.77 billion, respectively....



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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Slow Fast Slow [iPhone;...

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17:49
Apple Could Turn to Alibaba for Apple Pay in China

An Alibaba executive claimed on Tuesday that his company was in discussions with Apple about cooperating on a mobile payment solution for the Chinese market. Alibaba Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said in an interview that the two companies were talking without claiming they were close to a deal.


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17:00
Drone Video Shows Progress at Apple’s Spaceship HQ

Construction of Apple's so-called Spaceship HP-or Apple Campus 2.0, as Apple calls it-is really progressing. New drone footage posted to YouTube in the form of a trailer with a dramatic soundtrack, shows just how far the massive building has come. The foundation of the outer ring have been laid, and structural walls abound. Check it out.


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16:40
Cult Comedy Classics: 4 Movies for $29.99

We're trying something new for today's daily deal, a bundle of four movies for $29.99. Our friends at Stack Social put together a deal with NBC Universal for Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Those are all great movies (IMO), and our deal is through Flixster, one of Ultraviolet's services, and that's part of what makes this an experiment for us: it's a great deal, but we don't know if you're interested in a service like Ultraviolet, so let's find out! With this deal, you get HD versions of the movies (no special features), and you can download them or stream them. Flixster works on Macs, PCs, iPhone, iPads, and iPod touches, as well as some high end Android devices. There are also flixster apps on Roku, some TVs, and some Blu-ray players.


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16:33
How to Fix Safari Push Notifications in Yosemite

If you’ve visited any of the 9to5 sites in Safari on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or 10.10 Yosemite since early 2014, you may have opted into website push notifications. Powered by PushUp Notifications, which integrates closely with WordPress, 9to5mac alone has over 400,000 subscribers receiving breaking Apple news the moment a hot story is published. On a busy news day, we’re delivering over 2 million unique notifications.

Unfortunately, the underlying Safari Push Notifications service on Apple’s end has some bugs on OS X 10.10 Yosemite. PushUp is reporting that...

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16:25
XSAN and 4K video editing

Forums: Hardware

I currently have an Apple Xsan 3 deployment using Mavericks Mac Mini MDC Atto Thunderlink to FC,  Promise 610f RAID with a JBOD and a Qlogic 5602FC 4GB switch.

I was originally looking to simply upgrade my storage as our editors are working in ProRes422 in Final Cut ProX without any issues. As our Promise RAIDs were going out of warrantly, I felt comfortable replacing the RAID and building a new volume on new RAID hardware. But then... I was told in the middle of 2015 we will need to be able to edit 4K.  I did some Googling and see there is a wide variety of 4K formats. I am currently trying to nail down the format they will be using. I am also trying to nail down how many streams, I will need to feed to our edit stations. 

Has anyone worked with 4K on an Apple Xsan? I am a bit confused on the requirements... from what I have read 4Gb FC is not...

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16:11
Best Buy to offer deals on iPad Air 2, Macs for...

The "doorbuster" deals for Best Buy's Black Friday event have been published, and reveal that the chain will offer discounts on various Apple products, among other items. Of particular interest is a $100 discount on all models of the new iPad Air 2, reducing the entry-level model's price to just $400 but also applying to all other capacities, including the Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Macs, iPods, iTunes gift cards and even Beats headphones will also see discounts....



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16:00
Is Apple about to offer higher quality music...

For quite some time, a portion of Apple's customers have wanted higher quality audio files from the iTunes Store. Apple uses AAC coding for the iTunes Store, which is lossy, but a shade better than standard MP3 files. Competitors are now pushing...

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15:40
Overcast 1.1 adds CarPlay, iPad layout and landscape...



Overcast 1.1 is out now, bringing several big improvements to the podcast client. The update adds rotation support for the iPhone, which is particularly helpful for people with car docks that enforce landscape device orientation. Arment tastefully uses popovers for the playback settings, a UI element that is generally underused on the iPhone.

For iPad, the app is now truly optimized for the larger canvas, making liberal use of split views and modal sheets. Given that Overcast prides itself on a clean appearance, a native iPad UI for navigation...

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15:26
FCC pushing submission, vote on proposed net...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won't be holding a vote on net neutrality during its December meeting, as the agency says it needs more time to consider the options. The announcement comes only a day after US President Barack Obama offered the FCC support to reclassify broadband and other wireless Internet services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934....



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15:19
UBS Analyst See's Demand for Apple's New...

A little over a month ago we reported that Apple had to adjust their iPhone Plus orders twice just to keep up with demand. The day before that we reported that 3 out of 4 Korean consumers want an iPhone 6 Plus over a Galaxy Note 4. Today, Apple's first phablet is continuing to win consumers vote all over the world including the U.K, Italy, and beyond.

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15:13
Apple's Device Enrollment Program extended to...

Apple on Tuesday announced businesses and educational institutions can now use the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with devices purchased through Apple Authorized Resellers, while support for the service has been extended to include 26 countries.

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15:06
Apple deals: Macs as low as $769

This week at Apple's online store find low prices on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage has been dropped by $130 to $769. Priced at $799, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....



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15:05
Firefox Develops a Case of Selective Amnesia


Mozilla on Monday announced an updated version of its open source browser complete with a new Forget button aimed at protecting users' privacy. "Forget gives you an easy way to tell Firefox to clear out some of your recent activity," explained Firefox Vice President Johnathan Nightingale. "Instead of asking a lot of complex technical questions, Forget asks you only one: How much do you want to forget? Once you tell Firefox you want to forget the last five minutes, or two hours, or 24 hours, it takes care of the rest."

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15:04
DealNN: monitors, printers and more

This week at Newegg.com get a great deal on a bundle that includes a 28-inch Acer widescreen LED backlight LCD monitor and a Canon ImageClass MF3010 monochrome laser printer. These items carry a retail cost of $700, but are only $400 when purchased in this bundle. That's a savings of more than $150 over buying these items individually anywhere else....



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15:00
The iPhone apps you'll never get to use

The App Store has a ridiculous number of apps, but there are some iOS applications that you'll never get a chance to use unless you find yourself employed by Apple. The apps range from a basic space flight game used to check accelerometer function to...

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14:43
Nautilus Brings HealthKit Integration to Exercise...

Nautilus, the company behind the Bowflex line of exercise equipment, today announced that its Bowflex Max Trainer models have gained HealthKit integration, making them one of the first fitness products to support Apple's new health initiative. Support will also be coming in the near future for the company's Nautilus 616 cardio product lineup.

With HealthKit integration, Bowflex users can now see their Bowflex workouts displayed in Apple's Health app, which is able to offer up dashboard data like calories burned, heart rate, time spent working out, and distance traveled. Data is acquired from the existing Bowflex Max Trainer app that transfers workout data from the exercise equipment using Bluetooth.

The Bowflex Max...

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14:41
TSMC may Purchase Key Plant to Lure More of Apple...

More Apple Business Please: Today news out of Taiwan states that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's largest semiconductor OEM and the major chipmaker for Apple, is considering ...

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14:07
Apple, HP, Microsoft and others could Greatly...

According to a new report published late this afternoon, Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are likely to be some of the big beneficiaries if a deal reached between China and the U.S. leads to slashed tariffs on a range of technology products around the world, including videogame consoles, advanced chips and prepaid cards. U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled the deal Tuesday, saying it would "contribute to a rapid conclusion to the broader negotiations in Geneva."

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14:01
Apple expands Device Enrollment Program for iOS...

Apple is today expanding its Device Enrollment Program, its service for business and education customers deploying and managing large fleets of iOS and Mac devices, to new countries. It’s also opening up the program to third-party resellers. 

Apple updated its webpages for the Device Enrollment Program today for both education and business customers to include the new changes. The program is now available to customers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark...

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14:00
It's time for another iPhone 6 case roundup and...

The initial trickle of cases designed for the iPhone 6 and especially for the iPhone 6 Plus has turned into a torrent, and we've received a pile of cases and other protective accessories to review over the past month. For TUAW readers, that means...

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13:47
Power User Secret Tips: Invert Colors Instantly

Another useful tip Kelly collected at MacTech Conference comes from Tad Johnson of JAMF Software. He's partial to using inverted colors on his computer sometimes, and explained how to do it with a keystroke.


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13:46
Netflix for iOS update brings support for iOS 8,...

Netflix on Tuesday issued an update for its iOS app, bringing full compatibility with Apple's latest iOS 8 operating system and 1080p playback for the new iPhone 6 Plus.

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13:34
Bloomberg Interviews the FCC Commissioner on Net...

Yesterday we covered US President Obama's statement about net neutrality wherein he stated that "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. Today FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel discussed President Obama’s net neutrality stance.

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13:34
Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Lost Text...

Judge Lucy Koh, the same Judge overseeing Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent infringement legal fight, gave the green light to a lawsuit over text messages that never made it to smartphone owners who switched away from the iPhone. The lawsuit alleges Apple should have told customers text messages wouldn't be delivered if they dumped their iPhone for an Android-based smartphone.

The Mac Observer Spin: People are willing to file lawsuits over most anything, including lost text messages. Maybe lawsuits over OS X Yosemite being too flat will be next. That said, if the bug that blocked texts from current iPhone owners to former iPhone owners does cross California's unfair competition laws, then Apple needs to be held accountable, regardless of how ridiculous the case seems.

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13:33
News: Apple patents crowdsourced mapping of cellular...

Apple was recently granted a patent on monitoring cellular network conditions to help identify network dead spots. U.S. Patent No. 8,886,178 describes a “Location-based profile” designed to help cellular carriers and device makers collect crowdsourced information on localized areas where network problems such as dropped calls occur. The patent describes using device-based location services to allow individual iOS devices to automatically…

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13:29
News: Netflix update adds 1080p streaming for iPhone...

Netflix has released an update to its eponymous streaming app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, adding support for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. The update notably adds full 1080p HD streaming for the iPhone 6 Plus, which natively supports a 1920x1080 standard resolution. The update also notes full support for iOS 8 and improvements for Chromecast users. [via 9to5Mac]

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13:16
Netflix updated for iOS 8, adds 1080p video playback...

Netflix updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 7.0 today adding optimization for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced in September. The updated version of Netflix shows more content like titles and genres as well as previews of movies and TV shows when browsing for something to watch. In addition to optimizing the Netflix app for iPhone 6 users, Netflix says the new version of its app will now offer video playback in 1080p, full HD, for users with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

The larger iPhone 6 Plus model features a resolution of 1920×1080, the same resolution as 1080p HDTVs, so Netflix users can now enjoy the same experience from the living room on the 5.5-inch iPhone display. (The 4.7-inch iPhone...

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13:15
iMessage deactivation problems earn Apple a federal...

Andrew Cunningham

When Adrienne Moore switched from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 earlier this year, problems with iMessage prohibited her new phone from getting text messages sent to her number. She filed a lawsuit in May, and Reuters reports that US District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that the suit will move forward.

Apple acknowledged earlier this year that there was a "server-side bug" causing trouble for customers attempting to leave iMessage and deregister their numbers. If your number is still in Apple's system, iMessages sent to you could appear to senders as if they've been delivered even though the recipient hasn't actually gotten them.

Moore claims...

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13:00
Instagram expands Explore tab, adds editing for...

Instagram has released a new update which expands the Explore tab within the app along with finally introducing much needed editing features for captions. While the image sharing service is known for its quick app and powerful photo filter options,...

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12:56
Russia's Currency Drop makes a new iPhone 6 a...

Russia, Land of Cheat Vodka and iPhones: John Heisel, Moscow-based vice president of sales and trading at Renaissance Capital Holdings Ltd. Told Bloomberg that while sanctions and the ruble’s ongoing collapse had made his grocery bill jump by 25 percent, at least one thing has gotten cheaper in dollar terms: iPhones.

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12:45
Firefox Continues its Privacy Crusade, Adds Forget...

Mozilla's Firefox browser has been on an very explicit crusade for user privacy for a long time. On November 10th, Mozilla punctuated that commitment by releasing Firefox 33.1 with, notably, a privacy tour and a Forget Button. John Martellaro, a big fan of Firefox, explains how he feels about it.


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12:32
Judge allows lawsuit over missing text messages to...

Days after Apple provided a Web tool to allow ex-iPhone users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, a California judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Apple for "hijacking" users' ability to receive text messages can proceed.

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12:30
Apple will face lawsuit over undelivered text...

 

A  U.S. District judge has decided that Apple will have to face a US federal lawsuit over complaints that it prevented users from receiving text messages after switching from iPhone to Android, according to a report from Reuters.

The lawsuit, which is seeking class-action status, claims that Apple interfered with the plaintiff’s Verizon wireless service by not informing customers that switching to an Android device could interfere with sending and receiving messages.

The problem exists with how Apple’s messaging app...

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12:20
Games, more channels added to Chromecast app roster

The latest wave of Chromecast additions includes a number of family-friendly games, Google has revealed. In time for the holidays, the streaming HDMI dongle now has a wider selection of games available to play, using smartphones and tablets as the main interface, alongside two more channels for streaming movies and TV shows....



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12:13
Handoff and Continuity: What if they don't...

Handoff and Continuity are the biggest gee-whiz features in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The ability to start composing an email, view a web page, or work on a document on one device, then switch to another, could actually merit the use of the word “magical,” which Apple has applied to a number of its new products.

Except when it doesn’t work.

In the month Yosemite has been out, I’ve gone through an arduous process to get Handoff, Continuity, and even AirDrop to work. While the features work most of the time, they don’t always work, and still not on all of my devices. The exceptions so far have been phone calls and SMS forwarding, which worked from the beginning—...

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12:08
Judge Lucy Koh Orders Apple to face lawsuit over...

In May we posted a report titled "New Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Apple Concerns Android Phones & iMessage." The plaintiff in that case, Adrienne Moore, filed the class action lawsuit against Apple because when she switched from her iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S5, she was no longer able to receive iMessages from her friends with iPhones. Today, Apple was ordered ...

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12:01
Google Chrome 38.0.2125.122 - Modern and fast Web...

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

Version 38.0.2125.122:

  • Contains an update for Adobe Flash as well as a number of other fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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12:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Sony memory cards up to 60% off...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box: Sony memory up to 60% off – 128GB SDXC ...

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12:00
GoPix is a clever, but limited slide movie maker for...

GoPix ($1.99) is a just-released iOS slide show app for users on Instagram. It's a good illustration of the trade-offs between making something easy to use or having more creative control.

GoPix is very, very easy to use. You begin by selecting up...

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11:40
USPS Employees, Retirees, Customers Exposed in Hack...


Hackers siphoned off data from United States Postal Service servers for more than eight months before being detected, the USPS said. Personal data -- including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment, and emergency contact information -- was stolen. "More than 800,000 employees and some retirees are impacted ... all that receive a Postal Service paycheck," said USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer. That includes the Postmaster General.

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11:40
Apple must face lawsuit over iMessage's lost...

Apple will have to face a lawsuit charging that it didn't warn people they would lose text messages if they switched away from the iPhone, US District Judge Lucy Koh has ordered. The plaintiff in the case, Adrienne Moore, says that iOS' poor handling of text messages interfered with her contract with Verizon, which she kept after switching from an iPhone 4 to a Samsung Galaxy S5 in April. Koh argues that Moore has the right to show that Apple disrupted the contract and broke California's unfair competition law, and that she doesn't have to claim an "absolute right to receive every text message...



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11:37
Hands on: Worldly (iOS)

Geography isn't terribly easy subject for most, what with there being almost 200 different countries in the world. Rote memorization can become tedious at best and frustrating at worst, deterring even the most studious of people. Worldly, an app by developer Supergonk, aims to help players learn more about the world around them by making geography a game instead of a chore....



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11:30
News: Lawsuit against Apple over unsent text...

A lawsuit filed last May against Apple regarding lost text messages will be allowed to proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh stated that Apple will be required to face Adrienne Moore’s complaint that iMessage interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless, which serviced her Samsung Galaxy S5 after switching from an iPhone 4. Although Apple acknowledged the issue in May, it did not come up with a viable solution until this…

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11:27
Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

Presto Vivace sends a report from the Australian Financial Review on how Apple uses a holding company based in Luxembourg to avoid taxes on its iTunes revenue. Quoting: The 2011 accounts for iTunes Sàrl [the holding company] give the first inside view of how Apple accounts for its growing earnings from digital content. They are part of a massive leak of Luxembourg tax documents uncovered in an investigation led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Remarkably, the accounts show Luxembourg has been more effective in extracting tax from iTunes than Ireland has with much larger Apple sales. Turnover for iTunes Sàrl exploded from €353 million ($508 million) in 2009 to €2.05 billion in 2013. Secret appendices to the 2011 accounts break down some of Apple’s costs. It shows that Apple takes a third of iTunes’ revenues as its gross profit margin. The 2011 figures showed that a flat 50 per cent of this gross profit was paid in intercompany charges. (Followup on a...

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11:13
First Look: Logitech Keys-to-Go For iPad

Embracing the reality that iPad body designs may vary considerably in size from year to year and screen to screen, Logitech has released Keys-to-Go for iPad ($70), a device-agnostic red, blue, or black Bluetooth keyboard that feels as if it was plucked right out of the earlier FabricSkin keyboard case. Spill- and dirt-resistant, the nearly flat, matte-textured typing surface has all of the iOS-specific function keys you'd expect above the numbers,…

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11:11
Apple continues exploring location-based security...

A pair of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday could hint at the company's plans for future user-facing features for its Macs and iOS devices, including a more granular control system for display brightness based on ambient light and security features that shift based on the device's location.

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11:06
WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for...

AppleInsider:

Mac and iOS users are protected from viruses and malware by default unless the user bypasses their security systems, by jailbreaking an iOS device; by disabling the protections of Mac OS X’s GateKeeper; or by choosing to “Trust” app installs that iOS identifies as being from an “Untrusted App Developer.” Here’s how those systems work, and how users can avoid being tricked into turning off their own security.

Short version? Don’t be stupid.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:01
New ad designs for Apple Watch

I never really thought about this, but advertisers must be wondering what to do when the watch comes out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Image editors, a menu bar...

Sight and sound

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps is all about sights and sounds, with software that will make your photos gorgeous, keep you sane in a noisy environment, and entertain you with some music.

DeltaCAD 8.0.8

Midnight Software’s $40 DeltaCad (Mac App Store Link) is an inexpensive but featureful design software that lets you create highly precise technical drawings for everything from mechanical parts to your next dwelling.

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11:00
Mr. Coffee just released an iPhone-controllable...

The list of "Things That We Probably Don't Need Smart Versions Of But We Got Them Anyway" gets a little bit longer today with the announcement and release of the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffee Maker, an iPhone-controllable appliance that lets you initiate...

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10:51
∞ Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Whether you know this as Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, it’s a time to give thanks to all those who fought or died for our freedom and to all of those who still serve in the Armed Forces. Thank you to both of my grandfathers.

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10:30
Daily Deals for November 11, 2014

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

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

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10:29
Apple Will Face Lawsuit Over Phone-Switching...

Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners.

According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with...

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10:24
Atmosphere intelligence company launches developer...

Cumulonimbus has announced its exclusive Founding Developer program today for its app, PressureNet.

The peer-to-peer weather forecasting and data platform seeks 10 experienced developers to join its exclusive group. PressureNet is an atmosphere data and software intelligence company with a mission to dramatically improve weather and climate forecasting.

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10:19
15 new fonts added to the Free Fonts - Christmas...

128bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 2.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store.

Fifteen new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 40. All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project.

Free Fonts - Christmas Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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10:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-11

Net Neutrality became an even hotter topic yesterday, and there's a new security threat targeting the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about President Obama's stance on Net Neutrality, plus they take a look at Masque Attack and what it means for iPhone and iPad users.


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10:07
News: Nautilus announces HealthKit integration

Fitness company Nautilus has announced that it is officially adding support for iOS 8 HealthKit to its Bowflex Max Trainer and Nautilus 616 products, allowing users to send workout data directly to iOS 8’s new Health app. The Bowflex Max Trainer will be getting HealthKit integration this month, with the Nautilus 616 Cardio series following “closely.” These Nautilus workout machines use Bluetooth Smart technology to transfer workout…

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10:00
Construction at Apple Campus 2 Progresses, Work on...

Construction at Apple's spaceship is progressing at a rapid pace, with workers on site at the campus seven days a week. A new photo shared by the City of Cupertino suggests Apple is almost finished with the foundation of the structure and has begun construction on the actual circular-shaped building.

Back in October, the foundation was nearly done, so it is not surprising that construction has progressed to the actual structure itself. Though much of the construction is hidden behind privacy walls, Apple continues to have two enormous concrete mixers on site, as well as other heavy construction machinery.

Over the weekend, a YouTube user who has been capturing a series of videos of the Campus 2 site with a drone shared a...

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10:00
Spotify paid over $2B in royalties, CEO responds to...

Spotify has responded to claims by singer Taylor Swift that the service does not pay music producers enough, by revealing it has paid more than two billion dollars in music royalties. A blog post by CEO Daniel Ek following the removal of Swift's music from the service and a further attack in an interview also notes Swift was on track to receive $6 million in streaming revenues for this year alone....



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10:00
For some, Apple Pay is an accessibility tool

Apple has long been a champion of making technology more accessible to the differently abled. From iOS support of Bluetooth braile displays to full screen magnification on both iOS and OS X, there are no shortage of examples which demonstrate Apple's...

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09:55
ChapterWork now available in the Mac App Store

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released ChapterWork, a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies.

Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, ChapterWork frees is designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies, according to the folks at einstein's legacy. ChapterWork allows you to share the completed output movie via e-mail or using Internet services.

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09:35
Panolapse expands Mac OS X tools for timelapse...

Panolapse (http://www.panolapse360.com/) has expanded its timelapse software for Mac OS X and Windows with advanced features to support professional photographers.

Panolapse, a program which simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction, has introduced the RAWBlend feature for creating smooth transitions of light and color over time to assist in difficult time-lapse sequences (such as sunrise or sunset time-lapses). The update also introduces tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.

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09:33
9 questions about network neutrality you were too...

Vox:

President Barack Obama announced on Monday that he supports taking strong measures to protect network neutrality. The announcement was not terribly surprising — Obama has long been an avowed supporter of network neutrality. But this is the first time Obama has proposed a specific legal strategy for protecting network neutrality. And his comments will raise the profile of what was already the most contentious policy debate in the technology world.

If you’re just tuning in now, it can seem a little overwhelming. What is network neutrality? What’s “reclassification?” And why have people been arguing so angrily for so long? Here’s an explanation that starts from the very beginning.

This is an important issue but sadly one the vast majority of internet users don’t know or don’t care enough about.

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09:30
Voice Jam Studio offers professional vocal looping,...

Voice Jam Studio is a powerful vocal recorder for iPad with dozens of professional effects, looping, fine tuning and even video recording so you're able to produce high quality audio and get creative with the process. The app includes four tracks to...

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09:28
Apple & Cupertino share updated Campus 2 aerial...

Following our latest drone video that we shared over the weekend, the City of Cupertino has posted an updated, official aerial shot from Apple showing progress at Apple’s under construction Campus 2.

The image shows Apple is making progress on the foundation and early stages of building construction as the company prepares to finish work on street utilities, earthwork and demolition.

Apple is still on track to complete the project by the end of 2016, according to the City of Cupertino’s...

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09:26
Alibaba's Jack Ma Talks about taking Alipay...

It was reported on CNBC earlier today that Executive Chairman of Alibaba Jack Ma said on Tuesday that their finance services arm "will definitely go public," ...

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09:12
News: Apple Pay: 1% of Whole Foods transactions,...

With only three weeks since the launch of Apple’s new mobile payments service, Whole Foods has reported that it has processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions – about 1% of the retailers total transactions in the same time period, according to calculations by Mike Dudas, former mobile commerce lead at Google and PayPal. Apple also appears to be moving ahead in establishing an Apple Pay partnership with Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba, as noted…

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09:03
Video: Tim Cook speaks at WSJD Live about Apple...

Last month’s WSJD Live conference in tony Laguna Beach, CA, was a hot ticket. You could take a drone selfie with Rupert Murdoch, maybe troll an Apple exec with AirDrop, and of course listen to fascinating talks and interviews with some of the biggest names in technology, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.

I wasn’t there, and chances you weren’t there either, but until we can finally weasel our way in, at least there is finally video. The Wall Street Journal posted the entire 34-minute video of Tim Cook’s Q&A with WSJ editor-in-chief Gerard Baker.

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09:01
UBS ups Apple price target to $125 after survey...

The results of a recent global survey of prospective smartphone buyers conducted by UBS forecast a favorable share of iPhone 6 Plus sales and strong demand in China, prompting the investment firm to raise its price target.

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09:00
Apple, Alibaba Group may be teaming up for a payment...

A payment alliance between Apple and the Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese e-commerce company, is in the works, according The Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/p4lwshr). Apple Pay may be embedded in Alipay, Alibab's payment system, to operate in mainland China.

This could help tackle policy issues. In return, Apple may help Alibaba expand its business in the US. Apple and Alibaba are currently discussing the specifics of a possible partnership, says the WSJ.

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First Look: Belkin/Jarden Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart...

In the future, sentient robots will so pamper their owners that the very idea of manually brewing your own coffee will be laughable. Until then, Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions have come up with an interim option to let you "brew coffee from your bed." The Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Coffeemaker ($250) leverages Belkin's WeMo home automation technology to let you wirelessly control the time your coffee is brewed. After a reasonably simple Wi-Fi pairing…

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